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Bistro La Bonne

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Belgian, French, European
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1340 U Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20009 (Between 13th St. NW and 14th St. NW)
+1 202-499-9208
17:00 - 01:00
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Tue - Wed 17:00 - 22:30
Thu - Sat 17:00 - 01:00
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Charleston, South Carolina
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2016 via mobile

Website is still up, phone still works, but they are no longer at 2436 14th St NW, Washington, DC. Restaurant there is Creme, and they said the Bistro is long gone. ???

Thank FlyerCG
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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69 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 December 2015

This restaurant is on the north fringe of 14th St NW just north of Florida. It was empty when we dined on a Friday night-no buzz-but they play nice jazz music. The waiters were friendly and helpful. The food was ordinary-cod fritters were mostly bread with little flavor. Thai mussels were large-it had shrimp but no scallops and eggplant as... More 

Thank nsp19
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 August 2015

We adored la Bonne when it was located on U Street. Amazing food, great atmosphere, it was our go-to neighborhood place. The new location has the same great food (though some of our beloved dishes are not on the menu any longer). Unfortunately, the new space is simply lacking in ambience and in our opinion needs to be completely redecorated.

Thank ibkund
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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217 reviews
197 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2015

I went to Bistro la Bonne again in its new location and if anything, it was even better than before. The Happy Hour special has got to be one of the best deals in the whole city. If you come between 5 and 7 pm, for $15 you can choose one of two moules (mussels) sauces, frites and a glass... More 

Thank Barry17149021
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117 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2015

When we first walked in we weren't sure. But we sat down at the bar, ordered wine and beer and a plate of steak tartar and a salad to split. When it came, we loved it so much we ordered another plate of the steak tartar! It came with a nice side salad with a tangy dressing and a great... More 

1 Thank DHVPhiladelphia
dc metro area
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71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2015

While looking for a place to go dancing we stopped at this charming little place, we ordered drinks and appetizers, the pate was very good, really like the music they were playing and the service was very good even though they were quite busy, awesome atmosphere!

Thank travelgirl20707
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2014

Perhaps a Sunday evening dinner post-holidays is not a fair measure of the restaurant, but the food was unsatisfactory, the ambience uncomfortable and uninviting, and the overall experience poor. Diners' various steak dishes appeared unappetizing and were tough, and the cassoulet lacked any duck confit and lamb as advertised, but it did have some type of sausage to accompany the... More 

Thank Tim K
Blacksburg, Virginia
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2014 via mobile

Charming small bistro with a bar right on busy U Street. Although it was a Sunday night, the restaurant was nearly full. We ordered two large pots of mussels which came with a generous serving of fries. There are several varieties of preparation for the mussels, and we had the classic moules mariniere, which had tons of garlic! And a... More 

1 Thank Dianne F
Frederick, Maryland
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221 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2014

We ate outside and had a lovely brunch. We shared onion soup, excellent escargot, and the 2 egg signature La Bonne breakfast which came with a nice salad, bacon, sausage, and we chose poached eggs. Everything was very good. Our server was nice and friendly and we had an enjoyable and relaxing time watching the people walk by while we... More 

2 Thank MDTJ
Bethesda, MD
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2014

We dined at 6:15 pm Sunday before a 7:30 performance nearby. Perhaps because it was early, service was good. The food was very good, and the menu included booth full dinners and lighter fare.

Thank orangerook

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
Belgian, French, European
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 22:30
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
17:00 - 01:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1340 U Street, NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
    (Between 13th St. NW and 14th St. NW)
  • Public Transportation: U Street Metro Station (Green, Yellow)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-499-9208

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?