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Le Kavacha French Bistro, Washington, DC

Le Kavacha French Bistro

3.3
3.3
16 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

Le Kavacha offers an inviting menu inspired by French cuisines served up in a sleek and modern setting. The menu features authentic and innovative fare, creative cocktails, and unique French wines, making Le Kavacha one of the most exciting new restaurants in Washington DC. In addition, we offer private events, catering, and carry out throughout the year.

Not bookable

This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–11:30 pm Bar Tue–Sun 11:30 am–11:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 808-2929

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    LGBTQ, Persons with Disabilities, Veteran, Women

  • Executive chef

    Eugene M. Ndjiki Nya

  • Neighborhood

    Friendship Heights

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Public transit

    Two blocks from Tenleytown-AU metro station and three blocks from Friendship Heights metro station

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

A French Inspired Bistro

Handmade Soups

  • Lobster Bisque$12.95

    Creamy lobster bisque, sherry wine, diced crabmeat

    • Vegetable Soup$10.00

      Provençal vegetable soup, cannellini beans, pesto

      • Soup du Jour$11.00

        Please ask your server for our fresh daily selection

        Garden Fresh Salads

        add chicken +$5, add shrimp +$7

        • Le Kavacha Maison Salad$9.95

          Mesclun salad, fresh herbs, Banyuls vinegar, olive oil

          • Caesar Salad$13.00

            Romaine lettuce, anchovy dressing, shaved Parmesan, house-made garlic croutons

            • Beet Salad$14.00

              Roasted red beets, goat cheese, mixed greens, pecans, balsamic & olive oil

              • Charcuterie Plate$21.00

                Prosciutto, pâté, rillette, jambon olives, cornichons, seasonal chutney

                Appetizers

                • Escargots$13.95

                  Escargot baked in garlic butter

                  • Chef 's Country Pâté$13.00

                    Homemade country pâté, Armagnac, artisan salad

                    • Crabcake$17.50

                      Maryland jumbo lump crabcake, mixed greens, aioli

                      • Salmon Tartare$14.95

                        Freshly diced salmon, dill, pickled ginger

                        Savory Crêpes

                        prepared with your choice of flour; plain flour, chickpea flour, or gluten free flour served with house salad

                        • Crab Provençal$14.50

                          Maryland jumbo lump crabmeat, vegetable brunoise, lemon, thyme

                          • Spicy Chorizo$12.00

                            Ground chorizo, pickled onions, goat cheese

                            Pizza & Flatbread

                            • Margherita Pizza$13.00

                              Tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, basil, olive oil drizzle

                              • Chicken Pesto Pizza$14.00

                                Roasted chicken breast, mozzarella, pesto

                                Burgers

                                all burgers served on a brioche bun, choice of house salad or pomme frites

                                • Le Bistro Burger$18.50

                                  8 oz. Angus beef patty, provolone, lettuce, tomato, onion, Kavacha sauce

                                  • Spanish Burger$19.95

                                    60/40 chorizo & beef patty, pepperjack cheese, lettuce, tomato, cilantro

                                    • Bean Burger$14.95

                                      Patty of black beans, barley, onions, celery, carrot

                                      • Beyond Burger®$14.00

                                        100% plant based patty, lettuce, tomato, onion

                                        Sandwiches

                                        served with house salad or pomme frites

                                        • Le Kavacha Sandwich$13.50

                                          Pâté, cornichons, mixed greens, artisan baguette

                                          • Croque Monsieur$15.50

                                            Sliced ham, Gruyére cheese, béchamel, country bread

                                            • Jambon de Paris$18.95

                                              Thinly sliced French ham, fresh butter, sliced olives, artisan salad, baguette

                                              • Steak & Cheese À l'Américaine$16.00

                                                Thinly sliced steak, provolone, green peppers, mushrooms, onions, Italian hoagie roll

                                                Freshmade Pasta

                                                add chicken +$5, add shrimp +$7

                                                • Fettuccine Alfredo$16.95

                                                  Fresh fettuccine pasta, creamy sauce of butter & Parmesan cheese

                                                  • Spaghetti Pescatore$18.95

                                                    Fresh spaghetti pasta, mussels, clams, shrimp, tomato, basil

                                                    Entrées

                                                    • Steak Frités$29.00

                                                      Grilled Angus hanger steak, shallot sauce, pomme frites, artisan salad

                                                      • Steak au Poivre$37.00

                                                        Seared New York strip, pepper-crusted, seaonal vegetables, potato gratin, cognac cream sauce

