100 Very Best Restaurants 2013: Bistro Bis
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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.
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.

Like the familiar bistro dishes it turns out—often flawlessly—Jeffrey Buben’s restaurant in Capitol Hill’s Hotel George has a classy, timeless feel. The cushy booths in the golden-lit dining room attract a tony crowd: Law-firm partners woo recruits with Châteauneuf-du-Pape and escargot forestière while prep-school kids in striped ties dig politely into steak frites and pots of mussels under the approving gaze of well-coifed parents. In the era of linenless tables and cocktails in Mason jars, Bis carries the torch for a spiffier dining era—without seeming stuffy or out of style.

Don’t miss: Frisée salad with lardons; onion soup; oysters gratin Florentine; salmon with Brussels sprouts, bacon, and cranberries; beef bourguignon; apple tart.

Open: Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, Saturday and Sunday for breakfast, brunch, and dinner. Very expensive.

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