320 Massachusetts Ave., NE
Washington, DC 20002
Neighborhood: Capitol Hill, Capitol Hill, Northeast
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
Pheasant pâté; scallops with fennel gratin and chervil sauce; sautéed frogs’ legs; rack of lamb; hanger steak; apple tart.
Starters $6.25 to $13.95, entrées $14.95 to $24.95.
Special Features: Weekend Brunch, Party Space, Outdoor Seating
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.