Del Ray Cafe

4.7
709 reviews
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$30 and under
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French
From the owners of La Bergerie, a French café serving local, natural, and organic products.
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DS
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place. If I had all the money in the world, I would eat here every day. Staff are friendly, food is wonderful and the place is very relaxed.

They have a screened porch as well for nice days when it isn't too hot to be outside.

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A
New England
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Everyone is very accommodating and the food is honestly some of the best in Alexandria/northern VA

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HP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great brunch here with a large group of friends. Everyone enjoyed their food immensely. The quality of service and the overall experience was excellent. It is clearly a wonderful restaurant as it was packed. The only critique I would make is the space available for large groups - it was very close quarters and the noise was a bit overwhelming for our little one. However, this didn’t impact service or food quality. We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch.

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g
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was wonderful. A perfect breakfast spot.

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R
Washington DC
116 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good food and service but at a relatively high price. Not the great deal it used to be.

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G
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, we had a great dinner at Del Ray Cafe. And they served us a special desert as we were celebrating our anniversary. This is our most favorite neighborhood restaurant. My only wish is that tables could be reserved for Sunday Brunch which is not an option now.

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TZ
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and very friendly service.

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NV
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was slow and sometimes unresponsive as I had to ask twice for a drink and bread. Other than that the staff was very courteous and helpful.

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g
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

THE FOOD, ETC WAS EXCELLENT, AS ALWAYS. WE ENJOY THIS RESTAURANT EVERY TOME WE GO.

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OT
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service ever time we go there.

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TI
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Del Ray Cafe is a perennial favorite, because the food is first-rate and the service friendly and attentive. This restaurant serves some of the best meals in Arlington, and the ambiance is relaxed. It's a great choice for those who appreciate fine dining without the stuffiness! Recommended!

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G
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Del Ray Cafe's menu is creative; its ingredients fresh; its preparation outstanding; and its service cordial and attentive. As always, we can rely on Abdel to deliver a high level of well-informed service with warmth and enthusiasm. We recommend this neighborhood gem of a restaurant to all.

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I
Washington DC
119 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is a favorite. Ingredients a super fresh and incorporated in new dishes. Located in a old house in Del Ray (Alexandria), it offers a friendly location.

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JM
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful brunch! The food was outstanding and the service was excellent! I know the noise level is to be expected in such a small place, but we were still able to have a conversation without a problem. From out of town, but will be back again!

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PL
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Del Ray Cafe is our favorite restaurant in Alexandria. The food is great and the staff is wonderful.

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s
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start ( lovely bread and salads) to finish ( exquisite apple tarts), this was a first class meal. I could not be more pleased with the food and service. We will definitely return!

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BM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A wonderful place for special family celebrations. Great staff and delicious food.

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CG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food was very good. We sat out on the screened porch. My view was of a messy serving table and boxes of stuff in the back of the porch. Would go back to restaurant but not be seated on that porch.

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LJ
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Had a great dinner with family and friends. The Dover sole, veal chop, grouper and soufflés were outstanding. We will be back for dinner soon.

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I
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went here to treat the mom so they had a lot to prove! We were seated in a wrapped foyer outside. The service here is exceptional. My mother had the steak which she vouched for. I had their special which was a white fish. Very well prepared. They lived up to the expectation!

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BT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal today, as expected. This was our third time there and every element of the experience was as great as the previous two times. Even though the Grand Marnier souffle was not mine, I got to have a couple of tastes and I can not recommend it enough! All of the food was excellent, but that souffle is still calling me...

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M
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

No longer. We like walking to a restaurant in our neighbor, however the menu changes little, if any with seasons and is overpriced for what is offered. Service is polite, but entrees should not be brought to the table and held while one of us was finishing a salad. Convenience will not bring us back, although we have eaten here at least half a dozen times previously.

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SR
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Del Ray Cafe is always such a delight. My colleague and I sat in the screened porch. She ordered the mussels, I had the cod special. Everything was wonderful and fresh and delicious. You can't get a meal like this in the city for three times the price.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Del Ray Cafe nestled in it and Alexandria neighborhood was so very inviting and beautiful. From the entrance to the upper level of the atmosphere was family-oriented, cozy, and welcoming. The food was fantastic French cuisine. From the mussels and scallops to the apple tart with cinnamon ice cream, this was a wonderful dining experience.

