Rosemary Bistro Cafe

4.6
58 reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Rosemary Bistro Cafe is a restaurant based in Washington, D.C. that serves classic French-based cuisine. All our menu offerings prepared using the freshest ingredients. If you’re looking for a cozy dining experience in the D.C. area, come by our restaurant today.

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
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 58 People Are Saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.4
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4.5
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Noise · Moderate
94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening on the street cafe of Rosemary Bistro. The service is attentive without being intrusive. Each dish was beautifully presented combined with each morsel being delicious! Looking forward to return this Summer.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I think they are pretty good and neighbors love them but I see some growing pains. They are taking on a lot of diners using the outdoor options and the service people seemed overwhelmed. Even the basics (bread) took time. I thought my steak special (ordered rare) didn’t seem to be great quality. It was a bit chewy and the sauce was unremarkable. I plan to try them again because they are in my neighborhood and quite popular. So maybe I just wasn’t lucky that night.

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

Belated Mother’s Day dinner

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vipfoodplusfun
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had a wonderful Mother’s Day lunch!

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vipMaureenM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day
We had an excellent pigeon with peas.
Great bread!

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FlorenceC
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 9 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was ok but service needs much improvement. We did not get bread in our table which at the end was a good thing because my son’s croque madame was huge. The waiter was very accommodating and let me order the bouillabaisse from the regular menu even though they were only offering the brunch and Mother’s Day one. The coffee was one of the worse one I’ve had in a long time and it arrived without a spoon, when I asked for one she brought me a soup one. First time there, went because a friend gave a GC for it but I don’t think I will going back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bistro ever! Loved Fred’s food, service, and atmosphere.

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Carmine
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were immediately made to feel welcome. We had taken carryout from this restaurant, but this was our first in-house dining at the bistro. It exceeded expectations.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 5 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

a very nice addition to the neighborhood. Outdoor seating with umbrellas. Food very well prepared and creative.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 2 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. Chef engages with the customers. Sat outside so of course there is noise on busy Connecticut Ave but on what was such a beautiful day who cares!

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JoanB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is Amazing! It is a lovely place to dine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this new spot. My salmon tartare was perfect and perfectly presented
It was a birthday lunch and without request we were brought a lovely little chocolate mousse on a festively decorated plate. We will definitely go back and I have already shared our happy experience with others.

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vipCAngeles
Washington DC
90 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It is nice to have Rosemary Bistro in the neighborhood. The outdoor seating set up is lovely. The food is good, as well as the service. This was my first time to dine here, but it won't be the last.

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jrose27
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

hanger steak was absolutely superb and perfectly cooked

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vipDCGourmet
Washington DC
321 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rosemary Bistro Café is a neighborhood gem. The cuisine is traditional French (e.g., French Onion Soup, Beef Bourguignon, Bouillabaisse, Moules/Frites), with an occasional fusion twist (e.g., Pan-Seared Dumplings, Pork Short Ribs).

We totally love this place, and dine here a couple times a month. The owner Frédéric is echt Français, jovial, and a wonderful host. The lead server Tim is a delight to work with.

Oh yes...the desserts...Floating Island and Tarte Tatin are both to die for.

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vipPierre
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had the boullabaisse, a typical French dish from the South of France (Marseille, actually). What was missing was the rouille, a typical and indispensible ingredient for such dish.
It was also overpriced, at 26 $. The restaurant should not charge more than 20 $ for it.

The glass of Bordeaux red wine was also very stingy. It was more a half-glass, at best.

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MANNOV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was perfect in taste and excellent in presentation. The service was attentive but not bothersome, and Fred was great!

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Swinsty
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Very good food and great ambiance. I only saw 4 people dealing with all the tables and that was a little bit too much for them considering they were also juggling takeout orders. For our first venture out to eat in over a year, it was a great experience! The food is quite good and we will definitely come back.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on 8 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love the staff here! They are so kind and welcoming!

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vipAndrewWadsworth
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 5 April 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and attentive service - everything I look for in a good restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome. Loved it.

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vipEveB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 27 March 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Why did I not receive 100 points for booking on Open Table and dining here?

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CindyS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our brunch was very good. The floating island is outstanding!

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shandc
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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We ate on front patio of Cafe Rosemary, driven into the wind and cold by Covid fears. So the staff brought out propane heaters and we were toasty again.

And soon we were made even happier by Frederique's canapes,bouillabaisse, moule provencal (my favorite), and choice of wine.

Come soon before the traffic returns to upper Connecticut.

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JohnT
1 review
Dined on 13 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent ingredients expertly prepared in a lovely setting -- lots of attention to detail --make for a wonderful experience. You can find a detailed review by searching Rosemary on john tanners bbq blog

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vipFeliciaB
Washington DC
105 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time -excellent food and service. Will be back. Great neighborhood restaurant.

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hrfudold
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everyone was very friendly and accommodating the entire time. I love that the menu changes!

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vipSkip
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 30 January 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great experience eating outside with good heaters. Excellent food

Rosemary Bistro Cafe
Responded on 15 February 2021

Thank you so much for the kinds words

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vipMarieM
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food (baby arugula salad, steak frites, pear) and friendly, attentive service

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diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Brunch was good but presentation of food lacking. Service fine and outdoor eating
available.

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Maryd
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

For Outdoor lunch dining, it was a very good experience.
Don't know if I would choose it for inside dining- it's quite small, and might not be as satisfactory.
But I'd consider it - after the vaccine.

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sparky
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 20 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s our favorite French bistro in our area. Food is always delicious. Always consistent.

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vipSusanG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think the staff and the chef go out of their way to make one feel comfortable. The food is excellent and inventive, with all fresh ingredients.

They have great heat lamps that allow for safe outside dining.

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vipgigi
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

This new neighborhood restaurant is trying mightily. We sat outside under a tent warmed by a heater. The service was casual but helpful. The food was good bistro food; don't expect a fine French restaurant but my fish was well cooked.

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vipMichelleR
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on 11 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food.

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vipTimT
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 10 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are delighted the welcomed addition to Chevy Chase. The food was delicious and we hope to frequent this restaurant regularly!

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vipGuido
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

This is basically the relocated, now-closed Petits Plats, with the same owner-chef and a similar menu, including very good boeuf bourguignon and duck confit. One suggested improvement is the wine list which, like a Petits Plats, is short and uninspired.

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DCJeffe
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for outdoor dining during this time. Food and drink is solid and staff are friendly.

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vipFolly
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 31 October 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We ate outside and they put a heater near the table. Lovely lunch with grandchildren.
Ordered take-out of squash soup....tasty but thin. I like it thick. Will be returning.

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vipFolly
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 22 October 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very pleasant dinner on the porch. Made another reservation which I had to cancel due to the weather. Not ready to eat inside yet. Will be back soon. Bought delicious quiche at the market on Saturday and another dish I will try tonight. Will be there often. Hope heaters available to outdoor eating.

FAQs

Rosemary Bistro Cafe offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 506-5961.

Rosemary Bistro Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 58 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.