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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 #51 of 2,650 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $25 - $50
Hours:
Mon - Thu 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri 9:00 am - 6:00 am
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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Alexandria, Virginia
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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
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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88 reviews 88 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 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
62 reviews 62 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 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
1 review
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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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

How I should rate this restaurant. We booked this because we weren't able to get reservations at Marcel's at a reasonable hour for the same day. It was a Saturday night and we arrived fairly early. I think it was 6:30 and the place was pretty dead. We lingered a long time and when we left around 8, it was... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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78 reviews 78 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Very, very good food and superb service. The outdoor seating is wonderful. My only hesitation on giving it all 5 stars is that the menu ispretty limited, so I found myself thinking that if Iwanted to come here often there might be a tradeoff on variety. And none of the dishes are the type that I would order over and... More

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Kansas City, Kansas
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

This was a wonderful surprise. Artistic, light dishes and perfect desserts in a streetside cafe setting. The wait staff was amazing, going out of their way to make sure everything was right, even to the point of checking that the sausage that came with the lamb was all lamb and no pork for my non-pork-eating spouse. We eat out a... More

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Kensington, Maryland, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Sidewalk cafe or chic dining room, the service is exceptionally gracious and the food more than met our high expectations, a careful blend of choice, fresh, perfectly cooked ingredients, a flair for the gustatory combinations that tease the palate, and attractive presentations. To a minor disturbance when a bus parked on the street near by, the management responded with apologies... More

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Valatie, New York
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51 reviews 51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

So we were looking for some French"ish" Cuisine in D.C. and thank you internet for all your help. This place is charming and close to the "White House"...,What a bonus! We dined "outside - streetside" on a beautiful evening and our server(s) were absolutely wonderful. You kind of get your own little fashion show by dining this way. Note: Good... More

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