Cafe Soleil
Cafe Soleil

Cafe Soleil

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafesoleildc.com/
  • Phone: 2029744260
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:45am - 10:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 10:30am

    Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm

    Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

    Happy Hour: Daily 5:00-8:00 pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater any business lunch. We will deliver it right to you. Call 202.974.4260
  • Special Events: Soleil is always looking for a gret time. We book weddings, meetings, and rehearsal dinners. For information about booking a party or for a full restaurant buyout contact Alex at hido80@gmail.com or visit WWW.THEDCDANCEPARTY.COM

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Seventeenth
  • Public Transit: Directly next to the Farragut West Metro
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cafe Soleil
Cafe Soleil and Lounge, located just off the Farragut West Metro Stop, has set the standard for dining in Washington for over a decade with our innovative cuisine and unmatched service. We are renown for our quaint, French inspired dining room that is ideal for a business lunch or a quiet escape from the busy hustle of Washington's business district.

We recently added a happy hour that runs seven days a week from 5-8 pm. This menu boasts fine wines at only $5 a glass, and small bites that "are fit for foodies" at an affordable price.

Book your office holiday parties, private happy hours, or meeting space with us. We offer the most competitive meeting space rates in Washington, DC.

We have also added a daily specials menu. Do not miss Tuesday's "Menage a Trois" Special, Wednesday's half priced wine night, and Saturday and Sunday Suppers featuring three courses for $20.99.

