Bistrot Du Coin

4.5
528 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Located in Dupont Circle in Washington, D.C., Bistrot Du Coin serves up delicious 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.

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
  • 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 528 people are saying
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vipAlyceM
Memphis/West TN
53 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This has been a favorite since ourson moved to

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Everything was mediocre…would not recommend to ANYONE

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. Terrific service.

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AnaGLP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in town!

Food emisora great specially the onion soup and the steak tartar

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foodiefromlex2
Louisville
14 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our meal immensely! It had been many years since our last meal at Bistro Du Coin and we were not disappointed this time - Same wonderful food and service. Although the restaurant was very busy on a Weds. evening the service was excellent and food pipping hot. We would recommend to anyone looking for a very casual setting with excellent food. Easily accessed by Metro.

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vipMichaelC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After 20 years, still the best French bistro around. Amazing chicken and fries, and the salads are terrific. The wine specials are very reasonable. One of the places my wife and I love to visit time and time again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding dining experience!

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FrankiePittsburgh
Vancouver
27 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites in DC...its like being in Paris....go

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FredM
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The bistro is where we dine whenever we visit DC. Last night’s foie gras did not disappoint. The service was timely but never pushy.

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Mauibob
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bistro du Coin is back and better than ever. Even with today’s inflation rate and supply chain issues, they’ve held the line on their steak dishes, while maintaining quality. We had the steak maison and it was solid. Plenty of their great frites and a generous cut. For under $30. The escargot was piping hot and super tasty, served with plenty of their great baguette. The cheese plate was a nice variety, although that could have been a little more substantial but otherwise, a great meal, a great lively atmosphere. Don’t miss out on their wine specials. They had a list of ten French wines, among them, a 2005 St Emillion which would normally be well north of $100 in a restaurant, priced at $69, and it was amazing. Their sommelier clearly knows their stuff, getting a prime vintage and pricing it this low. And there were plenty priced in the $40 range that were quite good as well. I’m putting Bistro du Coin back towards the top of my list for meeting friends who appreciate a good meal at a very good price.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

I didn’t love the stew, but the escargot, drinks and other dishes we got were amazing. It has a classic French bistrot feel, and nails most of the classic French dishes.

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bexs
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

very energetic but that means really loud. Had to really speak in a yell for my table mates to hear me. Food came out really fast and waiter seemed to want to rush us. Waiter never checked back in after food came. I was never offered drink refill, needed to grab someone for a knife etc. That being said, food was good, onion soup delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food and wine! I can heartily recommend the onion soup, the escargots, and the steak frites. I have been going here for years and it never disappoints. It is the best French restaurant in DC, in my humble opinion.

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KevinB
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again, sensational! The cassoulet is my go to dish here. Great vibe. Friendly staff and outstanding food. The wine selection is very nice.

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Hadrian
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Mediocre food and service. Sat at bar and experiences absent bar tender. Waitress made the mediocre drinks (martinis). Salad Roquefort was dry (no dressing) and cheese was dry. Moules Frites were worst I have ever had. Wait staff were disorganized and harried. No waiter appeared to be assigned to any table.
Too many other restaurants to choose from.

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KristofferG
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

One of my go-to's for DC. Cool neighborhood, bustling Parisian cafe ambiance, solid wine list, and good food.

The menu consists of the classics you'd expect in a french restaurant; they do a North African sausage that is unique and tasty, and they have a nice selection of mussel pots. They also do mini-ravioli's that are a can't miss.

I've been here 5+ times over the years, sampled most of the menu, and left happy every time.

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MABAZ
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Was super excited about eating here but enthusiasm dimmed upon arrival. Spoke some French with man (owner?) who sat us, but he wasn't interested in further conversation—sat us without engaging us. Lackluster staff (maybe Sunday night vibe?). Beef stew had good flavor but meat was tough when it should have been tender and fallen apart without needing sawing with dull knife. Would have tried dessert but felt they were anxious to close soon. Plastic red-white-checked tablecloths and paper napkins could use an upgrade to take ambience up a notch or two. Honestly, wouldn't go back... :(

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very tacky place

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InSearchOfYummy
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Stick with the mussels. You won't be disappointed.

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PaulS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always

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vipBeckC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a true respite; consistently outstanding and pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this spot - the food is so good and you can have quite a nice meal without totally breaking the bank. Having mussels feels like such a treat.

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FlooterFoodie
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, as is usual for Bistrot Du Coin! I miss the Little Sweeties in the frisée salad! But it was still delicious!

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LadyT
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very lively old restaurant with a fun vibe and good food. Not crowded when we first arrived but busier and noisier by the time we left. Would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience1

Food was mediocre. They were playing Spanish music at a French restaurant.

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MichaelB
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Took forever for the main course. Seemed as if our table was invisible. Food was very salty. Kitchen was unorganized. Best part of the meal was a draft beer and dessert.

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alexr
Louisville
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best anniversary date ever

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Trip to DC

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Matilda
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been coming to dinner for delicious meals for years. We had our casual rehearsal dinner here. Our entire party enjoyed their food and wines and the prices kept us at budget!

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vipWillB125
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant managed to exceed our expectations. Mussels, cream of mushroom soup, filet de beouf and coq au vin were sublime.

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vipAmber
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Slow service, dull, tragic food…. Nothing like I once remembered it to be. So sad…. I hope they get a wake up call and get it together soon! Great French Cuisine is hard to come by in DC!!

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LucyJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bistrot Du Coin is always a safe bet for a good, consistent meal. Wine selection by the glass is ample and affordable. We had a great waiter that added to a pleasurable dining experience.

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Rick
Cincinnati
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner. Mussels were delicious. Steak with Roquefort sauce was perfect. Price was very reasonable. Cool French bistro that filled up entirely as we finished by our dinner.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very loud. Not much of a French experience with Bruce Springsteen music - although i love him - playing loudly and bright fluorescent overhead lighting. Not a quiet romantic spot, nor a cute, cozy cafe…
Food was average, no unique flavors or presentation.

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vipKarenD
San Francisco
70 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is one of the few places we visit every time we are in town. The food is always very good, the service always friendly and the atmosphere a lively buzz of good times.

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GerryK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience5

The wait staff were not as attentive as we’re used to from this restaurant. We had to seek them out in order to ask for anything we wanted. The food also was below the quality that we’re used to here.

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vipWillB125
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorites. As usual it did not disappoint! The coq au vin is not to be missed.

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EvaC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent, but we waited 15 minutes after sitting down before anyone even spoke to us--and then it's because we called out to a passing server. Great food, meh service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Despite having reservations and being on time, we were left standing at the front door with no one to greet us or seat us. After trying to get the attention of several waiters whizzing by us, we had to get the bartender’s attention for advice. These guys are clearly understaffed. The person who finally sat us down seemed to annoyed and overwhelmed.

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vipHays
Raleigh
69 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We ate streetside so of course it was a bit noisier than inside, but it didn't take away from the deliciousness of the food! Can't wait to return for more!

FAQs

Bistrot Du Coin does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats.

Bistrot Du Coin is rated 4.5 stars by 528 OpenTable diners.

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.