Westend Bistro DC
Our dedicated culinary team presents updated bistro classics, infusing modern and traditional techniques inspired by the seasons.
The focus is on the ingredients, culled from fresh, quality produce from the farms and fields of Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania.
Monday - Friday, 11:30am to 2:30pm
Westend Bistro is closed Saturday and Sunday for Lunch.
Sunday, 11:00am to 2:30pm
Tuesday - Saturday, 5:30pm to 10:30pm
Bar close one hour after kitchen
Westend Bistro is closed Sunday and Monday for Dinner.
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Tue - Sat 5:30PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 11:30PM
Outstanding spot for pre-Kennedy Center meal. Everything was great, especially our waiter. As advertised!
We ordered a couple cocktails which were ok and ordered a mixed greens salad which was nice and I got short ribs which were perfect falling apart and a side of the truffle and herb frites which were so yummy my friend stole half the plate! My friend got the pork chops and said he has had better. For dessert we had the pear and cherry crumble and it was presented well and tasted good too after a cup of coffee we set back out in the rain. A pleasant restaurant and the host even gave us an umbrella as we stepped out in the pouring rain.
We were headed to the Kennedy Center and each thought the other had made a reservation. oops! Using Open Table we found the closest spot, within walking distance from our location, that could seat us FAST! We were pleasantly surprised that Westend Bistro was located in the Ritz Carlton, and was much nicer than we expected on such short notice! We were thrilled with our appetizer, entrees and wine list. Glad we stumbled upon this gem. Oh, and our server was amazing! Highly recommend!
Great menu items. Enjoyed the buffet. Service was very good. The chef at the omelet station was very friendly and makes a great omelet! She even remembered what I wanted from the day before. I was impressed! She brings it to your table when ready, rather than having you stand there waiting.
The food is amazing, but the service was just plain bad. The assistant waiter plunked down the water in front of us without making eye contact or any attempt to connect. We might has well have been wooden posts. The lead waiter seemed distracted with too many tables to manage. The service was extremely slow and unresponsive.
The food was fabulous, so it's sad the service is so awful. We will not be going back.
The food was very tasty, staff very friendly and professional. Never had to wait long between food courses. We wanted shrimp cocktail that was not on the restaurant menu, but the waiter was able to provide it from the room service kitchen. Great service. Great entree presentation.
Perfect setting for friends to dine and chat. Salmon was very good. The crab appetizer was average. Highly recommend for a nice, elegant, dinner in a casual setting.
The smoked salmon was bland/average. It was a busy Sunday brunch. Fortunately, I had a reservation. Unfortunately, I was treated as a second or third thought during the meal.
Service was very professional and wine/ dinner were very good.
I had not been back for a couple years and boy what a change. Excellent menu and great service. Food was amazing...highly recommend.
The food ended up being very good but we were disappointed because the online menu was not the menu we were served. No cornbread madeleines, no avocado toast. Sunday brunch.
Moved indoors after local rain storm
Overpriced. Not good enough for the price. Wasn't impressed with the small plates. Short ribs were great though.
Delicious! We were on a time crunch and they were very accommodating. Really nice staff.
We had a lovely time. The view was perfect. The food...divine. Service was warm. See you again soon!
I expected more from a restaurant in the Ritz. Service was very nice, but the food was basic and definitely not worth the high prices. I had a mediocre strip steak with a very tiny portion of vegetables -- very forgettable at $48. This is a bistro with inflated prices. Probably convenient if you're a guest at the hotel, but I wouldn't go out of my way to eat here.
Scallops were good and the salmon needed a little rework but the wait staff came through
Local burrata and rockfish were excellent. Wine pours were a little light. Avoid the key lime pie dessert. Great al fresco dining if you don't mind the sirens. Service was excellent.
The food, service, and ambience were all fantastic. Easter Sunday Brunch was exceptional, although expensive at $105 per adult, plus an additional $20 for a Mimosa. I highly recomend this restaurant.
Wonderful place to enjoy great food along with concerned service and pleasant ambiance. I must say I miss the incredibly Tuna Cappacio that use to be on the menu maybe they’ll consider bringing it back.
Fantastic food AND outstanding service. Seldom is a “Hotel restaurant” this good. Worth returning to.
