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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.0

service

4.4

ambience

4.2

value

3.9

Noise

Quiet

84% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (8)
Cozy (7)
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Bar Seating (3)
People Watching (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Disabled Access (3)
Fit for Foodies (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Romantic (2)
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·Dined a day ago

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

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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 6 days ago

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 12, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Romantic, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for a Date, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Notable Wine List
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Charleston)·Dined 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!

Tags: Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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

Tags: People Watching, Great Beer, Special Occasion, Romantic, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating
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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Portland)·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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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Washington DC)·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.

Tags: Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 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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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

The holiday decorations were lovely.
Food was fantastic!

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·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!

Tags: Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (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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vip
 (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 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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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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 (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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 (New York Area)·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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 (Washington DC)·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 20, 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 16, 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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 (Washington DC)·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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 (Adelaide / SA)·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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 (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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