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Bistro L'Hermitage

4.8
3291 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
As the Historic Occoquan Waterfront Area welcomes L'Hermitage, a Classic French Bistro, we welcome you. Long time DC restaurateur (21 Federal/Bob Kinkead,Ex Co-Owner of Marcels DC, Watergate Hotel F&B) Youssef Eagle Essakl has transformed a building and the surrounding property in historic downtown Occoquan into his vision of a Romantic French country bistro. L'Hermitage, a great escape from the hectic DC restaurant scene, promises 'relaxed good taste' with the polish and sophistication of fine dining. Join us for a very special experience.
Our Motto is:
"Hospitality is the Art of Making Others Feel Welcome, Comfortable, and at Home.
It is the Talent for Spreading Warmth and Kindness that will be Remembered Always."
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
French
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm;
Lunch: Thursday & Friday 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 499-9550
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Executive Chef Dawn Burkart
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Private party facilities
We accept parties between 20 to 120 people.
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Private party contact
Youssef Eagle Essakl: (703) 499-9550
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Old Bridge Road
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Mother's Day Sunday At Bistro L'Hermitage
Serving a 3 Courses Choice Set Menu: $65PP from 11am-6pm
All dietary restrictions are welcome, We wish a Happy Mother's Day and Look forward to serving you on this special day.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

What 3291 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 4 months ago

Great food with great atmosphere! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

We haven't seen these to friends of ours since 2009. We thought that the best place for us to enjoy an excellent dinner was at this restaurant. The owners and staff are so warm and always make us feel wanted. The service is tops and the food - the best. Thanks!!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

I have traveled widely in France, and this restaurant takes me "home" every time we dine there -- which is frequently. Whenever we bring friends, their experience puts Bistro l'Hermitage on their list of favorites. The staff is warm and welcoming, there's a little "extra touch" on special occasions, and the service may be the best in the DC area. We seem to just order favorites instead of experimenting -- but there is always a reason why a certain dish is a favorite. Instead of snails served in the usual escargot platter, smothered in garlic butter, the chef de cuisine has devised an escargot ragout -- lovely large snails and chunks of braised pork belly and portobellos in a delicious gravy-like sauce, over a puff pastry wedge. Outstanding! (Goodness--why am I not there right now!?) My husband always comments on the perfection of the entrecote, and I have never had a poor seafood entree. And the authentic French bread is outstanding. They recently made the list of the 10 best restaurants in the DC area. This is a shouldn't-miss dining experience.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Perhaps the best French food I've had outside France, and on a par with the best I've had there. Extensive and diverse menu. We ordered a la carte, but the prix fixe and themed dinners look to be well worth trying as well. My companion is the wine expert, and was most impressed with the wines, both in terms of the quality of the list and the number available by the glass.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

This restaurant is consistently excellent in every way. While it is not inexpensive one gets a sense of having received value for the price of the food. It is classic French very well prepared and presented. The wine choices run mostly at $50 and up. There is a small selection of good wines that are priced at $45. This tends to run up the bill more than I would prefer, but the quality of the wine selection is very good.
My one quibble was that we made a reservation through open table and only a 2:30 time was made available to us. When we arrived shortly before our reservation time, the place was uncrowded and we were informed that the kitchen closed at 2:30! Why would you be given a 2:30 reservation if you can't order after 2:30? Subsequently we had to rush to order and our companions over-ordered and wound up with way too much food. We wish we had known this in advance. Despite this, and being all the wiser now, we certainly will return to this restaurant despite this one glitch.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Food and service is always excellent. Carlos our waiter was great.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Anniversary. The staff couldn’t have been better and the food was outstanding. I would highly recommend it for either a special occasion or just a nice meal.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary and my wife’s birthday in superb style. Outstanding cuisine with a knowledgeable staff provided the perfect locale for our special day! We’ve recommended the Bistro to friends and family.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Outstanding!

The house wines were delicious and my cocktails were made by a pro!

The filet was exquisite as was the rock fish.

Encroyable!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

The service, atmosphere and fod were all wonderful as always

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Our family dined at Bistro L’Hermitage for my father’s birthday and my parents’ 48th wedding anniversary. We had an AMAZING EXPERIENCE!!! I highly recommend this establishment.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Amazing every single time we go! This place is a gem!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Wonderful food. Attentive service. Great atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We loved it!!!

