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Permanently Closed - Bistro du Soleil - VA

4.1
80 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mediterranean
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  • Good for Groups
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic

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Bistro du Soleil in Virginia offers Mediterranean with influences from France, Spain, Italy, Portugal and Morocco. Owner and executive chef Samir Labriny invites the entire family to enjoy tapas, entrées, family style dinners and spreads, along with a kid's menu to make sure everyone finds something to love.

At Bistro du Soleil in Virginia, guests can start off with Mediterranean pizza squares, sliced feta with oregano and many other tapas-style dishes. Entrée options include Monaco ragout, chicken paillard and fez tagine of beef or the entire group can choose the Casablanca, Caecilian or Andalusian family-style dinners. For the children, Bistro du Soleil in Virginia offers cheese or chicken pizza and pasta with marinara, alfredo or pesto sauce.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mediterranean, Moroccan, Spanish
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Hours of operation
Dining room open every day from 4:30 PM until 11 PM
Lounge open late Friday and Saturday until 1 AM
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Phone number
(571) 312-2754
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Payment options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Samir Labriny
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Catering
We will taillor a menu according to your budget
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Peyton
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Parking details
Free parking after 5 pm
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Public transit
King Street Metro (two Blocks)
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Entertainment
Flamenco Guitarists on Friday and Saturday nights 9:30 pm- 1am
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Special events & promotions
All occasions are celebrated with style
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.1
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4.2
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4.2
ambience
4.2
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on June 19, 2016

We love the menu! We all enjoyed Moroccan specialties, and my Dad, just back from Spain, thought the paella measured up. My young daughter was able to find something plain that she would enjoy, and we all love the décor, background music, and overall ambiance! We just wish it was a little closer to where we live. Street parking was easy to find on a Sunday night.

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1.0Dined on June 18, 2016

The worse dining experience ever! This was supposed to be a nice Father's Day Eve meal for two families. There were several signs that should have clued me in not to dine here. The restaurant was nearly empty at 7pm on a Saturday. The waiter was so rude that it was unbelievable. We could only hold our mouths open in shock and laugh. For example, one of our members asked for the desert menu. The waiter simply frowned, huffed and repeated the options louder. The food was subpart to say the least. Iutbof 8 guest, no one enjoyed their food. This restaurant will not be in business much longer .

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5.0Dined on May 29, 2016

My wife and I ate at the Bistro du Soleil when we were staying in Alexandria. There were only a few other customers there, which was frankly surprising. The atmosphere was charming, with both normal tables and Moroccan-style booths. Service was good.

The food--a blend of Moroccan, Spanish, Greek, and other Mediterranean fare--was delicious and creative. I had the beef ragout and my wife had the lamb tajine. Both were amazing. We followed that with dessert and mint tea, which our waiter proudly informed us was made on site (no tea bags here!).

Highly recommended.

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3.0Dined on May 28, 2016

Still the same interior of the old Moroccan restaurant it replaced. It remains a middle Eastern restaurant with no hint of Mediterranean ambiance. Booths line the walls making for comfortable easy conversation. Five of our party of six ordered traditional dishes and all were quite good. I tried a simple chicken dish and ate only a portion. Forget the baklava, it is only OK and half the size it should be. The wine list has a good selection and our young waiter was pleasant and knowledgeable. The food shows promise; I feel the owner/chief needs to concentrate on what he does best. And get rid of pooka pipes and mirrored globe ceiling lights as soon as possible.

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4.0Dined on May 28, 2016

Very nice restaurant great ambiance. The service was very good as well.

We were seated promptly and had a choice of a booth or table, the booths are more intimate.

The appetizer to share was plentiful, delicious and very well explained.

Only recommendation I would have for them is to have two or three fresh fruit juices on the menu.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2016

My wife and I had dinner here while visiting DC area. The food was absolutely magnificent. Had a few appetizers, wife had chicken while I had lamb shank. Highly recommend the calamari and banana peppers. Service was impeccable, atmosphere was great. Menu had items from all over the Mediterranean. Would visit here again...frequently.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2016

What a great find! Enjoyed our second time dining here. Food was great, atmosphere wonderful. Very good service. Our friends enjoyed it as well. Will definitely be coming back here.

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5.0Dined on April 23, 2016

Love the improvements they've made at this restaurant since last time we ate there. Service was attentive, food was marvellous (I had the lamb shank but my wife's portobello mushroom ratatouille was equally delicious), and the ambience was nice. The baklava I had for dessert probably was the best I've ever had. Will gladly go back!

