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Bresca - Bresca, Washington, DC

Bresca

4.6
4.6
734 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, French
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Dinner Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 518-7926
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ryan Ratino
  • Neighborhood
    U Street Corridor
  • Cross street
    T Street
  • Parking details
    Street Parking- Metered Street Parking is available on 14th Street NW and surrounding side street parking also available.Closest recommended parking lot- Reeves Center Parking Garage covered parking located on the corner of U St. and 14th St. NW (Building Address 2000 14th St NW. Washington, DC 20009, US)
  • Public transit
    Metro Accessible via the Yellow and Green lines using the U St./American Civil War metro station - located at U st between 12th and 13th- 5 minute walk to Bresca- walk west to 14th st, make left, 1 block down on west side of street near corner of 14th and T st.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Tasting Menu

    Multiple dates available
    Embark on an exclusive gastronomic experience at Bresca. Only our Chef's Tasting Menu is available on Saturdays, we do offer an A La Carte menu at the bar aswell.
  • Ethos Experience

    Apr 11 - Jul 4, 2024
    Ethos II: A New Cocktail Experience As humans, we have the ability to experience flavors emotionally. Explore this concept at Bresca through Ethos II, an omakase cocktail tasting by Lead Bartender Sara Chaudhuri featuring five new cocktails that evoke a state of mind, the character of a place, or a moment in time. Elevated yet approachable, the flight follows an emotional narrative with a fun, relatable story that takes place over the course of a day told through the cocktails. Every Thursday at 6pm at the bar.
  • Veuve Dinner

    May 9, 2024 only
    Veuve Clicquot Four-Course Dinner Experience Join us at Bresca for an exclusive evening of fine dining and champagne elegance. Our four-course dinner is meticulously paired with Veuve Clicquot's exquisite selections, designed to provide a memorable gastronomic journey from start to finish. A sneak peak of some of the rare selections that we will be pouring for one night only: Iconic Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label Methuselah Veuve Clicquot Extra Brut Extra Old Veuve Clicquot Vintage Magnum 2002 Veuve Clicquot Vintage Rosé 2015 Veuve Clicquot Demi Sec *subject to change Reserve your table for an unparalleled dining experience.

What 734 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

734 Reviews
  1. AndrewZ

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service are amazing. The wine service also is superb. An excellent restaurant which is truly welcoming.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always stellar. Most consistent and constantly delicious fine dining experience in DC with the best team in the business.

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  3. LorneG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    At our table, we all ordered the tasting menu and it was outstanding. Every dish was unique with a variety of great flavors. The superior service on top of the extraordinarily creative food is clearly why Bresca is a Michelin Star restaurant. Thank you to chef Ryan Ratino and your great team.

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Matt, our server was wonderful. And the food was some of the best one Michelin starred food we’ve had!

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  5. DocTP

    Richmond

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Stellar in every way. This was a group dinner of 8 people celebrating a special occasion. We reached out ahead of time and they put together a fantastic tasting menu with wine pairing. Every course and pairing was perfectly prepared and presented. Thank you for making this night special and I will highly recommend Bresca to others

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  6. Mari

    Philadelphia

    15 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was good, but a little overpriced at the end.

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  7. RohanM

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on April 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exceeded every expectation. From start to finish, Chef Kyle took us on a culinary adventure. 10/10

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Memphis/West TN

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was outstanding - we managed to order the one Lamb Wellington and it could not have better or more memorable. Enjoyed the chef’s description of all that goes into a masterpiece.

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  9. CLDL

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and service. Best duck I’ve ever had.

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  10. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It's giving the hot new spot in DC, but not blown up yet vibes. Great cocktails, delicious food, extremely small servings, exceptionally over priced. The 23% automatic service fee maybe warranted for the opening week level of service provided, which will no doubt wain in time... perfect for a very special occasion or if you can afford to live in DC without a room mate. A lot of Spanish influence for a French restaurant? It is a lovely time $$$$

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 28, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was average at best. Our server only took our order and never asked us again- how’s the food. Basically doesn’t check up on us. The appetizers were pretty basic. Nothing you can’t get at any high end restaurants. The entree was horrible. Good quality but why is the sauce just straight salt water? Def not a Michelin star like its sister restaurant- Jont. I have never written a bad review for a restaurant. Avoid, just go to one of the other Michelin star restaurants.

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  12. Debsm

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always am amazing experience

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  13. AnneL

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is the best restaurant - and the best deal for a high end meal - in the entire city. I adore this place!

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  14. YvonnickR

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great service.. great food.. the place was a little cold in the temperature of the restaurant

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    We enjoyed the food more than the atmosphere. The chicken was excellent — made us forget our disappointment over there being no more duck! The small plates got a little annoying; chicken leg hung off the edge. Maybe go to larger plates for the mains?

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  16. DCNative

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food, and outstanding service. The tasting menu was superb.

