The Needle: March 2011
Reviewed By Todd Kliman
Comments () | Published March 1, 2011

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.

In an age when too many servers sidle up to the table to explain the menu, detailing all the arcane ingredients, the dishes at this Capitol Hill hideaway—pheasant pâté, mussels, steak frites—need no explanation. If the setting—pillow-backed booths, grandmotherly lamps—seems more suited to a séance and the service can be a bit too relaxed, those seem decent tradeoffs for solid French cooking at a time when that beloved genre is in danger of disappearing.

This article appears in the March 2011 issue of The Washingtonian. 

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