The restaurant has a bistro style dining room that is dimly lit and cozy. We were seated on the first floor by the window with a nice view of Ford’s Theatre. Our server was very attentive and the service was very fast. I was also impressed that our server spoke fluent French. One awkward thing to me was that the specials were listed on a giant dry-erase board that the servers lugged around and mounted on easels by each diner. It was strange to be sitting so close to a giant dry-erase board listing the specials.
I love French food so whenever I go out to dinner with my husband, I always want French food. Last weekend, we decided to try Bistro D’oc in DC. Bistro D’oc specializes in food from the Languedoc region of French along with casual French bistro cuisine. It is conveniently located across the street from Ford’s Theatre and is easily accessible by metro by using the Metro Center or Gallery Place/Chinatown stops. We decided to drive since it was a bit late, but we had to drive around in circles before we found a spot on the street 4 blocks away on F Street . Next time, we’ll probably take the metro.
We started off with the 6 escargot appetizer ($8), which was presented like traditional French escargot in the shell. I had read some reviews on Yelp that said that the escargot was overcooked and rubbery, but we took a chance and decided to try it out. The risk paid off and the escargot were cooked perfectly and were nice and buttery.
My husband ordered the Steak Frites Sauce Roquefort ($21.50) and I had the Crispy Duck Confit ($21). My husband’s steak was very flavorful and the fries were very good as well. We’re not big fans of bleu cheese, so we didn’t try the bleu cheese sauce that accompanied the steak. I was pleasantly surprised by the duck confit. It was delightfully crispy on the outside and juicy and succulent on the inside. The duck, which was served bone-in, was accompanied by a mushroom fricassee and house French fries. I thought the mushroom fricassee was a bit too salty for my taste and the house French fries were like thin potato slices, which not what I expected. I didn’t mind though because the duck fell right off the bone and was simply delicious.
Overall, the food was excellent and we hope to be back some day to try some other dishes!
518 10th St NW
Washington, DC 20004