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Bistro Cacao

4.8
3282 reviews
$31 to $50
French
Bistro Cacao has been serving modern French cuisine to DC customers in Capitol Hill since 2009. Charming décor with velvet curtained walls in Red Room and Rouge Room gave Bistro Cacao it's fame as the most Romantic Restaurant in DC.
Serving brunch, lunch and dinner indoor and in its charming patio. Bar on the first floor is also the go-to place for the neighborhood.
The extensive menu is designed by Chef Guven Dogan who brings his own unique style and innovative culinary artistry to the restaurant. Wine list and cocktail menu perfectly compliments the cuisine.

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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
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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 3282 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day was the cutest most special evening here. Ambiance was beautiful, extremely covid-safe outside seating. Our own little private area. Food was amazing & servers were attentive. The owner is the sweetest. Extremely memorable night.

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vipDHRockville
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Were seated by the entrance. Food was mediocre at best. Crab fondue was nota fondue. Oysters served without any side sauces . Filet Minion small and of poor quality. Melting Chocolate cake, not melting at all. Just a mediocre meal . Excellent service though. Polite and efficient. Disappointing.

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vipTheHonestOne
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have adored this restaurant for the last few years, but they legitimately blew me away (again) this Valentine's Day. The service was beyond amazing and I was able to request the perfect table upon arrival. My boyfriend (who had not been before) said it is now his favourite restaurant! Thank you so much for the amazing experience - we will be back!

DH
vipDanaH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My girlfriends and I had a great meal and get together for Valentine’s Day brunch! Ellie was our server and she’s fantastic- friendly, knowledgeable and helpful! We loved our time there!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Was here for Valentine’s Day brunch. Loved the private booth and amazing Covid precautions in place

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was great!

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SaraD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a 4 course Valentine's Day dinner. We each ordered different things for each course, 8 dishes total. Not a single bad one, nothing even less than excellent. Cozy, romantic, great cocktails too. Highly recommended.

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MichaelH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overpriced, great experience none the less.

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BrittanyH
1 review
Dined on 13 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Helpful and knowledgeable staff. Outstanding food.

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OpenTable Diner
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Amazing food and good wine selection. Service is very polite and proper as expected! Definitely worth it if you’re looking for upscale French dining.

JF
JaxFoodie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We dined at Bistro Cacao during restaurant week 2021 and were seated in the upstairs area with a cute two-person table positioned looking out a window. From the moment we walked in, I liked the place. The vintage decor was stunning and they had French music playing in the background (quietly, not blaring) which made for a romantic date night environment. We started our meal with a glass of red wine; I had wanted a French cabernet but they were out and I ended up with a really flavorful California cabernet our server recommended instead. My husband ordered the escargot in button mushrooms with an amazing garlic butter sauce for an appetizer and I had the butternut squash soup. We both enjoyed our appetizer along with the individually served bread/roll. Our next course was the fillet mignon in a brown sauce with mashed potatoes and green beans for my husband (did not disappoint!) and I had the mushroom ravioli in a creamy sauce. While we both really enjoyed our meal, we would've liked to have salt and pepper on the table to flavor our meal a bit (which we could've asked for but didn't). For the last course, my husband had the creme brûlée (again, did not disappoint) and I had the chocolate tart topped with whole-made whipped cream. Much to my liking, the chocolate tart was not too sugary and was a nice individual size. We left feeling full and really enjoyed dining there. We would like to go back and try the outdoor patio dining area with the fireplaces outside. It looked so cozy!

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AgniH
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nice place 💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗💗

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vipLikegoodfood
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant week meal. It would have been nice if they had a restaurant drink on the menu. Drinks were extremely expensive. Otherwise great in all ways.

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patriciab
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way. Love Bistro Cacao.

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AlvaroM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience2

La comida muy muy buena. Pero estuvo muy demorada.

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Allyson
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The restaurant week brunch menu was good and our waitress was excellent! Cute outdoor patio.

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LL727
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and ambiance! Highly recommended

JK
JoeK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service, great food, out of this world wine, great ambiance... great place for a date

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Sophie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fresh food and great ambience for friends catch up!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time! All the food was excellent, highly recommend the hazy old fashioned, duck, and filet. We’ll be back!

