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Bistro Cacao

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French, European, Wine Bar
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320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
Union Station red line three blocks away
+1 202-546-4737
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Today
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 107
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    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
Some of the best food in Washington DC

Bistro Cacao has been my favorite restaurant in DC for awhile now. The wife and I try and eat there at least twice a month and it's always first on our list to take guests visiting DC. Prices are reasonable. Great wine. The decor is intimate. Service is good and the food is phenomenal.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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59 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Bistro Cacao has been my favorite restaurant in DC for awhile now. The wife and I try and eat there at least twice a month and it's always first on our list to take guests visiting DC. Prices are reasonable. Great wine. The decor is intimate. Service is good and the food is phenomenal.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

This was a random find after arriving in DC for the first time. The bartender was very nice. Food and drinks during happy hour were quite reasonably priced. Both were really delicious! Seems like it would be an intimate atmosphere for a date or quiet evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Chose this restaurant based on the reviews from TripAdvisor. Great find ..dinner was outstanding from appetizers to dessert. We started eating outside and changed to inside when we saw the romantic, electric decor. Planning to return soon.

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Washington, DC
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

This place sports the style of a townhouse DC is known for. It is one of several places on the same block that have been converted from a one time row townhouse to a restaurant. Therefore, the sectioned dining rooms have a cozy, ornate ambiance. It's on the darker side with nice French music playing over the speakers. The staff... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Restaurant has a wonderful atmosphere, and for couples, try to get a booth with the closing drapes! The food was excellent, and we were served personally by the chef. The wine menu had a nice variety as well. The dinner menu was classic French, with some staples, but also some more out of the ordinary dishes. My girlfriend ordered the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

I think what I liked most about this place was the ambiance. Tables were nestled in curtained nooks and there were comfortable easy chairs so you could lean back and relax. Unlike most restaurants, it was totally quiet enough to have a conversation with my family. The food was delicious but very expensive - know that going in. All in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

This is a great, little, cozy place that's perfect for a nice dinner with friends or a romantic evening out. The food is very good and the service is excellent!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Went there for Friday dinner, Had the game pate and rack of lamb. Washed down some excellent Bordeaux. Service very good. No rush. Desserts also solid. Would go again.

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Vienna VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Excellent evening at Cacao. Table for 4 ready for us on a busy night outside on the lovely patio. Prompt and smart service. Prosecco and Bordeaux all around. Well priced options. Gazpacho was fresh chunky and delicious. Classic French side Salad app was fresh and delicious. I had a fantastic bouillabaisse - hearty portion of shrimp lobster scallops fresh fish... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My friend and I just stopped in here because we were hungry and it looked good. We sat outside. Wonderful rack of lamb and I had the salmon with a slight cream sauce. So good. Nice wine list. The waiter was helpful and having a fun time.We didn't get desert, but everybody else was and they looked good. Next time... More 

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Additional Information about Bistro Cacao

Address: 320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
Phone Number: +1 202-546-4737
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm  11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 3:00 pm  5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
Cuisine: French, European, Wine Bar

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
  • Public Transportation: Union Station red line three blocks away
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-546-4737

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
  • Cuisine: French, European, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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