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Critical Acclaim

Bibiana Restaurant ReviewsRestaurateur Ashok Bajaj, is recognized by both press and patrons. He is considered the top restaurateur in DC, earning coveted James Beard Foundation nominations for providing guests with exceptional dining experiences at his restaurants which include Rasika, 701, The Oval Room, Bombay Club, Sababa, and Bindaas.




Named to Washingtonian’s 100 Best Restaurants (2016, 2017, 2019)

A Miami Chef gives Bibiana a Fresh Take on Italian (Washington Post)

Delicious Bar Snacks! Washington City Paper

Named one of America’s best fine dining restaurants by Executive Travel Magazine

3 Stars (out of 4)

Named as a Readers’ Choice for Best Italian Washingtonian

3 Stars stars (out of 4) from Washington Post

Worth Magazine placed Bibiana on its Elite List as “one of the ten best power lunch restaurants in the country”

2½ Stars Washingtonian

Named to Washingtonian’s “100 Best Restaurants”

“In the front lounge, we could linger for hours over spiced-pear-and-vodka cocktails and tiny snacks such as roasted dates with pancetta, crisp arancini with tomato sauce, and buffalo-milk ricotta done up with rose honey and almonds.” – Washingtonian Magazine 



Named to Esquire’s list of “Best New Restaurants 2010”

“The secret to all good cooking is care, whether in the form of grilled Mediterranean sardines or cavatelli grano arso (burned grain) with fennel sausage, broccoli rabe, and chile. And the prices are fair, which allows the lobbyists to splurge a little on the highly splurgable wine list.” – John Mariani in Esquire magazine’s Best New Restaurants 

Featured in “100 Best Restaurants” by Washingtonian Magazine

“Chef of the Year” – DC Modern Luxury Magazine


“Two and a Half Stars” (out of four) – by Tom Sietsema, Washington Post review

Named to “Great New Restaurants 2010” list by Washingtonian

“If you need proof that practice makes perfect, or something approaching that state, allow me to introduce you to Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca.” – Tom Sietsema, Washington Post 

4-Star rating (out of four). “The good news is that the newest offering by DC restaurant mastermind Ashok Bajaj dazzles as an authentic celebration of rich Italian cuisine.”
-Mary Beth Albright DC Modern Luxury November 

“And it’s no wonder executive chef Nicholas Stefanelli exudes a certain air of slightly rumpled yet edgy excitement: His kitchen and his food have hit a D.C. home run.” – Alexandra Greeley, Washington Examiner 


“Euro-glam mirrors, city murals, metal chandeliers (inspired by pasta ribbons) and sending out small plates, antipasti, black spaghetti with crab, Muscovy duck with grilled peaches, veal cheek Milanese.” – Where Washington D.C. 

“Top Italian Flair at Wallet-Friendly Prices” – by Tom Sietsema Washington Post

“Bask in Bibiana” – Zagat September

“Of the fairest in the land, none compare to fair Bibiana.” – Daily Candy Washington D.C.,

“His newest endeavor-downtown DC’s Bibiana-serves up rustic Italian dishes in a Milano-chic dining room. It’s Bajaj’s seventh restaurant in the area.” – Jessica Sidman, Washingtonian 

For palates that can handle chocolate on chocolate with some more chocolate, the Nocciola will definitely delight. It features dark chocolate cake, hazelnut crème, TCHO chocolate sauce, and gianduja chocolate gelato to taste in Capitol File

Washington DC’s Best Restaurants in Thrillist

A mere six of these jet-black pizzas are served at lunch. The dough gets its ominous hue from a squirt of squid ink. It’s topped with a slather of Romesco sauce, arugula, and ringlets of crispy calamari. Open Table

Bibiana smothers their fried artichokes in mint, lemon, and Pecorino Romano on its spring menu. dcist