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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 - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 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: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 127
    Excellent
  • 64
    Very good
  • 12
    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
Great Food at a great location

Don't be deceived by the French name. There are great choices on the menu if you don't like French food. Great location close to Union Station and the US Capital.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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lanesboro, mn
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lanesboro, mn
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Don't be deceived by the French name. There are great choices on the menu if you don't like French food. Great location close to Union Station and the US Capital.

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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The boyfriend and I stopped by for an early Sunday brunch before seeing the sights. We had early reservations for 10.30. We were greeted by a lovely hostess, and seated at a cozy side table. We opted for bottomless mimosas, and enjoyed the complimentary pasty basket immensely. The menu offers many options, and has rotating seasonal selections. Our waiter was... More 

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Thank Melissa B
Managua, Nicaragua
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I trully recommend Grillade de Calamars, the best Appetizer of my entire life. Heavenly delicious desserts and such a great atmosphere. I like that it is not a loud place and even though is a room with lots of tables, you still can have privacy because of the way they decorate it and place the furniture. I totally recommend it... More 

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NJ, USA
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130 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

Came here with coworkers for a holiday dinner in the private room in the back. The food was really very good - I especially enjoyed the duck breast entree I ordered. The apple tartin dessert was ok, though I've had better (and the ice cream wasn't the greatest quality - had icy bits in it). But a nice restaurant overall.

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Thank ZonaP
Canonsburg, Pennsylvania
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65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

The sauces and entrees (lamb, swordfish, and venison) were awesome! The desserts (creme brulee, black forest cake, and poached pear) were even better!

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Fairfax Station, Virginia
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102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I love this place and I would eat here more often if it weren't for the annoying music-- kind of Parisian Café era 1940's -- and too loud -- so bizarre for a place that caters to the Capitol Hill young professional crowd. Change the music-- your food and service are wonderful - -perfectly cooked burger yesterday with melted gruyere... More 

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Thank Terese C
Toronto, Canada
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We had lunch at Bistro Cacao's on a sunny December afternoon. We sat on the patio and were well taken care of even though the inside of the restaurant was busy. I had the trout with a beautiful delicate sauce. Delicious. We took a walk around the inside of the restaurant to admire it's unique decor. Wonderful experience.

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Arlington
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

We were pleasantly surprised to return back to Bistro Cacao (formerly 2 Quail) from over 18 years ago. Our last time at this restaurant was when my then girlfriend now wife visited and we came back for our 17th wedding anniversary. This is truly an awesome place with the most romantic decor with private dining areas. Rose pedals on tables... More 

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Richmond, VA
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140 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

We really enjoyed our dinner at Bistro Cacao. First, the building itself is interesting looking, both inside and out. The dining areas are cozy but not cramped. Our server was friendly and made great recommendations. The friendly chef came out to see how we liked our meal. Great atmosphere! We ordered soup and salad, but both were delivered at the... More 

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Thank GNR80
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

My mother and I came to this restaurant wanting to try frog legs for the first time. This was the only restaurant I could find with this on the menu. The place is very quaint and welcoming when we walked in. The place is very dark so they can create a romantic atmosphere, but they needed to raise the light... More 

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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: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
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?