Bistro L'Hermitage

4.8
3647 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."
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MB
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a true gem in Prince William (Occoquan) and we absolutely loved the experience. The décor was nicely done and reminded me of many places I have di in cities around France. Service was outstanding. Everyone we encountered from the young woman who offered to take our coats at the door, to the friendly people who unobtrusively kept our glasses full, to our wonderful and knowledgeable waitress were top notch. I would compare them favorably to some of the nicer restaurants downtown. Although I normally don't select anything fried, the oyster appetizer was superbly done. My dinner partner loved her red snapper and I thought the lamb shank I had was perfectly done. The sauces and sides were nicely done and the presentation was excellent. They have a nice wine list and the crème brulee nicely completed the meal. Now that we have discovered it, we will be back!

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

Perfect evening. Thanks

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C
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous food , presentation is fabulous as well. Bring your credit card , it is pricey . An excellent venue for a special occasion .

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

Wonderful service. Food cooked perfectly. Too full for dessert but they gave us a free creme brulee for our anniversary celebration.

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WO
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Bistro L’Hermitage for the first time in a long time. As usual the meal and the service were exemplary. It’s my daughters 26th birthday and she was treated wonderfully as we all were. The drinks were also fabulous

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

My husband had a wonderful date night here, the food was excellent, the service was even better - it was an all around wonderful dining experience. We will return and would recommend this place to anyone.

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FD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 36th anniversary and the restaurant personnel made it very special. The wait staff was exceptional and so was the food.

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Richmond
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fantastic! One of our favorite in town spots.

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JL
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

49th wedding anniversary .

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

Tell your host(young lady) to smile a little. Other than that everything is perfect. Would definitely come back again.

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MK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing duck dinner. Food was great, service as well. A bit loud as we were seated in a corner near the bar and the background music was a little loud. Wait staff was very attentive and helpful.

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always love coming here for dinner. Great food, service, cocktails, wines, and
ambiance.

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m
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Despite the threat of a lot of snow, the restaurant was full when we left. We purposely made an early reservation because of the storm. As always, the food and service were excellent.

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KO
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We love Bistro so when it came time to planning our anniversary we opted to try their brunch for the first time. The service never disappoints and neither does the food. Thank you, Lou for a memorable experience. We will be back soon.

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CF
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday celebrations are perfect at Bistro L’Hermitage. We have celebrated birthdays every year since they open and it just is perfect and unique every time. Food, service, atmosphere are always perfect!

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JG
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always delicious and the service is excellent. The specials are always fresh usually include a seafood option that you must try. I have highly recommended this wonderful gem to friends and others for years. You must have a dessert.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service are always exceptional A very quaint and enjoyable place to go!

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AB
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we had a wonderful meal and excellent service. We love the charm of the the restaurant - takes us back to France.....

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H
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Attentive staff, amazingly delicious food. Our preferred special occasion dining location. My father joined us and said it had been years since he had enjoyed a meal as much as he enjoyed this one.

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BO
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I wish that I lived next door so I could dine at the Bistro more often. Food is especially well prepared and the Staff is attentive. Probably appeals to a bit more sophisticated Clientell

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J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

My wife and I enjoyed our first time dining experience at Bistro L’Hermitage. The ambiance made us feel that we were back in France. Very good staff.

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B
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to celebrate an anniversary. The specialties of the day were presented as "Happy anniversary the chef has prepared for you a white cranberry martini" but we did not understand until we started hearing dinner options of what the "chef had prepared for you this evening" that we were hearing the specialties of the day. So we were a bit confused at first and had drinks we did not enjoy. Fortunately our waiter accepted my sharing that I was not enjoying the drink, that I had misunderstood it was a specialty not "on the house" and he gave me a drink I like at no charge. We were happy and really enjoyed the location of our table.

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Savannah
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Charming and warm French Country House feel, yet elegantly set table. A bit noisy. Will definitely go again when we want to experience something special.

