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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

5
4
3
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (40)
Great for Brunch (28)
Fit for Foodies (23)
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Authentic (23)
Good for a Date (21)
Great for Lunch (21)
Casual (21)
Good for Birthdays (19)
Cozy (18)
Special Occasion (17)
Good for Anniversaries (16)
Sunday Lunch (16)
Local Ingredients (16)
Creative Cuisine (15)
Good for Groups (14)
Quiet Conversation (13)
Worth the Drive (13)
Seasonal (11)
Healthy (10)
Business Meals (8)
Kid-friendly (8)
Comfort Food (8)
Organic (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Romantic (7)
Notable Wine List (6)
Fun (5)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Hot Spot (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Happy Hour (1)
People Watching (1)
Pre/post Theatre (1)
Spicy (1)
Vegan (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

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 4 days ago

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 6 days ago

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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·Dined on November 2, 2017

I loved the authentic friendliness of all of the staff

Tags: Fun, Casual, Worth the Drive, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Nadir and other wait staff very personable, knowledgeable and funny!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Abdel was excellent! We celebrated my friend’s birthday during lunch. Food is always delicious and service is consistently excellent.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Long time patrons of La Bergerie, this was our first visit to DRC. This was an excellent end to our vacation in France. We were able to share authentic country French cuisine with the family that did not travel with us. The atmosphere was casual, but service and food were excellent. Not at all surprising that the restaurant was busy on Saturday night. Since we were off schedule from traveling, we ate savory crepes which were quite satisfying without being heavy. Presented artfully with mixed greens, it was just the right amount of food. I also ordered the crisp fresh French peas to share around the table.
Laurent was on property and visiting with his guests. In true French style, we felt welcomed into his home rather than into an establishment. Glad to find this very accessible source for French cuisine.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 17, 2017

As always, everything was very good. Staff was attentive. Owner is on top of things.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We enjoyed the food and they put down a mat below my daughter’s height chair so her food would not fall on the carpet.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Was a bit crazy for Sunday brunch in terms of people trying to get in, but overall a wonderful experience!

Tags: Business Meals, Kid-friendly, Great for Brunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 8, 2017

The food is always excellent here! Grateful for the table that was saved for our reservation as we were a larger (6 people) group.

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Third time and very disappointed. I spent over 120 on myself. Overpriced and under wowed.
Even worse, the kid who met me at the door and checked my reservation was unwelcoming and tried to seat me in a empty room.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great new Fall menu. All four of us had excellent meals on Saturday night. Service as always was outstanding!!!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Ever and ALWAYS amazing and wonderful! Lauren and his kind staff are always happy to see us and seem to never forget a face. The menu, the service, the food and drinks keep us coming back time after time.

Tags: Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date, Healthy, Cozy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 23, 2017

A lovely experience. Food and service were excellent. It was a tad noisy but not overwhelming. We've lived in OT for 10 years and this was our first time at DRC...we've been missing out!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Went here recently for dinner and sat on the patio. Great choice. Sometimes the inside has been too loud for us. Food was excellent as always.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 20, 2017

We love Del Ray Cafe! Favorite neighborhood place, and friends from DC (with all it has to offer) will frequently drive out to join us. Always good food, good service, nice people.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Seasonal
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 17, 2017

The food is both wonderfully prepared as it is presented. You are easily made to feel you are in a French country bistro/restaurant. Our only distraction was the gaps in service. We waited too long for drinks to be refreshed or refills of wine.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 13, 2017

My friends and I loved this restaurant so much we came back again and found even more charming and the food and service great.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Authentic
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

Wonderful food, great service and a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere.

Tags: Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Afternoon Tea, Business Meals, Casual, Organic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We enjoy the cafe. My complaint is the martinis... Mine was good but you need to take a close look at a martini glass. It should be FILLED to the brim with ice crystals dancing across the top (unlike wine). The food selections and quality are terrific.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Hi hi hi hi

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 9, 2017

The food was not seasoned and very, very bland. The ambience was great - the location was great.

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