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Bistro Cacao

320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5702
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Ranked #31 of 2,624 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: European, French, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Union Station red line three blocks away
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90% Recommend
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English first
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
20 reviews 20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Went with my 11 year old granddaughter and adult niece to celebrate birthday. We each had different entrees and we loved them all. The gazpacho with watermelon was excellent, my hamburger was very juicy and perfectly cooked, and the Caesar salad entrée was very plentiful. The thinly cut French fries with the sandwiches were excellent. This was a highlight for... More

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La Plata, Maryland
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145 reviews 145 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

The weekday lunch menu at Bistro Cacao is geared for quick service, offering mostly salads, soups, sandwiches, and the like. I had the main course Salade Cacao (house) with grilled salmon. Delicious, by any standard. My friends had soup and salads, which they also enjoyed. Service was attentive and friendly, too. I would definitely like to come back for dinner.

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London, United Kingdom
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32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Even the rain could not dampen the meal . 3 properties joined to get her to make a quirky French home with little private areas to eat in on comfy seating. The French onion soup was to die for and my steak we'll scrumdiddlyous ( my word for out standing)

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Cleveland, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

On a July 4 weekend visit to DC, my husband & I had a very enjoyable dinner here. The food and service were both excellent. We had a reservation & were seated immediately. We shared a very interesting & tasty of Grilled Calamari & Grilled Pineapple - delicious. I had the Grilled Seafood Plate with Grilled Artichoke - deliciously done.... More

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Bistro Cacao is thought of as an East Capital neighborhood joint. And indeed it is very popular with those of us who live (in my case, part of the year) in this section of the city. I feel the food and atmosphere make it a worthwhile dinner destination no matter where you are in DC. I love the comfortable, intimate... More

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

I was on a business trip to the area and one of my colleagues takes French food, good wine, and knowledgeable waiting staff all very seriously. I do too, but not quite to the degree he does. I, however, was tasked with picking the restaurant and picked this one. It was a hit! the waiters were not stumped by his... More

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Hurstpierpoint, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

When somebody mentions a nice little French bistro that they know, you think immediately of a little, family run concern with a modest menu except, of course, in the United States where everything is on a much grander scale. The Bistro Cacao's menu follows the French model in most of its basic ingredients such as snails, frog legs, mussels for... More

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New Orleans
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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I truly don't understand how this restaurant gets such good reviews! The service was deplorable. We had to ask our waiter if we could order a cocktail before dinner. The appetizers came before our cocktails were even served....so much for a leisurely dinner! The pacing of the meal was terrible. My gazpacho was refreshing, but my flank steak was so... More

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Sydney, Australia
2 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

We had a meal at Bistro Cacao on the last night of a 6 day stay in DC. The service was excellent, the setting out on the patio was wonderful on a nice warm evening. The Lamb Rack my husband had and the Filet Mignon which I had were both cooked to perfection as were the accompanying vegetables. The waiter... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Great atmosphere, service and food.. The salmon is delicious and you also cant go wrong with the steak frites. Great selection of wine to pair with any dish you order. I will definitely be going back here. Can be on the pricey side though.

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