                                                        • Foie de Veau$23.00

                                                          Sauteéd calves liver, caramelized onions, bacon, mashed potatoes, jerez vinegar

                                                          • Roasted Chicken$24.50

                                                            Roast half chicken, pomme frites, artisan salad, rosemary sauce

                                                            • Mussels Mariniére$22.00

                                                              Steamed mussels in white wine, shallots, garlic, Pomme frites

                                                              • Rainbow Trout Almondine$23.00

                                                                Pan seared rainbow trout, sauteéd spinach, fingerling potatoes, lemon-caper butter, almonds

                                                                Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                                What 16 people are saying

                                                                Overall ratings and reviews

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

                                                                3.3
                                                                3.3 based on all time ratings
                                                                • 3.6Food
                                                                • 3.4Service
                                                                • 3.6Ambience
                                                                • 3.2Value

                                                                NoiseModerate

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                                                                  MarinaM

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  10 reviews

                                                                  Dined on May 15, 2022

                                                                  overall4food5service4ambience3

                                                                  It was a bit strange. We were the only group there, somehow no one else came. May be new management is not up to speed yet. But the for was very good, well made and presented, no problems at all. Wine list is a bit lacking, do not expect much. But the food was totally all right, everyone loved appetizers and main course.

                                                                2. C

                                                                  Chew

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                                  We were only 2 in the restaurant and the volume of the music was blasting! unnecessary. At one point, in the back, someone turned the radio on all the way up, so we were between two very high noise, terrible.

                                                                3. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Chicago

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  3 reviews

                                                                  Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  Reminded us about our actual time in Europe!

                                                                4. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                                  overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                                  Great new addition to the Tenleytown neighborhood. Stylish ambiance, friendly vibe, fabulous French food, and LIVE MUSIC!

                                                                5. BL

                                                                  BizLunch

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  8 reviews

                                                                  Dined on November 8, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Of the many good French restaurants in DC area, this has to be one of the least pretentious. Friendly service, great food!

                                                                6. EC

                                                                  ECNB

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  2 reviews

                                                                  Dined on November 7, 2021

                                                                  overall2food1service2ambience3

                                                                  Cafeteria-quality food at restaurant price. Quality of Caeasar salad was similar to what you buy in an airport (to go). Ordered medium steak and it was overdone (overcooked and chewy, it seemed reheated). Mussels were not cleaned before cooking, and turned inedible. Pizza for the kids was ok. Service: the hostess was not wearing a mask, wearing earbuds while taking the order. We could also see two cooks behind the counter, both of them with masks pulled down the entire time, etc.

                                                                7. C

                                                                  Cece

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  5.0

                                                                  4 reviews

                                                                  Dined on November 5, 2021

                                                                  overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                  Le Kavacha is a neighborhood jewel. Fantastic food, welcoming service, a comfortable and casual place to dine.

                                                                8. OT

                                                                  OpenTable Diner

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                  5.0

                                                                  7 reviews

                                                                  Dined on October 1, 2021

                                                                  overall5food4service4ambience2

                                                                  Great food! Everyone loved their meal, the spices and exotic flavors. An eclectic menu so lots of choices! Great service, everyone was friendly and helpful to each other, I think the ambiance can be improved by making it more intimate, but the food was delicious. Roselyn

                                                                9. M

                                                                  Mado

                                                                  Richmond

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  5 reviews

                                                                  Dined on September 30, 2021

                                                                  overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                  My husband had the Duck Confit and he called it “rich and satisfying “ and I had the kidneys that were tender and served over a tasty potato gratin covered with a delicious if a bit salty brown sauce. The Île Flottante custard was thicker than usual but pleasant with a lovely sweet meringue topping.

                                                                10. f

                                                                  feasttheears

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  1.0

                                                                  11 reviews

                                                                  Dined on September 18, 2021

                                                                  overall1food3service1ambience4

                                                                  Service was unacceptable. Food was good, not great.

                                                                11. JM

                                                                  JMartinD

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  1.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on September 18, 2021

                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience3

                                                                  This was one of the worst meals I have ever had. Two of the diners ordered overly priced steak and received liver. Instead of preparing a new plate, they just took off the liver from the plate and put on a steak. The steak was almost raw. The bread was still frozen in the middle. They didn’t know how to make a Manhattan which took 20 minutes to arrive. The “gazpacho” was watery. How is that possible? The idea that this was remotely French is ridiculous except that we are on the same planet. There are so many good French restaurants nearby, clearly the other reviews on google are made up or written by the owners friends and family. Do Not Waste Your Time and Money! 🤢

                                                                12. S

                                                                  Susy

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  1 review

                                                                  Dined on September 11, 2021

                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience4

                                                                  Good location, good food, outside tables well spaced, staff attentive. One thing- add plants/flowers to upgrade ambiance

                                                                13. N

                                                                  Ncypantz

                                                                  Cleveland

                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                  2.0

                                                                  14 reviews

                                                                  Dined on August 12, 2021

                                                                  overall2food4service1ambience4

                                                                  One hour and forty five minutes until our lunch entree arrived only after inquiring directly to the kitchen. Waitress seemed new,so wasn’t her fault, but little in way of explanation or apology from the kitchen. Restaurant was far from busy; only one other party was seated in the restaurant. It was 1pm on a Thursday.

