Bistro L'Hermitage

4.8
3590 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,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

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Bistro L'Hermitage welcomes you all, we will be serving from 3pm-10pm. On this day our Chef Dawn Burkart prefers that all her customers order from the regular dinner menu, all dietary restrictions are welcome.
It is a very busy busy day for us.
A votre Service all

Monday, December 24, 2018

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Joyeux Noel tout le Monde,
Bistro l'hermitage will be serving from 11am-6pm a 3 courses choices set traditional Christmas Day dinner with plenty choices to satisfy all. All dietary restrictions are welcome, $69pp.
we look forward to serving on this special blessed holiday. A VOTRE SERVICE, Welcome!

Tuesday, December 25, 2018

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Bistro L'Hermitage wishes Happy New 2019 Year to All! Monday,December 31st
First Seating: 4PM-7PM -3 Courses Choice Set Menu /$95
Second Seating: 8:30PM-Close -3 Courses Choice Set Menu /$145 ..(45 minutes) before midnight party starts, Party Favors, Champagne, Music & Dancing all Night Long.

Monday, December 31, 2018

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EZ
New York Area
180 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are so fortunate to have this white tablecloth restaurant in our area. Great for casual brunches on weekends or a special occasion dinner all week. Carlos always takes good care of us, and makes sure we get our favorite table. We were celebrating our 47th anniversary so he presented us with Kir Royales to toast the occasion. He also took some excellent photos of us! I think that their Lobster Bisque (with a show) is the best in the D.C. area. Barry adores the smoked salmon platter. I had traditional Eggs Benedict although they offer one made with spinach & smoked salmon. Barry had hangar steak with veggies & potatoes. For dessert he had the lava cake & I had the lemon meringue tart w/ raspberry sauce. Then Carlos brought over a Crème Brulee w/ a candle. Big cups of Cappuccinos completed the feast. You are missing out on authentic French fare at a reasonable price if you don't check out Bistro l'Hermitage in Occoquan!

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ND
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having trouble finding words to describe the wonderful experience I had at this restaurant! Everything was magnificent and all our food from the appetizers to desert was delightful. Can’t wait to go back!

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OT
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Pretty good overall. We started with the escargot and foie gras. We had duck and calves liver for our entree. Food had some high points. The foie gras was super yummy with the right accompaniments. The pea shoot and pear salad was a nice compliment to the richness of the foie gras. The escargot, on the hand, came with a soggy puff pastry. The sauce had messed up the texture of the dish. Next to the pastry was a mishmash of mushrooms, escargot and pork bits. It didn’t seem harmonious or well blended. The main courses were tasty but typical of what I would expect from a high end French restaurant. Nothing that was a real wow.

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MD
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb food. Great wine list. Super service. All makes you feel special

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a very nice dinner celebrating my wife’s birthday at one of her most favorite restaurants: the wait staff and manager were great, of course as usual the food was amazing, most especially the foie gras!

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JJ
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Bistro L’Hermitage was our first tasting at a French restaurant. I am happy to report we were not disappointed. The wine list provided plenty of options. I started with the (Bisque d’Homard) Lobster bisque with sherry cream, it was very tasty, close to the best I have ever enjoyed. The lady enjoyed the (Filet de Saumon) Pan seared filet of salmon with Israeli Couscous, baby spinach & red pepper coulis. She spoke very highly of the baby spinach, and the filet of salmon servicing was more that you can expect a lady to eat in one sitting. I enjoyed the (Poulet Rôti) Roasted​ chicken with brussels sprouts, french fries, & meaux mustard sauce. the chicken was very succulent and the mustard sauce was perfect.

Great atmosphere, although a bit noisy at times. Diffidently a high in the Woodbridge, VA area.

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MS
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a place, tucked away it’s like an oasis in the middle of nowhere. Made to feel welcome from the minute we arrived, great atmosphere, terrific food and the staff treat you like no one else matters (as they should!).
It was my wife’s birthday and the complimentary dessert with candle was a nice touch, will definitely be going back.

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P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top restaurants in the metro DC/ northern VA region. Food, service, ambience, this restaurant has it all. We've been here multiple times and plan going again!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was excellent as always.

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KG
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent dining experience! Well worth the price. Food and service were very good; great leisurely dinner in a relaxed quiet setting. Perfect for a romantic special occasion. Can't wait to return.

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JM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Not the cheapest but worth the price for special occasions.
Really good food and very pleasant and friendly staff.

