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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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My husband and I typically have
for dinner or brunch at DRC by ourselves, but Sunday we brought out of town friends and their two children. The food was terrific, and service was excellent; I typically have eggs, but this time I had a crepe with chicken, asparagus, and a curry creme fraiche. Other dishes included eggs benedict, quiche, and pork belly. They are very good with kids, It is an added benefit that one can make a reservation for parties of six or more! The small kitchen does get every busy, but everyone stays pretty cheery, and a basket of croissants to start definitely helped."
Dined on 4/13/2014
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
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
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
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 8/20/2013
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 8/12/2013
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
And the first time ws excellent.
Brunch the first time and celebratiing Mom's Day for dinner. Enjoy!"
Dined on 5/12/2013
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 4/21/2013
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 4/7/2013
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
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 dined at Del Ray Cafe for brunch
on a Sunday. We had a large party so we made a reservation. When we arrived, I proceeded to the hostess to let her know that our party was all there for our reservation. The hostess has obviously never worked in a restaurant before in her life and was very disheveled and extremely unprepared. When asked questions, she would stumble over answers and you knew that she had no idea what she was doing. We arrived maybe 5 minutes prior to our reservation time but did not end up being seated until 30 minutes after our reservation time. Another party of the same size arrived after us with a reservation and was seated before us. Other than the poor service, the food was very good and we enjoyed our brunch."
Dined on 3/10/2013
Enjoyed food. We were a group of 7
with a reservation, but were seated at a table that should not have had more than 4-5 tops. Servers did little to help this cramped situation and we moved plates around to try for the most comfort. There was at least one table that we saw that would have better suited us and there were 6 people at it. I would definitely go back, but never with more than 4. It was disappointing to be so crowded. They should not have accepted a reservation for that many people if they were not prepared to accomodate it."
Dined on 2/23/2013
My husband and son were delighted.
We will definetely go back."
Dined on 2/20/2013
This place is fabulous! Good,
fresh food without a ton of fuss. We will be back for sure."
Dined on 2/10/2013
This is a neighborhood place
serving an organic country French fare without any of the pretense usually associated with those words. The prices aren't cheap, but you get value for what you pay here. Bring the kids along -the menu has choices for those picky eaters the crispy chicken tenders and pasta with butter & cheese quells finicky toddlers. The adult menu is quality food, expertly prepared served in a friendly atmosphere. Mussels with saffron -Irresistible. Foie Gras -Decadently good. Rissotto -Rich, creamy goodness. Rack of Lamb -Definitive preparation. The wine list has something for just about every taste and price point, so the casual atmosphere doesn't preclude a wonderful accompaniment to your meal. Go, you'll be gl"
Dined on 1/26/2013
I have been to Cafe Del Ray 4
times in 6 months since I discovered it. The food is outstanding. The upstairs room is pretty and airy. The downstairs room had poor acoustics. There was my group of 6 and another group of 10 or so in a very small space and the sound kept reverberating. It made conversation very difficult. I had requested said room downstairs because some of my party would not have been able to navigate the very long stairway. It was a catch 22 but everyone thoroughly enjoyed the food. We would go back in outdoor weather when we could sit on the screened-in porch. The garlic fries were absolutely fabulous. Another favorite was the beignets with chocolate filling and orange sauce. All of us agreed we would go back again."
Dined on 1/23/2013
Good prices for healthy local,
organic food and a excellent place for brunch. Best restaurant in a good neighborhood for them in Del Ray. Vegetable has is good, crepes are good--get buckwheat and order them as create your own to save a bit. Quiches are always delightful. Plentiful vegetarian and gluten-free options. Buckwheat pancakes are also good, as is the selection of local syrups."
Dined on 1/13/2013
We expected much less! What a
wonderful surprise!Laurent and his family you have a great place! The service was great too! We really enjoy it!Will be back soon!"
Dined on 12/23/2012
Excellent food and service.
Exceedingly noisy due to the hard surfaces and tightly packed tables."
