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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

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 15, 2011

As usual, the food and service was good.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Fayetteville)·Dined on July 13, 2011

I had the braised lamb with couscous and grilled asparagus; lamb was older lamb and the braising tenderized it, but the flavor was reminiscent of mutton, rather than baby lamb -- although I must admit, I was torn between the lamb and a scallop dish, the waitperson kept insisting that vesl osso bucco was the specialty of the day, so had it not been for my love of young lamb, I was probably being hinted to take the young veal. The asparagus was very thick, albeit tough midway at stalk. The couscous was the saving grace - fruitful and flavorful.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2011

Birthday lunch for my girlfriend took almost two hours with appetizers and main course. My burger, ordered medium rare, came out well-done. They did remove the appetizer and burger from the bill, and the food was tasty aside from being severely overcooked. The ambiance was quite nice, but overall, I would likely not return; DEFINITELY not for lunch on a day when I need to return to work.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 8, 2011

Wasn't too happy that they only do happy hour at the bar. The Happy Hour should be offered throughout the entire restaurant. Stupidest thing I had ever heard of. They would probably have a larger crowd/full establishment if they lifted this rule.

Other than that....the service was okay. We told our waiter that we didn't want anything to drink (just water, since we couldn't get happy our specials while we were sitting in the restaurant). He disappeared and never came back, we had to have another server take our order.

Food was fine. I had the lamburger and it was just okay. Nothing special about this place other than it's close to the metro.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 1, 2011

One always feels welcome at Cafe Soleil. The food is great but you should definitely come hungry as portions are large and the preparations are sometimes rich. However, the menu offers a nice variety.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on June 30, 2011

This is a good place for a nice lunch with co-workers and friends in downtown DC. Also, a great spot for good, quick meal before a concert at DAR Constitution Hall. This time we had the crab cakes and the lamb burger. Both were very good, as were the sweet potato fries.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 28, 2011

I've eaten here often and I'm always pleased.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 21, 2011

Very nice lamburger and sweet potato fries, not hussle and bustle, relaxed. A favorite.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2011

Very quiet on a Saturday night. Great place for a steak with many choices of cut and extras. Much like that "well-known" steak chain but with much more reasonable prices. Recommended! Dining partner had the weekend prix fixe - good value!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 18, 2011

The wait staff was both pleasant and professional.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 11, 2011

Great wine list (Stag's Leap) and great menu fixte on the weekends. I really enjoyed the (not so expensive) food choices. Would recommend this place for a date or a drink. International crowd given that it is part of a hotel. Next time, I want to try the salmon with pistachio.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 4, 2011

sat/ sun evening fixe-price menu a major bargain. food was excellent. we will be back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 29, 2011

I took a friend to this restaurant for his birthday. He did the dinner special - 3 courses for 20.99, which is a very good deal. His salad was the best course of the 3. The entree, sesame crusted trout, was tasty but the asparagus was bland and not cooked very well. I had shrimp and grits. Although I read reviews about how tasty the dish was, I didn't share the same enthusiasm. It was good, but not the best I've ever had. Dessert was apple pie. The server stuck a candle in it, which was thoughtful. I have to say I was surprised that the pie was drizzled with chocolate syrup. It was also a little too mushy for a crump topping. The server was nice and let us take advantage of the happy hour drink specials.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 29, 2011

We got a great table by the street, fantastic service and food was top notch. The prix fixe 20.99 special for dinner is awesome, I highly recommend Cafe Soleil!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 27, 2011

One of my favorites in Farragut Square. Professional staff with great service and great, unique menu offerings. Delicious and consistent quality. I come here often and am always pleased. Small seating area, so not good for groups, but great for a romantic date or small outing of 2-4 people.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 22, 2011

I was considering this restaurant for my daughters upcoming Bridal Shower for approximately 40 to 50 guests. This was one of the worst dining experiences I've ever had, as the waiter was not attentive at all, his disposition was cold & stiff, disinterested, and very indifferent towards us (myself & two daughters attended). It was obvious he didn't want to wait on us. In fact, we felt very uncomfortable and unwelcome as if he preferred we didn't dine there. I am disappointed and quite surprised with the indifference and unwelcoming treatment received. I would not recommend this establishment to others.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on May 20, 2011

ate here primarily because it's very close to the metro blue line and I was on my way to the airport - shared the tuna appetizer, which was great, and had a lamb burger with goat cheese that was very tasty.

