About Westend Bistro DC

Discover Westend Bistro, an award-winning American bistro located in Washington, D.C.’s trendy West End.
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.

1190 22nd Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Elegant Dining

Cuisines:
Bistro

Hours of Operation:
Lunch:
Monday - Friday, 11:30am to 2:30pm
Westend Bistro is closed Saturday and Sunday for Lunch.

Brunch:
Sunday, 11:00am to 2:30pm

Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday, 5:30pm to 10:00pm
Friday - Saturday, 5:30pm to 11:00pm
Westend Bistro is closed Sunday and Monday for Dinner.

Cross Street:
22nd and M

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 974-4900

Website:
http://www.westendbistrodc.com/

Parking Details:
$7 with Validation

Public Transit:
Foggy Bottom Metro

Executive Chef:
Chef Alvin Dela Cruz

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please send event inquiries to info@westendbistrodc.com

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Details
Tue - Sat 5:30PM - 6:30PM 8:30PM - 11:30PM

Westend Bistro DC Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

3.8

Noise

Quiet

87% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Special Occasion (7)
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Quiet Conversation (7)
Business Meals (6)
Romantic (5)
Good for a Date (5)
Happy Hour (5)
Great for Brunch (5)
Notable Wine List (5)
Cozy (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Good for Birthdays (4)
Creative Cuisine (4)
People Watching (4)
Fun (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Organic (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Scenic View (2)
Seasonal (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (1)
Authentic (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Good for Groups (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
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 (Tampa)·Dined 2 days ago

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!!

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined 4 days ago

Service was very slow. Meals weren’t all hit when brought to table

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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

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

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We would have preferred a few more menu choices. We especially miss the shrimp and grits.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 10, 2018

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!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 7, 2018

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.

Tags: Romantic, Great for Lunch, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, People Watching, Bar Seating, Seasonal, Scenic View, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Vibrant Bar Scene, Romantic, Business Meals, Handcrafted Cocktails, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Happy Hour, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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!

Tags: Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Fun, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date, Worth the Drive
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on December 23, 2017

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)

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 22, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Used to be good food. I had lunch twice over the past 2 months and both time food was poor- burger made from old, smelly meat and a sad chicken salad.

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 (Miami)·Dined on December 15, 2017

Great ambiance, attentive service, great wine selection, and fantastic food. You cannot ask for more. Highly recommend halibut and foie gras.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch
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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We had wonderful service and an excellent meal. It was not noisy and we could talk without having to yell. Very nice.

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

I made the OpenTable reservation for a large group that I was hosting. When I called to confirm and discuss special arrangements, the general manager handled my call, met with me prrsonally, and checked on all the arrangements. The food and service were wonderful and my guests were relaxed and happy. Though this was my first experience with Westend Bistro, Zach and his team made me feel like I was a long-time and valued customer. Thank you!

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Special thanks to Chef Tyler for making this recent experience the most memorable. See you again soon!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Organic, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

First class and will accommodate any special request....Vegetarian, gluten free, etc.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Paleo Friendly
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

This was my fav restaurant in the west End, but I’m not a fan of the new menu in terms of selection or taste. Calamari was fishy, burger was over cooked (don’t waste your time with the bone marrow option). The only highlight was side salad with peppers and watermelon radishes. Companions largely were in agreement.

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 (Jacksonville)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Was expecting a Ritz Carlton level of service, fineness and food. What we got was all okay other than the mocktail that was not drinkable due to the intensity of the ginger.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Hostess was very friendly and seated us at a window booth - prime location and not to mention great people watching. We were told the new Fall Menu had just been released and let me tell you Chef Alvin didn’t disappoint!

We started with the Baked Goat Cheese and the Charcuterie Plate. I’ve never met a charcuterie plate I didn’t like but the real winner was the Baked Goat Cheese...I can’t even begin to describe, it’s the perfect fall starter paired with a nice glass of wine! We then ordered entrees...I ordered the Pork Chop and my boyfriend ordered the Ribeye. Both were flavorful and cooked to perfection. The pork chop came with heirloom mixed beans - I’m not much of a beans fan so we also ordered a side of the brussels sprouts and bone marrow mashed potatoes just in case. The beans ended up being better than anticipated, and they mixed in some bacon pieces so who can complain! The brussels sprouts also had some bacon pieces which was a nice surprise - I could have eaten the whole thing myself - a must order for the table! The Ribeye was cooked perfectly (medium rare, as requested) and paired perfectly with the celery root purée (don’t tell my boyfriend that’s what he ate).

As mentioned, our table was great for people watching, but little did we know so many people we knew would see us! So we ended up having a few party crashers join us at various points throughout the evening and our Server was beyond accommodating - bringing extra wine glasses and setups, and barring with us through a longer than anticipated dinner service, he was excellent! I believe his name was Sean.

