Bistrot Lepic & Wine Bar

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1668 reviews
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>Easy free parking in the evening (after 6:30PM)
** WHEN BOOKING A TABLE, PLEASE LET US KNOW YOUR PREFERENCE BETWEEN THE MAIN DINING ROOM AND THE WINE BAR. **
Special Prix Fix menus only days: Valentine dinner, Easter Brunch, Mother day, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year Eve.

Celebrating its 24th year Anniversary, this Grand Little restaurant is part of Georgetown’s culinary landscape and has been awarded one of the Ten Best Restaurant in the Country by Bon Appetit and Top 40 by Zagat

We are offering classic, regional and contemporary French cuisine.

At the Wine Bar, you will feel as comfortable and relaxed as you would in your home and now you can enjoy live Jazz performances every Monday and Wednesday nights, starting at 7pm.

**OPEN TABLE RESERVATIONS ARE FOR DINING PATRONS ONLY, NOT FOR DRINKS **
Visit our Sister Bistrot, La Piquette on 3714 Macomb Street Nw. in Cleveland Park - Tel: 202 686 2015 - info@lapiquettedc.com
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Charleston
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal.

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BF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great bartender.
Amazing service and delicious food.
Will return.

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Reliably consistent. Exactly what a French Bistro should be. Highly recommend

e
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is always good here, and the staff is attentive. We would have preferred to sit in the center of the restaurant or along the longer side that has more light, but that was not an option on this last visit.

But the food is great (and the bread terrific), there is a nice selection of wine by the glass and the staff is pleasant and very knowledge about the menu.

DA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Authentic French cuisine in a delightful setting. A memorable meal.

FC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went there during restaurant week. Fabulous food and service. I look forward to continuing to enjoy this wonderful neighborhood restaurant

N
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent! We went for Restaurant Week. Although the restaurant was bust, the food and service were delightful.

SE
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 2

Made a reservation for a dinner to celebrate my sister’s birthday. Neglected to pay attention to the date being the first day of restaurant week. Made the meal less costly, but the room was full and much louder than usual. Staff worked hard, but were clearly stretched to the limit. Did a great job welcoming customers, but had difficulty keeping up once every table was taken.

We ordered champage to celebrate. Did not mind at all that it did not arrive before our first course. But we were half-way through the first course before I finally flagged someone to remind them. Server responded quickly and apologized.

Food was, as always at Bistrot Lepic, excellent. The server and kitchen responded beautifully and carefully to my sister’s gluten allergy. At the end, our server persuaded my sister, who does not care for sorbet, to try their home-made chocolate sorbet. Even my sister had to agree it is outstanding. More than redeemed the delay in serving the champagne.

Bistrot Lepic continues to be one of my favorite spots in DC. They deserved to be packed for restaurant week, and coped reasonably well.

KI
Washington DC
167 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Charming little restaurant that wins your heart quickly by having the best French bread at the start of your meal. Delicious sauces, traditional dishes and a nice wine list make it a lovely meal with friends or for a special occasion. The beef medallions are perfection with a wonderful wine sauce. The trout almondine always a favorite, but many other dishes (scallops, curried chicken) have been happy choices, too.

GS
Washington DC
122 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

One of my Top 3 favorite French Restaurants in DC. Excellent wine list with "splits" to indulge in a superb glass of wine while dining. Even began with well crafted Grey Goose martinis. I started with a fantastic gazpacho soup, crisp and tasty green salad and the magnificent roasted quail wrapped in bacon and served on a bed of risotto and mushrooms. My date had the escargot for a start and sweet breads as the entrée. Espresso and dessert and already planning our return trip!

EK
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have never had a bad meal here
My favorite place to eat in Georgetown. Excellent service and it feels like France!

RW
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious, always well presented, Bistro Lepic is a gem. Four different entrees, and all terrific. Definitely a must try if you haven't been there, and one we love to visit.

OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. A great quiet place to talk.

m
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It is always a pleasure to eat at this restaurant. The food is excellent, the staff attentive and polite, and the ambiance great; unlike many restaurants which are noisy, it is possible to have a conversation in a relaxed atmosphere.

JT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice, quiet place with an understated luxury and relaxed atmosphere. Delicate dishes with portion sizes that actually fit your needs and don’t go supersize. And the waitress is actually French. This is definitely the place to go when in Brooklyn

k
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The gazpacho and seafood salad were absolutely incredible!

OT
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food. It is nice and cozy.

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I’ve drove by this place many times and never knew it was there. Went with open table reviews and was not disappointed! I had a dirty martini that was mixed to perfection.... i was sold at that point, but the food was just as good!!!!!! We found a nice spot to have dinner with friends or date night! We sat in the main dining room this time, but plan to sit in the wine bar next visit.

JH
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

French terroir cuisine with great wine selection!!

J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went on a Friday night and had a great evening with friends. We could hear each other and licked our plates clean. Wine was excellent, chilled just right. Almond trout and steak dishes were delicious. Went upstairs to the bar above for after dinner drinks. Not flashy or new, just a solid, great neighborhood place.

OT
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Been dining here for decades. The food feels a little worn, kind of like the menus themselves. It was pretty much the same as the last time i was there in early Spring. I had sweetbreads which were well prepared but the sauce was heavy and overpowered the delicate flavor of the sweetbreads. two of my companions had the cassoulet and pronounced it xcellent. A creme brulee tasted a bit burnt. However, the service was lovely, the space is terrific and it is truly my neighborhood French restaurant. Nice wine list with some well priced selections. We had a Chateau Laffitte Teston from the Madiran, a very satisfying red that reminds me of Burgundy at a better price point. Of course I'll come back, but it would be nice to see some new ideas from the chef. I suspect that would be good for those in the kitchen too.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dining experience. No pressure to rush through a meal. Service was attentive, but not overly so. Food was delicious. Onion Tart, Frisée salad with bacon, salmon in potato crust and casserole of white beans with duck. Scrumptious! Great wine list too.

