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

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (7)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
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Quiet Conversation (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Business Meals (3)
Good for Groups (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Great for Outdoor Dining (2)
People Watching (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Seasonal (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Casual (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
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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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 (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 18, 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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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 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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·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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 (Baltimore)·Dined on August 19, 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 30, 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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 (Chicago)·Dined on July 29, 2017

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

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·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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (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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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 5, 2017

My favorite go to place with clients and friends. The food is consistently great and wonderful options for pescatarians.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 23, 2017

Consistently excellent

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 14, 2017

The only positive experience - our server was really nice, informative, and pleasant. In fact all those who were serving food and taking care of guests that night were very helpful and attentive. Hostess on the other hand was a total disgrace; see my reasoning below.

My wife and I went to celebrate the Valentines Day. I asked the hostess if we could grab one of the booths, but she flat out refused saying they are not available. Seemed a little rude considering three of them were empty, and staring back at me. Not only that, throughout the night, seemingly random people occupied those and other booths in the dining room. Plus there was no option to reserve a booth, so in my opinion if they are empty, they are available. Anyway, it was the way she turned down my request that didn't sit well with me. Meal options were from a prefix menu that consisted of below average beat salad, luke warm butternut squash soup, a plate of mini appetizers to share, bland duck with figs and sauce I couldn't make sense of. Saving grace at the end was chocolate decadence buffet that had some good offerings - hence 3 stars; would've been one otherwise. Ended up shelling $260 for this! Completely ruined what was supposed to be a romantic experience. Ambiance too was below average.

I will never visit this restaurant again.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 31, 2017

Lunch for two professional colleagues. We both ordered the Kale salad and added salmon to it. The salad was a good size for an entree salad and the piece of salmon was sizeable and cooked to perfection. And the bread was delicious. and the wait staff was professional and efficient. Definitely recommend.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 28, 2017

Easy for a group of traveling friends to find and gather. Easy to hear, good service, food fine. Reasonably priced and good, short ribs apparently very good. Portuguese wine - makes all gatherings better than expected.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 26, 2017

Quiet and pleasant. Service attentive and efficient. Medium rare lamb was overcooked for the request, but a good cut and portion.

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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on January 20, 2017

We were in WDC for the Women's March and, the night before, wanted an easy, convenient choice and a restaurant to relax and get ready for the big event. We were so lucky to have booked the West End Bistro -- a 2 minute walk from our hotel. Lovely, friendly, wonderful food. We thoroughly enjoyed everything we ordered.

Would/will return next time I'm in the neighborhood!

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 2, 2017

We made a reservation for this past Monday Jan 2 and when we got there, they were closed. They never opened. They failed to block their open table system. We called to let them know this and it took them 3 days to get back to us. Not great customer service. Normally good but not this time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2016

We enjoyed the dinner especially the branzino and had a great time talking before we hit the hay.

Tags: Romantic, Hot Spot, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Excellent service on multiple occasions. Saturday breakfast bar/brunch was open to 12:00 noon - and delicious! Dinner menu was great, and service - again - phenomenal.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Ate here for thanksgiving with family. Really good food and well done. All six kids are the food without too much complaint.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 23, 2016

We have eaten here on our last three trips to DC (thanksgiving each years). I t is a first class restaurant with excellent food and a pleasant environment. Expensive but worth it.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2016

This was a 90th birthday celebration with a good friend. The restaurant was so nice with their complimentary dessert. I especially appreciate that this is not a noisy place, since our friend is hard of hearing. We could converse and have a lovely meal.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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