Bistro Du Jour

4.5
49 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Bistro Du Jour is an all-day Parisian bistro featuring fresh-baked pastries, cakes and cookies from Mah-Ze-Dahr Bakery and coffee from La Colombe. The Bistro serves traditional fare like Coq Au Vin, Croque Madame, French Onion Soup, Steak Frites and Duck Confit, as well as an extensive selection of bubbly and an exciting list of cocktails and aperitifs. Open for Breakfast, Weekend Brunch, Lunch and Dinner.

As of January 15, 2022 and In line with the Washington DC vaccine mandate, we require proof of vaccination for every guest dining inside over the age of 12. For guests 18 and older, make sure to provide a valid photo ID. Medical and religious exemptions are accepted with a negative COVID test from the past 24 hours. There is no vaccine requirement for outdoor seating for outdoor/patio dining.

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Mellovesfood
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Disappointing! The reviews suggesting this place is in competition with Le dip are very mistaken. There is no server, all orders are done through your phone at the table and our entrees arrived about 4 minutes after our soup. Food was good but the vibe was a big miss. Felt like a French themed diner. Also there is no space to wait inside when you arrive if your table is not ready, and I had to remind our hostess to check our vaccine cards.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I came here for the first time during DC restaurant week. The food was very pleasant and the deal was well worth the price. I would return again.

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vipCarrieW
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always wonderful!

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vipRyan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

good food, real bistro vibe. would return and plan on doing so.

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vipCarrieW
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was pleasantly surprised by Bistro du Jour! It is hard to replicate a proper French Cafe', but this comes close! The food was on point, service was excellent, and the atmosphere was quaint. I will certainly be back!

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Hutch
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

As DC becomes more of a city for foodies, one’s expectations increase. Given that this is a restaurant on the Wharf, with a couple of excellent restaurants, the bar is high. Therefore, I was quite impressed with the quality of the cuisine and the relative affordability. We were pleased and will return.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent place

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Hawa
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant!!! The receptionist and the waiter were so nice and respectful. I love the food here.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Visiting from Oregon.

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RhondaM
London
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

This was my 3rd visit to Bistro du Jour since it opened last month. Consistently solid food at a reasonable price point. I had the quiche this time - very light and tasty. Great lunch. Service is improving but is friendly.

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DavidD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Went for an early dinner on a Sunday. The restaurant wasn't very full, which was good because if it were full, it probably would have been noisy. It's a small indoor area with a large outdoor dining area. I was there on a December night and the outside area was not tented or heated so it couldn't be used.

The service was very low-key, which is what I prefer. They seem somewhat inexperienced, but no big deal. I don't want the wait staff to be my friends. Orders were taken and brought out in a reasonable length of time.

The food is bistro French - think steak frites and coq au vin, both of which my party had, along with a salmon dish. Everyone like their dishes. I had the steak frites, and the steak was perfectly cooked and the fries crispy.

We did have desserts. They were simple but again, everyone like theirs. The only issue we had during the evening was they didn't bring a cappuccino that was ordered with dessert, but they took that off the bill.

Prices were very reasonable, especially compared with other restaurants at the Wharf. I would definitely go back.

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vipCathy
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We saw two shows at The Anthem and ate at Bistro du Jour both times. What a coup. Delicious. Awesome service. (Thanks Ebony, Tony, Iman and her trainer whose name begins with an M…cannot remember spelling.) Gougères were perfect. Better than Le Diplomate. Had the salade verte one night and the beet salad the next. Loved both. I am a sucker for a beet salad and this one was spot on. I wish this were in my neighborhood. I would go all of the time.

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AndreaS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Bistro Du Jour is a welcome addition to the Wharf. A pretty and inviting space for weekend brunch. Food is good though the bread of my Croque Madame could have been toasted more like in Paris bistros. Otherwise no complaints.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely location. No frills but tasty dining.

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vipGood
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super cute bistro with a bakery inside. Service is great and food was delicious. Our table had steak frites and salmon. The steak frites was a hangar steak but very delicious. Outdoor has heaters.
Only negatives is that there is only one bathroom so there is often a wait and it is very loud.

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vipBCinDC
Washington DC
55 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Despite a rather cool, indifferent (and maskless) hostess, our meal was delicious. The pate' mousse is especially nice, with generous accompaniments. Excellent server Michael and an overall lovely meal.

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Bado
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience3

Very poor menu for a French restaurant at the Wharf. Also, it’s pretty small inside. There’s not enough space between tables

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HilzT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Really enjoyed the food and drinks only complaint is that the location itself is much smaller/louder than anticipated. Maybe this is part of the "bistro" approach but I would have enjoyed the ambiance much more if I didn't have to shout. Will definitely be back, but just something to keep in mind.

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LibbyH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Too loud to have a conversation
Service was sketchy & a boo boo on our check delayed us leaving as did the lack of efficient service.

