Is Distrikt Bistro in DC appropriate for a business dinner?
Entirely suitable. The food is very good, sometimes very, very good.
If you want slow service, request it. they're geared to business travelers who just want to eat and go back to the hotel.
It's not usually crowded, but it can get crowded if some event draws an unusually large kosher crowd to D.C.; or for dinner before an event at the JCC (i.e. a play or lecture of particular interest to the suburban D.C. kosher crowd). The JCC schedule is available online, and the restaurant management may be able to advise you of such an anticipated crowd.
in my experience, they honor reservations (i.e., hold your table.) even when a last0minute crowd shows up
However, the restaurant is located in a sort of large nook on the grroud-level entrance floor of the JCC. So, while it us usually quiet and pleasant, if the JCC is drawing a large crowd for whatever reasons, they will be flowing past as you dine.
Yes. We found the location a bit unusual. I would recommend they put up some heavy screens/dividers on half of the opening to the tables. I understand that they are trying to work with the space that they have, but I do believe with tablecloth dining that there should be some measure of privacy. The food was good. Children: chicken tenders were made of real strips of chicken cutlet. Fries were flavorful steak fries. Adults: cigars were good, wings were good albeit quite spicy, caesar salad was nicely dressed with home made croutons, chicken scallopini was more like fried shnitzel which was disappointing, but it was tasty and so was the basmati rice. The people near us ordered the harira soup which they loved and seem to have ordered before. The wraps comng out of the kitchen looked very attractive. Bottom line, portions were large, service was attentive. Michael, the manager, was quite helpful to us even though we were tourists and the waiter was a polite Southern young gentleman. I see that they pride themselves on all home made food, nicely presented. That's good. Incidentally, parking at 6 p.m. was not as bad as we had expected.