About Ici Urban Bistro

Ici Urban Bistro offers a fresh and contemporary twist on traditional French bistro cuisine. Offering French comfort food using the best local ingredients, iCi provides patrons with the perfect place to mix, mingle, share and enjoy.

806 15th Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
French, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:
Monday through Friday
Breakfast: 6:30a.m. - 10:30a.m.
Lunch: 11:30a.m. – 2:00p.m
Dinner: 5:00p.m. – 10:00p.m.

Saturday
Breakfast: 7:00a.m. – 11:00a.m
Lunch: Closed
Dinner: 5:00p.m. – 10:30p.m.

Sunday
Breakfast: 7:00a.m. – 11:00a.m
Lunch: Closed
Dinner: Closed

Cross Street:
15th St. & H St.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 730-8800

Website:
http://www.iciurbanbistro.com/

Entertainment:
Large parties, semi-private space, and outdoor patio

Parking Details:
Valet parking available with Mid Atlantic Parking Services

Public Transit:
McPherson square station (orange & blue line)

Executive Chef:
Gyo Santa

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
http://www.sofitel-washington-dc.com/dining-lounge/happenings/

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Enjoy a 3-course Christmas Eve dinner created by Executive Chef Gyo Santa at iCi Urban Bistro featuring Alaskan King Crab Salad, Roasted Rack of Lamb, and a traditional French holiday cake, Bûche de Noël. $65 per person. Kids menu is available at $24 per child under the age of 12.

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Enjoy a 3-course Christmas Day dinner created by Executive Chef Gyo Santa at iCi Urban Bistro featuring Alaskan King Crab Salad, Roasted Rack of Lamb, and a traditional French holiday cake, Bûche de Noël. $65 per person. Kids menu is available at $24 per child under the age of 12.

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Private Dining

Add a touch of French sophistication to your next gathering or party. Private or Semi Private space is available.

Ici Urban Bistro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.1

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

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Quiet

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

My wife and have been traveling all throughout New England to celebrate our 1-year wedding anniversary and D.C. is our final stop. We’re staying at the Sofitel and just wanted a nice relaxing outdoor dinner and Ici was absolutely perfect. We had the duck, wagyu steak, and some truffle mashed potatoes. It was all outstanding. Would absolutely recommend.

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 (Indiana)·Dined on September 2, 2017

This is the restaurant attached to the Sofitel at 15th and H, and thus has an obvious French emphasis. I wanted to grab a tasty dinner with very little fuss, and in this sense, Ici was a good choice. The Wagyu flatiron steak was definitely a reasonable price for Wagyu, and it was reasonably tender and flavorful. The peppercorns seemed a bit too aggressive (at one point I thought the steak was charred / burnt on the outside, until I realized that I had bitten into a peppercorn), and not necessary given the interesting sauce. The French Pinot Noir ("The Seeker") was a nice pairing, though, and I am glad I saved room for the creme brulee for dessert. Note that this can be a somewhat challenging menu for those with severe nut allergies (like I have).

Tags: Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Poor service for the price. I expected more. I would not recommend this hotel or this restaurant. Since this is a French owned hotel, they automatically add gratuity to the bill. Try Joe's across the street before you stop here.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 15, 2017

Everything was perfect. The meats wonderful. The service caring.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 10, 2017

One of the best places downtown for a breakfast meeting. Good food, strong coffee, and excellent service. The wait staff is attentive but not over-bearing and the meal never feels rushed.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Seattle)·Dined on April 17, 2017

We had a pleasant dinner in this restaurant located in the Sofitel Hotel. Atmosphere ... Casual Elegant. Menu and Preparation ... French Inspired. Price Range ... Moderate to the low end of Expensive. We found the food to be excellent and the service attentive but a little rough around the edges. All in all ... Recommended.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 24, 2017

Wonderful food in a wonderful decor. Perfect power lunch!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 25, 2017

