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Bistro Cacao

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Mon, 1/21
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Soupe du Jour
Soupe à l'Oignon
French Onion Soup with Gruyere Cheese
Lobster Bisque
Escargots au Beurre d'Ail
Sautéed Snails with Garlic and Parsley Butter
Pâté de Faisan
Pheasant Pâté with French Cornichons and Mixed Greens
Saumon Fumé
Smoked Salmon with Arugula, Granny Smith Apple, Roasted Almonds, Shaved Parmesan, Herb Dressing, Balsamic Reduction
Coquilles St Jacques
Scallops, Shiitake Mushroom, Fennel Cream Sauce
Roasted Beets with Burrata, Sunflower seeds, Olive Oil, Fig Reduction
Salade "Cacao"
Field Greens, Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm, Walnuts, Golden Raisins, Fresh Goat Cheese, Balsamic Dressing
All Sandwiches are served with French Fries
Chicken Sandwich
Grilled Chicken, Havarti Cheese, Herb Aioli, Avocado, Lettuce and Tomato
Beef Burger, Gruyère Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato and Roasted Shallots
Steak Sandwich
Strip Loin, Havarti Cheese, Lettuce, Tomato, Herb Aioli
"Niçoise" Sandwich
Grilled Tuna, Olives, Lettuce, Tomato, Cucumber, Herb Aioli
Vegetarian Sandwich
Grilled Portobello, Fresh Mozzarella, Bell Peppers, Avocado, Herb Aioli
Salade "Cacao" Grilled Salmon or Wild Shrimp
Field Greens, Tomatoes, Hearts of Palm, Fresh Goat Cheese, Golden Raisins, and Walnuts, Herb Mustard Dressing
Chicken Caesar Salad
Romaine Salad with Caesar Dressing and Grilled Chicken
Niçoise Salade
Grilled Tuna with Tomatoes, Green Beans, Cucumber, Olives, Boiled Eggs and Mixed Green
Grilled Steak Salad
Mixed Greens, Walnuts and Blue Cheese Thyme Mustard Dressing
Grilled Hanger Steak
Caramelized Shallots, French Fries, Red Wine Sauce
Grilled Chicken
Lyonnaise Potatoes, Green Beans, Velouté
Grilled Lamb
Asparagus, Potato Gratin, Marchand de Vin
Grilled Trout
Lyonnaise potatoes, Green Beans
Grilled Salmon
Asparagus, Potato Gratin, and Fennel Cream Sauce
Wild Shrimp Ravioli
Grilled Wild Shrimp on a Bed of Portobello Mushroom Ravioli, Shaved Parmesan
Asparagus Ravioli
Portobello Mushroom Ravioli with Grilled Asparagus, Shaved Parmesan, Fresh Tomato Basil Sauce
Green Beans
Roasted Potatoes
Sautéed Mushrooms
$25 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
French, European
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent French fare in a charming space decorated with old posters of Parisian life and French products. We started with the French onion soup which was not overloaded with cheese like some restaurants serve. Next, we had the venison chop and stuffed quail. Both were...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank kjtripper
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I hesitate to offer this review because my dining companion and I visited Bistro Cacao on Christmas Eve, when the restaurant offered only a pre-fixe menu and not its usual fare. However, with that understood, we want to report we had a very delicious and...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DCMorrisonVA
Reviewed November 22, 2018

First of all, love the venue. Nice old time feel to the building. I looked for several restaurants for T-day dinner to no avail, was only 2 weeks out and many were already booked up solid. This was one of the few I looked at...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank tb911
Reviewed November 15, 2018

We stumbled on this bistro and liked it so much we went back two days later. Food is excellent, more continental than French, wonderful interior, kind of New Orleans baroque, very friendly service and very reasonable prices. What more could we ask?

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank asmorselaw
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I were celebrating our 28th Wedding Anniversary and looking for just the right, romantic spot in DC. What we found was a beautifully decorated, eclectic French Bistro spread across 5 historic Brownstones. Every member of the staff warm and friendly, the dining...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Joseph K
Reviewed October 31, 2018 via mobile

Had a full course French dinner and each dish was excellent. Gazpacho was better than any I have had in Paris. We loved the steak, grilled salmon and ravioli.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank SohoChat
Reviewed October 17, 2018

This place is absolutely stellar. The manager is just a gem, the servers are incredibly nice, the ambiance is unbeatable, the decor is stunning but the food... The food is a star. Absolutely fantastic. You will not choose a bad dish. If I didn't live...More

Date of visit: November 2017
1  Thank zellywelly
Reviewed October 8, 2018

After dining at Cafe Berlin the night before, my Bride and I returned to Massachusetts Ave. to try out the French cuisine next door. We had noticed Bistro Cacao when we strolled the street previously, and it was also recommended by the local lady we...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank WWilliams1965
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Great food, excellent service and charming environment sums up this romantic bistro. The cost was reasonable. The bill was $62 after tax for 3 people for lunch. The staff are all smiles and seem to genuinely want you to feel at home. The salads were...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank LucyJojo
Reviewed September 5, 2018 via mobile

Food was amazing! Pheasant Pâté on the menu! Loved the cozy table, staff was wonderful. A must visit when in DC.

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank vannessae2016
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March 8, 2017|
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Response from lmw4410 | Reviewed this property |
They have many options that do not have gluten.
March 27, 2015|
Response from PHill93003 |
Just found the answer to my own question on their website. Business casual.
Frances P
February 7, 2015|
Response from IntlTravlrRevwr | Reviewed this property |
This appears to be an error. The place reviewed was a restaurant not a hotel.
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