Bresca

4.7
460 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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Decor was adorable, loved them smaller restaurant, creates an intimate feeling. Service was great, our food and drinks were excellent too, the gnudi was our fav along with the ambrosia for dessert. We celebrated our anniversary and had a wonderful evening.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Service was transactional and forced. Several different servers asked the same questions. Ordered the duck for $120 that was very underwhelming- tasted old/reheated. Scallop crudo was grainy and bitter. Shaved beef and gnudi were very good. Coursing was rushed, servers dropped courses on top of each other. Disappointing experience overall.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

To die for. I was already a fan of duck but today’s dish was amazing. Get an early reservation as there are only a limited number of the 21 day aged ducks a night.

N
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and service. Great staff and a cool space. Biggest complaint would be the drinks are pricier than average but they are good enough to mostly make up for it.

FW
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Excellent meal! We took advantage of restaurant week and were so happy we did. Everthing was well executed and of high quality. As a result, we will return for a full dining experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

I dined here for restaurant week and can only review based on that specific experience. We sat at table 11, right next to the kitchen and service station, which influenced my review of the ambiance and noise level. Would love to come back and have access to the full menu.

LF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was impeccable. Although, the menu was limited during restaurant week, what I tried may have been one the best meals I’ve had thus far. Will go back again. The cocktails were well made. The music didn’t match the theme of the restaurant but I enjoyed it. The scene was a mixed crowd but mostly young individuals. The decor was aesthetically pleasing. The food is worth the price.

c
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and experience. Excellent cocktails!

BC
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A three-course tasting menu is a bit ridiculous. The food was very good, but it really left a bad taste in my mouth to spend over $100 (with drinks and tip) for what amounted to three amuse-bouche.

U
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, too bad the portions are so small

MK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food at Bresca was truly disappointing. It was pretentious with lots of unique ingredients and still managed to taste like absolutely nothing. Its honestly impressive, the chef managed to make foie gras - one of the most famously flavorful ingredients - taste like cardboard. Perhaps it was so bad because we went during restaurant week, but even that is no excuse. I would have preferred a frozen chicken dinner from the Trader Joes next door. I will not be going back to Bresca ever, even though I live just blocks away.

TF
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING everything is absolute perfection. highly recommend the wine pairing

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

FabuliOS as usual! But too loud.

a
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing!! Easily one of the best meals I've ever had. Kudos to Bresca for impressing during restaurant week. Burrata, scallop crudo, chicken, ambrosia all delish!

S
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

We went for a special occasion. Made reservations the first day available. And then showed up and realized they were only serving the restaurant week menu. That is not why we wanted to go to Bresca and they should have sent alerts or something out to people who made reservations. Yes, it was on their website, but we didn't look there after making the initial reservation. The food was good, but it was not the menu we wanted. It is also SO LOUD, I doubt we will go back.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience for restaurant week!

l
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The server and bartender provided exceptional service. Food was outstanding with lots of different tastes and textures. We will be back for sure!

SW
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Although it was very loud our entire Bresca experience was superb. The food was incredible, from somehow making burrata even better than usual to a foie gras cake pop that was to die for, and the wine was spot on. Our server took great care of us and even let me try another wine just because I expressed interest. 10/10 will be going back!

PS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Although the food was excellent, the service great, the experience was bad because there was TOO MUCH NOISE!

K
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. The ricotta gnudi was outstanding

F
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice but rather noisy athmosphere. Excellently trained and friendly staff. Innovative food and excellent food-wine pairing. This restaurant should be on every foody’s list !

p
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Great decor, wonderful service, excellent food but unfortunately the noise level is unbearable.

JR
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

We expected more from a Michelin star restaurant. It’s not that the meal was bad, it’s just that there were so many other better restaurants we ate at in DC.

OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was too salty and came out very late. Made a reservation with birthday mark but did not notice it so we had to mention again. A couple of dishes were great. But we have reservations about this place deserving two michelin stars

AZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food accompanied by the service and ambiance.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Gave us complimentary champagne and reserved a round table for our anniversary. The food was a little salty for our taste but the service was excellent and attentive!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had an amazing experience. Best duck ever!

V
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Birthday dinner. Hip vibe, lively restaurant, smart waiters and wonderful foodie dishes.

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

The food was phenomenal — especially the “large plate” chicken, which pretty much blew my mind (and my husband’s), it was so good. The ricotta gnudi were also outstanding.

AZ
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

I would separate service: host and waiting staff. The latter was outstanding.. what one would imagine from a Michelin Star restaurant. The former was very poor. My wife and I went on Friday, August 2nd, for our anniversary. Of course, I planned and made the reservation three weeks prior, through Open Table. When we got there the host told us our name was nowhere to be found; I showed her the confirmation email and still could not locate it. After a while she gave up and apologized (unapologetically) and told us we could not dine there because she did not have the reservation and there was no space available to seat us (there were at least 5 open tables. I understand they probably where reserved, but still, given the situation something could have been done).
This is unacceptable for a restaurant of this caliber that, by definition, being a Michelin Star the whole experience should be flawless, and specially in this circumstance where I had a confirmation email stating that my table would be available. Finally, after even more time in front of her computer, either she found the reservation or made a space available, but in a snub way, we were escorted to our table.
At the end of the day, this is a pretty lousy way to start a celebration dinner.

DX
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect... !!! NO words to explain the pleasure that Bresca can give you!

t
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We travel a lot and have eaten at some amazing places and this is now one of the best! The food was outstanding as was the service- we highly recommend
Not a stuffy pretentious Michelin restaurant- great vibe

GF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Everything was delicious. Only complaint is that by 7:30, the duck was gone.

C
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great experience and will definitely recommend this place to a friend and do a repeat.

P
Mexico City
10 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

They were late on the reservation, but managed well and they were very kind. Overall very good restaurant.

AK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was tasty and presented well, but options were limited.

e
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was extremely good, although a bit pricey. The service was as good as it could be. Some of the dishes were amazing, some just good. But overall very special. Not an every day kind of place.

IB
London
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful experience! Tried the 6-course menu and the plates just kept getting better. Will come back for sure!

RP
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great place place
good food
good service
will come back

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is amazing! It is the most inexpensive tasting menu you will find from a Michelin star restaurant in D.C. The service is unbeatable! Erma, our waitress, knew the menu like the back of her hand and was extremely educated in the drink pairings and how they complemented the food.

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