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Bidwell

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4.1
489 Reviews
$30 and under
American

Chef John Mooney’s restaurant gets its name from General John Bidwell, an Army general in the 1800′s and founder of Chico, California. An avid farmer, he developed the Bidwell heirloom melon, a gold medal winning flour, and California’s first commercial raisin crop.
The Bidwell menu features Chef John Mooney’s signature dishes with Southern flair and flavor including: Gin & Tonic Salmon with Caramelized Cauliflower, Crispy Deviled Eggs with Homemade Ranch Dressing, Lobster Taco with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa, and Suckling Pig. Completing the menu is a confidently curated selection of regional wines, craft beers and classic cocktails.

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Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch
    Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm
    Dinner
    Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 547-0172

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    We do not have a private dining room. However, we do offer buyouts and have a large patio area.

  • Private party contact

    Kelsie Wright: (202) 547-0172

  • Neighborhood

    NoMa

  • Cross street

    Union Market Square

  • Parking details

    Parking lot is secured and free

  • Public transit

    Red Line Meto-NoMa

  • Additional

    Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

Popular dishes

Menu

Wed-Fri 4PM-10PM, Sat 4PM-11PM, Sun 4PM-10:30PM

Sharing Bites / Sides

  • Drunken Bean Dip**$9.00

    goat cheese, cilantro, tomato & grilled flatbread

    • Lobster Taco*$11.00

      fresh lobster, pepperjack cheese, spinach, avocado-tomatillo salsa, & jicama slaw

      • Mac and Cheese*$9.00

        gruyere, knockanore cheddar

        • Organic Fries$8.00

          with homemade ketchup

          • Roasted Cauliflower**$9.00

            • Sauteed Mushrooms with herbs$9.00

              mixed herbs, shallots, garlic

              • Spicy Spinach$9.00

                red pepper chili flakes, shallots & golden raisin (Can be prepared not spicy)

                • Caramelized Brussels Sprouts**$9.00

                  • Baked Garlic Shrimp$13.00

                    Sandwiches

                    • Raclette Grilled Cheese$16.00

                      gouda, white truffle oil, sourdough, slowpoached egg

                      • Bidwell Burger*$18.00

                        "Patty melt", caramelized onions, aged cheddar, seeded rye

                        • Organic Amish Turkey Burger with Monterey Jack$18.00

                          sunflower seed bun, jack cheese, avocado

                          Soups

                          • Irish American Onion Soup* **$9.00

                            Knockanore smoked irish cheddar

                            • Buttnernut Squash**$9.00

                              fried sage, toasted pumpkin seed

                              Bivalves

                              • Raw Oysters**

                                local Chesapeak Bay

                                • each$2.50

                              Cooked

                              • Crispy Fried Oysters$12.00

                                four oysters, green chile buttermilk dressing

                                • Roasted Oysters$10.00

                                  three oysters with garlic butter bacon, parmesan

                                  • Mussels*

                                    white wine, or marinara & garlic bread

                                    • 1 Pint$10.00
                                    • 1 Quart$18.00

                                  Organic Salads

                                  • Pear Salad* **$13.00

                                    mixed greens, bleu cheese, toasted pecans, golden raisins, homemade balsamic dressing

                                    • Caesar Salad*$12.00

                                      romaine hearts, shaved parmesan, crispy kale & parsley, homemade sourdough croutons & anchovy parmesan dressing

                                      • Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad**$14.00

                                        dried cranberry, popped sorghum, tangerine, pistachio, homemade ricotta, homemade balsamic dressing

                                        • Bidwell Kale Salad* **$12.00

                                          lemon, olive oil, cashews, homemade sourdough croutons & anchovy parmesan dressing

                                          • Bidwell House Salad* **$11.00

                                            mixed greens, cucumber, cherry tomato, shaved carrots, homemade thousand island or ranch dressing

