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320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5702
202-546-4737
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Ranked #30 of 2,701 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $25 - $50
Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 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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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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185 reviews 185 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
155 helpful votes 155 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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280 reviews 280 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
225 helpful votes 225 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
17 helpful votes 17 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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Los Angeles, California
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75 reviews 75 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

I travel frequently to Washington and generally eat at one of two types of restaurants: modern expensively done sleek restaurants and (less frequently) tiny restaurants in old refurbished houses in neighborhoods of varying quality. Bistro Cacao bills itself as being "romantic atmosphere"--for that read darkened lighting and homey décor in a somewhat refurbished old house. There were rose petals on... More 

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New Jersey
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Perfect romantic atmosphere, exceptional cuisine, worth the detour to Capitol Hill. Enjoyed the Scallop Salad and the Loup de Mer with Mango Champagne Sauce on Roasted Beets. Flavor combinations are out of the ordinary and yet perfectly suited. Very, very good service. Highly recommend. We will return for sure!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 via mobile

Great atmosphere and excellent food. All three of our dishes were perfectly prepared. After a long day of traveling it was a wonderful way to Athens the evening. Service was attentive, never rushed.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

Let's be clear, our dinner was really good, tasty and exactly what you could find in France but the service wasn't as good unfortunately. Still, I recommend this place: you'll have great French food!

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Wellington
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102 reviews 102 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014

We had the tasting menu and were not disappointed. Wine matches were superb. All french and all perfectly suited to the courses. The place is quite funky from the red velour lamp covers and drapes to the big comfy chairs. A very sophisticated wine cellar if you want to go the bottle route.I think that the chef is very talented.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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230 reviews 230 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014

Our group of 20 people came back here last night following an early business dinner several months ago. The food and service remain excellent, and the environment with the private room was wonderful for a relaxed business/social dinner. I'd continue to recommend it highly.

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Additional Information about Bistro Cacao

Address: 320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5702
Phone Number: 202-546-4737
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 25 - 50
Cuisine: European, French, Wine Bar

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