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Bistro Cacao

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320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5702
+1 202-546-4737
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Prince Frederick, Maryland
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25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When our original Saturday evening plans for dinner didn't pan out, we stumbled across BISTRO CACAO and what a joy (divine culinary adventure) and surprise (they took us without a reservation)!!! We were seated for dinner right away, amid the beautiful red velvet screens that lent privacy and intimacy. Damian, our waiter, was absolutely spot on when we asked about... More 

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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126 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A small but we'll staffed and organized French cuisine restaurant. Noticed a couple of members of Congress enjoying the food. Several classical dishes treated with a modern touch that works very well. The small bar was tended by Natasha who has the science down to perfection and serves with feeling. The wine list is impressive for such small venue. The... More 

Thank Jim F
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702 reviews
478 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 363 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

I've been going to Bistro Cacao for years now, and to me, it's one of those old-school French restaurants. The seating plan is very labyrinthine, so if you are meeting people here for lunch or dinner, let the hostess see you are supposed to go and try and finding it yourself. There are so many side rooms and larger rooms... More 

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Houston, Texas
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

If you're looking for a place you can take someone on the Senate side, try Bistro Cacao. The fare is classic French bistro served by knowledgeable staff. The wine lists tilts towards the French but the waiters really know their stuff. The food is excellent, although maybe a bit on the safe side. 'on the safe side' includes frog legs,... More 

Thank Jan v
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

We had a quick brunch like appetizer meal. I have not one complaint. Wonderful French onion soup, great paté, escargot was perfect!

Thank Jennifer P
Rome, Italy
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

Went here on a Sunday for lunch. Group got the onion soup-some of the best I've ever had. Escargot were perfectly cooked. Steak sandwich was excellent--tender meat, crispy bread. Excellent spot for lunch.

Thank Verocras
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

The food was fantastic, "French" and unbelievably wonderful. We highly recommend it. The service was great, very nice wine list. Make sure you ask if there are specials, our waiter forgot to mention them and we would have picked the Venison, But the Sea Bass and Duck were magnificent.

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Herndon, VA
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205 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Went there for a colleague's birthday and was pleasantly surprised. I had the soft shell crab special which was well prepared. We had. Several vegetarians with us, and they were disappointed with the options. Overall, it was enjoyable

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Virginia, USA
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144 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

Recently went for brunch to Bistro Cacao in a large group. Grant it, there typically are service issues when the table is greater than 6. That said, the number of errors was pretty high. So high that the score for food and service was probably a “good”. Ham and Cheese omelet was very good. Can’t say the same about the... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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32 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016

This is one of my favorites in DC for a quiet meal where conversation will be on the menu. Not that there is no music. Edith Piaf and other French standards share the stage with a well-chosen selection of more contemporary voices, all of them set at a perfect volume to allow for appreciation of the music and the conversation... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$25 - $50
French, European
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5702
  • Public Transportation: Union Station red line three blocks away
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-546-4737

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?