K Town Bistro

4.8
641 reviews
$30 and under
Burgers
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. Additionally, the chefs of K Town Bistro formerly worked in the prestigious Old Angler's Inn in Potomac and The Vyne Bistro in Rockville. Together, K Town Bistro will be cooking some of the finest dishes Kensington has to offer.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 641 People Are Saying
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HaroldF
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An outstanding Thanksgiving experience! Delicious food and wonderful service.

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vipRRatcliff
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant

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LindaV
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

For me, this was a hidden gem that I will definitely visit again. The service was fantastic and the food was delicious. There were many inviting choices but I was glad to have chosen the Pork Chucabuco (or something. I kept getting it wrong) which was one of the specials. It was a dinosaur sized pork lollipop with meat that fell of the bone. Served with Risotto and spinach. Yum! We were dressed up which didn't feel like a problem, even if some others were semi-casual. My only complaint was that there were to many specials to remember, I would have preferred that they be on a sheet of paper rather than trying to remember what the server said. But that is a small thing. I can't wait to go back.

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KulRiggs
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first venture to K Town Bistro. What a lovely surprise! It reminded us of a little European cafe. The service was SUPERB. Waiters VERY attentive. Food was TOP-Notch. We had the gazpacho as our appetizer. I had the Tuna Tartar and my husband had the Beef Stroganoff with in-house made pasta. Both were EXCELLENT. We then split the K Town Dessert Trio, which was also outstanding and just enough for the both of us. Price was reasonable. We will recommend this restaurant to everyone!

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vipJeffreyH
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on 24 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A surprising gem. Small, intimate restaurant that got all the small things right. Special of three fish in shrimp sauce was much better than expected.

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ChristineM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner was excellent. Service was attentive without being intrusive. We have been making reservations for quite sometime and will continue to do so. You will not be disappointed.

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Foodie
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on 19 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fresh, well prepared and delicious. We had beef Stroganoff and the Beef short ribs. Then finished our meal with the creamiest Creme Brule I've ever had. Price is very reasonable.

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suzanneb
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 17 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

k town is my go to restaurant anytime for any reason. i've never had anything there that wasn't simply wonderful!

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DerekB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Heavy metal music playing from the kitchen is the only drawback, but everything else was good!

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vipBobby
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Very good neighborhood restaurant.

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vipPatriciaD
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 2 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

European gourmet fare in the heart of Kensington. Can't beat it!

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HeidiW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious hidden gem, great food, excellent service. My sea scallops were perfect and our chocolate mouse and Creme brûlée desserts divine.

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Achillea
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 24 September 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Excellent continental dining. Steak Tartare was superb. Grilled salmon and scallops were delicious as well. The chicken marsala had good flavor but could have used a little more sauce. The trio of chocolate mousse, banana flambe, and creme brulee ended the meal perfectly. Highly recommend K'town bistro as a palate cleanser from gastro pub faire.

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Kath
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with varied menu and very fresh offerings.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappoints
Fabulous food
Great service

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SharonZ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food. Very charming restaurant in a charming neighborhood.

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vipLikegoodfood
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at reasonable prices. Service from Edwin was superb.

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Margaret
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience1

I had made a reservation for my husband and I for lunch but it didn't seem necessary as there were only two other tables in use when we arrived. Nonetheless, we were given a poor table in a corner because we asked to sit next to each other. My husband had a wall to stare at and I had the service area to look at. Is there some other reason the staff couldn't be more accommodating when the room was almost empty, other than their own convenience? My trout had so much paprika on it that I tasted nothing else, my husband had pork ribs although we weren't told they were ribs, we were told it was pork barbeque. We were so sad about the entire experience we will not return. It looks to be a delightful Bistro, but in reality, the staff seemed to be bored with their work and it showed.

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VernM
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were a party of 6 that included three generations of married couples, a 64th wedding anniversary, and my grandson recent wedding. We enjoyed our time at K-Town.

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RobertW
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place! A little far from us but a target when needing to go to hardware store around the core!! Great food by a railroad track! What a combo!

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vipEdPr64
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a quiet lunch. Food was quite good. Salad and omelet were nicely prepare. A bit of higher end pricing but worth it for the ambience and variety of choices of food.

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vipJoyful
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great. Tasty food. Large portions. Wonderful servers. Homey environment. Go!

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EileenR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, and portion size for the price. Service was very good. We will be back. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful place for lunch! We made a last minute reservation to celebrate my daughter’s birthday and it turned out to be fantastic. Great food and top notch service. Can’t say enough about this little gem!

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NicoleP
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was amazing from going into the restaurant to leaving. The shrimp tempura was the best I have ever had and the French Onion Soup, pork chop special, ribeye and wine were also excellent!

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vipBeau
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

One of our favorite places. Classic recipes done well.

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vipjojo
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 29 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So very glad KTown made it through the pandemic! Food and service was superior! Don't miss the short ribs or the scallops. We tried their pate special as an appetizer. Delicious!

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brandy
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 24 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

the rib eye steak was well prepared but the meat itself was tough , lots pot fat
the salad was very tasty and the trio desert was delicious as aleays

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johnt
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Food, ambience, service were all outstanding. Very pleasant evening, great staff, no wait. Food was well prepared and attractively presented. Minor dings -- the tomatoes in the caprese salad were not fully ripe, and the bread was dry. Portions were generous, prices fair.

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PhDinthehouse
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good choices for vegetables and seafood, nice wine selection. The dessert trio is dreamy to share! Terrific idea for lunch before exploring Kensington's Antique Row.

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John
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A charming restaurant. It's casual yet elegant. The perfect place to have a nice meal in a quiet setting. My wife and I love it.

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vipmerskamp
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brilliant place, have been coming here for years with my wife and we love it here.
Kensington doesnt have a lot of great dining options but this place is amazing and the service is always top notch.
Great food, very friendly and a nice location. We're very lucky to have them locally.

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BarbaraB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Glad that K-Town Bistro has "weathered" the pandemic. It is a definite plus for the Kensington neighborhood. I enjoy my meals there. I am happy to support individual restaurants like K-Town Bistro.

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vipRenmus
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful neighborhood restaurant with excellent food and amazing service!

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Emmy
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

This particular visit was disappointing. Hot day and the AC was just not on high enough so I was very uncomfortable throughout the meal. While the beet salad was wonderful, the blackened salmon was a major disappointment (and the mashed potatoes were cold). Will be reluctant to return. That said, previous visits have been much better and my table mate enjoyed her meal very much. Ambiance is wonderful, as is the service.

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Letseatout
10 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very enjoyable lunch! Cute restaurant and the salads were fantastic

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AvidCook
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Superb tuna tartare, fried oysters and their special for the evening- softshell crabs. We had a lovely dinner and the staff could not have been nicer.

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HapC
Charleston
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As marked, everything was outstanding. The gazpacho was the best two of have had

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Though the restaurant wasn’t too crowded on the weeknight we were there, the service felt rushed when we were not in a hurry. Meal was delicious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I dined in for his first Father’s Day and loved our experience. We felt welcomed by the very friendly and attentive staff. We ordered the tuna tartar and the beet salad as our appetizers with which was delicious and well presented. Our appetizers made us very excited for our entrees. We ordered the Blackened Salmon and Short Ribs and we’re not disappointed. Each bite was scrumptious. We ended up taking the dessert to go and didn’t regret it. What a lovely experience. My baby girl had a few bites off of our plates and loved it too. We will definitely be returning very soon. And thank you as well for the Chocolate Cake it was delightful.

FAQs

K Town Bistro offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 933-1211.

K Town Bistro is rated 4.8 stars by 641 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting bookings at the moment.