Del Ray Cafe

4.7
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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.

Due to COVID-19, we are temporarily only accepting reservations via telephone and email. please contact us at 703-717-9282, or info@delraycafe.com. The temporary hours of operation are 9am-8pm Sun-Thurs and 9am-9pm Fri/Sat.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite restaurant and the best people! Thanks for staying open.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, fabulous food and amazing service.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service! Incredible food!!

KP
vipKateP
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in Alexandria, bar none! Also .. Order take out every day of the week by calling in .. their menu is extensive and online for viewing .. so easy and delicious! 11 stars!

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vipAlliG
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

LOVE the almost entirely organic menu - all of the food was DELICIOUS! It was a little stuffy temperature-wise throughout the restaurant (both floors) and we were seated at a table with benches instead of chairs (not super comfortable) but the fantastic service and tasty food made up for it all.

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OpenTable Diner
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had Ana amazing birthday breakfast here. The setting is adorable and the food was amazing. I was especially impressed with how professional the staff is and how thoughtful they were, bringing out a birthday dessert without me having to say anything. Either because it was listed on the reservation or because they saw the present or put two and two together. We had a truly lovely time. Would highly recommend!

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Elly
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been at your charming restaurant several times and have
enjoyed the food, ambiance, service very much. And have
recommended your restaurant to several friends.

Thank you.

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d2shopper
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their vegetable hash!!

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Hobie
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

second time here & just love it - this time I got the scallops which were fabulous - my son & his wife joined us and everyone loved their dinner - great wine choices - and they were thrilled to bring home a dog cookie for their pet

EM
vipEMILY
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful per usual. Love the food, ambiance, and the staff. Wish there was a better place to stand while you wait for your table, I always feel in the way.

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Mickey
Richmond
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a delicious meal at Del Ray Cafe and the service is warm, friendly, and accommodating. The omelette and quiche are light and fluffy and my son in law says that the burger is the best in Alexandria.

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Virginiak
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the perfect place for "special" lunch or a business lunch. We had entrees off of the new menu. I had the chicken thighs and my companion had the chicken pot pie, both were a delight for the taste buds. The servers were attentive and informative.

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NadineB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, family friendly and accommodating for our two young children.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food are both top notch here!

OT
OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding Foie gras and Brussels sprouts. And the dog liked the treats when we got home.

JB
vipJimB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nadir and team made us feel welcomed and provided stellar service. We cannot wait to return!

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vipNWWN
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the BEST brunch. Food was amazing and our server was great. ❤️❤️❤️

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vipGianni
Washington DC
64 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were fortunate to choose Del Ray Cafe for a Valentine's Eve dinner this year. As always, the room is pleasant and comfortable. The menu -- both the special V Day menu and the regular a la carte version -- was creative and inviting. All dishes were well-prepared and worth trying again. Above all, our waiter Nadir was attentive, engaged, warm and very customer-friendly. We will return.

JS
JustinS
Portland
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

This is a really great place to eat! Wonderful ambiance, and wonderful food.

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ColeenH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food was really good. Parking is very difficult. Looks like a made over house in a neighborhood.

MM
vipMaryMary
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistent great, friendly service in a relaxing environment. 'Did I mention the food is very good, too?

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vipRDS554
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

This neighborhood hood gem is a couple steps away from being truly great. Food and service are excellent, it’s just the ambience is more diner than bistro; and the food is definitely French Bistro fare. A better wine selection, little ambience tweak and they would really be wowing you. Do not take this as negative criticism, just an observation. I will definitely be back, and happy to be so.

KT
vipKateT
Washington DC
121 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The five of us enjoyed our time and meal at Del Ray Cafe. We shared mussels and a suffle among us but each ordered a different entree. The osso buco was a favorite as well as the scallops and lobster risotto. The ham/cheese crepe was delicious as well as the braised ribs. The service was quick but not rushed and we lingered over our conversation as we caught up with each other. So lucky we can walk to this great restaurant!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our go to place! We love the folks there like an extension of our family!

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nick
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had venison stew, my companions had lamb shank and the daily special seared salmon, plus cocktails and beer. The food, service and value were excellent.

OT
vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Birthday treat was beautiful / thanks

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Julebird
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Venison was delicious and a treat!
DC spring salad with pears was fantastic too!

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vipGJHGJH
Washington DC
46 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

They messed up our order, but made it right in the end. The short ribs were encased in fat and served medium rare which was a surprise. Our experience with short ribs is they are usually cooked through rendering most of the fat out.

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THEGOLDS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I love this place. Wonderful setting, and I go occasionally for business breakfasts. I dinged it (4 stars rather than 5) for one sole reason: on weekdays it seems to be the place to bring very young children, and the crying and rap-rap-rapping of objects on the table can make it hard to converse. This is no knock on the restaurant -- seems like an ideal place for families. Just hard to do a business breakfast upstairs in that environment.

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vipSwimRideSing
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything here is exquisite. This comfortable French cafe looks like a home from the street. When you're inside you're family to the gracious, knowledgeable and highly skillled and experienced staff. Close your eyes, point to the menu, and order it. It will be excellent. She had the French onion soup. I had the potato leek soup. We both ordered the lamb chops special, followed by the delicate, flaky apple tart. Our server was expert in the wine list - not a long list, mostly French, sufficient variety of types and prices - and helped me pick a 2014 Bordeaux that matched perfectly.

Very fine for a slightly out-of-the way and memorable business lunch or dinner. And if you want to enjoy a meal with a special someone in your life, here's your spot. But don't go too often because we'll want a table.

MM
vipMaryMary
Detroit
11 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are regulars. One of the best restaurants in Alexandria.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Del Ray Cafe once a month or more and I decided to have brunch there on my birthday. The staff was very welcoming and friendly as usual and the food was outstanding as usual. I had fried oysters Benedict; the oysters were perfectly done and did not overpower the dish, on the contrary they paired well with the hollandaise, croissant and poached eggs. If you live in the Del Ray/Alexandria area and haven’t visited Del Ray Cafe you are missing out on a meal with a comfortable and intimate setting and ambiance, friendly and helpful staff, and exciting and delicious food.

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54Maria
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
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.

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vipwatsonmp
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed our dinner. It was a Friday during restaurant week so they were a bit behind on fulfilling reservations. But ok nce we were seated, service was terrific, food was fresh and nicely presented. Salad with bleu cheese a nd apples was great starter as was my husband's French onion soup. Our 3 entrees of venison, beef tenderloin and branzino filet were all wonderful and properly cooked to temp we requested. We overdid by having dessert. Greatness.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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

HK
HollieK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

ME
MaryES
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

DelRay Cafe never disappoints! It is always excellent!

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Del Ray Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 717-9151.

Del Ray Cafe is rated 4.7 stars by 906 OpenTable diners.

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