Bistro Bis
Heavy-hitters flock to Jeff Buben's French bistro.
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published October 16, 2006
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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

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Poached Pears Bordelaise at Bistro Bis. Photograph by Allison Dinner

THE SCENE. Real and would-be Capitol Hill power brokers fill the tables and crowd the bar at this stylish bistro in the St. George Hotel, one of the best places to experience the Hill during off-hours, when much of the real work gets done.

WHAT YOU'LL LOVE
. The well-prepared bistro classics offer simple satisfactions; one of the best cheese carts in town and a slate of terrific desserts will have you going away floating--mentally, at least. And Bis is one of the few restaurants at its level open for breakfast, ideal for squeezing in a strategy session before work.

WHAT YOU WON'T. The noise and the occasional feeling that everyone around you is more in the loop than you. Meals are strongest at the beginning and at the end--a caveat for diners who aren't inclined to linger.

BEST DISHES. A classic frisée salad with bacon lardons and a poached egg; plump, juicy steamed mussels with fennel and a spicy rouille; meltingly tender duck confit with white beans and duck sausage; pan-roasted veal sweetbreads; steak frites with tarragon hollandaise and crisp fries; a rich but delicate goat-cheese cake; wine-poached pear with cream.

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