Bistro L'Hermitage

4.9
4816 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
As the Historic Occoquan Waterfront Area welcomes L'Hermitage, a Classic French Bistro, we welcome you. Long time DC restaurateur (21 Federal/Bob Kinkead (RIP),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."
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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amandaj
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Bistro L'Hermitage. The food is excellent. I look for any excuse to dine here.

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RonaldW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at the Bistro. It absolutely lived up to all the recommendations we received. The food was superb and the service was outstanding(friendly but professional). We are already planning our next visit.

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MACKYg
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went to the Bistro for our 47th Anniversary. From the moment we walked in the door we had a wonderful experience. Our server Tony greeted us with Happy Anniversary and continued to congratulate us through out our dinner. Food was delish and plentiful.

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Eagle1
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely great as always!

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vipFathersDay2021
Washington DC
78 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My wife and two boys took me celebrate Father's Day. Had a great time. The food was very good and the atmosphere was fantastic. The server assisted with off menu items for the boys and I never had to reach for the wine bottle or ask for more water. He kept all full. One of my boys drop his dessert spoon and before I had a chance to put the spoon back on the table a server was there with another spoon. Very nice experience.

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MichaelC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint little hidden gem. Food is second to none; you would have to travel closer to DC to find anywhere that could match the quality. Wait staff is well trained and super attentive. Highly recommend.

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Leslienva
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Incredible food, service, and ambiance. The mahi mahi was perfectly cooked and delicious.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Richmond
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Everything was wonderful. Delicious food, great staff, wonderful atmosphere. Top notch. Looking forward to our next visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as usual!!

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LocalResident
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always top notch! It’s one of the best restaurants around.

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ByronC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, an awesome experience and we will to continue to go back.

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Alan
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was great. Went for dinner to celebrate wife’s 60th birthday. Our server Dennis stayed on top and made sure our experience was great. Expect to pay a bit; however, it will be worthwhile.

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Hughes
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful Anniversary Dinner. We look forward to dining the next time.

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Eagle1
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, ambience and wonderful feeling of being with family whenever we’re there. Our all-time favorite restaurant.

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JackM
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, outstanding staff - can't be beat!

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MarkH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the perfect fine dining restaurant for an intimate special occasion in Virginia. The setting is quaint, the service is superb, and the food delicious.

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vipBCfoodie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best French restaurant in NoVa, hands down. After many visits, we've never had a bad or unprofessional experience

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Bistro! It never disappoints. Staff is professional, courteous and delightful. Food is superb. Atmosphere couldn’t b more authentic. I feel like I’m in France every time!❤️

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JenH
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the ambience of this restaurant, great services and the dishes were delicious. I'll reccomend to friends and family

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CristinaS
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my Texas friends to the best restaurant in Woodbridge/Lakeridge/Occoquan. L’Hermitage never disappoints.

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Modestos
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staffing was courteous and polite A very pleasant experience 😋

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AnnaL
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant. It has a real European atmosphere and charm. The food is great too. Perfect for anniversaries and other special occasions.

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ToddC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, wonderful ambience, excellent service, delectable food (brunch).

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rjcpanjac
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Reservation dining for date night
Just a bit removed from the village of Occoquan, parking seemed adequate. The outdoor seating looked nice although a few tables along the parking lot a bit less appealing perhaps. Inside, the look and feel was very nice and fit the cuisine quite nicely. The offerings are not inexpensive, but the quality of the food and service for the cost wasn't a bad value at all (assuming you are familiar with what you are heading into I suppose).
We had a fantastic bottle of Sancerre along with a Kir Royal starter cocktail. The escargot was very good, but probably could have used a touch more garlic and salt. The creamy sauce when absorbed with the pastry (or bread) gave enough of it to go well with the very fresh and tender escargot.
The sea bass was a very sizeable portion, which certainly bumped up the value vs food a half to full star. Accompanied with perfectly prepared cauliflower and assorted other vegetables, it edged out the roast duck by a smidge. The duck was an excellent medium rare, a nice sear to the skin, and some sauce soaked cherries in the au jus were delicious bursts of flavor. The creamy couscous and haricot vert were very good, although the beans were a touch overcooked losing that crispness.
We finished with a mixed berry PACKED crepe (so good!) of the day, as well as a traditional molten lava chocolate cake, and both were solid bookends to the meal and quite delicious.

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NormanF
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dennis is amazing. He remembers our drinks and food choices although we generally dine here only once or twice per year. The food is quite good, the atmosphere is superb and the level is service is beyond compare. Thanks Dennis and the entire staff of Bistro!!

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MonicaB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely enjoyed our dining experience. The food was amazing! Tony was very attentive and provided outstanding service! I highly recommend dining here and will be back.

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Faks
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly atmosphere and sftaff, the food was delicious and we will definitely come back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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JacquelynN
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant...we love it so much we go every week!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was awesome and helpful; the food and drinks were all very good! Can’t wait to return!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Could not have asked for better

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KimberleyD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! My husband and I went to Bistro L'Hermitage to celebrate our 15th anniversary. The waiter answered every question I had, gave an exceptional wine suggestion, and our meals were fantastic. The scallops I had were cooked perfectly and the sauce was amazing. For dessert, the restaurant brought us a chocolate mousse to celebrate our anniversary. It was rich and decadent. We'll definitely be going back. This is such a gem in Occoquan.

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F8thFullyFit1
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb customer friendly staff. Exceptional French cuisine! Looking forward to returning for another wonderful meal.

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vipSirharley
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in VA in my opinion - food is always done perfect and the staff is terrific - we love Carlos.

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Bronlev
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always reliable. Neighborhood gem. An excellent French restaurant without having to go to DC or Great Falls. It is our anniversary go-to place.

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vipLunch123
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not been there since February 2020. Food and service great as before. Seems to be all new staff. We ate indoors but they now have a lovely outdoor area. Restaurant was surprisingly full for a Tuesday. The filet and veal chop were excellent. Prices were not cheap but reasonable for this type of restaurant. All entrees come with a starch and vegetable. Good wine selection. This was and will again become our special occasion choice of restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary dinner. Table location was private. Food was tasty. Tony waited on us like a superstar. Going back soon. And often.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I went to Bistro L'Hermitage for my birthday. I like French food and it seemed like a special place.
Here are the things I liked:
Unique decor
Good food
Nice atmosphere -however the floors are tiled and it kind of messes up the ambiance in my opinion.
I received a complimentary birthday dessert mousse that was better than the dessert we ordered!
What I did not like as much:
It is not on the waterfront
It wasn't quite as formal as reviews stated
While the food was good it was not amazing

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Amazing
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place continues to amaze me. This was probably our 20th visit, and everything from atmosphere to service is consistently top-notch. All three of us ordered beef dishes, one with lobster that was better than that of any seafood restaurant in the DC region. Medium-rare teaks were prepared with a beautiful sauce and accompanied by creative sides. Salads and soup were excellent as well. Our waiter, Tony, recommended a reasonably priced wine that complimented everything perfectly. He and the entire staff made us feel welcomed and pampered. This restaurant will continue to be our #1 choice for entertaining family and friends from out-of-town and for celebrating our special occasions.

FAQs

Bistro L'Hermitage is rated 4.9 stars by 4816 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.