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  17. Patricia

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The meal was amazing. The chef -- a 28 year old Michelan chef was attentive and wonderful.

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Portion size for a tasting menu was extremely small and skimpy. Dishes were fantastic but left very hungry still and wanting more food. Tasting menus shouldn’t leave you hungry

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  19. Luvtoeat

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 5, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding!

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  20. JorstinCheerios

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was spectacular. The staff worked well with each other and Harrison (our server), expressed thorough knowledge of the menu and wine pairings. The tasting menu offered sensational bite after bite. We tasted the passion and creativity of the chef and enjoyed heartfelt conversation between a well spaced, five course offering.

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  21. asdfas

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food and service.

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  22. Rbell

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Tasting menu was really enjoyable (normally we order a la carte here, so this was a first time trying tasting). Wagyu upgrade was decidedly not worth it, but its fine to have tried it just so we know. If duck presse is available go for that!

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  23. Jevans

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent creations

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  24. JasonD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bresca is an amazing restaurant with excellent food and service, and the tasting menu is a surprisingly good value for fine dining in DC.

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  25. BrettG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Took my wife here for her birthday. One of the best meals we’ve ever had. We both had the 5 course dinner. Every course was unexpected and delicious. Service was outstanding. Look forward to eating there again!

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  26. JoyceB

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The meal was outstanding. The pressed duck is a must, but everything was first rate. The Amish chicken was rich and flavorful; the fluke was also outstanding. The sides accompanying the entrees were perfectly executed - lots of citrus and lightness. We thoroughly enjoyed it. Ask fir the round table up front - wish we had been able to sit there.

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  27. DCDiner

    Washington DC

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The duck is unbelievably good. Don’t be put off by the price - it easily will feed four people, as in addition to the roast duck you get a delicious duck tart, cured apples and a small salad, along with plentiful housemade rolls. This is not Peking duck with glazed skin, rather it is roasted and served rare with a delicious sauce prepared tableside. If you are squeamish about the thought of rare duck, think rare/medium steak, very similar in appearance and texture. But they only prepare four ducks a night, so arrive early. I look forward to returning to try the roast chicken. Service is smooth, attentive, efficient. Atmosphere very relaxed - you will be comfortable in your dress jeans. Noise level is high - maybe some acoustics treatment on the ceiling will help.

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  28. MikeD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 24, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of my favorite DC restaurants, and for good reason. Excellent and attentive service, mind-bogglingly delicious food with beautiful presentation, great overall experience. I hope to be back many more times.
    BrescaResponded on February 25, 2020
    Greetings MikeD, Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. We all here at Bresca are very happy you enjoyed our food and service. We are looking forward to having you join us many more times in the future. Best,

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  29. DianaT

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Consistently delicious, impeccable service, creative menu

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  30. Waitwhatwhyfood

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bresca has an unreal 6 course meal that tops anything in D.C. The price value, experience, and taste were all exceptional. Located on busy 14th street, the restaurant somehow transports you away from the bustle into a unique, modern yet cozy small restaurant.
    BrescaResponded on February 25, 2020
    Greetings Waitwhatwhyfood, Thank you very much for your experience with us. We are very happy that you consider us one of your top choices in DC. It is such a compliment. We are looking forward to your visits in the future. Sincerely,

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  31. VIPULK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    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

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  32. Robdog

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    great food and knowledgeable sommelier. great food comes out at the perfect temperature

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  33. anneb

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    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.

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  34. cheesefries

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The tasting menu is a must!! And if possible please get the wine pairing.

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  35. TiffanyM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely spot with amazingly attentive service but the food fell a little flat. Glad to have tried it but probably won’t be back.

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  36. KevinL

    New York City

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything we tried was off the chart amazing! But the duck stole the show!

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  37. Andrew

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I was not impressed by the service at all. Needs work on appearance and professionalism.

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  38. Ilovefoodtoo

    Houston

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    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.

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  39. StefanV

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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:)

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  40. AlexS

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    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.

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FAQs

Bresca offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 518-7926.

Bresca is rated 4.6 stars by 734 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Bresca

1906 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

Additional information

  • Cross street
    T Street
  • Neighborhood
    U Street Corridor
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu 5:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:30 pm Dinner Fri 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary French / American, Contemporary American, French
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking- Metered Street Parking is available on 14th Street NW and surrounding side street parking also available.Closest recommended parking lot- Reeves Center Parking Garage covered parking located on the corner of U St. and 14th St. NW (Building Address 2000 14th St NW. Washington, DC 20009, US)
  • Public transit
    Metro Accessible via the Yellow and Green lines using the U St./American Civil War metro station - located at U st between 12th and 13th- 5 minute walk to Bresca- walk west to 14th st, make left, 1 block down on west side of street near corner of 14th and T st.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ryan Ratino
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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