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Our Story

Since its inception in 2009, Bistro Cacao, nestled in Capitol Hill, has been an esteemed establishment renowned for its contemporary French cuisine. In early 2020, the bistro strategically expanded its offerings by enhancing private dining and event capacities. The addition of an adjoining space—featuring both indoor and covered patio areas—catered to a broader clientele, thereby fostering the support of more loyal patrons and continuity with local vendors. Bistro Cacao is consistently voted as one of the most romantic restaurants in the area by locals, restaurant critics and influencers.

Overseeing the culinary realm is Chef William Perez, an integral part of the Bistro Cacao team since its start. Beginning as a dedicated sous chef under the tutelage of the original chef-owner, Kemal Deger, from 2009 to 2017, Chef Perez’s remarkable culinary prowess and adept kitchen management led to his well-deserved promotion to the position of Executive Chef.

Bistro Cacao is a woman-owned and led business guided by the adept management skills of owner, Hulya Bolukbasi. She infuses the business with a zeal for exceptional hospitality and astute business management. Her fervor extends beyond the bistro, aiming to support the wider community and local vendors through the use of organic and sustainable products.

Amazing ambiance and good food. I like how they separate the sections with red drapes to created a romantic and private feel. The wines are reasonably priced with half glass options. This was my first time to Bistro Cacao. It will not be my last. We were greeted warmly by the hostess and quickly shown to our table. We had reserved in advance.

Hariom Singh


Went here tonight for an early (7pm) birthday dinner. Ambience is very quiet and romantic. You can tell they put in effort to make you feel cozy. Food was cooked perfectly, menu was classic French. Servers were friendly and inviting. Our hostess asked for her name to have the chef spell it on her dessert. Small touches like that just make the night that much more enjoyable. Would reccomend and would go back for either a special event or even during a lunch or happy hour.

Sean Tully


Great sea food options! It was hard to make a decision because all main dishes seemed amazing. The chocolate cake was terrific! The Moscow mule was also great.

Carolina Mikalauskas Sanches


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Opening Hours

Lunch 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM Monday
11:30 AM - 3:00 PM Tuesday-Friday
Brunch 10:00 AM – 2:45 PM Saturday-Sunday
Dinner 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM Sunday-Thursday
5:00 PM – 9:30 PM Friday-Saturday
Happy Hour 3:00 PM- 6:00 PM Tuesday-Thursday
3:00 PM- 6:00 PM Sunday
Kitchen Closing Hours May Change Based On Guest Occupancy

Phone: +1 (202) 546-4737

Bistro Cacao,
316 Mass. Ave, NE Washington, DC 20002

We are located North Capitol Hill, steps from Union Station metro. There is ample street parking in the neighborhood.


Begins Sunday, Jun 9th
Every Sunday between 6pm-9pm

Join us for a Sunday Soirée with live music on our patio while you indulge in our French inspired dinner menu.

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