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Bistro Cacao

320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5702
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Ranked #24 of 2,568 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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106 reviews from our community

91% Recommend
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English first
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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52 reviews 52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

This restaurant was absolutely perfect! Quaint character building, with that old French bistro feel to it. The cozy tables for 2 offered us a chance to feel a little secluded behind partially drawn drapes. Larger parties are seated in the center of the restaurant. The food was simply outstanding. We started with a shared appetizer of scallops in a bean... More

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Washington DC
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80 reviews 80 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

My parents and I had a great meal at Bistro Cacao on Sunday night. When we arrived my parents mentioned that I had to catch a flight later that night, and the staff went out of their way to provide us with excellent service, and they couldn't have been nicer about it! My mom started with the escargot, which she... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

What a Great Re-find "Formerly, The Two Quail" several years back. Shades of its former self are still present and gladly so! Now with a heavy French Flair and Flavor the Meal was delicious, A nice Wine list with good by the glass offerings. four courses later, French Onion Soup, Red Beet Mozzarella Salad, Classic Filet Mignon with a red... More

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Minnetonka, MN
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

An adorable little bistro with winding rooms and private tables. The service andrecommendations were wonderful as were the added touches of care. The manager saw that I didn't get a last share of my husbands lobster bisque and brought out a darling little bowl for me to sample. The Boullibaise was a stunning and delicious presentation, my pistachio crusted sea... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

We went there for New Year's Eve dinner. They had a special menu for a reasonable price (wine not included) and the food was delicious. The staff is very kind and helpful - to pushy but always there to help. We found street parking close by at a metered parking space. The interior is absolutely cozy and beautiful. A fireplace... More

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New Zealand
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71 reviews 71 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

The bistro is by the Capitol about 7 minutes taxi from downtown, in an old house with dining in what appeared to be individual rooms of the former house. The decor is old world with heavily patterned wallpapers and old style tables and chairs - quite charming and a trip back many decades. The menu is typically French including frogs... More

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55 reviews 55 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2013

Great atmosphere inside although the old chairs at the tables next to the bar REALLY need replaced. The staff and patrons kin they're bad. Otherwise good was great and in perfect portion size. French onion soup was great and the first non-salty version we've been able to find in DC. Atmosphere inside can't be beat. Great for a couples night... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2013

Loved the food and the design of the restaurant. Best customer service ever.i will definitely go back.

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Dallas, Texas
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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

Capital near the Capitol! Entering Bistro Cacao is a bit like leaving the 21st century behind. Located in an old brick building, up some stairs off the street, not far from the Capitol, one expects perhaps to find Toulouse-Lautrec or Benjamin Harrison sitting inside! The several small dining rooms are intimate and warm. We were seated by a welcome fire,... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2013

We were in DC for a conference and were recommended this restaurant for its food and for the proximity to our hotel. It would have been worth taking a taxi ride here. The food and wine were really good, French Onion soup was a standout.

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