Croissants & coffee are delish. Service spotty. Tables (& floors) left dirty after guests (some with children) leave for way too long. Unpleasant to look at the mess.
Ok, let me start by saying that our food (breakfast) once it arrived was very good. That being said, we arrived on time for our reservation and told the hostess that we were now a party of 3 instead of 4 since one member of our family was ill and did not come to the restaurant, Despite this information, the hostess took us to a table where she laid a menu at each of the 4 seats at the table. Then began our wait for a server. While we watched other parties who arrived and were seated after us be waited on and actually served their drinks, we had not yet been acknowledged by a server. After 15 minutes, a server came over and asked us if we'd like to order drinks while we waited for the other member of our party... We then again explained about the ill family member. He then took our order. Two members of our party ordered juice and I ordered hot chocolate (since it was 19F outside). I was hoping for a delicious hot chocolate but unfortunately the served hot chocolate was powder based and was not fully mixed with powder floating on the top and in the bottom of the cup. The omelette, Eggs Benedict and French toast were without fault. The only other issue was the continued disorganization of the hostess who seated several parties (after us) at tables that did not accommodate their party size and she was calling across the restaurant to the different servers who she had moving tables, chairs, etc. It was very disruptive while people were trying to eat their meal and carry on conversations.
First class all the way; not inexpensive but worth it!
Great service and food. Good for families with kids. Highly recommended.
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.
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).
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.
Everything was perfect. The meats wonderful. The service caring.
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.
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.
Wonderful food in a wonderful decor. Perfect power lunch!
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.
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
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.
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.
I go back time and again. I feel very much like I'm back in Europe with its international clientele.
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 !
Excellent quality; perfect portion sizes; professional service.
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.
The food was absolutely delicious. The presentation was artistic too. The cocktails were very good too.