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d
Western NC
38 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved this place! We'll return. First, it is a charming little restaurant (looks like a house in that neighborhood) with flowers and a sitting bench in the front yard. It's also popular for brunch, so reserve in advance. Our food was excellent, you can certainly tell the difference between regular and organic ingredients! Our waiter was extremely friendly and very accommodating, even helping our 95 year old down the stairs after we added her to our family celebration but couldn't change the location of the table for our party. The cost was reasonable. One caution: if you bring your own cake or dessert, be prepared to pay a plate charge of $5 per person.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place and the people there. It’s what keeps us coming back

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T
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Del Ray Café was fine and would recommend the restaurant. However, Open Table really messed up our reservations in just about every way possible. Fortunately, the good folks at Del Ray Cafe found a place for us even though we had no reservation. Open Table had the correct time but the wrong date. We will return to the Del Ray Café but make our reservations directly with them.

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AW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Definitely make reservations. It gets really busy especially on weekends.

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LP
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I took my parents for lunch to celebrate my dad’s birthday. The restaurant was bright and airy. The food was fresh and delicious. My tuna salad had more mayo than I’d have liked but the country pate appetizer was really good. The service was great - our waiter was attentive and cheerful - and my dad was served a complimentary puff pastry to recognize his birthday celebration so it was a really nice touch!!

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RW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall Dell Ray cafe provide a very good to outstanding dining experience in wonderful Del Ray. The food and service were very good. The ambiance is outstanding and the OpenTable reservation experience was flawless. Noise level was a little high. Pricing for entrees (e.g., fish) was higher than anticipated. They have a small parking lot but there is street parking in walkable Del Ray. As an extra plus they are a very short walk from Dolce & Bean for an excellent gelato dessert. Give it a try (open for weekday and weekend breakfast/brunch)

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ID
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

I brought my family of four to Del Ray Cafe to celebrate my husband's birthday. I was hoping for something special at a place that was new to us. Unfortunately our dining experience left me feeling like I had been taken advantage of. The biggest problem was with our waiter. He was cordial enough, but I got the feeling when we didn't order multiple drinks that he was "put out." My husband ordered a glass of wine which the waiter refilled without asking, and then charged us for. When he took our entree order he presented the options of salads, soup, and dessert in a way that implied they were included with the dinner. I should have known better. There was no mention of anything included with the main courses, and salads and soups were listed separately on the menu. He was "upselling" us and I didn't realize it, neither did my teenage daughter. Because of that, and the unrequested wine refill, our bill was about $40 higher than it would have been otherwise.
After our entrees arrived the waiter did not show up again. The servers were very attentive, refilling water, clearing plates, and bring containers for leftovers. But we had to wait a long time to receive our bill and it was too high for the food we received.
My husband's fish was a small portion and not particularly tasty. My lamb wall well cooked but lacked seasoning. The kids did better with the mussels and chicken, but on the whole it was not great. On top of that the volume in the restaurant was extremely unpleasant. And we were in a room with only three tables!
What should have been a fun, celebratory meal was a big disappointment and literally left a bad taste in my mouth.

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LA
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite local restaurant. Lovely service, welcoming atmosphere, very good food and in my neighborhood. Excellent

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OT
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A delightful and delicious lunch spot!! My friend and I enjoyed the special flounder and risotto.

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DE
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Breakfast meeting. Delicious food. Great coffee and service

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brunch was great

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We brought friends from out of town who were very impressed with this restaurant. Lovely evening!

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Friendly staff, neighborhood feel, nice wine list, the food presentation was very nice, and tasted delicious. We're local and we will be back.

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MH
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Always good atmosphere and a good selection of brunch items. The lobster eggs Benedict is awesome. This trip we had reservations for 9:45am on a Friday. We waited until about 10:10 to be seated. Once seated it took about 10min until the server could get to us. Overall the experience was good and the staff is courteous and cheerful.

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R
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Excellent food. Will go again, despite fact that parking Isabel bit difficult (too few spaces).

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JW
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had lobster Benedict with fresh squeezed orange juice. It was fabulous! The croissant was also excellent.

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