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Sat, 4/21
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10:00 PM
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Cafe Soleil

4.3
882 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Great for Lunch
  • Business Meals
  • Quick Bite
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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American
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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
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Phone number
(202) 974-4260
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Catering
We can cater any business lunch. We will deliver it right to you. Call 202.974.4260
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Seventeenth
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Public transit
Directly next to the Farragut West Metro
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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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Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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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

What 882 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
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4.4
service
4.1
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3.8
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3.0Dined on February 21, 2017

Café Soleil is an interesting venue immediately adjacent to the McPherson Square Metro station and two blocks from the White House. Little has changed in the ten plus years that this restaurant has been at this location. Food is prepared quickly and delivered with professional service. Food quality is ok. Café Soleil has a small bar area that is quaint – crowed. Menu and wine list could use some serious updating, as well as the décor. The night of our dinner we were entertaining guests for a business meeting, the background music was too loud - making a normal conversation challenging. Given the numerous other venues in the same price range within a two-block area, Café Soleil isn’t our first choice next time.

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2.0Dined on February 3, 2017

Location was great and its very cute French cafe style but food was fair at best with little presentation and very cafeteria like. I certainly would not recommend for anything business related or special.

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5.0Dined on January 30, 2017

Great restaurant in downtown DC near to my workplace. The food and service are excellent. I've been there several times with my colleagues as this is one of their favorites too.

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5.0Dined on January 17, 2017

It has been a long time since I've gone to Café Soleil. It was all I remember and more. I appreciate that you can hear each other and it has a really comfortable atmosphere (and I would go there for a romantic dinner). It feels warm in the winter. An d I like the windows in the summer. It's accessible to two metro stops. You can watch the people on Connecticut. The staff is professional and very friendly. They are attentive without hovering.

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4.0Dined on December 20, 2016

Cafe Soleil is one of the few true Bistro's in Washington DC. Their food is always fresh and a value. The restaurant is quiet enough to hold a conversation. Being at the Metro in mid-town DC makes them very convenient. I am glad I discovered Cafe Soleil.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2016

I love this little place. The atmosphere is warm and inviting. It can be a lively place as well as an intimate place, depending on the time of day. The service is great, as the staff is very attentive. The food is delicious!!

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5.0Dined on December 11, 2016

This decor made me feel like I was in a cafe in Paris - really, it's just like it. Several intriguing menu options. Went for the lamb burger with sweet potato fries. Hands down the best sweet potato fries I have ever had - lightly crispy on the outside, perfect texture. The service was truly outstanding. They stay out of the way but watch for the slightest gesture that you want attention, and then they are right there. Everything was reasonably priced as well.

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5.0Dined on December 8, 2016

This is a great little restaurant with wonderful ambiance, good food and good service. Great for a business lunch or a get-together with friends.

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1.0Dined on December 2, 2016

Reviews were all over the board, and our experience was unfortunately on the low end of the spectrum. An unwieldy leg of lamb was more connective tissue and fat than meat, which wasn't worth the required work. Mediocre duck a l'orange with undercookedifferent broccoli and boring brown rice were a second serving of disappointment. Was hopeful walking into the quaint restaurant, but won't be returning.

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5.0Dined on December 2, 2016

Good food and atmosphere. Nice place to have a lunch.

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5.0Dined on November 17, 2016

Wonderful as always...service was excellent. So much different than Tuesday. I will be back...thank you

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4.0Dined on November 15, 2016

A small, attractive room; good food and service; not too expensive; relatively quiet. I will probably return.

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4.0Dined on November 14, 2016

Menu on OpenTable had a happy hour menu, but upon entering restaurant was told had to sit in a specific area after being seated. Kind of not the best feeling to be shoveled about when menu presented online was different than one in restaurant and was not offered menu inside until asking for it.

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5.0Dined on November 11, 2016

The service was good and waitress was friendly and accommodating. Hope to visit again.

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4.0Dined on November 11, 2016

Unexpected bean soup had no pulp beans. Pure soup with sour cream drizzle, exceptional. Discrete, but efficient, professional servers. Delightful lunch.

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3.0Dined on October 30, 2016

Good and ambiance were just OK, nothing special. Service was excellent however.

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3.0Dined on October 12, 2016

The restaurant has a great menu, excellent food, but slow service.

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5.0Dined on September 22, 2016

Loved the set up and the happy hours amazing. The orange crush could have a little more flavor other than that everything was great!

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2.0Dined on September 10, 2016

Dated appearance, bland food fresh from the freezer, and a crowd that definitely skews to the elderly type.

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1.0Dined on September 4, 2016

Yuck. This place is one level BELOW diner food. But the price tag is much higher
First of all: the specials and menu prices on open table and the website are wrong. They no longer offer the specials and the prices are higher
Secondly:no kids menu. And no offering of anything that can be prepared for a child.
Third: I ordered steak frites prepared medium rare. It came and was way over cooked and had no flavor. The veggies looked like warmed up frozen vegetables and the frites were cold.
My daughters sandwich was gross and my husbands cheeseburger was equally poor
To top it off the service is severely lacking

So if you're considering this restaurant: keep walking.

