Cafe Soleil
Cafe Soleil

Cafe Soleil

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafesoleildc.com/
  • Phone: (202) 974-4260
  • 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
73 reviews since July 31, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for lunch (41)neighborhood gem (31)fit for foodies (17)romantic (12)great for outdoor dining (8)special occasion (7)notable wine list (5)good for groups (4)great for brunch (4)kid-friendly (1)scenic view (1)hot spot (1)vibrant bar scene (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
  • Hidden gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Amid the rather impersonal business milieu of the Farragut Square area, Cafe Soleil is a real gem. It maintains its character and charming bistro atmosphere, with welcoming service and excellent food at reasonable prices. The service was prompt, but you're not rushed to finish and leave. It's always a reliable favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can count on a good experience
    ZetebonesVIP
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    I go to Cafe Soleil every month or two and always find it to be a pleasant experience. The service is good, the food is always excellent and beautifully presented. The menu changes from time to time. One of my favorite places. I can go and won't be surprised. I've never had a bad meal there. Great atmosphere too. Worth a trip!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cozy Neighborhood Gem
    AdventurousDiner
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Cafe Soleil is a warm and friendly neighborhood restaurant located just steps from the White House. We visited on a cold rainy night and the friendly staff and warm comfortable dining room made us feel very welcome and comfortable. The menu is creative without being overly adventurous. I had pistachio encrusted salmon and my dining partner ordered the stuffed pork chop. Both were well executed. The salmon was perhaps a bit over cooked, but both dishes arrived freshly prepared from the kitchen. My favorite of the evening was definitely the tomato and crab soup. Cafe Soliel is definitely worth a revisit for the soup if nothing else.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food and able to talk
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    The food was very good. The menu was varied. Almost anyone could find something they like. It had a friendly ambience but we were able to talk without shouting. Excellent place to go to if you want to talk and catch up with someone.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Cat's Meow
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 3/24/2014
    Always enjoy lunch at this restaurant, especially when it is warm and they can open the doors along the front of the restaurant. The food is always good and I have never heard a complaint from anyone in my party about the food, the service or the ambiance. Recommend this as a great place for lunch and hope to try the happy hour, which I have heard is great.!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot for quiet conversation
    AgentSmithVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    Situated in the heart of DC at Farragut Square, this charming little bistro has a great combination of food, service and ambience. I love to meet friends here for lunch, because we can carry on a conversation without competing with fellow diners or TVs. The service is professional, and the food quite good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nothing special
    excellentVIP
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    Food is not great. You can tell the entire menu is frozen food. Way to many places in the same block that has better food. Very unimpressed and not worth the price.
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  • The service here is always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    The service here is always excellent, as well as the food- never too salty or greasy.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/5/2014
    New vegetarian Options for lunch make Cafe Soleil a regular lunch spot for me when I have a business meeting
    Special Features:
    romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Jasminedad
    Dined on 3/4/2014
    Service to 2 females by the wait staff was good if you wanted your water glass filled. Otherwise, we were ignored.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place for business lunch
    JMidAtlanticVIP
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Food is good, service is considerate and not intrusive, and it's easy to talk
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hardwood walls make bar voices loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 2/26/2014
    The dining area is in a street level room with a view of 17TH St. N.W. The hardwood decor is beautiful and warm, but reflects the the loud voiced bar patron's voices throughout the small dining area. Service was prompt and friendly, but less attentive than we are accustomed to - left waiting for our server to return on a couple of occasions during our meal. Portion sizes were quite generous, and entree quality was great. The check total was fair for the board received. We are hoping, however, for a few more dinner and dessert entree choices to be added to the menu in the future.This is our third experience at this venue - we will return again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It was fine
    AlexisVIP
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Nothing special, nothing terrible. Probably won't go back, but I don't have a bad memory of the place.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lunch!!!
    DineNGo
    Dined on 2/24/2014
    Great lunch but slow service. Lamb burger was excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect spot for business lunch
    FrequentCustomer
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Great food, efficient friendly service, and moderate noise level make this a good choice for a productive business lunch.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food...great service
    CesarVIP
    Dined on 2/18/2014
    While not necessarily a place for kids (and I only say this becuase there is no kids menu) the staff at Soleil went out of their way to ensure our four children had a great time. The food is fantastic and service was even better. This was definitely one of the better dining experiences formus in DC.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valentine's Day Dinner
    anonymous
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went on Valentine's Day. We got there early to have a few drinks and an appetizer for the happy hour specials. We got the fried calamari, which was delicious, and the cosmo and margarita. Both drinks were well made and not weak. Then we sat down for the reservation. Our waiter was not as attentive as he should have been, and it took forever for us to get service and our food, which is why I gave the service only 2 stars. We ordered off the regular menu instead of the Valentine's day special menu. My husband got the steak frites which he really liked. I got the lobster ravioli's, and they were only room temperature and not hot at all. They were stuffed full of meat and the sauce was great, so I still gave the food score 4 stars.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice spot for lunch
    fransmom
    Dined on 2/5/2014
    Went here for a business lunch. Dining room was quiet which made conversation easy. I ordered the special, a scallop dish, and was a bit disappointed (scallops were a bit on the rubbery side, and there was a strange pairing of mango sauce with mashed potatoes -- great sauce for the scallops, but an odd combination with the potatoes). My colleague ordered steak nicoise salad and noted it was a bit under-seasoned. Service was good, though our table was too close to a table behind me (it was a table for four with only two seated there -- not sure how they would have fit in a third or fourth person).
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  • Ideal for working lunch
    John
    Dined on 2/4/2014
    Cafe Soleil is ideal for a working lunch, quiet enough to talk but with enough background noise to ensure privacy.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for a business lunch
    HappyEater
    Dined on 2/3/2014
    Cafe Soleil is always my "go-to" place to bring clients. Great food, solicitous service, and convenient location.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.