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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
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Closed 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
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night Food, Late Night, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 102
    Excellent
  • 52
    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
Good food/with a slightly different menu

My friend and I just stopped in here because we were hungry and it looked good. We sat outside. Wonderful rack of lamb and I had the salmon with a slight cream sauce. So good. Nice wine list. The waiter was helpful and having a fun time.We didn't get desert, but everybody else was and they looked... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
delospoppy
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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169 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

My friend and I just stopped in here because we were hungry and it looked good. We sat outside. Wonderful rack of lamb and I had the salmon with a slight cream sauce. So good. Nice wine list. The waiter was helpful and having a fun time.We didn't get desert, but everybody else was and they looked good. Next time... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

It is hard to find fault with this charming little french restaurant in the downtown DC area. As noted in other reviews, the restaurant is small and just a bit over-the-top but the overall decor is homey and comfortable. The menu was interesting and varied and we had several specials to choose from. We shared several appetizers and a good... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

I have NEVER written a bad restaurant review before. anytime i'm disappointed, i just chalk it up to an experience but I feel that i must in this instance because the service at this restaurant was so offensive and rude. I made a reservation for two for a special occasion (and as a surprise), and we went to Bistro Cacao... More 

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La Crescenta
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My husband and I ate here for dinner twice in our five day stay in Washington DC; that's because we really liked it. Food was perfectly prepared; service was great. Pricey, but a very good experience.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Great little gem in DC. We had 3 different entrees, all fabulous. Service was attentive and helpful. Small place with a series of small rooms. Only suggestion....they have limited vegetarian options.

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Cleveland, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Met a friend here for lunch after touring the US Capitol and Library of Congress. Enjoyed a lobster bisque and a hearty salad. The decor and seating is cozy - we arrived at opening for lunch and it quickly filled up. A bit out of the way for tourists, but an easy walk from Union Station and the Capitol. Worth... More 

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West Palm Beach, Florida, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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171 reviews 171 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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63 reviews 63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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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, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?