I love Westend’s booths. They provide the necessary privacy for either a business or personal conversation this is a “go to” spot for me.
Great spot to eat
Lunch and brunch menus are good. Dinner menu not so much.
Disappointing that restaurant had no record of reservation and failed to seat me with guest, who arrived earlier. Person at front desk made no effort to connect names.
Westend Bistro consistently delivers excellent service and great food presentation and taste! It's a delight to come to our nation's capital and know there will be a warm welcome with wonderful food.
The meal was very good, server Ben was attentive and sweet. The meal was a bit pricey and $8 tea was outrageous if it had been good but it was awful. Was too jet lagged to complain. Don’t order the tea!!
Service was very slow. Meals weren’t all hit when brought to table
Absolutely wonderful service. Food (parsnip soup, fries, grilled chicken sandwich) was great. They even packed a small bottle of ketchup in my doggie bag. I just loved this place
We would have preferred a few more menu choices. We especially miss the shrimp and grits.
Good menu in a convenient location.
Comfortable all the way around, enjoyable atmosphere. From the host to the table, great service. Great looking bar. We'll be back !
Really enjoyed this Bistro within the Ritz-Carleton. Benjamin our waiter was very accommodating and enjoyable. Food was delicious. The salmon was cooked to perfection and seasoned just right. The Lamb was also well prepared and presented. Music was just the right level and did not interfere with conversation. Dessert was less fulfilling - although Bailey's Irish cream ice cream sounded great, there was little flavor to it. Great spot to go to prior to a Kennedy center performance. I will be back!
This restaurant was amazing and the staff was great. The food came out right on time and looked great. This is definitely on my list as one of my top 5 places to eat in the city.
Romantic ambiance in a quiet, lowkey setting. This restaurant is not for the faint of heart. Located inside the Ritz Carlton, Westend Bistro provides an upscale dining experience with impeccable, breathtaking dishes. It was obvious the chefs enjoy their jobs as every plate was thoughtful, beautifully crafted, and seasoned to perfection with unique tastes. I can confidently say I’ve never tasted anything quite like what I ate at Westend. Everything was so different, yet yummy. I cleaned my plate every single course. Their New Year’s Eve four course special was amazing, I felt like I was on a Food Network competition with the quality of the dishes I received. My only complaint is that I wish they offered four course specials year round like their New Year one.
On our first visit to the Ritz-Carlton, D.C., we enjoyed the prix fixe New Year's Eve menu. The meal consisted of four courses beginning with a refreshing organic winter green salad and a full-bodied roasted chestnut soup. This was followed by a perfectly seared scallop with a pear and butternut combo topped lightly with caviar. The main entrée was a delectable filet mignon and Maine lobster dish accompanied with foraged mushrooms, a bed of silky smooth heirloom fingerling mashed potatoes, and red wine jus.
For dessert, we indulged in a decadent chocolate pomegranate parfait with a chocolate sabayon drizzle melted over a white chocolate dome. Quite the presentation.
All in all, the food portions were perfect, the fare was delicious, and the service was 100%.
Kudos to both chefs Dela Cruz and Quinn and greatest of thanks to our topnotch server Dennis.
The accommodations made by all staff including the restaurant manager, Zachary were impeccable.
Thank you for a wonderful evening and making this a night to remember, we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at the Ritz and will surely be back.
My friends and I dined here for New Year’s eve and discovered it was prix fixe. The selections were great and I liked the simplicity of the menu. The food was excellent, and so was the service. We wished we were in a better location as far as seating but now I know which table to request the next time I visit!
Slightly underwhelming. Did not match the vibe and sophistication of the rest of the hotel. Food was good but could have been better for the price. However the service was excellent. All of the staff were very friendly and attentive, especially our server (I think his name was Troy)
How is it possible to botch a green salad? My starter was a handful of wilted standard greens and packaged kale with weird cream and a tasteless dressing. Just awful. My vegetarian main course of rice and cauliflower was pretty much all rice. Mushy/over cooked. Portion was tiny - more like an appetizer. If you are going to have a fancy open kitchen and the pretense of chefs the food should be better than a diner! Parking was $30. We self parked - apparently valet is validated but self park was not. No way to know that so we got stuck with that too. At the ritz, there is no excuse! Of course waiters lovely and room very nice. But food absolutely shameful.