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Bistro Bis

15 E St NW, Washington DC, DC (Upper Northwest)
202 661 2700
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Ranked #19 of 2,625 restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $12 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
Cross street: New Jersey & North Capitol
Transit: Union Station
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85% Recommend
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English first
Washington DC, District of Columbia
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Bistro Bis is solidly good, maybe not knock your socks off, "wow, this is so innovative", but solidly good. I like that. I know that I can take someone here and we will walk away feeling like it was special and it was worth it. There is something to be said for consistency. The bar here is superb! It's glamorous,... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 NEW

Good food, delicious desserts, definitely recommend. We were looking for somewhere close to the Washington court hotel and this place was around the corner and up the street. Yummy!

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Greer, South Carolina
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56 reviews 56 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

Lets' explain why disappointing? First it was very noisy especially from people at the bar. Second the service was very slow while the restaurant was almost empty. Regarding the food: we started with a quenelle ... Excellent. But then the confit de canard was too dry and my scallops "a la provencale" were not tasty enough. Really disappointing!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

We want to the Bistro Bis following trip advisor recommendations. This is a really nice place. Food is amazing. Strongly recommended. I had a salmon and my wife had a seabass. Both dishes were great. The service is superb.

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Harlingen, Texas
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The food is outstanding, the wine list is complete and has a good variety to pick from, and Steve is the waiter you always hope you'll get!

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Albany, New York
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236 reviews 236 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Went with a party of 7 for dinner. We were originally reserved for 6 people but they graciously accommodated us upon arrival with an extra person. The server greeted us promptly and took our drink order. The cocktails are very good. As is the wine list. Appetizers like French Onion Soup, Tuna Carpaccio were spot on. Onion Soup was some... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We had a reservation for 8pm on the Sunday between Christmas & New Years. When we arrived the place was nearly empty, they seemed a little confused as to who we were, and we were seated next to the bar. We asked for a nicer table and from then on the the whole evening was great. The manager made several... More

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Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014 via mobile

Arrived on time with a party of six for a business dinner. Despite telephone confirmation earlier in the day, our reservation was lost. The maître d' was both professional and proficient and we had a table in less than 10 minutes. Our server knew the menu and the wine list (extensive) and made superb recommendations. Particularly enjoyed the beet salad... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014 via mobile

We were greeted by maître d, who explained the menu to us and gave some recommendations. Service was excellent, very attentive staff. Food was delicious, including the dessert. A very good first experience with French cuisine. Good but expensive.

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San Antonio
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85 reviews 85 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Have eaten here many times when visiting DC. Service was not very attentive. Took a long time to get cocktails. Fish wasn't acceptable. Steak was still very good. Not sure I will be back.

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SallieBuben, Owner at Bistro Bis, responded to this review

We would really like to hear more details about your visit! We work hard to improve and for you to feel we are slipping is not what we want to hear. We would be very appreciative if you would contact our General Manager Sean Applegate at sapplegate@bistrobis.com to discuss. We want you to return! Regards, Sallie Buben More

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