K Town Bistro

4.6
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531 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
K Town Bistro is a family operated restaurant nestled in the heart of Historic Kensington that serves a variety of international cuisine. The owner, Gonzalo Barba, has over 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Having spent twenty of those years at the renowned Watergate Hotel in Washington DC, Mr. Barba has served sons of kings, presidents, and senators. Mr. Barba’s personable nature combined with a passion for fine dining service creates a wonderful place to eat out with a stay-at-home feel.

Special Offers

Wine Wednesday

Enjoy half off bottles of Wine every Wednesday all day.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 9 October 2019

Ends: 10 October 2118

Availability: Wed 11:00-21:00

Half off Sangrias and mimosas all day

Enjoy half off house made sangrias and freshly squeezed mimosas all day.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 3 October 2019

Ends: 4 October 2118

Availability: Tue 11:00-21:00
Thu 11:00-21:00

1,000-Point Tables

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Tue - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM

What 531 People Are Saying
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JG
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

For a last minute late evening meal this was perfect. Always enjoy thus bistro for good food and service.

DG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was outstanding and the service was excellent. Thank you!!!

MF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

This restaurant was more than I expected. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. The only thing that surprised me was that the tip included on my bill was not charged to me. I called K Town Bistro and told them what had transpired the night before with the bill and they said the tip would be added later. I know how hard the waitresses work. So I am more than happy to send in the $30.00 dollar tip.
Mr. Michael Foo
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l
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always first rate. We had short ribs and blackened salmon (with ratatouille). They were both perfectly done. The beet salad is extraordinary. The potato/leak soup was a bit more ordinary. Gonzalez (chef/owner) is a perfect host. One can't praise this place enough.

SF
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I’m sorry we waited so long to eat here! Lots of nice choices on the menu- made it hard to decide. Service was very good. Cozy neighborhood setting but nice enough for special occasion.

AS
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a group of 9 and luckily it was a quiet Sunday because we were so loud. This was an outstanding experience for everyone in our group. The service, flexibility and food was truly outstanding. It is a must for us to return. Thank you for a very pleasant experience. Your prices were very competitive.

l
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Appetizers and main courses were all very tasty and would rate from very good to excellent. Main courses we had were the swordfish (special), ahi tuna and short ribs. Portions were not large but that turned out to be a saving grace as the desserts were out of this world. One of the more quieter restaurants we have been to recently which allowed us to converse in normal voices. The service was excellent. Will be back again.

A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very nice brunch and tasty food

LP
Washington DC
249 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Our first visit was uneven. Appetizers were better than entrees especially the dark and flavorful onion soup. Will return for a second visit.

DP
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb dining. Gonzalo Junior was very warm and welcoming; willing to accommodate our need for something quick.

b
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience2

The wait staff was warm and friendly. The atmosphere was a bit musty and the food was lackluster for the price. I would go back for the prix fixe specials.

RE
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, the food was excellent and we had a wonderful time. I apologize for the noise level, which is usually subdued, because we had an exuberant birthday celebration party of eight and the mimosas flowed rather freely to some of us. As one who spent his childhood in Kensington, I am delighted to brag that there now is a first rate restaurant in our midst.

JB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend to K Town Bistro to celebrate her birthday. We had a delicious meal with excellent service. It was busy, but quiet enough to talk at a reasonable decibel. I highly recommend this restaurant.

NT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Can always count on KTown for great food, service, ambiance, professionalism

b
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about this tiny quiet restaurant is excellent. I brought friends for lunch yesterday. They had two different vegetarian dishes while I had an excellent and unusual pasta with chicken. Service is efficient and gentle. Right next door to a quirky and equally friendly used/antiquarian bookstore.

DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant. It's a low key, unpretentious french bistro. The food was delicious, service was very attentive but unobtrusive. You could talk in a normal voice...It is moderately prices and a lovely, privately owned restaurant. We had the special soup which was a cream free vegan spinach soup and it was excellent. We also had the blackened salmon, rib eye beef. Both were large portions and excellently prepared. We had the apple crisp... like a cobble for dessert. Can't wait to return to our new find!

WC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lamb shank, scallops & cheese cake are always a safe bet.

BR
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service in a very nice atmosphere.