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4.0Dined on March 19, 2016

We stopped here on out first day in Alexandria and we had to make a return visit. The food is excellent and the service is fast. The lamb shank which my wife had was again awesome. I tried a different lamb dish and was just as impressed with it as I was with the lamb shank. This place is absolutely worth a visit or two.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2016

Loved the ambience and service !
Very authentic food and
Lamb was excellent !

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4.0Dined on March 12, 2016

Service was quick and courteous. The waiter assisted us with our choices with solid recommendations. All three meals were delivered quickly and were of exceptional quality. I highly recommend the lamb shank. A great place for those looking to get away from the typical King street elbow to elbow tables and high noise.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2016

Really great surprise, the puff pastry Brie appetizer was magical - like a savory donut. The paella and steak visoux (sp?) were really great, definitely want to make a return trip.

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2016

I made the reservation for a business group not realizing this was the old Casablanca location. The menu is a mix of cuisines and there are family style meals available for those not sure what to order. The food was very tasty with perfect-sized portions. The service was good and we had a great time. It would be a fun place for a group of 6-8.

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3.0Dined on March 6, 2016

The food was very nice - the olives were terrific. And despite the server accidentally knocking over my glass of wine:-(, the meal was pleasant (and yes, they were apologetic and accommodating).

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2016

Excellent food, attractively presented, at reasonable prices.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2016

We were a table of 6 and enjoyed our meal immensely. The service was good and we all had a great evening.

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2.0Dined on February 13, 2016

the food was terrible here! The Peri-Peri Shrimp was in straight up buffalo sauce, there was pizza sauce on the empanadas, and the actual pizza tasted like something I made as a kid after school for a snack. I couldn't believe how bad it was.

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3.0Dined on February 12, 2016

I'd be willing to admit that maybe we need to try it more than once, but I didn't find that the food was very good - including the hummus- which, for a mediterranean restaurant is pretty sorry. We didn't have any meat dishes so maybe that's a strength we didn't explore.
I was just not very impressed. Staff was lovely though. Very welcoming and hospitable.

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4.0Dined on February 5, 2016

I liked everything about this place. The food and service were fantastic. I really felt like everyone was happy that we were there. The owner is great and wonderful to chat with. Definitely going back.

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4.0Dined on December 28, 2015

The waiter and perhaps owner took great care of us. Our preteen daughter was feeling low and he did all he could to cheer her up, finally eliciting smiles. This is a great neighborhood spot for comforting food.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2015

Such attentive service and amazing food. Thank you, so much!

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2015

First time dining at this restaurant. Will definitely be back. Food was really, really good. Staff friendly & welcoming.

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4.0Dined on November 12, 2015

We ate here a few days ago and had a great time. We sat in one of the booths, which offer a lot of privacy and are charming. The menu is excellent and the food is very good. Everything we ordered, including dishes with beef, shrimp, and chicken, was cooked to perfection. One thing we would have liked a little more of is more adventurous seasoning (e.g. garlic, cummin, etc.) -- some of the sauces were good but a little too bland. Service was terrific, the owner was very welcoming, and no-one rushed us at all. Try it and I think you'll like it also.

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4.0Dined on November 6, 2015

We had a great meal here on November 6, 2015, a Friday. The salmon tagine was truly delightful and came with some nice crusty yet tender potatoes to soak up the extra sauce. There were other vegetables mixed in as well and altogether it was a very successful dish. My husband loved his lamb de tarifa (with olives) which was also very nicely accompanied. The appetizers were good but not up to the standard of the entrees. I found the bastilla to be a bit uni-dimensionally sweet and the shrimp, although very tender and tasty with a nice garlicky bite, were pale as opposed to browned. The bread was excellent and the service was fine. Everyone in the place seemed to be enjoying himself. It was not noisy and the atmosphere suited the food. The prices were more than reasonable. I would not have been unhappy or surprised if everything cost 25% more than it did. The next time I am in Alexandria I will make a beeline for Bistro du Soleil and the salmon tagine and will enjoy trying a few of the other appetizers such as the tomato and lentil stew or the patatas bravas.

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5.0Dined on November 2, 2015

My brother came to town. I wanted to try this place. Spectacular! Especially the tapas - and we tried 5 of them! Romantic mid-Eastern atmosphere. Service could NOT be beat. Quiet. Very enjoyable. I will return with more of my family!