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JM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent food and wonderful service

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A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed the 5 course chef’s tasting. Outstanding meal and great service. Expensive, but worth it for a special occasion. Had scallops, foie gras, halibut, rack of lamb and desert trio. Yum.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful surprise to learn Bistro L’Hermitage serves brunch on Sundays. I’d only been for dinner. My daughter and I enjoyed a delicious brunch ( I had eggs Benedict; she had waffles with fresh berries) . As always, the service was friendly, gracious, and excellent. And as always, the atmosphere was relaxed, so we felt we could settle in without being rushed and have a nice conversation to catch up on each other’s lives.

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Miami
9 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved Brunch! Great ambiance. Delicious Champagne

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MF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Bistro L' Hermitage is always such a wonderful dining experience. Nothing has ever disappointed us there and getting there more often is my only complaint. We Love it!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Outstanding food. Ordinary service. We felt rushed throughout the evening. It was clear that the server couldn’t wait to wrap it up and go home ..... we saw him rushing out even before we left, which was just before 10pm!

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AF
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent customer service from the time you walk through the doors until you leave! The food is amazing and the atmosphere is perfect!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service.

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OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Bistro L'Hermitage was outstanding, as usual. We have gone there numerous times and the meal this time was the best we have ever had there (it was their filet mignon). Once we were seated we had to wait a while to get our waiter's attention, but he finally came to our table and started rattling off the dinner specials. We calmly announced that we would like cocktails first, which made him realize we did not want to feel rushed. After that, we had our cocktail, ordered our dinner and everything was outstanding. This is definitely the place to go for good food and ambiance. We felt like we were back in France! Merci beaucoup!

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CZ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always an excellent experience - Service - Food - Cocktails/Wine - We have been back many many times - one of our favoirites especially for special occassions and a special treat

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f
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

Unpleasant experience! We are not from Washington and did not realize how long the trip to the restaurant would be. We arrived 20 minutes late and were chastised by the hostess. Mind you there were many open tables. The other hostess who seated us was very unpleasant because the 4th person in our party had canceled out. As my daughter said, the initial encounter created a "bad taste". The service was just so, so, with long waits between courses. The food was good but certainly not anything special and quite overpriced. The overall experience was disappointing especially as it was supposed to be a special Christmas eve dinner. We will never return and certainly would discourage our D.C. friends from dining there.

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KK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time. Carlos is a great waiter.

Food was great and taisty

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DB
Richmond
62 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We decided to give Bistro another try for our Christmas Eve dinner. We were promptly seated at our requested table in the corner. It's nice usually quiet and a good view of the restaurant. We enjoyed a nice bottle of Malbec with our meal. The service was inconsistent. Our order was taken promptly and wine and appetizer came quickly. She was going to taste the wine but it was poured in my glass. Our entrees were eventually served but without the side dishes we ordered. When the sides finally came they were cold. Dessert was great. We will probably return since Bistro is the nicest restaurant around without having to go into the District or fight parking in Old Town Alexandria.

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h
Washington DC
132 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the anniversary of our first date and we wanted to have a special evening. Bistro L'Hermitage fits the bill. They are so friendly and the food is exceptional. We enjos the restaurant very much.

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MK
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We've been to the Bistro many times and my parents have been regulars for over 30 years. This experience was very disappointing as the noise was awful and the service very very slow. Normally we have a GREAT experience in this restaurant. Not the past time...very sub par. Where was the owner on a busy night? No where to be seen!! And I thought my folks would have gotten more recognition by the wait staff for their continued loyalty......no one came over to wish my Dad well despite 30 years of weekly patronage!!! Very disappointing trip to the Bistro....Had it been my first I would not go back. Sorry to say as I think this is normally a superb place to go eat.....but not this time! Where was the Yousseff??? He should be there on a busy night!!

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PL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing experience. Wonderful food and service. By far the best restaurant for miles and miles and miles!! Love this place.

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d
Western NC
25 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was GREAT; service EXEMPLARY ... the BEST of Occoquan!

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