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“Pleasant but Medicore”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Westend Bistro

Westend Bistro
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Ranked #405 of 3,197 Restaurants in Washington DC
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $75
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Business meetings, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Foggy Bottom - GWU - West End
Cross street: M Street
Transit: Foggy Bottom/GWU & Dupont Circle
Description: Welcome to Westend Bistro, an award-winning casual American bistro located in Washington, D.C.'s trendy West End. Chef de Cuisine Alvin Dela Cruz presents a straightforward menu of simple signature dishes inspired by family traditions and recipes. The focus is on the ingredients, culled from fresh, quality produce by local farmers in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Westend Bistro offers a vibrant atmosphere with an extensive wine list and signature cocktails. Guests can indulge in lunch and dinner at the bar or in the stylish booths and banquettes throughout the dining room. Westend Bistro also serves an a la carte Brunch on Sundays with bottomless Mimosas
Connecticut
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Pleasant but Medicore”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

Another blah celebrity chef restaurant with nothing great, nothing bad. Not cheap for the quantity or quality of food. I ordered a New York Strip and a side of Brussel Sprouts. The steak was tough and lacking in flavor. The veggies were more interesting and flavorful. The service was attentive and polite and the atmosphere is trendy, but not unpleasantly so. I would not complain if I had to return, but it would not be my first choice. I'd rather find a great restaurant with a local unknown chef than a celebrity licensed brand any day.

Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Good meal during restaurant week”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2013

The meal during restaurant week was a great deal. Peach and arugula salad was excellent, followed by grilled trout. The trout was grilled fillets (no head which I for one was grateful). Friends also loved the red snapper and fettuccini . I had a great dessert, a "root beer float" which was a soft meringue floating in a Carmel sauce, just a few bites but delicious. There were some good wines on special, which was nice because the regular wine list is pricey. A casual happy atmosphere with attentive service.

  • Visited August 2013
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Portland
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“Very Good, just not Great”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2013

There is something missing.... nothing negative, just very good. Beware of an overpriced wine list.... that is inexcusable!

  • Visited August 2013
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New Jersey
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“Fresh, innovative and fun.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 11, 2013

A creative contemporary American menu. The gazpacho with green apple slices was excellent, as where the salmon and lamb entrees. Definitely save room for dessert! S'mores are an incredible interpretation of the campfire treat. Most impressive was the poppy seed olive oil cake with orange cream and lavender syrup. It sounded so weird, but it blew us away; it tasted like summer.

The restaurant is located in the Ritz Carlton close to the DuPont Circle and Foggy Bottom metro stops.

  • Visited August 2013
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Washington, D.C.
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“Wonderful Lunch at West End Bistro”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2013

Last week, I enjoyed a sensational lunch at West End Bistro. The quiche was fluffy and laden with vegetables, with a delicious crust and a yummy side salad. The fried brussels sprouts were crispy with a tangy barbecue sauce and some crunchy nuts sprinkled into the mix. I enjoyed my cappuccino for dessert, and our waiter even tried to accommodate our request for some off-menu cookies.

The service was attentive, and the pace of the meal was ideal for the business day. This restaurant had fallen off of my radar, but no more! I will definitely be returning again.

  • Visited August 2013
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