Bistrot Du Coin

4.5
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389 Reviews
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$30 and under
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French

Located in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., Bistrot Du Coin serves up delicious Belgian and French cuisine. Its very relaxed setting features picnic-style table cloths and a second floor to accommodate a packed house. Owners Yannis Felix and Michel Verdon opened Bistrot Du Coin's doors in 2000 for patrons to converse and have fun while enjoying their meals. It offers hearty starters such as French onion soup and fresh, crisp salads, steamed mussels and sautéed foie gras. Veal stew in a creamy sauce, braised chicken in white wine and pan-seared salmon topped with a fresh herb sauce are filling main courses to try.

Bistrot Du Coin hosts parties to celebrate popular French events throughout the year, and it serves brunch on the weekend with its own menu. This restaurant has an extensive wine list, but also offers cocktails and apéritif. It is open year-round and welcomes reservations.

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MB
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined 17 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lived in DC for ten years and have been removed five now. It was my favorite restaurant then and didn’t disappoint tonight. Great food, environment and wine

f
Montreal
2 reviews
Dined 18 hours ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Basically a tourist trap with locals. Avoid if you know anything about French cuisine. The wine by the glass was unbearable.

PM
Baltimore
10 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Great food and very well priced. Our server was friendly but def on the slow side and they pack people in there so elbow room is limited and it is quite loud. Otherwise a great place to eat-

Y
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made a reservation for my girlfriend and I to have a nice romantic dinner here and by the reviews it looked like a fantastic place. Many things went wrong though and we will definitely not return. The first thing was that the atmosphere was just way too loud and it says this restaurant is not kid friendly yet there were like 5 kids running around the area. Second thing that went wrong was that we were given a small round table near the window next to a pregnant woman. It was obvious that there was no way we could both fit at that table but the hostess told the pregnant woman to move over for us to squeeze into that spot. We requested a different table and the hostess mumbled that there was one in the back and angrily lead us to that table. Definitely not friendly like their motto says on the site. Well the table was next to the kitchen and there was a breeze coming from it the whole time. Lovely. It took a few minutes for a server to get to us and at this point we were planning on leaving but we decided to give the food a try. My girlfriend ordered the bouef bouguignon and I got Cassoulet Du Bistrotier. Both dishes were pretty disappointing. The bouef bouguignon was way under seasoned and the meat was chewy and the noodles were just awful. My plate was alright but still under seasoned. The server never returned to ask us how our food was but did check on the table next to us so that was strange. I asked for the check and was presented with a dessert menu. Uh no thanks, not taking another chance at being disappointed. Definitely the worst place I’ve ever eaten at in DC and the worst dining experience I’ve ever had. I regret coming to this place and wasting my money.

CC
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely brunch with friends. Yummy omelettes and pomme- frites. Feels like eating in a bistro in Paris.

BF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service, especially for the hustle and bustle of Valentine’s Day.

SD
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful, wonderful food - the best onion soup I've ever had; I'll be dreaming about it forever! The waiter (Ishmael) was attentive and thoughtful, and recommended some great meals. The bistro was full and busy and had a great atmosphere. I was recommended this restaurant from a French friend and it was better than I could have wanted. Thanks so much for a wonderful Valentine's dinner!

AA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience
Service was exceptional

j
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fantastic. I ordered a tartine and my friends ordered mussels. Both dishes were fantastic

OT
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Many delicious menu items. Hard to choose. Food was excellent.

J
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Haven't been in a while, but was reminded why I have to go back soon. Everything was delicious. The escargot is not to be missed!

OT
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

It was great except for our waiter kept forgetting about us, had to ask him three separate times to bring our check and he kept forgetting. Finally got another waiter to bring it for us so we could leave the restaurant.

r
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really nice classic French bistro. Typical menu and crowded! Funky, noisy and happy place! Great for 4 folks!

PM
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Neighborhood favorite.

CM
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Made a reservation and was seated promptly. As usual, server was very knowledgeable about regular menu and specials. Ordered New York strip ( special that evening) which was oversized and cooked to order with perfection. Ambience always takes me back to my years in France and Belgium, and I feel as though I am returning to the familiar neighborhood bistro. Only issue is the closeness of the tables and seating , which creates little room to maneuver when the restaurant is full.

AD
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food here is always consistently good, with a lively ambiance.

