Bresca

4.7
412 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary French / American
Bresca is a Contemporary French restaurant and cocktail bar located in the bustling 14th street neighborhood. We explore the finest in seasonal ingredients paired with genuine hospitality.
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Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic creative and complex food very well presented. Too noisy and a little pricey, but service was near perfect.

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FL
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was amazing. The food was great as always.

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B
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic, and quite imaginative, and the service was terrific — not too much attention, but it seemed whenever we had a question, one of several servers or the sommelier was right there to answer our needs. We are already planning to go again in the Fall.

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T
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best meal I've had in DC in living here for 2 years

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the tasting menu, looking forward going back again for the regular menu items. The cocktails were tasty and each had there own theme.

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T
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Innovative cooking that surprised me in a good way

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BH
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible. Food was delicious and plated beautifully, service was impeccable, ambience was bright and pleasant, and it was just a very enjoyable experience. Only tiny critique I would have is I didn’t love the steak seasoning but that might just be my personal preference. Couldn’t believe that we got several courses with cocktails and tip for $200 at a Michelin Star restaurant. Loved it.

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TC
San Diego
29 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding on every level. Elegant yet unpretentious design, spot-on service, creative craft cocktails that pair as well with the food as the wine, and oh, the food. Two girlfriends and I enjoyed Bresca last January 2018, and two of us just had to return last week when I was back in DC. They've since earned a Michelin star, and I must say it was well deserved!

We started with the foie gras sausage with black raspberry and radicchio puree, which was rich, decadent and easily splitable. For our main course, chicken is typically the last thing I order, but this combination of cuts and preparations was exquisitely prepared and copious enough for my friend and I to split. The meat was ridiculously tender and full of bright flavor, the brioche and herbe panade expertly inserted between the meat and the delicately crisped skin was a delightful surprise, and the warm "salad" of leg and thigh confit with mustard saboyon was to die for. Oh, and the black forest dessert with a little glass of their vermouth was the icing in the cake. Bravo Bresca!

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RH
Miami
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was magnificent! We enjoyed each serving from the tasting menu and wine pairing. It kept getting better and better. We would definitely eat there again and recommend to others.

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RF
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The early plates of our a la carte meal were the best. Definitely go for the shaved beef! Wine pours were no more than 3 ounces. Otherwise, we had to scream to hear each other, it was so loud. Feel for the poor servers who have to work in this extremely loud environment. I tipped extra to help her afford a visit to the audiologist.

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JT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service and wonderful food. A little pricey

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

It was great! Waiter was great! And all the food was great!

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d
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New #1 in DC. Every bite was fantastic and the service even better. They were of course out of pressed duck by 8:00 on a Friday but can’t wait to try it.

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

Bresca’s execution of the dining experience is just memorable as it is flawless. My props to chef Ryan and his incredible team of hospitality professionals. See you soon!

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KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The service wasn't great. Wait times were very long between courses and it wasn't an "enjoyable" wait time. It is very loud in there. The food is amazing (except the lamb main course from the tasting menu). I wouldn't, however, classify this as a Michelin star restaurant (and we have been to very many). I'll try it out again in a year.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Went with my wife for our anniversary, they gave us a great table and some bubbles on the house. Our server was very kind and knowledgeable. The food was outstandingly delicious, every bite had my wife and I smiling until the very end. The brioche was so perfect, the shaved beef over puffed tendon was so interesting! Loved the vinegar powder. The puffed tendon was so airy and crisp. We also had the raw scallop with buttermilk, fresh English peas, white grapes, and salmon roe. It was so fresh and a great palate cleanser before the more rich items. Which brings me to the foie gras sausage, the presentation was very cool, stuffed into the neck of a chicken with the head still on! It came with chanterelles and mulberries. By far the best foie dish I’ve had. There were so many dishes that I thought were my favorite until the next one. We also had the gnudi which was very tasty as well. They were cooked perfectly and the charred greens with the hen of the woods mushrooms worked so well with the pasta. We had all the desserts but I think the Black Forest one was my favorite, cherry was used in several ways and it was great with the rich creamy chocolate. But I must add that all the desserts were on point. I cannot wait to come back for the duck entree! This restaurant is a must try, you will not be disappointed.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Absolutely amazing. The manager took the time to get to know us to recommend where to continue our anniversary night. Exciting and absolutely delicious food accompanied by attentive and excellent service. Highly recommend.

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VG
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best tasting menus I’ve ever had. The wine pairings were perfection. The server was incredibly knowledgeable about the menu, wines, and the chef’s intent for each. Beautiful space!

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OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brilliant in every way...food, service, atmosphere. Worthy of the star!

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N
London
46 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A quirky, upbeat place that left me feeling rather betwixt and between. I liked the casual approach of this fine dining restaurant and the service was pleasant. The menu was small but had enough variety and the chef is definitely someone who likes to experiment, with varying degrees of success. The scallop crudo, accompanied with wonderful peas, edible flowers and sauce, was exceptional. However, the shaved beef was served on top of some sort of (my description) ‘beef flavoured hardened foam cracker’ which had no place accompanying the lovely shaved beef; it lacked taste or texture. However, overall a pleasant experience.

