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Bistro L'Hermitage
Bistro L'Hermitage

Bistro L'Hermitage Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.bistrolhermitage.com
  • Phone: (703) 499-9550
  • Hours of Operation: Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
    Lunch: Thursday & Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French
  • Executive Chef: Dawn Burkart
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We accept parties between 20 to 120 people.
  • Private Party Contact: Youssef Eagle Essakl (703) 499-9550

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Old Bridge Road
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Bistro L'Hermitage
As the Historic Occoquan Waterfront Area welcomes L'Hermitage, a Classic French Bistro, we welcome you. Long time DC restaurateur (21 Federal/Bob Kinkead,Ex Co-Owner of Marcels DC, Watergate Hotel F&B) Youssef Eagle Essakl has transformed a building and the surrounding property in historic downtown Occoquan into his vision of a Romantic French country bistro. L'Hermitage, a great escape from the hectic DC restaurant scene, promises 'relaxed good taste' with the polish and sophistication of fine dining. Join us for a very special experience.
Our Motto is:
"Hospitality is the Art of Making Others Feel Welcome, Comfortable, and at Home.
It is the Talent for Spreading Warmth and Kindness that will be Remembered Always."
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Diner Reviews
  • "The service was great, attentive and friendly. Although our entrees were nothing to write home about, the appetizers were quite good and the desserts were excellent, especially the rhubarb and cherry sabayon gratin."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We were told by others we would thoroughly enjoy the dining, the food and staff exceeded what we expected. My wife and I will be coming back it was one of the best overall meals from the appetizer to the dessert that we have ever experienced."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "My wife and I share a birthday, and we came here to celebrate. We brought along our 3-yr old and infant daughters, and Bistro L'Hermitage accommodated us wonderfully. The hostess placed us in the perfect table for kid-wrangling, and our waiter was attentive but not cloying. The food was excellent, and we are looking forward to scheduling a romantic evening with just the two of us in the near future."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "This was our first time back since they opened years ago. I must say that we that we should not have waited this long to have gone back.I'm sure we will go back more often."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "A very enjoyable evening - traffic delayed our arrival 20 minutes past our reservation time, but a call ahead to the restaurant was much appreciated. This is a small restaurant with an inviting interior. No one in our party of six (ages 18 to 82) had anything but praise for their appetizers, entrees and desserts."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I've never eaten here for lunch and is just as good as it for dinner."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Yay, a destination restaurant in Occoquan. We had brunch which was delicious and reasonable. We started off with smoked salmon to share and I would love to go back just for that. There was a variety of brunch dishes, my husband had the eggs benedict and I had the steak and eggs with toast points. Both dishes came with fried potatoes. Service was attentive, the restaurant decor is quite nice and relaxing. It was a bit crowded because it was Father's Day but we still felt as if we had our individual space. The Bloody Mary's were a bit on the pricey side but they probably use top shelf vodka. All in all a good local deal."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "We went for our anniversary and couldn't have been more pleased. Very attentive staff. Very good food. We've known the location since it was a run-down Chinese Food restaurant and were blown away by the how beautiful they made the place."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "This restaurant is a gem, the food, service and friendly atmosphere make this experience one to cherish. Recommend this for all the reasons stated above."
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "My husband and I had the most wonderful anniversary dinner with the best service and incredible food! I highly recommend it!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "The duck was absolutely amazing. Ask for it medium rare.....perfect! Our server provided wonderful recommendations and made the night absolutely completed. Would definitely go back."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "We have dined here for years for our special occasions and have never been disappointed--a superb spot --our favorite restaurant!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Lovely place quiet great food and friendly and helpful staff We'll be back"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "we are devoted followers. this is the place we go when we want to do something special in Eastern Prince William County"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Our go to restaurant for special occasions! The food and service is consistently outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "A very surprising place off the beaten path. Great food, great service. the staff is friendly and the restraint clean and has a romantic air. food is amazing and service is the best I've ever had. five star dinning"
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Bistro L'Hermitage is our 'go to' for special occasions and whenever we want a very, very special treat. The service, food, atmosphere are outstanding with a particular attention to detail. Our daughter is 11 and a very picky eater but she is always able to find something delicious and always asks when are we going back! If you are looking for delicious food and a wonderful, inviting atmosphere, you have to check out this little gem that's not too far from DC, on the outskirts of the Historic Town Center of Occoquan, VA. 5 stars all around! We will be back again...and again!"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "If there was a six star the "Bistro" would get it."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "We always feel like family being welcomed home when we brunch here. Fantastic food at its freshest, and perfect service; always attentive to the needs of the table but never intrusive. While dining on smoked salmon and sipping a mimosa, one can slip away to a lovely French bistro. What could be better than that?"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Upon entry, French decorations with fresh flowers on every table. Loved by the locals and deservedly so. There were many unique, delicious choices. Each course was excellent, presentation was beautiful and portions were the right size. The staff was wonderful. Since it was our anniversary, they gave us free homemade ice cream with a candle. Memorable. We plan to return soon"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Excellent restaurant with admirable quality food and excellent service."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Dined to celebrate a 55th birthday with a group of 7. We were in the area because of a boating adventure at a local marina. Would easily drive there from DC because it is that GOOD. Actually, excellent. Everything about the experience was exceptional. We're now BIG fans and are planning our next rendez-vous!"
