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
80 reviews since May 23, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.7
  • 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
  • NIce place for pre-showt dinner.
    fireton
    Dined on 11/8/2013
    When we have an event at DAR Hall or the Kennedy center we meet here for dinner after work. Never had a problem with reservations. The wine list while limited in size is broad in depth. Have always found a wine we like. The menu is offers an interesting selection—I am fond of the lamb shank. Ambiance is nice. Have heard the bar section has a great happy hour but have not partaken.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Just an off day I hope
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Just an off day I hope, as usually this place is very good. All food, except our appetizer, was inedible today. Our server asked if we wanted "to go" boxes?? The pistacio encrusted salmon was not encrusted, pistacios were served whole and in a plastic cup on the side and the salmon had a very strange taste that made it inedible. The shrimp and scallop brochette was generous in portion and beautiful in appearance as always, but taste was REALLY off -- and it, too, was just inedible. Not typical of this restaurant to serve food like this. I still love this place and am just hopeful this was an off day.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    VeronicaVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    My friend and I went there. I ordered for grilled chicken with salad. Sparking water with sliced green lime. I enjoy it. Service keep us up to make sure everything what we need or something. We got there at 5 PM for dinner before we finished our work that time. My friend ordered grilled chicken, white rice, and broccoli. He likes them and ate all of them. So do I. I'm glad to get back there again. It's pretty while for me. I will go back there again in the further more.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First couple date since Baby #2
    BinkowskiVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2013
    My wife and I met for lunch and really enjoyed the restaurant and the setting. Great spot.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food!
    4Stars
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    Food was excellent, but the service could have stood a little work. I was waiting for the rest of my party, and they brought me water, but then did not talk to me again until my friends came and asked if we could order drinks. I would have liked to have ordered a drink earlier. Also, they were very nice and gave us Happy Hour drink prices at the dinner table, which apparently is not normally something that they do. Overall the experience was very good. I particularly liked the brussel spouts appetizer!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice location, cute interior
    FrequentDiner
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    My husband had a pork dish that was bland and tough. The french onion soup was overpowered by cheese. Not our best dining experience.
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  • Great except fooled by the website!
    RCfromDCVIP
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    My wife and I have like Cafe Soleil for its location, ambience, and food. Their website proclaimed a Saturday/Sunday Pre-fixe Dinner for $20.99. We went there on Sunday, October 6th, but were told by the waiter that the Pre-Fixe would not be available until "next week". We were not in a position to go somewhere else, so we paid regular menu prices and Happy Hour price for the wine. I had the healthy chicken, my wife had the tilapia, and we shared the apple crumb pie for dessert. All dishes were very, very good. There were only a few patrons. We were seated next to the window, which was fine, and also helped attract additional patrons. I like using Open Table as a convenience, but anytime there is a "special", you have to call first.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    Jeff
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Cafe Soleil is definitely a cut above your average lunch spot. Linen tablecloths and napkins, impeccable service, wonderful food: to me these are the hallmarks of a restaurant with a strong pedigree. The wonderful thing about it is you don't have to pay an arm and a leg. Somehow the management here seems to equate customer satisfaction with success, and they haven't jacked up their prices like other comparable restaurants in the downtown area. Bottom line is, this is a great place for an "attitude adjustment" lunch, where you need a break from the hectic fast-paced lifestyle Washingtonians lead. It's my favorite "go-to" lunch spot.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not bad
    Elise
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    The wine was good, as was the clam chowder and salad. I don't think the crab cake was home made.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Off hours & off the mark
    CarpediemVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    I have dined at this restaurant many times for lunch over the years and enjoyed everything about it. Last Sat my family and I ate there at 3 pm after visiting a museum. There were only two other tables occupied and a dinner menu was presented. The calamari was not cooked enough, but the flatbread was nice. My wife liked the shrimp & grits a lot, and my son enjoyed the very tender scallops. I had the pistachio encrusted salmon which was a disappointment. It was just a poor piece of fish with pistachios on top of it. Obviously I was expecting it to be "encrusted." Lunch for three (with three single cheap glasses of wine) with dessert, tax and tip was almost $200. Not a good value at all. Still, I am hoping this was not a typical visit!
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  • Food was excellent. However,
    VMfromCAVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Food was excellent. However, the service was not up to par. The waiter seemed confused and did not understand our drink requests. We had to ask him several times if we could get drinks, along with our meal, for our table. We ended up getting wine since he was not able to make any drink recommendations. On the positive side, he was friendly and polite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restaurant was not busy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/9/2013
    The restaurant was not busy and yet the service was extremely slow. We were constantly looking for the waiter.
