Bresca

4.7
239 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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CD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my girlfriend to Bresca for Valetine's Day and we had a later dinner. The food was excellent and so was the service. We both liked the location and the interior design. We had an outstanding time and we will return soon!

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AC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food, great service and atmosphere. Only thing is that it is slightly too noisy

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NV
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Every menu item was very unique, but absolutely delicious. My favorite was the pasta dish, the flavors were spot on. The sweet potato perogis were fantastic too. The drinks are fun, but overpriced.

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JM
Washington DC
70 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the server Kristen - efficient, attentive and fun. Fennel sausage linquine and foi gras with duck fat waffles were the highlights of a unique and flavorful meal of small and medium plates. And thanks for making my friend Doug's birthday so special with the nice note from the chef upon arrival and the candle with dessert. Thank you, love Bresca!

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MM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The food was really good both in quality and in presentation. The service was superb. However, the noise level was intolerably high for me so it is unlikely I will return.

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f
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, inventive cuisine, served with care. We will return again many times. We like the badoit sparking water!

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MF
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was nice, ok, however, the hoster not professional as I was expecting and for the price that I paid, my napkin had holes, which sucks. Overall, 4.95 stars if I could

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional experience!

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AW
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Bresca was a nice elegant restaurant for a work dinner. Bresca started to fill up about 7pm. So I would make a reservation if you are wanting to eat here. The menu is small so check online before you come.

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VS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All was great! Noise level a little high! They seemed to seat all the early reservations in one side of restaurant, with the rest open. Made you feel smashed in!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

The food was good, but the serving disappointing. We asked duck for two, and were charged duck for 4 as on the menu (120$ of duck, a lot of expensive duck). The server even mentioned we should get an appetizer to make sure we have enough food, but we ended up struggling to finish the meal to get charged a ridiculous amount of money. Despite we enjoyed the food, it was definitively not worth the money. there are better restaurants at this price point (eg Tail Up Goat offers a much much better food and service experience).

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v
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple menu though stunningly complex and delicious food!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a slight wait from our reservation due to a mixup with anther guest but the staff went far out of their way to make up for it and were amazingly accommodating. The food was incredible and it has a great vibe: a fun mix of up-scale but laid back. Will definitely be back.

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RE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Excellent cocktails that vary depending on the season are a great way to start - we tried 5 total and they were delicious. The food is well thought through and the dishes are extremely well balanced - we loved the Pierogis, the Tenderloin and the Burrata in particular.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Buckwheat linguini is my favorite. Highly recommended foie gras & waffle. They are surprisingly matched. Octopus is too salty.

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LS
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal at Bresca--in my opinion one of the very top restaurants in the city. The Rabbit-Chetta was fabulous. Scallop crudo is fantastic. This is beautiful, creative, delicious food.

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OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Second time I o Bresca. Once again it was fantastic. The food is amazing, with fantastic flavors. Everything is prepared perfectly. The service is fantastic with the staff taking a team approach. You still have a primary server but anyone is happy to assist and help out. The cocktails are creative and complement the food well. Definitely deserves its Michelin star.

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OD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Creative, well executed menu. Very capable, friendly service. Well worth a try

That said, we found limited options for one of our diners (gluten, dairy, red meat restriction)

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AF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite meals in DC over the past year. We had a few of the smaller plates and shared the large plates of tenderloin. Everything was delicious. The service was superb.

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food was decent, ordered the bread, the ceviche appetizer, the octopus (this was actually quite salty), the dessert we chose was a mango meringue with mini tapioca balls with some hot herbal chamomile tea. The waiter just brought the two tea cups with the tea already in it, and it was quite dark and bitter. Overall prob good if you want to try lots of meat dishes, but not much variety otherwise. We weren’t hungry so it was good for sharing.

We were seated by the wall, so it was kind of dark. There was very little space between the tables, everyone was very careful with getting in and out. Overall noise level is high in this area so not sure whether this is different at other spots in the restaurant. Overall good dinner and glad to have tried it once.

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AG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Very nice staff. Great energy and cool vibe, but there is absolutely no vegan options at all and only two small vegetarian items on the menu (small plates). I still loved the restaurant!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely divine. The duck and octopus were amazing. The service was remarkable. Definitely will be back!

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NS
1 review
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was all around good evening. Fun experience, great food, great service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

PHENOMENAL! Birthday experience. I will be frequenting this amazing place. Perfection all around.

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CA
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was bummed we came during restaurant week because that meant that the meal was already set (first plate/ second plate/ dessert format), but the food was amazing, wine and cocktails spectacular. Only wish the servings were bigger/ that I could've ordered more!

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Possibly our favorite restaurant in DC. Scallop appetizer is amazing. Want to go back to try duck. Gets a little loud but not crazy.

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ED
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The beef cheek was amazing!! The atmosphere was great and the food was delicious.

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JG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

During restaurant week: felt a little rushed, drink took a little too long to get to us. Food was really delicious but the service was lacking. By the time they took dessert away from us, they immediately brought out our check, and were grabbing our coats for us. Overall - 6 or 7 stars (out of 10). Would go back, but there are so many other places to try.

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GW
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was here for resturant week and absolutely loved the food. The selection was small but very well-picked. Will be back for regular menu.

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KM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Restaurant Week menu was very tasty--we all liked our choices. Least popular was the foie gras cake pop (combination of flavors a bit too strange) and most popular was the scallop appetizer. Really noisy though so conversation was difficult.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 5

Service was great but food was very disappointing. 90% of the food that we ordered was very salty. Ordered black truffle on top of wagyu beef cheek but did not have any truffle taste nor smell for $12 extra. Very very disappointed with taste of food since it is a Michelin one star restaurant

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TB
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Upon going to Bresca for the first time, I had high hopes for the restaurant. Unfortunately, the experience fell far below my expectations. The food was incredibly disappointing and came out cold.
The service was average, which is not what I would expect from an establishment boasting a Michelin Star. Bresca has a lot of work to do if it hopes to be successful in DC's culinary scene.

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IE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great food and excellent service. Definitely an experience. The cocktails are amazing!

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PC
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service was impeccable. The food was beautiful and delicious. We went for Restaurant Week. This was an amazing value.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food. Amazing service.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Went for restaurant week - will definitely be back. It was pretty loud though for a 10pm seating on a Wednesday

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KS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious wagyu beef, sunchokes & sweetbreads, and creative cocktails! Lovely atmosphere and stellar service.

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R
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for dinner during Restaurant Week.

The restaurant itself is beautiful with a garden wall and honeycombs throughout the space.

The scallop crudo was one of the best things we've eaten in a long time and had wonderful presentation. The Waygu beef cheek was amazing as well--I had to fight my partner from stealing half of it.

We had a very attentive waitress who talked us through each dish. My only complaint that I was still a little hungry after our meal--I wish we would have had the option to order sides or an extra item. Cocktails were great and creative!

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E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Normally, Bresca's food is amazing, but they really phoned it in for restaurant week. The food was okay, this meal could've easily been served at any lower end restaurant. The swordfish was too charred and didn't taste good and the fettuccine with red sauce was subpar and could've easily been made at home with store bought pasta and a can of tomato sauce. The best dish was the scallop appetizer which was delicious! The service was extremely rushed, like they were trying to get customers in and out as quickly as possible. Bresca is one of my favorite restaurants in DC, but their restaurant week menu was a huge disappoinment.

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CB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner at Bresca during restaurant week and found the offerings very tasty and well prepared. Presentation was lovely, drinks great. Overall very lovely experience.

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