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Bistro Cacao

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320 Massachusetts Ave NE, Washington DC, DC 20002-5702
+1 202-546-4737
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 am - 9:30 pm
Mon 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - 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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Oak Park, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I was present at a private dinner at Bistro Cacao. It was FANTASTIC! The room was set with tables for 4-6 - there was about 30 of us. It was intimate but also a good place for a few well placed speeches. Food was delicious and the staff made sure our wine glasses were always filled.

Thank Maggie B
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was our best experience in DC and one of the most romantic dinners we've ever had! We were celebrating my husband's birthday and they made it very special. They also seated us at the private table in the bay window overlooking the street. It has a privacy curtain that makes it feel very intimate. The service was wonderful and... More 

Thank kbro146
Baltimore, Maryland
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant has it all. A great casual and/or romantic lunch or dinner destination, with a charming ambiance. Exquisite french dishes and sides served by courteous and knowledgeable waiters. Decor reminds of a forgotten Parisian scene, with theatrical red drapes. Everything there will make your experience unforgettable. Try it!

Thank Marielle F
Lynchburg, Virginia
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We wanted something quiet, comfortable, with attentive service for a special meal. Bistro Cacao totally fit the bill. Service was very personal and friendly. We got a cozy and comfortable booth for two. Sam, our server was friendly, attentive and helpful. He was also very good at matching a wine (Sancerre) with the meal. My wife started with a Salad... More 

Thank Dave G
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

I was in town for the weekend, and decided to go here to celebrate my 9 year wedding anniversary. It was a Thursday night at 7pm, so it was cozy and quiet. Loved the ambience. It was my first trip to D.C. Loved how the restaurant looked like an old-ish wooden establishment. Instead of regular chairs at a table, we... More 

Thank Christina L
BistroCacao, Public Relations Manager at Bistro Cacao, responded to this review

Hi Christina, Thank you for your comment. If you have a chance to visit Bistro Cacao again, you can try the "Mussels" from seafood menu. We look forward to seeing you again. More 

Prince Frederick, Maryland
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26 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016

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 

Thank Cm K
BistroCacao, Public Relations Manager at Bistro Cacao, responded to this review

Hello, Sounds perfect! We are very pleased that you had a great time at Bistro Cacao. Usually, a reservation is recommended. Don't forget to leave your e-mail to get all the details about events, special days and private dining! More 

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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131 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 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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730 reviews
499 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 369 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 

Thank jg325
Houston, Texas
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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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

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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
Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:30 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 - 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?