K Town Bistro

4.5
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547 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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What 547 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.7
Service
4.4
Ambience
4.3
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLooseCannon
Richmond
13 reviews
Dined on 15 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another fabulous birthday dinner with friends!

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MichaelB
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

K Town Bistro is a gem . It could easily be in B town Bethesda.
Excellent food great service & no hustle.

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vipGaryD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food! Relaxing and comfortable atmosphere. Great service.

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vipLiptons
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We went during the coronavirus situation. The restaurant was very reassuring and cautious, providing a hand-sanitizer at our table, informing us of the precautions being applied in the kitchen and when preparing our food, and cleaning the table and area after the meal was completed. We felt very comfortable and as safe as is possible in these times.

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vipmerskamp
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely brilliant as always. My wife and I love this restaurant and the friendly staff.
It's a hidden gem and my favourite restaurant.
Great ambiance, you can hear your conversation. The food is great and very reasonably priced. The service is always top quality.

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GlennT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Wonderful casual French restaurant in the heart of old town Kensington. I'm telling my friends about this place. We had a wonderful time.

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vipouttakitchen
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely neighborhood restaurant, cozy and charming. The fish entrees were superb.
Scallops were large and perfectly cooked with an interesting shrimp sauce. Rainbow trout was another excellent choice. The menu is varied and portion size generous.

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DanE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Old fashioned, upscale, small neighborhood place with upscale service, decent menu and quality food that way surpasses what you would think of as a neighborhood place. Will be back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

the place was very busy, which contributed to a noise level higher than what we had experiences on week nights. Everything else was very good, as usual.

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vipDonnaP
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always a diverse choice of delicious items.

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IreneM
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Hard to find even with the GPS - signage not clear and parking is a challenge. But once you get inside, this small neighborhood restaurant was worth the challenge. Food is well prepared and served beautifully. I had the been stroganoff and enjoyed it. My friend asked for a substitution in her disk of chicken for beef, and they immediately said that was fine. That's my benchmark of a good restaurant to be willing to make recipe adjustments. She also had the French onion soup and enjoyed it. Fresh, warm bread started us out - loved it. Would highly recommend.

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vipLooseCannon
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch was FABULOUS - my steak and eggs were perfectly cooked and so delicious. My wife free-range chicken was also delicious. And best of all, chocolate mousse dessert is always amazing. The service - impeccable in every way. We'll be back!

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DonaldH
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sunday brunch could not be better tho parking must always be a factor in Kensington

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vipBrianT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A nice petite neighborhood restaurant with good service and good food.

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vipLiptons
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

My wife and I have had many wonderful experiences at KTown. We went with another couple this past Saturday evening at 6:30 pm. KTown, a relatively small restaurant, was very crowded, noisy, and was missing a server. Perhaps that is why the attentiveness and service was not up to its usual standards. Food was, as always, outstanding. We still plan to continue patronizing KTown, just going during the week or arriving earlier on Saturday evenings.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Staff is first rate and the location is cozy.

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vipJanetG
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

For a last minute late evening meal this was perfect. Always enjoy thus bistro for good food and service.

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DGMG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Food was outstanding and the service was excellent. Thank you!!!

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MichaelF
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience1

This restaurant was more than I expected. The food was excellent and the service was fantastic. The only thing that surprised me was that the tip included on my bill was not charged to me. I called K Town Bistro and told them what had transpired the night before with the bill and they said the tip would be added later. I know how hard the waitresses work. So I am more than happy to send in the $30.00 dollar tip.
Mr. Michael Foo
301 570 6521

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viplovethisplace
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food is always first rate. We had short ribs and blackened salmon (with ratatouille). They were both perfectly done. The beet salad is extraordinary. The potato/leak soup was a bit more ordinary. Gonzalez (chef/owner) is a perfect host. One can't praise this place enough.

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SaraF
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

I’m sorry we waited so long to eat here! Lots of nice choices on the menu- made it hard to decide. Service was very good. Cozy neighborhood setting but nice enough for special occasion.

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AlanS
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a group of 9 and luckily it was a quiet Sunday because we were so loud. This was an outstanding experience for everyone in our group. The service, flexibility and food was truly outstanding. It is a must for us to return. Thank you for a very pleasant experience. Your prices were very competitive.

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luvfamilyrestaurants
1 review
Dined on 5 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Appetizers and main courses were all very tasty and would rate from very good to excellent. Main courses we had were the swordfish (special), ahi tuna and short ribs. Portions were not large but that turned out to be a saving grace as the desserts were out of this world. One of the more quieter restaurants we have been to recently which allowed us to converse in normal voices. The service was excellent. Will be back again.

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Alex
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very nice brunch and tasty food

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vipLPG1
Washington DC
251 reviews
Dined on 1 February 2020
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Our first visit was uneven. Appetizers were better than entrees especially the dark and flavorful onion soup. Will return for a second visit.

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DuaneP
1 review
Dined on 30 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superb dining. Gonzalo Junior was very warm and welcoming; willing to accommodate our need for something quick.

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bridgeth
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall3Food2Service5Ambience2

The wait staff was warm and friendly. The atmosphere was a bit musty and the food was lackluster for the price. I would go back for the prix fixe specials.

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RobertE
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As usual, the food was excellent and we had a wonderful time. I apologize for the noise level, which is usually subdued, because we had an exuberant birthday celebration party of eight and the mimosas flowed rather freely to some of us. As one who spent his childhood in Kensington, I am delighted to brag that there now is a first rate restaurant in our midst.

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vipJillB
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I took my friend to K Town Bistro to celebrate her birthday. We had a delicious meal with excellent service. It was busy, but quiet enough to talk at a reasonable decibel. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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NormaT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 23 January 2020
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience1

Can always count on KTown for great food, service, ambiance, professionalism

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billinwien
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on 22 January 2020
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.

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vipDCDINER
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
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!

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WildClown
Washington DC
6 reviews
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