Always call ahead or book a reservation online. Cheers, Soleil
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Cafe Soleil reviews from OpenTable diners
90 reviews since May 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (49)neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (15)great for outdoor dining (10)good for groups (8)romantic (8)special occasion (7)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (3)vibrant bar scene (3)notable wine list (3)hot spot (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Poor Service Again
    DineNGo
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We decided to try out HH after work and the service was horrible. Only one waiter managing a certain section and did not understand English well. I thought that I would give HH a try but the poor service was the same when we had lunch there in February 2014. At lunchtime, it was very crowded so I gave the service a pass. However, HH was not crowded at all on a Tuesday night. The lunch menu is better and the HH menu was horrible. Not many selections.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good place for a nice lunch
    Catherine
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Cafe Soleil is always a good option for a nice, leisurely lunch that doesn't break the bank. The food is reliably good, and the atmosphere is charming.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice and Friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Perfect for an afterwork dinner with friends or co-workers. We had window tables that enhanced the experience. I loved the mussels. I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good meal
    GreedyFoodie
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The food was great and service was excellent. I didn't like the mousse for dessert, but other than that, the meal was excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • noisy and crowded
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    My first trip to Cafe Soleil was a great disappointment. The tables are crowded together to closely making conversation very difficult over the extremely high level of noise. The surfaces are all hard, contributing to that. My entree was uninteresting - not inviting, and not well presented on the plate. The location is great, the reservation process went very smoothly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great ambience
    Catherine
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    I lofe the ambience at Cafe Soleil. It has the feel of a real French bistro. And when the weather is nice and the front doors are open to fresh air, it's really wonderful. The service is typically good as well. But the food never quite lives up to my expectations. Don't get me wrong. the food isn't bad by any means, but it's just ok. It could just be a much better overall dining experience if the food were better.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Savory, efficient, comfortable
    rudydaleVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Cafe Soleil makes a great, convenient middle-downtown DC venue for rendezvous with friends - it's an elegantly appointed, efficient, friendly, well-run restaurant with a diverse slate of savory menu items. There's something for everyone, whether you're an omnivore, vegetarian or pescetarian. The service is exceptionally attentive but not overbearing and the kitchen is amazingly quick - our food came out not more than 15 minutes after we ordered it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good place for a business lunch
    likecider
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    After working in the Farragut Park area for nearly 10 years I went to Cafe Soleil for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. Wish I had gone earlier. It's a small restaurant but the staggered tables provide some privacy, and the staggering indicates that they are thinking about the diner's experience. The service was attentive and well-timed. First place in a LONG time that the server waited until we were both done before asking to clear the plates. Frankly, I'd go back just for that. But in addition the food is quite good. I enjoyed my lamb burger and sweet potato fries (although the bun lacked the strength to make it through the meal) and my dining partner liked his burger. The little roll to start was also tasty.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Still good but getting too noisy
    amarciaVIP
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    Food was predictably good, service wasn't its usual excellent. The restaurant which was a wonderful place for a business lunch has gotten too noisy. I think there was no thought given to noise when they added a few additional tables. First the front was too noisy and now the back is too noisy for a comfortable conversation.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lunch meetings
    Barb2014
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    We have scheduled two lunch meetings this week alone at this establishment as it is a good central location that's close to our office and the food and service are always good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Charming local spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    My friend and I went for a late lunch... while no one was there to eat; the spot was charming and cozy. They have daily specials. We had the crab stuffed salmon with mashed potatoes and asapargus. Asparagus wasn't cooked properly, however the lobster sauce was ok with the medium cooked salmon and mashed potatoes. Waitor was professional and didn't OVER bother us while we talked and caught up. I liked the place being a foodie, I would have loved a BIT more flavor to the food. Still would go back for date night. Nice find and 1000 is always a plus!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Decent place, convenient location
    lajacquerie
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    After a few bumps in realizing that the happy hour specials don't apply to the main/al fresco dining area (it would have been nice if that had been posted or explained online), we had a full appetizer-entree-dessert meal. All of the food was decent, but nothing truly wowed us. Our server was very nice and extremely accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Friday night, date night
    FridayNightDateNight
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Thoroughly enjoyed our early reservation time for Friday Night, Date Night! Recommend a table by the open air wall of windows.... The best of both worlds... Inside , yet al fresco:) The halibut was divine. The service was excellent !
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok, but nothing special
    Nat8990
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    We chose this place because it was close to our hotel. We arrived at 6:29 PM for out 6:30 PM reservation. There was no hostess on duty and we waited approximately 5 minutes before the waitress noted us standing there and seated us. Food was ok, but nothing special. Restaurant was nice, but really loud. My husband and I had to yell across the table to each other and the restaurant was 1/3 full (bar was busy though). We sat in a side booth, which was adequate, but noticed they had 4 tables crammed together in the center. No one was sitting at them at that time, but not sure how they would have fit everyone if the place had been full. Would not go back.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great little restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    Nice atmosphere. Quaint "bistro". Good food and good service. They have a very nice feature where the windows open to the street for semi alfresco dining.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food.
    cardoc
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    When we arrived we found out that our reservations were given to someone else but we got our table in just a few minutes. Had to wait for our order a little longer than expected but the food was good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lost in Shuffle
    Dontaskformuch
