K Town Bistro

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517 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
K Town Bistro is a family operated restaurant nestled in the heart of Historic Kensington that serves a variety of international cuisine. The owner, Gonzalo Barba, has over 40 years of experience in the restaurant industry. Having spent twenty of those years at the renowned Watergate Hotel in Washington DC, Mr. Barba has served sons of kings, presidents, and senators. Mr. Barba’s personable nature combined with a passion for fine dining service creates a wonderful place to eat out with a stay-at-home feel.

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Tue - Thu 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:15PM 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Fri 11:00AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:00PM
Sat 11:00AM - 2:00PM 2:15PM - 3:00PM

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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.8
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4.5
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b
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything about this tiny quiet restaurant is excellent. I brought friends for lunch yesterday. They had two different vegetarian dishes while I had an excellent and unusual pasta with chicken. Service is efficient and gentle. Right next door to a quirky and equally friendly used/antiquarian bookstore.

DC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Loved everything about this restaurant. It's a low key, unpretentious french bistro. The food was delicious, service was very attentive but unobtrusive. You could talk in a normal voice...It is moderately prices and a lovely, privately owned restaurant. We had the special soup which was a cream free vegan spinach soup and it was excellent. We also had the blackened salmon, rib eye beef. Both were large portions and excellently prepared. We had the apple crisp... like a cobble for dessert. Can't wait to return to our new find!

WC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lamb shank, scallops & cheese cake are always a safe bet.

BR
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outstanding food and service in a very nice atmosphere.

RJ
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I've been to K Town Bistro a number of times and find that the food and service are consistently good.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Owners were waiting the tables! Very pleasant! They are a father & son team. I had lamb shanks & they just fell off the bone. Would highly recommend

L
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

K town provides a superb dining experience. We come often and frequently bring friends, All have enjoyed the outstanding service, food and ambiance. K Town is a real winner and worth the trip if you do not live close by.

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

New Year’s Eve. Lovely evening— intimate, historic, friendly, elegant yet humble. Everything was really well done— delicious salads. We were just a little underwhelmed by the flavor of the pork loin and sides.

L
Baltimore
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We are local and first time trying this place. Food, service , wine and the atmosphere was perfect for early New Years eve dinner. Excellent! We will come back and will recommend .We enjoyed!

B
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4Food4Service2Ambience5

Cute cozy nicely decorated restaurant with dependable food. They had a different menu for New Year’s Eve, which had some different items than their regular menu, but which also retained some of their usual fare. Complimentary bread just so-so for a French restaurant, but butter fabulous. My husband & I had the pan fried trout with garlic spinach & risotto. I lived the risotto & spinach, but found the trout a little bland. Our waiter, whose name I do not know, but who has worked there regularly, was a bit snooty. We asked for Prosecco to drink & he said they didn’t have any & seemed condescending when he told us it was a dessert wine. We are not big drinkers & we felt miffed by his attitude. This is why I gave it only 4 stars. However, still worth trying.

L
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went there on Christmas Day. Third time for me but first for my husband. Everything was excellent. Very nice family restaurant. We will be there soon again.

R
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Had an excellent lunch there. The bread was wonderful and the duck breast was cooked perfectly. The dessert trio was a great choice for sharing. The service was attentive.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

My husband, who grew up in France, and I went to this restaurant to celebrate our anniversary. Everything that he ordered, he absolutely loved it, but me not so much.

Hubby had the escargot, lamb shank, and creme brulee (his favorite dessert) and it was all very good. He even said the wine was excellent. I had the brussel sprouts soup (forgot the official name) which was awesome and the swordfish which didn't agree with me, but hubby thought it was great. I finished with their chocolate mousse which was also very good.

The staff were very polite and attentive. The restaurant space was small but cozy.

We really enjoyed ourselves and would certainly return.

n
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

K Town Bistro is a real gem. Their food choices are varied and wonderfully prepared. The wait staff is professional and efficient. It is easily worth finding and enjoying. I recommend it.

