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“Cool atmosphere, Excellent service and Delicious but not filling...” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of ICI Urban Bistro

ICI Urban Bistro
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Ranked #304 of 3,188 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: French, European
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Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Cross street: 15th St. & H St.
Transit: Mc Pherson square station (orange & blue line)
Description: Both iCi Urban Bistro and Le Bar are as vibrant and cosmopolitan as the District itself. Located one block from Lafayette Square and the White House, The Smithsonian, and other renowned museums and monuments, the Bistro holds its own among the trendy Washington DC list of "places to be seen". The dynamic space welcomes guests with cool, modern ambiance and exciting innovations on traditional French cuisine. You won’t find a more desirable place for business meetings, special occasions, or dinners with friends. There is even a private dining area that accomodates up to 25 people.
Chandler, AZ
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Cool atmosphere, Excellent service and Delicious but not filling...”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014

Located in the Sofitel hotel, this is a nice and trendy place for dinner. Service was really great and the food is delicious. However, after 3 courses, I left hungry...

I ordered the cold soup of the day (cucumber and something) and the seabass with a passionfruit and lychee desert. Can't complain about anything except that I was hungry again shortly after leaving the restaurant.

Perhaps the De-light dishes aren't meant to be all that filling.

My colleagues ordered the Dinner Petit Bistro with the short ribs and all loved it and claimed to be stuffed. If I'm able to come back, that's what I'll order.

  • Visited May 2014
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Morrison
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Was Good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

The place is lovely and the service is top notch. The wine was a generous pour for a glass. The food was good but nothing to write home about. It had a bit more flavor than the other restaurants around. Still very pricey at over $60 for a single person for entree, wine, and dessert. Portion size is a bit small.

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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Anna Chaley C, Guest Relations Manager at ICI Urban Bistro, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Thank you for choosing iCi Urban Bistro. It is a pleasure to know that you enjoyed your experience and the service from our Restaurant Ambassadors. We hope you will be back to join us again soon.

Truly,
Anna
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Baltimore
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96 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“A good choice, particularly if staying at the Sofitel Hotel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014

We always stay at the Sofitel when in D.C., and the restaurant consistently provides good food in a pleasant atmosphere. The dinner menu is not extensive, although the dishes are all well prepared and presented. If you are a guest at the hotel, and have had a busy day of sightseeing (and just don't feel like going out again for dinner), then the ICI Urban Bistro will not disappoint.

Visited May 2014
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Anna Chaley C, Guest Relations Manager at ICI Urban Bistro, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Thank you for your loyalty to Sofitel and iCi Urban Bistro. Your feedback is essential for us to continue to provide excellent service to our guests and quality cuisine. Chef Loquet updates the menu often, and creates an additional daily selection of dishes, our Plat du Jour, as our specials for each meal. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon.

Truly,
Anna
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Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Wonderful Service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 5, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed Saturday morning breakfast at Ici. Often, hotel restaurants are not my favorite. Ici was a breath of fresh air.
From the French pressed coffee to my freshly prepared Eggs Benedict Florentine, my wife's soufflé style scrambled eggs, delicious croissants and the complementary "detox" juice.
Everything was delicious!

But the best part of the experience was our wonderful server from Morocco. He was gracious, entertaining and gave us seamless five-star service with a great smile.

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Anna Chaley C, Guest Relations Manager at ICI Urban Bistro, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Thank you for sharing your experience with us. I have passed your kind words about our Ambassador to the Food and Beverage Manager and his team. We strive to provide our guests delicious cuisine with a French touch along with a tranquil dining environment and personalized service. I hope you will be back to join us again soon.

Truly,
Anna
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Marvin
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Delicious breakfast”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 4, 2014 via mobile

We stayed at Sofitel for the weekend and had breakfast here. Lots of choices, both sweet and savory. Excellent, welcoming service.

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Anna Chaley C, Guest Relations Manager at ICI Urban Bistro, responded to this review, May 8, 2014
Thank you for choosing Sofitel both for your accommodations as well as your dining experience. I am pleased you enjoyed our breakfast, it is such a lovely way to start off a busy day of touring our Nation's Capital!

Truly,
Anna
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