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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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.7
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4.6
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VI
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food4service5ambience4

The tables up front were uncomfortably cold even with sweaters on. The food and service were amazing but a restaurant of this caliber and this level of business where the door is constantly opening should include a vestibule or air curtain so it's not freezing up front

a
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our dinner was very good. It was extremely noisy which seems to be the norm at dc restaurants. We had a good time regardless of the noise.

c
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tasting menu is a must!! And if possible please get the wine pairing.

TM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Lovely spot with amazingly attentive service but the food fell a little flat. Glad to have tried it but probably won’t be back.

KL
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we tried was off the chart amazing! But the duck stole the show!

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

I was not impressed by the service at all. Needs work on appearance and professionalism.

I
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I placed a request for food restrictions and was expecting a follow up call or email for restaurant of this tier, but received none. I had to contact the restaurant to inquire about it for confirmation. The response for my request was not what I expected. I understand the substitution available for dietary restrictions but if I’m paying for a prix fixe menu, I prefer not be limited to a vegetarian dish if the original menu item has protein. This is unacceptable. I also requested for the regular menu service so that I can choose items that can accommodate my restrictions because I understand the alternatives to the prix fixe is not of equivalent value and would like to avoid the complicated adjustments chefs have to make. If given the option to order from a regular menu, I wouldn’t have to forfeit my experience. E.g. for protein temperature, I would like medium plus. The server would bring out and tell me medium well. If the server and chef is not aware of what “plus” implies, then let me know so I don’t have to be disappointed when I hear the temperature of my protein is something else. For a Michelin restaurant, the level of service was mediocre, and less of what I usually receive from a Michelin establishment in general. If someone had reach out to follow up on my request, I would’ve been able to plan accordingly to fit my expectations.

SV
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a belated Valentines dinner with my wife on Sat 15 Feb.
We chose this restaurant because of previous good experiences.
We had the fixed Valentines Menu without wine pairing. Overall the dishes were great! Well presented, good portions and very tasty.
The only dissappointment was the dessert and that is not the first time this happened. Pastry chef needs some guidance.
The service was good friendly and efficient. Want to particularly highlight the two bartenders on that night. Very friendly and well organized. They clearly had skills!
We will come back in the future to savour the Duck a la Presse.
Warmly recommended:)

AS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, very good service. Went for Valentine's day special and they accommodated for our taste preferences. Slight mix up with the drinks but they comped for the mistake. Happily would go back.

B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch treat and location. Service was superb and the food thoughtful, well presented, and very good. Great location. Don’t hesitate an outstanding experience.

IU
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visited Bresca for Valentine's Dinner. Top-notch service, great food flavors and texture and exceptional service. Quite impressive!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

We really loved the setting. Very beautiful decor. The food was good not great. The portions are very small. The service was impressive. We enjoyed everything but the portion sizes

SZ
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food is want to salty. But the beef course is very good, excellent. Other courses are way too salty.

BM
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice experience. Pricy but enjoyable. The portions were on the smaller side for being a la carte.

T
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The short rib was exceptional. The beef shavings were also really good. Great experience

m
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All excellent...only exception is the small size of the plates that each person receives. And we shared all of the dishes - the four of us - the fluke was served a little too early...we were still finishing the chicken. But as good...no a better restaurnat...than i have visited in a long time...and i have eaten in a great number of restaurants.

a
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have come to Bresca several times, the first was when they first opened. It has improved every time.
This visit, the food was truly excellent and the service was also impeccable. The tasting menu was exquisite, and the wine pairings were thoughtful. We will certainly be coming back.

F
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time at Bresca but will be sure to be back. Drinks were made exactly to my liking and the food exceeded my expectations even though it is a Michelin Star restaurant.. Will definitely go back more often!

OT
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We came here to see if the advertising's are really correct or if they're just paid partnership. Ambiance was lovely except loudness problem. Dishes don't come less than 20 minutes(even startings) so if you're going rush skip this place. It was very clear that food freshly made with fresh and high quality ingredients. Cocktails were good but not strong and small amount (4-5oz). Am I going to go again? I don't think so.

