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ICI Urban Bistro

806 15th Street NW, Sofitel Lafayette Square, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Dupont Circle)
(202) 730-8700
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Ranked #85 of 2,699 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 am
Cuisines: French
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
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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
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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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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
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67 reviews 67 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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45 reviews 45 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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
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
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86 reviews 86 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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 

Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Food was ok other than the filet that was fabulous. The service was extremely slow, even for water and drinks. The people were very nice but nice people just aren't enough to make it a good experience. We tried five appetizers and ordered two meals. Fish special was fishy. Nothing fabulous about the appetizers. Wine was nice. Would not go... More 

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Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

The service could not have been better, absolutely attentive and never smothering. Kudos to Byron, my server, and Issam, the maitre de. The dishes ranged from very good to excellent with a thoughtful and for DC a reasonably priced wine list. If you want to enjoy good conversation without shouting or straining to hear, than Ici Urban Bistro is an... More 

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Additional Information about ICI Urban Bistro

Address: 806 15th Street NW, Sofitel Lafayette Square, Washington DC, DC 20005
Phone Number: (202) 730-8700
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
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
Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
Cuisine: French

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