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About Bistro Cacao

Where Romance meets Flavor… At Bistro Cacao, chef-owner Kemal Deger brings nearly 25 years of culinary expertise to your table. In Bistro Cacao’s historic location we now invite you to enjoy our new concept of modern bistro-style French cuisine in a romantically charming and comfortable setting blending old France with modern creative touches.

320 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, European

Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday 11 am - 3 pm, Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm;
Lunch: Monday 11:30 am - 2 pm, Tuesday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm

Cross Street:
3rd and 4th NE

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 546-4737

Website:
http://www.bistrocacao.com/

Catering:
Yes we do Cater

Public Transit:
Union Station red line three blocks away

Executive Chef:
Kemal Deger

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Private Dining

All type of private events welcome, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Cocktail etc. Green Room, up to 26 people Red Room, up to 40 people Rouge Room, up to 16 people Cacao Wine Bar, up to 50 people cocktail, receptions, happy hours etc. Private outdoor available.

Bistro Cacao Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

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food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.7

value

4.4

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Quiet

96% would recommend it to a friend

Romantic (98)
Good for a Date (93)
Cozy (91)
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Special Occasion (85)
Good for Anniversaries (75)
Neighborhood Gem (69)
Quiet Conversation (67)
Authentic (50)
Fit for Foodies (43)
Notable Wine List (42)
Good for Birthdays (40)
Creative Cuisine (30)
Worth the Drive (24)
Great for Brunch (23)
Business Meals (21)
Pre/post Theatre (20)
Tasting Menu (19)
Casual (18)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Great for Lunch (15)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Fun (14)
Comfort Food (12)
Healthy (11)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Late-night Find (9)
Afternoon Tea (7)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Seasonal (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Local Ingredients (3)
Vegan (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
People Watching (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Columbus)·Dined 2 days ago

The ambiance is appealing and the servers were very friendly. The nicoise salad was delicious and was the bread, lobster omelet and steak sandwich. Downside: it took a while for us to get our food and the poached eggs were overcooked. However, the eggs were not included in the bill.

Tags: Healthy, Cozy, Organic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

While the atmosphere of the restaurant took me back in time, and the soft chatter of a French couple the table allowed us to imagine we were on the other side of the globe, the food left some to be desired. We ordered the Fillet and the Rack of Lamb and the first bad sign was that the food was only slightly warm, and by the time we finished our plates completely cold. The other issue was that the two meals had the exact same presentation: same sauce, same vegetables, and same potato cake (all of which were tasty, but nothing to write home about). The quality of the meat was phenomenal, and it was cooked perfectly. While the wine that was selected for us was amazing, the sommelier rattled off endless names when making suggestions, making it impossible for me to follow along with him in the menu and make an educated decision. The bubbly selection was mediocre at best. Eventually we settled on an over priced and mass produced bottle that left a bad taste in our mouth in more than one way.

Overall, the restaurant has the feeling that the spark has faded, and the attention to detail needs to return. While a lot of things were done right, very few were done exceptionally well. I have to say that I would skip Bistro Cacao in favor of Chez Billy Sud or Le Diplomat in the future.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

This is "our" place for romantic dinners celebrating anniversaries, birthdays and other special occasions. For a Francophile who used to live in Paris, this is my very favorite French bistro in the DC area. The best part is the cozy ambiance and Parisian-style decor that takes me back. Food is always excellent and while some may feel it's a little pricier, for the caliber of food and level of service, it's well worth it!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined 3 days ago

I was satisfied with every aspect of the experience. My girlfriend and I had a nice, quiet Valentine’s Day weekend dinner.

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

The food was amazing and our waiter did such a great job. The red drapes were a little annoying at times but the food more than made up for it.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was well prepped and presentation was elegant. My water glass was always filled. The chocolate cake with the mango coulis was to die for.

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Authentic
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·Dined 5 days ago

First I would say that I made arrangements for a specific seat through Open table, I then called in to double check and they said it was available. The day of the date I called and then they said it was taken and had been for 2 months. I was upset about the miscommunication, the manager said that the other seats would be nice as well and the person who was using the seat was going to propose.
We saw the proposal and my wife and I enjoyed the other seat as well as the great chefs tasting and our server was very good.
Overall experience I would highly recommend this restaurant for a romantic date with great food and good wine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Romantic, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

The ambience was romantic and charming. The food had beautiful presentation and pleasing textures. Unfortunately I was hit with a cold and stuffed up nose the day of our reservations and couldn't taste anything. I'm very bummed out about that timing as the venison was tender and cooked to perfection and this was my first time trying Escargot and Foie Gras

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined 6 days ago

We had never been to Bistro Cacao despite living on the Hill and hearing about it forever. We decided to take the plunge on Valentines Day. Great choice! VERY romantic, VERY French. Comfy shabby-chic overstuffed armchairs for seating; strategically placed curtains for privacy. Perfect for quiet conversation! Very attentive service. Good cocktails, excellent wine list. Knowledgeable servers. Pri fixe menu (on this special occasion) included a surfeit of difficult choices. All were excellent. We are already planning a return trip, maybe for brunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

This was not our first visit nor will it be our last. We love the ambiance of the restaurant as well as the food. The Valentines Day special touches they provided such as rose for my wife upon entrance and gift bag upon leaving were nice.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

The ambiance struck me while the service and food was impeccable

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Washington restaurants are normally noisy, but the owners of Bistro Cacao believe that diners should be able to hear each other in a relaxed setting. The French music adds to the atmosphere but is never too loud. The booths are particularly private and romantic. On chilly evenings, the fire in the fireplace adds to the cozy, home-like atmosphere. And the food and wine are excellent. Menu items are not cheap, but they are not exorbitant either.
Bistro Cacao is my favorite restaurant on Capitol Hill and maybe in the city.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Authentic, Seasonal, Late-night Find, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2018

This was definitely one of the best dining experiences I've had in DC. Everything was excellent, but the service in particular was wonderful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

I come here with a friend for dinner. It was everything and more then I imagined. My friend who is of French orgin was expressed. Great Job Bistro Cacao

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Casual, Business Meals, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Good for a Date, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 11, 2018

Definitely a good date spot. It is a bit dimly lit and small, but quiet and well decorated.

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Authentic, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Everything started off very well. The decor is outstanding, pretty, cosy, romantic. They play music of the 20s and 30s, mostly, Edith Piaf, etc.

Trouble started when I undid the clasp on the curtain in our booth, which caused it to hang straight down. I was playing with the belt and the button came undone, so I just draped the belt on my chair back without touching the curtain itself. I let the server know. He, a man with a mole on his face, Damian?, gave me a good talking to for ruining the ambiance for the other guests, and that I could have caused the curtain to fall on my head, and it would have been very embarrassing. It's the kind of thing an annoyed parent might say to a child. My date and I just looked at each other and didn't know what to say. The spell was broken, and the place no longer seemed magical, though we tried quite hard. That is also when the waiter decided to no longer ham it up with stories about the wine varietals we were drinking (we went for a pairing menu). Our bill came up to about $300 for two people. We tipped $50 and I think it was too much.

Being a French national, actually, I know my French food. This was creative, presentation was good, but the flavor was so-so for most dishes. The rillete de canard was good. The steak was overdone for medium rare, and the sauce (a deglazed brown sauce) was far too heavy in flavor for both the steak and the shrimp (yes, shrimp) that was situated on the steak. The asparagus was not well done in my opinion, it was very simple, and therefore should have been cooked to retain just a touch of crispness on the inside. Sadly, it was floppy.

The dessert was okay. It wasn't bad, but it was definitely more cafe/bistro than fine dining. The profiterol should retain a tiny bit of crispness, and the chocolate on it was not particularly dark.

All in all, the service ruined the evening for us, and it was a very special date. We won't be going back.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Indiana)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great overall experience.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Great food, excellent service and nice ambiance.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This is a delightful French restaurant with great food and great atmosphere.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Amazing food and service. Very romantic place. Great environment for special occasion

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

What a wonderful dinner. Bistro Cacao has made good use of its space and visiting with friends is easy and feels intimate. The food is excellent. We started by sharing Coquille St. Jacques, I had the lamb and my friend had the duck YUM!!! And for dessert we share the trio of Crème Brulees. I will be back to have other offerings. Service was exceptional. I don't live in DC, however I recommend this as a neighborhood jewel.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 7, 2018

Beautiful restaurant that makes you feel like you're in an old world Parisian salon. Delicious food with an extensive menu.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Nice atmosphere, excellent food and professional staff!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Our service was amazing as was the food! Highly recommend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Good food, delightful ambiance, and good wine. We will be going back to feast again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

A Wonderful Find Near the Folger

My friends and I often go to the Folger for a weekend matinee, but then we head off to another area for dinner. This time we decided to look at the Folger website and found Bistro Cacao on the list. Coming from New York, this bistro sounded perfect to me--the kind of intimate and charming French restaurant where grownups can have a conversation. Cacao turned out to be all this and more--cozy tables tucked away in nooks, an ambiance one could die for and--last but not least--terrific food. Everything about it was perfect. We will definitely go there again!

