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The Great American Bistro, Washington, DC

The Great American Bistro

4.1
4.1
16 Reviews
$30 and under
Bistro
The Great American Bistro is all about bringing that friendly, neighborhood feel to the busy lives of the people around us. We are a no-fuss eatery that aims to make our customers feel right at home and provide them with a simply delicious meal. Join us for a meal or a drink and experience the simple pleasures of dining in a good place, with the best company and the greatest food you will ever taste by Chef Derrick.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, Dining Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 758-0129

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Persons with Disabilities, Women

  • Executive chef

    Derrick Peace

  • Neighborhood

    Shaw

  • Cross street

    Q St NW, New York Ave

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 16 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience1
    I’ve gone before and definitely would have rated it a 5 but the doors were locked and the business clearly closed when we showed up for this reservation. I tried contacting the restaurant via phone and instagram and didn’t receive a response on either.
  2. PN

    PreNatsBrunch

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    I’m not sure this restaurant actually exists. I live nearby and never see it actually open. I made a reservation and tried to go there last night - doors were locked and place was dark. No notice or anything. Would have been nice to know before coming.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    The GAB is a karaoke bar masquerading as a restaurant. The service 9/22 lacked attention to detail coupled with many apologies, and huge effort. The chef/cook visited our table by request and explained it was her first day which started 4 hours before we arrived and she could only prepare 4 items. Of the 4 items they ran out of hamburger buns and had to go to the store to buy buns. The karaoke and loud music is not suitable for dinner which we would have finished before karaoke started but we were waiting for our food. The owner was lurking around and didn’t bother to introduce herself after my friend invited her to meet the table guests but reveled to me she was the owner after I went to to bar with three different receipts to pay the bill. If you go for drinks and karaoke you’ll have a good time. Later I noticed the karaoke guests only ordered drinks.
  4. CS

    CrystalS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don't sleep on this place! The food here is outstanding! Service on point! Very clean! Decor on point! This is the perfect date and chill spot! We will definitely return!! Stop wasting your time going to brunch on U St or anywhere else! This is it!!! Come here and get your brunch on!! The lobster Mac and cheese is everything! Lemon pepper wings Omg! Shrimp and grits! Listen you can’t go wrong here!!!
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    Very poor experience on a Friday evening. Place was empty at 6:30, but the kitchen was out of half of the menu items. At one point, our party was told that “the chef has it, they just don’t want to make it” when an order was placed. Shocking stuff, and the food that we finally could order wasn’t nearly good enough to justify the price. Crossing this place off of our list.
  6. SS

    ScottS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    We stayed nearby in an Airbnb and were looking for a close by place to eat dinner. This far exceeded our expectations. I would eat there again if I were in DC.
  7. LT

    LaTanyaW

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire staff at the Great American Bistro was superb. The Host that greeted us, our Waiter was very attentive and excellent. The Executive Chef came out and introduced himself. The food was served timely and absolutely delicious.
  8. CS

    CrystalS

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was absolutely amazing! The shrimp and grits was on point! The crispy turkey bacon takes it up to a whole level. Just add wings and other options to the brunch menu. We will definitely return!
  9. PC

    PamelaC

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood chill spot in Shaw with good food, drnks and soulful vibes...also check them out for brunch
  10. M

    Mimi

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fantastic food. Wonderful service, but not great seating. Can’t wait to go back!
  11. CC

    ChristianC

    Baltimore

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The decor is eclectic and modern. The food was delicious, and the portions were generous. The staff was attentive and friendly. I am definitely coming back and bringing more friends along
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed our dinner here! We had a large party and they accommodated our every need. The food was delicious and I especially liked the grilled salmon.
  13. MB

    MommaBean

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    It was Mother's Day and they gave out single roses to all the moms. Great ambiance! It was pretty busy so the service was slow. One person in our party didn't get her food until most of us were done eating. The food was good. I would go back to try it again on a less busy day.
  14. BB

    BeckB

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    One of the worst restaurant experiences I’ve ever had in DC.
  15. ML

    MariahL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I couldn’t have picked a better place to celebrate my graduation!! The service was spectacular and the food was even better. Everyone was so attentive to our needs and constantly made sure we didn’t need anything else. They made handling my large party look easy! Will definitely be returning!
  16. AZ

    AldoZ

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 18, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Job well done, Brandon manager and India our server made us feel welcomed, very good experience

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers

FAQs

The Great American Bistro offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 758-0129.

The Great American Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 16 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


Google Map for The Great American Bistro

1545 New Jersey Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Q St NW, New York Ave

  • Neighborhood

    Shaw

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 11:00 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, American, Dining Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Black/African American, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Persons with Disabilities, Women

  • Executive chef

    Derrick Peace

  • Additional

    Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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