Del Ray Cafe

4.6
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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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SH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was outstanding and servers accommodated a high chair despite limited space. Brunch food was excellent, I got smoked salmon benedict, which I would highly recommend. My husband got the lobster benedict special which was also delicious and two others in the party got omelettes which they enjoyed as well.

BP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought out granddaughter and grandson for a fun night. They looked the menu over and order scallops and cassoulet. To our delight, the we visited and they "cleaned their plate." They each had a preferred dessert with a mint leaf. What a great place to spend with grandchildren.

r
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

There were many things to love- the menu, my crepe, the tea, the bright open decor upstairs. But our server was inattentive and when I entered the first floor I smelled cleaning solution. I’ll try again.

P
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an outstanding dinner for a dear friend’s birthday. The wait staff is very attentive and friendly and the food is excellent. Two of us had the rockfish special and we shared a delicious apple tart with salted caramel ice cream. The staff brought the most beautiful birthday tribute, a cream puff, with a chocolate birthday message written on the plate in the prettiest script. We love this place!

PC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place. It is quickly becoming our go to spot. We have three young children, and they are always welcoming and accommodating to our active and sometimes noisy kids. The food never disappoints, and we have tried many of their dishes. My personal favorite is the SOS, with the egg, though I've never finished my meal because my wife always steals it from me. The most recent time we went, we brought my visiting cousins along, and they seconded our endorsement. Going to the Del Ray Cafe makes me feel like I'm visiting a friend's house, and that friend happens to be a fantastic chef.

RR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very good food and service, but we felt that this restaurant is overpriced as compared to others of similar quality in the area.

MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great time, good food, awesome atmosphere and service

RM
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Del Ray Cafe never disappoints. The mushroom risotto was perfection!

MM
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant in Alexandria by far! We are regulars. Staff is so warm and helpful. Also homemade dog biscuits are available if you have a canine friend.

OT
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great neighborhood restaurant. I had french onion soup which was very good. My wife and sister-in-law had salads. The entrees, tenderloin and short ribs were excellent I would recommend this for anyone.

AD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Very average. Pork chop stuffed with goats cheese was not an inspired choice.

l
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I hosted brunch for my daughter, son-in-law, niece, her husband and their 7 week old daughter. Part of the day was about my daughter completing her second bachelors in preparation for switching careers, and part for her to meet her new baby cousin. And mostly because we all have a good time together!

The food was excellent overall, with a couple of “it could have been a bit better.” My creamed chipped beef (aka on menu as SOS, truly!) was not what I expected, but was very good. A bit too much meat for me, a lighter gravy than traditionally. My veggie hash was a lovely variety of mixed veggies including roasted potatoes, in bite-size rather than hash size pieces, excellent.

Others had Benedicts - oyster, salmon and omelet, respectively, and thoroughly enjoyed them. Consensus on the Hollandaise was someone forgot to add the lemon juice. Extreme blah. Might have been an oversight.

Cappuccinos were lovely, fresh OJ was heaven (two carafes). We switched to regular coffee; a larger cup, rather than small cappuccino size, would be nice, but coffee was delicious. The service was wonderful, prompt, courteous, helpful.

I’d like to go back when I have the chance, because there are a lot of non-egg breakfast/brunch choices to try. We spotted a piece of French toast abandoned at the next table; that looked so yummy, we almost nabbed it.

s
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are never disappointed by our visits to Del Ray Cafe! The meals are a bit pricey, but we don't mind for an occasional treat. Our waiter Abdel is knowledgeable and friendly, while appropriately absent for most of our meal. We brought our adult children last week to introduce them to the restaurant, and the staff delivered perfectly! Each meal (Halibut, Seafood Platter, Cassoulet and others) was well prepared, on time and perfectly seasoned. The desserts (souffles, pumpkin creme brulee, apple tart with salted caramel ice cream) were fantastic! Clearly, we will go again!

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! The service was outstanding. I accidentally left my coat behind on a hanger in the restaurant and they called me immediately to come get it. Everything was brought out promptly and with a smile. The food was rich and flavorful. I would highly recommend!

ER
New England
39 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite breakfast spot. The service is great. The food is great. Crab Benedict is Grandma's go-to every time we come. What a wonderful, local gem!

