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Bidwell

4.0
4
500 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Chef John Mooney’s restaurant gets its name from General John Bidwell, an Army general in the 1800′s and founder of Chico, California. An avid farmer, he developed the Bidwell heirloom melon, a gold medal winning flour, and California’s first commercial raisin crop.
The Bidwell menu features Chef John Mooney’s signature dishes with Southern flair and flavor including: Gin & Tonic Salmon with Caramelized Cauliflower, Crispy Deviled Eggs with Homemade Ranch Dressing, Lobster Taco with Avocado Tomatillo Salsa, and Suckling Pig. Completing the menu is a confidently curated selection of regional wines, craft beers and classic cocktails.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 547-0172

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    We do not have a private dining room. However, we do offer buyouts and have a large patio area.

  • Private party contact

    Kelsie Wright: (202) 547-0172

  • Neighborhood

    NoMa

  • Cross street

    Union Market Square

  • Parking details

    Parking lot is secured and free

  • Public transit

    Red Line Meto-NoMa

  • Additional

    Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

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What 500 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • District of Columbia

    Great for Lunch

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  1. RC

    RachelC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    No frills, but everything on the menu is done right. Tasty and good ingredients. Servers are friendly and attentive.
  2. S

    Sreeni

    Dallas

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall a very fun experience. Food was very good! Atmosphere is amazing!
  3. P

    Polly

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waiter was wonderful so kind and thank you . Food was great and reasonsble
  4. DA

    DavidA

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My first time going to Bidwell and I was impressed. We went for Father's Day Brunch and it was a good experience. The service was good and even when there was a mistake on the menu the waiter corrected the issue and didn't charge us for the dish. I will try them for dinner in the near future, I highly recommend Bidwell for Brunch.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    There is a disconnect between Open Table and the restaurant, or the restaurant is just unorganized. The table we reserved wasn't available and we had to wait 30 mins to be seated. Once seated, our servers failed to clear the table throughout the meal and one of our entrees went to another table. There wasn't much of an apology or effort to make up for the lackluster experience.
  6. SC

    SCVamom

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was decent but there was a very noise group at the bar and sound just bounced off the walls. Entrees did not come out at the same time. But fun location.
  7. JJ

    JohnnyJet

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Decent food, but the service was pretty subpar...sort of a disappointing experience overall.
  8. AM

    AshleyM

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience3
    I really wanted to enjoy this restaurant but simply could not. The quality was low and for the prices that were displayed, no thank you. We loved the service but will not come back to this restaurant.
  9. J

    Jane

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and excellent service - would highly recommend!
  10. MS

    MichaelS

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great brunch! Staff was attentive and wonderful! Food was delicious. Would absolutely recommend and will for sure be returning!
  11. P

    Polly

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome place and big thanx to Cassie who is a doll!!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great time!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    Had a reservation and sat at the table for 35 minutes without any waiter even saying hello to us. Service began after we got up to talk with the hostess after waiting those 35 minutes. Food was okay but after poor service, it really killed the entire experience for us and we are not likely to return. The more disappointing part was that there was hardly an effort to reconcile the issue.
  14. G

    chefG

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Nothing special
  15. M

    Marie

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience3
    Brunch was not a hit. The food was so so. The deviled eggs were good, bacon was not crisp, French toast was too sweet, and over the top, omelette was ok and french fries were so so. No one finished their meal. Plus side - waitstaff was great.
  16. F

    Foodie

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Delicious food and drinks! It was nice to take our time to talk and hang out not rushed out.
  17. JR

    JtotheR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The breakfast/brunch is pretty good, look forward to trying the rest of the menu.
  18. D

    Disapp

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    Way too long greet time. Way too long drink time. Food took forever to get the table. Order was wrong. Had to send back. We were there 3 hours for pizza. Owner was rude and threatening. I will never go back.
  19. BO

    BerkleyO

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Amazing good and nice environment. Service was not the best.
  20. P

    Polly

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best waiter we have ever had. He was wonderful and so pleasant .
  21. v

    vaatc77

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Understaffed making it hard to get our waitress even though I could see she was working hard
  22. MP

