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ICI Urban Bistro

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Dupont Circle
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806 15th Street NW, Sofitel Lafayette Square, Washington DC, DC 20005 (15th St. & H St.)
Mc Pherson square station (orange & blue line)
(202) 730-8700
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Sunday
Closed
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Both iCi Urban Bistro and Le Bar are as vibrant and cosmopolitan as the...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Bar scene
Doing business
Outdoor seating
Special occasions
Entertaining clients
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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  • 112
    Excellent
  • 55
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
ici urban bistro excellent cuisine

I stayed at the Sofitel hotel with my 16 month old baby and ate there almost every day 3 times a day. The food, service, and staff are excellent. I was treated like a queen. Highly recommend this place and hotel. it is a bit expensive but it's across the street from the main places ( the White... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
alina c
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Claremont, California
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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English first
Claremont, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I stayed at the Sofitel hotel with my 16 month old baby and ate there almost every day 3 times a day. The food, service, and staff are excellent. I was treated like a queen. Highly recommend this place and hotel. it is a bit expensive but it's across the street from the main places ( the White house, Washigton... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Quality of the food and the first class attention by the staff - an extraordinary evening - thanks to Patrick and his team - thanks to Bryon for making it a wonderful evening

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11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

The food is quite nice and I especially like the healthy options available. The bread is fantastic. Food preparation is usually impeccable. Nonetheless, maybe because I've ended up eating here so many times, I feel the menu has to be a bit broader or change more often. Service is usually pretty good. P.S. the above is for dinner. Breakfast here... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
Top Contributor
70 reviews 70 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Located in DC's Sofitel Hotel, this bistro with a French flair offered excellent service and very good food--loved the pumpkin ravioli, and my companions loved the sampler plate. The atmosphere was at once comfortable and sophisticated. The service could not have been better. Prices quite fair.

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Usa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Wonderful environment with excellent customer service. But, isn't wine by the glass at $18 on the very pricey side! Food prices are ok and well prepared. The onion soup needs more gruyere cheese. Otherwise, the broth is flavorful.

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Rothesay
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

We like light breakfasts. The croissants are delicious. Lovely fruit plates & French press coffee. Although the staff appeared disorganized, all were pleasant & we enjoyed eating on the patio.

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Paramaribo, Suriname
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

I loved the French onion soup. The halibut was far too overdone- dry and not worth the price at $29.00. Sitting outside was lovely and the staff attentive. I'm from the West Coast and love my halibut. This was not something I loved.

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Anna Chaley C, Director of Guest Relations at ICI Urban Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing ICI Urban Bistro. I am pleased to know that you enjoyed dining on our patio, our urban oasis, and I cannot blame you for enjoying our classic french onion soup, it is delicious! Our goal is not only to provide each of our guests with the personal service you received, but also to ensure that you... More 

Alexandria, Virginia
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The ICI Urban Bistro is a blessedly quiet oasis among the throng of busy and noisy restaurants near McPherson Square in Washington, D.C. Food and service is consistently superb. I work nearby, and this is my "go to" restaurant for a nice, upscale lunch experience with my colleagues and associates.

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rhode island
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

We had an opportunity to sample this restaurant during restaurant week. Service was good the entrée was EXCELLENT! We had the Swordfish which was a melt in your mouth flavor explosion. The bread wine and salad a definite PLUS! Would recommend this restaurant for anyone who wants a well prepared meal. Ron A.

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Reisterstown, Maryland
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Everything was wonderful and we thought we've found another great spot to dine... Up until the bill arrived where 2 items were priced higher then in the menu presented to us, and one of the dishes were ordered 1/2 portioned for a 1/2 price (it was waiter's suggestion not ours) but billed to us in full price +$3. THE STORY:... More 

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Anna Chaley C, Guest Relations Manager at ICI Urban Bistro, responded to this review

Thank you for choosing ICI Urban Bistro. I have shared your comments regarding your experience with our General Manager, Jean-Christophe Gras, who appreciates all guest feedback. While there was a $1 descrepency with the glass of wine in the system, I am confident that it was, in fact, a miscommunication with your server regarding the pasta entree however. We can... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 806 15th Street NW, Sofitel Lafayette Square, Washington DC, DC 20005
    (15th St. & H St.)
  • Public Transportation: Mc Pherson square station (orange & blue line)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: (202) 730-8700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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.
Open Hours
Monday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 am

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?