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
  • 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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  • 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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Can count on a good experience
    Zetebones
    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
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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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    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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    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 2006
    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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent; service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    Food was excellent; service as well, and quite prompt. Our only complaint would be the noise level. It is quite difficult to communicate without shouting or leaning very close!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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  • Fantastic! This was the first
    ChirsVIP
    Dined on 1/30/2014
    Fantastic! This was the first visit of my wife and myself. We met for lunch. We had mussels, olive tapenade, the veggie sandwich, Everything was fresh and high-quality (except the mussels which were small) My wife is vegetarian. The menu easily accommodated both of us. The atmosphere was the best element. It is slightly upscale and relaxed & cozy. The service was professional, friendly, and prompt,. We were able to have a nice, relaxing, but efficient lunch within an hour. We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The beet/walnut/cheese salad
    jgronerVIP
    Dined on 1/28/2014
    The beet/walnut/cheese salad was delicious and memorable.
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  • Great business lunch spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 1/9/2014
    Delicious, eclectic menu is perfect for international and out-of-town guests. Great location for the "K" street corridor. Lovely setting, although can be crowded weekdays so book ahead for a booth or window table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Convenience Was Key; Food Impressed
    MarkNYC64
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Went here on a frigid Monday night. I chose Cafe Soleil because it was around the corner from the Farragut West Metro stop. I've been here a few times before and nothing really stood out other than it being ungodly crowded (it's really cozy, i.e. tiny). However, last night it was pretty empty but we arrived fairly early (by DC standards) at 6. I was 30 mins early so I sat at the bar and had a couple of cocktails which, of course, were not included on happy hour (just bottled beer...okay). All in all the service was good (remember, it was not crowded), and I was impressed by the food. I will say that when this place gets packed, it borders on unbearable in terms of noise and general comfort.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A little dissappointing
    FriendlyNeighbor
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    I visit Cafe Soleil often as my office is nearby. The food is genrally good and the cafe is a cozy enclave in an area not overwhelmed with choices. Genrally everything on the menu is good, but I would stay away from the stuffed pork chops were as dry as paper.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • convenient in downtown
    Kennelly
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Best idea was to make open table reservation. Place was jam packed when I arrived at 1 pm on a Tuesday! Great service, tables very close together. Convenient to all around it and welcoming but food nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great resto but very, very loud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    Scheduled a business meeting here and while the food and service was great, you could not hear anything. Not the best place for interviews or other business lunches.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overcooked
    Bristol
    Dined on 12/15/2013
    Both the pork and mussels were overcooked to be inedible. The waiter never came to ask how our food was. He seemed nonplussed by our not having eaten the food and our report that the food was overcooked.
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  • Great Farewell Lunch
    LindaMPVIP
    Dined on 12/5/2013
    A colleague was moving out of the area, so we decided to go to Cafe Soleil for a farewell luncheon. The food was outstanding! We had warm brie for an appetizer (the selection of crackers/cookies was delicious). Entrees were tilapia, salmon and grilled vegies -- all were delicious and shared with each other. The Christmas decorations were beautiful. This is definitely a wonderful restaurant.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The portions were ample and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    The portions were ample and extremely well prepared.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect
    TougsVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2013
    Had a wonderful lunch. Service was excellent and the food was great. Our waiter was responsive and will to do special request. The price was reasonable. A lovely place to have lunch with a friend.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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  • A very pleasant evening
    BobGVIP
    Dined on 11/19/2013
    We had a delightful dinner at Cafe Soleil. The food was very good, service was very attentive but not overbearing and the atmosphere of a small dining room was very appealing and relaxing. Our waiter did not rush us and allowed us to remain after the meal was complete. It was also a good value for the price and very conveniently located to several Metro lines.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    SallyW
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Substantial portions. Chairs were uncomfortable. Café Soleil was not the most upbeat place - perhaps because it was Sunday night. Wine choices by the glass are very limited.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow Service
    amcostello99
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We were seated at 12:30, gave our order at 12:45 and were still waiting at 1:30 - ridiculous for a restaurant that caters to business crowd. They discounted our meal, but...it's not the first time that I've been there and I always have to budget 90 minutes for lunch when I go there.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, I had a wonderful
    dcd1ner
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    As always, I had a wonderful meal at Cafe Soleil! The food is wonderful, and the service never disappoints. I have and will continue to recommend this restaurant to all of my friends and co-workers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice location and service,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 11/13/2013
    nice location and service, but food was filled with so much garlic that I couldn't eat it. ordered fish which came with broccoli and it was salty with an abundance of garlic. too much!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate