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“A good choice, particularly if staying at the Sofitel Hotel” 4 of 5 stars
Review of ICI Urban Bistro

ICI Urban Bistro
806 15th Street NW, Sofitel Lafayette Square, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Dupont Circle)
(202) 730-8700
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Ranked #87 of 2,710 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cross street: 15th St. & H St.
Transit: Mc Pherson square station (orange & blue line)
Description: Both iCi Urban Bistro and Le Bar are as vibrant and cosmopolitan as the District itself. Located one block from Lafayette Square and the White House, The Smithsonian, and other renowned museums and monuments, the Bistro holds its own among the trendy Washington DC list of "places to be seen". The dynamic space welcomes guests with cool, modern ambiance and exciting innovations on traditional French cuisine. You won’t find a more desirable place for business meetings, special occasions, or dinners with friends. There is even a private dining area that accomodates up to 25 people.
Baltimore
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“A good choice, particularly if staying at the Sofitel Hotel”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

We always stay at the Sofitel when in D.C., and the restaurant consistently provides good food in a pleasant atmosphere. The dinner menu is not extensive, although the dishes are all well prepared and presented. If you are a guest at the hotel, and have had a busy day of sightseeing (and just don't feel like going out again for dinner), then the ICI Urban Bistro will not disappoint.

Visited May 2014
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Anna Chaley C, Guest Relations Manager at ICI Urban Bistro, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Thank you for your loyalty to Sofitel and iCi Urban Bistro. Your feedback is essential for us to continue to provide excellent service to our guests and quality cuisine. Chef Loquet updates the menu often, and creates an additional daily selection of dishes, our Plat du Jour, as our specials for each meal. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Truly,
Anna
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“Wonderful Service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

My wife and I enjoyed Saturday morning breakfast at Ici. Often, hotel restaurants are not my favorite. Ici was a breath of fresh air.
From the French pressed coffee to my freshly prepared Eggs Benedict Florentine, my wife's soufflé style scrambled eggs, delicious croissants and the complementary "detox" juice.
Everything was delicious!

But the best part of the experience was our wonderful server from Morocco. He was gracious, entertaining and gave us seamless five-star service with a great smile.

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Anna Chaley C, Guest Relations Manager at ICI Urban Bistro, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I have passed your kind words about our Ambassador to the Food and Beverage Manager and his team. We strive to provide our guests delicious cuisine with a French touch along with a tranquil dining environment and personalized service. I hope you will be back to join us again soon.

Truly,
Anna
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“Delicious breakfast”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We stayed at Sofitel for the weekend and had breakfast here. Lots of choices, both sweet and savory. Excellent, welcoming service.

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Anna Chaley C, Guest Relations Manager at ICI Urban Bistro, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Thank you for choosing Sofitel both for your accommodations as well as your dining experience. I am pleased you enjoyed our breakfast, it is such a lovely way to start off a busy day of touring our Nation's Capital!

Truly,
Anna
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“Stylish, modern restaurant, as advertised. Excellent service, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

ICI Urban Bistro is located on the street level of the Hotel Sofitel just off Lafayette Square. It is a short walk from the White House. We had an early Friday evening dinner at the restaurant. There was only one other occupied table when we arrived but the others eventually filled as the night went on. The maitre 'd took our coats and directed us to our table. Both he and the waiter were quite welcoming. The busboys filled our water glasses quickly. They served us with a caprese-like amuse-bouche. We had mushroom fricassee and an asparagus/prosciutto dish as appetizers. There was a "healthy option" called "De-Light by Sofitel" that offered low-cal dishes. We enjoyed our seafood dishes including the sea bass and the linguini as well as our cheese plate and the chocolate cake with sorbet. Service was prompt but not intrusive. All-in-all we had a very pleasant dinner.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Anna Chaley C, Guest Relations Manager at ICI Urban Bistro, responded to this review, May 4, 2014
Thank you for taking the time to share your lovely dining experience with us. We strive to create an environment where our guests can indulge on Chef Loquet's delicious menu selections while enjoying quality service and a tranquil, unintrusive surrounding. The open air patio is open, and the weather is warming up, so come back and join us again soon!

Truly,
Anna
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“Cherry themed dinner excellent”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We had dinner twice here while on vacation this week. The first time my husband had the 1895 steak which was very good -cooked perfectly and tender. I had their Chicken Crepes also very good. The second dinner was just superb we started with their French Onion Soup - best one I ever had. The appetizer was prosciutto wrapped asparagus with an egg with a cherry balsamic reduction, absolutely delightful. The entree was salmon on couscous with an onion and cherry sauce very yummy. Then the desert was a very good cherry sorbet with a Sacher torte in a white chocolate bowl.
Excellent meal with excellent service.

Visited April 2014
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Anna Chaley C, Guest Relations Manager at ICI Urban Bistro, responded to this review, April 19, 2014
How nice you were able to join us during Cherry Blossom season! It is such a beautiful time in the city, and Chef Loquet took the opportunity to create a special menu in the spirit of the festivities. Now that it is warming up again, come and join us on our patio to enjoy some of his new selections for spring!

Truly,
Anna
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