Bistro Cacao

4.7
3384 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Bistro Cacao has been serving modern French cuisine to DC customers in Capitol Hill since 2009. Charming décor with velvet curtained walls in Red Room and Rouge Room gave Bistro Cacao it's fame as the most Romantic Restaurant in DC.
Serving brunch, lunch and dinner indoor and in its charming patio. Bar on the first floor is also the go-to place for the neighborhood.
The extensive menu is designed by Chef Alex Merritt who brings his own unique style and innovative culinary artistry to the restaurant. Wine list and cocktail menu perfectly compliments the cuisine.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 3384 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.7
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4.3
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner
New Orleans
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Overall experience was not satisfactory. Steak frites was cooked medium-well rather than medium rare. Do not get the ravioli unless you want an excessive amount of truffle oil.

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JohnB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was a pleasant place for a leisurely dinner. The waiter did tend to disappear at times, however.

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Kumi
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food, lovely patio seating.

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vipTampainvestigator
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

we went for Sunday brunch. Delicious quiche and crepes. Portions were a little small but very good. The staff was quite attentive.

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Cajungirl
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The summer menu items, watermelon gazpacho and a rhubarb strawberry mousse, were outstanding. Couldn’t have asked for anything nicer. The escargot in mushroom caps was good and rack of lamb perfectly cooked.

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MizStokes
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dennis our server was amazing and the food was fantastic! Such a great experience for my mother‘s 75th birthday. We will definitely be back!

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AngelaRose
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

We had three different waiters. They rarely came out to see if we needed anything. The food was very good.

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swsers
New England
14 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Overall, we had a good meal, and felt very safe given the careful COVID precautions, including masking and space between the outdoor tables. Everyone enjoyed their food, including fish, steak frites, and some delicious desserts. The waiter was very nice, but did make a few minor mistakes toward the end of the night. They comped us for one of the mistakes, which we appreciated.

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vipGems
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Service wasn’t the greatest but they are kind and genuine. The French onion soup wasn’t hot or tasty - however it was heavy or salty. The lobster omelette was dry and terrible. You should never leave a restaurant hungry or disappointed. Unfortunately it wasn’t worth the wait to make up for it. I really had high hopes and was excited to brunch here - don’t know if I’ll be back.

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vipTAw81
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time eating here. The food was great and staff were excellent. If you're looking for nice, French ambiance, this is the place. Excellent for romantic dates.

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vipJoyful
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant, sweet, cozy ambience. We had the steak and trout.. both cooked perfectly! We had a new young server who was attentive and conscientious. Great place!

DB
DerekB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Really good menu. Great food and service. Nice, quiet dining space to have conversation.

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eatitall
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad that the quality has maintained at the same high level.

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SharonJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Mediocre food service poor.

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vipFood4Thought
London
14 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely catch up meal with a friend . Our server was very knowledgeable and able to recommend dishes to our dietary requirements. The server was also really friendly. We ordered the watermelon soup, burrata salad, the duck and shrimp salad - EVERYTHING we ordered was delicious.

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kellz
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The french onion soup and escargot was very good but I must agree with another reviewer - although our entrees were tasty, they came out luke warm at best. I will say my absolute favorite dish is the mushroom raviolli. We also ordered their drink of the day - a tropical mojita, which was great. Ambiance of restaurant is cute and at the time of day we went, there was not a crowd and we could hear each other talking.

I think the temperature of the food could be controlled if we didn't have to order appetizers, salads and entrees all at the same time.

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StephanieB
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Post-COVID renovation of an old favorite maintains the same old-Paris ambiance with a new menu. Great lunchtime burger.

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vipMarlonA
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Little expensive but great quality, ambiance and service.

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oysterlover
Raleigh
14 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely setting with outdoor seating.
Delicious meal and helpful staff.
Outstanding cocktails.
Would love to return!

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LiketoEat
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Food was excellent. Server Ellie was very attentive and pleasant.

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vipAlexandraS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chef Alex is an artist and every bite of his food is excellent and extremely well balanced and thought out.

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IrkedLawyer
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Avo toast was neither toast and the avo was a paltry spread on the soppy toast. And what place doesn’t have creme for coffee?

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RoamerMB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So, everything was absolutely outstanding. Our favorites are the fromage assorti and the old fashioned-s (the drinks).

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PMoore
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and are never disappointed and we always recommend it to others!

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DianaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The ambiance was nice. The escargot was lovely. The complaint I have is about the main course. The steak and chicken was cold, not even slightly warm. It was disappointing since I had higher expectations of this restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
71 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good tasty food. Enjoyable. Just like 18 months ago.

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grant
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Absolutely beautiful restaurant. Food is just okay and there are a dozen places with better food at this price point in the area. Service was below par and the wine list is not very creative. Ambience is doing a lot of heavy lifting here.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food and service. There was a table close by who was incessantly talking about politics, but that’s expected lol. They were a bit too close to us upstairs but it wasn’t much of an issue!

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Mocha
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was a wonderful place for a joyful, relaxed celebration.

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BvdinbigD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

We sat for 25 minutes before any setvice.
When the food was served, we had no utensils.
We requested bread which never arrived prior to our check.
It is a cute place with decent food but very poor management.

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Shyguy
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place , Great service , Great Food and easy parking ! We ate outside under a covered patio .

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bistro Cacao every time we are in town. The food is spectacular and the staff is wonderful. The chef’s Chartreuse is always a welcome surprise with the best ingredients.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a go-to of mine. Great food and service and the ambiance is perfect for any occasion.

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vipeatfoodyes
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great great meal and service!

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vipKarenS
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is exquisite! Prepared to perfection. Seats for tables along wall super comfy. Definitely will go again

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shelleyo
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience2

The food was well prepared. My lower rating is due to a personal disappointment. I have a food allergy. Called ahead of time to ask if they could accommodate. They said yes. Once there I was told most menu items would not work for us. .

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vipPMCQ
Aberdeen
45 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and the Eggs Benedict were excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, large variety. Delicious cocktails. Service was excellent. Would definitely go back!

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Zubizub
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for my husband’s birthday. This was not our first time there but because we have a baby and this was going to be our first restaurant dining as a whole family, we were a little anxious. On top of that It is still COVID-19 even though we had our vaccines our baby cannot be vaccinated and we did not know how our baby was going to do during the dining. Plus because I am breastfeeding and our baby is allergic to “dairy, eggs and soy” I have many diet restrictions. (We look like nightmare customers right hahaha). They were very responsive for my two calls and very attentive to our worries. They made sure we have safe corner as a family and mentioned several times that kitchen knows about the diet restrictions. We had a wonderful breakfast and great time!! Food has always been exceptional... delicious.. This time even though I had restrictions they still served me amazing options. Service was great and everyone was super friendly as always!!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Bistro Cacao using the Order Online button. Bistro Cacao also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Bistro Cacao also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 546-4737.

Bistro Cacao is rated 4.7 stars by 3384 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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