Bistro L'Hermitage

4.9
4882 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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Virginia2021Reviews
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again the Bistro "experience" was great. It was my birthday but we didn't tell them on purpose since they add extra deserts and the like which we didn't want or need. This is our "go to" for special occasions and has been for years.

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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The service and food were fantastic, the food was presented beautifully. Everything was hot and properly cooked. Desserts were awesome. One small complaint is it's a bit pricey but they do use the best products, and also the AC was not completely cooling the restaurant, but it was a very hot and muggy evening.

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RestaurantVisitor
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very helpful and courteous service. Excellent food. Good parking. The restaurant works very hard at pleasing customers.

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StevenS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

I have been to the Bistro too many times to count. Service on this latest visit was impressively splendid. The only thing that was missed was a specific note/message from my online reservation. Food has always been great. My wife and I have been to the Bistro during all occasions/holidays/celebrations and many different times though-out the day. No matter what the time or occasion we have never been disappointed. Many years ago the Bistro had parking issues and the curb-appeal was less than perfect but all that has been rectified. Would I recommend Bistro L'Hermitage to a friend? Without hesitation...

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MarciaB
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. I brought a friend that had never eaten there and she thought it fab.
Tricia, our server was excellent.
I haven’t reservations this Sunday 11:30. Bringing another friend for a celebration.

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HainesB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I have often eaten at Le Hermitage, but the year of Coronovirus seems to have taken its toll. I asked at the start for Dubonet, and you did not have this classic. The mashed potatoes came with a cover of hay, which did nothing for the aesthetics or taste. The mashed potatoes were mediocre in taste. I have never before been asked how well done I wanted salmon. I made the mistake of saying medium rare because I often eat Salmon shashimi. But medium rare cooking gave the fish the consistency of custard. There was a hard surface applied on the fish that when cut through turned the fish into mush. I peeled off (literally!) the surface treatment. Could have used a spoon to eat the fish. Then the carrots were tough and tasteless. I would have expected carrots julienne. I had sorbet for desert and made the mistake or ordering mango. It was thick and sweet, not at all refreshing like sorbet. I would like to have seen some French rather than just American dishes on the menu. The waitress was efficient, but pestered us with patronizing questions about whether we liked the food. Noise level too high to carry on a conversation comfortably. There were some young people nearby who didn't know how to dress of keep their voices down. The size of the portions were twice I could eat, and that seems another concession to American taste. My wife's dinner, on the other hand, was fine.

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Cookie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a special birthday dinner for my husband. Everything (ambiance, service, food and wine) was outstanding. We had the best seats in the house (a nice little table, tucked away in a corner, with beautiful flowers, having mentioned when I made the reservation it was for a birthday).
We both had cocktails to start (Whiskey Sour for hubby and myself a French Martini), followed by (me) Lobster Bisque and (hubby), escargot out of the shell in a sauce with puff pastry on top, both of us enjoyed a Caesar salad, and we both chose one of the (market) specials which was a filet minon with red wine sauce and potato puree accompanied by a lobster tail with beurre blanc sauce and sauteed spinach. We enjoyed this with a bottle of Orin Swift 2017 Papillon bordeaux-style red from Napa. Dessert (for my husband, I was too full) was my husband's favorite Creme Brulee. I had a cappuchino to end the night.
Our server was Dennis, and we asked him to pick the wine and also keep the pace slow so we could enjoy this lovely dinner. He did not disappoint. This was our 4th time at Bistro l'Hermitage and it has always been a superb experience. We hope to return to try their highly rated Sunday Brunch in the near future. We highly recommend this beautiful restaurant especially for romantic and/or special dinner.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal, outstanding service, the temperature got a little warm during meal making it a little uncomfortable. It was a little loud.
We will come back.

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KatieS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the best place to celebrate our 20th anniversary!!

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CherylG
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wedding Anniversary. As always food and service were excellent!

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Maryam
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. Delicious food excellent service

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vipBEAU
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was A+ Love this place - would highly recommend it - plan to go back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I bring my mom here every two to three weeks. This is by far our favorite restaurant. Dennis is absolutely amazing and knows exactly what to recommend and how to expertly pair it. Sublime!

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Maggie
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great spot for date night/special occasions. Be prepared for a big bill but everything was delicious. American size portions so you'll likely be taking a doggy bag home. Excellent service. Great ambiance.