RJ
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on 12 January 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I've been to K Town Bistro a number of times and find that the food and service are consistently good.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Owners were waiting the tables! Very pleasant! They are a father & son team. I had lamb shanks & they just fell off the bone. Would highly recommend

L
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

K town provides a superb dining experience. We come often and frequently bring friends, All have enjoyed the outstanding service, food and ambiance. K Town is a real winner and worth the trip if you do not live close by.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

New Year’s Eve. Lovely evening— intimate, historic, friendly, elegant yet humble. Everything was really well done— delicious salads. We were just a little underwhelmed by the flavor of the pork loin and sides.

L
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are local and first time trying this place. Food, service , wine and the atmosphere was perfect for early New Years eve dinner. Excellent! We will come back and will recommend .We enjoyed!

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Cute cozy nicely decorated restaurant with dependable food. They had a different menu for New Year’s Eve, which had some different items than their regular menu, but which also retained some of their usual fare. Complimentary bread just so-so for a French restaurant, but butter fabulous. My husband & I had the pan fried trout with garlic spinach & risotto. I lived the risotto & spinach, but found the trout a little bland. Our waiter, whose name I do not know, but who has worked there regularly, was a bit snooty. We asked for Prosecco to drink & he said they didn’t have any & seemed condescending when he told us it was a dessert wine. We are not big drinkers & we felt miffed by his attitude. This is why I gave it only 4 stars. However, still worth trying.

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 25 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went there on Christmas Day. Third time for me but first for my husband. Everything was excellent. Very nice family restaurant. We will be there soon again.

R
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had an excellent lunch there. The bread was wonderful and the duck breast was cooked perfectly. The dessert trio was a great choice for sharing. The service was attentive.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My husband, who grew up in France, and I went to this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. Everything that he ordered, he absolutely loved it, but me not so much.

Hubby had the escargot, lamb shank, and creme brulee (his favorite dessert) and it was all very good. He even said the wine was excellent. I had the brussel sprouts soup (forgot the official name) which was awesome and the swordfish which didn't agree with me, but hubby thought it was great. I finished with their chocolate mousse which was also very good.

The staff were very polite and attentive. The restaurant space was small but cozy.

We really enjoyed ourselves and would certainly return.

n
Washington DC
93 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

K Town Bistro is a real gem. Their food choices are varied and wonderfully prepared. The wait staff is professional and efficient. It is easily worth finding and enjoying. I recommend it.

CJ
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food and lovely ambiance and attentive service.

IB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family of three had a delightful Thanksgiving dinner with the turkey cooked to perfection!

L
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although KTown was very crowded for Thanksgiving, the evening was a wonderful experience. Food, service and ambiance were, as always, superb.

WC
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining here for years. Most recently, I ordered the Lamb Shank & Chicken Marsala - cooked to perfection. The cheese cake melts in your mouth. Staff is very attentive. Great experience & I highly recommend.

MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoy this neighborhood restaurant. The food and service are fantastic and its location is in a quiet location.

A
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Lovely to spend Thanksgiving there!

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time at K-Town Bistro! The bistro was located among some very cute stores in Kensington, Maryland. The food was amazing and delicious! The staff was attentive and let us know they have a Sunday brunch. We will definitely be back to try out brunch! Highly recommend this bistro.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The taste of foods and service were fantastic. We will definitely back.

DH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this restaurant and have from the moment it opened. I go there frequently and am never disappointed. Well, sometimes when the menu changes something I have enjoyed eating is replaced with something else I feel a twinge of regret - I am still mourning the loss of the beet salad with parsnip chips!
Seriously, though, the food is always excellent, the staff friendly and helpful. It can get noisy when it is busy, but that is not a big deal to me.

J
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visited for my mother’s birthday and we had a lovely lunch. Food was delicious, smoked salmon omelette, salmon cakes and a chicken pasta dish all were wonderful. Mimosas made with fresh squeezed oj was a treat. And desserts also were delish. We’ll def return not only for lunch but for dinner. Other highlights were cappuccino and Brussels sprouts soup. Really everything was top notch.

F
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very romantic and quiet restaurant. Food was excellent but service was even better

l
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal - nicely timed - staff very attentive