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Del Ray Cafe, Alexandria, VA

Del Ray Cafe

4.6
4.6
1244 Reviews
$30 and under
French
A French cafe serving local, natural, and organic products for brunch and dinner daily. To-go rotisserie chicken dinners nightly after 4pm- include a french baguette, au jus, and roasted potatoes for $30. Family friendly. We make homemade dog treats for your four-legged friends. Handicap parking & ramp are located in the back of the restaurant. Bike parking in front. Conditioned screened-in porch for year-round outdoor dining.

Awards:
Tripadvisor, Traveler's Choice award 2020-current
Voted best brunch by local paper, The Zebra, 2017-2022.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Organic
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 9:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (703) 717-9151
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Parking details
    Temporarily, the parking lot is only available for handicapped parking. All other guests may find street parking.
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,244 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

1,244 Reviews
  1. RobertC

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Nadir our server was very attentive and helped us surprise our Birthday guest. The food was generally very good, but a few of the seafood items were a little subpar. We had raw oysters, which were great, and two of us enjoyed the cod entrée, also great. One of us enjoyed the duck, which was very good, but it was a surprise when it came with a different side dish, instead of the artichokes (one of us partially based her decision to order it because of the artichokes). The calamari appetizer we shared was overcooked and tough, and the bouillabaisse came with really good muscles, but the other seafood within was not.

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  2. RiccardoR

    Charleston

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had better experience before at this restaurant but the food is not the same as before. Food was expensive and nothing special. The dish “Roasted Giant Trumpet Mushrooms with quinoa” was not well prepared.

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  3. Annie1

    Richmond

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on March 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Outstanding food and service. Always a favorite

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  4. MReviews

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Del Ray Cafe is not the place to do dinner in Del Ray. There brunches are good, dinner not so much.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a pleasure to dine at Del Ray Cafe. Surprisingly a great place to take toddlers!

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  6. Judith

    Washington DC

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and great service in a lovely old home

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  7. CoryL

    Cincinnati

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, even better service. Nice and quiet. Very quaint and unique. Will definitely return.

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  8. Roger

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good French bistro food. I had the French clam chowder, which was more like soup than chowder, which the waiter told me about before I ordered. The cassoulet was excellent and included pork belly, two types of sausage, and duck. Since there were no vegetables besides the beans, I ordered a side of baby kale with bacon and shallots. The kale turned out to be kale sprouts. The best kale I've ever had. The ambience is very pleasant, but the sound level was a little loud.

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  9. LeeK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Four women "of a certain age" celebrating a birthday, we requested downstairs seating because that room is quiet. As always, the food was delicious, the presentation lovely. Our waiter was attentive — in fact, he picked up on the birthday (not mentioned when I made the reservation) and presented the celebrant with a special dessert topped with a birthday candle. We could not have been more pleased with the entire affair!

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  10. Alexandrite

    Washington DC

    27 reviews

    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Always enjoy their wine list too. Will be returning.

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  11. ChristianP

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this spot. Diamond in the rough. Great atmosphere, great food.

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  12. JessicaW

    Greater Boston

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Dining at DRC isn’t a meal…it is an experience. I take recommendations seriously and this is the only restaurant I’ll give my 100% endorsement for! The food is phenomenal, the staff is family, and you won’t regret picking this local spot!

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  13. ShirazSun

    Kansas City

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous selection, fabulous food. My wife's crepe, my omelet and buckwheat pancakes were all superb.

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  14. Ginnia

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Loved the lobster eggs benedict-their eggs benedict is always good-and A+ on the Grand Marnier.

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  15. Sgcopentablereviews

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Staff made exceptional recognition of our special birthday event.

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  16. SueB

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always reliable. Especially pleasant service. Food was perfect.

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  17. KVBS

    London

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the most delicious meal I’ve had in ages. Wonderful French food and beverage . Attentive service from our seasoned server Nadir. Reminded this is Alexandria’s best restaurant, hands down!

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  18. Diana

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Mom and I were celebrating Lunar New Year and went to have brunch at Del Ray Cafe. I've been before, but usually at an ungodly early hour for a cup of coffee, so this was the first time I sat down and ordered a bunch of everything. We had coffee, duck confit shepard's pie, steak frites, beignets, soups, and everything was delicious and made with love. I am extremely picky as a foodie and I'm blown away by Del Ray Cafe. There are for whatever reason, like half a dozen French or Belgium inspired restaurants within a 2 mile radius and this is the best place for beignets for a very reasonable price. The coffee was also really really good. If I had one suggestion it would be that some of their items were priced fairly but some others I expected a bit more. I think I ordered a croissant and it was just a single croissant with some jam and it was more than I expected it to be. I longed for a palate cleanser with something fruity and zesty and light but there wasn't much of that on the menu and I sort of forgot about it. I cannot say enough good things about the service, we were constantly being waited on and Nadir was sooooo friendly and attentive. Absolutely amazing service.

