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Good French Bistroing at Bistro La Bonne (U St)

  • Mar 15, 2013 · 7:45 PM
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==> NEW MEMBERS or 1st TIME EVENT GO-ERS, if you have questions about the group, RSVPs, or the overall dining event process, visit our FAQs and our No-Show Policy.

==> RSVP Cancellation Cutoff for this Event is 11 am FRIDAY 3/15. (Late Cancel applies after this)


Even though I'm a great lover of DC French Bistro, have to say that Bistro La Bonne has so far escaped my radar... until now.


Bistro La Bonne (which literally translates as "Good Bistro") is located on the U St corridor, is known for it's lack of volume control and gargantuan portion sizes. Of course I don't mind dealing with either, so long as I come equipped with sturdy earplugs and an even sturdier x-large doggie-bag :)

Food: Executive chef/Owner Daniel Labonne serves classic French bistro cuisine. So expect to see classic dishes like Escargot, Paté, Braised Beef Short Ribs, Coq Au Vin, Boeuf Bourguignon, Mussels & Frites in a variety of styles/flavors, and Cassoulet Toulousain (a bean stew w/ this version includes duck confit and sausages, a specialty of the French city of Toulousain).

There's very reasonably-priced wine by the glass and a nice beer selection including some Belgian Ales on draft.

As the Washington Post's food critic Tom Sietsema writes:


Bistro La Bonne is something to cheer in this bohemian part of town. Where else nearby can you get a good steak dinner for $17 or, for just a buck more, a collection of sauteed seafood draped in a creamy champagne sauce? Just as significant, the restaurant gives Labonne his own stage.

Name a French neighborhood spot in Washington -- Bistrot du Coin, La Chaumiere, Petits Plats -- and the Martinique native (Chef), 36, probably cooked there. "The ultimate goal for a Chef", he says, "is to do food the way you like it".


Well said! I'm definitely looking forward! We'll be taking advantage of the new upstairs space that's perfect for large parties.

==> Checkout the Dinner menu


==> Tax/Tip combo is our required 30% tax/tip policy ( see the FAQs for more details)
==> Limited to 18 slots

See you there!




CLOSEST METROU Street (Yellow / Green Line). Just 1 block from the 13th & U metro entrance

For directions using the Metro, try using the Trip Planner at the WMATA website.

Parking: No valet parking here unfortunately. Metered street parking is available in the neighborhoods. Also there are 2 parking garages:

Need to Contact the Restaurant? [i.e. confirm location, notify to the group if running late, etc.]. Text on your phone to 466453 (GOOGLE) and type the restaurant name + the city/state in the message body. Google Business Services will text you back with the address and phone #!


1. Limited to 18 slots.

2. If you RSVP "YES" please make sure you can definitely make it. With 3,700+ members and limited seating, we cannot afford no-shows. It's unfair to the other members who would like to attend and also to the organizers who have to explain to the restaurant why the reserved # of guests didn't show (can damage our reputation). No-Show rules apply.

3. Event already full?, waitlist for the event!. Use the Waitlist option (the Organizer for each event will enable this as needed). Also, check back regularly as attendees have been known to cancel up to Noon the day of the event.

4. Billing (add 30% tax/tip to your bill). Remember, include the required 30% for tip / tax in addition to the food / beverages you order as defined in our FAQs.

5. NEW MEMBERS or 1st TIME EVENT GO-ERS, if you have questions about the group, RSVPs, or the overall dining event process, visit our FAQs and our No-Show Policy.


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  • JoeN

    Good event! Met lots of new (or 1st time) folk, which is always nice to see. Lots of fun and interesting conversations flowing all night, even with the lively B-Day party next to us haha. Easy event ;)

    March 16, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great hosting Joe! I had a nice time. I'll definitely be back for more events in the future.

      March 16, 2013

  • JoeN

    Good choice! One of my favorites for French bistro food, but relaxed like most of U Street.

    March 8, 2013

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