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
79 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
87% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (42)neighborhood gem (24)fit for foodies (11)great for outdoor dining (11)romantic (10)special occasion (6)great for brunch (5)good for groups (5)notable wine list (4)scenic view (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Cafe Soleil provided a friendly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    Cafe Soleil provided a friendly and romantic atmosphere for a Valentines-day deal. We were seated immediately, taken care of efficiently, and the food was top-notch. I had the beef medallions, which were cooked perfectly, and my girlfriend had the roasted vegetable plate, which was also delicious.
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  • I have to confess, this is
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    I have to confess, this is my favorite restaurant for good food. There is not a large menu (thus the 4 stars), but I have always been pleased with the food. I have had the jumbo shrimp and grits on several occasions and just love it. My friend had the beef medallions, med rare, and they were perfect. It is a block away from the Renwick Gallery, so convenient to have a bite before going to a show. Also, you can hold a conversation.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • I ate here on Valentine's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/14/2009
    I ate here on Valentine's Day and was presently surprised. Excellent twists on traditional American cuisine and seafood. Moderate prices. Wonderful wait staff. No rush atmosphere. It may be connected to a hotel, but you don't even realize until you have to go to the bathroom on the second floor after going through the lobby. I highly recommend the escargot as an appetizer.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Fabulous food, affordable
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 2/7/2009
    Fabulous food, affordable wine list, prompt service, and a quiet, romantic atmosphere!
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    romantic
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  • 1. Even though a 2006, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 2/4/2009
    1. Even though a 2006, the wine had a very “young” perspective to it. 2. Ordered the grilled shrimp cocktail, asked how many came on it and was told 6, so we decided to split, there were three on the plate when delivered. 3. Salads and the tomato soup were great. 4. Entrees took forever and the service went down hill from there. Atlantic Char had a very odd dark flesh that had never been seen on this dish when it was served previously, plus it was so overdone it wasn’t edible. Medallions of beef were way overdone and the plate overall wasn’t served at appropriate temperature. 5. We returned both dishes and ended up with another order of salads, because it was nearly 930 after a 715 reservation and we didn’t want to wait any longer. 6
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  • This is now my favorite restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/4/2009
    This is now my favorite restaurant in DC. The soups are wonderful, the salads superb, and the intimate atmosphere and staff are welcoming. Cafe Soleil is a very intimate place to have an enjoyable lunch with colleagues and friends in the ever hectic Washington lunch scene.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Warm, comfotable place for
    TimTVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2009
    Warm, comfotable place for very fine comfort food.
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  • This is the third time I've
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2009
    This is the third time I've eaten at Cafe Soleil, and 2 out of the 3 times (including this last time), I've had horrible service. They do not have enough servers on staff. The food is generally good, though the pot pie is a gross misnomer---it's a pastry shell with chicken noodle soup inside. Very disappointing.
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  • cozy bistro convenient to
    HadockeVIP
    Dined on 1/15/2009
    cozy bistro convenient to the White House with a reliable, but somewhat tired menu. Food can be ok to very good. Service was very spotty...we had to ask for bread and refills on coffee and water each time.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent lunch portions.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 1/14/2009
    Excellent lunch portions. Professional service that was accommodating to a business lunch discussion. Food was excellent. (shrimp & grits)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • I was really looking forward
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/14/2009
    I was really looking forward to this restaurant. I looked at their menu on line, and noted some interesting appetizers and entrees. I booked a lunch date with a friend of mine and we met up there. First, the bad: Bad service. Plain and simple. For this much money (and lunch for two with tip was in the $100 range), I expect to be welcomed and treated with warm and helpful service. I can much less for a lackadaisical and non-attentive attitude; I don't need to pay these prices for it. The waiter was much better suited for a job behind a counter somewhere. The food was generally good, though the cream of crab soup was more of a thin creamy broth with a vague taste of crab, having essentially no crab in it.
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  • I no longer work in DC; but
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 1/13/2009
    I no longer work in DC; but I still go to this restaurant to meet friends. I enjoy the ambiance and the good is always first rate with wonderful service
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Small and unpretentious. Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/7/2009
    Small and unpretentious. Great menu. Kind service. Not your usual D.C. pretentiousness. Would definitely return.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Nice place with a good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/17/2008
    Nice place with a good and reasonable lunch menu (for downtown DC). Only complaint was that my medium-rare steak was pretty well done.
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  • The restaurant was quiet and
    Yummy
    Dined on 12/17/2008
    The restaurant was quiet and the service was prompt. The menu was impressive with some interesting choices. I had a wonderful meal at Kinkaid's to celebrate my birthday and the service and entree were so much better. I was not greeted by the waiter with a birthday comment. The salmon was fine but the seasoning at Kinkaid's for the fish and each vegetable was perfectly balanced.
