Bistro L'Hermitage

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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."

Specials

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Merry Christmas Everyone, Bistro L'Hermitage will be serving a traditional 3 courses choice set Menu with a great variety, Hours 11am-6pm at $69pp. All dietary restriction are welcome, Children are welcome and can have whatever they choose. We look forward to serving you et Joyeux Noel 2019!!!!!!!!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

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OT
Adelaide / SA
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. The ambiance, the food and the service was absolutely incredible.

DG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The was a wonderful experience, great food, staff was amazing! I would recommend to anyone who wanted a nice dinner, to celabrate an event or to just enjoy a nice dinner.

I will be going back!

OT
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time at Bistro L'Hermitage and we were very pleased. From the outside it looks like a shack, but inside is a first-class French restaurant, which did an excellent job of accommodating a group that included one vegetarian with an allergy to shellfish, one person who's gluten free, and one person who's lactose-intolerant. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. We'll be back soon.

B
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would recommend Bistro to a friend and i have done so many times. They never disappoint. Never. Service is excellent, the waiters are very welcoming and the food is beyond compare.

p
Philadelphia
46 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

PHENOMENAL! From the maitre d' to table service to coat check. Everyone operates as a familial unit, all working to ensure that you have an outstanding experience. And the fare is worth the drive from Philly to experience, each and every time. I've never had arugula that was so delightful. The tuna sandwich sounds simple, but it is DIVINE! The couscous with shrimp? Outstanding! Wine suggestions? Can't go wrong. And IF you leave room for dessert (because you simply MUST have the lobster bisque), you really can't go wrong. At. All. Trust me -- and, you're welcome.

F
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for any occasion. Will contine to dine here every chance I get. Friendly staff and fantastic food. Go there now!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The steak appeared to be disproportionately cut. My friend and I ordered the entrecôte. Her piece was significantly larger for the same price. The waiter forgot about the coffee she ordered and we had to ask someone else for it. I think the ratings and the pictures may have oversold it. I liked the uniforms and the ambience. The food was not well seasoned (maybe by design). I will go back to see if the experience is the same during the dinner hours.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice food and very good service!

EZ
New York Area
218 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Although we'd requested Table #2, we were seated in the other corner. I guess I made my request too late. But Carlos was our waiter so all was well. He spoiled us with 2 flutes of brut rose for our 48th anniversary...and an extra dessert w/ candle at the end of our meal. The warm croissants & French bread with butter & strawberry jam are always welcome. I'd prefer raspberry or orange marmalade but am not complaining! Barry always orders the smoked salmon platter for brunch. I love their lobster bisque presentation. Entrees were mussels (generous portion) & traditional Eggs Benedict. Molten lava cake w/ ice cream (oops! requested chocolate, got vanilla, and then another scoop of chocolate) for my chocoholic. I cannot resist their lemon meringue tart with raspberry on top (and strawberry sauce). Crème Brulee also arrived! Cappuccinos are perfection & served in huge cups. We will count the days 'til we can return!

TP
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great french food. Unfortunately there appeared to be a hand-off between our servers and they forgot to put in our appetizer order. It was an honest mistake, but still frustrating. The manager was kind enough to top off my glass of wine for the inconvenience. While the decor is a little ticky-tacky, it has a nice ambiance overall and we will be back!

MG
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for friends, who loved it! First time we've been here on a Saturday night and it was packed. No service for the first 5 minutes, but then it was perfect. Food was as great as ever. We were seated near the middle of the restaurant and it was a bit noisy and hard to hear, especially for my husband. Next time, I'll request "edge" seating.

KB
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love that I’m welcomed with a smile, and treated like gold every time I go to dinner here. The food and drinks are extraordinary. But this place has the entire package - superb service and unforgettable meals. So grateful!

PC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

BEST FRENCH RESTAURANT in the Northern VA/DC area and one of the best places to eat at overall. I can't recommend this place enough as the waiters are awesome, the Chef is amazing, and everyone is so nice and warm.

MK
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for a great evening.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing as always! I’d never been for lunch - only brunch and dinner and lunch was just as wonderful.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sensational !

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t
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first experience at Bistro L'Hermitage was overall one of the most enjoyable dining experiences we have had. This was our anniversary dinner, and from the moment we walked in they made the evening memorable. The entire staff is the utmost professional while making you feel warm and welcomed at the same time. The food is amazing! Each dish was perfectly prepared and served beautifully. We highly recommend this restaurant for your elegant dining needs.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dining here and had a wonderful experience. Service was well-timed and friendly. The food was amazing. Everything from the the white bean and ox tail soup, lobster bisque, halibut and mini crab cake, to the mini desserts and sorbets was excellent!

LP
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for our ten year anniversary and got the five course meal which was about $100 per person. It was so worth it. The atmosphere was very comfortable and the service was amazing.

AC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!

MC
Richmond
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything about the evening was great. My wife’s birthday dinner and it could not have been better. Can’t wait until we return.
Mac and Cindy Curtis

S
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely love this restaurant - service is always spectacular and food is always delicious - if we want a perfect dinner we go to Bistro L'Hermitage!

W
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was impeccable. This was the best filet I have had in years including visits to some of the "best" steakhouses.

AM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birth Months Ladies Lunch

MV
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wonderful and friendly staff and great food more than made up for the traffic getting there from DC.

MH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the NOVA area this is my favorite restaurant. They are very friendly, and the food is fantastic.

EJ
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I go for special occasions and have never been disappointed. Certainly at the top of our favorite paces.

DA
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From the moment you arrive, you'll feel welcomed. The food was delicious and cooked to perfection. I also appreciated the hospitality and excellent customer service. A great experience overall, I look forward to returning soon.

JJ
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place! I love the food atmosphere and service!

NI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food2service5ambience5

The menu is too limited, you aren't able to substitute items or get side sauces to enhance items ordered without being told that it would insult the Chef.

A
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious, service was great. If I had one complaint, it did get a little loud as the night progressed, and it became difficult to hear our waiter. But, we will definitely be back!

NY
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our visit & we were not disappointed! The service superb—the food delicious & the evening was extra special because of it! I want to give a special shout-out to our server, Carlos, who took care of us as family!

KH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service and food. This was our second time eating here. It was a perfect way celebrate our anniversary. We will be back.

PS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect for a romantic evening. The food is beyond wonderful and the service perfect.

WS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a bit pricy, but I enjoyed every minute. The food was exceptional and the service was very good, too. Can't wait to go back and have the lobster bisque again! It was wonderful.

m
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

outstanding as always - we come every month and the service and food is great

BE
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This is a regular venue of ours for special occasions. It’s the best we can expect, all things considered. Still is.
We usually visit on a weekend (traffic issues) and service is 5-stars. The place is packed to the walls, for good reason. Waiters are hopping and attentive.
This latest visit was on a week night week night when business is a tad slow. The waiters needed to be flagged a few times, but were otherwise efficient and, as always, effectual.
I gave a high noise rating because of the groups seated around us. They were celebratory and noisy (not begrudging). I had to cup my ears to hear my dining companion across the table. This is not the norm we know, but it was in high gear on this night. We’ll be sticking to weekend visits.
END: we will visit again and highly recommend it as a great place to get a great dining experience in a non- tuxedo venue.

TK
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice Sunday evening. Pleasant atmosphere and service. Extensive menu. Waiter was very knowledgeable and friendly.

C
Philadelphia
159 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice brunch. Excellent food, attentive service

OT
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Brunch was charming and the food was quite good, but the excellent service and attention was what made the meal special; we will come back!