Out and About: Bistrot Du Coin (Washington, DC)

17 Feb
February 17, 2010

In the heart of the District, a small piece of France exists within the walls of Bistrot Du Coin. Located in bustling Dupont Circle, just across the street from the the famous Russia House, Bistrot Du Coin touts an authentic French experience with a focus on “good food at a fair price.”

“French, Fun and Friendly.” With a motto like this, how you can you go wrong? The menu features French staples and favorites such as foie gras and goat cheese salad. When visiting, you can’t help but notice the waitstaff scurrying about with large black pots on their trays, so go ahead and do yourself a favor by ordering a pot of steamed mussels in your choice of broth or sauce (and don’t forget the crème brûlée for dessert).

The restaurant itself is not very large, though it does sport upstairs seating. However, what is large is their wine menu, which features fine wines from France and includes a list selected by one of the co-owners.

Bistrot Du Coin

Bistrot Du Coin has a robust wine list and Hoegaarden is available on tap.

Ordinarily a popular hangout, the Bistrot was filled to the brim when I went for dinner on Valentine’s Day. I was able to secure a 7pm reservation by simply calling a week in advance. But with that phone call I could already tell that Bistrot Du Coin wasn’t exactly the silent library of restaurants. Upon arrival I could see why, as the bar was more or less in the middle of the dining area, but the cocktail of noises added to the Parisian feel. The sounds, the decor, the bar, the food–everything down to the table settings, gives the establishment its character and makes for an enjoyable experience.

Bistrot Du Coin is located at 1738 Connecticut Avenue, NW – Washington, DC 20009, just blocks away from the Dupont Circle Metro station on the Red Line. There are parking garages available and street parking is limited. It’s open seven days a week. Visit their website for hours, menus, and more information: www.bistrotducoin.com

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