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100 Best Restaurants 2008: Bistro Bis
No. 27: Bistro Bis
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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Bistro Bis
Address: 15 E Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202-661-2700
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
Cuisines: French, Breakfast
Opening Hours: Open daily 7 AM to 10:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Union Station, Judiciary Square
Price Range: Very expensive
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Onion soup with Gruyère; duck-liver parfait; beet salad; mussels with cider cream; pan-roasted sirloin with fries; halibut with lobster; apple tart; fig tart with vanilla custard.
Price Details: Lunch appetizers, $8.75 to $11; entrees, $13.75 to $23.50. Dinner, appetizers $9.50 to $13; entrees, $22.50 to $31.50. Brunch appetizers, $9 to $11.50; entrees, $11.50 to $18. Three-course prix fixe brunch, $29.50.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Weekend Brunch, Outdoor Seating, Breakfast

Cuisine: Contemporary French bistro cooking—robust flavors, light sauces—at high prices.

Mood: Warm woods, a roaring fireplace, and attentive servers make this subdued hotel restaurant feel cozy even when it’s nearly empty. The bar/lounge is a happening scene when Congress is in session.

Best for: Congressional types on the make, denizens of Capitol Hill, and diners who can’t get enough of those French classics.

Best dishes: Duck-liver “parfait” topped with fig compote; mussels steeped with linguiça sausage, roasted peppers, and cilantro; garlic-and thyme-perfumed duck confit over gigantes; an unconventional boeuf bourguignon, the meat braised in a mini-slab and served over house-made noodles; crispy French fries; tarte normande with caramelized apples; toffee-and-chocolate bread pudding; vanilla ice cream that tastes like frozen custard.

Insider tips: Parking in the garage across the street is free with restaurant validation in the evening; handing the car off to the hotel valet will cost $22. The markup on wines by the glass makes half bottles and bottles savvier choices.

Service: •••½

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