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  • Food
    HughVIP
    Dined on 9/8/2013
    Food was good but service was a bit slow. The tables are too close together but if you sit by the open door it is nice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Location
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    We went at nine on a Saturday night. Neither of us was terribly hungry, so we stayed away from the larger entrees. My spouse enjoyed the caesar salad. I got a the olive tapanade appetizer, and sandwich. We also got a dessert to-go. Service was okay. They were having some facilities problems, and moved us to a different table.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyed dining here and food
    SteveVIP
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    Enjoyed dining here and food is always good. Will return again on our next visit to DC.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    GritsVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    I enjoyed dining at Cafe Soleil though the waitress could have been a bit more attentive. But she was new and charming so it all worked out ok. The atmosphere in Cafe Soleil is delightful. I had a shrimp dish that was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice lunch but didn't like
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Nice lunch but didn't like when the dessert was brought before meal was finished. Waiter left dessert, didn't ask about coffee. Felt rushed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You wouldnt expect the food
    My3sonsLJ
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    You wouldnt expect the food to be so good at a hotel restaurant but it was excellent!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food; no elbow room
    pbgala
    Dined on 8/29/2013
    On this most recent visit, I was pleasantly surprised to find that Restaurant Week had been extended. I had the butternut squash soup w/ pulled duck and it was absolutely fantastic! The salmon w/ peach salsa was also wonderful. Chocolate mousse was good but not especially memorable. The only real negative was how close together the tables were. It was impossible to get in and out of the tables withou re-arranging the furniture. I had trouble getting into my seat without hitting someone w/ my purse, and I got banged twice by bags or purses when others entered or exited. And we could hear the entire conversation at the next table which limited the business conversation we wanted to have. Removing even one table would be a big improvement.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    steelmagnolia
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    Ambience is nice; food was pretty good; service was absolutely dreadful. No one said a word to us when we arrived and there wasn't anyone at the host/hostess stand. Finally a guy strolled up and rather reluctantly showed us to a table. It was waitstaff by committee and entirely ineffective. About 15 minutes after the first course, we finally stopped someone and asked for refills on water and wine since our waiter was totally consumed by a 12-top and not the least bit concerned about us. The salmon was perfectly prepared, but couldn't overcome the rudeness and lack of consideration by the staff in general. i will not go back.
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  • What a disappointment!
    Live2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/26/2013
    I wanted to love this charming place but the food was bad and so was the service.
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  • What a haven for an unhurried
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 8/20/2013
    What a haven for an unhurried meal after work. The service here is consistently wonderful and the food is great. In good weather, two big windows on the sidewalk are opened, and there's enough buffer from the foot traffic that it is a delight for diners. I'm so glad I discovered this small gem at Club Quarters, just around the corner from the 17th St. Farragut West Metro exit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow is all that I can say
    DieselDadsVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    A consistent gem! We dined here 2years ago for supper and enjoyed the same great atmosphere, the same great service, and the same great food. The Heidelburger is AWESOME as well as the Orange Crush. Be sure to try their outstanding Fries as well. This is what I expect from an Open Table restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay place for a business lunch
    TheItalianScallion
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    I arrived 10 min early for an 11:30 reservation.The staff made me wait outside as the restaurant wasn't yet prepped for lunch. That was just stupid - if you're taking 11:30 reservations, you should be able to seat people at least by 11:00 AM for lunch. The service was somewhat inattentive - once seated, we waited fifteen minutes before the waiter came to take our order, didn't even ask us what we wanted to drink, and didn't check up on us during the meal. I had to waive him over half-way through the meal to order an iced tea, which never came. The food was okay. The steak salad was a tiny portion of steak, some salad stuff, and two small pieces of romaine. Really? The open window/doors made the ambiance good. OK prices and good location.
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    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just short of outstanding
    Thought4food
    Dined on 7/29/2013
    Excellent appetizers (broccoli and calamari). Outstanding scallops and excellent halibut, but quality of steak a little disappointing. Two red wines of high quality at reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    • took almost 10' to be greeted! • it took 15' (!!) to get bread ! • bread was very good but why wait 15' to get bread when there was only 2 tables in the dining room??? • food was fair, not worthy of the price at all! My boyfriend's steak wasn't even hot, i almost had no sauce in my plate. • server never came back to check on us. • i wanted the crème brûlée but decided instead to go get a frozen yogurt around the corner since we didn't want to stay longer there. • i never write negative reviews, but it was so disappointing, management should do something..! Will definitely not go back there.
