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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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This restaurant is at Sofitel Washington DC
Saturday
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

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Visitor rating
  • 113
    Excellent
  • 57
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 9
    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
Chesapeake rockfish a notable entree

We ate in this restaurant out first evening because we were travel-weary and it was so good we came back our third night and ordered the same entree: the Chesapeake rockfish which was a truly outstanding entree. We also chose to eat breakfast here every day: the croissants are as good as any in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
KayS_10
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Outdoor seating
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We ate in this restaurant out first evening because we were travel-weary and it was so good we came back our third night and ordered the same entree: the Chesapeake rockfish which was a truly outstanding entree. We also chose to eat breakfast here every day: the croissants are as good as any in France.

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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The staff was super nice, and very efficient. But all in all, the decor was cold and there wasn't really anything special about it. It's the kind of place where families staying at the hotel go to eat with their kids, rather than a place you'd go for a special meal. If you're tired and don't want to leave the... More 

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Claremont, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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
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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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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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
71 reviews 71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014 via mobile

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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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

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
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?