Rosemary Bistro Cafe

4.6
27 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Rosemary Bistro Cafe is a restaurant based in Washington, D.C. that serves classic French-based cuisine. All our menu offerings prepared using the freshest ingredients. If you’re looking for a cozy dining experience in the D.C. area, come by our restaurant today.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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
What 27 people are saying
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4.3
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sparky
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our favorite French bistro in our area. Food is always delicious. Always consistent.

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vipSusanG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think the staff and the chef go out of their way to make one feel comfortable. The food is excellent and inventive, with all fresh ingredients.

They have great heat lamps that allow for safe outside dining.

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vipgigi
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This new neighborhood restaurant is trying mightily. We sat outside under a tent warmed by a heater. The service was casual but helpful. The food was good bistro food; don't expect a fine French restaurant but my fish was well cooked.

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vipMichelleR
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipTimT
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are delighted the welcomed addition to Chevy Chase. The food was delicious and we hope to frequent this restaurant regularly!

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vipGuido
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is basically the relocated, now-closed Petits Plats, with the same owner-chef and a similar menu, including very good boeuf bourguignon and duck confit. One suggested improvement is the wine list which, like a Petits Plats, is short and uninspired.

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DCJeffe
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for outdoor dining during this time. Food and drink is solid and staff are friendly.

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vipFolly
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate outside and they put a heater near the table. Lovely lunch with grandchildren.
Ordered take-out of squash soup....tasty but thin. I like it thick. Will be returning.

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vipFolly
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant dinner on the porch. Made another reservation which I had to cancel due to the weather. Not ready to eat inside yet. Will be back soon. Bought delicious quiche at the market on Saturday and another dish I will try tonight. Will be there often. Hope heaters available to outdoor eating.

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vipfoodie41
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten at Rosemary twice and couldn’t be happier with the service, the food and the pleasant atmosphere. Rockfish (substitute for sea bass) on ratatouille base was delicious as was the chicken with red pepper, onions and rice. The lasagna was not your typical layered pasta, but a wonderful array of vegetables, pasta and cheese.

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vipMarieM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, beautifully presented

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vipEvanL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious French food. Great addition to the neighborhood. Good and affordable wines.

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vipKathrynM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This new restaurant on upper Connecticut Ave NW is well worth a look! The outdoor tables are well spaced and appealing, although the occasional truck on the street can make conversation difficult.

Lunch offers typical sandwiches and salads, all well prepared. The dinner menu is more French, with a wider range of appetizers and main courses. The dumplings appear at both lunch and dinner--delicious!

Floating Island is a classic dessert that I rarely find; the egg white meringue is a yummy contrast with the creme anglaise sauce.

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JulianneF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The foods exquisite, the service excellent! The best restaurant in the neighborhood.

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Sueandcharlie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really good food and nice to be outside

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vipDCDiner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a new restaurant that we very much hope survives the pandemic. We had ordered takeout a couple of times and chose it for our first restaurant meal in DC since March. We sat outdoors and had a great meal, and when we said it was our anniversary, our dessert came with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate calligraphy around the border of the plate. Lovely.

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Bridgette
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Rosemary. The food is simple and scrumptious. My favorites are the Gazpacho, fresh and interesting, and the Vegetable Napolean, which is a delicate stack of roasted vegetables that melt in your mouth.
Service is professional and accommodating.
The outside atmosphere is like eating in Paris!

I highly recommend Rosemary!

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vipMikeA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful little French bistro. Even the baguette at 9:30pm was oven fresh. Americanized French menu but still authentically great and delicious. Rosemary is our little secret gem.

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vipGuido
Washington DC
92 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

A welcome replacement for Terrasol. We had four excellent and two so-so dishes. The excellent: dumplings (really good), steak and fries, rugola salad with chèvre crostini, and isle flotatante (excellent). So-so: calamari and mussels (like everywhere now, small and dry; broth rather tasteless). Wine list well priced but limited.

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vipNeighborhooddiner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place, so happy it moved to the neighborhood. One of the few places anywhere that knows how to make a rare steak.

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Crzctld
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Rosemary Bistro was a delightful experience. From the food to the service, this is a neighborhood spot that we keep coming back for more. This time I tried the seafood risotto and it was fantastic!

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vipSteveC
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant

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vipNewFan
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice outdoor patio with adequate social distancing. The owner is very personable and friendly. Small kitchen with limited menu selection. Food was good though not great. Nice neighborhood cafe to meet friends.

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moogoogaipan
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had Rosemary burger. Oh my god...it was amazing! The filet mignon melts in your mouth and the aroma of truffle oil...! I also had the beet salad and it was so pretty and unique. It’s almost like a little art on your dish. My friend had rockfish and she really enjoyed it, too. The food is excellent and the ambience is cozy. This will be on my “favorite restaurant list” for sure.

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Elained
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great first experience at Rosemary Bistro. Authentic French food by Chef Frederique. We will be back often.

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Crzctld
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was one of the best meals I’ve had in a while! We went for Sunday Brunch outside and it was very clean and safe. The service was excellent and our server was great. I ordered the salmon tartare, the mussels with cumin white curry sauce with shallots and my husband had the filet burger. The food was outstanding. The salmon was fresh, the sauce for the mussels was amazing and my husbands steak burger sandwich was the best I’ve had. We can’t wait to go back and we are so excited for this new edition to the neighborhood.

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RobertL
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had seen this going in during the main covid period, finally got to hit it for dinner this weekend and I was pretty impressed. We sat outside on their patio which was pretty well spaced out and the staff was very careful with covid prevention procedures. We started off with a very good house bottle of Sauvignon Blanc and the Tomato and Mozzarella salad and it was superb. Perfect blend of the oil and vinegar marinade and herbs. Tomatoes and Mozz were super. For dinner my partner enjoyed the salmon dish with shredded veg and it was good. I had mussels, I would only suggest wider bowls so more mussels could rest in the broth. Will definitely put this on the short list of places to visit for a french inspired dishes. Hopefully they will be open for brunches soon the brunch menu looks great!

FAQs

Rosemary Bistro Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-5961.

Rosemary Bistro Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 27 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.