100 Best Restaurants 2012: Bistro Bis
From soulful bistros to high-gloss steakhouses, there's lots of good eating in DC, Maryland, and Virginia
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published January 23, 2012
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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: Expensive
Dress: Business Attire
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.

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If you don't make your living in the Capitol or at a nearby TV studio, it can be easy to overlook Jeff Buben's handsome, warmly lit French dining room. But it consistently turns out refined takes on classic bistro dishes. With its high-walled booths and crisp service, the cherry-wood-lined main room is a power-dining favorite during the week. (Is that Sean Penn over there?) Buben gives a modern cast to such dishes as a beautifully arranged roasted-beet salad and a carpaccio made of venison. But his scallop-mousse quenelles in a luxurious lobster sauce stick close to the Larousse Gastronomique ideal. A good onion soup is hard to find--but not if you're eating here.

What to get: Endive salad with blue cheese; steamed mussels in saffron broth; steak frites; steak tartare; apple tart with Calvados.

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

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