Bistro L'Hermitage

4.8
3519 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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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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JY
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Excellent food, very nice place. Took my wife there for date night. A little noiser than I would have liked, otherwise it would have been 5 stars across the board.

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f
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Lobster bisque tastes good, but no lobster meat, and it was too thin.
The fish special was good.
Escargot and mussels served outside of the shell. Without the baked garlic butter sauce, nothing special.
The lamb shank special has no taste.
Overall, need more sauce for the food!

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ES
Tampa
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a reservation to celebrate boyfriends 45th birthday. 1st time here and will definitely come again. We both got the 5 course meal with wines paired to each course...The food and service was outstanding!

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

Elegant, superb food - lobster bisque, steak, scollops.

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s
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My wife and I have dined there many times and have always enjoyed ourselves. We have also taken my mother there many times, and they treat her like a treasured guest. Our most recent visit was on the occasion of her 85th birthday, which I had noted when making the reservation. We were seated right away at a table in the middle of the restaurant, which would have been just fine, although my mother doesn't hear well and the noise level got a bit raised by later in our meal. The owner, Mssr. Essakl, came over and gave my mother a kiss on the cheek and decided they must have a better table available for her. A party at a table nearer the wall was just leaving, so he had the staff clear that table off, put a fresh tablecloth and place settings on it, and seated us, with a complimentary glass of champagne for the three of us. The food and the service are always first-rate - if your water glass is near half-empty, expect it to be filled again without having to ask. It''s the little things that are a big deal, and they always deliver. I always appreciate it when the staff makes a fuss over my wife or my mother being there on a special occasion - anniversary, birthday, whatever. Kudos to the owner and the staff for making this a wonderful experience. We will be back.

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CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our favorite restaurant in the area if not in all of Virginia. Everything is always so perfect.

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b
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience! Food is always amazing and the staff remembers you and your likes/dislikes.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was excellent, atmosphere charming, service attentive, no rush to turn over, a great dining experience

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C
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our "special occasion" go-to restaurant. Michelin quality food, wine pairing and service, the team at Bistro always take good care of us.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very romantic and cozy restaurant! Staff was very attentive, and polite! Food was absolutely amazing! We will definitely be back!

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OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Dinner was delicious
The staff so professional

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people at the Bistro are amazing. You get the luxury treatment without the luxury price like Tyson’s. Everything was amazing.

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EN
Savannah
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was outstanding, best French Onion soup I have ever had!! Service was excellent! We will definitely return.

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MB
Tampa
15 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is an amazing place to eat. The service was impeccable, and the food was fantastic. We shared the muscles with tomato appetizer, excellent! One of us enjoyed the tuna and the other the lamb chops. Highly recommend this restaurant!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb selection and service. Menu options were also exceptional. It was our 35th wedding anniversary and I found our waiter very attentive. Atmosphere was cozy and intimate. Would unhesitatingly recommend it to friends.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We shared a fantastic dinner with friends. Two of us had a chefs special of lobster tail and shrimp-crabcake.
Absolutely wonderful!

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 4

Ambiance was delightful. Service outstanding. Food was above average - expensive.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! We come here all the time and the food is always amazing. Great service and wonder ambiance 👍

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WO
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always wonderful service and good food. Would like to see them change up the menu and wine selections and offer more specials.

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r
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For our anniversary, we experienced the 5-course chef's tasting menu. Each item was excellent and a good value.

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LD
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. Our wait staff were attentive. It was a crew of people. A couple of them seemed not happy. The rest were friendly and helpful.

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G
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was absolutely outstanding. I highly recommend Bistro L'Hermitage for special occasions. No need to drive all the way to DC - truly a hidden gem!

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JH
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We really enjoyed the food, the service and the atmosphere Bistro L’Hermitage. So nice not having to listen to loud pounding music like so many restaurants inflict on patrons these days. I’m not sure how authenticly French the food is here but it was delicious and the presentation was mangnifique. Look forward to returning to try some of the other menu offerings.

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MG
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding! They never miss. You're treated special the moment you walk through the door.

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M
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second visit to Bristo L’Hermitaged and it was absolutely as faboulous as my first visit. I highly recommend this restaurant for a exquisite dining experience.

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VS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Nice food, nice ambiance and best of all was the great service.

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AJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dennis our waiter was amazing!

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F
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful restaurant with excellent service, food and atmosphere. The perfect place for a special occasion.

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JF
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great French formal dining to experience an anniversary--very good lamb, fish and duck entrees. Also, highly recommend the mussels gratin for an appetizer. Highly professional staff and great deserts!!!

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a
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brunch was excellent. Servers were attentive and knew serving 'rules'. i.e. not removing dishes until everyone was finished, not interrupting conversations to ask 'how is everything?' etc. Water glasses filled without being asked. Food was excellent and good portions. My husband and I split the smoked salmon starter and our friends split the onion soup as a starter. Portions were healthy and we felt good value for the money. We had the omelette of the day and my friend had the crab sandwich. We'll definitely go again and maybe try one of the tasting menus they offer.

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TS
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is wonderful. Food is fabulous. Very pricey but very good.

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JR
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Bistro L'Heritage to celebrate my son and daughter in law's announcement that they are expecting their first child. The food and service was exceptional and we had a great time. The only recommendation that I have is that the waiter should always ask if a special event is being celebrated. It would make the experience a little more special.

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DD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

In a word, superb. Hassan as always, Heidi, and Carlos make this experience better. The Chef, she is glorious. And Youssef’s vision is a marvelous success. The entire staff is aligned to the restaurant’s aim of an elegant experience and complete customer satisfaction. Cheers, Tom

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KR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good atmosphere and the staff was attentive but respected our pace of dining. This was our 39th anniversary dinner and we were very happy with the overall service.

One area they can work on is an expanded wine by the glass selection, I wanted a good French red but there is a limited offering.

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YR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My second time at the Bistro and really enjoyed. A gem tucked away in a surprising location.

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DS
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, drink, atmosphere, and service is always outstanding. Our entire family cannot seem to frequent the Bistro as much as they want to, in spite of the fact that much of the family has to travel hours to dine at this marvelous experience. Having dined in many of the finest restaurants through out the world, none out- shine the Bistro. Dining here is always an exciting experience well worth making it a priority destination.

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was outstanding! We have been there twice and look forward to another visit. Highly recommend Bistro L'Hermitage!

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A
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time here and was absolutely impressed all the way around. Such a great menu. Will definitely be back. Great place and great service.

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