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La Bise

4.7
259 reviews
$31 to $50
French
Welcome to La Bise, a modern, bright, and colorful 21st century French restaurant in the heart of Washington, DC. Just steps from the White House, patrons can enjoy our expanded outdoor patio, inviting bar, and an engaging, open-air kitchen with two distinctive dining room options. Enjoy our unique wine list of French and American varietals featuring both old and new world selections.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 259 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.7
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.4
Value
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vipMikeinDC
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was my fourth time at La Bise but my first with clients. The service and food were fantastic. Highlights included the bigeye tuna crudo in a coconut sauce (awesome!) and grilled octopus as appetizers and the Salmon in puff pastry (their specialty) and Berkshire Pork Loin as entrees. And you the frites as a side are a must.

Excellent selections on the wine list as well.

Well done!

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vipRickyB
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The foie gras and duck were superb, as was the service.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very classy and wonderful service both from wait staff and sommelier

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Beauty301
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great evening. Attentive staff. Food was delicious

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vipBrendan
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a very nice Thanksgiving Day dinner here. Food was excellent and the service was perfect. This is much better than the tired old Oval Room.

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vipElizabethP
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had reservations for Thanksgiving dinner, but I fell ill the day before. La Bise was super accommodating in packing up our selected dishes for carry out and the food itself was outstanding. I can’t wait to go back!

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RobertaO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner on 11/25/21/. The ambience exquisite, the food excellent, the service good. However, our main courses were barely warm, even after having them sent back to the kitchen twice. The chocolate Napoleon was dry and tasteless. However, this place has cache and the food overall (temperature aside) was delicious. Also the cocktails and French pinot noir we ordered with the meal.

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vipFoodie64
Baltimore
56 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We all loved our dinner and the restaurant is lovely.
Our server was so attentive and helpful (I am so sorry that I did not hear his name)
We had duck, foie gras, salmon and branzino and we did not leave a morsel. The gougeres were to die for
We will be back!!

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vipUffood
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent food loved the risotto

EM
vipElizabethM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

What a lovely evening! The staff were wonderful, the food delicious. Thank you!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love this restaurant. Will be our new favorite place. Was great for a business group, decor was very cool, staff was super friendly and the food was excellent!

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ROBERTOM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

V good food
Not a crowded nor noisy space
V attentive and pleasant staff, from reception to table

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vipJeannie
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely experience dining here with three friends last night. Beautiful space, Joanna (?) our server was terrific and the Sommelier was too. Just the right amount of attention and information throughout. We had the avocado salad, Classique salad, Risotto and duck- everyone loved their food. Look forward to the next visit.

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IanB
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This restaurant is a gem. It was a perfect environment for me to dote on the beautiful woman I was courting.

Each course was carefully constructed, plated ascetically, and tasted marvelous.

We shared the pork belly starter and from there I knew we were on delightful culinary experience.

I had the duck and my partner had the steak frites. Without exaggeration, my dinner was possibly the best prepared duck I have ever tasted while my partner had similarly glowing reviews of her meal.

We capped the meal with the cheesecake and the pumpkin soufflé which were equally tremendous.

If you have the opportunity to enjoy this establishment, do not miss your chance to do so.

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vipRRRG
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb food and service and lovely new decor.
MUCH too noisy. Will give it another try, earlier on a weekday.

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KangM
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely stellar! Delicious food, fabulous cocktails, outstanding, gracious service—it doesn’t get any better than this.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

The wine service was inconsistent and dishes came out lukewarm. The restaurant has lots of potential, but does not seem to be executing at a level consistent with its billing.

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Csnecken
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience. Food was amazing and the service beyond expected.

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DorisH
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Nice place and nice food! The price is very fair with such delicious food. The environment is great! Love this place and will come again! Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Incredible birthday dinner! Everything was top notch!

JD
vipJulieD
New England
5 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very nice overall experience. The appetizers are particularly good.

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Jchurch
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were eager to try La Bise after reading the enthusiastic review in the Washington Post and it did not disappoint! Service was excellent and all of our dishes were delicious. Especially the Ora King Salmon Coulibiac -- definitely try this dish when you go. Sommelier was helpful in suggesting a wine to pair with our two entreés and really enjoyed what he selected. Great decor and quiet envrionment -- easy to talk to one another during dinner. It's location opposite LaFayette Park and near the White House make it a lovely place for dinner in DC. Great for a special occasion but plan to revisit for a regular meal out.

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DeniseV
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We ate outside and it was lovely. Service very attentive. Food very good. Pumpkin soufflé divine.