                                            Organic Salads Additions

                                            to any salad

                                            • Chicken$8.00

                                              • Rock Shrimp$9.00

                                                • Salmon$11.00

                                                  • Steak$12.00

                                                    Entrees

                                                    • Grilled Strip Steak & Organic Fries*$30.00

                                                      seasonal greens & bearnaise

                                                      • Short Ribs$29.00

                                                        mashed potatoes, caramelized brussels sprouts, au jus

                                                        • Grilled King Salmon$27.00

                                                          cauliflower, green beans

                                                          • Fried Chicken$25.00

                                                            mashed potatoes, green beans, pan gravy

                                                            • Grilled & Roasted Seasonal Vegetables with romesco sauce$24.00

                                                              • Homemade Fettuccine & Rock Shrimp$25.00

                                                                butternut squash, parsnips, brussels sprouts, parmesan

                                                                • Vegetarian$20.00

                                                              Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                              What 489 people are saying

                                                              Overall ratings and reviews

                                                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                              4.1
                                                              4.1 based on recent ratings
                                                              • 4.1Food
                                                              • 3.9Service
                                                              • 4Ambience
                                                              • 3.9Value

                                                              NoiseModerate

                                                              Loved For

                                                              • Washington, D.C. Area

                                                                Great for Lunch

                                                              • District of Columbia

                                                                Great for Lunch

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                                                                Polly

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                10 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Awesome place and big thanx to Cassie who is a doll!!

                                                              2. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                                Great time!

                                                              3. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                1 review

                                                                1.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                overall1food3service1ambience2

                                                                Had a reservation and sat at the table for 35 minutes without any waiter even saying hello to us. Service began after we got up to talk with the hostess after waiting those 35 minutes. Food was okay but after poor service, it really killed the entire experience for us and we are not likely to return. The more disappointing part was that there was hardly an effort to reconcile the issue.

                                                              4. G

                                                                chefG

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                1 review

                                                                vip
                                                                2.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                overall2food1service3ambience3

                                                                Nothing special

                                                              5. F

                                                                Foodie

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                25 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                25 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                Delicious food and drinks! It was nice to take our time to talk and hang out not rushed out.

                                                              6. JR

                                                                JtotheR

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                                The breakfast/brunch is pretty good, look forward to trying the rest of the menu.

                                                              7. D

                                                                Disapp

                                                                1 review

                                                                1.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                overall1food1service1ambience3

                                                                Way too long greet time. Way too long drink time. Food took forever to get the table. Order was wrong. Had to send back. We were there 3 hours for pizza. Owner was rude and threatening. I will never go back.

                                                              8. BO

                                                                BerkleyO

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                                overall4food5service3ambience5

                                                                Amazing good and nice environment. Service was not the best.

                                                              9. P

                                                                Polly

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                11 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Best waiter we have ever had. He was wonderful and so pleasant .

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                                                                vaatc77

                                                                Miami

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                3.0

                                                                8 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                Understaffed making it hard to get our waitress even though I could see she was working hard

                                                              11. MP

                                                                MaryP

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                Birthday Drinks and Dinner

                                                              12. GG

                                                                GiselleG

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                Typical Friday dinnertime crowd so reservations are recommended; even if only as you are arriving. Short ribs were amazing, oysters were great, the Brussel sprouts were a little underseasoned, but the have a pretty good Sidecar.

                                                              13. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Jacksonville

                                                                1 review

                                                                4.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Good Food and Great Service, noise was a littler too much.

                                                              14. j

                                                                joshjenks

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                4.0

                                                                4 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience5

                                                                A really enjoyable experience! Busy with lots of staff running around but otherwise, a lovely dining experience.

                                                              15. B

                                                                Beth

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                3.0

                                                                6 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 27, 2022

                                                                overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                                Food is good as always. However, service was an issue. Got there about 10 minutes late and our table wasn’t ready, and the hostess was at a booth next door eating cookies, so it took us 10 more minutes to get seated, despite our lateness giving them extra time to get the empty table set. We actually ended up cutting our order short because our drinks took 20-30 minutes to get to us. They were out of 3 out of their 8 cocktails listed on their menu, one of which I wasn’t told they were out of until we were brought the wrong drinks (again, 20+ minutes after we ordered them). I then asked for the one I actually ordered, only to be told they didn’t have it (this was also my second attempt at ordering a drink, since they didn’t have my first one). We were later told that there was a large table full of “friends of the chef” in the restaurant—super unprofessional to be prioritizing one table over another, especially since the restaurant was less than half full so the slowness really wasn’t justified. I ended up feeling a bit rushed since my drink and food timing was so off (was going to have one with an appetizer and one with dinner, but ended up getting my dinner before I got my first drink). Our waiter was great and very apologetic, as none of this was his fault, so I’d give the place another try since this was my first and only negative experience.

