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ICI Urban Bistro

806 15th Street NW, Sofitel Lafayette Square, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Upper Northwest)
(202) 730-8700
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Ranked #8 of 2,564 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
Cross street: 15th St. & H St.
Transit: Mc Pherson square station (orange & blue line)
Description: Both iCi Urban Bistro and Le Bar are as vibrant and cosmopolitan as the District itself. Located one block from Lafayette Square and the White House, The Smithsonian, and other renowned museums and monuments, the Bistro holds its own among the trendy Washington DC list of "places to be seen". The dynamic space welcomes guests with cool, modern ambiance and exciting innovations on traditional French cuisine. You won’t find a more desirable place for business meetings, special occasions, or dinners with friends. There is even a private dining area that accomodates up to 25 people.
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90% Recommend
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Sacramento CA
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62 reviews 62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We had dinner twice here while on vacation this week. The first time my husband had the 1895 steak which was very good -cooked perfectly and tender. I had their Chicken Crepes also very good. The second dinner was just superb we started with their French Onion Soup - best one I ever had. The appetizer was prosciutto wrapped asparagus... More

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

The food is excellent, especially the sampler versions, even at noon, when you are in a rush. They used to have a nice patè with salad, but apparently they don´t offer it any longer. The staff is so helpful. Skipping dessert will leave room for a wonderful expresso and petit fours and lingering: none will rush you. Just perfect. A... More

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Halliday ND
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

The food quality and service was very good. Price is somewhat expensive but normal for the location. Everything in the area tends to be expensive. The White House is only a few blocks away. Located in the Sofitel Hotel where we stayed which is why we ate here. But it is rated very high for a reason.

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Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Enjoyed an early dinner before the theater. Just a delightful dining experience from start to finish where thought and skill went into each aspect---food, service, decor. I started with the waldorf salad, light on calories yet pleasing to the eye and palate; my husband had the french onion soup the best he has had! For my main course, I truly... More

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Houston, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinners at the restaurant. The waitstaff and manager were friendly and attentive. They have a good kids menu that my child enjoyed ordering from. The sea bass is delicious, and French onion soup was one of the few good ones that I have had, and the citrus cup was refreshing. The seafood linguini was my daughter's... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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37 reviews 37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

The service here was excellent. The ambiance was romantic. The place was very well done. The food was great. It was a fixed menu but had a few selections for each course. We were very happy and ate a lot of food. It is very expensive though we spent over $200 and did not drink. I would come back here... More

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Toronto, Ontario
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68 reviews 68 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

The two of us had dinner here on New Year's Eve. Overall, we enjoyed our meal and the experience, but we wondered if this could really be one of the best restaurants in Washington (#4 on TripAdvisor at the time). The room is quite small, but tasteful. The staff were very gracious and polite, but not as quick as I... More

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New Zealand
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71 reviews 71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

On the ground floor of the Sofitel in a nice part of downtown DC. We came at 8:30pm and there was only one other table occupied (being the day after Xmas). Decor is contemporary and comfortable, Menu is French, short and precise. Having eaten out for the past 2 weeks as we were visiting from overseas, it was nice to... More

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North Salt Lake, Utah
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174 reviews 174 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
163 helpful votes 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

I was a little hesitant to go to Ici as I was travelling alone and didn't know if the atmosphere would be ok, but I needn't have feared. The staff made me feel totally comfortable, seated me by a nice table window, and was extremely attentive and accomodating throughout the meal. I enjoyed the Beet Salad from the Skinny menu... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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90 reviews 90 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013 via mobile

A few steps from Lafayette Square, Le bar ICI (as in "here" in French) offers old world charm with a vibrant and young cadre of staff. I began my soirée accompanied by a fascinating, complex, and rather smokey flavored 16 year old single malt, Lagavulin, as I read the FT in a comfortable leather seat strategically located at the center... More

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