Bistrot Du Coin

4.5
543 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
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vipSeanZ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Normally I love the beef filet but it wasn’t prepared the way I wanted it. I ordered medium and it was delivered rare. After I sent it back, it came back charred on the outside and still slightly rare. I’ll definitely go back, hopefully this was just a glitch. Berrnaise sauce and fries were impeccable as always.

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vipAudreyA
Central Coast
40 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed our meal at Bistrot Du Coin! Everything was excellent

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for my birthday with 12 friends.

They were able to accommodate a large group and sat us all together

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, friendly and attentive service. Very enjoyable and delicious. The menu has something for everyone.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time at this restaurant and the food and service were great! Tried the French Onion Soup (always been my favorite soup) and it was very tasty and savory. Has a very nice thyme flavor and not overly salty like some restaurants can be. Then I had the Beef Bourguignon. Not your usual served with potatoes, this dish is served with pasta and makes it a whole different experience. The beef was super tender and finishes with a beautiful red wine flavor. Highly recommended! The restaurant has a wonderful ambiance, you feel like your in a French cafe off the beaten path. Overall great experience and a must visit for great food in DC.

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yxcc
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

food was great, service was great, but table was too small.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always love this place

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We had a great family dinner here. The mussels are amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I first started coming here soon after they opened in 2000. My dad discovered it and it was one of our favorite places to come as a family. My father died suddenly and I moved away, but I still love coming back here when I can. The food is excellent, the staff is wonderful, and it saves me the cost of a plane ticket to Paris.

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SteveJay
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Lovely dinner. Classic French-like bistro. Excellent onion soup, tasty beef bourguignon, good coq au vin, tasty profiteroles. Excellent service. Wine list decent, but pricey, like menu.

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Luus
Columbus
31 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Since the doors of the Bistrot du Coin opened to the public it has been my go-to neighbourhood DC restaurant. Even while prices seem so much higher than ever (over $14 for a cocktail) the food tastes like France and it's as good as it gets at its level. I suggest that you always book ahead and enjoy yourselves beginning with the scrumptious escargots and some pâté de campagne! M'y highest recommendation. Eat with confidence!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

There are two servers for a massive restaurant.

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vipHiFiGuy
Phoenix
174 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great local French bistro that is low-key and not fancy at all. Tasty French food at fair prices and a great selection of French wines by the glass too.

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TouristTom
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Past its prime, with better half of its pre-COVID menu now gone. Plus two huge, sharp pieces of plastic found in my entree. What's to like about it now? Friendly servers (but NOT the snotty waitstaff), I suppose.

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vipAlyceM
Memphis/West TN
53 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2021
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
16 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
12 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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vipOpenTable Diner
Portland
6 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.

KB
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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vipHadrian
New York Area
6 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.

KG
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
78 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience1

Very tacky place

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InSearchOfYummy
New York Area
16 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

BC
vipBeckC
Washington DC
23 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.

FAQs

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

Bistrot Du Coin is rated 4.5 stars by 543 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.