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Cafe Soleil

4.3
882 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • 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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Private dining
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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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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2.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Why does this place have such high reviews? Overpriced, the waitstaff is moderately attentive but the bar staff is horrible. For appetizers, we ordered onion tart (greasy but flavorful), tuna carpaccio (cheap quality fish but well seasoned) and French onion soup. For entrees, we had one of the worst Niçoise salads ever (cheap quality tuna, randomly added bell peppers and seaweed??), a mediocre steak, and dry lobster ravioli. Both desserts tasted like they were microwaved from frozen packaging. Other reviews don’t mention that the restaurant is connected to a hotel and you have to exit to the lobby, pick the right door, and snake your way upstairs to find the restroom out of toilet paper.

Anybody reading this who wants an amazing Niçoise salad, check out District Commons.

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Good food courteous service. Gets pretty crowded during the lunch hour. Seating is also tight.

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3.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Service continues to be desultory at Cafe Soleil. While the bar and wait staff number nearly half a dozen, they seem to reluctantly take up their duties when you walk into the restaurant. One can expect to wait 10-15 minutes before wait staff trudge over to sullenly receive your order. Then you can expect to wait at least half an hour for the beleaguered kitchen staff to attend to your order. While the ambiance remains charming and the food is savory, I'm beginning to realize it's time to find an alternative local neighborhood go-to venue for refined lunch get togethers...

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Great scallops!

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1.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Food is not really good and too expensive for what it is.
We had oignon tart that was clearly not made for us, re-heat from one made few days ago. It was really greasy.
Then we have lobster ravioli, it was very dry and didn’t taste lobster at all.
Finally, the dessert was absolutely not looking as a Mousse, but the taste was OK.
Cocktails were good

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The food as always, very good. We tested the patience of the wait staff as one of the two of us was unavoidably delayed 3//4 hour at lunchtime. Not a hint the person who sat was anything less than perfectly welcome. It felt like home. Thank you to the very gracious wait staff.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Outstanding service. Fantastic food. Even went as far as creating a dish that wasn't on the menu. Next time I'm in DC I'm going back.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2018

Four former colleagues enjoyed a wonderful meal tonight at Cafe Soleil. The menu was eclectic enough that seafood and burgers were happily devoured while swapping stories. Service is always stellar here and tonight was no exception, even when we requested separate checks.

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5.0Dined on February 18, 2018

Great food and nice atmosphere. Dress code is not well enforced

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Nice little place to grab breakfast - very pleasant employees who seem to care about the customer :) I plan on returning to this place again!!

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4.0Dined on February 14, 2018

The restaurant was closed upon my arrival as the cook staff had not arrived. It opened shortly but I had to begin making plans to have my breakfast meeting elsewhere.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2018

Limited menu with no specials, but dishes are surprisingly good.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

A reliable meal at a long-time favorite restaurant. Food, service ambience first rate!

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4.0Dined on January 30, 2018

What happened to your mussels? Now there are a few open on a plate and they are cold. Put them back in a deep dish

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5.0Dined on January 22, 2018

Cafe Soleil is a quaint neighborhood gem in Farragut serving French-inspired American cuisines. The service is among the best I've experienced in D.C., and one is likely to see many a politico dining in with you or walking down the street two blocks toward the White House.

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5.0Dined on January 20, 2018

Everything was very nice. We had the place to ourselves. We needed early dinner before show at kennedy center so we had the place to ourselves. It very quiet but everything very nice.

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4.0Dined on January 14, 2018

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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5.0Dined on January 12, 2018

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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5.0Dined on December 31, 2017

Loved Victoria the bartender. Tom and I spent New Years Eve night at the bar. Everyone was friendly and drinks were g
ood. Victoria the bartender was very accommodating and friendly. She made sure we had a great evening.We had food at the bar and martinis were great. Happy 2018 Victoria and everyone!!
Rose Mary and Tom

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5.0Dined 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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2.0Dined 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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4.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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2.0Dined on December 8, 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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5.0Dined on December 8, 2017

The holiday decorations were lovely.
Food was fantastic!

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on November 1, 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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5.0Dined on October 30, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 25, 2017

Great neighborhood place for lunch. Love the atmosphere.

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5.0Dined 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!

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3.0Dined 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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3.0Dined on October 16, 2017

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

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5.0Dined on October 12, 2017

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

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5.0Dined 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.

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5.0Dined 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.

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3.0Dined on September 20, 2017

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

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