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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 2,625 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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88% Recommend
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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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76 reviews 76 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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47 reviews 47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

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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Fair Oaks, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Great street side cafe restaurant which makes the hotel coffee shop seem very romantic. has a great spa menu which is nice. Food other than spa fairly average but great service

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Chester, United Kingdom
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67 reviews 67 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Near Lafayette square , we were staying at the hotel Sofitel which we can't speak more highly of it was incredible! We sat outside in the warm and had a really good meal and good service. Prices were reasonable.

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Buenos Aires, Argentina
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79 reviews 79 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

There was a music event so, for some reason, we were given a short, poor menu to choose from, not the usual full restaurant menu. Staff was ok, the same as the general atmosphere. But if we had known about the short menu due to music event, we would have gone somewhere else. A pity, because, as years go by,... More

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

We were staying in the Sofitel hotel so this was just downstairs from our room. Has a pretty interesting menu for breakfast which was delicious. I had brioche French toast - would Definitely recommend Did not eat here for dinner so can't provide a review.

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Nishinomiya-shi, Hyogo, Japan
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

I wanted to try a new place. The hotel lobby leaves a good impression, so does the layout of the restaurant. I had a glass of Sancerre, started with mesclun, a mixed green salad, very engaging with twigs of aromatic herbs, then the fish stew. Average. Shrimp, vegetables and the sweet broth were fine but why two pieces of similar... More

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