SW
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

C'etait magnifique! We were celebrating my mother's birthday. Nadir made it special and treated us well. The souffles were exceptionally good. It was a lovely evening.

A
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a neighborhood gem. The food is outstanding as well as the service. We are treat it like family and we love this place so much.

IS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the seafood platter and brussel sprouts which were both amazing and the service was beyond exceptional.

EF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for the Spanish wine dinner. Definitely a good value, the food was wonderful and the wines were great. They also weren't stingy with the pours.

Only issues were the noise level upstairs where we were seated, very loud, hard to hold conversations with folks across the table. Also, we were seated on benches with no backs and no cushions. That was very uncomfortable for a 2 hour dinner.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Del Ray Cafe never disappoints! The food, ambience and Staff are outstanding! I’ve been there for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner! Bravo to the Chefs!! The Host, Laurent is charming, professional, well regarded and an expert in his field!

LC
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The food was superb, both the lamb and the filet mignon we had. Perfect French Bistro fare. The atmosphere wasn’t as warm and inviting as we had hoped. Still we would highly recommend the restaurant.

LE
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Little disappointed that I mentioned in notes we were celebrating a birthday and no one asked us about it again, however, this restaurant is fabulous so we will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious experience. We have been here numerous times for brunch and dinner did not disappoint. Our waiter was wonderful and interesting! Had a great time taking our in laws here. Very relaxed atmosphere

The duck and scallops are amazing. The foie gras was cooked which I wasn’t a huge fan of but the berries that came with it were yum!

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, and amazing food. Loved everything about the place. We have found a new favorite dining place.

B
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this restaurant. Wait staff is always friendly and recognizes you when you come in. I am a single and was ushered to a great window table. It has been Spring since I was at the restaurant but the waiter remembered me from previous visits. For me, it is oysters on the half and they were great after after a summer off. The dover sole was as I remembered it - always wonderful. And the Soufflé was perfect. This restaurant receives my highest recommendation!

MW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Only issue was how long it took to get seated. We had a reservation for Brunch and our party was seated 30 minutes late. We are frequent diners and really enjoy this restaurant, but wanted to raise this concern.

NK
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was very good. Service was amazing! One of our guests had to leave very quickly and they served him quickly and efficiently despite the fact they were very busy during brunch. I've had dinner there before and the service experience was also great. And the food was yummy.

PR
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sinfully good food -- every bite was exceptionally good including the dressing on the mixed greens that came with our meal! Staff was friendly, happy and attentive. Prices were excellent and a great value. Go. Here. To. Eat!

OT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a fabulous neighborhood gem with a solid wine list, very creative cuisine selections and the service is attentive without being overbearing. Looking forward to the next visit!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Braised short ribs were tasty, Branzino had a fishy flavor but it was mild, so it was really good.

FS
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, good service and a helpful waiter. The very light breading on the calamari was exceptional! So often it is so heavy that it hides the flavor of the calamari. Del Ray's breading was just right - enough to add some interest to the dish without overpowering it!

Also recommend the PEI mussels!

there was a loud patron when we arrived who was a bit annoying, but happily that table soon cleared and we then enjoyed a nice atmosphere. Was impressed that the owner/manager stopped to chat. Nice touch.

OT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I enjoyed a delicious beet salad with sliced chicken and pecans. Always a warm welcome and great service!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always wonderful

A
Washington DC
115 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

DRC continues to be my favorite restaurant. The food is always excellent and the staff are so pleasant. We were there for an anniversary and they brought us a lovely special dessert.

OT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very charming venue in a classic neighborhood with outstanding cuisine and friendly, attentive service. Couldn’t have asked for more!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First class in all regards, as always.

O
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat! Good service and delicious food make for a great meal!

N
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We can never find time for ourselves, but Saturday was extremely pleasant. We’ve already planned our next visit. The cuisine and atmosphere is agreeable with my preferences, as well as the location. Everyone should be lucky enough to dine at this restaurant. Merci beaucoup.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food in a welcoming environment!

m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food was superb as usual. Wonderful presentation, excellent, well prepared food, and top notch service. Del Ray Cafe is a favorite!

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