Bistrot Du Coin

★★★★☆
Classic bistro fare is served up in a loud and fun party atmosphere.
  • 1738 Connecticut Ave NW

    Washington, DC 20009

    Cross street: Hillyer Place

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  • 202-234-6969

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Hours
Sun 11am-11pm Mon-Wed 11:30am-11pm Thu-Fri 11:30am-1am Sat 11am-1am
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Best place on DC :)

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★★★★★

Best place on DC :)

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Bring your appetite and your patience, but only for a brief wait at the beginning before you're seated. Once you've got a table, the servers are fast as lightening. But pace yourself, because Bistrot du Coin has an amazing menu with a complete selection of French-inspired foods from mussels, to fish, to steak and frites!, to pastas, salads, and more more more. No matter what you eat, how full you get, and how sluggish you feel after eating at Bistrot du Coin, you must order dessert. They have perfectly crackable Creme Brulee that cannot be missed. For the gourmet style food served at this place, it is priced very moderately. Nice beer selection, too!

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★★★★★

Bring your appetite and your patience, but only for a brief wait at the beginning before you're seated. Once you've got a table, the servers are fast as lightening. But pace yourself, because Bistrot du Coin has an amazing menu with a complete selection of French-inspired foods from mussels, to fish, to steak and frites!, to pastas, salads, and more more more. No matter what you eat, how full you get, and how sluggish you feel after eating at Bistrot du Coin, you must order dessert. They have perfectly crackable Creme Brulee that cannot be missed. For the gourmet style food served at this place, it is priced very moderately. Nice beer selection, too!

Pros: awesome beer selection

Cons: long wait times

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After my unpleasant experience today at Bistro du Coin on Connecticut Av., I came back home and did some reading on the reviews. Being upset with the service I got, to my biggest surprise I found ratings on other pages that refer to COCKROACHES ON THE WALLS and MEAT RESIDUES ON THE DRINKS!!!!!! See prior reviews on: http://search.cityguide.aol.com/washington/restaurants/bistrot-du-coin/v-102200899
My review: Average food for anyone who has had the chance to travel a bit throughout fancophonie. The place: less than average with less than average, awful service. Cheap dishes, but I guess you end up getting what you pay for.Right before having lunch today with a colleague, the server spilled all the drinks on the table, papers, clothes and us!!! The server did apologize though, but never had a word from the managerial staff. I called today to complain but was not taken seriously. Not the best food in town, anyways, after a $80 lunch, plus tips, plus dry cleaning charges, I'm absolutely positive I will not go back to this bistro, nor will I recommend this place to anyone who expects a good and respectful customer service.

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★☆☆☆☆

After my unpleasant experience today at Bistro du Coin on Connecticut Av., I came back home and did some reading on the reviews. Being upset with the service I got, to my biggest surprise I found ratings on other pages that refer to COCKROACHES ON THE WALLS and MEAT RESIDUES ON THE DRINKS!!!!!! See prior reviews on: http://search.cityguide.aol.com/washington/restaurants/bistrot-du-coin/v-102200899
My review: Average food for anyone who has had the chance to travel a bit throughout fancophonie. The place: less than average with less than average, awful service. Cheap dishes, but I guess you end up getting what you pay for.Right before having lunch today with a colleague, the server spilled all the drinks on the table, papers, clothes and us!!! The server did apologize though, but never had a word from the managerial staff. I called today to complain but was not taken seriously. Not the best food in town, anyways, after a $80 lunch, plus tips, plus dry cleaning charges, I'm absolutely positive I will not go back to this bistro, nor will I recommend this place to anyone who expects a good and respectful customer service.

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The Bistrot du Coin is one of the brighter spots in Dupont Circle. The food is solid bistro fare, nothing too outrageous, though you can count on things like escargots dripping in butter and garlic, excellent Argentine beef and good frites. This isn't a place to keep the pounds off. Hollandaise, Bearnaise and the like will be worth the indulgence. The owner, Michel Verdun, is a trip. He also remembers you--the consummate host. By all means, do pay a visit.

PROS: Great bistro cooking, fun atmosphere
CONS: Not the cheapest place....

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★★★★☆

The Bistrot du Coin is one of the brighter spots in Dupont Circle. The food is solid bistro fare, nothing too outrageous, though you can count on things like escargots dripping in butter and garlic, excellent Argentine beef and good frites. This isn't a place to keep the pounds off. Hollandaise, Bearnaise and the like will be worth the indulgence. The owner, Michel Verdun, is a trip. He also remembers you--the consummate host. By all means, do pay a visit.

PROS: Great bistro cooking, fun atmosphere
CONS: Not the cheapest place....

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Bistrot du Coin is a very busy place. I don't mean just customer-wise either. There are French posters and whatnot all over the place along with various lights and things to draw your attention. Busy busy busy... and I love that about it. They have a zinc bar, which means a very extensive wine list ranging in price from about $24 all the way up to around $500 per bottle. They also have a large range of mixed drinks if you are so inclined.

