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About Cafe Soleil

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

839 Seventeenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:45am - 10:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 10:30am

Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 4:30pm

Dinner: Nightly: 4:30pm - 11:00pm

Happy Hour: Daily 5:00-8:00 pm

Cross Street:
Seventeenth

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 974-4260

Website:
http://www.cafesoleildc.com/

Catering:
We can cater any business lunch. We will deliver it right to you. Call 202.974.4260

Public Transit:
Directly next to the Farragut West Metro

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Soleil is always looking for a gret time. We book weddings, meetings, and rehearsal dinners. For information about booking a party or for a full restaurant buyout contact Alex at hido80@gmail.com or visit WWW.THEDCDANCEPARTY.COM

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Details
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

Private Dining

Two separate dining areas afford privacy to parties of fifteen to fifty. These small dining areas are perfect for special group celebrations, private office happy hours, or professional business meetings. Areas may be combined to accommodate larger parties. We also have a second floor meeting space.

Cafe Soleil Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

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Quick Bite (4)
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People Watching (3)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

I cannot believe all of the good reviews about this place. It was utterly empty on a Friday night...that was our first clue. The tablecloths and soft music give the illusion of quality, but you realize that's not the case really quick. Cocktails were awful. Appetizer was bland. The seafood "special" was burnt, dry, and unappetizing. There are much better options in DC, especially at this price point. The service was the only redeeming factor.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent food, respectful service, allowed us plenty of time for the conversations we were having with our meal. With the quality of the food, I am surprised how few tables were full, even though it was a midweek evening. A place this good deserves more customers!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

My lunches at Café Soleil were enjoyable, so I thought it would be a good choice for a casual dinner. Not so. The sole was bland, revived only by the scant amount of sauce that dotted the plate. Meals like this remind me why it is sometimes better to just eat at home. Perhaps the fish was cooked earlier in the day and reheated for dinner. The meal turned me off to this restaurant.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Our waiter did not speak English or u sweat and what we were asking so This was difficult. Nothing special but cute place.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Chicken vegetable soup would have been very good had it been hot. Bibb lettuce salad had a strange taste -- the dressing maybe? Too much parsley? Or was it tarragon? Hard to overdo parsley. One of my companions found two pieces of plastic in the mashed potatoes. The waiter offered no explanation -- he just took the plate she had placed them on away. No manager came to apologize. My other companion had a sandwich which she described as "fine." I ordered the apple crumb pie for dessert specifically asking if it would be served hot. The waiter assured me it would. It was tepid at best and the warmth was uneven -- actually cold in spots -- leading me to believe it was just stuck in a microwave since the crumb topping was soggy as well. Coffee was very good. Price was fair. Ambience was great for an early pre-concert dinner. Maybe it was a bad night. I'd try it again mainly because it's one of a handful of restaurants near Constitution Hall and anyone can have an off night.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Grilled chicken salad. I'm very happy to be back there again. I'm surprised that the manager knows me asvwell, lol! Fantastic!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The food was just ok. Some strange things like calamari with tartar sauce. However, service was good and setting was pleasant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great neighborhood restaurant with authentic Bistro atmosphere. Excellent service and food.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great neighborhood place for lunch. Love the atmosphere.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 19, 2017

The food, service and ambiance were great! Nice cozy place to relax in after a tough day at work! Prices were reasonable and the service was perfect. I would go back and would recommend to anyone!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

For a weekday lunch, I recommend arriving prior to 12:15pm to have a quiet ambiance and conversation with any guests you may have. Even with the restaurant full for lunch, conversation was pretty easy, but the ambiance was much more lively as the lunch crowd arrived.

The sandwiches (lamb and chicken) were tasty, but not enough to have me return soon.

The biggest con to the restaurant is the bathroom being on the second floor of the adjacent hotel. The process getting there is a little clunky with a security badge and stairs.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on October 16, 2017

The meal was okay, service was slow and it was somewhat loud during lunch time.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

As always, it is a pleasure to dine here - service is superb...consistently...like the atmosphere too

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals, Cozy, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on September 27, 2017

Everything was great from the start, the ambiance, service and the food. The food was hot and had a fresh taste. I would highly recommend the almond crusted salmon and the chocolate mousse.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy
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·Dined on September 23, 2017

My only criticism is that access to the restrooms upstairs must be gained by a wait staff using a card to operate the elevator. This is an annoyance and should be corrected.

