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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: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Perfect country French

, where can I go 1:30 in the morning had escargot a bottle of wine stay hopeful or anything how about eggs benedict grilled duck breast this restaurant is fun and Classic Country French worth the trip

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
Jim H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

, where can I go 1:30 in the morning had escargot a bottle of wine stay hopeful or anything how about eggs benedict grilled duck breast this restaurant is fun and Classic Country French worth the trip

Thank Jim H
Chevy Chase, MD
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116 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Opening 40 years ago in Washington’s old Georgetown district, Bistro Française remains unabashedly, quintessentially, authentically and unpretentiously as mid-20th Century French as its exalted kin along the Seine. “It’s like a different country,” my francophile companion Yvonne said as we waited to be shown a table. “People I hear speaking, some are speaking only French.” Led to a long mirrored... More 

Thank Peter K
Newark, Delaware
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113 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2015

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 

Thank Shellyduchsk8s
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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191 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

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 November 5, 2015

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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151 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 327 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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610 reviews
245 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 130 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 via mobile

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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60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015 via mobile

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 via mobile

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 

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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: Families with children, Business meetings
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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