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Outstanding dinner as usual. So glad we don't have to drive to D.C. to have a good French dinner. Food is always delicious, well prepared, and delivered to table hot by excellent wait staff. Seafood is cooked perfectly as are the meat entrees, like the rack of lamb and lamb shank. Soups are superb. Good wine selection, not huge, but has a nice range of classics, old and new-world. Highly recommend this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This restaurant should stay just as it is...that’s what makes it so special! We have been going there for years and it is always fabulous!!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

As always the food and service were outstanding. Staff is always friendly and makes great recommendations whether it be on the menu or ordering a bottle of wine.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

This restaurant is a real gem. Food and service are excellent. You won’t be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter bunch was amazing as always. The pre fixe 3 course menu had a great select for each course and the service is impeccable. They were always there but never noticed. Ninjas!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Easter Brunch

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

FANTASTIC SERVICE, FABULOUS FOOD AND WONDERFUL STAFF. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Great overall experience. Food was very well prepared. Service was great.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

A perfect restaurant for quality dinner! We shared the lobster bisque and sea scallops appetizer which was superb. I had the roasted lamb and he had the veal and shrimp duo. All were prepared to perfect! We skipped dessert because the portions were plentiful! It’s our second time and it’s definitely a favorite for us! My only draw back was that we sat very close to two other tables so the intimacy of the beautiful location was lost just a little. Still amazing!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I love this place. The atmosphere, staff and food are the best!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

What more can you say about the best restaurant in Woodbridge!

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The food was excellent. The service was great. It is a wonderful restaurant to celebrate any occasion or for a really good meal anytime. We totally enjoyed the experience.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Unbelievably fantastic

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The restaurant was empty when we arrived for Saturday Brunch, so we got our favorite table. We are always greeted warmly by the staff, and service continues to be excellent. They make the perfect Kir Royale served in a tall flute. We really adore their authentic French food. I always order the deconstructed Lobster Bisque & hubby gets the Smoked Salmon platter. Our entrees were the same: Strip steak w/ green beans & fries (the French never make them crispy for some reason). They allowed Barry to substitute spinach for the fries. We skipped dessert & both enjoyed a cup of Cappuccino. Delightful way to start our weekend!

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5.0Dined on March 23, 2018

We celebrated our anniversary at the Bistro and couldn’t have been treated better. The food was fabulous, the service was excellent, and the price was quite reasonable. We had the chef’s tasting menu and everything we ate was perfectly seasoned and plated. Our server Carlos, seemed very happy to make our evening memorable. We will return soon.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

An amazing experience here. There is nothing that could be improved. Thank You
Jeff & Andi

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

We went there for our anniversary, the staff wished us a happy anniversary when we checked in. They sat us at a table that gave us a great view of everything. The service was great and the food was excellent. I would recommend that anyone go there for any occasion.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

Outstanding in all respects. The waiter "Carlos" was exceptional as was your cuisine. Our anniversary dinner could not have been held held in a more perfect restaurant. Thanks so much for your perfect food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Our server Carlos was attentive and the rest of the staff was as well. It’s a perfect place for a special occasion and has a lot of heart. Definitely where you want to go to for a nice quiet dinner. Portions are also very generous!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Our go-to place for special occasions. Great food and drinks. First-class service. One of the best restaurants in No. Va.!

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Excellent food, service, and atmosphere. Egg dishes outstanding. Salads delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 18, 2018

This is a charming restaurant, legitimately French in style, menu, construction and background music. The food is excellent, the service right there when you need it and not when you don't. The only downside to this bistro is its location; in the middle of a residential area just off heavily-trafficked route 123 in Woodbridge and just before the always-backed up exit to Southbound 95. The traffic was very heavy, as we went on a Saturday. Presumably traffic would be lighter on a weekday. If you don't mind driving to what one reviewer called the "Woodbridge wasteland", this is a fine outing which you'll enjoy. I would put it in the 'pleasing and important discovery' category.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants! Eat Sunday brunch there often enough that I would like to see some changes in the menu.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Service was excellent - it seems as if the waiter was ready at a moment's notice; he was assisted by others who cleared the table , brought the food and drinks, etc. The waiter asked us how the meal was and if we wanted anything else. HIs attentiveness made us feel special. One note, they do take your coat at the entrance and do not charge you a coat-charge. I thought that was a nice touch. The food was delicious - we've never had a bad meal there. Great place for special occasions and do dress up a bit to keep the atmosphere special.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

We chose Bistro L'Hermitage to take our daughter and son-in-law out for their anniversary. (Although my wife and I had dined here many times.) We were not disappointed. Excellent in every way. Appetizers - duck foie gras, crispy oysters, prosciutto, soup d'jour. Entrees: NY strip steak, rainbow trout, scallops, beef cheeks. Desserts - apple torte, trio of desserts, peach cobbler. As you can see, the four of us sampled a lot of the menu, and were not disappointed. Excellent choices. But we have never had a disappointing choice. We loved it, and will return.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Bistro L'Hermitage is my favorite place to go for brunch/lunch/dinner with clients, business associates, friends, and family. I love the unique atmosphere, and absolutely adore the staff. The chocolate mousse is divine -- only place that I'll eat it now.

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