Rosemary Bistro Cafe

4.6
97 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 97 people are saying
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vipJWPS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

This restaurant is a welcoming neighborhood gem. They ask for your vaccination card upon arrival, which helps to make the dining experience more relaxing. Service is attentive and the food is delicious.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. The food is so good - the way dishes are spiced, prepared and cooked is terrific. The people working there are very friendly and make a point of remembering their regular customers. Hamad and Tim are two of the long term waiters and are so nice - they make me feel appreciated.

I also love me that they require vaccination proof. This is the only restaurant I feel comfortable going inside to eat.

Nancy

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DaleG
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent! Best French restaurant in the DC area.

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WENDYK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The outside eating was great.. with two heat lamps for our group of four. The traffic noise was a bit annoying. But the outdoor eating was worth it.

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vipMVDE
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent, but with only two waitstaff the service was slow. Took a long time for someone to take our order. Very noisy inside, which I hate. But I would go back just for the food.

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vipDinerT
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our second recent dinner at Rosemary. On both occasions food and service were excellent, well worth the cost.This is now our neighborhood go-to restaurant. We already have another reservation.

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Admirer
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The food was good. I have already recommended it . The service was friendly and helpful. I believe that the seasoning and portions need to better. With the small tables, I understand small plates, but not small portions. I will be back to try dinner menu.

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JeanneC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the restaurant! Keep up the good work.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. We plan to return

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service!!

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vipCherylM
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining there. Outstanding food and service! We ate outside, authentic French cuisine.
Escargot, moules, tarte tatin
Highly recommend!
And, they require a vax card for indoor dining.
BRAVO!!!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First time we ate here indoors. At 7:45 there were few patrons so it was quiet. Can’t speak for other times if day.

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SheilaH
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat outside near heater - nice bistro menu with delicious food including pumpkin and onion soups, mussels, fish special, our wine was nice was refreshingly cold (perfect),
leasant and efficient service.

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Liv2eat
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent! The staff was flexible about our preference for choosing indoor or outdoor seating. I will definitely go there again.

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vipBabs
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at Rosemary. I’m a very satisfied customer. Tried to give five stars at the beginning of this review but it may not have registered

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vipdine4fun
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere.

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Vmarie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Bday. I love this place, and they were great for my bday dinner. Small number of people, great meal, fantastic deserts, and a good bottle of wine.

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vipBabs
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to eat at Rosemary. My favorite place to meet friends for lunch.

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vipAndrewWadsworth
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service are always of the highest quality - I love this restaurant!

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vipacorn
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food great service.

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vipJb100
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for brunch. The avocado toast was amazing!! Also loved the special of the day - Asparagus Soup. Very fresh and natural tasting. We will be back for dinner. the outside dining is super cute.

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vipDCGirl
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a great casual neighborhood place. The food was very good and the service was excellent. The staff was very attentive and friendly. They have some nice outdoor seating on the sidewalk and the inside is very welcoming as well. Perfect place to meet up with a friend or enjoy a casual meal.

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vipPantmart
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Simply excellent. Meat was falling off the bone on my Duck Confit. Perfectly seasoned with perfectly cooked Brussels spouts beneath. The other two in our party were similarly pleased. We went there on a whim and will go back again and again deliberately.

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Mary
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Delicious food, cordial service-- Chef Fred offers a great menu. Outdoor seating is noisy right on Connecticut Avenue.

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Axwall8
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our fourth visit. Top notch. French cooking at its inventive best

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vipKendallH
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Got the bottomless $38 brunch, which is an excellent deal. Servers are awfully friendly. Food comes out quickly. A true neighborhood gem. Cannot wait to frequent here more often.

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vipDCGourmet
Washington DC
326 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Rosemary Bistro Café -- our group of six meet there every couple weeks or so. I especially love the wild mushrooms, and the veal cheeks. Wonderful place. The owner Frédéric is a joy to interact with, as are servers Tim, Mogi, and Nina.

Highly recommended!

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vipacorn
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Our waitress forgot one of our dinners. That was not good. We like dining outside but as the weather cools, we’ll want to dine inside and the inside if this restaurant needs freshening. The good is great and we have been there many times in the last month.

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katy
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

service very very slow .
waiters are very nice but the waiting to get your food takes any pleasure

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love “our” new neighborhood restaurant! The owner and staff are attentive, friendly and genuinely interested in providing excellent food and service in a fairly casual atmosphere. The menu has great options for vegetarians, vegans, and omnivores - ie, everyone in our family! And did we mention the wine and cocktails? Yum!

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Willow
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We have eaten here twice because it’s conveniently located near where my husband is temporarily staying. The food is ordinary and overpriced. The boeuf bourguignon and the salade nicoise in no way approach the typical style of preparation. The service is hit or miss.

Rosemary Bistro Cafe
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you for the feedback, please let us know what we could have done better. We try to keep the menu at a fair price for the neighborhood, and comparable to similar cuisine establishments in the area. However when it comes to service, we try to do our best every-time, but we're all human, and have our off days and sincerely apologize for that.

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vipCuriousCarnivore
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Neighborhood gem. Feels like home - if your parents are foodies.

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Rnesa
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good food, streets a little noisy, but very enjoyable experience

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EllieE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside. Not too crowded and very pleasant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was wonderful and the food was delicious, I highly recommend giving Rosemary Bistro Cafe a try! I just wish I got to eat more things on the menu… I guess I will just have to go back :)

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Janice
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant first visit to Rosemary Bistro, and it won’t be the last. We had Benedict dishes, but the menu is full of nice choices. The dessert menu is terrific!

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vipDaisy
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Just the perfect Sunday lunch spot - we ate outside, the service was responsive without being overbearing, Hassan was very pleasant and helpful and the food was terrific! The avocado toast w salmon tartare is the perfect light meal for summer, and the crunchy toast underneath was great bc so many places give you slightly soggy bread. Nice wine and plenty of water, we had a wonderful relaxing time.

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viptsm1
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a great neighborhood restaurant that you can always count on.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening on the street cafe of Rosemary Bistro. The service is attentive without being intrusive. Each dish was beautifully presented combined with each morsel being delicious! Looking forward to return this Summer.

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Carol
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Eating outside here on a warm night was almost unbearable. You can be either on the sidewalk or actually on Connecticut Avenue, but either way you're closed in by tarps so there is no air circulation, and it's very crowded, unattractive and noisy. The service was dreadful - orders wrong, no spoons for soup, long delays between service to different diners after wrong dish was pointed out, no bread despite two requests, then no butter, not asked about coffee or dessert (which two of us wanted) before check was brought. Instead of comping the dessert or the coffee or at least hurrying it, we had to wait another 15 minutes to get it and another 15 while the check was redone. The food is fine but pricey for the setting and the service.

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 97 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.