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Bistro Vivant

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1394 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101-3904 (Rt 123 Dolley Madison Blvd)
+1 703-356-1700
11:30 - 22:30
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Sun 11:30 - 21:30
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 22:30
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Tysons Corner, Virginia
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62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 December 2015

From the outside it doesn't look like it would be such a good restaurant. But I assure you it has great food! The service was below average (waiter wasn't rude...just slow and inexperienced it appeared) and there are tears in the booth seats that prevent me from giving this 5 stars. Very good food though.

1 Thank JamesNewberry
Great Falls, Virginia
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29 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 November 2015

Three of us stopped in for lunch on a grey Saturday afternoon. The natural light streaming through the large windows glinted off the wine and water glasses. The place was spotless. The day's menu was chalked on a huge blackboard. We started with calamari, moved on to the bouillabaisse, had the house rosé, and brought the meal to a close... More 

Thank David N
Potomac, Maryland
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2015

recent dinner on Halloween. naturally only a few tables taken. service was excellent, but why not with almost nobody else there. The food was very good, with some imaginative specials. Hangar steak with frites was perfectly prepared; the fish my wife ordered was fresh and good. But a real highlight was the "beignets," much small than in New Orleans but... More 

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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56 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2015 via mobile

Visited the restaurant with my family and we enjoyed it very much. It's not a big menu but varied. The food is high quality.

Thank Sulafa-Khair
McLean, Virginia
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 May 2015

8:30 PM is late for us to eat dinner, but we decided to venture out to a neighborhood favorite with the idea of just doing appetizers, rather than entrees. We were delighted w/our experience at Bistro Vivant. I had the delectable chilled, pea soup. The mint leaves and feta cheese added balanced, wonderful array of flavors. Hubby had a half... More 

Thank LifeShortEatGoodFood
McLean, Virginia
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2015

My husband and I wanted to eat out at a nearby French restaurant for our anniversary, which fell in the middle of the work week. We had dined at Bistro Vivant when it first opened and were very pleased with both of our meals, although we found the wine to be quite expensive and they were out of many of... More 

1 Thank Sara P
Stanardsville, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 April 2015

Like most other reviews have mentioned the outward appearance of Bistro Vivant means that if you did not know it was there, you would likely drive past. Once inside however, the decor and atmosphere can be quiet and intimate, as we were there in the afternoon, the atmosphere was bright and lively. We opted for the Prix Fixe ($55) and... More 

Thank Mike T
McLean, VA
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015

We frequently go out to dinner all around the DC area, though we live in McLean. Bistro Vivant is one of our two go-to restaurants in McLean (the other is Assaggi Osteria). It did have a slightly rough beginning, but that was years ago now and it's been consistently good for quite a while. It is very much a Bistro,... More 

Thank Peter K
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64 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2015

Bistro Vivant is located near Tysons Corner at a little strip mall. It's a casual and plain looking place but the food is surprisingly good. We had 5 in our party for lunch and everyone loved their food choices. The Octopus appetizer and the Escargot Bourgignon were excellent. The mussels was very good too along with the grilled shrimp on... More 

Thank NatalieMaryland
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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100 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2015

Bistro Vivant is located in a strip mall and could easily be overlooked as you drive down the street. Once you're inside the restaurant and have eaten the creatively prepared dishes you won't forget this place. There are specials every night and the restaurant has a good selection of wines. The ambience is casual. The staff is polite and will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:30
11:30 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1394 Chain Bridge Rd, McLean, VA 22101-3904
    (Rt 123 Dolley Madison Blvd)
  • Public Transportation: Metro Bus stop one block away, on corner of Old Dominion Dr and Chain Bridge Rd.
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Fairfax County  >  McLean
  • Phone Number: +1 703-356-1700
A contemporary French Bistro in the heart of McLean. We are open ALL DAY, EVERY DAY... so join us for a late Lunch, early Dinner or any Holiday.

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