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

The Needle: March 2011

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.