    MaryP

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Birthday Drinks and Dinner
  23. GG

    GiselleG

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Typical Friday dinnertime crowd so reservations are recommended; even if only as you are arriving. Short ribs were amazing, oysters were great, the Brussel sprouts were a little underseasoned, but the have a pretty good Sidecar.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good Food and Great Service, noise was a littler too much.
  25. j

    joshjenks

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    A really enjoyable experience! Busy with lots of staff running around but otherwise, a lovely dining experience.
  26. B

    Beth

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Food is good as always. However, service was an issue. Got there about 10 minutes late and our table wasn’t ready, and the hostess was at a booth next door eating cookies, so it took us 10 more minutes to get seated, despite our lateness giving them extra time to get the empty table set. We actually ended up cutting our order short because our drinks took 20-30 minutes to get to us. They were out of 3 out of their 8 cocktails listed on their menu, one of which I wasn’t told they were out of until we were brought the wrong drinks (again, 20+ minutes after we ordered them). I then asked for the one I actually ordered, only to be told they didn’t have it (this was also my second attempt at ordering a drink, since they didn’t have my first one). We were later told that there was a large table full of “friends of the chef” in the restaurant—super unprofessional to be prioritizing one table over another, especially since the restaurant was less than half full so the slowness really wasn’t justified. I ended up feeling a bit rushed since my drink and food timing was so off (was going to have one with an appetizer and one with dinner, but ended up getting my dinner before I got my first drink). Our waiter was great and very apologetic, as none of this was his fault, so I’d give the place another try since this was my first and only negative experience.
  27. B

    Bsndiver

    Hawaii

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great food but small portions
  28. AT

    AliciaT

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Brunch was amazing and so was our waitress Cassie! She made our experience unforgettable
  29. C

    Chris

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience1
    By far the worst service I have had in years. The bar manager was our server at the table and she was extremely rude, inattentive and loud. We waited 20 minutes for water, flagged other servers down repeatedly, and her two co-workers even told us that she was a problem. It was very, very loud there and the bar manager would go out hangout with tables from time to time. A really bad experience.
  30. l

    ladybugbmh

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    2.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    The food was not worth the cost and we received our food way before our drinks. Do not recommend.
  31. D

    Datenight

    Pittsburgh

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Good food!! Device sloe and was a very noisy night.
  32. B

    Bukks

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    The only thing on the menu that was good was their drinks and Lobster Tacos. The waiter and manager was great though and accommodating when my friend and I didn't like our food.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great and the lady at the host stand was super kind and funny. Had a great time!
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Friends and I went here for brunch on a Sunday. Waiter was slow to serve us. Steak and eggs Benedict was disgusting. Only good thing about their brunch was the $25 bottomless mimosas. Otherwise, an overpriced watering hole. Would not recommend.
  35. JG

    JanG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of my go-to’s. Hate that they took quite a few great dishes off the menu but delicious nonetheless.
  36. N

    Nicc

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The white wine mussels and pear salad were amazing!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    Great food, slow service however the entire industry is suffering.
  38. N

    Nica

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2021

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Went to Bidwell on Thanksgiving day. The food tasted good, but temperature was variable (soup was really hot and dinner was cold) and they really skimped on the gravy. I would understand if they were full, but there were only 3 or 4 tables with 2-4 people at them. They had on relatively loud rock music which was a bit incongruent with the holiday. I did appreciate the traditional Thanksgiving menu and the way the food tasted. I also greatly appreciated the fact that people were working on Thanksgiving!
  39. N

    Nicc

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time at Bidwell. Food is great and service always friendly.
  40. SR

    SamRun

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Service was great. Drinks were good. Food was just eh.

FAQs

Bidwell is rated 4 stars by 500 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for Bidwell

1309 5th St NE Washington, DC 20002

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Union Market Square

  • Neighborhood

    NoMa

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:30 am–4:00 pm Dinner Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking lot is secured and free

  • Public transit

    Red Line Meto-NoMa

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access

  • Phone number

    (202) 547-0172

  • Private party facilities

    We do not have a private dining room. However, we do offer buyouts and have a large patio area.

  • Private party contact

    Kelsie Wright: (202) 547-0172

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