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Nobody is perfect but we have become used to that here. Yet this time, nothing was quite there-good but not great. Service and the kitchen were very slow- our usual 2 hour stay turned into 2.5 hours. The crispy oysters were not so crispy, the lobster tails were far over cooked and tough-they had to be returned (new one came out immediately and were good). The red snapper special was not missing something. And as luck would have it we were taking friends out to dinner as a treat and had bragged about how fantastic L'Hermitage was. Expecting GREATNESS and got only GOOD."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We were celebrating a birthday and invited long time friends to share the occasion. It was a first time for my husband and I to visit Bistro L'Hermitage and it met all our expectations. Service was impeccable, food was presented with elegance, and was not only presented with a beautiful plating, but was as delicious as it appeared. I would have given 5 stars for the entire meal, except my potatoes (pomme frites) were a bit heavy with oil. Salads, soups, entrees and desserts were all 5 stars! Coffee and freshly baked bread were palate pleasing. The four of us had lived in France and the authenticity of what this restaurant presented was equal to those actually in France. Bon appetite!"
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "We have been wanting to try this place for awhile. We went with friends before a show at the Lorton Workhouse. Although this is the kind of restaurant you want to linger, we let our server know we had a show to get to. There is a good selection of wine by the glass and we all enjoyed our selections. The appetizers and entrees were all good especially the filet. We did'nt have time for dessert. We plan to come back for a leisurely dinner soon. This is a very charming place with excellent food and service. "
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "another wonderful experience - calves liver perfectly cooked - oyster and scallops were perfect too"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "excellent food; excellent service; excellent, although expensive, cocktails...The bread is delicious - a true French baguette - you can buy a large baguette for $4 - I took one home and enjoyed half the next day with dinner and froze the other half for another day. The onion soup had a very flavorful base, much better than many restaurants and my husband loved the special potato tarragon soup. I had the duck breast - perfectly cooked as I ordered and he had a chicken napoleon - interesting layering of thin crispy pastry, chicken and warm boursin cheese. The dessert crepe that day was filled with very ripe berries and a raspberry coulis. We would definitely go back. The only complaint was the background music was just a little loud."
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "I brought my wife and mother for a Saturday brunch based on a recommendation from a friend. We were all thoroughly delighted. This place is a real gem. The décor is beautiful, the staff is warm and friendly, the service is outstanding, and the food was excellent. We will definitely be returning and recommending this restaurant to others. Try this restaurant for a relaxed weekend brunch or any special occasion. You’ll love it."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Great local restaurant. Great French restaurant, that is not downtown (no traffic, free parking). The food was great, and the service was better. Small intimate restaurant with quiet and friendly atmosphere. A little pricey, but worth it. Would recommend this place to anyone that wants to impress, or celebrate a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Very romantic, quaint spot. Great service and food. Dinner for two came to $175.00, but we ordered a bottle of wine, 2 apps, 2 entress, one dessert and 2 coffees. I highly recommend. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "When ever we want to treat ourselves or impress family, we choose Bistro L'Hermitage. They are outstanding in every respect, and make you feel special when you are there."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Best restaurant in the NoVa area. We take all of our friends here at least once. We also try to do Sunday bruch here once or twice a month."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Everything was pretty great about this restaurant. The food and service was spot on. I would have given five stars for the food, but the bread that was initially provided was brick hard and cold. The waiter quickly brought out some bread that was delicious and warm. We will definitely return to Bistro L'Hemitage in the near future."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Great food and service, as usual...Youssef made it always special."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Bistro L'Hermitage is one of our favorite restaurants for a special occasion. Excellent service from the moment we walk in until we leave. We enjoy the seasonal menu that takes advantage of what is best now. The only problem we ever have is what to choose from so many excellent choices, and we had the same problem this time. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Bistro L'Hermitage is consistent in it's delicious food and excellent service. I particularly love their wide selection of seafood. The eggplant and goat cheese tart is to die for and this time I tried a special - the Corvina & Scallops. OMG - amazing!"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Great service, very good food, but high wine prices. "
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Our Mother's Day experience at Bistro L'Hermitage was great. Everytime we visit we are reminded why this is our special occasion place of choice. The food, service and ambience are all wonderful. We particularly enjoy the staff and the way they always welcome us as is we were a part of their family. We recommend Bistro L'Hermitage to all of our friends and will definitely continue to do that. Great job!!!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have been going here for over 5 years for special occasions. They are consistent and understand your there for fine dining. The owner walks around and greets the customers, and truly values each and everyones experience. There is a love about what they do, and moments they create for others to treasure. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "The lady and I went for brunch. She had the omelette of the day and I had the waffle. Both were excellent. Service was outstanding. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 5/24/2014