Bistro L'Hermitage

4.8
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4213 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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vipMarineBean
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Birthday celebration for my wife.

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OmarA
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, wonderful and excellent food and service. I really recommend anyone who likes French food to go and experience the great food there. You will love it.

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Theburgh81
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with COVID-19 impacting the country greatly, Bistro L’Hermitage was able to give my family and I a sublime dining experience. We felt safe throughout our dining experience and can’t wait to go back! As usual, the food and service was top notch. This continues to be the best dining establishment in the area. I am glad we are able to get a little piece of normal back with the Bistro!

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KathyH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Bistro L'Hermitage is an an amazing Five Star Restaurant. Everything is perfection!!! It is pretty much our favorite restaurant and so close to home. Can't wait to go back

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michelleb
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So glad they’re open again!! We’ve visited this lovely place several times and every time we go we love it Even more. We’ll be back very soon🙂

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NickyB
Richmond
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service were both outstanding...as usual!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was so amazing. Customer service is the best ever. Food is above expectations. So eclectic and fun!

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MichaelC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very cute hidden gem! Doesn’t look like much from the exterior but inside it is an extremely beautiful French restaurant which is expertly and attentively staffed. The food was absolutely fantastic. This place will be in my regular restaurant rotation from now on

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AdrianW
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fantastic service. Even more expensive than our last time, so plan accordingly.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been to the restaurant on a number occasions. The food and service has been consistently outstanding. This visit was also outstanding. My husband and I both had the chefs special which was a seafood. The atmosphere is both relaxing and vibrant

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BrendaY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Perfect for a special celebration or just a special night out. Very relaxed atmosphere. The chef provides attention to detail on every dish they serve. Five stars!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was perfect

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vipChrisMarie
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We were there for the 6:00pm seating. They haven’t missed a beat since they had to close. Good sanitation, masks and distancing. Food=Amazing! The service was good, but there did seem to be a couple wandering staff with nothing to do which seemed odd. Can’t wait to go back!

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vipDavidP
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful!! We have missed being able to come here while it was closed for the pandemic. The restaurant was scrupulously clean, the service was prompt and attentive and the food was exquisite. Welcome back, Bistro L’Hermitage!!

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AnnMarie
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So thrilled to be back on their Grand Re-Opening! Everything was superb—as usual! Youseff & his staff married safety & haute cuisine to perfection . Merci!

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PaigeP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at the Bistro. The food, service and ambience is consistently excellent.
Paige

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We LOVE Bistro L’hermitage, it’s the best!!

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NickyB
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the area! The escargot is lovely!

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vipamoore
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Searched for local restaurants when in an area I was not familiar with (thank you Open Table!), found this one and decided to try it out. Very happy I did! Very nice service, the food was VERY good. Not the restaurant's fault, but we were seated beside some folks who were talking on speaker on their cell, very loud, so I put loud on the review. I can't fault any of the food, though I guess it could be more innovative. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes food that tastes good, though if you are on a diet, I would not suggest :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal as always!

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vipEYoung
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful experience. Food & service is highly recommended.

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CarolL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary with our very small family - we came up from Florida to do this at your restaurant. (We lived in Lake Ridge for 30 years). Everything was terrific as has been our experience each time we dined with you. Of the 7 of us, all chose a different entrée and all were excellent - prepared perfectly and delicious. Our 9 year old grandson LOVED the experience - he had the Octopus appetizer and duck for dinner and the molten lava cake for dessert - he is a great eater and we all had a terrific time and wonderful experience.

See you next visit---.

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vipdla911
New England
135 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoyable. The menu is diverse and generally continental, with a wide variety of meat, seafood and veg options. The wine list has some nice European wines, especially the Burgundies.

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MJE1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Bistro L'Hermitage and celebrate all of our birthdays and anniversaries there. It is a delightful place with wonderful food (every dish) and great ambience. Best restaurant in the area!

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vipWLeeNVA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for a birthday dinner. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Makes you feel like you boarded a plane and arrived in another country between the food and service. Absolutely worth visiting and will do so again.

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pattyi24
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this lovely bistro is outstanding for special occasions or for a special lunch with friends!

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vipBeltweighD
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bistro L'Hermitage is a place that we love to invite our friends to join us for an evening. All of the people there are wonderful. The food and service are always outstanding! Delicious food, good wine (even at reasonable prices), completely reliable service and a relaxed atmosphere, even though it is almost always crowded. A great place to take your time and enjoy good food and good company.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a rare experience to be in. Restaurant and have every one on the staff do their best to make you feel like the most important person there.
Perfect service, perfect food, and love love love the basket of cut croissants served with butter and marmalade.

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MaryAnnM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience2

While our salads and soup were very good the entree not very good. I feel it's difficult for places to use high quality cuts of meat and seafood and still turn a profit. (Boeuf Bourguigon tasteless not hint of the red wine whatsoever; and there was one slice of mushroom in my entire stew; Red snapper extremely fishy) The service was very good and friendly. It was very noisy and though I realize decor is a matter of taste to me it lacked the quaintness i was expecting. The coffee was really good. The outside surroundings are quite quaint. Since you asked I wrote this review which I realize is a matter of opinion.

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CraigS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went to the restaurant for my wife’s birthday. The servers were very attentive making suggestions for dinner and accompanying wine choices. Food presentation was very well done. Well worth the price.

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DavidN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything a dining experience should be. My only suggestion would be expanding the liquor selection to match the rest of the experience.

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vipDoug
Washington DC
159 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the ambiance are always superb. Very nice place to bring a friend/date.

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vipEvanston10
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came here to celebrate my son's graduation from Marine Officer training and were not disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere was great. While our wait person was new, she was personable an attentive. Food was delicious and appropriate portions. We had a bottle of wine from their "under 70" wine list that was very good. I would return for another special occasion.

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ChristinaD
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Bistro L'Hermitage was outstanding! The scallops were prepared perfectly and the desserts were outstanding!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely perfect fine dining! Superior service, tremendous attention to detail, and friendly but very professional service made for an exquisite evening. Our waiter Carlos made excellent wine pairings to our meal, which truly elevated the dining experience.

Well done, Bistro!

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vipDavidA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been looking for a French restaurant to replace Le Bonne Auberge for a number of years. I think I've found it. The food and service were fantastic. Trisha our server was amazing as were the rest of the staff that took care of us.

We arrived on a Sunday at 5pm and it was mostly empty but quickly filled up as the evening progressed. The noise level went up a bit but was not intrusive. I would say that our experience being at a corner table would have been different had we been seated in some of the areas that were a bit closer together. When we return we will certainly request a corner table.

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HarTS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

L’Hermitage has it all. We went for brunch on a Sunday and everything was delicious, the service was superior, and the atmosphere was unique! Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

consistently great

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ShaunK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service! Great place for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good and service were great!

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