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Cafe Soleil

4.3
865 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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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
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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(202) 974-4260
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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 865 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
food
4.3
service
4.2
ambience
4.0
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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipClearCreek (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

Decent meal before a visit to the Renwick Gallery. Crab/tomato soup was outstanding and the French Onion soup lived up to billing. Bacon sliders were only kind of meh. Service was attentive and professional despite several tables and only one waitperson.

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vipteresahs (Charleston)
5.0
Dined 6 days ago

My daughter and I had a late dinner at Cafe Soleil. When we walked in, I asked for a table by the window. At the time, I didn't realize that part of the dining room was closed. But they happily seated us there and gave us wonderful service. The food was fresh and full of flavor. The salad of stacked crab meat, avocado and tomatoes was FABULOUS! Cafe Soleil is cozy, casual and very good!

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vipMcLean (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on December 27, 2017

Attentive service. Cozy ambiance. Terrific location -- steps from the White House, Farragut West Metro stop and Renwick Gallery. Yummy French onion soup, big burger topped with cole slaw and special sauce.

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Bruxelloise (Portland)
2.0
Dined on December 20, 2017

The service was fine. The restaurant is described as French, and decor did fit that. The "specialty" cocktail selection was uninspired. The sauce on the pork chop looked like it came out of a can, and wasn't very good. The sole was poorly cooked. The sides were completely unseasoned white rice and limp, boiled brussels sprouts (not roasted). A decent French restaurant would obviously serve a filet of sole with small boiled potatoes. Crème brûlée is correctly served either plain, or with a crisp layer of burnt sugar. They served it with odd black smears in the surface (maybe someone tried to scrape off a sugar coating that had become soggy?) , topped with a squiggle of what looked like canned raspberry dessert topping.

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Maria (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on December 18, 2017

Great place for business meetings since noise level is quite minimal. Location is perfect since it is right next to Farragut West. Price is reasonable though food taste itself is quite ordinary.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0
Dined on December 12, 2017

I met a friend for lunch here and they had the seats completely jammed together. I was sitting approximately 18 inches from the person at the table beside me. I'm sure they were as annoyed to have to hear our conversation as we were to hear their. It didn't seem that crowded so I don't get the need for the tables to be situated like that.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0
Dined on December 9, 2017

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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vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on December 8, 2017

The holiday decorations were lovely.
Food was fantastic!

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JimG (Baltimore)
5.0
Dined on December 7, 2017

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!

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vipBebop (Washington DC)
3.0
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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

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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Cross street
Seventeenth
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(202) 974-4260
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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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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
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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

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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