Bistro Cacao – Washington DC

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Bistro cacao's is the perfect spot for romantic dinners "à deux" and private business meetings. We also offer a generous outdoor patio and separate rooms for larger gatherings.

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Come and enjoy bistro-style French cuisine in a romantic and comfortable setting blending old France and East Coast avant-gardism.

Carré d'Agneau aux Herbes Chef Kemal Deger

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Bistro Cacao is conveniently located steps from the Capitol and Union Station at 320 Massachusetts Ave, NE.

Bistro Cacao DC location

320 Mass. Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002
+1 (202) 546-4737
+1 (202) 546-4739

Posted 16 December 2009 (view original)

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This evening is opening night for Bistro Cacao. Last night, I went to a pre-opening party there, and very much liked what I saw. Although I didn’t try any of the pass-around hors d’oeuvres, I can vouch both for the atmosphere and the wine list.

In terms of atmosphere, Bistro Cacao is going to be one of the most romantic venues in the city – it’s only a slight renovation of Two Quail, with some new hardwood flooring, rustic wine-racking, and wall decorations evoking warmth and even some humor.

The opening wine list may be my favorite on Capitol Hill right now (with proper respect to Charlie Palmer Steak, Belga Cafe, and Montmartre). It’s tiny, but is heavily represented by Wine Traditions (run by the great importer, Ed Addiss), Elite Wines (Laurent Givry), and Country Vintner. If you have an old-world palate, as I do, you’ll be very happy with the wine selections here. Also, take note of the single-digit by-the-glass prices.

Despite the charming atmosphere, great little wine list, and charismatic GM, Bistro Cacao will be made or broken by the strength of its cooking. Although the menu reads beautifully, I haven’t tried anything, and have no idea what to expect in terms of execution.

I picked up copies of the opening dinner menus and the wine list, which I include here. Good luck and congratulations!


Posted 08 December 2009 (view original)

Bistro Cacao will be opening shortly in the old Two Quail space at 320 Massachusetts Avenue NE – they’re currently shooting for the end of next week, but that is not official. The restaurant is owned by Harun and Yavuz Bolukbasi who owned Mezè in Adams Morgan.

But the really exciting news about Bistro Cacao is the chef, Kemal Deger, who last ran the kitchen at Le Tire Bouchon in Fairfax, and the GM, Veronique Onteniente, who just got back from France, and who before that was the gracious presence running the front of the house at Montmartre and Montsouris. If you’re familiar with the work of these two, you know they’ll make a formidable BOH-FOH combination.

Good luck to everyone, and congratulations in advance.


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