CJ
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Good food and lovely ambiance and attentive service.

IB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our family of three had a delightful Thanksgiving dinner with the turkey cooked to perfection!

L
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Although KTown was very crowded for Thanksgiving, the evening was a wonderful experience. Food, service and ambiance were, as always, superb.

WC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been dining here for years. Most recently, I ordered the Lamb Shank & Chicken Marsala - cooked to perfection. The cheese cake melts in your mouth. Staff is very attentive. Great experience & I highly recommend.

MD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I really enjoy this neighborhood restaurant. The food and service are fantastic and its location is in a quiet location.

A
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Lovely to spend Thanksgiving there!

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a wonderful time at K-Town Bistro! The bistro was located among some very cute stores in Kensington, Maryland. The food was amazing and delicious! The staff was attentive and let us know they have a Sunday brunch. We will definitely be back to try out brunch! Highly recommend this bistro.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

The taste of foods and service were fantastic. We will definitely back.

DH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

I love this restaurant and have from the moment it opened. I go there frequently and am never disappointed. Well, sometimes when the menu changes something I have enjoyed eating is replaced with something else I feel a twinge of regret - I am still mourning the loss of the beet salad with parsnip chips!
Seriously, though, the food is always excellent, the staff friendly and helpful. It can get noisy when it is busy, but that is not a big deal to me.

J
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited for my mother’s birthday and we had a lovely lunch. Food was delicious, smoked salmon omelette, salmon cakes and a chicken pasta dish all were wonderful. Mimosas made with fresh squeezed oj was a treat. And desserts also were delish. We’ll def return not only for lunch but for dinner. Other highlights were cappuccino and Brussels sprouts soup. Really everything was top notch.

F
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very romantic and quiet restaurant. Food was excellent but service was even better

l
Washington DC
63 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal - nicely timed - staff very attentive

L
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our favorite restaurant for two or four people. Excellent special dishes as well as delicious traditional meals. A true neighborhood gem.

WC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place always has excellent food! And is one of my top go to restaurants.

LM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a quiet little gem. I had been there years ago, but somehow forgot that this lovely little restaurant is in my own neighborhood. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is perfect for catching up with friends because you can actually hear each other!

MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous restaurant, great food, great service, we really enjoy dining at this neighborhood restaurant.

FR
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

I ordered celery soup and delicious but the lettuce in my salad was warm. Bummer

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Had a lovely birthday lunch there. Food was yummy and service was great. They even brought cute little glasses of dessert wine to celebrate. Lunch entrees were really good and the desserts were delicious!

W
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The food was very good but it's the service that makes this restaurant a stand out. One member of our party commented that the entire team (including the owner) were so focused on each of the tables that it felt like being in an upscale restaurant in DC. This is a local gem!

OT
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The scallops were fantastic

s
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

what a wonderful place! i enjoyed a ladies luncheon there so much on wed that i made a dinner
rreservation for my entire family on friday night!

b
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall3Food3Service5Ambience4

I haven been to K town numerous times, and am usually very pleased. No this time. The New york Steak was big, tough, grimly and rather tasteless even though the cooking was good. A smaller, higher quality piece of merat would have been much preferred.

L
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Food, value and service were outstanding, as usual. The only problem was that the restaurant was relatively warm. I assume the air conditioning was not as effective as usual. We were slightly embarrassed since we had invited another couple to join us for dinner, and had told them how wonderful K-Town is.

E
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall3Food2Service3Ambience3

Good was very poor quality. Tuna was flavorless as was the beef stroganoff. Service was good. Won’t go back. Had been there a couple of years ago and it was quite good. Has there’s been a change of ownership?

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

Very average experience. The French onion soup was the best thing on the menu, at least from what we ordered.

DS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Parking has never been a problem for me. Staff is very welcoming, with good service throughout my meals there. Prices are reasonable for the quality, but one can easily spend upwards of $40 per person for a three-course dinner with a glass of wine. A semi-hidden gem.