                                                              16. B

                                                                Bsndiver

                                                                Hawaii

                                                                17 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                17 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                                Great food but small portions

                                                              17. AT

                                                                AliciaT

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 13, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                Brunch was amazing and so was our waitress Cassie! She made our experience unforgettable

                                                              18. C

                                                                Chris

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                1.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                                overall1food3service1ambience1

                                                                By far the worst service I have had in years. The bar manager was our server at the table and she was extremely rude, inattentive and loud. We waited 20 minutes for water, flagged other servers down repeatedly, and her two co-workers even told us that she was a problem. It was very, very loud there and the bar manager would go out hangout with tables from time to time. A really bad experience.

                                                              19. l

                                                                ladybugbmh

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                14 reviews

                                                                2.0

                                                                14 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 6, 2022

                                                                overall2food2service1ambience2

                                                                The food was not worth the cost and we received our food way before our drinks. Do not recommend.

                                                              20. D

                                                                Datenight

                                                                Pittsburgh

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on March 3, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                                Good food!! Device sloe and was a very noisy night.

                                                              21. B

                                                                Bukks

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                1.0

                                                                5 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 18, 2022

                                                                overall1food1service5ambience3

                                                                The only thing on the menu that was good was their drinks and Lobster Tacos. The waiter and manager was great though and accommodating when my friend and I didn't like our food.

                                                              22. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                1 review

                                                                5.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on February 12, 2022

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Food was great and the lady at the host stand was super kind and funny. Had a great time!

                                                              23. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                1.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 6, 2022

                                                                overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                                Friends and I went here for brunch on a Sunday. Waiter was slow to serve us. Steak and eggs Benedict was disgusting. Only good thing about their brunch was the $25 bottomless mimosas. Otherwise, an overpriced watering hole. Would not recommend.

                                                              24. JG

                                                                JanG

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                Dined on February 4, 2022

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                                One of my go-to’s. Hate that they took quite a few great dishes off the menu but delicious nonetheless.

                                                              25. N

                                                                Nicc

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                The white wine mussels and pear salad were amazing!

                                                              26. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                3.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 28, 2021

                                                                overall3food5service2ambience5

                                                                Great food, slow service however the entire industry is suffering.

                                                              27. N

                                                                Nica

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                3.0

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 25, 2021

                                                                overall3food4service4ambience3

                                                                Went to Bidwell on Thanksgiving day. The food tasted good, but temperature was variable (soup was really hot and dinner was cold) and they really skimped on the gravy. I would understand if they were full, but there were only 3 or 4 tables with 2-4 people at them. They had on relatively loud rock music which was a bit incongruent with the holiday. I did appreciate the traditional Thanksgiving menu and the way the food tasted. I also greatly appreciated the fact that people were working on Thanksgiving!

                                                              28. N

                                                                Nicc

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 12, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Always a great time at Bidwell. Food is great and service always friendly.

                                                              29. SR

                                                                SamRun

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                15 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                2.0

                                                                15 reviews

                                                                Dined on November 6, 2021

                                                                overall2food2service5ambience4

                                                                Service was great. Drinks were good. Food was just eh.

                                                              30. MT

                                                                MarkT

                                                                New England

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                5.0

                                                                3 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 10, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Server was incredible- always a stop for us when we visit DC and the NOMA area!

                                                              31. S

                                                                Shawneighbor

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                13 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                13 reviews

                                                                Dined on October 7, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                                Great food and service in a casual atmosphere. Had a great time at Bidwell!

                                                              32. OT

                                                                OpenTable Diner

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                1 review

                                                                vip
                                                                1.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on September 26, 2021

                                                                overall1food1service3ambience2

                                                                A very underwhelming experience

                                                              33. KT

                                                                KTSB

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                7 reviews

                                                                Dined on September 26, 2021

                                                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                                Great service. We were sure to reserve a table outside at booking, which was the best thing. We had a reserved table outside on a perfect day. Our server Keisha (sp?) was amazing and her recommendations were spot on, and she was very quick with the refills for our bottomless bruch!

