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Bistro Francais

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3124 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007 (Wisconsin Ave & 31 Street)
Rosslyn or Foggy Bottom-GWU (Orange, Blue lines)
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11:00 am - 3:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 3:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 am
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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    Very good
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Delicious but far too salty

Not really French cooking rustic or otherwise but sort of Franco-Yank. That didn’t matter to us as the meals were delicious. Way too much salt though and it nearly ruined the dish! The a la carte menu was really good with a very inventive “Specials” menu. A lovely atmosphere, friendly a really... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Wokingham, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Families with children
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English first
Newark, Delaware
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113 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I haven't been able to get down to Georgetown for a few years, but the SO and I made a day trip last weekend, with the intent to eat here and then go shopping. The restaurant is smaller than our last visit, however, the food is still top notch. I got the burger, and the SO got the steak frites... More 

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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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190 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Not really French cooking rustic or otherwise but sort of Franco-Yank. That didn’t matter to us as the meals were delicious. Way too much salt though and it nearly ruined the dish! The a la carte menu was really good with a very inventive “Specials” menu. A lovely atmosphere, friendly a really efficient service. A little pricy though.

Thank TJA950
Fairfax, Virginia
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It sounded good and looked goopaper But a red flag went up when our party arrived for Dinner before an evening at the Kennedy center And the restaurant was empty. The waitress was not French and did not understand English. Food was disappointing. On that note..the wine was very good.

Thank Saffern
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 326 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

The first table we were taken to had food spillage on the floor. Perhaps we were expecting too much but this was not very like the french restaurants we frequent during our annual holidays in France. The staff even admitted they have never been to France. The food was pretty basic (for $28) i.e. a Pate starter followed by Ray... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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576 reviews
226 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

Less crowded than the pretentious JPaul's down the block and certainly less expensive to the tonier French restaurants around town this is the place to go for bistro food (steak and frites, onion soup, veal kidneys, etc). We have a number of World Bank and Embassy friends who when coming back to D.C,. always want to head here.

Thank Chinapjs
New York City, NY
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

Conveniently located in the heart of Georgetown's busy shopping district, the Bistro Francais was a delicious but uneven experience this past Saturday night. Although not completely full at the time of our 8pm reservation we waited more than 20 minutes before anyone came to take a drink order after we were seated. Our waiter seemed to be covering half the... More 

Thank WRchitekt
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53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We were let down by the dining experience with Bistro Francais. It looked like the chef didn't taste the food at all. Everything was very salty. I am a salty eater (coming from a guy who can drink pure fish sauce) but I couldn't even stand the food. Mussel soup, fish soup, beef tenderloin and lobster thermidor, all dishes were... More 

Thank Nguyen T
Youngstown, New York
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2015

We stopped here on a rainy Friday and enjoyed the 2 course lunch. We both had the cream of spinach soup. It was fine. My friend enjoyed lamb sausage over a lentil salad. The sausage had a little kick to it and was presented beautifully. I had a cold salmon served with a watercress sauce (aioli) with a potato salad.... More 

Thank JudeTheFoodie
Williamsburg, Virginia
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26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

My friend and I stopped today for a delicious lunchtime meal. I had the seafood mixed grill on a bed of rice. The salad was as fresh as could be and the dressing excellent. The sauce was delicious and all the seafood was perfectly done. My friend enjoyed her marinated meat brochette with french fries. All was delicious and very... More 

Thank Carolyn C
Boston, Massachusetts
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58 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We recently returned from France and were hoping to relive our culinary experience. I guess that is a big task to lay on a restaurant but so be it. They did not stand up at all. My daughter enjoyed her onion soup and I enjoyed my onion tart. My husband did say that bouillabaisse was now his favorite dish. But... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3124 M St NW, Washington DC, DC 20007
    (Wisconsin Ave & 31 Street)
  • Public Transportation: Rosslyn or Foggy Bottom-GWU (Orange, Blue lines)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: 202-338-3830

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 32
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Business meetings, Families with children


Open Hours
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 3:00 am
11:00 am - 4:00 am
11:00 am - 4:00 am

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