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Bistro Cacao

4.8
3330 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 Alex Merritt 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 3330 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.5
Value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BrittanyB
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

I really enjoyed our dinner. The menu was good, the wine was delicious, and our server was very friendly and helpful. I also loved the decor.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You can never go wrong here and the staff is beyond friendly.

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JohnM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 30 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice romantic French ambiance, wonderful food, superb wines, and fantastic service. I highly recommend, and we will be back, again. One of our go-to special occasion restaurants, but you don't have to wait for an occasion either.

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diningmoments
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My partner and I arrived for our 13th Anniversary dinner. From start to finish the experience was exceptional. The fact that we dined outside on a lovely spring evening certainly added. All courses were exceptionally good (I strongly recommend the vegetarian entree). Our waitress was wonderful. A lovely way to venture back in the world of fine dining as the sting of the pandemic begins at last to fade.

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CarolynP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful experience at Bistro Cacao. We enjoyed it so much we returned the next day.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 24 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful experience!

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Yumyum22
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my first time visiting bistro cacao, and I will definitely be returning. Would recommend! We were celebrating a special occasion and each enjoyed a starting dish, main course, and dessert, along with a digestif and glass of Champagne. Each dish was delicious! And, the ambiance was cozy and romantic, particularly the room with red curtains where we ate.

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vipCapitolHillResident
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 23 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always love a neighborhood place and they do a fine job

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MikeC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We had a mix of plates, mine being the mushroom pasta--rich and creamy, with plenty of 'rooms. Both the trout and the steak frites we highly recommend, while I recommend the Hazy ol fashioned drink. We like, too, the way the outdoor dining is set up--ample and safe.

Satisfactory in every way.

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DianeD
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. Wait staff was attentive but not intrusive. We were not hurried and everything was excellent.

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TonyA
New England
1 review
Dined on 16 April 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Average tasting food. Escargot cold. We told waiter. 2nd plate same. Duck way undercooked but flavorful. Beef Bourguignon very bland. Creme brûlée l? More like mustard. Great service, though.

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MartinK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Bistro Cacao is a wonderful restaurant, lucky for us living on Capitol Hill, the wait staff are always warm and polite, always asking if they can describe a dish or the special of the evening, but most of all its enjoyable, you are not rushed, and your courses are brought to your table at the right time, and again the food is wonderful.

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vipOsfan
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

We celebrated our anniversary by going out to a restaurant for the first time in over a year. The food and service were great. We had an outdoor table and felt very safe.

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vipNickP
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice outdoor patio with comfortable chairs. The waiter was very pleasant and remembered us. Food was very good, as were the drinks. Liked the oversized ice cube in my smoky old fashioned; avoids getting the drink watered down. We’ll be here again.

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vipQuiquevilla
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 10 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful dinner / loved the experience

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food and service

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AllaR
Miami
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant, delicious food, amazing service!!! 5 *

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vipFrancieF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent in every waty

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estreetbarbara
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Lovely prix fixe Easter Dinner on their patio. Diners were well-spaced.

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vipStevenC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First brunch out in a year. Can’t wait to go back for dinner

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Alexander
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Good food with good service. Dried apricots in the clafoutis was the one, unfortunate/discordant note

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KristenA
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easter brunch was excellent! Service was outstanding! We will definitely be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful Easter brunch. Friendly staff. Incredible food and drink. Can’t wait to come back and try dinner service soon!

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JColeD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easter Brunch 2021 was great! Weather was perfect for outside seating and the ambience was beautiful. Great food and service for a great price!

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vipKathleenW
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Easter brunch on the covered patio was lovely. The food was exquisite, and the three course prix-fixe was a good value. As the weather gets warmer, I would assume/hope that some of the plastic tarps on the perimeter of the patio will be removed to permit more fresh air to enter and circulate. We will definitely be returning for dinner sometime in the near future.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice dining experience. Our server was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Overall great atmosphere.

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vippennsgroover
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Nadia was fabulous - attentive, sweet and definitely made our birthdays very special!

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CourtneyR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

I arrived slightly early for my birthday reservation, and insisted it was fine that I would sit at the bar and wait until my table was ready, but they tried to accommodate, so they set my boyfriend and me at a different table that was by the window and not as cozy and romantic as I had originally requested. So, I was a little disappointed there. Otherwise, the food was incredible. Our waiter, Sam, was extremely friendly, accommodating, and professional, and the ambience (aside from the blinding street light from the window they sat us by in the romantic “red room”) was very warm and cozy. I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I love French food. And will be back again. Great food, attentive service, lovely atmosphere, great wine.

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hillgirl
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful food and service, lovely French music played at an enjoyable level, friendly ambiance, very safe feeling for indoor dining.

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MadeleineM
1 review
Dined on 28 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bistro Cacao’s food was delicious (our group would highly recommend everything we ate including: the Rockfish, Steak Frites, Filet Mignon, and Duck), the outdoor seating was lovely (and very empty on a rainy Sunday evening), and the server was attentive and helpful. Will definitely be going back again!

PM
vipPMCQ
Aberdeen
40 reviews
Dined on 23 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy Bistro Cacao, especially on the patio on a beautiful day!

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vipValT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience5

Too expensive for the what it is. Food was very mediocre in taste and flavor.

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donm
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

great service by Joshua.. very attentive without intruding. a great meal.

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vipPaulineW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Always great coming back to this neighborhood gem. Service is excellent, food is satisfying and overall a good time!

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HaroldG
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Took my mother to celebrate her birthday. She loved it!!

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Cali
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We always have a wonderful experience here! Great staff, yummy food, lovely atmosphere. It’s our vacation experience in our neighborhood.

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JessicaL
1 review
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

It was a cozy place to go. The Price was reasonable, given the good food.

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Becca
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We just had cocktails and dessert but it was all excellent, including the service.

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vipAMHess
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on 9 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service outstanding as usual! The outdoor seating is nice and we could enjoy the sunset even inside the covered patio. We were disappointed that the lemon tart has been discontinued but are hoping that it returns for the summer!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bistro Cacao using the Order Online button. Bistro Cacao also offers delivery in partnership with 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 3330 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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