Old-style Hill Venue meets New-style French Cuisine
The story of Bistro Cacao began with a partnership between long-time friends Kemal Deger, Harun and Yavuz Bolukbasi. The trio combines Chef Deger’s French culinary abilities and the Bolubaksi Brothers’ restaurant management experience.
Harun and Yavuz Bolukbasi had been looking to expand their network of Turkish restaurants when they stumbled upon a quaint location on Capitol Hill. The spot had been home to Two Quails which closed its doors after more than 20 years of serving the neighborhood. The Bolukbasi brothers immediately understood the value of this unique historic spot but quickly realized that the location was calling for old Europe, not modern Turkey! They envisioned a French bistro that could open its doors to the bustling crowd at lunch time and to Capitol Hill residents for fine dinner and brunch.
Harun and Yavuz called their dear friend and long-time French chef, Kemal Deger. And the rest, as they say, is history.
Bistro Cacao is the third restaurant venture in DC for the Bolukbasi Brothers. Their first concept was Mezè in Adams Morgan which has given Washington, DC a taste of authentic Turkish cuisine and Istanbul nightlife for more than a decade. Their second venture is Ezmè in Dupont Circle which offers select wines and fine small plates.
In Bistro Cacao’s historic location we now invite you to enjoy our new concept of modern bistro-style French cuisine in a romantically charming and comfortable setting blending old France with modern creative touches.
Chef Owner: Kemal Deger
The art of French cooking has inspired generations of chefs across the world for its creativity and variety. Its influence can be felt throughout kitchens around the globe. As a young man and aspiring chef, I can remember the delight of experimenting with flavors of lavender, sage and rosemary. I fell in love with French cooking – the art, flavors and traditions – and it became a lifelong dream to share my passion and creations with the world
I have trained under renowned French chefs, Yannick Cam and Jean-Louis Palladin, and am a seasoned chef in some of Washington’s most notable French and European restaurants. Today, my dream has finally come true! With the support and confidence of Harun and Yavuz, I am proud to manage my own kitchen here at Bistro Cacao. It is with great pleasure that I offer this menu and our fine selection of wines. Thank you for being a part of our story and for allowing us to share our creations with you.
— Kemal Deger