Dined on 12/1/2012
This is the new place to go for a
casual but satisfying meal in an appealing neighborhood. The menu is French and the selections are impressive. There is a daily special served every day of the week which adds interest to the selections. It was venison on Saturday night. The farm house-style home conversation to restaurant creates a venue that is charming."
Dined on 11/10/2012
We have been long time fans of La
Bergerie in Old Town. When we heard that the Bergerie team was opening Del Ray Cafe as a new bistro-style experience, we decided to give it a try, and we are very glad we did. The space is newly renovated and very welcoming. The food was top-flight: my wife had the cucumber soup special and the rabbit entree, and I had the escargot and the flounder. Everything was just perfect. For dessert, we shared chouquettes, which are small puff pastries with chocolate and raspberry sauce for dipping. Simply put, it is a must-have. We believe that this will ultimately be one of the best restaurants in Del Ray, and we certainly will be going back-"
Dined on 9/4/2012
Del Ray Cafe is a casual french
gem in a charming house. The food and service were great. Great for a date or to bring the kids."
Dined on 8/20/2012
Decibel level is wrong. Hire an
expert to develop a noise plan."
Dined on 8/4/2012
Wonderful evening! Having been
here several times, I can attest to the great fish choices. Whether you order a whole fish or the fish special, you are sure to enjoy your meal. On this occasion both the rockfish and the black sea bass were excellent, as were the vegetable sides. Great creamed spinach and fennel salad! One of our guests had the chicken and was pleased with how juicy and flavorful it was...just as it was on the evening we ordered one to take home (accompanied by a delicious baguette). Good cold beer, a wonderful wine, blackberry tart and espresso rounded out the meal. This place is a welcome addition to the DelRay neighborhood!"
Dined on 7/21/2012
The food was delicious. The quail
with the lentil salad is the best dish I`ve had. I also recommend the rabbit. The ceaser salad was fresh and organic. I love it."
Dined on 7/16/2012
Some of the best and most
reasonably priced French food in area. The kids menu is unparalleled. I wish other restaurants would put this much thought into feeding both the kids and adults. The only thing missing is an outside bar where you could have a drink while waiting for a table."
Dined on 6/23/2012
Have had a very nice lunch already
here. This review is for our more recent brunch, which was tasty by all accounts. Onion soup: delicious (of course). Eggs: tasty. Veggie hash: v. nice. Prices: very reasonable, but everyone left feeling hungry. Portions are small. Admittedly, we'd all had an active morning. Server was competent, although she argued that one of us had ordered 1 thing, when we all heard otherwise. Also, we ordered a $40 bottle of Champagne (the cheapest), only to find it was a 1/2 bottle. So, we effectively ordered an $80 bottle. For that, I'd like champagne flute, vs. a water tumbler, and I'd like a heads-up on the size. Demi was part of the French name, but a smaller bottle size must be called out clearly on the menu."
Dined on 6/17/2012
With a few service adjustments,
this will be a real gem. We were there early on a Thursday evening and the caesar salad was no longer available. Really? Well, no. With a little prompting, they were able to prepare two beautiful & perfectly dressed salads. We were halfway through our first courses when our entrees arrived. So they took back the two lobsters, but served the third entree. By the time we were finished with our salads, the diner with the first entree was finished and our lobsters were somewhat dry. Could have been an easy fix with a drizzle of butter. But wierd to have the 3rd person just sit there while we ate. Our shared dessert was perfect. We will definitely be back."
Dined on 5/31/2012
Our party really enjoyed the
location and food, even though two of our entrees weren't served until quite late. Since this was only the second day the restaurant was open, we didn't expect perfection and plan to return soon."
Dined on 5/25/2012
We went to Del Ray Cafe (DRC) for
Mother's Day brunch, but the day before, I learned that the cafe had not intended to be open that day and would be working with a skeleton crew. Several parties had reserved tables through OpenTable, so the management honored the reservations, but forewarned us that things might not be perfect. The service was understandably slower than one would expect. Nonetheless, the food was fantastic. Good strong coffee, delicious pancakes and a crepe with nutella for our little girls. The adults had lump crabmeat eggs benedict, veggie hash and eggs, and a two-egg omelette. We'll certainly go back."
Dined on 5/13/2012
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