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Authentic Mediterranean bistro restaurant

Trio Bistro has been serving the restaurant patrons of Washington DC since 1950. Anchored in the heart of Dupont Circle, Trio Bistro boasts two fully covered patios with outdoor seating and the main bar and dining area inside. With a beautiful view of Q Street and 17th Street, and surrounded by some of DC’s most desirable dining destinations, Trio Bistro naturally calls the heart of the city home.

Whether you are looking to enjoy a casual night out after work with delicious food and unbeatable drink specials, or are planning a special event for larger groups, Trio Bistro can accommodate your occasion. We also offer bottomless champagne brunch every Saturday and Sunday!

Don’t take our word for it though, come experience for yourself just why we have managed to stay in business for over 60 years … Bon Appetit!


Trio History

Authentic Mediterranean bistro restaurant

In 1905, Peter Mallios, a 13 year old boy from Arcadia, Greece, headed for America. Knowing no English and having no chaperone to greet him in New York, he was not permitted to leave the ship and was returned to Greece. Back in Greece but undeterred, he boarded the next ship headed for America. This time, on arrival, he yelled “Uncle! Uncle!” at the first man he saw, ran off the ship and disappeared into the crowd.
Many years later, Peter, a World War I Veteran and self educated successful restauranteur, met the lovely, young Helen Doukas in Wilkesbarre, Pennsylvania.
Helen Doukas came to American from Sparta, Greece, on Image result for soldier drawing 1950sSeptember 15, 1921, at the age of 17. Helen was detained at Ellis Island for over a month waiting for her Uncle to escort her to Edwardsville, Pennsylvania, where she would care for his children and teach them to speak Greek.
Years later in Wilkesbarre, she met Peter while taking tickets at a movie theater and they were married in 1928. After several devastating floods from the Susquehana River, Peter and Helen left Pennsylvania in 1940 with their three children, Margarita, Dimitri, and George.
Before 1939, TrioDC was actually a pharmacy. The pharmacy moved to the old Westminster Hotel, and a luncheonette named Tuntitled-10rio was born, named for the three partners. In 1950, “Mr. Pete” and his wife, Helen, bought Trio Restaurant with a partner, who has since passed away. “Rita”, Dimitri and George all worked their way through college.

In 1960, Rita’s husband, Gus Ladas (a restaurant man from Chicago), became a partner in the thriving Trio. Dimitri returned from the Army to pursue a successful career as an attorney representing local and national restaurants. George returned from the Navy to become a partner in the business. The business expanded to include the Fox and Hounds Lounge in 1967, Trio Pizza Shop in 1973, and the sidewalk cafes in 1975 (among the first in Washington, DC). Mr. Pete retired from the business in 1975 and Gus retired from the business in 1985.
Mr. Pete passed away in 1978. But Wednesdays, “Mrs. Pete” (now in her nineties) still has lunch at the Trio with family and friends. Tell her you enjoyed the story of her family when you see her!

Trio Bistro



(202) 232-6305



1537 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036