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1394 Chain Bridge Rd. (Old Dominion Dr.) Send to Phone
Classy and casual French fare at moderate prices.

Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sun., Brunch Sat.-Sun.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Bistro Vivant Restaurant Review

: Bistro Vivant attracts a solidly food-savvy crowd, who frequent the place for the ever-changing daily specials and the main menu’s core offerings. The focus is on a casual array of French fare, as in a leg of lamb at dinner, served with a scoop or two of flageolet and other beans. Start with the beef tartare or the onion soup if it’s available, a classic filled with melting cheese. Add on seared foie gras presented atop a bed of sweetened Marcona almond crumbles. Wild salmon with a parsnip purée or Canadian lobster with roasted winter squash share the limelight as well. Ask about the aforementioned specials, for there you might encounter lamb meatballs or duck breast or coq au vin. Lunch highlights informal options such as lobster pasta, a bistro burger with aged cheddar, and the beloved hanger steak with fries and a butter sauce. Peruse the extensive wine selection and choose something to pair with your meal.


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