Bresca

4.7
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667 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.

Specials

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

We will be offering a 6 course tasting menu for $145 per person exclusive of beverage, tax and gratuity. Optional wine pairing will be available for an additional $70 per person. Our special Valentine's Menu will be the only menu offered for the evening.

Friday, February 14, 2020

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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
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4.6
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OT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service. Made a wonderful effort to make my husband’s birthday special.

t
Portland
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ryan Raton’s restaurant is one of the most innovative in Washington DC.

E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Supercalftagilesyicexpealidocious

DC
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Went two nights in a row. 😃

S
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't think I have enough adjectives for how good the food was. EVERYTHING was good and a lovely surprise. Sometimes when I read the description on the menu, I thought, that can't be good -- but it wasn't just good, it was perfect. Also, we had a great table and our server was Erma and she was also divine. And Will, the master of all things cocktail was lovely, a brilliant mixologist and helpful and basically they made me custom cocktails. Drop whatever you are doing and go to this restaurant.You won't be sorry.

M
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing drinks amazing!!! Always enjoy the visit to this fine restaurant!!

FF
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I was a bit disappointed with the menu options on a Tuesday night dinner. The pre-fix menu had rabbit or WAGYU Beef as main options but if you wanted the WAGYU you had to pay an extra $20. There should have been at least two options on the main without having to pay even more than the high set price. We ordered off the ala carte. Was surprised no fish or vegetarian option on the mains. We enjoyed our starters but the pork belly was just to fatty for our liking and the other main options (just 2 others were game or meat). Service was very good. I thought the wine pour could have been more generous for the price. All-in-all, too many good choices in DC to return any time soon.

AM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Will definitely come back. Everything was absolutely delicious

SJ
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

incredible experience during restaurant week. Thank you!

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

I have been to Bresca before for the duck and loved it. However, this review is for their restaurant week menu. The fish was overly salted and dry, pasta was overly sweet, and meat was incredibly dry and tough. The beet & burrata salad was great and the desserts were good, but not great, but that’s all I could really recommend. I would come back for their regular menu, but would not for restaurant week.

RR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My friend and I both enjoyed our restaurant week meals. I would say that the beans in Rockfish "Cassoulet" weren't completely cooked so they were crunchy. Other than that all the flavors were very good.

S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our anniversary

TC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Came here for Restaurant Week and the experience was better than any other lunch/dinner we attended. I'm glad they only served the RW menu, so no one felt pressured to order off menu. The place is quaint and the service was great. Would definitely come back.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I loved the food, the cocktails, the service and the restaurant!! Only thing that was a shame was that every course came pretty fast so we only spent an hour at the restaurant. I prefer to take the time when i’m a night out but maybe that will be better if we come back when it’s not restaurant week:)

AG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bresca always surprises and pleases the palate! Wow! Taste treats everywhere! Even in the cocktails

M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for DC restaurant week. The place was pretty popular so it was difficult to get a reservation but finally got one at 4:45 on Sunday. The place was open, modern and had a clean and welcoming vibes. The service was prompt but not rushed. The staff was very well trained. I had a rib and my wife had a rock fish. My wife is a lazy foodie who likes to eat but not necessarily cook so when she likes the food, it means it is really good. We both also loved the dessert. Three course meal were perfectly portioned, left us feeling satisfied but not over fed. As for me, the best part was coffee. I didn't even have to use cream and sugar. Drank the whole pot and ended up staying up late watching ESPN all night. We'll definitely have to bring our friends next time.

T
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Probably one of the best restaurants in DC. The food is creative and amazing and the service is on point. The scallop crudo appetizer dish and the ambrosia dessert are my favorites. Every main dish I have had are perfect and so unique and thoughtfully crafted. The place runs like a well oiled machine. My husband loved it and he is generally only impressed by McDonald’s, so this is definitely a place we can enjoy together. As such, this place is clearly magical. Suggest trying during restaurant week so you can try more menus items for your money.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious and service was outstanding! Such a great experience.

SL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a lovely time

JF
Central Coast
139 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Ended up there restaurant week and were unable to get the duck so that was the first disappointment. Cocktails were tasty. Foi Gras appetizer was worth the supplement and enjoyed by everyone, but scallop appetizer tasted more like herbs than anything else. Each one of us got a different main course. The fish tasted fishy, like it wasn't as fresh as it should be, the pasta was cloying and the short rib should have had the membrane removed. Service was professional and on point.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were here for restaurant week and had the foie gras with waffles which was amazing and short ribs. The cocktails were phenomenal but my favorite part was the chocolate bar dessert.
My only comment is that I would have liked to have one server throughout the experience so it didn’t feel very personal, but all 4-5 people serving us were great and nothing was lacking. I guess that is the “hive” aka Bresca concept at work!