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 12, 2011

The shrimp and grits was amazing!

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on May 11, 2011

I took a friend here for lunch for his birthday, and while being seated, I mentioned it casually to the host. After lunch we were presented with the most beautiful and delicious chocolate lava cake, on the house. So charming and thoughtful, and the food was great on top of it all. We had a lovely time, the ambiance is lovely, the service skilled and quiet...I'll definitely be back!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 8, 2011

nice place to go to

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 4, 2011

The shrimp and grits are the best ever!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 3, 2011

Good food...well presented...consistently great service, too.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 27, 2011

I loved our table by the window, the service was good, the atmpsphere seemed upscale, and the food was pretty good--the scallops with the onion-bacon-avocado mash was delicious!-- but it all seemed very fractured and unconnected. I know it's contemporary American restaurant, but I would have liked more cohesiveness among the different elements. They were all good separately, but they could have been amazing if they had been organized better as a single entity.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 19, 2011

I have been to Cafe Soleil several times and always enjoy it, although I wish it were a little less noisy. The food is good, though, and I realize the noise is a consequence of their success in attracting a loyal following.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2011

We really were pleasantly surprised and delighted with Cafe Soleil. Didn't know anything about it, and were surprised at the great atmosphere and really delicious food - the steaks we had were mouth-wateringly good. And, the prices were very fair; we'll definitely be back again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 15, 2011

The food is always delicious - everything they do, they do extremely well. Their Mediterranean twists are done perfectly. A little pricey for an everyday work lunch, but great for business or special lunches. Nice choices between wonderfully complex salads, sandwiches or full entrees. Fresh and flavorful. The service is very high level, which they maintain even during times when they're extremely busy.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 14, 2011

The food was very mediocre. I ordered chicken and it was so dry. My dining companion barely touched his plate. I was not impressed.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 9, 2011

Great food; good service and a lovely restaurant. It was nice that it was so close to the Metro.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 9, 2011

Very pleasantly surprised on what a great experience we had. Had an open table coupon...reason why we went. Will be back. Great food and they have a great three course meal on Saturday and Sunday for $21. They even created a dinner for me to please my pickiness! Husband had steak with crab imperial. He said it was outstanding! Apple pie was the best I have ever had.

Tags: Romantic
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2011

Waitress forgot my friend's salad and the food was oversalted.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 7, 2011

first time here -- great joint -- we'll be back!...next time with friends!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 26, 2011

The bartender mixed great drinks & there was a pretty good happy hour. The food at dinner did not meet expectations but would likely be a great lunch spot.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 22, 2011

I enjoyed my entree of scallops, but sadly my dinner partner was very disappointed with her shrimps and grits. The shrimp was over cooked with an overload of salty spices and the grits were just too plain. I would also like to add on a positive note that our waiter was very polite and very attentive.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Hot Spot
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2011

Nice French restaurant. Meal was good--not extraordinary, but fine. Creme brulee was not as creamy as some I have had--but still good. Not a memorable meal...but certainly not a bad one.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2011

As always, the service was great -- and the food very good -- it is consistently good. High marks go to the Cafe Soleil owners/management for providing a thoroughly enjoyable setting, and diners a leisurely lunch.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 18, 2011

Best sweet potato fries in town!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 12, 2011

Went Saturday night for pre-theater dinner, and the menu seems to have evolved away a bit from French bistro (for example, didn't expect to see fish and chips on the menu). I LOVED my salmon. (Note: it's not really pistacchio-crusted, but there were plenty of pistacchios on top of the fish.) S/O loved his steak frites. Only disappointment was the wine list - very thin, odd choices. Big bummer. It took longer to decide on what to drink than what to eat because nothing on the list seemed great. Waiter let us taste one thing before selecting, which was nice, especially as we didn't like it. The malbec by the glass is a great choice, as long as you're into "bigger" wines.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 9, 2011

Table are very tightly placed together, which adds to noise levels and makes it hard to navigate. Wouldn't want to be serving tables at this restaurant.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on March 9, 2011

I've only dined here at lunch. It can be very crowded, the tables are close together so you need to be discreet when discussing anything (business or personal). The food is good and you can get in and out in a timely manner if necessary.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2011

The soup of the day is a must. This spot is ideal for business luncheons as the noise is not too loud, and the dining room is beautifully appointed.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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