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About Del Ray Cafe
From the owners of La Bergerie, a French café serving local, natural, and organic products.
Alexandria, VA 22301
Hours of Operation:
Breakfast: 8am - 10:45am
Lunch: 11am - 2:30pm
Dinner: 5pm - 9pm (Sun -Thurs)
5pm - 10pm (Fri & Sat)
*Brunch: 8am - 2:30pm - served on Saturday, Sunday & major holidays
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Del Ray Cafe Ratings and Reviews
One of our party was a toddler so we dined early. Every item was outstanding and the service attentive without being overbearing. When the toddler started to fuss at the end of the meal, a beignet swiftly appeared courtesy of the manager. Clearly, they know how to pacify a young child. All-in-all it was a great dining experience!
Excellent as always- perfect for family dining - something for everyone...my Hysband gad a fantastic Venison dish, the Bouillabaisse was somewhat delayed and we were given free dessert- All of our food was fantastic. My 13 year-old son ordered a steak dish- they served the sauce on the side as this was a new culinary adventure for him- the cafe is ALWAYS friendly, accommodating, and the cooking is always excellent.
The food is always excellent here with a good variety of choices for different tastes. It is quiet and no one is pushing you out, although the service is attentive. It's a great place for a get-together with friends who want to linger a bit or a business meeting.
Del Ray Café is always wonderful! My daughters and I had our annual post-Christmas lunch there and it was fabulous. We enjoyed DRC salad, amazing onion soup, perfectly prepared quiche and delicious hangar steak. The chouquettes for desert were warm and yummy!
Excellent cafe! I had the cassoulet and my husband had the steak. The food was delicious and well prepared. We completed our dinner with profiteroles. Make sure to save room for this dessert. Dinner was stared with a magnificent baguette and fresh butter. We will be back! If you are in the area, after r you can stop by and pick up a roasted chicken with potatoes and a baguette. Worth it!!
The food was delicious, but it wasn't hot. The Onion Soup was not hot, the Lentil Soup was tepid, the Polenta not quite warm, and the Cassoulet was hit at the edges and cool in the middle, clearly not their best night. And the portions were smaller than normal. I don't consider it their standard, and I was disappointed. For a $300+ tab for 4 people, I should not be underwhelmed. But I will give them another shot, because they have a better track record than tonight.
The food preparation was rather uninteresting, perhaps presented to stand on it's own with little herb/spice addition. Unfortunately, if this was the case, the food presented was not exceptional in it's flavor. In addition to the lackluster taste, the service left a lot to be desired. Inattentive would be a kind description. When we were done, I had to stand up to signal our waitress to bring the bill . . . that after asked for the bill from another waiter who acknowledged our need. Although the prices weren't $$$$, they were certainly higher than the food and service supported. Finally, the ambiance was nothing special. And older house with little thought about design or décor. Disappointing.
Very expansive menu. I might go back to try the Bouillabaise or the Cassoulet, very intriguing and ambitious for a small restaurant in what was once a house.
Ambiance is acceptable. This is not a linen table cloth restaurant.
Prices are reasonable.
I had a lamb with I believe a duck confit inside of the lamb. Not to my taste but that's me.
Salad was a little thin. Nice though with apricots and beets on spinach. Not a big salad.
My wife had a fish which she liked and our friend had a steak which he liked.
For a neighborhood restaurant it's quite unusual.
We're not ready to recommend the restaurant after the first visit, which was a mixed experience, but we'll probably try the restaurant again. The main level dining room is Spartan with wooden tables and wooden chairs and a wall-length bench, all with no seat cushions, which made the menu prices surprisingly high. The smoked salmon and Caesar salad appetizers were good, and the cassoulet entree was exceptional, both in preparation and portion size. It would have brought smiles to the faces of two hungry Basques. By contrast, an unfamiliar Fish of the Day entree, which our server described as similar to Mediterranean sea bass, was not. It had a strong flavor and we considered the very small portion merciful. Fortunately, the cassoulet satisfied two appetites. The appetizers and the cassoulet were worth the prices; the Fish of the Day and the dining room were not.
I love this place more each time I go. The food is very fresh and tasty. The service is attentive and friendly. Don’t miss the Dover Sole if it’s available. The halibut special was yummy too. Veal chop was excellent as welll. Save room for desert. Very authentic fresh country cuisine. A must try!
IT's always pleasant to eat at the Del Ray café. It has a French flavor and cuisine and is good for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. You can get snails, French break, Croque Monsieur and Madame, quiche, crepes, and regular full-course meals. The French onion soup is authentic and full of Gruyere cheese. The escargots in garlic and butter are great too. But generally everything is good.
What a pleasant surprise! We had heard good things about Del Ray Café, but no longer living nearby, we hadn't made a point of trying it until now, when we had occasion to be in Alexandria, so tried it out for Saturday night dinner. The food and service were both excellent. Our server was friendly and helpful, and the ambiance was charming, with a French country feel. This was really a solid 4.5 star dining experience, but the system doesn't allow us to differentiate in that way. All three of us discerning diners really enjoyed our meals. We will definitely be back.
Had a wonderful pre-Thanksgiving dinner with family. Group ran the gamut from pescatarian to 6 and 10 year olds (plus an infant) to Grandma and Grandpa. All had a great time with great and friendly service. Mussels were the agreed best dish, but lobster Risotto was also terrific. Roast chicken, always terrific, but skipped tonight in deference to tomorrow’s turkey.
I usually rave about this place, and took and out-of-town friend there for dinner Saturday night. While everyone else's food was wonderful, unfortunately mine was not. I ordered the smoked salmon crepes. It was WAY too salty. When I mentioned it to the server, she simply stated that's the way it is. When something is too salty, how can a person continue eating? They offered no option for me. I let it go. And ordered dessert. I figured it would make up for the oversalty main course. I was wrong. The creme brulee was OVERCOOKED. So disappointing. Creme brulee is one of my favorite things. Additionally, I'm a trained pastry chef. I know what it should be. And that is not it. My advice? Make sure you can tolerate a full mouth of salt, or avoided the crepes. And avoid the creme brulee. For a French restaurant to serve overcooked creme brulee is a crime. What a disappointing meal for me.
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