Bistro L'Hermitage

4.9
3438 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
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
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DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a month ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with great atmosphere! I highly recommend this restaurant.

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LT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at L'Hermitage several times and each time is as good as the last. We have taken others for some great evenings. It is a very special place staffed with excellent folks and it is extremely well managed. Their service is friendly and impeccable.
Sarah and David Brooks

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CR
Richmond
17 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal! Salmon was one of the best we have ever had. Champagne Risotto was amazing! Service was great and it's obvious that the owners care about their customers.

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CG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing, the best restaurant in the area hands down.

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WB
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the classiest restaurant in our area; comparable to the nicest places we've been in Fairfax, Arlington, or D.C.
Convenient, plenty of parking, a varied menu, superb food and service. A bit pricey but not considering the food and service.

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was fantastic! We will definitely go back. Tables are sometimes right next to each other. Cute decor. Romantic. Drinks and dessert were also spot on. Not a place to grab a quick bite. We didn't mind, but the couple next to us did.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service - excellent! All that expect of a top tier restaurant is here. Service was terrific

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w
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This has become one of our favorite restaurants! The staff is always pleasant and accommodating. Each plate adorns a beautiful presentation and is equally delicious. Never a disappointment.

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OT
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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RQ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant never disappoints. The food is delicious and beautifully presented. The wait staff is professional and experienced. They make you feel welcome and comfortable. Nothing is rushed, the courses are perfectly timed, did I mention the food is beautiful and delicious ... :-) Whether you are celebrating a special occasion, or just decided to have a nice dinner out, this is the place for you.

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CM
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Always a pleasure to dine at this charming restaurant. Service is excellent. You can have a quiet conversation over a fine meal. The wine list has many enjoyable choices.
I am so glad we have Bistro Hermitage in our neighborhood.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was a little nervous when I saw the outside of the restaurant. It looked cute but not the fancy I was looking for. My nerves we calmed when we went inside. All of the tables were beautifully dressed and the restaurant was decorated nicely. The wait staff was very attentive, professional and personable. Food was excellent! I had the trout and my husband had the filet mignon. The desserts were amazing! It was a wonderful evening celebrating my birthday.

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RM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was wonderful, everyone was pleasant and customer oriented. The food was superb in both presentation and taste.

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B
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Six of us enjoyed a wonderful brunch to celebrate a birthday. I had requested a round table so that we could easily converse. The table as usual was beautifully set including fresh flowers. The superb food and excellent, attentive service made for a memorable time. Highly recommend L'Hermitage as a must go to dining experience.

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WP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was very responsive. The presentation of the meals were very colorful and more importantly was delicious.

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RW
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, there for wedding anniversary! Very attentive staff, excellent food! Always great, good service on a busy night

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

After just two visits we're absolutely hooked on Bistro L'Hermitage for Date Nite, special occasions, and dinner with close friends. The food is consistently wonderful, served quickly and piping hot; bar service is top notch with wonderful creative concoctions, and the service is sublime. Who would expect such a gem nestled between Woodbridge and Occoquan!!?? No need to cope with downtown DC with this oasis just off 123!

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M
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it, always the best. No better place in Northern Virginia.

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DD
Miami
39 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro is wonderful place to dine. The service is excellent and the food is delicious. They make great drinks and have great wines.

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our favourite restaurants and the one we usually choose for special occasions, entertaining guests. We always can count on professional but friendly service, quality food and a pleasant atmosphere. Thank you.

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful country French restaurant, in an unlikely place! Sweet decor and great food. It is our "go to" place for special occasions.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 5

I was disappointed in my meal this time compared with the last time I dined here. The Sea bass was, at best mediocre, too much dark meat and I would not even describe the ratatouille as such, it was chopped veggies in tomato broth with a side of broccoli. Bland meal and the waiter left a lot to be desired after our previous waiter experience.
Our dining partners wanted to share the eggplant appetizer and the waiter said he would bring an extra plate! Our waiter before didn't even ask but brought the shared appetizer on separate plates.
What a difference from our prior dining experience.

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AC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service was a bit slow but they seemed pretty busy or possibly down a server. But the staff was friendly and we had a great time. The food was delicious. We will definitely come back.

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FS
Richmond
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Tables are positioned too close together.....we had to endure the loud conversation of a 4 top next to us.
Service is excellent up to the point where we felt as though we were being rushed through the meal.
Only two of us so it was not considered wise to order a full bottle of wine.....found out later that wine by the glass was available from another Wine List.
She had the Chefs Special Scallops and Shrimp and pronounced it superb. I had the rack of lamb. It was cooked medium rare to perfection, separated nicely, and tasted great. There was an odd "burnt garlic" taste to parts of the rack. Desserts were fresh and enjoyable.

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JB
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and great big portions. Not like other fancy restaurants that have high quality food in smaller portions, so you have to order at least three items. Their starter salad was large as was the fois grais app. The seafood entree had a big slab of wild salmon and three giant scallops along with hearty portions of mash potatoes and green beans. Great Value.

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

I have been to your restaurant at least 10 years and I have enjoyed it every time.

Thank You

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SG
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We celebrated many special occasions at L’Hermitage...always a great meal wth impeccable service. You will definitely see us back on our next special occasion.

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p
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food as always. Was seated in my favorite booth. Went with my husband for date night. Our favorite restaurant. Charming decor and not too noisy like many places. The service is also great.

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B
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I have dined at L'Hermitage many times both alone and with friends. We have never been disappointed. Terrific food, courteous and efficient staff and the wonderful ambiance make for a warm and memorable visit. Highly recommend as the go to eatery in Woodbridge.

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VJ
Charleston
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

If you live in Woodbridge and have never been here, you are missing out. Nestled in a side street, this quiet little gem feels like Paris! The food never disappoints. I’ve been here several time. They rotate the menu choices to bring you exquisite French meals. The service is awesome. I’m already planning my next visit.. Yummy

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WT
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have spent our last three anniversaries here and have always been pleased with the food and service. This s a great place for a special night out.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Very attentive and knowledgable staff.

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CL
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Motivated by Anthony Bourdain's TV show, I searched for a local French Restaurant. I'm not a connoisseur, but the food tasted very good and was well presented. The servers are mature professionals rather than "summer help." Service was attentive but respectful of our conversation. The ambience is authentic country architecture, which fit the mood for me. Clean, odor free, soft lighting, attractive, good service and delicious food. We'll be back.

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h
Washington DC
129 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a restaurant you can always count on for excellent food and excellent hospitality. We always bring family or friends with us. The owners are so nice.

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BK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service in a lovely setting. Consistently good place for special occasion.

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S
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another terrific dining experience! My wife loves this restaurant and I knew she would enjoy going there for our anniversary. As usual, the food was excellent, service was attentive, parking was easy, and so forth. We will continue to go back over and over.

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KK
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent service, food and ambiance. Everything was perfect!

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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My daughter’s birthday was made all the more special by the staff at Bistro Le Hermitage. Thanks for a wonderful evening!

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SE
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was fantastic, the service was wonderful, easy to get to. All around great experience.

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OT
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were pleasantly greeted as soon as we entered the door and then seated. The owner and wait staff welcomed us. The service was attentive and efficient. The food presentation was enticing, preparation excellent and it tasted marvelous. Dining is always a satisfying experience at Bistro L’Hermitage.

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