My wife and I celebrated our anniversary over dinner at Ici Urban Bistro. I had not been there previously for a dinner, though had a number of business lunches (all excellent) there in the past. We decided to try it because, having worked in Japan for five years and spent time in France, we were intrigued by the combination of classical French cuisine prepared by a Japanese executive chef. I did not mention the anniversary celebration or make any special requests when I made the reservation. Upon arrival, we were greeted warmly and seated promptly at a table by a window looking out on 15th Street -- quiet corner, nice view. Our waiter, born in Morocco, offered well-informed, courteous suggestions regarding choice of food and wine. The sesame crusted tuna carpaccio appetizer was delicious. For the main course we opted for wagyu -- Kobe beef, produced under license at the Snake River Farm in Idaho, we were informed. Generous portions, perfectly cooked and presented, well complemented by the side order of champagne mushrooms. Our dessert of "La Belle Hélène testified to the superior skills of the pastry chef. An excellent experience, with overall cost comparable to what one spends at other top French/European restaurants in the Washington area. We used the valet parking associated with the hotel/restaurant -- $15 is a reasonable price by Washington standards.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 20, 2017

They are of the same quality of a bed and breakfast buffet. I went for breakfast and the my latte was cold, and the food was (as I said) low quality. They made the dishes out to be fancy, they were not. It's a hotel restaurant, nothing more

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

I asked for well done for my steak, it was very rare. They took it back, my friends were done eating because they took forever to bring to the table. I did not want the food anymore. Poor service.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 12, 2017

I grabbed brunch here in the morning after staying at the Sofitel hotel, while it was nothing especially memorable, it was what it purports to be--good brunch in an slightly upscale setting.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2016

I go back time and again. I feel very much like I'm back in Europe with its international clientele.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies
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 (Tampa)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Visiting Washington DC for my 65th birthday, stayed in the hotel where this restaurant is located. Too cold to go out and about so looked at open table for reservations, earliest was 6.45 pm. But when we went downstairs the restaurant was empty. That was confusing, still we enjoyed a nice meal and the restaurant did start to fill up !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 5, 2016

Excellent quality; perfect portion sizes; professional service.

Tags: Authentic, Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2016

The entire experience was delightful. Extra modern but discreet and comfortable ambience. Very nice menu with new and old favorites at very reasonable prices. Great wine/champagne list too. The service was excellent until the end when it took time to find the waiter to pay the bill. Otherwise nothing to improve. I am going back soon.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2016

The food was absolutely delicious. The presentation was artistic too. The cocktails were very good too.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (東京)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Saturday night and only 6customers so ambiance and atmosphere was non existent. Food lacked finesse and going through the motions Overall dissappointing

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2016

They overcharge for their cocktails and for their club soda ($5.00 for a small 6-8 oz.bottle)

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2016

Delicious food

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 14, 2016

Outside seating was nice. Service and food was great. Wines were delightful and reasonably priced.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on June 11, 2016

Wonderful patio for early brunch for those of us that don't want to wait until 10 or 11 am to eat. Delicious food. The only downsides are smokers who hang near the hotel door and right now there is street work going on, so the melodious sounds of a jackhammer might be paired with your meal. Also the birds are aggressive, so guard your food! Umbrellas and trees make for a shady outing. Tables are spaced well enough so you shouldn't have to shout to your companions to be heard. There are sofas as well. Easy stroll from McPherson Square Metro.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2016

Came here for a business lunch on a beautiful day. We were seated outside, where there were comfortable tables and chairs, and nice big umbrellas that shaded the area. We had the soup and sandwich combination lunch, which was fine. The place was not so loud so we could have a good conversation. It was a good spot for an outdoor lunch on a nice day!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 9, 2016

As working 30-somethings downtown we wanted to treat our friend to a special birthday lunch, but didn't have much time. These guus were amazing. Super attentive and the 30-min lunch creations were just delicious. Yes, it's a bit on the expensive side, but worth it. They even gave my friend a beautiful dessert with here name on it- birthday success!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 7, 2016

We were there on a Tuesday night, so the crowds were small. We received outstanding, attentive service. Everybody enjoyed their meals, which included several appetizers, soup, entrees and dessert. The drink menu had enough options to choose from. Overall, we were very happy with the dinner for our party of 6.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 2, 2016

ICI continues to be a great place to eat, and drink! We recently met up with a visitor and her five year old daughter. The service and meal that ICI provided were really great. I had a small suggestion for my meal and this suggestion was immediately given to the chef.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Kid-friendly, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 26, 2016

