Bidwell

4.4
463 reviews
$30 and under
American

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Casual
Chef John Mooney’s restaurant gets its name from General John Bidwell, an Army general in the 1800′s and founder of Chico, California. An avid farmer, he developed the Bidwell heirloom melon, a gold medal winning flour, and California’s first commercial raisin crop.
The Bidwell menu features Chef John Mooney’s signature dishes with Southern flair and flavor including: Gin & Tonic Salmon with Caramelized Cauliflower, Crispy Deviled Eggs with Homemade Ranch Dressing, Lobster Taco with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa, and Suckling Pig. Completing the menu is a confidently curated selection of regional wines, craft beers and classic cocktails.
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience5

Great food, slow service however the entire industry is suffering.

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Nicc
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 November 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Bidwell. Food is great and service always friendly.

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vipSamRun
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 6 November 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience4

Service was great. Drinks were good. Food was just eh.

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MarkT
1 review
Dined on 10 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was incredible- always a stop for us when we visit DC and the NOMA area!

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vipShawneighbor
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service in a casual atmosphere. Had a great time at Bidwell!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

A very underwhelming experience

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vipKTSB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 26 September 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great service. We were sure to reserve a table outside at booking, which was the best thing. We had a reserved table outside on a perfect day. Our server Keisha (sp?) was amazing and her recommendations were spot on, and she was very quick with the refills for our bottomless bruch!

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Ninaj
New England
2 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It was ok for pub type food- not great - really we thought the food was just average - service was ok though tables were kind of sticky . I did not think by any means it was representative of a bib gourmand listing. Overall pleasant for the purpose of a place to sit while shopping at Union market but not a place to return to.

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GregP
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It's a pretty small brunch menu, and not particularly interesting. But my peach stuffed corn flake french toast was ample. Recommendation: Avoid the pork sausage. It's basically unseasoned meatballs and it smells terrible.

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vipMaryM
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Restaurant lives up to its billing for delicious, fresh and some unusual dishes. Service was efficient and friendly. We ate outside, which has little ambience b/c it is in the middle of union market with some dogs barking, etc. But we didn't feel particularly bothered by the activity and were able to talk easily.

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vipVincentM
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liz was phenomenal with our group. Very accommodating and gave exceptional service.

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vipMotivated
E. Tennessee
14 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Bidwell, sit at the high tops. The bartender is very attentive and offers great food options. My fav is the clam pizza. Listen, go in with postive vibes and eat well. They grow their own herbs..... have a amazing time, thank me later.

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JohnM
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

I chose Bidwell after finding it on Michelin's Bib Gourmand list. I cannot for the life of me work out how it ended up on that list.

I spent over 20 years in the restaurant business, and as such I always give a place the benefit of the doubt where possible. However, Bidwell simply failed across the board. The table was sticky (the hostess did explain that it had something to do with their COVID cleaning chemicals, although why this is the only restaurant I've ever been to that had this problem makes this claim a little suspect). The service was entirely underwhelming in every way - waiter uninterested, lacking knowledge, hard to attract the attention of, lacking attention to any details. The food was decidedly average, by which I mean that there was literally nothing creative about it, and the flavors were largely bland. The prices were therefore not justified by the food.

It was largely empty on a Saturday night at 7:30pm while the rest of Union Market was buzzing. This should have been a sign.

I don't know when the Michelin reviewers were there, but I strongly suggest that they pay a repeat visit to this place, which cannot possibly merit such an honor.

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vipDRTV
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!

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JessS
1 review
Dined on 15 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was amazing and so was the food. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed the food!

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Kleezy
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 12 August 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and always excellent service. One of our favorites!

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Luvbrunch
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic brunch and really great service! Will definitely come again and recommend to others.

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vipKennS
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was CLOSED when we arrived for our reservation. Left a phone message and received no reply

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Larry
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was amazing! Service awesome! Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vibrant open upscale modern vibe

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OluA
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Severely understaffed. Food wasn't the best. The mac and cheese specifically wasn't anything to write home about. Visiting D.C. for the weekend and we had much better food at other restaurants.

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JacquelineK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My friends and I were celebrating a birthday and went for brunch. The hostess was accommodating with our request for a table at the bar. The bartender was also very accommodating and kept the bottomless drinks flowing. The strawberry salad was disappointing with one strawberry cut in fours and a few broken walnut pieces. Because they grow their vegetables, they could add more strawberries since it was a “strawberry salad.” I love the Bidwell Burger and requested it without bread. Had to send back to the kitchen to add the caramelized onions.

Suggestion: with the high noise level and the openness of the space the background music is more of an annoyance than a compliment to the experience.

Another suggestion: the bread pudding as the “birthday cake” was disappointing. My friend does not eat bread pudding, but the gesture was nice.

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Allison
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great for brunch! Plenty of seating before 11 am on a Sunday, but got busy around 11:30. Server was wearing a mask, which we appreciated.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I'm deeply offended by the management's total lack of cultural sensitivity. The restaurant had the audacity to serve a specialty drink named gentrification in an area that was historically black and now is on the swing of forced migration by lower income families to move in people that don't represent the idea of "chocolate city". I will never dine there again.

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MariaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Went there for brunch and the food was not good. Coffee was cold, eggs were underdone, omelet and potatoes were underseasoned. Was surprised at the poor quality.

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MarianaB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Even though the dinner menu doesn't bring a lot of options, the pizza, which is the main course, it is very good! Also not a lot of toppings available, but very tasty.

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BBBB
1 review
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall1food3service4ambience1

It was like eating in a concrete school gymnasium and being overcharged for the privilege.

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vipKeeleyM
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Basically, this place is an okay, affordable option if you are in Union Market and want to sit down at a traditional restaurant. Service was pleasant but very slow—we waited 20 minutes for drinks and one person in our group did not get his entree until most of us were done eating our food. The brunch food was fine, not great. I would not go back.

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vipFlvrfndr
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was very attentive and the menu was perfect for different food restrictions. Plus the food was delicious!

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vipJosephineR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cassie and the crew created a memorable brunch experience.

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Jonathan
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great restaurant, great ambiance, the perfect place to take someone on a first date

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 16 May 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The restaurant appeared to be understaffed but there was no disclaimer provided by management or the workers that service may take longer than expected or be inconvenient. My server would only arrive every 30 minutes, rush me and my friend to order and still forget the order, adding more time. Simple communication could have mitigated the frustration in receiving poor service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Really nice atmosphere. We had a great time & will definitely be back.

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BrianM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great, food was delicious. Great outdoor dining in Union Market

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vipbeaslett
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always, so glad they are back for dining

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vipPeeM
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My guest and I had a very good experience at Bidwell. The waitstaff, while minimum was very attentive and accommodating. Love the shrimp pasta in broth. It was scrumptious

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vipElNerd
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Went for brunch after a Father-Son event. My son and I split the breakfast burrito and the French toast. Both were great. We had a table outside and were fortunate that the weather was nice -- but if it had been any warmer, would've wanted an umbrella for some shade. Union Market and the surrounding neighborhood continue to get better and better and we find ourselves spending more and more time there. Lots of great options, but definitely recommend Bidwell for a sit down meal.

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CarlosS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was better than I expected. The location and price was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Came for happy hour!

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Bidwell is rated 4.4 stars by 463 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.

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