Del Ray Cafe

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

Del Ray Cafe has been a favorite of ours since it opened. Always good food (really good seafood), attentive service and great ambiance. One of the best restaurants in Alexandria!

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TT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I traveled to the NoVA area with my family and had brunch Sunday with friends; never fails to amaze me how wonderful Del Ray is!! Wonderful service, great atmosphere, food that I’m willing to say could be my “last meal” ;) and of course, family friendly...not sure you could do any better! I will continue to make the journey from Indiana to have brunch as often as I can!

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j
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

DelRay Cafe never disappoints! Every time we have been here the food is delicious and the service impeccable. Quite a treat and the croissants are unbelievable!!!

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TH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Del Ray Café is consistently good. Attentive service and excellent food.

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D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 2service 3ambience 4

I like the Delray café and have been there many times. I did not like the veggie burger which I had for lunch yesterday. I thought it was flavorless, difficult to eat and without any appealing characteristic whatsoever.I’d suggest taking it off the menu. Everything else I’ve ever had there has been first rate

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R
Washington DC
110 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The avocado and crab meat appetizer was delicious. The rest of the meal was wonderful as well.

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BR
Wilmington
13 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We brought our family (including two little girls) for brunch yesterday and everything was wonderful, food, service, it is one of my favorite restaurants.

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J
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was full, so the noise level was very high. The food and service more than compensated.

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DF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

our first time at Del Ray cafe and we loved it! I was celebrating a birthday and it was what I had hoped for. I was a previous patron of La Bergerie and was curious how the transition went. I love the homeyness of the cafe and the food was excellent. Service very attentive- a few glitches but nothing impactful. We will come back

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CN
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first dinner there, but we’ve also had breakfast/lunch. Cesar took great care of us at lunch, and remembered us a few days later at dinner. Service was excellent, and he food was very good. Venison was perfectly cooked medium rare, with delicious sauce and puréed sweet potato. The short ribs were luscious. The snapper special was cooked perfectly. Carafes of the house red blend worked for all of us. We shared two desserts among the four of us.
Overall, a lovely evening. The kitchen smells were the only downside mentioned by our guests...not obnoxious but noticeable.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very creative and delicious selections. Flexible brunch or lunch. We enjoyed the homemade ahi tuna, burger, beet salad, vegetable quiche. The vegetable quiche was not a pie crust and low carb! Best vegetable quiche I have eaten accompanied by fruit and lettuce. My favorite sides. Definitely will meet my girlfriends there again! Service was amazing! Attentive but not intrusive. Charming atmosphere!

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BC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

My rotisserie chicken was really dry. The heirloom beet salad was wonderful.

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K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We had all of our party there no less than 5 mins after our reservation start time but it took 20 minutes to seat us. I understand that there is a flow for later morning reservations but we were just left there waiting w the impression it would only be 5 mins before we would be seated and it was much longer. Perhaps just keep the guest informed more on the progress of resetting the table.

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OT
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, great service in a renovated older home just around the corner from Mount Vernon Ave. The vibe is casual, friendly and the menu is terrific. Went with friends who all enjoyed their meals and appetizers which included Burgundy Snails, Peel and Eat Shrimp, a fantastic salad with Blue Cheese, Apples and Walnuts and I really thought my French Onion Soup was fantastic. The main courses were very good and included scallops and mussels. I'm not big on seafood so I enjoyed the tenderloin steak which was tender and flavorful. We topped the meal off with a couple of different souffles which were shared among four. Servings were large, so were the martinis! All in all a great, fun local spot that is definitely worth a visit, especially if you like French-themed food.

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G
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Del Ray Cafe is a true Neighborhood Gem -- fortunately located in our new neighborhood! From the delicious locally baked bread, through the creative and tasty main dishes, the plentiful sides and of course including the reasonably priced wine of the house, this place deserves its many excellent reviews. The space is warm and homey; the tables are comfortably spaced; and perhaps best of all, our waiter Abdel was the model of attention to detail, efficient service, and warm neighborhood hospitality. We will return to the Del Ray Cafe, and recommend it highly to all.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everyone is wonderful so nice!! Food is always amazing

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C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for lunch and would go again for lunch and other meals. Cute restaurant. Ate upstairs. Was a bit noisy due to 2 nearby tables. Generally tables are spaced well and the place has a few rooms for dining. Service was good and helpful. The French baguette that was brought to table in the beginning was fresh, very good and just the way it should be...crisp crust on the outside and soft on the inside.I had the burger which was delicious and loved the skinny crisp French fries. Server kindly offered to bring ketchup (honored the American habit) without a blink. My friend had the ham crepe which she said was scrumptious too. Our coffee cups were refilled frequently but not intrusively. We splurged and shared a dessert. The profiteroles 3 puff pastry filled with vanilla ice cream, drizzled withBelgium Chocolate Sauce with hints of raspberry sauce on the plate. Despite being full, we ate every last bite. Lovely find in Del Ray. Next time we will see if we can be seated in one of the other rooms if too noisy. Sorry I didn’t discover this place earlier, but so happy to find it now.