Great place for a business breakfast - menu and ambiance. The mix of customers is tourists and business people and the location - near Metro - makes it easy. Highly recommend the eggs with smoked salmon. I substitute tomatoes for potatoes tho' it appeared, since my dining companion got the same meal and didn't substitute, it comes with one broiled tomato half. The potatoes, btw, are a mix of colors and looked delish.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on March 29, 2016

The food was very well prepared and nicely presented. Service was just right - attentive but not overbearing. I loved the atmosphere which was quiet and mellow.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 24, 2016

Charming service, very peaceful and quiet - good solid bistro food. A good place for a llegar conversation.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on March 12, 2016

Great dishes, exceptional sides and wonderful, traditional French steak preparations. Outstanding wine list and value. Some fairly rare gems on there.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 1, 2016

I went by myself for the restaurant week, and I had a delicious experience. Thanks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2016

Wonderful venue, service and food! The evening was quiet and the server was perfect. If you need a business meeting or a romantic night out, this would be perfect.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2016

A friend and I went there for lunch, to belatedly celebrate his birthday. The food was great, service too and the atmosphere was nice and quiet. It's a bit more expensive than other lunch places, but worth it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2015

Three mature professional women, cousins raised together, seeking a quiet restaurant, with tasteful ambience, attentive service (no buffets), very good food, other like-minded patrons and (only) a subtle nod to Christmas. We found just what we needed and wanted in Ici Urban Bistro. Raves for the winter salad and the perfectly cooked venison. Could be the start of a family tradition.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 24, 2015

No regrets at all for choosing this establishment for our Christmas dinner. It was beautiful and the food was top-notch. We had a late reservation on 12/24, and still the staff was so courteous and gracious to avoid rushing our courses.

Never found out if they have a baker on-site, or whether they used a local patisserie. Either way, the walnut bread was amazing. Venison was very tender even "saignant" (sous vide?).

Amazing fare, fair price, and some wine that made mon petit ami forget he wasn't having a 5 hour Christmas supper at home in France.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 24, 2015

Six of us had Christmas dinner here, and it was a wonderful surprise.
Food, ambience, service - all were delightful! The amuse bouche, beet salad, venison and cod were incredibly good.
Really enjoyed ourselves and would highly recommend it to anyone - such a surprise
for a hotel restaurant! Great French food!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 23, 2015

This French dining facility was a wonderful experience. The menus change about every six months, so you always have the pleasure of trying something new. It is very quiet, the staff is very friendly and the chef is magnificent.

Tags: Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2015

I was there for a business breakfast recently, and the service -- even though the restaurant was not busy -- was terrible. Baked goods were delicious, as you would expect, and the French press coffee was of course good. And then they added an automatic 18% gratuity...for a party of four?
No thanks. Much better places to go, with better service and better prices. It's just breakfast.

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 (Charleston)·Dined on September 12, 2015

Fabulous hospitality and food! The chef and sommelier came to the table and we were given an assortment of cheeses to try served on slate. The staff was very knowledgable about the food and describing French customs. Also,
they were very accommodating to our late night 6-top (8:45).

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 5, 2015

Dinner at 7pm on a Saturday night. Made reservation to be sure of a table. Result? We were only people in whole room until another couple wandered in. I have no idea why this place is empty. Maybe because it is Labor Day weekend? The room is newly and beautifully furnished. Food is excellent with some very tasty low calorie choices, Service was excellent and meal well paced. Pricing is not outrageously high as in typical 4/5 star hotel.

Food starts with a basket of warm and outstanding breads and rolls. Salad was unusual and good; kale and caesar salad dressing. My pork tenderloin with a fruit reduction sauce was done to perfection and very tasty and listed with the calories as a "De-Light" menu item . Served with grilled peaches, it was great.

My wife's rigatoni was excellent even though it had a little pepper which she normally cannot tolerate. Most people today would add pepper.

Dessert was "petite choux", two delicious cream puffs with fresh raspberries; perfect for splitting.

Considering it is in an excellent hotel and that it's pricing yields a decent value, where are all the people?

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2015

I'm never disappointed when I dine at Ici Bistro. Just an amazing place -- great service, wonderful food, welcoming staff, and rarest of rare, a place that's carefully considered acoustics -- it's easy to have a conversation with one's companions and hear everything!

I heartily recommend Ici Bistro.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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