The story of Bistro Cacao began 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.
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.
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.
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.
|Lunch||11:30 AM – 1:30 PM, Monday|
|11:30 AM – 3:00 PM Tuesday -Friday|
|Brunch||11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Saturday|
|10:00 AM – 3:00 PM Sunday|
|Dinner||5:00 PM- 10:00 PM Monday – Thursday|
|5:00 PM – 11:00 PM Friday-Saturday|
|5:00 PM – 9:00 PM Sunday|
|Bar Menu||4:00 PM- 6:30 PM (Bar Only)|
Phone: +1 (202) 546-4737
320 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.