Zach (Restaurant Manager) and Ryan (Sommelier) were very friendly and helped us make all of our selections throughout the evening. I’m a big “What do you recommend?” orderer so they didn’t not disappoint. Highly recommend their recommendations!

All in all, one of the best date nights I’ve had in awhile - amazing food and wonderful service!

Thank you Westend Bistro!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I called and requested they have filet mignon on the menu becasue it was my daughter's birthday and they made it happen

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 22, 2017

The recommended short ribs, which I've had before, were so dry I had a hard time pretending it was good and couldn't finish. Appetizer was good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

Very straightforward and well-done lunch menu. Quiet & great for conversation. Getting a refill could have come quicker (it took until after check arrived) but otherwise no complaints.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Very good food and excellent service. Good wine selection. The patio is a bit noisy due to traffic, but on a nice night, worth the periodic horns and sirens. I would eat here again.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Fabulous meal, terrific service. We were delighted.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 13, 2017

An enjoyable place for Sunday brunch. The service was find, food was good, and the patio is quiet with no ugly piped in music.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Both meals came out cold. Food was poorly seasoned. Server was rude and pointed at our table and laughed at us with hostess. Will never go back.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Super quiet early in the evening. Order the Truffle Frites!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 22, 2017

This is an amazing restaurant with great food!!!!! Raul was our waiter and his service was exsquisite!! We really enjoyed celebrating my friend's birthday and she had an amazing time that she will never forget. We will never forget our visit and look greatly to our next visit.

Tags: Business Meals, Authentic, Scenic View, Notable Wine List, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

I had a business lunch at Westend Bistro. Food was a big disappointment, especially the salad which was soaked with an awful dressing. It ended up back in the kitchen after two bites.
The desert was the size of one bite. This place is overpriced for what you get. I will not be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We were celebrating a family birthday with brunch before a show at the Kennedy Center. The food was outstanding and the service was the best I've had in recent years. Our server went above and beyond to make our experience very special. I'd highly recommend going to this under-appreciated gem!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Good food but seemed expensive for what it was. Almost too elaborate dishes

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 (New England)·Dined on June 9, 2017

A good option in the heart of Foggy Bottom, but much more attention to the food is necessary. Excellent atmosphere and service, but the dinner entrees are boring. Simple food is fine, but it must be done superbly, and it's not here.

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 (New England)·Dined on June 4, 2017

accepted reservation from Opentable but then claimed they did not take reservations.

Tags: Casual
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on June 1, 2017

Just returned from having a very nice 27th Anniversary at West End Bistro.(Washington D.C.) Very nice interior. A perfect place for any occasion. From our Waiter Ben to Chef Yolanda and the kitchen staff and the waiter staff made this day all the more "SPECIAL". Our order from the appetizers of Pea Soup and The Burrata were fantastic. Our dinner choices were Lobster Gnocchi and the aged Ribeye was absolutely cooked to PERFECTION. I can't Thank the Staff and the West End Bistro Staff for their professionalism and most friendly staff I have ever encounter. We have traveled from California and will never forget our wonderful experience at West End Bistro. Congratulations West End Bistro. I highly recommend this place to everyone.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fun, Great for Brunch, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 30, 2017

The food is good with a varied menu. Salad was OK, nothing spectacular. Sea bass was very good. The bread could use upgrading. Dessert acceptable. Overall, good but not memorable.

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Consistent we had a very good lunch. They changed up the menu and I enjoyed the new falafel bowel and the grilled avocado, although that wasn't particularly special. I do miss the duck Reuben however! Hard to have everything I'm sure

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Birmingham)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Won't be returning. I used to be a regular here 5 years ago - but they have changed both in food and service. Too bad.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Disappointed that the menu on Opentable is not up to date. I went there expecting to order the branzino and was told that has been off the menu for close to a year.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 16, 2017

Last Easter (2016) we went out of town and I spent 2 months trying to find the perfect place to take a rather large group to brunch. I scoured every rating site, blog and any other opinion i could find on line and among people I know from Philly. The availability of good information left me grasping and fortunately I guessed at a place that turned out to be decent (but I have to imagine there were much better options i just couldn't find). It led me to take my reviews more seriously since I eat out a lot and appreciate good info from other frequent diners. I worked hard to find a great place for Easter Brunch this year in my hometown, and hit the jackpot with Westend Bistro. There was so much food of every variety (tremendous salad bar, carving stations, raw bar, belgian waffles and omelets made to order) that we couldn't get to everything we wanted. The dessert tables were spectacular and the care they took in the presentation was totally impressive. The meal also came with bottomless mimosas and Bloody Mary's that were really good. It was simply outstanding, as were the staff who made the experience even better. I cant say enough good things about it and as soon as they begin taking reservations for Easter 2018, I will make ours. HIGHLY recommend.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Romantic, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Business Meals, Fun, Good for Anniversaries
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