YH
Tallahassee
16 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service1ambience5

Being going here every time I travel to DC for years. Always great service, ambience and food. This night was a waitress that was visibly unhappy, unable to hear or understand us, and got our order wrong. Then argued with us about it. My monkfish dish was tasteless and the steak made of cardboard

J
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and atmosphere.

m
San Antonio
28 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The peach 🍑 desert is exquisite! Highly recommend.

GC
Denver
74 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Food is great. Service was good, but they tend to be a bit brash. We are southerners, so maybe we are just used to a little more niceties.

MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Food was very good although my rib eye was wildly oversalted. Fine value. Very accommodating.

MS
Pittsburgh
7 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

a perennial DC favorite, like walking into Paris.
I come here almost every time I come to DC - lunch, dinner, it's all good. Consistent, classic French bistro. Steak maison or cassoulet - always starting with some mussels. Desserts are also a delight.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The steaks were inconsistently cooked. Service was good.

S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, superb dinner and good service. We come here for my husbands birthday and it never disappoints. The salads are perfectly dressed, the escargot is always tender, the mussels normande is our new fav. We had to get a bread refill just to soak up the goodness! Wait staff is well trained and anticipate what we need before we know we want or need it.

l
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Bistro Du Coin is always a favorite. We go for the curry mussel pot, but the steak frites is lovely too. Cozy, bustling atmosphere. Our French server was quite salty, but somehow she added to the charm. :)

C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I will start by saying I am French and had been looking forward to trying out Bistro du Coin for a while. The food quality was sub-par. The cheese plate is extremely overpriced (over $15 for 4 very thin and tiny pieces of cheese) - you can find much better value elsewhere. The duck confit I ordered was barely confit (and therefore overly fatty) and the side of potatoes was nothing special. The mussels other members of my party ordered were very mediocre being too dry and lacking of broth. The desserts were okay. The only redeeming aspects of Bistro du Coin are that you can get a good bottle of wine for under $40 and that the ambiance is nice. Everyone in our large party had a mediocre to bad experience and I ended up with food indigestion. There are much better options for French dining in DC.

DA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food; inexpensive. Good service. Great location.

MF
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Buzzing and energetic French bistro with excellent mussels, Steak Frites and other specialties of the cuisine.

Attentive and helpful waitstaff - great value - a fun place!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience1

Very poor and rude service

C
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistrot Du Coin is the perfect place to bring an out-of-town friend, a date, or a group of people. The menu is large and reasonably priced, and the atmosphere is lively, yet comfortable/unpretentious. Our server was very kind and helpful with making recommendations, and the ambiance was wonderful. 10/10 would go again!

LH
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Love this place and take people there every chance I get. It was a quiet night, so the wait staff was attentive without being intrusive. The food was great.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is amazing and the service is very nice!

ST
Hawaii
34 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great French Bistro

M
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A classic staple of the Dupont Circle dining scene, this place offers casual French in a neighborhood setting. Great service, consistent quality food.

TE
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Mussels are very good but the fillet and fries were sub-par. French fries were greasy and cold, steaks had a burnt flavor and were stringy. Le Diplomat is far superior.

J
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

We didn’t get a great table. We ended up inches from the neighbor table. It felt crammed in and like we were sitting with other people. Food was ok. Some of it was great and some of it was bad. Maybe it was an off night? I’m not sure if we will return.

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was amazing and tasted very authentic! One guest in our party had the sweet breads and she raved about them for days. I had the steak and potatoes and it melted in my mouth. I would definitely come here again.

C
Raleigh
50 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a fine neighborhood restaurant in the Dupont Circle area. We always enjoy the mussels, which are prepared in a variety of ways. It's always busy, noisy; on our last visit the service was a bit slow and the prices seemed higher than previously for what we got.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good French restaurant, best French onion soap I had in years , great food , great service , great value

Q
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Arrived on Christmas evening to see restaurant full and busy. We were seated promptly. Ordered mushroom soup as shared appetizer. Delicious but not hot. A 1/2 hour after soup we inquired about our entrees. He waiter brought us complimentary wine and said the kitchen had lost our order. We then waited another 1/2 hour for our dinner. I ordered the stuffed turkey special. It was dry and served barely warm, but I was too hungry to send it back. Overall disappointing experience.