Bistrot Du Coin

4.6
480 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 480 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Maxibch
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food was OK. Seating is cramped. Service OK. Will try a different French restaurant next time.

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NinaC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was wonderful. Had the rabbit and it had great flavor, the sauce was flavorful. Will definitely be coming back the next time I'm in the city.

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vipSCCahill
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I have not been to this establishment in some time. Still a great value.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

We went on Bastille Day and expected there to be something of a celebration and there was none. It was also unacceptably hot inside the restaurant.

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Catherine
Richmond
15 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite French restaurant in DC. Wonderful food and a lovely wine list.

The staff is always happy and attentive in a bustling atmosphere. I love it.

Bistrot Du Coin
Responded on July 13, 2021

Thank you for your message. A bientot!

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Gardedis
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Food was okay. Very slow and sloppy service. I wouldn't go back

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FLAMINGO
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Really fun, unpretentious classic bistro in Dupont Circle. Nothing stuffy about this place. Lots of young people, and people simply enjoying the evening. WIndows open, great air circulation. Food yummy.

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vipfoodforthought
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Informal. Modest pricing. Good food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Among the top french restaurants in DC🇫🇷 Great Food, Great Quality👌🏽

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vipWillB125
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal as always! Frisée salad, cream of mushroom soup, coq au vin, and filet with bernaise were delicious. A little bubbly with fluffy mousse au chocolat was a perfect ending.

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MarleneT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Too busy, but we had a great dining adventure.
If we lived in DC, we’d definitely be regulars!!!

Our waiter was outstanding!
Bistro de Paris cocktail was amazing & we loved the moules, frites & onion soup gratinée.

Merci!

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BrookeS
Pittsburgh
29 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an absolute GEM! We were touring DC and wanted to venture outside of the Mall area and on a whim chose this restaurant. Our teenagers are foodies and loved seeing old favorites like escargot and foie gras to new dishes like dauphinoise and every manner of mussels preparation! With the feel of a casual neighborhood eatery, the meal was incredible and the service was perfection. Of the many places we chose during our travels we all agreed this was our favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

It was so loud in the restaurant! Hard to have a conversation without yelling. The service was adequate but nothing special.

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vippatricias
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Father’s Day

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GaryN
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Same wonderful food and experience we’ve enjoyed for years. Always busy, so you should make reservations. Delicious and unpretentious French food, like in an actual Paris bistro. Enjoy harder to find treats like French onion soup, mussels, rabbit, and Filet American along with other more mainstream meals. Just note that it is loud in there. Consider it part of the experience of a lively bistro.

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Dogsbreath
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

It was ok but server was lacking. And the cocktails that had champ was really Prosecco so they were very sweet. Ask waiter to recommend steak and he talked me into cheaper but that just really wasn’t as good as the other cuts I was originally interested in…dessert was good, bread and butter off the chain. They were busy dinner came late we went through 3 bread baskets. I just thought the steak and sauce was under whelming…

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The mussels were good, the bread was good, but this isn’t a bread shop. The fish ravioli felt like it was made from the fish souce not fresh fish bouillon. the normal ravioli had too much heavy cream.

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VegasJ
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Other than the fact that the restaurant failed to check us in for our reservation causing us an embarrassing email from OpenTable stating that we were in violation of the no show policy everything was great here. Please ensure your servers check people in properly and guests you might want to double check that you are checked in here.

Fantastic spot in Dupont Circle. Very authentic French bistrot with amazing ambiance and food. Server was great.

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MichaelK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Overall, it was a very good experience. It was exciting to be back at a restaurant after more than a year and a half. The food was very good -- mussels for me and salmon for friend. The service was very friendly. It was busy and it appeared the restaurant was slightly understaffed. It had been a few years since the last time and didn't remember that the noise level is quite loud (high ceilings and energetic atmosphere). It is a lively setting and very cheery.

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vipConnoisseur
Atlanta
17 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Those were the best mussels I have ever had! And the one I had was just the first of about six ways they prepare them. I’m looking forward to trying the other five. The dinner was great all the way around. I am moving to DC, and this will definitely be one of my haunts.

