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Bistro Cacao

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320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
+1 202-546-4737
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sun - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Fri 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

What a good dinner, the place is very romantic and comfortable. Our waiter Demian was very fun and cordial. Foodwas great too, lots of plates, loved que Quale and the Lamb.

Thank Felipe-Kopaitic
Hillsborough, NJ
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124 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were biking around D.C. on Saturday afternoon of Memorial Day weekend and wanted to go someplace unique for lunch as opposed to your typical, chain locations. Based on the reviews on Tripadvisor, we decided on Bistro Cacao. Bistro Cacao was the perfect outdoor bistro with large umbrellas shading the entire seating area. Drinks, food and service were all excellent.... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I dined here one evening on a short trip to Washington. It was not in the main tourist area, and gave us a different feel/vibe that was nice to experience. We shared the Grillade de Calamars, Duck Foie Gras Terrine to start, and a swordfish and venison rack special of the day for our mains. The calamari... More 

Thank SheilaLastname
Columbia, Maryland
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50 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Bistro Cacao was on the list of the most romantic restaurants in Washington DC. It was located on a row of Capital Hill row houses that were converted to quaint eateries. First impression is a good one with the front patio tables with decorative greenery and live flowers. The wait staff was awesome. The interior decor was romantic with comfortable... More 

Thank lynnojohnson
Denver, Colorado
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50 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Very good experience here! Cute place, charming decor, great patio for warm nights. We ate outside on a June evening and enjoyed the DC experience surrounded by locals at Cacao and the neighboring restaurants. Excellent duck breast with juniper sauce, incredible veggie terrine appetizer (my favorite part of the meal), garlicky escargot. My husband liked, but didn't love the lamb(a... More 

Thank ChipTravel
Tavernier, Florida
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132 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016 via mobile

Small restaurant on Capitol Hill with outdoor dining. The interior tables are wonderfully romantic. Scallops with avocado app was superb drizzled with a balsamic vinaigrette. Entrees we had salmon, a hanger steak with a port wine reduction and a chicken with ginger juniper berry sauce. All were excellent. Varied wine list and kronenbourg beer. Prices were very fair

Thank WinnieTavernier
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016 via mobile

Nice, charming, old style French Bistro. We went for a Sunday brunch as a party of 3 and all the meals were excellent. Dessert was tremendous Quiet enough to actually have a conversation Waitstaff was very friendly and knowledgeable Great find in the Capitol District

Thank NYBrehon
Alexandria, Virginia
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed a very nice dinner in a beautiful setting at Bistro Cacao. Service was first rate, the table had the Chef's Tasting menu which was served at a very nice pace for enjoyable dining. While all of the courses were well prepare, the filets with shrimp were pedestrian and desert while tasty did not seem to go together. Price... More 

Thank Pyranhadoc
Rome, Lazio, Italy
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016 via mobile

Bistro Cacao is a lovely French restaurant with great ambiance and amazing food. The staff is very friendly and helpful. It is like walking into a friend's home. Damien, our server, was excellent. I highly recommend going.

Thank Squibbie G
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46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

This just became my wive's new favorite French restaurant for a couple reasons. 1 - Very Romantic with private booths and a complete red decor inside. 2 - The food is awesome. As i noted in the title its really 2 atmospheres. Inside is a red romantic decor and out side is like a sidewalk bistro. So depending on your... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$25 - $50
French, European
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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 - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
11:30 am - 3:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
  • 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?