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“Sophisticated Italian Cuisine” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bibiana

Bibiana
1100 New York Avenue, NW, Washington DC, DC 20005 (Downtown / Chinatown)
2022169550
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Ranked #149 of 2,700 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $30 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: 12th and H street
Transit: Metro Center is the closest metro stop, it is located at 12th and G street and our front door is one block away at the corner of 12th and H street.
New York City, New York
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95 reviews 95 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Sophisticated Italian Cuisine”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

The food was delicious BUT the portions were so small they should have been appetizers----and sadly did not have some of the choices that their website showed as current on their menu. The desserts were the highlight of the meal, but one really should never leave a restaurant feeling hungry.

The restaurant is beautiful and the staff were professional, but it was not a good choice for a family meal as there was just not enough to eat.

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Armonk
Top Contributor
124 reviews 124 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 60 cities Reviews in 60 cities
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
“Excellent food but the portions are on the small side”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

I recently ate here twice and both times i had an excellent meal. The dishes are creative and interesting and the presentation is also quite good. Service is excellent and the overall ambiance was good as well. My only complaint was the small portions. For the prices they charge you expect a bit more on your plate.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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S. Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Great food and service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

My wife and I visited DC and decided to go to Bibiana because of the great reviews.
Food, service and atmosphere was great.

Highly recommend it.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
“Outstanding Italian restaurant experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

I'm surprised by some of the recent negative reviews - we had a great meal. We had not been there before and only knew their address, 1100 New York Avenue. We went to that address and only found the old Washington Greyhound bus station - no restaurant in sight. I called them and they guided us around the block to H Street - and voila. The hostess was warm and charming, amused by our getting lost. We were shown to a nice table in the middle of the modern attractive room. Delicious bread and luscious olive oil arrived immediately, as well as menus and the wine list. Our waiter was informative and helpful. The portions were nice sized and all excellent: the calamari and sweetbreads (Animelle) to start, then Risotto and Tortellini. Our waiter suggested Crespelle for dessert and he knew whereof he spoke. I have to quote their description: "Crepes Rolled with Chocolate Cream Inside a Crisp Chocolate Tuile, Candied Cocoa Nibs, Chocolate Caramel Gelato". A true reward for any chocoholic! We made another reservation to go with friends in a couple of weeks.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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15 restaurant reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Mediocre”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013 via mobile

This restaurant is attempting to be upscale, but is not making the cut. We found the food to be nothing special and the atmosphere to be average. The waiter we had was rude, which amplified our ambivalence into enough dislike to write this review. We will not return and do not recommend Bibiana.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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