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“Capital near the Capitol!”
Review of Bistro Cacao

Bistro Cacao
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Ranked #72 of 3,340 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $50
Cuisines: European, French, Wine Bar
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Transit: Union Station red line three blocks away
Reviewed December 3, 2013

Capital near the Capitol!

Entering Bistro Cacao is a bit like leaving the 21st century behind. Located in an old brick building, up some stairs off the street, not far from the Capitol, one expects perhaps to find Toulouse-Lautrec or Benjamin Harrison sitting inside! The several small dining rooms are intimate and warm. We were seated by a welcome fire, on a cold rainy night.
The service was impeccable and prompt.

Some of us started with a delectable lobster bisque while others had the traditional soupe à l’oignon loaded with excellent cheese. The beet salad with mozzarella was amazing as well. Next, my grilled mahi mahi with lemon butter sauce was perfection. Some of us had the filet mignon with port wine sauce, and exclaimed it was succulent!

A bottle of crimson, heartwarming, Burgundy accompanied our meal, and we could not help but order dessert. In my case, an exquisitely light and delicious apple tart, the like of which I had not had since my youth in France!

A capital evening to crown my short visit to our capital!

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Reviewed November 16, 2013

We were in DC for a conference and were recommended this restaurant for its food and for the proximity to our hotel. It would have been worth taking a taxi ride here. The food and wine were really good, French Onion soup was a standout.

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Reviewed November 9, 2013

Summer is a great time to come here (or whenever the weather makes outdoor dining feasible) but the food is good here year round. We've been here several times. On our last visit we tried both the hanger steak (excellent) and the salade Nicoise (also very good). Their bread is excellent, the service is very good, and it's worth a visit.

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Thank Joe C
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Reviewed October 27, 2013 via mobile

The pastries are delicious and they have great steak. They have everything from eggs to steak!!!!!!!

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Thank Lucas M
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Enjoyed an excellent meal with my wife while in DC on business. The service was attentive and warm. The décor is fun - curtained tables with lots of interesting art work - eclectic and a little funky but the star attraction is the food! We really enjoy traditional French fare and Bistro Cacao did not disappoint. The salads were fresh and flavorful with just the right combination of ingredients. For appetizers we had the foie gras and the escargot and both were excellent. Our entrees were perfectly prepared and full of flavor. Our server was charming and personable without being too obtrusive. Prices are very reasonable compared to DC restaurants of similar quality. Could not have had a better experience!

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Thank DineOutOften10
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