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Rosemary Bistro Cafe, Washington District of Columbia, DC

Rosemary Bistro Cafe

4.7
4.7
207 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, French, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 506-5961

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    For private event inquiries please contact us directly and we will discuss our Private Event options and ensure we are following health guidelines. We can have up to 20 people, however, it must be a family event only.

  • Neighborhood

    Chevy Chase

  • Cross street

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 207 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Neighborhood Gem

  • District of Columbia

    Contemporary American

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  1. DM

    DanM

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were quite surprised to discover this little gem not far from where we live in NW. The fennel salad and chilled pea soup appetizers were delicious as were our entrees. The hanger steak was surprisingly tender as was the filet burger. The service at our outdoor table on a busy weekend was excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy comfortable setting. Easy to hear and be heard . Food was very interesting , well prepared and excellent service
  3. Z

    Zelda

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a beautiful day and so we decided to dine outside. Rosemary Bistro has added outdoor tables in a pleasant setting. We enjoyed the food and had excellent service.
  4. DC

    DCGourmet

    Washington DC

    336 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    336 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful French bistro-style cuisine in upper NW DC. We love this restaurant--the mushroom sauté and hanger steak were fabulous, and for dessert, don't miss the Floating Island!

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded todayGlad you enjoyed our hanger steak and mushroom sauté! Thank you so much for coming!

  5. MK

    MKob

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I enjoy the service, the tastes, and the ambiance of Rosemary’s bistro. It is a delight to be there, not just because of the food, but because the service providers are so welcoming, making the atmosphere personal.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded 5 days agoWe appreciate your kind and thoughtful words. We're glad you enjoyed our food and service and hope to see you again! :)

  6. s

    silviah

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    It was good but overpriced

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded 7 days agoThank you so much for the lovely comment, but unfortunately due to the inflation crisis all produce we are buying have increased in price, and we have had to adjust our prices to fit. We try to be as reasonable as we can but as you can see all prices increased everywhere at grocery stores, gas stations, etc, etc.

  7. BK

    BetsyK

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    One of the BEST meals I have ever had in Washington in the almost 50 years I have lived here. Great service from Hassan…. Thank you!

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded 7 days agoThank you so much! Glad you enjoyed!

  8. C

    Cat3

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a lovely lunch on the deck. The quiche was delicious. Our waitress was very attentive. A bit noisy due to Connecticut Ave traffic

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded 7 days agoThank you for the kind words!

  9. DG

    DanG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A superb restaurant, on any standard. Parking can be a problem, however

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded 7 days agoThank you!

  10. CA

    CAMR

    Washington DC

    53 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food was good, not great, and it was a little expensive for what we got.
  11. EW

    ElizabethW

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delish. Great service. Loved the duck and options

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 20, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words! Glad you enjoyed!

  12. JB

    JimBo

    Washington DC

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had a delightful al fresco dinner at Rosemary Bistro Cafe on Friday, June 17. The menu was interesting and presented us with some tough choices. The cocktail menu and wine list are compact but offer good options. The service was uniformly pleasant and upbeat. We lingered even after dessert because the experience was so pleasant. It is now on our go-to list. Recommended.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 20, 2022Thank you so much! We're glad you enjoyed dining with us!

  13. K

    christineK

    Cleveland

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and attentive service.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 20, 2022Thank you so much!

  14. HM

    HeatherM

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My absolute favorite restaurant and one I frequent as often as possible. Great for lunch and dinner and take out. The quality of the food is excellent and beautifully presented. The waitstaff is friendly, helpful and delightful!

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded 7 days agoThank you so much for the lovely review! We appreciate it and we're glad your time with us!

  15. DC

    DCDiner

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    a neighborhood gem! Rosemary Bistro is a small unassuming restaurant with delicious, creative food, served in a casual environment. we sat outside and found the service and food to be excellent. The wild mushroom appetizer was delicious and i loved the trout with mashed peas main. I look forward to coming back many times to sample other menu items.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded 7 days agoThank you so much for the lovely words!

  16. AD

    ADMR

    Denver

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    i was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the service. The restaurant is situated on the chic upper Connecticut avenue corridor. It's a good location. However, I was sitting outside, given the temperatures etc. The seating was all make-do-ish. It took me a while to find a spot that i was somewhat comfortable with. I was sitting right on the side walk and the street traffic and other noises were very much present the whole time. However, the food was excellent and so was the service.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded 7 days agoThank you so much! Glad you enjoyed our food!

  17. KK

    KatherineK

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious food, excellent service, a bit noisy as they could not accommodate us on the deck and we were on the sidewalk next to traffic. Otherwise a wonderful in town experience.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 14, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words!

  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    37 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Small, unassuming local restaurant with delicious and creative dishes (the menu descriptions don't do them justice) and excellent service.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 14, 2022Thank you so much!

  19. MH

    MarkH

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food, food choices, and service all outstanding. Because the service is along Connecticut Avenue, noise level is high on the one hand (which is why I gave ambience only 4 stars). On the other hand, outside it is safe in these days of remaining COVID variants, and still protected from the elements by ample tenting. It's not a matter of "would [I] recommend Rosemary Bistro Cafe to a friend." My spouse and I already have recommended it to all of our friends. Plus, after dessert one can move across the street to visit Politics & Prose bookstore for a different kind of feast (another part of the ambience). 5 stars.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 14, 2022Thank you so much! We're glad that you enjoyed!