                                                                14. LW

                                                                  LisaW

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                  1.0

                                                                  6 reviews

                                                                  Dined on August 1, 2021

                                                                  overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                                  I really wanted to like this restaurant. We went there for Sunday brunch and had a reservation for 11 am. We were the first - and only - customers. It took 45 minutes to get a cup of coffee and a cocktail. Only then was our food order taken. Ten minutes after placing our order the server told us that they were out of quiche, which 2 people in our party of 3 people ordered. It was another 40 minutes before our food appeared. Instead of the quiche, I had the Crabmeat Provencale crepe. One crepe for $19.50 that had a scant tablespoon of crabmeat and the rest of the filling was capers and olives. So many capers! We also ordered a pastry basket ($16) for the table. That came 10 minutes after the rest of our food. The four so-called croissants were mushy and bready, not really croissants at all. When the server spilled the bottle of water, knocking my husband's coffee into his lap, I was ready to just get up and leave. But we were really trying to have a nice brunch. The hostess offered to comp our beverages since, as she confessed, she made them herself because they were short staffed so she had to look up the recipes. I thought that the point of having a reservation was to alert the restaurant that patrons were coming to dine! With an 11 am reservation for brunch I would expect there to be staff on hand to make coffee and mix bloody mary's. When the bill came a 20% gratuity had automatically been added to the total , with a space to add an additional gratuity. This is a new restaurant and I like to support businesses that are trying to make it in these tricky times. But this was a total fail. And the mistakes made could have been avoided, new or not.

                                                                15. J

                                                                  Janice

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  27 reviews

                                                                  4.0

                                                                  27 reviews

                                                                  Dined on July 30, 2021

                                                                  overall4food4service5ambience1

                                                                  Lovely menu. Look forward to a return visit. We ate in a “side” room inside between the main dining room and the patio and had it all to ourselves for a late weekday lunch.

                                                                16. DC

                                                                  DCFam

                                                                  Washington DC

                                                                  32 reviews

                                                                  vip
                                                                  4.0

                                                                  32 reviews

                                                                  Dined on July 25, 2021

                                                                  overall4food4service3ambience3

                                                                  New restaurant in Tenleytown so decided to check it out. The food was very good overall. French inspired. Duck L'orange and chicken were excellent. Creme Brulee for dessert was also delicious. Some interesting organ meats such as kidney and liver which were done well. There is a 3 course price fixed menu which is a decent bargain, although much of the a la carte entrees may be priced a little bit ambitiously. Service was spotty but it seemed like the kitchen may have been understaffed that night rather than this being an issue of the wait staff. That said, the restaurant puts an automatic 20% tip on the bill which is somewhat annoying given the service issues that night.

                                                                Safety precautions

                                                                • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                                  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                                  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                                  • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                                  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                                • Physical distancing

                                                                  • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                                                  • Extra space between tables
                                                                • Protective equipment

                                                                  • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                                  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                                                • Screening

                                                                  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                                                  • Diner temperature check required
                                                                  • Staff is vaccinated
                                                                  • Staff temperature check required

                                                                FAQs

                                                                Le Kavacha French Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 808-2929.

                                                                Le Kavacha French Bistro is rated 3.3 stars by 16 OpenTable diners.

                                                                Not bookable

                                                                This restaurant is temporarily offline. Please contact the restaurant directly or check back shortly for availability.

                                                                Additional information

                                                                • Neighborhood

                                                                  Friendship Heights

                                                                • Hours of operation

                                                                  Lunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–4:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Fri 3:30 pm–6:30 pm Sun 11:30 am–11:30 pm Bar Tue–Sun 11:30 am–11:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                                • Cuisines

                                                                  French

                                                                • Dining style

                                                                  Casual Elegant

                                                                • Dress code

                                                                  Casual Dress

                                                                • Parking details

                                                                  Street Parking

                                                                • Public transit

                                                                  Two blocks from Tenleytown-AU metro station and three blocks from Friendship Heights metro station

                                                                • Payment options

                                                                  AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                                • Owned/operated by

                                                                  LGBTQ, Persons with Disabilities, Veteran, Women

                                                                • Executive chef

                                                                  Eugene M. Ndjiki Nya

                                                                • Additional

                                                                  Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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