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RunawayRenee
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this experience was perfect. I ordered steak frites. The fries came out piping hot and the steak was perfectly rare, plus the waiter even checked to make sure that the steak was indeed rare as ordered. The wine the waiter suggested was a perfect accompaniment and he encouraged me to take my time and enjoy my seat, a lovely window seat. I could not have improved upon a single thing!

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SteveC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A DC classic still lives up to its reputation. Amazing affordable wine list especially for Champagne.

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vipJPJP
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Omg this place was great. Came for brunch. Food was so good and great value.

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JimmyS
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Rustic food, very French and delicious. Service slow probably due to staffing difficulties. Great house wine.

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LaurenS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

The waiter was lovely and they accommodated for a large brunch group! Good food and very good value

Bistrot Du Coin
Responded on May 27, 2021

Thank you for your message, but I believe you are mistaking. We don't have oysters or crabs at the Bistrot du Coin.

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vipFelippe
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great genuine French country food and wonderful service in a warm comfortable atmosphere.

One of my favorite restaurants in DC.

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Chiczaz
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Not the Bistrot du Coin I remember from many years ago. Food was edible, but average. The steak was dry and with too much pepper and the rabbit was very heavy and not tasty. Desserts were good though. we ordered 3 desserts, including one for my husband who was celebrating his birthday- they did put a candle on it, but charged us for it, which felt a bit cheap given the price of their dishes.

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vipWalterB
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great place with a terrific French vibe. My go to recommendation for folks if they are around DuPont Circle area of DC.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I lived in France for 4.5 year and BDC is always my goto for authentic delicious French cuisine. Never disappoints.

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kdhskeh
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good basic bistro food. Simple and non-pretentious.

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janeR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The reason the restaurant was rated this time as quiet is because we were eating dinner at 4:00 p.m. We wee the only guests at that hour except for a party on the back upper level. Seniors need to know that it is possible to eat at Bistrot du Coin without the loud ambiance it normally has if you are willing to have a late lunch/early dinner. Our party of
4 ordered two moules dishes, one pasta dish, and one beef stew for mains and we shared two salads for starters. None of us ordered dessert. The white wine we ordered was very crisp and perfect for the moules and pasta. We live in the neighborhood and have been here several times over the last 20 years. But due to hearing issues, have not been back recently. Now I know that there are times of the day that the restaurant is not crowded, we will return. The service was quick and attentive.

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ronDnyc
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Never fails to please. Love the neighborhood feel. The mussels are a must have!

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vipJosephB
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A great French Bistro with excellent food. A great choice for French food in Dupont Circle

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Dpostrophe
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always great food and a fun atmosphere... closest we have here to Parisian cafes...

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Leo13
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always beautiful food and cocktails. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable. We always eat here while in Dupont Circle and will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience4

45 min wait to be seated even with reservation but food was yummy

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vipTrish
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had an early dinner here this past Saturday. It was a warm day and we sat close to the front windows which were wide open. All servers were wearing masks and diners were spaced out. We felt comfortable dining inside. My husband ordered a frisée salad with French onion soup and I ordered a frisée salad the mussels mariniere. The food was delicious and the service was fabulous, as always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Ordered a medium rare steak and came medium well. Came out the second time and it was medium. Fries were old. Years ago I had the best froi gras & steak of my life but it wasn’t a repeat.

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vipKrisK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorites in DC for a relatively inexpensive but very pleasant lunch

Bistrot Du Coin
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thanks

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vip1localcritic
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We took our son and niece both whom live in the DC area for a late lunch this past Sunday and had a wonderful meal. Obviously they weren’t very crowded yeah they were very gracious and helpful. The salads were wonderful as were the main courses. The quality of the food was very good. I’d recommend it unconditionally

Bistrot Du Coin
Responded on March 18, 2021

Thanks. See you soon again!

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FAQs

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

Bistrot Du Coin is rated 4.6 stars by 480 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.