Del Ray Cafe
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Very good food and service, but we felt that this restaurant is overpriced as compared to others of similar quality in the area.
great time, good food, awesome atmosphere and service
Del Ray Cafe never disappoints. The mushroom risotto was perfection!
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.
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.
Very average. Pork chop stuffed with goats cheese was not an inspired choice.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
We had the seafood platter and brussel sprouts which were both amazing and the service was beyond exceptional.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
Great service, and amazing food. Loved everything about the place. We have found a new favorite dining place.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Braised short ribs were tasty, Branzino had a fishy flavor but it was mild, so it was really good.
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.
I enjoyed a delicious beet salad with sliced chicken and pecans. Always a warm welcome and great service!!
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.
A very charming venue in a classic neighborhood with outstanding cuisine and friendly, attentive service. Couldn’t have asked for more!
First class in all regards, as always.
Always a treat! Good service and delicious food make for a great meal!
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.
Great food in a welcoming environment!
The service and food was superb as usual. Wonderful presentation, excellent, well prepared food, and top notch service. Del Ray Cafe is a favorite!