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    Scheduled business lunch; waiter slow to provide drinks and had to be hunted down to get a refill. Also never came to table to see how things were which caused us delay in obtaining condiments and meal getting cold. Then gave our bill and credit card back to another table. Food was excellent and the ambiance is quaint and cozy.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reliable good food but
    amarciaVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    When they rearragnged the tables a while ago it much noiser in the front room. Will only go now if we can sit in the back which isn't great but is better. The point of lunch to have a conversation with the person(s) you are with over a good meal. Now doing that is impossible in the front room and I am a fan of this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • In and out
    Lovemesomefood33VIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Like going to Café Soleil...the service is great and the food is excellent
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food
    Chris
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Solid Choice. Charming outdoor seating. Service and food very good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely place for dinner
    NoVADinerVIP
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I love Cafe Soliel. Perfect for a nice dinner where you can actually hear your dining companions, and moderately priced for an intown establishment. Really is a gem in my mind. Usually can find street parking avail on L St after 6:30pm. So even better.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenient, Good Food
    GoBrowns
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    We were traveling with our children and chose Cafe Soleil due it's closeness to the Metro stop. Food was very good. I had the Chicken penne pasta which was in the house made sauce with many different vegetables . My wife had the roasted chicken and mashed potatoes which was slightly over cooked but had a very nice taste. Overall a very good dinner and recommend for those traveling through the DC area.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood cafe
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    The service was friendly and attentive. The tables are a bit close together, but the food made up for the lack of space. The lobster ravioli was delicious. Went for lunch, plan to check out happy hour next to try more of the small plates.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Loud
    RebeccaVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Dined on a Wednesday evening about 5:30. Mid-way through dinner I noticed it had become so loud, I could not hear conversation at my table. Service was very, very good. Food was delicious, but my steak was very difficult to cut with a steakknife. In addition, there was so much fat throughout the steak, I left 2/3 of it because I was tired of fighting with it.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great lunch !
    mommerVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I took two of my co-workers for their birthday lunch. It was a great day, so the windows were open and we were fortunate to have a table close by. The food was delicious, service excellent and the atmosphere friendly and not too loud. We had a lovely time !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • An enjoyable lunch on Saturday.
    ESfromDC
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We had an enjoyable lunch at Café Soleil midday on Saturday. The floor-to-ceiling windows were open so it was like outside dining indoors. The ambience truly reminded me of a Parisian café. I think it would be a great place for a quiet lunch on the weekend! We did not sample the wine, but the wine selection appeared to be substantial.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Food only so so. Could have used more care in preparation. Seemed thrown together. Atmosphere nice.
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  • Dependable and consistently good
    JMidAtlanticVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    I have lunch here about once a month, and it is consistently good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sseatsVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    A good selection of good salads. The much-praised crispy brussel sprouts weren't crispy--a bit undercooked. Molten choc cake had a disappointing packaged taste to the cake.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • slow service
    LarryVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    The service was very slow. Somebody had a birthday. They turned off the lights and the candle was a sparkler. It was impressive.
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  • Never go there again
    nevergothereagain
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The restaurant is in business due to location only, not due to great service.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outstanding Food, but poor service
    CoolHandDave
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    The food quality was just unbelievable. But the service was just poor. The waiter and waitresses have no clue how to treat the customers right and professionally.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 599 reviews are from the Cafe Soleil reviews archive.
  • A gem near the White House
    Diner
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Perfect little spot near the White House for a pleasant lunch. With a breadth of well-prepared menu items and experienced staff, you can have a great quick business meal or linger with a friend. Easy location to meet up as it's next to the Farragut West Metro stop.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Client Spot
    KateVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Great place to bring your clients if you work in downtown DC. The menu has very classic, yet delicious dishes which is perfect for a wide range of palates.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Charming
    Lapkritis
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    Cafe Soleil never disappoints. I had the shrimp and scallops kabobs and my friend had the pine-nut encrusted salmon. Both were delicious. The waiter was fine with our request to split a salad and brought it on two plates. Service was invisibly perfect.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch 4/23
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    It's always a pleasure to dine at Cafe soleil, always...the quality of the food is consistently good, the menu is good, the service is above par. I love the tables at the front of the dining room...nearest the sunshine.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown gem
    Mac63VIP
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Never disappoints. Great food and great service. Great meeting place for lunch or dinner near the White House.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • poor service
    waiting
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Understaffed. We constantly Waited for drinks and had to ask for refills. The food took too long and just ordering took a long time. An otherwise great evening rewened. No host to greet you, buss boy also did room service. And two very overwhelmed waiters. :(
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  • Nice cafe
    foodie337
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    We were looking for a nice restaurant that was close to the Hampton Inn with great atmosphere. Even though we reserved our table on Open Table they were not that crowded. Was a little disappointed that they were out of a key ingredient in their signature margarita, Absinthe. I settled for their $5 happy hour margarita which was actually very good. My Wife and I each had the salmon with arugula in a light cream sauce which was very good as well. I liked the cozy atmosphere. You do sit close to the person at the next table but that didn't bother me. I would recommend dinning here.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unusually poor service - we
    jgronerVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Unusually poor service - we did not get served for quite a while even though the restaurant was not busy. What's more, the waiter had no idea what was in the veggie sandwich. Still, the house wines are excellent!
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    • Noise LevelModerate