                                                              34. N

                                                                Ninaj

                                                                New England

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                3.0

                                                                2 reviews

                                                                Dined on September 19, 2021

                                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                It was ok for pub type food- not great - really we thought the food was just average - service was ok though tables were kind of sticky . I did not think by any means it was representative of a bib gourmand listing. Overall pleasant for the purpose of a place to sit while shopping at Union market but not a place to return to.

                                                              35. GP

                                                                GregP

                                                                1 review

                                                                3.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on September 12, 2021

                                                                overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                                It's a pretty small brunch menu, and not particularly interesting. But my peach stuffed corn flake french toast was ample. Recommendation: Avoid the pork sausage. It's basically unseasoned meatballs and it smells terrible.

                                                              36. MM

                                                                MaryM

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                4.0

                                                                9 reviews

                                                                Dined on September 11, 2021

                                                                overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                                Restaurant lives up to its billing for delicious, fresh and some unusual dishes. Service was efficient and friendly. We ate outside, which has little ambience b/c it is in the middle of union market with some dogs barking, etc. But we didn't feel particularly bothered by the activity and were able to talk easily.

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                                                                Vincent

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                20 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                20 reviews

                                                                Dined on September 11, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Liz was phenomenal with our group. Very accommodating and gave exceptional service.

                                                              38. M

                                                                Motivated

                                                                E. Tennessee

                                                                15 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                15 reviews

                                                                Dined on September 5, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Always a great time at Bidwell, sit at the high tops. The bartender is very attentive and offers great food options. My fav is the clam pizza. Listen, go in with postive vibes and eat well. They grow their own herbs..... have a amazing time, thank me later.

                                                              39. JM

                                                                JohnM

                                                                1 review

                                                                2.0

                                                                1 review

                                                                Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                                overall2food3service2ambience2

                                                                I chose Bidwell after finding it on Michelin's Bib Gourmand list. I cannot for the life of me work out how it ended up on that list. I spent over 20 years in the restaurant business, and as such I always give a place the benefit of the doubt where possible. However, Bidwell simply failed across the board. The table was sticky (the hostess did explain that it had something to do with their COVID cleaning chemicals, although why this is the only restaurant I've ever been to that had this problem makes this claim a little suspect). The service was entirely underwhelming in every way - waiter uninterested, lacking knowledge, hard to attract the attention of, lacking attention to any details. The food was decidedly average, by which I mean that there was literally nothing creative about it, and the flavors were largely bland. The prices were therefore not justified by the food. It was largely empty on a Saturday night at 7:30pm while the rest of Union Market was buzzing. This should have been a sign. I don't know when the Michelin reviewers were there, but I strongly suggest that they pay a repeat visit to this place, which cannot possibly merit such an honor.

                                                              40. DR

                                                                DRTV

                                                                Washington DC

                                                                16 reviews

                                                                vip
                                                                5.0

                                                                16 reviews

                                                                Dined on August 21, 2021

                                                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                                Great as always!

                                                              FAQs

                                                              Bidwell is rated 4.1 stars by 489 OpenTable diners.

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                                                              Booked 6 times today
                                                              Google Map for Bidwell

                                                              1309 5th St NE Washington, DC 20002

                                                              Additional information

                                                              • Cross street

                                                                Union Market Square

                                                              • Neighborhood

                                                                NoMa

                                                              • Hours of operation

                                                                Brunch
                                                                Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm
                                                                Dinner
                                                                Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
                                                                Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

                                                              • Cuisines

                                                                American, Farm-to-table

                                                              • Dining style

                                                                Casual Dining

                                                              • Dress code

                                                                Business Casual

                                                              • Parking details

                                                                Parking lot is secured and free

                                                              • Public transit

                                                                Red Line Meto-NoMa

                                                              • Payment options

                                                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                              • Additional

                                                                Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

                                                              • Phone number

                                                                (202) 547-0172

                                                              • Private party facilities

                                                                We do not have a private dining room. However, we do offer buyouts and have a large patio area.

                                                              • Private party contact

                                                                Kelsie Wright: (202) 547-0172

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