Bistro Cacao

4.7
3391 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Bistro Cacao has been serving modern French cuisine to DC customers in Capitol Hill since 2009. Charming décor with velvet curtained walls in Red Room and Rouge Room gave Bistro Cacao it's fame as the most Romantic Restaurant in DC.
Serving brunch, lunch and dinner indoor and in its charming patio. Bar on the first floor is also the go-to place for the neighborhood.
The extensive menu is designed by Chef Alex Merritt who brings his own unique style and innovative culinary artistry to the restaurant. Wine list and cocktail menu perfectly compliments the cuisine.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3391 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 16 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Filet mignon was cookes to perfection as usual.

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JohnB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was perfect for the occasion, a visit with friends I had not seen in several years. The waiter let us talk for quite a while before ordering and to stay on long after the eating had ended.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Cacao food and service is consistently excellent!

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vipKathyO
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food service and ambiance

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WilsonK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good food at reasonable prices. The strawberry salad was amazing as was the tuna small plate. Our party also liked the duck and the strawberry rhubarb dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic and delicious fine French cuisine! This is a hidden gem in DC!!

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vipSamuelV
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro Cacao always offers fine food in a quieter atmosphere. One can linger at this restaurant, enjoying the company of one's companions, having enjoyed well prepared French classics, as well as more contemporary and innovative offerings. Food is also very well plated, which enhances one's overall experience. A good choice for intimate groups and dates.

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vipSamuel
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing. The service and food were incredible.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every aspect of our first experience with Bistro Cacao was splendid. We will be returning for many more special occasions.

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FidelisB
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were delicious! Ambience is also very relaxing. Definitely recommend.

DC
vipDCopsgirl
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delicious and enjoyable meal as always!

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JanetS
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely lovely. It was our first time at this restaurant. The decor is very cool: Lot’s of romantic red in the upstairs dining room,Interesting chandeliers. great prints and art all over the place ( felt like I was in, Montmartre, Paris). I had the lamb chops. A bold choice for me as being European, I have rarely find American chefs who can cook lamb without ruining it.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, drinks, and service. A very cozy and intimate atmosphere. A must try.

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SheilaD
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are on vacation and this is my first time to DC. If you want a French experience from ambiance to food to music, go to Bistro Cacao. We had 3 small course- salads, then mussels and escargot, then French onion soup. Every plate was beautifully presented and the flavors were perfect. Karen, the host and perhaps owner was welcoming and met our every need. Go! You will love it!

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vipBBR2
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Went for Restaurant Week. Food was outstanding. Service was a bit lacking. Crême brulée was disappointing.

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vipfoodandwine
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Restaurant week menu was great - several great choices for each item. Loved the snails w/ mushroom caps and the Fr onion soup starters. We both loved our perfectly cooked duck breast entrees with the sunchoke puree and pickled mushrooms, which provided a nice bite contrast with the duck. And the creme brulee was delightfully light. Downer: the mille feuille. There were no 'mille' in the mille feuille. The three layers were each solid and hard - more like hard graham crackers, instead of flaky layers of puff pastry.

Ambience is wonderful - that upstairs with the light drapery divided spaces for two, so romantic, private, cozy, quiet.

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vipRickandWendy
15 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Delightful and delicious! Parisian vibe, tasty French favorites and nicely priced wines to pair. Looks just like the photos online.

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vipchip
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The salmon salad was great. Salmon flavorful and moist - not dried out as in other places. Same attentive service. Gazpacho with watermelon refreshing!

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Propofool
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Not worth the price. Went on restaurant week, selection and portion sizes were very small, not really classically French, and actual food was hit or miss. Steak and fries and salad were very good, but creme brule was subpar (I’ve made better at home) and profiteroles were dense and not very flavorful. They charged us 6.50 for two glasses of water…waiter was very nice and attentive. Overall left hungry, not terribly impressed, and with a much lighter wallet.

