Del Ray Cafe
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.
Never disappoints! Everyone is very accommodating and the food is honestly some of the best in Alexandria/northern VA
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.
Everything was wonderful. A perfect breakfast spot.
Very good food and service but at a relatively high price. Not the great deal it used to be.
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.
Excellent food and very friendly service.
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.
THE FOOD, ETC WAS EXCELLENT, AS ALWAYS. WE ENJOY THIS RESTAURANT EVERY TOME WE GO.
Always great food and service ever time we go there.
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!
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.
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.
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!
Del Ray Cafe is our favorite restaurant in Alexandria. The food is great and the staff is wonderful.
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!
A wonderful place for special family celebrations. Great staff and delicious food.
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.
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.
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!
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
We love this place and the people there. It’s what keeps us coming back
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.
Definitely make reservations. It gets really busy especially on weekends.
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!!
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)
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.
This is my favorite local restaurant. Lovely service, welcoming atmosphere, very good food and in my neighborhood. Excellent
A delightful and delicious lunch spot!! My friend and I enjoyed the special flounder and risotto.
Breakfast meeting. Delicious food. Great coffee and service
Brunch was great
We brought friends from out of town who were very impressed with this restaurant. Lovely evening!
Friendly staff, neighborhood feel, nice wine list, the food presentation was very nice, and tasted delicious. We're local and we will be back.
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.
Excellent food. Will go again, despite fact that parking Isabel bit difficult (too few spaces).
I had lobster Benedict with fresh squeezed orange juice. It was fabulous! The croissant was also excellent.