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LD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 3

The food was bland, unfortunately. A veal and shrimp pappardelle lacked sufficient flavor - as did a side of cous cous. The French onion soup was low on sliced onions. It seems the cooking has slipped a bit.

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c
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was lovely, and the food, as always, was magnificent: lobster AND shrimp, beautifully melded in an exquisite sauce. Birthday boy polished-off TWO desserts! A perfect evening-which is why this is our “go-to” restaurant for special occasions.

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

fyi, I happened to call Bistro L'Hermitage a couple of days before my reservations. I was told that there was no record of my Open Table Reservation.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service! Food was delicious.

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DB
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had out-of-town friends who stopped by for lunch. They loved it. This place never disappoints.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thanksgiving dinner. Flawless the waiter Luka was great, food service everything was wonderful.
Although the restaurant was very busy, we were treated like we were the only guests there.
Well done!! Can’t wait to return

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GW
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere and ambiance in the restaurant, very attentive service, great selection of appetitizers, entrees, and desserts.

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DZ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best French restaurant in Northern Virginia. $$
Excellent table settings.
Great bar.

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JW
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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AB
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you so very much! Our second Thanksgiving there and we will return.

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TR
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro L'Hermitage managed Thanksgiving dinner excellently. The appetizer, entree and desert choices under a fixed price menu ranged from turkey to steak to salmon to veal and scallops, and all were delicious. The service was attentive notwithstanding the Thanksgiving crowds. We dined for precisely 90 minutes - from 130 p.m. to 300 p.m. - but never felt hurried. My wife an I were impressed by both the excellent food and how expertly they managed a challenging restaurant day.

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M
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

As Always what I’ve expected good food, atmosphere and Ask for Dennis, he is great.

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e
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice for a lavish (but different!) Thanksgiving meal, with options for those who do not eat meat (pescetarian-friendly, in any event--and perfectly prepared). The atmosphere was charming and the service was efficient, pleasant, and unobtrusive. We look forward to a return visit soon!

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MG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you, Bistro L’Hermitage for making our Thanksgiving Day feast so wonderfully happy and delicious!! The special Thanksgiving Day Menu was excellent!! There were so many yummy looking items that it was difficult for us to select our three courses. I ultimately decided upon the Shrimp with wilted spinach and Israeli cous-cous for my appetizer, the perfectly cooked Red Snapper with risotto and asparagus as my entrée, and the decadent chocolate mousse for dessert. WOW!!! What a meal!! Absolutely superb!! Finally, I’d like to thank our wonderful server, Lukas!! You made my Momma soooo happy!!!

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HA
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We absolutely love this place. It’s pricey, so it’s not an “every month” type place. Everything from the staff to the food is excellent.

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l
Richmond
24 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a perfectly pleasant stopover spot for a delicious and, surprisingly, romantic Saturday brunch. The table setting was classy and the service was attentive without being obtrusive, and friendly without being familiar. The onion soup and lobster bisque, and the crab cake and trout were tasty. The ambiance was cozy and intimate (although we can imagine that the tables feel very close together at busy times). We did feel like being back in la douce France!

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r
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

...we always go there for special occasions...have never been disappointed...plus we live only five miles away...

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SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service! Setting is beautiful!! We celebrated this dear friend’s birthday 🎂

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SM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! Such a Gem! The food and experience is amazing. You get what you pay for...which is mouth watering, delicious food, and beautiful venue.

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OT
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent drinks, excellent atmosphere. For the amount of food received and the overall experience, the price was fair. Very impressed.

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c
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Each and every course was exquisitely presented and prepared: silky smooth soup & tender veal. Chocolate mousse to die for and the service was impeccable - Carlos is the consummate professional. This is our “Go-to”, when nothing but the best will do.

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g
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro Hermitage is excellent in all respects - food, service, ambiance. It was on this occasion as it always is. We will be back soon.

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BP
Baltimore
24 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had my birthday dinner here and had an amazing experience. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable. The ambiance is enough to bring you back. I loved this restaurant.

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SF
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Deserves more than five stars. Excellent food, impeccable service from every employee, and delightful ambiance. Such a gem!

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BW
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro L'hermitage never disappoints. Fantastic food, outstanding service and ambiance.

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ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant. Wonderful service, fabulous food and great ambience. Will absolutely return again.

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VM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have moved to New Hampshire and were visiting in Northern Virginia. The restaurant was a favorite when we lived in Burke so we wanted to come for another exceptional dining experience.

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RG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place. Looking from the outside does look that way on the inside great place.

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BP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for dinner - we live in Burke and didn't even know it was there. Only about a 15 minute drive.

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