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    great for lunch
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  • I have always enjoyed the
    JToteVIP
    Dined on 12/16/2008
    I have always enjoyed the food and come here for lunch on special occasions.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great place because it's often
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/15/2008
    Great place because it's often missed or overlooked. Good appetizers, but the entrees and salads were a little lacking given the price. While it was a Monday night and the service was slow, it could've been better. I will definitely go back for apps and for a quiet glass of wine with someone special, but I'll have to work up the courage to try an entree.
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    notable wine list, romantic
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  • A bit disappointing. The food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/10/2008
    A bit disappointing. The food is heavy and portions are way too large which doesn't make the dish very refined. A place I would not recommend to friends.
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  • nice menu but quite heavy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/18/2008
    nice menu but quite heavy for a lunch. And, our waiter and food both took a very long time. Not the best place if you want to be in and out within an hour.
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  • Very good seafood. We were
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/16/2008
    Very good seafood. We were there on a Sunday night and so there weren't many other tables filled. It was therefore quiet and a pleasant experience. The service was good and the food was well prepared. Prices were moderate for a seafood restaurant, so I would highly recommend it.
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    late-night find
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  • Good food, a notch above neighborho
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 11/14/2008
    Good food, a notch above neighborhood fare. Small, friendly place with good staff. I like to use this for business lunches.
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    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • The lunch setting not bad,
    Sinncerre
    Dined on 10/31/2008
    The lunch setting not bad, but the environment felt tight/cramped, with many chairs, which raised the noise levels. Service was good, pleasant servers, and pretty descent food.
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    kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice, quiet and reasonably
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 10/23/2008
    Nice, quiet and reasonably priced place with a neighborhood bistro feel even though it is, I believe, part of a hotel. Friendly service and good wine list. Delicious smoked salmon presented well; tournedos of beef lacked much flavor but was served in a nice sauce; delicious scalloped potatoes and vegetables served as side; husband's lamb shank with couscous was excellent. Overall a nice alternative to the more expensive places downtown for a tasty and reasonably priced meal in a quiet attractive setting with friendly service.
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  • I am a Cafe Soleil regular,
    CreddersVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2008
    I am a Cafe Soleil regular, and I always look forward to returning. As a matter of fact, I went back today and had a lovely lunch with a good friend. It is truly a gem in this part of DC.
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    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Wait staff seemed harried.
    Marsha
    Dined on 9/26/2008
    Wait staff seemed harried. Very noisy environment. It's a moderately priced restaurant by DC standards, so you do get what you pay for here. Next time we'll go more ethnic, since that is what DC does best.
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  • We have worked in the neighborhood
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 9/22/2008
    We have worked in the neighborhood for years and some how missed this wonderful gem of a restaurant. It is now on my list of favorites
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Cafe Soleil deserves to be
    chismeVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2008
    Cafe Soleil deserves to be better known. That it is not is probably due to its hotel location in a neighborhood that doesn't have much going on at night. The quality of the food alone is reason enough to recommend it. Add to that the warm service and the quiet of the room and you have a recipe for fine dining.
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    fit for foodies
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  • It's a great place for a business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 9/9/2008
    It's a great place for a business lunch, since it's quiet enough to hear the people next to you speak. The food selection is interesting.
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  • The food was outstanding,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/27/2008
    The food was outstanding, especially the shrimp and grits dish. The staff was extremely courteous and accomodating to both me and my husband. We both thoroughly enjoyed the restaurant.
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    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Cafe Soleil was a wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/16/2008
    Cafe Soleil was a wonderful find, we enjoyed our meal and the entire experience immensely. Service was perfect and food came quickly.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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  • the waiter that we had was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2008
    the waiter that we had was great. i more or less had him order for me and my meal was perfect. he knew what was good and i was well fed.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • Wrong place, wrong time. This
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/14/2008
    Wrong place, wrong time. This would have been a great location, but there was a massive demolition occurring across the street and debris was floating down the street and into the restaurant. It was also very loud. If the restaurant had closed their outdoor patio and shut the windows, I'm sure it would have been fine, but for some reason they opted to let soot and noise travel through the restaurant. The waitress was nice, but new and poorly trained. The food was good, but it took forever. It had so much potential, but disappointed at every turn!
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  • While the food was good, the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/13/2008
    While the food was good, the service was poor. It was restaurant week, and they were busy, but not full. We had to wait for someone to take our order, wait between courses (they brought our salads twice) and we couldn't get the check in a timely fashion. Lunch took an hour and a half!
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  • Krishnan was a great bartender,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/12/2008
    Krishnan was a great bartender, waiter, greeter - you name it. His personality permeated the cafe and made it a fun time for our small group! I would recommend to friends and colleagues.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch
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