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320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5702
+1 202-546-4737
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Ranked #99 of 2,722 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
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
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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Smithfield
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

My wife and I celebrated our daughter's birthday with her and two of her friends. The Bistro Cacao is a perfect setting for an intimate dinner, with excellent food and service.

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Durham, NC
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18 reviews 18 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015 NEW

We had dinner at the Bistro Cacao on a rainy Friday night during Restaurant Week, and it was great! A converted townhouse, the restaurant is many smaller rooms rather than one large one, so it was quiet, with low volume music that didn't seem to have the aim of drowning out all conversation. It was crowded, but we were quickly... More 

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Washington Dc, District Of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

My friend and I had dinner there over Restaurant week - I had the Salade de Betteraves et Mozzarella for my appetizer, which was very tasty more so than I had expected. For the entree I had the filet mignon: I ordered it medium well and it came back very much well done, and in a lot of parts, burned,... More 

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Northern Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Four of us (two couples) dined Sat night. Table was in a private bay next to another table of four, but was quiet enough to talk. Food was outstanding - we had escargot and tomato soup appetizers; sea bass, salmon and mahi mahi entrees; and two kinds of chocolate dessert plus a bottle of Malbec. Not fancy, but eclectic with... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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32 reviews 32 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I went for the first time tonight and it was amazing! The wine list offers an excellent selection, the atmosphere is filled with ambiance, the staff is helpful and the food is to die for. I had escargot as an appetizer and sea bass as an entree and they were the best I've ever had. I can't wait to return... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

Seat yourself in armchairs in romantic booths, divided by drawn red curtains. Warm, soft lighting and quaint antique décor. Foie gras and an authentic French champagne as appetizer was followed by impeccable medium-rare duck in a blueberry sauce with a side of potatoes au gratin that almost made me pass out it tasted so good. Our server superbly paired wines... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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194 reviews 194 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
164 helpful votes 164 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We went here to celebrate a 50th but Cacao is not really that place. One can come here for any event. One can come here for Wednesday. We had fun and enjoyed the fare. We had the most traditional French treats: pate, escargot, frog legs, .... and were not disappointed. The dishes were obviously made on site and this cannot... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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23 reviews 23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

The decoration is absolutely amazing, very romantic ! The place is quite so u can talk freely. The food is delicious and the service is great. Totally worth the price

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Chesterland, Ohio
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298 reviews 298 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
240 helpful votes 240 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

We've eaten twice at Bistro Cacao, both in connection with seeing Shakespeare productions at the Folger Shakespeare Library, about three blocks away. Our experience was pretty consistent. Cacao is located just east of the Capitol Building on Massachusetts Avenue. It's in an old townhouse and the interior is in keeping with the setting. Depending on your point of view, you... More 

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Indianapolis
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Food and service were outstanding. Our authentic French waiter offered attentive, timely, and helpful service and made a great wine recommendation. All courses were well-prepared and delicious. Biggest drawback is the French cathouse décor with heavy red draping, peeling wallpaper, and kitschy pictures of Paris. Some tables--not ours--are awkwardly placed in traffic and serving areas. Interior not enough to detract... More 

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Additional Information about Bistro Cacao

Address: 320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5702
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: European, French, Wine Bar

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