The place is sort of divided in half, with the back being a smoking section. This is where the bar is so like, double score. heh. The paper-topped trestle tables are a bit closer together than I normally care for, but this is a kinda small place and they have to make the best of the space as popular as they are. Owner Michel Verdon is present more often than not and makes a point of getting to know his customers by name. Smart man, that.

Service can range from superb to pretty much indifferent depending on who's working and how crowded they are and who happens to be working at the time. Very hit and miss in this area.

We had to order the Escargots a la Bourguignonne during one visit (another thing I've never been brave enough to try).. as Himself says, "they are drenched in butter, garlic and more garlic." I liked the buttery garlic stuff, but I have to admit that I'm just not an escargot kinda gal. He loves them, I spit mine into a napkin. heh.

Another visit had us starting off with the wonderful Bouchee a la reine which is a puff pastry, sweetbread, mushrooms, and chicken in the most delightful cream sauce ever. This was absolutely enough for two people and honestly, I was pretty full after just that.

Then came my casserole de lapin... Tender stewed rabbit with carrots, onions, mushrooms and spaetzle (a touch of Alsace), all in a sinful cream-based sauce which was also very good. Shame I was already quite full, eh?

4 stars here. Do stop in.

PROS: Fantastic atmosphere, good food.
CONS: Service is sketchy

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★★★★☆

Bistrot du Coin is a very busy place. I don't mean just customer-wise either. There are French posters and whatnot all over the place along with various lights and things to draw your attention. Busy busy busy... and I love that about it. They have a zinc bar, which means a very extensive wine list ranging in price from about $24 all the way up to around $500 per bottle. They also have a large range of mixed drinks if you are so inclined.

The place is sort of divided in half, with the back being a smoking section. This is where the bar is so like, double score. heh. The paper-topped trestle tables are a bit closer together than I normally care for, but this is a kinda small place and they have to make the best of the space as popular as they are. Owner Michel Verdon is present more often than not and makes a point of getting to know his customers by name. Smart man, that.

Service can range from superb to pretty much indifferent depending on who's working and how crowded they are and who happens to be working at the time. Very hit and miss in this area.

We had to order the Escargots a la Bourguignonne during one visit (another thing I've never been brave enough to try).. as Himself says, "they are drenched in butter, garlic and more garlic." I liked the buttery garlic stuff, but I have to admit that I'm just not an escargot kinda gal. He loves them, I spit mine into a napkin. heh.

Another visit had us starting off with the wonderful Bouchee a la reine which is a puff pastry, sweetbread, mushrooms, and chicken in the most delightful cream sauce ever. This was absolutely enough for two people and honestly, I was pretty full after just that.

Then came my casserole de lapin... Tender stewed rabbit with carrots, onions, mushrooms and spaetzle (a touch of Alsace), all in a sinful cream-based sauce which was also very good. Shame I was already quite full, eh?

4 stars here. Do stop in.

PROS: Fantastic atmosphere, good food.
CONS: Service is sketchy

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Though this place was recommeded in Frommer's and Fodor's, my experience here was just so-so. Even though I enjoyed the food, it did not provide the 'splash' that I would expect from this oft reviewed restaurant. The place was bustling, and the diners seemed to enjoy themselves. However, the waitstaff all had dour expressions on their faces and gave me the impression that they did not want to be there. The mussels were good, and the duck confit was better. My girlfriend had a better time than me, so maybe my expectations were just higher. Main drawback, especially for me coming from California, was that the restaurant allowed smoking at the tables. Lastly, the poached pear ice cream dessert was great.

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★★★★☆

Though this place was recommeded in Frommer's and Fodor's, my experience here was just so-so. Even though I enjoyed the food, it did not provide the 'splash' that I would expect from this oft reviewed restaurant. The place was bustling, and the diners seemed to enjoy themselves. However, the waitstaff all had dour expressions on their faces and gave me the impression that they did not want to be there. The mussels were good, and the duck confit was better. My girlfriend had a better time than me, so maybe my expectations were just higher. Main drawback, especially for me coming from California, was that the restaurant allowed smoking at the tables. Lastly, the poached pear ice cream dessert was great.

Cons: Noise, Service

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The ambience is cosy and the food is spectacular. Not to mention they have great bar and dessert selections. For the calibre of the food, it's surprising that you don't have to dress fancy. The un-snootiness and comfortable atmosphere of this French restaurant makes it a great place to bring dates or just hang out with your friends over dinner.

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★★★★★

The ambience is cosy and the food is spectacular. Not to mention they have great bar and dessert selections. For the calibre of the food, it's surprising that you don't have to dress fancy. The un-snootiness and comfortable atmosphere of this French restaurant makes it a great place to bring dates or just hang out with your friends over dinner.

Pros: very authentic, semi-casual, good for dates

Cons: slightly expensive, crowded on weekends, hard to find parking

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This lively North Dupont eatery is a true neighborhood bistro; photos of staff and patrons line the walls next to rows of hungry locals imbibing French cocktails--passion fruit nectar appears in several of the drinks--and chowing down on…

 

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