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“enjoyable French-style cuisine”
Review of Bistro Bis

Bistro Bis
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Ranked #35 of 3,229 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $50
Cuisines: French
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
Cross street: New Jersey & North Capitol
Transit: Union Station
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“enjoyable French-style cuisine”
Reviewed October 19, 2013

We made the reservation in the early evening via Open Table with no issues. We arrived early and seated with no issues. The restaurant is only a couple blocks from the Capitol building.

It was connected to the Hotel George, just steps from Union Station so easily accessible by either taxi, car or Metro. The decor was nice but not overly frou-frou. The bar area was inviting and busy even for 5:30pm.

The service was great...attentive, but not overly intrusive. They acknowledged we were deep in conversation and did not interrupt, but rather casually available when we were ready to order. We were not rushed through the meal, but able to enjoy it at a slow pace. I expect if you are needing to dine in short-order, then a mention to the staff would mean they would pick up the pace.

But the most enjoyable of the visit was the food, which for me is more important than the service or decor or ambience. I had the bisque, which was superb; friends had the onion soup which was heavy laden with savory cheese (as it should be!). For main course I had the leg of lamb, braised to the point that the meat was so tender and just falling of the bone, yet juicy; atop a garbanzo bean puree. We also ordered the glazed sweet potato, which was slightly sweet and smoky.

Dessert was something light, I chose something with a mousse and fruit layer to it. Wine selection was good. An enjoyable evening.

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank TcarlGren
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Reston, Virginia
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Sunday breakfast”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

very good BUT husband allergic to tenderizer and MSG one of them was used on the steak at breakfast so he did develop a headache and had to rest before going to a play sunday afternoon

Visited November 2012
Thank catpoppe
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Never a bad meal”
Reviewed October 9, 2013

The restaurant is always a treat. The chef is superb and the food is always unique and well prepared. The service is impeccable whether it's at breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The ambiance invites intimacy and conversation. The bar is warm and inviting. I have never had a bad experience when dining in this fine restaurant.

Visited October 2013
Thank Joseph C
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London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Fabulous bistro with good old fashioned service”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

I had a very nice meal in Bistro Bis during my visit to Washington DC. Good French Bistro with good old fashioned service that is efficient but unobtrusive. Good place for a good feed in peace.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank Chenny30
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Farnborough, United Kingdom
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Nice food”
Reviewed October 5, 2013 via mobile

I had a nice steak the evening I arrived in Wahington. The service is fast, in fact I think too fast. For a functional meal it was a good choice.

Thank Adam H
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