Great New Restaurants 2010: Bistro Cacao
25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published September 30, 2010

Bistro Cacao
Address: 320 Massachusetts Ave., NE, Washington, DC 20002
Phone: 202-546-4737
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Northeast
Cuisines: French
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 to 3 and 4 to 10 PM, Friday 11:30 to 3 and 4 to 11 PM, Saturday 10 AM to 11 PM, and Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Union Station
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Upscale Casual
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Pheasant pâté; scallops with fennel gratin and chervil sauce; sautéed frogs’ legs; rack of lamb; hanger steak; apple tart.
Price Details: Starters $6.25 to $13.95, entrées $14.95 to $24.95.

This Capitol Hill restaurant looks as if it belongs to another time and place—the dining room conjures a 19th-century bordello. Chef Kemal Deger isn’t a risk taker, but he turns out some of the most consistent and satisfying cooking around. French cuisine has long been associated with refinement, but Cacao reminds us that bistros emerged to fill a need for honest food at reasonable prices. Most dishes are so generous that a three-course meal is more likely to bust your appetite than your budget.

Don’t miss: Pheasant pâté; coquilles St. Jacques, pan-seared scallops with thyme; steak frites; mustard-and-herb-crusted rack of lamb.

For a full review of Bistro Cacao, click here. 

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