Union Station Restaurants

Bistro Bis

(Hotel George)
15 E St. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-661-2700

French


 

$$$
$27.83
 

★★★

Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
A number of French bistros have opened since James Beard Award winner Jeff Buben's Bistro Bis debut on Capitol Hill years ago. But Bis remains one of the finest examples of the cuisine. It lacks the casualness of places like Le Diplomate that strive to evoke the brasseries of Paris, but the cooking -- which, like the setting, is considerably more refined than the others -- is worth the elevated price tag.
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Don Rockwell
 
1.5 Stars (2/12/2014)
"When Jeff Buben reopened Bistro Bis after a post-New Year’s makeover … the dining room … look[ed] fresher than before. The same cannot be said of some of the cooking, which feels dated against much of the competition." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
No. 18 (2/8/2016) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2016
"Three decades ago, the French ruled the city’s restaurant scene. Today the Gallic presence is mostly confined to casual restaurants. This veteran from one of Washington’s most respected chefs, Jeff Buben, is among the few remaining bastions of the destinations of yore. It might call itself a bistro, but its intention is to woo you with the kind of elegantly sumptuous cooking that inspired countless cookbook writers to pen love letters to French cuisine. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Perhaps the best pure French restaurant in the city right now, ask for the small list of daily specials, good cheese cart."

Toscana Café

601 Second St. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-525-2693

Italian


 

$$
$16.95
 

★★

Good Value

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Don Rockwell
 
This small Italian cafe from chef Daniele Catalani, a veteran of the late Galileo, is primarily set up for catering and carryout. However, there is limited seating and a pleasant outdoor patio in nice weather.
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Washington Post
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (9/1/2010)
This outdated review notes the small Italian cafe caters mostly to the take-out crowd but has a few seats upstairs for diners to enjoy the made from scratch menu. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 

Washingtonian has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Washingtonian
Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"Set up to be primarily catering, the outdoor patio here is a pleasant place to dine, a Galileo-trained chef."

Bistro Cacao

320 Massachusetts Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-546-4737

French


 

$$
$24.95
 

★★

Average Value

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Don Rockwell
 
This little French bistro in a quirky setting has a classic menu and a good selection of wines by-the-glass.
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (1/1/2010)
Tom Sietsema’s outdated "First Bite" of the restaurant See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2.5 Stars (6/1/2010)
Todd Kliman’s full review of this very traditional French bistro is outdated, but offers helpful suggestions. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A fine French bistro in a quirky setting, great onglet, some of the best wines by-the-glass in town, a little gem." See 5/23/2011 Review…»

Art and Soul

415 New Jersey Ave.
Washington, DC 20001
202-393-7777

Southern
American

 

$$$
$30.00
 

★★

Poor Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Celebrity chef Art Smith's Capitol Hill restaurant features the chef's innovative takes on classic Southern cooking. However, executive chef Douglas Alexander has added a bit of Middle Eastern flair to the mix, and elevated the place back onto the critic's radar.
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (5/11/2016) — Spring 2016 Dining Guide
"The Art in the billing is celebrity chef Art Smith. The soul comes courtesy of Douglas Alexander, executive chef for the past two years. Lucky diners. Alexander’s affection for Middle Eastern food translates into Southern falafel, nubby fritters shaped with chickpeas and black-eyed peas and offered with two dips, one a bright yogurt, the other racy with chilies. Meanwhile, a surplus of quinoa in the pantry makes itself useful in a cilantro-laced, lime-ignited black bean salad, a super support for sea bass. I like the way the chef thinks. …" See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
2 Stars (2/1/2010)
"Chicago celebrity chef Art Smith—formerly of Oprah Winfrey’s home kitchen—and his local deputy, Travis Timberlake, serve up feel-good food. Their renditions of classic Southern fare are both gussied up (an oyster po’ boy turned into a hoecake) and faithful (simple fried chicken with white gravy)." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell does not recommend this restaurant.

Charlie Palmer Steak

101 Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-547-8100

American
Steak

 

$$$$
$40.92
 

★★

Poor Value

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Don Rockwell
 
Celebrity chef Charlie Palmer's long-running power spot has had its ups and downs -- until chef Jeffery Russell took over the kitchen. Now, its as good as it has been since Bryan Voltaggio left in 2007, with food that is again worthy of both the beautiful space and the famous faces who frequent it.
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Don Rockwell
 
3 Stars (10/16/2005)
A badly outdated review of Bryan Voltaggio’s work. See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
3 Stars (1/25/2013) — 100 Very Best Restaurants 2013
Washingtonian notes that "marvelous meat is a given" but "more of a surprise are Russell's smart flavor match-ups—think roasted shrimp with Banyuls vinegar—and his way with vegetables." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 
Italic — Recommended
"A beautiful, power dining room with excellent service, but the cuisine here has dropped off a cliff, not recommended."

Chop't Creative Salad Company

(Union Station)
50 Massachusetts Avenue NE
Washington, DC 20002
202-688-0330

Salads
Wraps
Healthy
 

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$9.99
 

Cheap Eats
Excellent Value

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Don Rockwell
 
This small salad chain with locations in New York and DC is a great spot for a quick salad or salad wrap. You can make your own combination or select from a number of tasty pre-selected ones. And, with the calories posted on the menu and a good selection of "spa" dressings (all under 50 calories per serving), it's one of our picks for healthy "cheap eats."
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Don Rockwell
 
Unrated (11/18/2012)
The story about Chop’t highlights some of what we like about it: it’s healthy, fast, has a wide variety of ingredients to choose from, and offers a number of tasty combinations. But that's only half of what caught the reporter's eye. "The other half is the theater that comes with the salad assembly line." See Full Review…»
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Don Rockwell
 

Washingtonian has not reviewed this restaurant.
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Don Rockwell
 
 
Don Rockwell has not reviewed this restaurant.
Ratings Guide:
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All restaurants listed rate above-average or better. DCDiningGuide.com also includes a number of unrated local favorites, casual places, and other restaurants that we recommend if you’re in the neighborhood.
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