RO
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience3

So went to Bresca for restaurant week, the food was great, and I think on a less busy night it would have been overall a nicer experience. The service was rushed, server was awkward - inserting herself into our conversations and then rushing us out. She clearly wanted to turn the table, no offer of coffee or even an effort to ensure we were done. She literally put the sweets and check on the table before asking if we were all set. For a restaurant with a Michelin star I would think servers would be on their game no matter how hectic the night was. Anyway - food gets 5 stars, but the service was not up to par.

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Overall, this is a great place! However, we arrived right on time for our reservation at 10:15pm and our table wasn’t available so we went to the bar for a cocktail. The first table to become available wasn’t a great table. I wish they gave us the option to stay at the bar until a table we wanted was open. The food was delicious and flavorful, but everything was way too salty. I don’t like salty food but my husband loves salt and even he thought the dishes were very salty. I couldn’t eat more than a few bites of my main course because it tasted like a delicious and amazing.... block of salt—what a shame.

AA
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved dining here! We did the restaurant week menu and it was amazing. The beet and burrata salad are to die for. The decor is so much fun. Really enjoyed being here, all the food was very creative and fun. I can tell the chef and staff love food and cocktails and seeing all the possibilities. Definitely coming back outside of restaurant week for the tasting menu.

AG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I wish I had not gone to restaurant week here. I was excited for the value but the portion sizes were small and you could tell the service was compromised by the crowds. I chose the optional wine pairing, which I regret, because the pours were small and the wine was forgettable.

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was great but it can be drafty and get cold when you sit by the door. The food portions could be a bit bigger too.

J
London
40 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I will start my review off by saying I came to Bresca for DC restaurant week, where you get three courses for $35 and choose from a set dinner menu. When we showed up, at 7:37 pm for a 7:45 pm reservation, I was told, “Well, you will definitely be seated closer to 7:45 pm.” Which is an interesting way to tell a customer their table isn’t quite ready yet. For food, I acknowledge restaurant week portion sizes typically go down during the couple days the locations offer specialized menus, but the portions were laughably small at Bresca. A tiny bowl of five scallops slices. A sliver of a short rib. A small cut of rockfish. I’m still hungry.

Y
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The server seemed rushed, otherwise the experience was fantastic

2
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Maybe it was due to higher expectations of this restaurant where reservations are hard to come by, but it failed to deliver. The food was ok, you can see the effort but it doesn't translate into an exceptional dining experience. Service was condescending and off putting - not sure if it's just the server or restaurant culture - you feel like they are doing you a favor to allow you to dine there. Disappointing.

OT
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week. Thought the portions could have been bigger for the entrees and should have come with some type of bread for the table. What we did have was wonderful but left hungry.

G
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Arrived for our reservation a little early and got prime sitting in one of the window booths. We decided on the tasting menu and were so glad we did. A great variety of very different dishes, each one was amazing. The ravioli dish was one of the best things I've ever had. We never felt rushed during the service and really enjoyed taking our time and savoring each course. A real treat!

DC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Super experience! The manager helped me plan a really special birthday dinner for my husband and went above and beyond to make it a memorable occasion for him. She proactively reached out after I left a comment in my reservation and was so helpful. My husband had a great time and raved about the food.

GN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Got the tasting menu. It was delicious.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful space with attentive service and fantastic food.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best dinner I’ve ever had in my life. We had the duck. The chef came out and did a special table side dem

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

A restaurant in severe decline. This was my third visit to Bresca and, frankly, my last. Since being recognized by Michelin, Bresca’s arrogance has overtaken its value and service by a ratio of two-to-one. Disorganized wait staff; overcooked meat; forgotten orders; and a service attitude that screams “I hate my job.”

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

At first we worried that there was no seafood option for entree but our waiter worked with us and got the chef to make the cold scallops appetizer into hot seared scallops dinner. And it was amazing! All the apps and the meds were great. Thanks.

AK
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

We went here for NY eve. There was a pre-set menu with some additional options and optional wine-pairing. Instead of the wine-pairing we ordered a bottle of Chablis, the last one according to our server. The service was poor for a Michelin star restaurant. They forgot to bring us the wine we ordered, and instead brought us after 20 min our first course with the first wine from the wine-pairing. By then the wine we ordered was sold out. After explaining that we really wanted a Chablis, they told there was one other on the wine list, only this one was $50 more expensive. After insisting, they offered us this one with a $35 discount. Not the same price, which I thought was odd. Not the service level you expect. The food was good, but not what I expect from a Michelin star restaurant. The Wagu was amazing, but anybody can buy a quality piece of meat and do a good job. Overall not bad, but for over $250 per person you simple expect a lot more.

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful New Year's Eve dinner. The meal was well paced and the food innovative and delicious.