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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 - 10:00 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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673 reviews
455 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 361 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank jg325
Houston, Texas
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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.

Thank Connie T
Herndon, VA
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194 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

Thank webbuzzard
Virginia, USA
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142 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars 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 

Thank dctrentster
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars 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 

Thank jgreen2016
Herndon, Virginia
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016 via mobile

Bistro Cacao is the perfect place to take your girlfriends for a fancy lunch out or for an evening on the town with your significant other. It also has a nice feel if you had to bring a client for a nice lunch meeting and is close to the senate. It has an upscale French cafe feeling. It I ate... More 

Thank Rosie G
Birdsboro, Pennsylvania
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115 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2016

My husband and I were there this past Sat. night with 2 other couples. Our waiter, Sam, was delightful and helped make it a very enjoyable evening. I and my husband had Filet Mignon and it was outstanding. Some of the other dishes ordered by my friends were Sea Bass, Maui Maui, and Stuffed chicken. The atmosphere is very intimate... 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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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?