The Bistro at Goodstone

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The Bistro at Goodstone offers an elegant A La Carte menu in our inviting lounge and balcony overlooking the Conservatory. Featuring Belgian and French inspired dishes created by Executive Chef Jan Van Haute.
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EZ
New York Area
214 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

We have been dining (and staying) at Goodstone for over 25 years, so we have seen many changes. The best decision they made was to add the Conservatory to the Carriage House. The worst decision was to open it ONLY for dinner. We dreaded going to brunch yesterday because on our last visit (hosting out of town cousins in July) the piano had drowned out our conversations. Happily, they moved the piano to the adjacent room with better acoustics. We do not find "The Bistro" as charming as the Canservatory but it was good to see fresh flowers on the tables. Choosing pink mini carnations & purple statice gave it a baby shower look. They should consider Alstroemeria (just as inexpensive & long lasting but more elegant with a wide choice of colors). We were pleased to see Caity, Stuart & Brandon as well as meeting the chef. The service & hospitality are the Goodstone's strengths. The Kir Royale was nice & later I had a glass of Sauvignon Blanc with my entree. Mixed feelings about the food, however. Serving what reminded us of supermarket bread cut into triangles with cold butter was not only ridiculous but kept popping up. Our French onion soup had it inside the bowl with some melted cheese (Gruyere?) as well as on the side to dip. We prefer the classic presentation with gooey, warm cheese inside the bowl & melting over the edge. Entrees were much better. The Goodstone burger was impressive (too bad it was overcooked to medium when Barry ordered medium rare), served with some greens & Belgian fries (meaning that they were not crispy which we prefer). My Icelandic Cod was awesome! Served in a potato mousseline (not a beurre blanc) with baby turnips, kale and asparagus pieces. I think the addition of lemon would have elevated the dish. The chef comped 2 chocolate desserts in addition to the profiteroles we'd ordered. We enjoyed all that sugar with our cappuccinos (after asking for Splenda). I do hope that they re-think the use of their Conservatory.

EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have the french bistro format nailed. Great food and great service! Excellent value for the quality of food. Extremely flexible and accommodating.

w
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The Goodstone never disappoints. It is one of our favorite but this was our first time visiting at lunchtime and the food was noticeable subpar. Service and atmosphere as always were impeccable but we were quite surprised at the quality of our meals. The food is always impeccable, this visit the tenderloin was salty and cold. The potatoes under the fish were bland and watery...quite disappointing but we will keep coming back for the delightful staff and the gorgeous property!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

We had brunch, the food was cold, the potatoes had no flavor, the English muffin was tough and hard to cut. Very disappointed after hearing all the hype about the place from locals in the area.

CR
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We made a last minute reservation for our anniversary. When we arrived the host said they weren't seating anyone; they did seat us after we told them we had a reservation (brunch stopped being served at 2:00 and our reservation was for 1:45). I think they had to re-open the kitchen for us. The food was good (it took almost 45 minutes) but we did feel like we had put everyone out (like we made everyone stay late after class) which made us feel a bit uncomfortable. The piano player in the dining room was excellent and the ambiance was nice, so it ended up being a nice celebration. We would go back but I would suggest they don't allow for late reservations if they can't accommodate diners.

J
Washington DC
65 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A very nice quiet Sunday Brunch at Goodstone. Only a couple of other tables occupied on our visit. House made Bloody Mary's were excellent with Basil & Celery infused Vodka and an excellent homemade mix. Downside is that there is pretty limited menu for the Bistro Brunch, but what we had was very good.

FH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Nice room for brunch on the weekend. However, there is no way to have a conversation with either your dining companions or your waitress because the piano is so loud that you cannot hear. Please move the piano to another room.

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have gone to the Goodstone Inn restaurant for years, but this was our first time in the Bistro. It brought a lovely nostalgic experience to be in the intimate and relaxing upstairs area! The food is exceptional, and the staff very attentive without being overbearing

OT
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Brunch was lovely and really fresh ingredients. But the piano, which is a lively touch, should be in the lobby it's too loud for the small dining room

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very enjoyable. Great ambiance. Excellent service. Live piano was good but a little too overwhelming in such a small space, making conversation difficult. Food was good, but not always excellent - mixed reviews. However, we will certainly return.

MB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and reasonable

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Anniversary

OT
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner in a beautiful country setting

OT
Richmond
12 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is such a lovely spot. Food is very good and not overly complicated. Staff is pleasant and paying attention.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything, from the service to the food, was fantastic! We can’t wait to go back.

OT
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Very nice setting, excellent food except maybe for the $ 45 Dover Sole (12oz) which was previously frozen. Very loud piano in the (smallish) dining room