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  • Lunch
    ElaineVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    I normally love everything I get at Café Soleil. But, I ordered the swordfish and it was way overcooked and tough. I managed to eat some of it, but it was not good.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pretty good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    food was good, but the happy hour prices aren't that good - $8 for a cranberry and vodka during happy hour!
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • doesn't live up to the reviews
    beeindcVIP
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    The food was decent enough but not spectacular. It was the service that was wierd. When we got our coffees she gave us no cream or milk. So when 2 minutes later I flagged her down to bring some milk she smiled nodded and headed off. Next thing I see is she is behind the bar gabbing with friends. I had to flag down ANOTHER waiter and ask for milk. Meanwhile the coffee got cold.
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  • As always, wonderful food
    dcd1ner
    Dined on 7/17/2013
    As always, wonderful food and service. I have been dining at Cafe Soleil for years, and I am never disappointed by the food or the service.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and quaint
    Nupezb
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    My wife and I enjoyed our visit to Cafe Soleil. The restaurant is rather small but has a lovely ambience. The food wasn’t to die for but was above average. I would recommend this restaurant for couples looking for a nice and quaint place to eat.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The medium-rare tuna was way
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 7/11/2013
    The medium-rare tuna was way over-cooked. And he arugula was not fesh.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delightful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2013
    The restaurant is very small, and the ambience was quiet. Indoor and outdoor seating was offered. The service was fairly quick and the meal was very nice.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good location for biz lunch but...
    NativeVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2013
    I usually have a very good experience here, but this time the food quality was poor.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Café Soleil is my go-to place
    Eat2BuildBizLove2Eat
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    Café Soleil is my go-to place when speaking to potential clients in the Farragut West area. It has a good selection, the food is consistently high quality and the prices are fair. The Café also allows you to get away from the workday world, and have a good conversation while experiencing efficient service. On this recent occasion, I did have a concern requiring the atmosphere - a little smokiness in the restaurant which is the reason I rated ambience two starts. That said, the management bent over backwards to ensure that I understand the situation, was proactive in addressing the issue and I walked away feeling as though customer satisfaction is their top priority.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food in a pleasant
    MogoVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    Very good food in a pleasant neighborhood atmosphere. Close to White House and an easy walk from many places.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meh
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 6/19/2013
    I read the reviews before coming and they were decent, so I decided to try it. I was wholly unimpressed. This place was overpriced for what we got. My date had the roasted chicken dish and I had the duck. While the chicken was delicious (a bit salty though), it came with spinach and mashed potatoes and gravy. The mashed potatoes and gravy tasted packaged, rather than fresh. I got the duck. My date did not like my dish at all. It came with asparagus and rice, which were nothing to write home about. I liked the duck, and that's it. Maybe they have a good happy hour, idk. But, I don't think the nearly 4 stars it currently has is deserved. I know good food, while the food is edible, it's not worthy of nearly 4 stars--no where close.
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  • A Hidden Gem
    JayBird1824
    Dined on 6/14/2013
    A friend introduced me to this hidden gem and I took friends there two weeks later. I'm in the neighborhood (Farragut West) frequently and had never noticed this small restaurant next to metro and Farrugut park. The restaurant is relatively small and opens to the outside with flower boxes, though not outside dining, The dining room is cosy and noise level enough to have a conversation with ease. The menu is varied and accomodating to all diets. I enjoyed both my meals--I like fish or vegetarian--and presentation is agreable. If you are in the neighborhood you can't go wrong for the price, the ambiance and food. I hesitate to share with too many people because I wouldn't want an overflow of customers. I will go back with friends again.
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time diner at this restaurant
    FLWineGuyVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    This was our first visit to this restaurant. Its located nearby the Farragut West Metro station. The Hostess / our Server - Yanett was very personalable and attentitive. My wife and I had pasta dishes - Shrimp Primerva & Cafe Soleil Penne. Both were quite good. Despite having a time crunch - we had a theater show to attend, Yanett did a great job of keeping the pace of the food & drinks on-time and we didn't feel rushed. Good food and service, will be back for another dinner and show next month.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Good, not great
    SomeoneSomewhereVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    Perfectly okay, but not wonderful. And no beers on tap, which really surprised me.
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