Overwhelmed by the crowd the kitchen seemed to function very well as food was timely (not served by our server) and truly delicious!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy night because of the Boat Parade but we were seated right away and had my favorite server, Tony, as requested.
My friend had specific needs and they were most accommodating.
My Florentine quiche was delicious; lovely side salad, and ended with a cappuccino. We had plenty of time to eat and visit; however, noise is an issue.

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vipamdew717
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This is a great place for a moderately priced dinner in a high-end restaurant area. Coq au Vin was excellent and this is something that you don't always see on a menu. My partner had the Croque Madame, which was quite tasty. The only reason I subtracted one star is because the dessert selection did not include authentically French.

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vip72G2
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a delicious nicoise salad and a wonderful cinnamon roll for desert. The salad was rich with tuna -- no skimping here! Great for lunch with friends!

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Greek
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

The service was disappointing. Our server appeared to be not very familiar with the menu and it felt more like a very casual fast dining experience than a nice new fine dining spot at the wharf. The lunch was a special occasion - a long-awaited reunion between best girlfriends - but the hostess nor the server indicated any awareness of that fact. I was looking forward to this experience in a new neighborhood spot, and unfortunately was disappointed.

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Munto
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

It is a le diplomate knock off but the food is extremely sub par. The burger was very small. Steak frites were just ok. Grougeres were dry. Service was slow and forgot to bring appetizers and when reminded there was no apology

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StephanieO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We ended up spending almost $100 for breakfast (4 ppl, 2 being kids) and didn't have any alcohol. Pricey but good.

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ChadE
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was delightful, the food delicious, and it was a highlight of our trip to DC

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RickY
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A delightful experience. The people, the food, the ambience were even better than we had hoped. We had 3 appetizers and 4 entrees. Each was outstanding all by itself. The wine list was extensive and of high quality (thanks, Darlin). We asked for the chef (Treveen Dove) to come out so that we could thank her personally; the food was that good.

While not "quiet", we had no problem having a conversation with our companions in normal voices.

The Wharf has long needed a place that local residents could go for a quality meal at a reasonable price. Bistro du Jour has finally arrived. Looking forward to visiting regularly.

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vipAndyG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

The onion soup was way too sweet. I have never had soup that sweet before. The salmon however, was great. And the burger was pretty good, a bit salty but that's probably just me. The fries were fantastically crispy.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Aunt was in town from Naples, I treated her to a dinner at Du Jour, and we were both blown away with the food which was one of the most deliciously memorable experiences I’ve had in a long time! The service was so attentive and accommodating, our waitress was French, which made the night even more wonderful.

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vipPearlgirl1
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good place. The food is good, not great but solidly good. You won’t leave disappointed but it also didn’t quite knock my socks off.

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PattyC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

really loving this place...the service is could be better but it improved from my last visit! my only complaint is there is ONE bathroom. really?

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MosaicResident
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My girlfriend and I arrived 20 minutes before our reservation, but they happily sat us at a table anyway. Our waitress was amazing. She was so nice and helpful. Every single thing was delicious, from the cocktails, to the appetizer, to our entrées, and then dessert. It was a great dining experience!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Our server was great…he had multiple table and a lunch rush but didn’t forget about us. We sat by the door unfortunately which was very chilly every time the door opened. My quiche was excellent.

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Wasee
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Was a nice place for dinner. Food was great but overpriced. Also the place was too noisy and tables were too close together. Service was good but was very slow. I would come back to try for brunch in the spring when it is warmer out and can sit outside. Maybe getting heatlamps/blanket and having outside options for seating might help make the inside feel calmer and less packed in during the winter.

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vipMeganVD
Cancun
17 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

There were high points—the macaron and the coffee after dinner, but the mussels and the burger were both way over cooked, and the mussels seemed like they were left out after being steamed—they were room temperature and almost inedible. With so many options on the waterfront, we do not plant to return here.

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vipLinaJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

amazing experience

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DesireeS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I was excited to try this place - as the closest Pauls (french bistro) has closed. We went for breakfast-The service was good, courteous. Coffee order seemed a bit slow to get started, though. I debated between 2 and 3 stars for food. I ordered the egg white omelette- it was wet and tasteless, the potatoes were tasty and side salad too bitter. I also ordered a croissant and although the flavor was ok, it was served cold. Cappuccino was served in small juice-like glasses, rather than a cup- which ,for me, took away from the experience of the coffee.
Ambiance lacked the coziness expected. Perhaps dinner would be a different experience.

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ElviraR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely experience - great food, friendly and welcoming service, lovely cocktails. A little bit of Paris on The Wharf!

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RGMN
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience.. amazing waitress.. going back for the mussels..

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LisaP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great play but the music doesn’t match the atmosphere. The surf le table was excellent. Great wait staff. Overalls a great place brunch.

FAQs

Bistro Du Jour offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 984-7400.

Bistro Du Jour is rated 4.5 stars by 49 OpenTable diners.

Bistro Du Jour does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.giftrocker.com/secure/Order/?h=f1b11739.

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.