  20. s

    saras

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. Menu not too traditional and lots of choices. Casual plus good food with reasonable prices.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 14, 2022Thank you!

  21. JV

    JoeV

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The food was superb and the service was cordial. The noise level inside was reasonable. Outside, Connecticut Ave. is busy, but the curtain on the dining lane kept it easy to converse. We really enjoyed it.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 10, 2022Thank you so much for the kind review!

  22. GW

    GlennW

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyable meal with sidewalk dining…almost felt as if I were on the Left Bank of the Seine!

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 10, 2022Thank you so much! We're glad you enjoyed!

  23. HS

    HarryS

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    the food and outdoor seating is great here. they do get crowded on weekends outdoors. We have eaten there three times in the last two months. this time two of our dishes could have been a little hotter but still a great place to eat.
  24. J

    Janice

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I enjoy Rosemary Bistro for its variety and freshness.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 10, 2022Thank you so much!

  25. l

    leahc

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    A fine neighborhood restaurant. Better for dinner than lunch. Lunch menu pricey.
  26. MA

    MrAnim8

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good food, friendly service, surprisingly good drinks. Everything you want in a restaurant.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 2, 2022Thank you so much! We're happy that you enjoyed! :)

  27. SC

    SarahC

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Now made even better by the outdoor dining! This place is a gem.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    92 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside, which was lovely. I had the veal cheeks and the beef bourguignon, which were both very good. I thought the veal cheeks were slightly better, as they melted in my mouth. My husband had the gazpacho special and the steak au poivre. He liked both. Our waitress was very efficient. The owner, Fred, came by to check on us, which was really nice. A great place: we will return.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 1, 2022Thank you so much for the kind review! We appreciate it!

  29. J

    Jeannedarc1

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful and we were seated immediately but most of all we want to commend the fantastic staff and especially Hassan. He was able to recommend the best dishes as well as excellent wine. The timing was perfect and we were able to relax and not feel rushed at all. We had the duck and the fish and each was superb. Their prices were certainly appropriate for the food as well as the service. We will definitely return

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on June 1, 2022Thank you so much for the lovely words! We're glad you enjoyed!

  30. Z

    Zelda

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food was wonderful, and once it got started, the service was too. The servers do not pay enough attention to patrons when they are first seated. It was difficult to order a pre-dinner drink.
  31. t

    tika

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outdoor seating too crowded so opted for inside where it was quiet and not crowded together
  32. p

    phyllisk

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Waited 20 minutes for someone to take our drink order Then waited 45 minutes for food All 4 dishes were dried out, no flavor. Noise from traffic and motorcycles was at time deafening outside Overall the worst dining experience we all ever had

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on May 22, 2022We are so sorry about your experience. We appreciate all feedback to improve our service. Please feel free to call me at the restaurant so we can discuss your experience. Ask for Fred.

  33. R

    Rich

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We sat outside on Conn. Ave. and it was very pleasant. Food was excellent and well-presented. Quite busy, which was good for a Wed. evening. Menu has an excellent offering of French-inspired dishes.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on May 21, 2022Thank you so much for the great review! We appreciate it!

  34. b

    baja

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a most pleasant menu. Presentation of dishes very imaginative and tasty.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on May 21, 2022Thank you so much for the kind words!

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a delicious plate of hanger steak and fries. Food was well cooked and delicious. Service was very friendly and efficient. The owner of the restaurant visited every table to make certain everyone was enjoying their meals. I highly recommend this restaurant.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on May 21, 2022Thank you so much! We're glad you enjoyed our food!

  36. P

    Paeonia

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food in a calm, breezy space. Even with a big group of diners seated near us, lunch was peaceful and relaxing. Food was excellent across the board - good ingredients handled simply and expertly. (Our servers seemed slightly distracted - forgot that we had ordered two coffees instead of one, then brought out spoons, milk, and sugar only when we requested them. But otherwise very attentive and cheerful.) I definitely want to come back and try more dishes!
  37. DC

    DCGourmet

    Washington DC

    337 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    337 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful French bistro cuisine in upper Connecticut Avenue! Owner/chef Fred and server Tim are delightful. The new rack of lamb was sensational. We totally love this restaurant!
  38. BN

    BarbaraN

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Four of us met for brunch on a Saturday. None of us ordered the same thing, and we all enjoyed the food. We ate outside so the noise level was fine. The service was outstanding. We will go there again and recommended it to friends.

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on May 21, 2022Thank you so much!

  39. SC

    SarahC

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Walked by this place too many times without stopping in — huge mistake! This is the quintessential neighborhood gem with world class food. The attention to detail, quality, and superb understanding for flavor is infused throughout the menu, the selections, and even the nature and character of the staff! You must dine here to understand what a good restaurant really can do! Bravo!

    Rosemary Bistro CafeResponded on May 21, 2022Thank you so much!

  40. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious and just the right amount of attention from staff.

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
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated

FAQs

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

Rosemary Bistro Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 207 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 13 times today
Google Map for Rosemary Bistro Cafe

5010 Connecticut Ave Washington District of Columbia, DC 20008-2023

Additional information

  • Cross street

  • Neighborhood

    Chevy Chase

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:30 am–3:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, French, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (202) 506-5961

  • Private party facilities

    For private event inquiries please contact us directly and we will discuss our Private Event options and ensure we are following health guidelines. We can have up to 20 people, however, it must be a family event only.

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