Cafe Soleil

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Cafe Soleil and Lounge, located just off the Farragut West Metro Stop, has set the standard for dining in Washington for over a decade with our innovative cuisine and unmatched service. We are renown for our quaint, French inspired dining room that is ideal for a business lunch or a quiet escape from the busy hustle of Washington's business district.

We recently added a happy hour that runs seven days a week from 5-8 pm. This menu boasts fine wines at only $5 a glass, and small bites that "are fit for foodies" at an affordable price.

Book your office holiday parties, private happy hours, or meeting space with us. We offer the most competitive meeting space rates in Washington, DC.

We have also added a daily specials menu. Do not miss Tuesday's "Menage a Trois" Special, Wednesday's half priced wine night, and Saturday and Sunday Suppers featuring three courses for $20.99.

Always call ahead or book a reservation online. Cheers, Soleil
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Sun 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Mon - Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 1:15PM - 3:00PM 5:00PM - 6:00PM 8:00PM - 10:00PM
Sat 8:00PM - 10:00PM

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AG
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Little over price for the quality of foods served. the Christmas music was too load

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience2

It was dead but I really loved my food! It was a nice place to eat if you need to hear people talk and bond with them!

EI
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

My first time at Cafe Soleil for dinner. The menu was varied enough for all appetites and health preferences. Very pleased with what I got. I loved that the muscle appetizer came with french fries! I'll definitely get that again. My colleague raved about the french onion soup. Portions are generous so you get enough to eat and my have some to take home. I got the half roasted chicken with garlic spinach and mashed potatoes. A good hearty and healthy meal. Although I was a little disappointed in the chicken. It needed a bit of seasoning and was leaning toward dry. But not a deal breaker. I especially liked the atmosphere. It was quaint and cozy. Even though the dining room is close to the bar and music plays in the background, it was easy to have a conversation. Good option when friends want to get together for a meal and actually talk to each other or when you need to have a business conversation over a meal.

L
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

if you're looking for a quiet place for a nice business or social lunch/dinner, this would be the place. The only offputting aspect is that because the restaurant is affiliated with the hotel next door, you have to go up one floor to use the restrooms. Having said that, the elevators are quick, so it's really no big deal.

OT
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

One ofy lunch time favorites.
Great service from Marco and company. Good selections. Always accommodate special requests.

M
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We had an excellent meal and the service was fast and unobtrusive

h
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Convenient location and generally quiet. Food is hit and miss.

C
Cincinnati
53 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant great atmosphere and service food was delicious

L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my first time at Cafe Soleil. I met up with a friend - she had the lamb burger and made some adjustments in the order, which were handled just right. I had a salad with chicken. We also had the green olive tapenade appetizer. The only drink ordered was an iced tea. The price tag with tip was $58 for both of us. This is about right for the neighborhood and a weekday lunch with white tablecloth, stemware, and a couple of formal wait staff. It's a bit of a splurge for me because I generally bring my lunch to work to stay within a budget, but again, it's about right for the neighborhood. Tables are a little tight and it might get noisy if it's full but it wasn't too busy when we were there. So, food was good, service was good, ambiance was good. I'll try it again and flesh our my review further with more info.

WB
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

This is the third time I have eaten here. It may be the last. In the past, had been seated in the front dining room. This time was in rear, and it was dingy. Servers were much slower, and our lunch which consisted of a burger, salad and soup took a while to arrive. Further, the burger was overcooked, and cheese on top of Onion Soup charred.

VM
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Unfortunately the food left a lot to be desired I had scallops with mashed potatoes and heirloom cherry tomatoes. The scallops were good however the mashed potatoes tasted dry and old and the heirloom cherry tomatoes were cold and just stuck in a stick. A friend of mine had their ravioli that was so dry it was difficult to eat. He had to order extra sauce to make it palatable. The service was good.

LG
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and amazing staff! We will definitely be back!!

D
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I would not visit the restaurant if not for open table points. This is my second time in two weeks because the waiter cancelled my reservation and therefore I was able to get points!!! Food is mediocre, service is ok, ambiance is typical for a so called bistro.

L
Philadelphia
27 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful time and I highly recommend Cafe Soleil for any occasion. Looking forward to a return visit the next time I am in Washington, DC.

CL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience2

Service not great. Tables oddly configured not conducive to private conversations. Server tried to not provide credit card receipt. Gratuity added for a table of 2. Very shaddy.

KM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food2service4ambience4

Great location and service, but food mediocre to be kind.

OT
Charleston
10 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

My steak was over done, closer to medium well versus medium rare. The vegetables were not hot and the frites were also less than hot. The experience was good overall but I was a bit disappointed in the food presentation. Service was great and ambiance excellent.

CN
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

This was my first visit to Café Soleil, and it was a fair / good one. The food was good, however the service was a tad slow and impersonal.

GW
Washington DC
40 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience2

The experience was nothing special. We returned the calamari appetizer because it was overcooked and rubbery. The menu claimed it was accompanied by aioli, but whatever the soupy sauce was, it was definitely not aioli. A quaint, French inspired dining room would be better served by bistro type jazz or French music, not 80s pop songs. We will give credit for the crab, avocado, tomato stack as being a good dish, but nothing else among our entrees was inspired or a standard setter.

M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was excellent but highly over priced
We had indicated in the reservation that we wanted separate checks and upon arrival hostess/server was clueless on going about executing this - after insisting we do it it was executed well.
We wanted bread for the table while waiting for food to be prepared and we had to ask for it and only some of us were given the excuse bring it was still being heated up.
Food was excellent but highly over priced-
A huge price tag for the quality of service.