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W
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We elected the tasting menu with wine pairings. Every dish was interesting and well-plated, as attractive to the eye as it was inviting to explore in taste and texture. The paired wines were consistently surprising and fairly well matched to the dishes. Service was friendly and attentive. Dishes seemed to come out, at first, rather quickly, but the pace slowed somewhat as the meal progressed (over about two hours). The only annoyance was the level of noise. Brick walls and a metal ceiling failed to dampen the ambient noise. It was, nevertheless, a wonderful time and I would enthusiastically recommend Bresca.

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JL
Washington DC
261 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One word comes to mind--OUTSTANDING! Went for the tasting menu and every dish was both a work of art and full of creative flavor combinations for the palate without being esoteric. The chef clearly has a deft hand at providing a satisfying experience by bringing together elements you would never think of combining on the same plate! Bresca is without doubt one of the most cutting edge restaurants in DC right now!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

A bit too loud, but everything else was great.

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w
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had the sourdough, tuna and chicken. Everything was delicious. The knees bees cocktail comes in the coolest container shaped like a bee.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Nice people, good food, but the service was incredibly slow.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was attentive, informed, and easy-going. Every dish was delicious - the kind of meal where the food becomes the topic of conversation.

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RH
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, the portions were just.
The shaved beef was great,
The foi gra (however your spell it) with the sufganiot was amazing
And so does the rest of the dishes we had.
Service was a delight, only it was very hard to hear our server as the overall ambience of the place is noisy.
Price wise the place did not completely deliver, I'd expect that at these price points we'll get better attention to details.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food and excellent and very attentive service!

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KT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Appetizers were delightful. Main courses were simply not good. My main course the fish was cold. Hot food is an essential requirement in my view. My friends had the chicken and they did not enjoin it The presentation, the seasoning and overall taste failed to meet expectations. The person in our group who had the pasta had a very favorable reaction The wine list was excellent. Service was very good

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SB
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The place is a joke. Why has no one had the nerve to say, "The emporer has no clothes,"? Do diners feel better about themselves if they pay $7.00 for one thick slice of grilled bread, cut in half to pretend two servings, with a tiny dish of cheese? Or $120 for a duck entree that serves two? The prices are commensurate with Parisian 4-star restaurants.

The server explained the menu at great length, speaking much too fast and not loudly enough, when we would have preferred to be allowed to simply read the menu.

The server also explained that it's "a restaurant of a certain level" yet all the staff were wearing blue jeans. Perhaps they were designer blue jeans of a certain level.

The decor is neither restful nor exciting. It has no particular feeling or theme.

We recommend the place to anyone who thrives on attitude.

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TT
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

food was decent albeit in the fringe region.
the noise level was unbearable - between the noise, the rapid fire delivery of info by the waitstaff, and the accents - I was reduced to simply numbly nodding yes. no one at the table could follow what was being said. we gave up trying to speak to each other and simply waited until it was time to leave.
this is a frat house bar scene, not an upscale eatery.
who / how it ever picked up a Michelin star is a total mystery.

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DT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bresca is an outstanding restaurant. Food, ambiance and service were all fantastic.

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JH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb Meal start to finish. The service was impeccable, the wine pairings were creative and thoughtful, and this take on Modern French was innovative, tasty, and memorable.

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LL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food and service. Could use a bit of sound baffling somewhere (in the ceiling, maybe?) but otherwise a perfect dining experience. We will be back.

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

I always love dining at Bresca from the outstanding service to the detail placed in each dish. Can't wait to return.

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JN
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing staff and service. We had the tasting menu and the food was superb.

Highly recommend to anyone looking for a date night or night out with friends.

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S
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

First off the food was fantastic but the service left so much to be desired. At this level of quality food and price, you expect a certain level of service and it just wasn’t there.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Each dish was a revelation Halibut and lamb main courses were particularly good.

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LL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

We went to this place before and tried a few dishes. It wasn’t bad, which is why we came again to try the tasting menu, and we brought our baby with us in a stroller this time.

We arrived 5:30 on a Thursday. The place was empty and we were the only guests. The hostess took a look at the troller and said that the only place they could offer us was the one right at the front door. It would be a high traffic area with people coming and going. I spotted a corner table with space for the stroller, and suggested us sitting there instead. The hostess was very reluctant and we almost decided to leave the place, and had to insist many times before being able to sit there. I would be understanding if the place was packed with people- but the place was empty! By the time we finished with our food, nobody even came sit around us (there were altogether like ten people). Not enough space for a stroller for an entire restaurant except for the table at the entrance?

We were also underwhelmed by the tasting menu. The seafood dish wasn’t fresh, and quail in the bucatini tasted unbelievably dry. Won’t be back again.

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MI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Duck was simply outstanding as was the service.

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