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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 20002-5702
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
Open now
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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
Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 97
    Excellent
  • 51
    Very good
  • 10
    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
Most recent review
Authentic French cuisine in cozy romantic atmosphere

Four of us dined at Bistro Cacao. It looks like a hole in the wall but once inside, it's unique cozy and romantic. There are lots of tables for two nestled behind rich red velvet curtains. Larger tables can be found in nooks by the picture windows and in separate rooms. The vibe is rustic... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 17, 2015
CBRabenecker
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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Romance
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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162 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Four of us dined at Bistro Cacao. It looks like a hole in the wall but once inside, it's unique cozy and romantic. There are lots of tables for two nestled behind rich red velvet curtains. Larger tables can be found in nooks by the picture windows and in separate rooms. The vibe is rustic elegance. Service is excellent.. from... More 

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Golden, Colorado
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170 reviews 170 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

Great little venue on the Senate side. Our party had salmon, hanger steak, and a superb chicken breast. Staff is on the upper level of formal, but not in any way pretentious. Our orders were taken easily and drinks/water along the way refilled automatically. We were able to engage in conversation easily though there were full tables nearby. All in... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews 16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

We gathered several dear college friends and got together during restaurant week. We had a large group and definitely enjoyed ourselves. I would say the hostess seemed bothered to assist us. However, our waitress and everyone serving us made up for her attitude. The choices on the restaurant week menu were all delicious and I would definitely like to go... More 

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Washington DC
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

A nice place to try something different, like snails and frog legs. The restaurant is located not too far from the capitol. When looking from outside your expectations are a little low. Once you enter the restaurant it gets better and better. The interior is nicely decorated and taken care of. They have several fireplaces that give a warm touch.... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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56 reviews 56 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Having tried so many restaurants in DC, I definitely had one of the best meals at Bistro Cacao. The atmosphere is warm and cozy and dining environment was very comfortable and romantic. The ingredients were fresh and the preparation was simple but at the same time, very flavorful. I've tried many French restaurant in DC and this is my favorite.... More 

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Smithfield
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33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

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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19 reviews 19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5702
  • 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: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?