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

Fantastic. The duck was unbelievable.

AM
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance. Service was great. My husband had been before and had rave reviews but we were both disappointed by the tasting, specifically the rabbit saddle. We are both adventurous eaters and this was a miss. We left full and unsatisfied with the food but the service and setting were really nice for a date.

OT
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

What an extraordinary find and the best part is that we live only two blocks away! We will be back for more

IT
Baltimore
19 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bresca is the best dining experience in DC at the moment. The food is incredible but accessible and opens all my dining companions' eyes to how excellent food should taste. I'll keep coming back as long as they'll have me. The staff is always very professional, knowledgeable, and friendly. The bread with trout roe is divine. The scallops mi-cut have converted every skeptic I've brought here. The huckleberry and meringue desserts are incredible. And the cocktails! Always delicious.

MC
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good and creative food. Menu was a bit limited but quality of cooking was outstanding

d
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Dining at the banquette may provide a show of other tables' conversations; however, it is a beautiful, cozy restaurant. Rohan duck was worth the $120 and rush for the early sitting. Nice place to have a cocktail too.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

For my birthday, 4 of us got together for the first time dining at Bresca. Well exceeding my expectations for the quality of their cocktail bar:pleasure watching the bartenders working on original cocktails, my glasse of Cava Cuvée Rosé at a perfect temperature , services were impeccable:

PP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been here a few times. Always a wonderful experience. Can’t wait to go back again. And again.

OT
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner at Bresca was great! Everything was an imaginative take on more traditional foods. Had never thought of combining foie gras pate with banana but it was delicious! And the Amish chicken took roasted chicken to a level I didn’t know was possible. The portions were all very generous but so good that we ate every bite!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Food was incredibly underwhelming, especially for the price and supposed Michelin star. My wife and I got the tasting menu and only one course was truly delicious. The other 5 were decent but not worth the ridiculous price. Drinks were okay but nothing special. Service was fantastic though. I would never return here. Dozens of significantly better places at less than half the cost.

JV
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best food I've ever had. Excellent service. Dishes were very innovative.

JT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent choice!

P
London
9 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We booked for a special occasion, and went for the tasting menu. The food was excellent, although reasonably expensive. Our server was excellent, and very knowledgeable.

The only downside was that we were kept waiting for quite a while when we arrived, and then taken to a table that had been sitting empty while we were stood at the door. Not the ideal start, but the rest was good

W
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is my second visit to Bresca and our party chose the tasting menu. The food was again very interesting and tasty. Some of the wine pairing was surprising at first, but when we tasted the food with the wine, we saw that they were really complementing and elevating one and another. Especially the pairing of the white wine from Rhone with the scallop with the smoked guinea hen. Bravo! Our servers were great and were very nice about answering our questions about the food and the wines.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Food was mostly good but wagyu (on the tasting menu as a “premium add-on”) was horrible. I didn’t even eat it all. I’ve had wagyu many time’s before, and all I can think is maybe this is a very cheap cut of “wagyu.” Not worth the up charge....but honestly, even if it’s free: just don’t bother. Lots of tendons and gristle that I couldn’t even chew...not the smooth marbling wagyu usually has. More like a cheap $8 TGI Fridays steak.

When you order the more expensive tasting menu and get all the premium add-ons (I think we spent $400 total for two people), you’re putting your trust in the restaurant. And they let us down, hence the low star review...won’t be returning.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated our anniversary here with cocktails and the tasting menu. Fantastic experience all around. Would absolutely recommend.

Want to come back with more people to get the duck, it looked spectacular.

DG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing! No words. Each dish was so perfectly presented and prepared. Best meal in DC in 20 years! Staff excellent as well as bartenders.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

t
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

E
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. Supercalftagilesyicexpealidocious

DC
Atlanta
11 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant! Went two nights in a row. 😃