Westend Bistro

Contemporary and casual, Westend Bistro is the hotel restaurant at The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. Popular with guests and locals alike, the bistro features traditional American and Mediterranean dishes made with market-fresh ingredients. Favorites include strip steaks and short ribs along with more inventive dishes like pan-seared skate wing.

The décor is sleek yet warm; so the updated bistro is well suited to groups of businessmen and intimate dinners à deux alike, and in warm weather, the patio is a popular draw. Weekday happy hours draw a younger local crowd.

While the restaurant is no longer helmed by acclaimed chef Eric Ripert as of January 2013, Westend Bistro still offers an exquisite dining experience.
Our Inspector's Highlights
  • The menu at Westend Bistro offers modern American versions of classic French bistro fare. The restaurant’s varied menu provides lots of options so that it is easy to find just the thing you are in the mood for.
  • The service at the Ritz-Carlton’s signature eatery is pleasant thanks to the restaurant’s knowledgeable, friendly and attentive staff.
  • The best tables at this Washington D.C. restaurant are the raised booths along the wall by the windows. The seats at Westend Bistro are topped with comfortable plush cushions and are placed right up against the large windows that frame all of the activity on the streets outside.
  • The interior design of Westend Bistro is modern and urban with dark wood furniture complemented by orange-red accents. This cozy décor makes it easy to settle in and feel comfortable.
  • This Washington, D.C. restaurant is located just blocks from the city’s business district, the Golden Triangle, making it an excellent place for after-work dinner or drinks. During happy hour, it is especially hopping with $6 glasses of wine, $3 beers, and half-priced appetizers.
Things to Know
  • The American bistro serves lunch Monday through Friday. Dinner is served seven days a week, though the hours vary depending on the day.
  • You should make reservations for dinner at Westend, although lunch and the popular happy hour are usually open to walk-in visitors.
  • The dress code at Westend Bistro in The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C. is generally rather casual, and guests will be comfortable in business casual attire.
The Food
  • The restaurant serves American bistro-style food. That means you can have a high-grade burger with spicy fries just as easily as you can order a bouillabaisse-inspired fish dish.
  • The menu at Westend Bistro also comes equipped with lighter options that are featured in the Bistro Lite section of the menu (think grilled rainbow trout or mustard greens and pink lady apple salad).
  • Expect to find items such as steamed mussels, duck confit, and raw oysters. The restaurant also has a variety of seafood brought in daily and butchered in-house so the fish dishes are delicious and super fresh.
  • Order the pan-roasted sea bass. The fresh fish is perfectly seared to a flaky golden brown texture and placed in a shallow bowl opposite cooked fennel and strips of toasted bread.
  • One of the most popular items on the dessert menu is the Westend sundae. This delightfully boozy treat is made with vanilla ice cream, peanut brittle, chocolate tequila sauce, and cherries drenched in Kirsch brandy.
The Drinks
  • Whenever you visit the bar, you will find a good selection of wines and beers, but the house-made cocktails are spectacular.
  • Try the Heated Debate, which is made with Avión Silver tequila, agave nectar, fresh lime juice, and a hint of jalapeño.
  • Another interesting concoction from Westend Bistro’s bar is the Apple Manhattan, which is made with Angel’s Envy bourbon, sweet vermouth, aromatic bitters, and spiced apple cider reduction.
  • For a good cold weather cocktail that will set the evening off on the right foot, savor the Bipartisan Pumpkin, which is made with Tito’s handmade vodka, Licor 43 and pumpkin syrup.
Business casual
Kid friendly
Private dining
Reservations recommended
Valet parking
Getting There
1190 22nd Street Northwest, Washington, District of Columbia 20037
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