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5.0Dined on October 30, 2015

Fantastic mediterannean food, everyone found something on the menu they wanted to eat and it was perfectly prepared. Great lamb, salmon, paella. Long wine list, knowledgeable staff. Group seating for eight was private.

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5.0Dined on October 28, 2015

Nice atmosphere. Relatively attentive staff. Chef came to my table to check on meal. It was amazing! Salmon Tagine. Best ever. So flavorful! Will certainly return when in the area again.

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4.0Dined on October 3, 2015

Good food, nice quiet experience.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2015

Overall wonderful experience. Everyone makes you feel like you are long time diners even when it's only you first time. Very good service and food.

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2.0Dined on August 30, 2015

The food was fair. The Moroccan-style table was uncomfortable to sit around. The wine we had was awful. We went for a celebratory family meal and we were in and out in an hour. I chose it because I thought everyone would find something they liked and the prices were reasonable, especially for Old Town. You get what you pay for. They really need an overhaul of the space and the menu (not the menu so much as the recipes).

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3.0Dined on August 29, 2015

Very nice food at Bistro du Soleil, but the service left plenty to be desired. One server had us briefly then abandoned us, and another checked on us to see if we were being looked after. I said we weren't really, as a drink order hadn't been taken. Then our original server is taken off us and replaced by a nice guy who looked a bit unsteady - perhaps he was new? Oh, and our original server came by and apologized for abandoning us, which was odd. Meanwhile, the manager seemed to be doing a lot of yelling and pointing in our direction, indicating he wasn't happy with the service we were receiving, which was somewhat good to see. They gave us free pitas too, which can't be bad. The food was good, although we ordered off the Restaurant Week menu and were disappointed at the portion size.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2015

We asked for some Harissa, which was not on the menu. Within a few moments to be chef proudly brought us his homemade rendition which made all the difference to acceptable but otherwise unremarkable food. Be sure to ask for this condiment from the Magreb.

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4.0Dined on August 29, 2015

Unique decor and food to fit the Moroccan flair. Very flavorful food; lamb was very tender. Recommended when you are in the mood for something different.

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5.0Dined on August 25, 2015

The roast beef was delicious. Many thanks to the chef and servers for making it a great night

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4.0Dined on August 24, 2015

We tried this place during restaurant week. Pleasant surprise. Great atmosphere and lovely food with a Moroccan flair.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2015

We had our doubts when looking at the menu outside but ambiance was great, the staff friendly and aiming to please. The food was excellent. Must try the "meze" sampler appetizer!

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3.0Dined on August 22, 2015

We went for the first time during Restaurant Week with friends on a Saturday evening. Their menu for $35 for two included a salad to share, 2 entrees, and a dessert to share from a limited menu. The choices were acceptable and varied. We also ordered an additional appetizer. While the food we ordered was tasty, we found out after dinner that the entree portions were reduced sizes, which explained why all four of us were still hungry after three courses. We only found this out because we asked the waiter. That should be clear when ordering from a limited menu. If it was clear, we probably would have ordered from the regular menu. One entree was brought out individually, and the other three entrees did not arrive until 10 minutes later, after the first partron was finished eating. Dessert left a little to be desired. One dessert was extremely small for two, and the other dessert was partially frozen.

We ordered martinis and wine. The martinis were $9 each, which was expected. But the glass of house Chardonnay was $12!!!! That was outrageous.

I don't think we will frequent this restaurant again. Restaurant week is supposed to provide patrons with an opportunity to try new restaurants at lowered prices to encourage new business and further business. They did not hit the mark on that front. The ambiance was a little underwhelming as well. While some of the booths were authentic, the neon sign over the dance floor was a little out of place. Our waiter was wonderful and very attentive.

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4.0Dined on August 22, 2015

First visit to this lovely spot - wonderful atmosphere, really really good food, and very reasonable prices. Will definitely revisit soon!

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5.0Dined on August 19, 2015

consistently excellent Moroccan/mediterranean food at reasonable prices

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2015

Awesome dining experience. Private nook with table for easy conversation. Awesome waitress with helpful recommendations. Everything from sangria and brie appetizer to lamb dinner and flan for dessert was delicious. Great view of dance floor to watch other diners enjoy some skillful dancing. Definitely will return.

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