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Del Ray Cafe
205 East Howell Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
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Del Ray Cafe Details
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 8am - 10:45am
Lunch: 11am - 3pm
Dinner: 5pm - 9pm (Sun -Thurs)
5pm - 10pm (Fri & Sat)
*Brunch: 8am - 3pm - served on Saturday, Sunday & major holidays
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From the owners of La Bergerie, a French café serving local, natural, and organic products.
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We went for brunch this past
weekend and had a great time. We were seated immediately and the service moved us quickly through the selection process. The menu was varied and the food came out well prepared. Overall, we enjoyed it and will definitely go back."
Dined on 3/2/2014
We were able to get a reservation
for 6 the night before, which was a lifesaver. Food was excellent, service was great. Portions were reasonable and seemed relatively healthy and light. The only complaint was that they brought the wrong meal to my husband, and then he had to sit and watch us eat for a half hour until they brought the right dish. They did apologize, but some other compensation would have been appreciated."
Dined on 2/16/2014
We've eaten here countless times
since they opened in 2012. We are leaving the neighborhood, and will miss this gem. Kid tip - GREAT kids menu. Lots of healthy, fun options that our 2 year old devours."
Dined on 1/19/2014
My two kids (20's) and I enjoyed a
nice meal on Christmas Eve at the Cafe. We each tried different appetizers and entrees, although two of us enjoyed the buche de noel for dessert. Friendly service and good options on the menu (accommodated both the meat eater and the vegetarian.) Perhaps a new tradition born."
Dined on 12/24/2013
We are regular customers and
expect the ups and downs at the Del Ray Café. This time was pleasant with excellent service. Food was good except that it took three tries to cook the meat properly. This disrupted the meal service creating a loss of pleasant meal flow. However, the service did an excellent job to correct the problem. We expect to return."
Dined on 12/24/2013
This is the first time we'd done a
special occasion (Christmas Eve with friends) at Del Ray Cafe, and they did not disappoint. While Del Ray Cafe is pricey compared to other neighborhood restaurants, the food was fabulous, the service excellent, and we all enjoyed it enough to return for New Years Eve."
Dined on 12/24/2013
Delicious, cozy, great ambience as
before!! Definitely go!"
Dined on 12/15/2013
We had a variety of diners - my
three-year-old, my aunt with particular taste, my highly-sensitive-to-salt mother, my corned-beef-hash husband - we all loved our food. Portions look a little small at first but turns out, the portions are perfect. We all had enough to eat and didn't have to be rolled out of there. Menu has terrific creative interpretations of traditional brunch favorites. Creative enough to be interesting, not so "foodie" to be intimidating. Space is a little tight and noise bounces around a lot. Coffee could be hotter. Servers were very attentive and friendly, food was terrific, kid brunch menu was great. We will definitely go back!"
Dined on 11/17/2013
We have never had a bad experience
at Del Ray Cafe and can't wait until the next time we go! We typically like to bring out of town guests here because it is quaint and we are always able to get a table through OpenTable. The atmosphere reminds me of a place you would find in Charleston, SC...The service is wonderful and they are go out of their way to please you. We had six people in our group and everyone got something different off the brunch menu and every single person cleared their plates. Amazing!"
Dined on 10/19/2013
Tables of five get a small fold
out table with no room. Tables of six get a huge dinner table. We had reservations for six but one person did not show so they re-seated us in a tiny fold-out table that was shaky. Food was very good. Service was very good. Price was ok. Some kids made it noisy. If you are a small group of three or less, you will enjoy."
Dined on 8/21/2013
Staff kindly arranged our table on
first floor to accommodate baby carriage and elderly guest in our party. Handicap access and convenient parking space in rear. Favorite appetizers were lightly battered squid, soft-shelled crab, and escargot. Favorite entree was the daily special red snapper. Extensive wine list (bottles only). Desserts and espresso coffee were spectacular! Friendly service, accommodating of our taking photos with new baby. Learned that the father of two brothers who were serving works at the same international agency in North Africa as one of our guests. What a small world! Our guests enjoyed discussing the menu and ordering in French. Children's menu is special because of the many, healthy offerings."
Dined on 8/13/2013
And the first time ws excellent.
Brunch the first time and celebratiing Mom's Day for dinner. Enjoy!"
Dined on 5/13/2013
Fantastic food and kid friendly
for brunch. Only downside is at least 1 item on order is always wrong. 4-6 people usually in group, so not too bad, though."
Dined on 5/27/2013
We loved the relaxed feel of this
place. It was great for our "girls night out". We all ordered something different and everyone was pleased with what they ordered. We would definitely like to come back to try additional choices on the menu. Service was very friendly and very efficient."
Dined on 5/23/2013
Had a great brunch. Food to be
excellent, fresh, and great space. Room we were seated in upstairs was a bit noisy, but probably largest room; will ask for other seating next time. But, food and service made up for it. Will definitely go back to try more delicious food options didn't get to try this time."
Dined on 5/19/2013
adorably nestled in del ray, del
ray cafe is a true gem. delicious french pastries galore (omg the chocolate croissant) and a nice array of brunch items (the salmon benedict was truly divine--best hollandaise sauce i've ever had) with some foodie-tastic options (pork belly!) as well. we waited a bit for our table to be ready even though we had a reservation, but the neighborhood is so quaint and the sun was shining, so we didn't mind much. the service was impeccable and the prices are so reasonable."
Dined on 4/20/2013
I received poor service. I made
reservations, but one of our party couldn't make it last minute. We told this to our hostess, and she was very sassy and disrespectful, telling us that we had told her our reservation was for six and that they had already set the table for six. I did not realize it was so difficult to take one set of silverware off the table. Once we were seated, we had to wait a long time to order and get our food. My friend had to ask for cream for her coffee (which she ordered at the beginning of the meal) multiple times and didn't get it until near the end of the meal. Albeit, they seemed busy, but it seemed like other tables were receiving more attention than ours. I will probably not return."
Dined on 4/6/2013
Maybe it was due to the fact that
there was a large Easter Brunch crowd but it took quite some time four our waiter to show. My husband and I have enjoyed dinner here before and thought it would be a great place to try for brunch. My son ordered a salad from the "starter" menu and it showed up with his entre so he told the server he had wanted it before. The server gave it back to the waiter who then came hovering around telling us that he should have been told it was to be served before - one would think that the purpose of a "starter" is just that. My son said they could package it up and he would take it with him just because it was getting a bit uncomfortable for us sitting there with the waiter slowing down the whole process."
Dined on 3/31/2013
I cannot say enough good things
about the food and especially the brunch here. The staff is great (with the exception of one of the hostesses who seems a bit overworked and surly, but don't let that dissuade you!) and very good at accommodating requests. The croissants are amazingly fresh and buttery and the use of a lot of local organic ingredients shows through in the food. A cute neighborhood spot that I hope will be around for years to come. Pleasantly unpretentious for such good food. Bright and sunny and comfortable. Did I mention the food is awesome?"
Dined on 3/31/2013
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