HJ
HollyandJason
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 28 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sam and Ellie are amazing servers. We enjoy every visit to Bistro. Restaurant week was wonderful - loved the duck and you also can't go wrong with a bowl of french onion soup. Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience. The filet mignon was cooked to perfection (medium rare). Definitely coming back. And the old fashion was great!

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RD1776
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Reasonable price!

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vipAnuP
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve never been disappointed!!

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ShannonH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! The food is great and the staff are amazing. It’s a wonderful little French bistro in the middle of Washington, D.C. and I highly recommend it!

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JohnW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My wife and I had a very nice dinner at Bistro Cacao. The wait staff were excellent and very attentive. The food was tasty and the duck salami was both funky (in a good way), and delicious. The outdoor dinning was perfect - enough airflow to feel safe, yet warm enough to be comfortable.
Perhaps the best outdoor dinning location that we ate at in DC - among: Zaytinya, Duke's Grocery, Buffalo & Bergen, Jimmy T's & Hotel Washington.
Dessert could have been better - molten chocolate cake had a bit of a burnt taste on the outer edges.
Overall, great experience and we will return.

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robertk
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great setup for outdoor dining. Very pleasant atmosphere for outdoor dining. Handled concerns for covid-19 in outstanding manner.

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deannar
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. They were very COVID-19 conscious which we appreciated.

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JohnV
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I were here for our Valentines Day weekend and we really enjoyed the pre-fixed menu then but we wanted to try the full menu. This time we came for my mom’s birthday and it was an excellent experience. Pacing was good throw out the night, service was excellent, and all of the small plates and entrees were executed with great skill and character. We strongly recommend this location and if you ask for Ellie you will not be disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The environment is very friendly! The food was good o recommend to couples who just want to spend evening together.

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vipMark
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Bistro Cacao not quite up to its usual self. Food was good overall but server forgot about one of two appetizers which was brought out as the main courses were being served. Patrons should also be warned that the outdoor seating is under a tent with mostly closed sides which to some extent defeats the purpose of outdoor dining protection during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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SarahR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal at this spot and THANK YOU to the waiter who moved the table over for us despite them already being six feet. We so appreciated it!

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual our meal was outstanding. When it comes to Bistro Cacao there is no better. The ambiance is charming, and the food to die for.

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MaryH
Jackson Hole
4 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have a very nice outdoor dining set-up. The wait staff is excellent and the food is always delicious. The drinks are great as well. They also have a very nice brunch on Saturday and Sunday.

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mamamoiselle
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Thanksgiving dinner was a little uneven. The scallop starter and lobster bisque were both delicious. The beef wellington was overcooked and a little tough - but the lamb chops were excellent. The molten chocolate dessert was not quite molten, but the pumpkin tart(?) got high marks. It was a warm evening so the plastic tent flaps could have been more open -- it almost felt (unnervingly) like eating indoors. If the place had been full, we might not have stayed -- even with the tables at a good distance. More air please! The heaters do a fine job and anyone eating outside now should know to dress for it!

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vipBrenna
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! This was our second time and they didn't disappoint. The patio was warm and inviting and we felt very safe given our current situation.

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vipSteve
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 26 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I go to Bistro Cacao every year for thanksgiving, we were a bit curious how it would go during the COVID restrictions but the outdoor dining was perfect and the staff did a great job keeping everything socially distant. The food as usual was excellent.

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vipTonyKJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 23 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love this place! everything is delicious...the staff are amazing.

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IvyB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were outstanding as always. We go to this restaurant every year for celebrations and special events, and we always have a great time here. The duck dish is amazing, and I'd highly recommend old fashioned drink here.

DC
vipDCopsgirl
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on 14 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was excellent, as was the service. COVID precautions were being observed and enforced.

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bistro Cacao using the Order Online button. Bistro Cacao also offers delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats. Bistro Cacao also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 546-4737.

Bistro Cacao is rated 4.8 stars by 3282 OpenTable diners.

Bistro Cacao does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/onlineordering/giftcards.

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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