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vipLuciaH
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

It was good to come back to Bistro Cacao after a long absence. They have taken over the property next door, giving them a larger bar area--my first martini at a bar in 15 months! Their upstairs booths have new and airy red curtains (replacing the old musty ones), and the elegant.Pariesienne atmosphere has been preserved. The food is very good--excellent mussels in a creamy lemon broth. My mushroom ravioli were delicious and my husband's steak frites was top-notch--very crispy potatoes.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Great outdoor patio, and awesome restaurant week deals!

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vipLadyshrink
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I took a friend who lives on Capitol Hill to Bistro Cacao for her Birthday month lunch treat.
We were able to order off of the Restaurant Week menu - and independently, both chose the Watermelon Gazpacho, Salmon Salad and Creme Brulee. All were excellent, though did not have complex flavors. The service was warm and personable, but there were slight bumps: the requested second rolls (also excellent) never came and the table was not fully cleared before each subsequent course was served.
We chose to eat inside on this 90+ degree day and felt safe in the small but quaint dining room.
My friend said she will return. As I live across town, I cannot guarantee that I will, but would be happy to do so.

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AmirA
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent cuisine and service... conducive to conversation. Excellent wine selection.

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OpenTable Diner
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food. Nice area. Plenty of outdoor tables.
Would definitely recommend!

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vipRobin
Houston
58 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely French restaurant with excellent food and service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding & memorable

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vipanonymous
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch on the fabulous patio,

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Gayle
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary and we did the pre fixe that was so wonderful!

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LibbyG
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved our romantic dinner at Bistro Cacoa! My rack of lamb was so delicious and the cauliflower and squash were the best I have ever had. My partner loved his steak too. Desert was served with a flourish. Everything was designed for Romance. It’s definitely place for special occasions!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Overall experience was not satisfactory. Steak frites was cooked medium-well rather than medium rare. Do not get the ravioli unless you want an excessive amount of truffle oil.

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JohnB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a pleasant place for a leisurely dinner. The waiter did tend to disappear at times, however.

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Kumi
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, lovely patio seating.

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vipTampainvestigator
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we went for Sunday brunch. Delicious quiche and crepes. Portions were a little small but very good. The staff was quite attentive.

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Cajungirl
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The summer menu items, watermelon gazpacho and a rhubarb strawberry mousse, were outstanding. Couldn’t have asked for anything nicer. The escargot in mushroom caps was good and rack of lamb perfectly cooked.

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MizStokes
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dennis our server was amazing and the food was fantastic! Such a great experience for my mother‘s 75th birthday. We will definitely be back!

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AngelaRose
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had three different waiters. They rarely came out to see if we needed anything. The food was very good.

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swsers
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Overall, we had a good meal, and felt very safe given the careful COVID precautions, including masking and space between the outdoor tables. Everyone enjoyed their food, including fish, steak frites, and some delicious desserts. The waiter was very nice, but did make a few minor mistakes toward the end of the night. They comped us for one of the mistakes, which we appreciated.

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vipGems
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Service wasn’t the greatest but they are kind and genuine. The French onion soup wasn’t hot or tasty - however it was heavy or salty. The lobster omelette was dry and terrible. You should never leave a restaurant hungry or disappointed. Unfortunately it wasn’t worth the wait to make up for it. I really had high hopes and was excited to brunch here - don’t know if I’ll be back.

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vipTAw81
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time eating here. The food was great and staff were excellent. If you're looking for nice, French ambiance, this is the place. Excellent for romantic dates.

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vipJoyful
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, sweet, cozy ambience. We had the steak and trout.. both cooked perfectly! We had a new young server who was attentive and conscientious. Great place!

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You can order delivery directly from Bistro Cacao using the Order Online button. Bistro Cacao also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bistro Cacao also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 546-4737.

Bistro Cacao is rated 4.7 stars by 3391 OpenTable diners.

Bistro Cacao does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/onlineordering/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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