Bresca

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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
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 4 days ago
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 6 days ago
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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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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
11 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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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were both amazing! We were celebrating my girlfriend’s birthday and she had a great time. The duck was so good and enough for the both of us. Will definitely be coming back.

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KC
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food fantastic! Everything was a little atypical but exceptional.

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

Restaurants EARN Michelin Stars and Bresca earned its newly awarded Michelin Star. Everything about the experience was perfect. The front of house did a fabulous job. The meal prepared for us was nothing short of amazing. Perfect pace to the 6 dishes we ordered. The service and the food is not pretentious or unapproachable. Most importantly a certain level of humility came across throughout the experience, giving the customer the sense that the team does this not because they HAVE to... but because they GET to. No ego served with any dish. The well planned, better executed menu got better from start to finish. The Ricotta Gnudi is an absolute star. Creative and interesting, at the same time, humble and timeless. If the team at Bresca continues to excel , two stars is not out of the question in the future. It is an absolute must if you are dining in DC.

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ME
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was good, but it was so loud that we couldn't talk without screaming. We're used to loud restaurants, but this was ridiculous.

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RI
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Bresca was a revelation -- a $100 dinner for half that price. The cooking is imaginative and ambitious, and the results are delicious. The service was also very good. My only complaint is that Bresca is VERY LOUD. Next time, in hopes of having a conversation without raising my voice, I'll go during the week and ask for a window table.

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SB
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious, but I felt the service left something to be desired. For a Michelin Star restaurant I had higher expectations.

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a
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Incredible experience - highly recommended

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious food, very interesting flavours. The service is a little soulless: the waiting staff doesn't show a particular pleasure in serving and presenting the different courses, and seems as if they were simply repeating something learned by hearth.
The tasting menu could include 2 desserts instead of one, or there should at least be a smoother transition between the main courses and the dessert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food, even better service. Very noisy and tables were all very close together. Good beverage program. Will definitely return for another special occasion. Not necessarily everyday dining.

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BO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

It was crowded and somewhat noisy, but I guess that's what happens when you become a popular restaurant or a 1 Michelin star restaurant. The food was interesting, modern French (if I was to guess), but no complaints, it was still very good. Lastly, the service in this restaurant was what I truly liked and will remember, because it was fantastic! Thank you.

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L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible experience. DO NOT go there unless you want them to put chicken feet along with the whole leg on your table. It is DISGUSTING. The food tastes awful with only flavor of salt and vinegar.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The is my favorite place. The food is always imaginative, but approachable. Perfect for people who want a little adventure but nothing too crazy. And the cocktails are always superb, we’ll balanced and creative! I’ve been here several times and I’m always constantly impressed at how amazing everything is! I legit love this place.

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MV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The wine selction for the tasting menu was fantastically zany. Cool!

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T
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Every single dish that we ordered was amazing--the shaved beef, the foie gras and beignets, the lamb ribeye, and the ricotta gnudi. There was thought gone into not only the main ingredients but also the many complementary components that really made each dish dynamic and fun.

Our server was quite attentive and friendly. He was very patient when asked about the ingredients in each dish. The only gripe was one of the hostesses was a little rude, which set a bit of an odd tone to start. However, the rest of the meal more than made up for it.

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JR
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely meal. Food was creative and beautifully presented. The duck special was a real treat and enough for 4 people with 2 appetizers.

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MC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cool and trendy setting, more casual than I was expecting for a Michelin Star restaurant, but in a good way. Service was perfect, they made a very slight error with our order and took the whole thing off the bill, and they were very attentive the whole time - without lurking. The food was phenomenal, everything we had including the cocktails was superb. Absolutely recommend.

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FT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Just wrote a more in-depth review that disappeared when I tried to add a picture (Opentable - please fix this - don't make your users / reviewers have to work to get a picture into this form). So this review will be much-abridged:

Good for foodies. Great ambiance. A little loud. Try to get a window seat in the corner. Would go again.

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s
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wonderful service. Pressed duck is worth the trip

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E
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Good, but not Michelin star quality. This place wouldn't even get a look from Michelin in many other cites, US and otherwise.

My wife and I went here for our anniversary. It was "duck or no dinner night" - a prix fixe menu with duck courses. The appetizers were 3: duck tartan (pate of sorts), which was good is you like pate; duck wings - small and dry with not much meat; and tuna pastrami with foie gras - tuna was good, but you couldn't taste the foie gras all that well. Main course was duck breast - small portion for 2 people, and not prepared all that well; duck breast needs to be seared so that fat is nice and crisp, which the meat stays tender, and this one wasn't really either. A duck and cherry tart - which was good; a cheery and pickled beets side - good and a bit small; and rolls which were fine. Then, dessert - foie gras and beignets. The beignets were a bit too rich, as they were fried in duck fat. Foie gras part was good.

Oh - and we asked for some extra bread with the pate - and for 2 pieces of sourdough bread they charged 6 dollars ... without telling us thee would be a charge ... which is crazy.

So, in short, food was fine, not not worth it based on how expensive it was.

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B
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the all-duck dinner and loved it! Last time we had pressed duck was at La Tour D’Argent in Paris when the restaurant was in its heyday and M. Claude Térail presided in the dining room. Bresca’s pressed duck compared favorably.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went to Bresca for the special three-course pressed duck dinner. We were not sure what to expect but our experience was outstanding. Each course was exceptional and quite lovely to look at. Duck, of course, was center stage. What a delight to have chef Ratino bring the antique duck press to our table and then pour the juice extracted from the duck on our duck breast. I hope to visit Bresca again for the wonderful food and professional service.

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t
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it's a michelin star restaurant, you don't need to say much more

great place, mid-priced compared to DC 1-star places. tasting menu was considerably cheaper than other equivalent places, which can run more than double their price point.

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H
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its outstanding in every aspect. Definitely worth a Micheline Star.

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