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 4, 2018

What can one say about a typical Sunday brunch on a cold, rainy winter day? That the room was cozy and warm and not drafty? That when the background music was eventually turned on, it was not only pleasant, but unobtrusive as well? That our soups were delicious and hot? That my onion soup was one of the best I have had in a long time and was not too salty? Or that our perfectly cooked meals actually arrived on warmed plates and were served to the right person without our being asked who had ordered what? Or that our shared tarte aux pommes had perfectly flaky puff pastry? Well, I can say all of those things. We'll be back!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great as always.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Very romantic atmosphere. Server Natasha is sweet and very attentive. Host at front is great as well. Great place for a date.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Delicious French food in a quiet, cozy and eclectic atmosphere. Attentive wait staff but not overly so. This would be a great place to celebrate Valentine's Day if you haven't made plans yet, it is quiet, mature and romantic with rose petals on the table even when we were there. If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of modern restaurants and the noise that goes with that, consider Bistro Cacao, it is a gem on Mass Ave on the Senate side, the old 2 Quail. We only had salads and appetizers because we didn't have much time but what we had was presented well, tasted great, and was the right portion size. My only complaint, and it's minor, is some of the tables with the curtains next to them while providing intimacy can be a little difficult to navigate around getting into the chair. Highly recommend, look forward to returning when I have more time to sample!

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Booked a table for my birthday, a stag party.
My son, Malik knows of my love for French cooking suggested this establishment (he and his wife like it a lot).
I am no snob, but can be hard to please when it's French food,as my first French meals were from the kitchen of the late great, Jean Louis Palladin, so I know great and good.
Our meals were just good to awful, my son-in-law and son were delighted with their choice of the trout and filet mignon dishes, they were good, my ribeye was underwhelming, the duck waddled back to uneaten the, lamb returned for more cooking, the best dish was the Bouillabaisse bountiful with fresh well-cooked seafood it - I wish I had ordered it.
The appetizers were tres triste (very sad) with firm, forgettable foie gras and gritty garlicky snails.
Would I try again? Yes if only for more of the Bouillabaisse.
It was a great 71st birthday party, they have a great liquor selection.

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Went for restaurant week. The choice for the three course menu had a nice variety. The service was great. We didn't feel rushed even though we spent a lot of time in the beginning chatting instead of looking at the menu (I know, a faux pas on our part). The dishes came in a timely manner.

The ambience was very romantic. Dimly lit for an intimate setting. We were seated by the window which felt like we were in our own secret part of the restaurant.

Appetizer: a refreshing beets and mozzarella salad, delightful pate, soup du jour was a savory sweet potato that wasn't too heavy.

Main entree: filet mignon was cooked well and very tender with a side of blue cheese polenta cake; lamb that was tender as well but on the bland side.

Dessert:. Trio creme brulee - the highlight of the dinner. The 3 flavors were original vanilla, mango and chocolate. It was portioned well to satisfy the sweet tooth.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 28, 2018

The arrangement of this restaurant is intimidate, good for a date.
Food is okay but feels coldish when served. One recommendation is to have warm plate.
It's our first time there as family. My family enjoyed it.

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great food! Very nice atmosphere.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

I am a very picky international eater; however, the food was awesome. Our waiter was professional and pleasant or basically the entire staff was professional. Ambiance and decor remind me of the old French era but cool. Took my fiance for his birthday which he picked himself so I was not totally ready for it but he made a great selection. Even though, it was restaurant week in DC so the menu was already set but the selections were right on point. We are planning to go back to try out the regular menu and brunch. Thank you, Bistro Cacao!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I love this restaurant, the food is great. I will definitely go back and try more dishes.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Savannah)·Dined on January 27, 2018

As always Bistro Cacao was exceptional in all areas. The service, the food, the ambiance. Even during restaurant week, same great quality. This is my favorite restaurant in DC!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Tasting Menu, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The staff is great. The food is terrific. The atmosphere is wonderful. My wife and I come here on all special occasions.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

I loved the intimacy, quietness, ambiance of the setting and the restaurant. The food was great and it was an environment that foster a quiet fun evening. It is great for celebrations of any kind.
If you enjoy French food, you would love this restaurant. I will recommend friends to dinner at the restaurant and I will be back just to be in the environment for the moment. Life is a special occasion and dinning in at Bistro Cacao, definitely make the time a special occasion.

Tags: Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 27, 2018

More than excellent
Waiter Damian exceptional
We went for restaurant week and my son’s birthday. Menu choices wonderful.
The pan seared duck so yummy.
Appetizers perfect. Beet salad, pate and goat cheese salad yummy
Desserts too it off and on my sons plate they wrote happy birthday with raspberry sauce.!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching, Healthy, Cozy, Tapas
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