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DiningFun
Richmond
11 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Impeccable service. Fantastic cuisine. Delectable desserts. We've been several times and usually get the chef's recommended course dinner. We've never had anything we didn't like here. This time, we went for our 10th anniversary and ended up ordering ala carte, as the chef's course dinner was seafood and we wanted something different. Splitting a soup and an appetizer, and ordering a couple entrees, drinks, and desserts, we dropped around $220ish with tip.

Might be a little pricey to eat there often, but a great place to splurge for a special day or for a pricier date night, once in a while.

Before or after, you can go for a short stroll around old town Occoquan, which can be nice to do on a date night. It's about a 2-minute drive away. Some nights at the park there they have outdoor movies or trivia nights, which can be fun.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!! Never disappointed!!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a wonderful experience at this restaurant. The food and the service are amazing.

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vipSheliaP
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing - everything was outstanding. I would definitely recommend this restaurant to others.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service overall

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Rich
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife an I often dine at L’Hermitage, and are always very pleased with the experience. So we decided to celebrate our wedding anniversary there too. We were thrilled with the quality of the food, the presentation, and the service. All that said, I hope nobody reads this so it doesn’t get too busy with others who look for top quality dining.

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JordonLord
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite place for Sunday Brunch! Delightful

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GeorgeD
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I would definitely recommend the Bistro to a friend.

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vipEllenZ
New York Area
256 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had not dined here in 2 months due to health issues (me & our favorite waiter, Carlos). It was wonderful to sit at our favorite table & be pampered by Tony. He brought us complimentary flutes of brut rose. He also remembered all of our favorite dishes in advance of our ordering, and brought Barry a birthday dessert. Our only complaint was that they overcooked his lava cake a little. It did not flow molten chocolate as he likes it. The cappuccinos were excellent. Hope to return soon.

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DianaD
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very busy but every attention to detail was made by the outstanding staff! Food was outstanding as usual. Never disappoints.

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Ronald
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent. Food, ambiance and service! I can understand why they are so popular. We will definitely return. We order the seafood special. The trout and shrimp were cooked perfectly and the pineapple sauce was wonderful.

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Ellenne
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Again we were blown away at the perfection that we get here. Food was spectacular, service is stellar and atmosphere pristine. Truly love eating here for any special occasion. Highly recommend Bistro L'Hermitage.

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vipWine4me
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my birthday, absolutely fabulous evening! The service is outstanding, ambience wonderful, and food is exceptional. I had the eggplant goat cheese torte as an appetizer, every layer was so full of flavor. My main course was the Seabass, not only was it a generous portion it was seared to perfection and so moist… The best Seabass I have ever had! My husband had the French onion soup which is to die for and the fillet which he said was grilled to perfection. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who would like to start a special occasion. It is on the pricey side but you get what you pay for.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best that PWC has to offer.

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GlennK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They are the best! Always superior food and the service is beyond outstanding. We love Bistro L'Hermitage!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dennis is the best waiter we’ve ever seen. Was a pleasure.

DC
DerekC
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve been to since moving to the DMV. Will definitely be visiting again.

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Wade
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food served by an energetic and attentive staff

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BarbaraD
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went with my parents and my 3 month old son. it was a little noisy bc it was a busy brunch but not unpleasant- my son dozed right off with all the background bustling noises. the food was delicious and the service was short and efficient. they were very busy and the server clearly had many tables but still got our food out in a timely manner (he definitely was not chatty which honestly i prefer). i got the lamb mergueze appetizer (piping hot and sooooo delicious) and the shrimp cake sandwich for my entree. it was all shrimp and in big pieces and very well executed and tasty. i was so full, we didn’t order dessert bc we didn’t want to push our luck with the baby (he was very good the whole time). we loved it, definitely going back

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is my very favorite! It’s amazing! Every time we go I’m never disappointed. It’s a must try!

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BobA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional food and exceptional service. Highly recommended.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding!!!!!

CP
CarolynP
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant does not disappoint. Their addition of an outdoor patio was the perfect setting to enjoy dinner on a beautiful Saturday night. This is by far one of our favorite restaurants in NOVA.

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

It was hands down the best restaurant we’ve been to in NOVA.

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vipPeony
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Delicious food.

RG
RyanG
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolute must for anyone who wants to be spoiled. From the moment we were seated until we left the restaurant the service was top notch. Our waiter was impressive with his knowledge of everything from the cocktails to desert. Detailing everything from preparation to how it would taste. The food was perfectly prepared, seasoned, bursting with flavor and excitement in every bite. Wine suggestion was amazing. Every detail is carefully thought out and put in place. But don’t take my word for it, make a reservation and go see for yourself.

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Bistro L'Hermitage is rated 4.9 stars by 4882 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.