Del Ray Cafe

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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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M
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant week menu - always a favorite, with solid veg options for our guests! Delicious food, superb service.

OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Del Ray Cafe has limited seating. Despite having 3 weeks advance reservation, we were stuck on a side porch. If you're going to have to spend over $200 for a dinner for four, you expect better accommodations.

OT
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed a good meal and setting. Great for catching up with friends. Excellent service and food.

HK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place. Went for rest week. Very good food and lots of choices

ME
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Well-priced menu. Service very slow. Good neighborhood restaurant.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience3

I have never really had a bad meal at Del Ray Cafe. My biggest complaint is it smells and seems a little smoky from the kitchen. One of my top picks in the area.

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DelRay Cafe never disappoints! It is always excellent!

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We came during Restaurant Week, everything was outstanding! Will definitely come back!

j
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Willing to go extra mile and add extra chocolate in the profiteroles. Tables close together in room downstairs so felt lack of privacy.

SH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

All had the restaurant week menu. Everything was exceptionally well thought out, prepared and presented.
Although found the hangar tenderloin a little chewy.
Love this restaurant and will return whenever we can.

KA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here is always special and the Restaurant Week choices are delicious.

R
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service and food were very good. Delicious bronzini, with well prepared veggies. Servers were most attentive (but still need to learn not to interrupt guest's conversations). The noise level was a bit high, but that's the acoustics of the place and can't be helped. Del Ray Cafe is one of our regular haunts and will remain so.

A
Washington DC
117 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant. I have never been disappointed there. Restaurant Week is a great time to try dishes one hasn't had before.

KP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a quaint and cute spot! My husband and I went during restaurant week as a date and had a great time! The food and service was so good! Will definitely go back for sure. If you are in Del Ray, this is a MUST TRY!

f
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Some good flavors, but we weren't wowed.
It was restaurant week, offering plenty of choices for each of the 3 courses.
Salad was fine - a bit acidic, but fine. The pate was adequate. They forgot to bring the bread with it, so we had to ask.
The short rib was very good - would order that again. The branzino with olive tapenade and a light sauce - not so much. when the waiter asks to be sure you want the tapenade, even though it's a core element of the dish - you know there's a problem. The flavors just didn't complement one another well. And both entrees had undercooked and uninteresting half-carrot and clump of broccoli - not even a squeeze of lemon juice or something to brighten it up. I love crunch in my vegetables - but these we just uninteresting, uninspired and not worth their presence on the plate.
Finally, for dessert we ordered creme brulee and profiteroles. The latter was fine - nothing to write home about. The creme brulee was completely uninspired. The crust was barely there, and the flavor was very flat.
Staff were friendly. Ambience is nice. But if it's a nice french meal I'm looking for, I'll go elsewhere.

FP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food took a longer than usual to get to our table. The short ribs were good but a little cold inside. The green beans were overcooked. The creme brûlée wasn’t set properly. Not bad but on that price range there are better French food options.

OT
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My salmon was perfectly cooked and so delicious! The bread is extraordinary. Did I mention how wonderful the servers are? Always friendly and helpful but not hovering.
Del Ray Café is my favorite restaurant!!!

CB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful!

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LG
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Outstanding food, and we'll be back to try it again. Had the Diver scallops and Dover sole, plus the Burgundy Snails appetizer. However, although the outside patio room seating would be good for brunch on a nice day, it provided a very disappointing atmosphere for an upscale dinner of this cost.

MA
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best. You won’t find better calamari in town!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Promptly seated. The wait staff was very helpful and attentive without being too intrusive. The food (eggplant and portobello tart appetizer, lobster entree, scallop entree, and shared souffle dessert) were all excellent. The house chardonnay was nothing exceptional but could be a way to economize a bit as most of the bottle wine choices are a bit pricey. That said, the higher priced glasses we ordered at the wait staff's suggestion were very good.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I just love eating here. Everything on the menu is thoughtfully prepared, high quality, and delicious. And the service is always exceptional.

A
Washington DC
118 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

DRC continues to be my favorite restaurant! We made reservations kind of last-minute but were rewarded with fabulous food including my favorite dessert special, Floating Island. I haven't seen this dessert for years and have always had to go to New York to get it. The food is always outstanding!

C
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Terrific place. Lovely service from beginning to end. Delicious food. Such a warm, inviting cozy place. Amazed at how many families with young children were there. Everyone clearly happy with the place and food.

p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

I love taking my granddaughters to this cafe. It's ambiance, location, excellent service and good good all contribute to my ranking. I also like the layout of the tables on the second floor, plenty of space between tables.

N
Wilmington
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy dining experience. Food and service tops.

T
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great restaurant with a nice vibe. The dinner menu is limited so check before you come to make sure it’s the French food you want. Otherwise, definitely recommended.

MF
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always! Have the Gran Mariner Soufflé for dessert.

SN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delicious

DC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love the Del Ray Cafe! I have eaten there several times, and it is one of my brother and sis-in-law’s favorites, so we went there Christmas Eve and had their special prix fixe 3-course dinner. Everything was delicious and the service was great, even though the place was packed. Then some friends and I returned for brunch the day after Christmas, and the servers remembered me and were very welcoming. The food was delicious and the menu broad enough that we all got what we wanted, including the vegetarian. If I still lived in the area, I would be a regular!

R
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

I marked 4 stars for service because of some confusion when checking in. It was a very crowded time on Christmas Eve and there was no real place for waiting people to stand or sit. Staff were hustling like mad, weaving through the crowd with hot dishes. We were seated, then reseated, and then all was well. The calamari was the most tender we've ever eaten, the main servings of chicken and scallops were delicious, and desserts were very tasty. The staff was very responsive, without hovering, and quite jolly.

HJ
Orlando
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was super friendly, cheerful and accommodating. I would highly recommend. The food was delicious and the cafe had a warm, welcoming quaint feel.

AD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful dinner at DRC. The staff and owner are perfectly attentive. All of our food was delicious including Waygu carpaccio, calamari, stone bass, and venison tenderloin.

OT
Wilmington
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful. My favorite restaurant in the area. Staff are amazing!

DP
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Enjoyed the meal with wife. Food was excellent. Only issue we had was that we were hoping for more of an adult, romantic evening. We were seated upstairs and it was unusual, but almost every table had young children. It just hindered the atmosphere for us.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful wonderful!

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HO
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I forget how wonderfully great the food is a Del Ray Cafe. Unbelievably great food!!! And service and the wine
I need to to return much more often!!

P
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

A nice evening but nothing special.

L
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

La Bergerie (by the same owners) was one of our favorite restaurants and we were so sad to see it close. We ordered soufflés, our favorite dessert, every time, so when we realized they were added to the menu here, we had to go check it out. The service was great and they were so patient and accommodating when part of our party was running late. Everything we ordered was delicious and we were thrilled that the soufflés were as good as La Bergerie. I’m sure we will be back many times.

(A note to the owners: the cheese soufflé would be an amazing addition to the brunch menu!)

TE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can not say enough good things about this place. They treat you like a member of the family here and always go overboard to make you feel special. The food and service is outstanding. Highly recommend!

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