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About Del Ray Cafe

From the owners of La Bergerie, a French café serving local, natural, and organic products.

205 East Howell Ave
Alexandria, VA 22301
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Organic

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

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 717-9151

Website:
http://delraycafe.net/

Del Ray Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.4

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (38)
Great for Brunch (26)
Fit for Foodies (26)
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Good for a Date (22)
Casual (22)
Great for Lunch (22)
Authentic (20)
Special Occasion (19)
Creative Cuisine (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Cozy (16)
Sunday Lunch (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Kid-friendly (11)
Comfort Food (11)
Healthy (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Fun (9)
Seasonal (8)
Organic (8)
Gluten Free Options (7)
Business Meals (6)
Romantic (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Hot Spot (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Disabled Access (1)
People Watching (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 2 days ago

Del Ray Cafe does not disappoint. One of the gems in Alexandria that locals go to.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Get the snails. Among the best ever. Perfect service. And the dessert OMG.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

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!

Tags: Good for Groups, Authentic, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Interesting menu with good wine selection and good appetizers. The entrees were solid to good, but did not wow. Deserts were wonderful. The service was outstanding - helpful and attentive even on a busy night.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food and service are always exceptional. Some of the food choices are seasonal which adds to the variety we have come to enjoy over many visits.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 5, 2018

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.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

Food was excellent, as requested; service very solicitous. A good experience overall.

Tags: Seasonal, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always a great dining experience...food (quality and preparation) is always outstanding. Service is always warm, attentive and relaxed. We enjoy dining there and frequently take first time guests.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

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!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 29, 2017

The service at Delray was excellent. The French toast was amazing, and so was my breakfast salmon meal. It was slightly salty, but still tasty. My cousin enjoyed her poached egg and salmon meal & enjoyed her Mimosa.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 27, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 25, 2017

As always, a delight to dine at Del Ray Cafe!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 24, 2017

This place is AMAZING! We've become familiar with the staff because we eat here so often, and they're always superb. The food is excellent! Truly top notch. It's a small place, so get your reservations well in advance while you can. You won't regret it.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Gluten Free Options
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Quaint restaurant in Del Ray neighborhood. French onion soup is outstanding. Brussell sprouts are to die for! Always excellent service. A neighborhood gem!

Tags: Organic, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 17, 2017

First time at Del Ray Cafe for everyone in a group of four. Everyone was impressed with the menu, the wine list, and the quality of the food. Friendly and attentive service, too. We will return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

Terrific ! Always love coming for breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Organic, Seasonal, Cozy, Authentic, Special Occasion, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Vegan, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Tasting Menu, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Fun, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 11, 2017

Our lunch was delicious - perfect portions. We had venison stroganoff which could not been better.. my compliments to the chef for producing a most unusual experience. We also hand the apple tart and were Joydelighted we risked the calories - wonderful.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Our group had a delightful and delicious holiday lunch. Fresh salads, wonderful specials and amazing desserts made for a memorable occasion. The table service was gracious and attentive. We’ll be back soon!!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Took my grandchildren and the wait staff was super with them.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Cozy
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Last minute decision of where a group of 6 friends to go for a late brunch. Could not have been happier with our choice. Such an amazing place with a wait staff that took excellent care of us from beginning to end. And the food was incredibly delicious.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 29, 2017

Burger was little overcooked for medium. Chicken pot pie was watery.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Richmond)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Great food. Bread was amazing

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Wonderful meal. Great service. Nice location. Outstanding restaurant.

Tags: Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Organic, Authentic, Cozy, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Local Ingredients, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Never had food that was not exceptional. We went the day after Thanksgiving with six in our party. Food was wonderful all around, good service & great coffee.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 22, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Food and service are consistently excellent. Very family friendly plus hard walls and floor so ambient noise can be an issue.

Tags: Casual, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Del Ray Cafe is our return to location when celebrating getting together with my adult kids. Everyone had a great time, great food and again we left knowing a-little more about each other. LOVE MY KIDS

Tags: Authentic, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Wonderful location for family reunion brunch before sight seeing in DC!

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Friendly and delectable! Del Ray Cafe is a neighborhood restaurant with world-class food. Thank you for pampering us with service and cuisine!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great place -- go if you can!
Excellent food and casual environment.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 4, 2017

DelRay Cafe was a wonderful find. Food, service, ambiance were superb. We will definitely return.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Casual, Healthy, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Cozy, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Quiet Conversation
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