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  19. Anonymous

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Always a great meal and one of the best restaurants in Del Ray!

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  20. Alexandrian

    Washington DC

    130 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall, a nice evening. Portions were plentiful, staff was pleasant, good neighborhood evening dinner.

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  21. traveltoeat

    Washington DC

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All of the food we ordered were excellent! We can’t wait to return and try other dishes.

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  22. Foodie

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Definitely not as good as in the past, in particular compared to last year's restaurant week. Seafood medley was a disappointment. Bland and seafood not as plentiful as expected. Noise level was very high, conversation difficult. An additional fee of $4 for a small bread basket of 4 pieces of baguette and 2 rolls was overpriced. Dessert of croquettes was disappointing as well.

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  23. ccarol

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had crabcake Benedict was tasty but needed more crabmeat. Thought Alexandria Restaurant Week Menu was offered for lunch, turned out it's not.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    I got foie gras as an appetizer and it was undercooked, plus I found large, very hard plant/spice pieces in the fruit jam. The service was slow as well.

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  25. Cheryl

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is a terrific place for lunch with friends. The menu is varied and the prices are not aggressive. It is a little loud, particularly if some in your party are hard of hearing. Service is impeccable!

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  26. Steph

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My husband and I dined during Restaurant Week and our meal was outstanding! We had previously been for brunch and enjoyed the experience, so we decided that we would give dinner a try. We were not disappointed and will definitely be returning. We both enjoyed the escargot, which was so flavorful! I absolutely love my entrée, which was coq au vin and my husband had the steak frites. We had a bottle of the house Bordeaux which complimented our meals and then finished the meal off with the creme brulee.

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  27. KateT

    Washington DC

    138 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Even though we were late (I did message them about this), they welcomed us warmly. Our waiter gave us all the details on wine, specials, and desserts. We each enjoyed a glass of wine and split a hearts of palm salad. My friend enjoyed her trumpet mushroom veggie dinner and my Icelandic cod was perfect. Finished with fresh beignets that melted in our mouths.

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  28. Alexandriafoodie

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My friend and I celebrated her birthday with brunch at the Del Ray Cafe today. We were warmly welcomed and the service throughout was impeccable. Our meals were absolutely delicious! I had an omelette with salad, fruit and a croissant and my friend had the eggs Benedict with burrata and prosciutto. I haven’t had a breakfast this good since the last time I ate at this same restaurant! We ended with the chouchettes which were perfectly light and sweet with three different sauces in the side. The highlight of the meal was a fancy birthday dessert, a surprise from the Del Ray Cafe, complete with a lighted candle for my friend. It was a fabulous meal and experience!

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  29. Anne

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal, as usual. We have being bringing our daughter since she was a baby, and they have always been very kind and accommodating. Excellent service, excellent food, good choices on the children's menu, too.

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  30. vills

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was great, as was the service. The staff was very accommodating with our seating and keeping us on the main level to avoid the stairs. The multilingual staff was wonderful.

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  31. CAAmor

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had Christmas Eve dinner here and it was the best culinary experience we have had in a long time. The menu was interesting and delicious, the service was great and everyone in the dining room was enjoying themselves.

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  32. ROBERTK

    Grand Rapids

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good selection of tasty and unusual menu items. We've been there for dinner and brunch, and both were outstanding. The service is spectacularly friendly and personable. We came with four adults and an infant, and the hosts were very accommodating.

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  33. bluepencil

    Washington DC

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another delicious birthday brunch! This is one of my favorite restaurants — I always feel welcomed and valued. And the food is great!

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  34. LaurenS

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The absolute best place in Del Ray! Lobster ravioli was terrific! Very yummy and a fun waiter, too!

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  35. BetsyS

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waiter, Nadir, was wonderful and so was our food. Very impressive menu with extraordinary preparations. Eager to return.

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  36. CynthiaZ

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a great neighborhood restaurant. It is like dining in a family home. The food is always excellent and the service is great! We highly recommend this restaurant.

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  37. BridgetteT

    Jacksonville

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Hosted a work team holiday brunch at Del Ray cafe and it was perfect! The service, the ambiance and food were all outstanding! Thank you

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  38. DavidM

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great neighborhood gem with fantastic food that is comforting familiar to French food fans.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is a very nice place to dine. Staff is attentive and the food is delicious. I will definitely go back.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Oh my, the lobster bisque is delicious as was everything!!

    1 person found this helpful

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Del Ray Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 717-9151.

Del Ray Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 1244 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Del Ray Cafe

205 East Howell Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Alexandria
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 9:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    French, Organic
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Temporarily, the parking lot is only available for handicapped parking. All other guests may find street parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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