Bistro Cacao

320 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002


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 5 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: Business 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.

Special Features: Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating

Great New Restaurants 2010: Bistro Cacao

25 places that are making the Washington dining scene better than ever

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.