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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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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: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 113
    Excellent
  • 59
    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
Anniversary dinner

Went for our third wedding anniversary dinner, and included this fact when I made the reservation (the morning of our dinner ). On arrival, the staff congratulated us, complimented my wife's dress, and seated us in a window table. Service was excellent, food great. I had gazpacho, followed by lamb... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
johnlinberg
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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English first
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Went for our third wedding anniversary dinner, and included this fact when I made the reservation (the morning of our dinner ). On arrival, the staff congratulated us, complimented my wife's dress, and seated us in a window table. Service was excellent, food great. I had gazpacho, followed by lamb, my wife had scallops followed by sea bass. The made... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

With Restaurant Week in DC I decided to look for a new place where I could enjoy a lunch break. The menu at Bistro Cacao looked great. Twice I had to cancel and reschedule due to work schedule conflicts. By the time I was able to make it to the restaurant, Restaurant Week was over. My concern? that tables were... More 

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elsmithpc
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Had an marvelous dinner with my wife during DC Summer Restaurant Week. Delicious food & wine, excellent service and outstanding ambiance (interesting and romantic). This truly was an unexpected hidden gem! Thanks to Chef Deger and our wonderful server/sommelier Damien for a great experience. We'll definitely be back for more superb French cuisine!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

This restaurant is a little outside downtown, we took a cab from 14th and Pennsylvania. It's in a cute and quiet neighborhood. We sat outside but wish the chairs were a little more comfortable. We started with some cocktails and Pate. Both were delicious. Although the waiter spilt mine all over my pants after delivering the pate. They apologized and... More 

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Germantown, Maryland
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I concur with the other (good ones that is) reviews left about this place. It is a very romantic and inviting place, excellent ambience with great French food. Parking can get challenging, but just drive around, you'll find a spot.

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South Florida, Florida
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105 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Had reservations for 5 here during a weekend getaway. Picked this one solely because it was walking distance from the rental we used for our stay. I think Chef Kamal's place can be best described as an opportunity to enjoy finer dining in a more casual, less formal atmosphere than one might expect for dining of this caliber. We decided... More 

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wyoming
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Visited in August nice table outside. Food was wonderful but you do pay for the quality. Dinners $25-30 wine $48-70. Great service

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Charleston, South Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Bistro Cacao is a MUST GO TO for anyone seeking exceptional cuisine, exceptional service, unbelievable ambiance, and very very reasonable prices. When I first arrived I thought I was in the wrong place but after being led into a series of increasingly private dining rooms I decided I "was home". The tables are very private...including many tables for two..and have... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Have you ever just "happened" onto a restaurant and realized you'd just stumbled onto a real hidden gem? That's what happened to me when I discovered Bistro Cacao! I had the pleasure of being served by Sam who was extremely attentive! I ordered a half bottle of white wine on a hot summer day and Sam obligingly kept the remaining... More 

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Upper Marlboro, Maryland
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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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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: Romantic, Doing business, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?