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vipClaudiaS
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

All important aspects very good, except loud table next to us and long wait for valet——

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The staff was most attentive. The soufflé dessert was excellent.

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danielm
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall4Food3Service2Ambience5

Food looks great and well presented. But avocado starter was way over salted and touted duck breast entree was tough. Service was really slow.

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vipLarryB
38 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Adnan was superlative and accommodating. Elair (sp?) was a great sommelier and provided great guidance. Food was exceptional. The white châteauneuf de pape was exceptional. We’ve been in DC a month and this is the only restaurant we came to twice.

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vipJRM44
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

A lovely place to go out with friends or family. The menu is varied and the dishes well-sourced and well-prepared. Tables are nicely-spaced, seats are comfortable, and the decor is refined. Service is personable and well-timed: attentive without being obtrusive. The dining room is not too loud with either music or others' voices. The sound is a kind of contented hum of people enjoying their food, their company, and the pleasant, welcoming atmosphere.

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vipDDDorganizer
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a perfect dining experience at La Bise. From the bread and butter to the deserts, all was perfectly prepared and with an elegant and creative presentation. We will certainly come back.

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vipDogeressa
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best of city's new restaurants and equal to the owner's already high standards.

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openminded
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Extremely good food and service. But a minor criticism: The Paris Brest was probably one day old. It has to be fresh to be perfect.

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JulieB
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had 7 people for special birthday dinner. Restaurant was very accommodating while others in town wouldn’t accept reservations for 7 people. We were not rushed but allowed to proceed at our own pace. The food was excellent and sommelier picked wine that would go with everyone’s choice. There was a special dessert for birthday person with candle. I would definitely return.

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vipJimH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Enjoyed the meal

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vipDCEuropa
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Fantastic from start to finish. We were greeted with a friendly smile from the enthusiastically welcoming hostess. We loved the Parisian mural room with its plush banquettes. Our server was prompt and cheerful, and offered helpful suggestions.

And the food! Oh my lord, it was heavenly.

My wife started with the Salade Classique,, which she found refreshing, with flavors and textures that complemented each other beautifully. Speaking of beautiful, the presentation of all the dishes we consumed, without exception, was outstanding. For her main, she chose the pork dish, which was marinated and spiced to perfection, and melt-in-your-mouth tender.

As for me, the tuna crudo app was almost manicured, it looked so glorious in its dish, with beautiful thyme florets providing a special flourish. And looks did not deceive - - the ample portion was simply delicious. The duck too was plentiful on the plate, cooked to perfection (medium rare), with all the right accompaniments. The one slight let-down was the sweet potato, which lacked the rich sweetness I was expecting. The dessert more than made up for any such slight drawback, as the coffee soufflé was just to die for, maybe the best dessert I’ve had in years.

The restaurant’s signature cocktail, the Bise Mise, was smooth and honey infused. The by-the-glass Riesling and Willamette Pinot Noir were excellent accompaniments to my meal, and my wife enjoyed her glass of Malbec with hers. These glasses were fairly priced.

The entire experience was well worth the relatively expensive meals we enjoyed. The decor, the ambiance, and all the staff who came to our table made dining here an experience we won’t soon forget. Two giant thumbs up!

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MarshallK
20 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Our long-awaited first experience at La Bise did not disappoint! Just like their other restaurants, the dishes are balanced, delicious, and creative. Our party of 4 enjoyed 8 (!) wonderful gougeres, poached Maine lobster, savory Spanish octopus, truffle risotto, delicious salmon coulibiac, steak frites, and Rohan duck breast, plus a lovely side dish of charred fennel, then coffee soufflé, cheesecake, caramel coconut tart and the Paris brest. These were wonderful dishes, and they continue to showcase great balance between textures, savory and sweet, with lovely presentation. We sat outside on the patio with the radiant heaters keeping us toasty, and the service was attentive and fun but not intrusive. Believe the hype: La Bise is great fun. We'd highly recommend and will definitely return!

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vipShelleyd
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Service was great-attentive but not obtrusive.
Highly recommend the pate and saumon en croute.
Would definitely go back.
Great wine selections.

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vipdcdiner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience5

I’ve been to La Bise twice. The first time was completely amazing. More recently, the service was lackadaisical and the food, though delicious, was not hot.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Spectacular from start to finish!

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VictoriaG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in US! Delicious food and very good value.

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Alexp
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This was a great special occasion restaurant that went the extra mile to help me surprise my friend and have a birthday wish at the end!

FAQs

La Bise offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 463-8700.

La Bise is rated 4.7 stars by 259 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.