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Bistro Bis

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$$$
Downtown / Chinatown
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15 E St NW, Washington DC, DC (New Jersey & North Capitol)
Union Station
202 661 2700
Website
Today
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Fine Dining
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 256
    Excellent
  • 150
    Very good
  • 42
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 6
    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
Most recent review
French and pseudo-French

I have a morbid curiosity about the state of French cuisine in the United States and elsewhere. We seem to get it either in a retro version or updated almost beyond recognition. Bistro Bis is the latter. Which is not to say there is anything wrong with the food; you just have to put the “French” in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
canadensis
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Boston, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Fine Dining
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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469 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

I have a morbid curiosity about the state of French cuisine in the United States and elsewhere. We seem to get it either in a retro version or updated almost beyond recognition. Bistro Bis is the latter. Which is not to say there is anything wrong with the food; you just have to put the “French” in quotation marks. We... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

In 2013 I stayed at The George and was looking around the neighborhood for a decent place to eat and, fool that I am, completely ignored the restaurant attached to the hotel. This year we had a lunch meeting and I found myself at Bistro Bis and was for about an hour in culinary mini-heaven. I had fish (I can't... More 

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Virginia
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We tried twice to eat in the restaurant, both times we were rebuffed. The first time they closed early because the hotel wasn't very busy, and the second time we were refused a reservation, and then overheard another couple getting a reservation a few minutes latter. We were able to experience their food by ordering room service thru the hotel... More 

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Elkridge
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89 reviews 89 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Friends of mine have been raving about Bistro Bis for some time now, so I finally decided to give it a try for brunch. Let me just say that now I can't wait to go back for dinner! The French-inspired cuisine is exceptional, service is on-point, and the ambiance of the place makes you forget about the outside world while... More 

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New York, NY
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233 reviews 233 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
104 helpful votes 104 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015 via mobile

We sat at the bar and gad a great meal. I generally don't order trout but decided to give it a chance, it was wonderful, as was the lobster bisque and the Apple tart dessert. My partner had the duck and onion soup and thought they were excellent also. Even the coffee excelled. Not inexpensive, but not outrageous either. We... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015

Excellent food, good choice of wines, friendly well trained staff. High prices, but good value. Walking distance to hotel, so nice to have an extra glass of excellent wine.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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98 reviews 98 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

On this trip to DC, this was the best meal that I had. Started with onion soup which was the best I have had and then the main course was the scallops. WOW!! Excellent meal. I must say, you must eat here when in DC.

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Lake Jackson, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

We were there with a group of 12. Reservation ready when we got there and service was great. Beef bourguignon that I had was good, onion soup was delicious, steak was great, lobster étouffée not what we expected and kind of undercooked. Others said their food was great.

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Orlando, Florida
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48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

We are staying at The George, and attached is this divine restaurant, the Bistro Bis. We had $50 towards breakfast on our room, so of course we took advantage of it! I had the Belgium waffle with strawberries and my husband had the eggs Florentine. Both were very tasty. The cappuccinos were made to perfection as well. It's an expensive... More 

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Great Falls, Virginia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I hadn't been to Bistro Bis in a while, and it was better than before. The place has a vibrant bar and dining scene; the service was perfect; the food was very good; and the wine list, while not vast, has some very nice options at numerous price points. By "nice" wine options I mean wines that people who know... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 15 E St NW, Washington DC, DC
    (New Jersey & North Capitol)
  • Public Transportation: Union Station
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Downtown / Chinatown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
  • Phone Number: 202 661 2700

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 50
  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?