TM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

We picked this based on the menu online and the menu was completely different. Left ya with very few choices

VJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Great ambiance. The lamb sliders were good but not memorable good. The servers were veery nice and attentive.

LL
Washington DC
343 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

Server had no idea how to serve a bottle of wine. Service pace too fast or too slow. Food was good not great. Open air at the entire front of the restaurant on a 90 degree day made it very HOT at our table in the back of the room.

EO
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was fabulous! However, the service was lacking to some degree in that the waiter was not attentive and did not offer bread to my table or check back to see if we needed anything.

TG
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Met a friend for weekday breakfast at Cafe Soleil. Neither of us had been there before and we were pleasantly surprised. One of the chief benefits is that it is right by the Farragut metro and convenient to the bus lines. Inside the restaurant is quite charming-- definitely had a European cafe feel to it (sidewalk dining is available but we sat inside due to the heat).

Breakfast had a nice range of choices. My friend ordered the Salmon and Eggs and found it delicious. I had the French Toast and it was some of the best I have ever had. An extra bonus was that the side of fruit was fresh and plentiful. I had ordered bacon on the side which was forgotten. Comically the waiter returned with a dinner plate full of bacon-- maybe to make up for the commission? The extra bacon was very appreciated by my friend and me. We lingered over breakfast and I was pleased to see that the staff didn't seem to mind, but also the restaurant was close to empty.

I would highly recommend the Cafe and I would have given a higher rating except for two things-- the service could have been better. Although the restaurant was not busy we had to call out to staff for things like refills and to get the check. Also, as much as I hate to say it the coffee was undrinkable. Given the European flare of the Cafe and the quality of the food, this was extremely disappointing. The coffee served tasted old and bitter.

I would recommend Cafe Soleil -- I'd love to try it for lunch someday-- but I would bring my own Starbucks if I came for breakfast.

AC
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Lovely food - perfect portion sizes and nicely cooked fish and veggies but please serve more than one brand of beer.

B
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Very cute, French bistro atmosphere. The lunch selections were a little limited, but we all found something to enjoy—the salad Nicoise, moule frit and the triple berry kale salad were all delightful. They quitexa nice Happy Hour drinks and snacks menu. We’ll have to check it out sometime.

DE
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Weekday lunch, not crowded, linen tablecloth, attentive staff and well presented food made for relaxing meal that made one want to linger. Would come back.

S
Philadelphia
13 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delightful meal at Cafe Soleil; attentive, hospitable wait staff and exceptionally delicious main courses: shrimp scampi and sea bass. Tasty, fresh ingredients, appropriate portion sizes coupled with an excellent wine selection, served without haste made for a relaxing evening. It seems the OpenTable ratings are accurate. We will certainly return!

WC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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c
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a party of 9 at 5:30 in the afternoon after a graduation celebration at DAR Constitution Hall. The restaurant was very, very accomodating with changing the registration - we made it earlier - and adding an extra person at the last minute. The food was excellent, the service terrific, the prices reasonable. I personally really enjoyed my steak frites. The desserts are wonderful. This was an all-around grreat, great time. I highly recommend this place.

M
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

This place had good reviews which is why we ate there for breakfast. It was okay. Not many people there. Food was good for breakfast but service felt choppy; like they weren’t ready for us or to provide service.

AK
Washington DC
406 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Quiet, but yet rude! We are human. You treated my son on his 21st Birthday. Not polite!

SS
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Service and location and ambiance was great but the food was mediocre at best. We ate it, but we won't be going back. Sorry. Maybe an off night for the chef.

AG
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

There were a lot of reviews about the service, but I found it quite good. Not rushed, relaxed and never had to ask for anything, including refills and/or the check.

Unfortunately the dish I had super over ripe avocados-to the point of almost being spoiled--but my friend, who had a kale salad with berries and chicken enjoyed it. I think quality control, from the food perspective, may be an issue-but excellent tea (not sweet) and comfortable ambience would have me try CS again.

M
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Cafe Soleil is always predictable and a good value for money. It is also convenient for meeting people due to is central location and 2 metro stations. Since many World Bank consultants stay near by, everyone knows it, too!

g
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is not a fast food place, but a full gourmet experience with outstanding service. A real discovery.

C
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Understated elegance in this charming little restaurant with thoughtfully prepared dishes and an exceptionally capable staff. One of Washington's most underrated gems, especially in the nice weather, when they open it up to the outdoors.

WD
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Central location, great ambiance and quiet enough for conversation without shouting; lovely when the windows are open on a nice day, though occasional street noise from big trucks can be annoying). Very good food for a variety of tastes, and nails my preference for a Mediterranean diet spot on. The wait staff can be a little difficult to communicate with (took way much more effort than it should’ve to get across my request for olive oil instead of butter with my bread). But in general, the staff are very nice and eager to accommodate. I’ll definitely be back.

L
Miami
26 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very well prepared and classic menu of continental catch all cuisine. The waiter recommended the scallops which were amazing as well as the clams casino. The filet was prepared as ordered and the lamb was classic and delicious.
Only one thing we felt was not enjoyed was the shrimp scampi, which was heavy handed spicy, even for someone who enjoys spicy foods. It was blasted with both white pepper and cayenne blocking any taste of the shrimp. Its savior was the beautiful pasta in their own styled Alfredo sauce which gave some solice to the pallet burned by the pepper. If you love it Hot this ones for you.
Desserts were simple but on point. Very local neighborhood feel as far as service and ambiance.
Would we return...absolutely!

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