Tags: Fun, Authentic
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 (Cincinnati)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Amazing seafood linguini. A bit slow service, but very nice group. Very tight tables, felt packed. Good meal

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 (Dallas)·Dined on September 17, 2017

This was a great find. The ambience was great. We were seated at the open door at the patio and really added to its romantic setting and charm. The tomato sliders were awesome. I had the spinach and strawberries salad with chicken, also great. The cocktails were are spot on. The service was a tad bit slow, but this is a keeper,

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·Dined on September 14, 2017

Lunch menu was a bit oricey for the food quality. Got a lamb burger and the meat was dry.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Quick Bite
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Very French in cuisine and atmosphere, charming surroundings, attentive and delightful service, delicious food, great for special occasions or just a fine dining experience. I had mentioned that this was for a friend's birthday, and the restaurant supplied us with a delicious piece of cheesecake!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 8, 2017

An elegant neighborhood gem with a distinctly French accent that always has a seat for two at lunchtime and offers savory dishes that don't break the bank account.

Tags: Cozy, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Food was mediocre, service was timely, and our wait staff was attentive. Food taste and flavor could be improved but overall it good for lunch. I would not visit the place for good food but a place to talk!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2017

I enjoy this restaurant but it is too noisy. Staff is wonderful!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Always enjoy the food!

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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Went there on a visit to Washington DC. It was close to our hotel so we decided to try it for dinner. We had an open door table to the sidewalk so it was fun people watching. We ordered a fish dish and a pork chop - both were very good. Service was very attentive without hovering. We would go back ourselves and recommend to others.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 2, 2017

Cafe Soleil is my "go to" place for a business lunch -- convenient, reliable food, good service and you can have a conversation.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

It was my first visit and I had a great experience. The menu was sufficiently varied. Even though it was a rainy day, sitting inside by the open windows was delightful. We were easily able to have a conversation and we weren't rushed by the staff. I will definitely return.

Tags: People Watching, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Mediocre food in a pleasant setting. Good location.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Maybe just a bad day but our sandwich took over 30 minutes to show up on our table. Bad business model for lunch.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 25, 2017

My guest's fish was inedible and when the waiter picked up the plate and saw nothing was eaten, he did not even ask if there was a problem. My dinner was edible but not tasty. Appetizer was very good

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 24, 2017

The food was without taste, bland. We had calamari and asparagus for starters. The asparagus was large, thick and tough. Calamari while tender were void of flavor. We both had duck à l'orange. The sauce was more barbecue sauce than orange sauce. The duck breast was limp and once again no flavor. We both had a South African Mulderbosch wine. It was delightful .

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The service was great. They were very attentive and had great recommendations. The food was very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Great ambiance and tasty food. It is quiet enough for a business lunch, but there are still enough people there that it feels comfortable.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

I keep going back to Cafe Soleil because the location is perfect, the restaurant is pretty, and when they open the windows to the street is can be very pleasant. However, I have to stop going because the food is just not good. Stale chips, bland soup, sharp beets, dry chicken. I have looked and looked for flavorful options and have yet to find them.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 22, 2017

Always consistent with great service. The specials are always worth trying.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (New England)·Dined on June 20, 2017

The waitress was nice but the service was incredibly slow, even though we were one of two tables at the restaurant. We ordered salmon which was mediocre and obviously not a long time to prepare. There were waiters standing around doing nothing which made it evident they were just trying to keep us there longer to drink more. Pet peeve.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 10, 2017

My wife enjoyed the shrimp; said they were wonderful. I had the pork chops. They were not bad, but not great either.

The service was excellent.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Ambiance is terrific; noise level decent. But the Tuna Nicoise Salad was surprisingly bad, both in presentation and in combination. Come for the convenience of a pleasant restaurant not for the food.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 31, 2017

This was recommended by friends, and in our recent trip to Philadelphia we tried it and really liked it. Food was great, with local great ingredients. Noise level was low, with nice background music, and service was tops.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Thinking a restaurant affiliated w open table would be great, boy were we disappointed. The problematic thing was that I even made reference in the notes I required a high chair and it was our anniversary. Needless to say they had NO high chairs nor did they wish us happy anniversary. Point being, you'd have thought if they read the notes, a proper restaurant would have called and told us the truth. Very disappointing... though we were visiting the area, I am here a bit for work and won't be returning. I will also share my feelings w others.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 25, 2017

Great choice for lunch with friends. The service is good, the room accommodating for a lingering lunch and enough menu choices so everyone is happy.

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