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3.0Dined on August 30, 2016

Beautiful day and they opened the windows. Unfortunately, noise from the trucks was deafening. Food (scallops) were very good. Service was slow at times.

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4.0Dined on August 2, 2016

Ambience was great. Reminded me of cosy European restaurants. My turkey club was disappointing however, as the menu specified fresh turkey and it was pressed turkey with all the salt that comes with. Service was good. Prompt and non intrusive.

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3.0Dined on June 21, 2016

Cafe Soleil is the house restaurant for a hotel at 17th & I Streets, and this role gives it a certain feel that takes away from the dining experience -- it feels functional. The hostess was snippy, and seems to hold a grudge when we chose a different table after she assigned us to the most awkwardly placed station in the room. She was nicer, though, when I explained that the door handle to the restroom - located in the hotel proper, up an elevator or stairs - had broken off, temporarily trapping me.
The food was unremarkable. I'm no worse for wear after sticking with my lamb burger selection (I mistakenly though the menu offered a lamb chop sandwich), but I don't need to go back.
Functional, no frills, a little frosty.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2016

Nice quiet little cafe with tasty dishes and friendly staff.

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1.0Dined on June 9, 2016

Our waiter had very poor customer services. My scallop salad smelled fishy and didn't end up eating it.

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3.0Dined on June 5, 2016

The food was relatively good, would definitely recommend the lamb burger but we found a piece of plastic in the calamari that the restaurant said was just a piece of the calamari. They did take it off the bill anyways. But I asked for the bill and it took 20 mins and asking another person to get it and we running on a tight schedule. Overall, the experience was okay and the food was pretty decent.

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2016

Good, reasonably priced food in convenient location. Service was attentive. Will definitely return.

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4.0Dined on May 17, 2016

Another good business lunch at Cafe Soleil. Good food, good service, good value.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2016

Was there for business lunch with friend. both ordered tuna niscoise. it was very good but very garlicy. A little too much for my taste. Service was excellent and friendly.

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3.0Dined on April 28, 2016

The restaurant is the size of a cafe. It's very convenient to metro. Food was good and reasonably priced. I would go back again. I would have preferred not to have music playing as it competes with the dinner conversation.

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2.0Dined on April 26, 2016

The location is very convenient to a lot of things, Renwick, White House, Farragut metros, and the street patio can be very pleasant when there isn't much traffic on 17th Street. But, the food is overpriced and not wonderful.

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3.0Dined on April 23, 2016

Service was eh. It's in a restaurant, which was a bit odd and unexpected. My friend's meal took forever to come. Mine came with the appetizer.

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2.0Dined on April 23, 2016

The restaurant is very convenient to the DAR Constitution Hall. However, the food was generally a disappointment.

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4.0Dined on April 22, 2016

We met an out-of-town friend at Cafe Soliel for dinner. Very charming little place, right next to the Farragut West Metro station, which was super convenient for two of us coming downtown from different places in Virginia! The atmosphere was very pleasant. We were able to easily converse. Food and service were both very nice. Small wine list, but very reasonably priced.

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5.0Dined on April 20, 2016

Cafe Soleil is located on 17th Street just a block from the Renwick Museum and White House. The food is exceptional. I had the Heidenberger burger (burger with cole slaw) which was super good, and it hit the spot with a blue moon and fries on the side. The wait staff is very attentive and the atmosphere is light- literally the window/doors were open and the breeze and city life could be felt. What a wonderful eating experience. thanks.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2016

Couldn't have been a nicer day. Was able to have lunch right at the front of the restaurant where the doors were open to the street and the beautiful weather outside. The food was excellent, particularly the overly generous sized burger. Can't wait to go back.

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4.0Dined on April 12, 2016

Good dinner spot. Super convenient to Metro. Food is very good. Excellent service and ambiance.

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1.0Dined on March 31, 2016

I was really looking forward to having dinner here since it had been at least a year. The service was excellent, but we both ordered steaks (medium and medium rare) and they came out very well done. We sent them back but didn't have time to wait for replacement steaks. Our server was wonderful and removed the food from the bill, but it was still such a disappointment. With so many other delicious restaurants in the neighborhood, I doubt we'll risk going here again.

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4.0Dined on March 26, 2016

The food was okay, nothing special. The service was great and the building the restaurant is in is lovely and the ambiance very nice.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2016

Café Soleil offers a tremendous value, menu and location for a comfortably upscale DC lunch without the clatter and ostentatiousness of many $$ restaurant options. Our meals included a delicious seafood soup of the day, mussels and a tasty BLT sandwich. We were pleased with the service which was attentive, but not overbearing --- in fact, we lingered at the table long after the meal ended without any "encouragement" to depart. Additionally, we could actually hear one another as we spoke -- an aspect of pleasant dining many restaurants ignore or are incapable of providing. This was my first experience at Café Soleil which will lead me back for dinner and more.

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