WB
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming French restaurant in Georgetown. One of the few places that offered Tournedos Rossini. Cooked to perfection. Staff were attentive, friendly, and charming. Great dining experience.

TG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner at 6:30 p.m. on ground floor dining room was a total pleasure, as usual. My family and friends love Bistrot Lepic for lunch, dinner, and (upstairs on Monday & Wednesday) evening entertainment. The calves’s brains special in early July may not be to everyone’s taste but it is silky smooth and delicious. The seasonal soft-shell crabs were crunchy and bursting with flavor. With wine by the glass and half-bottle, as well as the larger full bottle offerings, there’s a size that fits any oenophile’s preference.
Every trip to this authentic French bistrot has been a pleasure. See for yourself.

SL
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply the best Always consistent and great staff

VC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our evening at Bistro Lepic was fantastic! A birthday celebration that will long be remembered. The food was delicious and the service was excellent.

t
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Always a treat on Jazz Night. AC struggles upstairs

NN
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Lepic is our favorite spot to have a special, lengthy lunch with dear friends. Always great!

A
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Artistry in the perfect small French venue

A
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food (soft shell crab main course, gazpacho to start and 2 lovely desserts) was excellent, as was the service. The bistro s a neighborhood gem.

KI
Washington DC
168 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Salads, appetizers and entrees reflect attention to detail and traditional French dishes and preparation. Even an omelette is special, and the baguettes crusty outside and soft inside as they should be. Some desserts are terrific -- chocolate mousse! -- but a couple or merely "eh" (profiteroles, which could use thicker, darker chocolate sauce, better ice cream quality and a little less overbaking of the pastry). Overall, though, an unhurried, delicious and charming dining experience.

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Have dined many times here and it's almost always a pleasure. It was quiet because it was early and not crowded, so keep your choice of time and season in mind. (Georgetown graduation would make it noisier.) This time the food was particularly good. Delicious zucchini blossoms stuffed with Provencal sweetbreads and lightly fried. The salads are always good and often are part of an entree. Wines are interesting and reasonably priced, including nice ones by the glass. Service is warm. I actually am hesitant to write this because I like it the way it is and don't want to see big crowds. It's tiny! And it is definitely not for a younger, hipster crowd, except maybe upstairs in the wine bar, where there is a Tuesday special. More a solid place for locals and neighbors.

E
Tampa
152 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed a lovely seafood salad and dessert. The service was perfect.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was superb and they had an excellent wine selection. Arrived prior to our reservation and they accommodated us quickly and without issue. Downstairs and upstairs have two completely different atmospheres, which is great. Will definitely be going back!

EB
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

So much to recommend, with only a few issues to share. The service and food were exceptional! There's a clear team effort here; one only lift up their head from their delicious meal and someone came dashing over. If we had an assigned staff member, I don't know who it would have been; everyone was taking care of us. The food was delicious--every last drop of it--and the kitchen was most accommodating to a gluten-free diner at our table. The proteins were complemented by wonderful sauces and side dishes, and the bread was fresh and warm. There wasn't a thing we wouldn't order again! They had a respectable wine list with a range of varietals and prices. The only hiccup is that the fries were not ready when the entrees came out; mistiming on someone's part in the kitchen. They showed up mid-meal. The only complaint and detractor from the whole evening was the commercial butter packets, wrapped in foil and solidly cold in a small dish. It was akin to something you'd see at IHOP or another chain of mediocre food. Any proper French restaurant should have proper butter and at the proper temperature. But the butter won't keep us from returning!

AD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bistrot Lepic serves delicious French food in a charming ambiance with warm service. A great place if you want to have a relaxed conversation with friends.

JT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and the food was excellent. I have been several times, and have never been disappointed.

JR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great find. Would love to try wine bar w music. Food traditional French and delicipus

H
Washington DC
79 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Three of us had dinner. Good French food, but soft-shell crabs are not French it would seem
Nice wine by the glass at decent prices

NB
Orange County
25 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Looking for a nice spot for a final dinner before returning home from my 50th college reunion weekend. Saw the description and the reviews, and made an early reservation. Sorry folks, it didn’t meet our hopes; the Bistro Lepic team made our hopes pale compared to the reality.

Ted at the upstairs wine bar was a true pleasure to talk with, as were other patrons-almost forgot about dinner reservation downstairs. Glad we didn’t. Started with a beautiful salad and the gazpacho special, then proceeded to the filet mignon and the tournedos entrees (wonderful accompanying vegetables). We finished with beignets and a rhubarb tart. Each dish was superb in itself, prepared to perfection and presented beautifully.

Adding immensely to our evening were the dining room staff: each was knowledgeable of the menu and the ingredients in each dish, unhurried in discussing the menu, and properly solicitous to ensure our experience was wonderful. Kudos to the chef as well for his care and skills.

Almost as much as the museums and the history inherent in Washington (with a short detour around 1600 Pa. Avenue; everything can’t be wonderful), our discovery of Bistro Lepic and its staff will draw us back to another visit much sooner than we anticipated when we arrived.

Thanks for a wonderful evening.

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