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LM
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food, fabulous seasonal cassoulet, generous, fresh beet salad, interesting wines by the glass. We really enjoyed our meal! We had been told that the first floor might be perfect for us since we had a few hearing issues among the group of four, and most restaurants involve missing bits of the conversation. We reserved there, which is a small dining room with seating for about a dozen people, and were the only people seated there. I think most people prefer being seated upstairs for the buzz, but the lower level was perfect for our purposes, and we enjoyed ourselves. In fact we plan to go back this evening with other friends.
We dined earlyish, at 6, and there was plenty of space in the parking lot at that time.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter was awesome. Food was delicious.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

This was a favorite restaurant at one time. But this last visit was not pleasant. After completing our meal and enjoying conversation and coffee, we were asked to leave because the restaurant only has 48 tables and there were others waiting to be seated. My family and friends will not be returning.

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S
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food. We will return as always.
Merci

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S
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always fabulous and the service delightfully friendly and attentive.

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R
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Best French Onion soup in N. VA.
Mussels and escargot also top shelf.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best restaurants in Del Ray. I highly recommend it.

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CS
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Del Ray Cafe is a neighborhood gem. The excellent regular menu items are always supplemented by additional in-season specials. While all of the French bistro entrees are terrific, the kitchen staff excels with seafood. Save room for dessert - and order the souffle or the chocolate beignets in advance!

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DJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Terrific service and great food. Really enjoyed the dinner. I'd highly recommend. You're a bit cozy with your neighbors, but that's part of the ambiance of DRC

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AD
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything perfect as we expected!

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JG
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Primarily imaginative slight twist on familiar french dishes. Very comfortable environment.

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S
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

I'm torn. The sea bass was great. And my friend enjoyed the scallops. But. Part of the plate was supposed to be roasted potatoes. And they did not appear. And the waiter did not notice. Eventually I flagged down the waiter who shrugged and brought a belated serving of the missing potatoes but by then the meal was over.

At these prices and in a restaurant of this type, one expects and deserves better.

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TT
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The Del Ray Cafe is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant that is well worth the drive if you don't live in the neighborhood. The food and service are excellent without being fussy. The atmosphere is cozy without feeling cramped. It is one of my favorite restaurants in Alexandria.

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NY
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Went to Del Ray Cafe for Valentines Day (actually the Saturday after VD). They extended their special Valentines menu through Sunday since VD was in the middle of the week. Their special menu and their regular menu were both available so it didn’t feel like the usual holiday restaurant hijacking. The food was great and the service was outstanding. DRC always lives up to its reputation as a cut above. We had the lobster special and the cassoulet with beignets for dessert and all was delicious. Highly recommend DRC for any occasion, especially if it’s a special occasion.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

My only issue was the air conditioner blew directly on our table. We sat upstairs in the room on the left on the left wall in the middle. Del Ray Café is one of our favorite restaurants and we will gladly return.

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RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food and Great service at a price that is a fantastic value in the DC Metro area. Our favorite place by far in Alexandria.

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LA
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Alexandria restaurant is the Del Ray Cafe. Food is delicious and well presented and the staff all care very much about the quality of customers’ experiences. I enjoy eating there and I also enjoy swinging by after work for a take-out roast chicken with potatoes, baguette and bottle of white burgundy. I also like the casual and elegant atmosphere of the restaurant. Well done DRC!

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T
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were both outstanding. This was my third visit overall. We were there for breakfast. I had the lobster eggs Benedict on the special and my friend had the crab eggs Benedict. We shared a side of potatoes. Everything was outstanding and such kind people work there. I recommend Del Ray Cafe with no reservations. Will be back as soon as I can.

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G
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely Valentine’s dinner last night at Del Ray Cafe. As always, the food, the service and the ambiance were top notch!

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LI
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We are return and will continue to be return customers.

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G
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steaks are the best I've eaten. They are very accommodating for gluten-free dining. Their wine list is excellent.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

All the food was excellent! Dessert Soufflé, beignets, cassoulet, fried calamari, house red wine, sweet potato fries, charred Brussels sprouts.

Sat on ground floor; a bit too noisy.

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GD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I was there fore lunch. Veggie risotto was fine, but a little bland. I regretted not getting the quiche with peppers and goat cheese. Cappuccino was way too hot; this is so easy to get right with a small amount of training; every barrista in Italy can do it without a problem, but it's almost impossible to find decent cappuccino in the US.

My first time in the restaurant, it was nicely decorated, quiet enough, and the staff was friendly.

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