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Cafe Colline, Arlington, VA

Cafe Colline

4.8
4.8
464 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Lunch served from 12:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. Reservations not required.
Outside seating available.

From the culinary team that brought you Chez Billy Sud & Parc de Ville, comes a new cafe in the heart of Arlington, VA.
Featuring regional French inspired cuisine by chef Brendan L’Etoile, Cafe Colline is the perfect place for leisurely lunches, first dates, or just a wonderful evening of delicious food and drinks.
Now with our curbside takeaway service, you can enjoy Paris without stepping on a plane

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (703) 567-6615

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Brendan L’Etoile

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Parking details

    Ample Front and Back Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 464 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Washington, D.C. Area

    French

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    Best Food

  • Virginia - DC Suburbs

    French

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  1. GF

    GreatFallsVA

    Washington DC

    28 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great food and service. One of our favorite go-to spots.
  2. DB

    DiplomatBob

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Fabulous local French bistro. Cocktails a little pricey, but overall prices are not outrageous for Arlington. Excellent steak frites -- huge piece of meat, and the fries are consistently outstanding. French onion soup has a broth with real depth and taste. Would appreciate a wine list with a few more affordable options. Looking forward to the return of some winter specials like cassoulet and perhaps beef bourguignon. Service is consistently excellent.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious meal. Not a single disappointment.
  4. D

    Disappointed

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    Food was a big disappointment since we love Chez Billy Sud. The duck confit was fried and tough - do not order this dish. The rest of the food was just OK, and did not align with the price point for the food. We had to ask for bread, butter and were asked how many bread plates we wanted. The bread was also just passable. The place was cold, had some mechanical noise issues and was not cozy and warm like a good French restaurant. Definitely will not return.
  5. GC

    GinaC

    Richmond

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I dine at Cafe Coline on a somewhat regular basis. Very consistent. Excellent wine choices and the desserts are amazing! Service is very good, especially Adam.
  6. SP

    SharonP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and the assortment of food and beverage choices nice. It was our first time and I will definitely go back. It is so popular that only 5:00 slots were left, but it gave plenty of room around the table to not feel crowded. Reserve ahead of time.
  7. WD

    WDC1

    Washington DC

    69 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We visited Cafe Coline to celebrate my wife's birthday. Having a reservation we were promptly seated and promptly approached by our server. The server was perfectly polite but was in a hurry to take our orders. Thw whole night felt rushed. The food was its usual excellent quality and the abiance thou lovely, was a bit loud. We will definately return, as we have in the past, but hope that the staff will take a deep breath and oerate at a slightly slower pace. We woul like to enjoy our visit in more than one hours time.
  8. A

    Anita

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a happy experience. Delicious onion soup, but the best part was the short rib dish; honestly the best tasting short rib dish I've ever had
  9. b

    bonappetit

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    French Onion Soup, and entrees of duck and sea bass were all FABULOUS. The wine list is great, but only VERY expensive options. We may have each had an appetizer, or a dessert, had we not spent $60 for wine. Dinner for two, with one of the lower priced wines, one appetizer to split and no dessert came to $195. Service and ambiance EXCELLENT. We'll go again, on another very special occasion. THANK YOU!
  10. c

    carentrow

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Café Colline and love that it's in our neighborhood! It'd be great to have some specials, Happy Hour deals perhaps?
  11. C

    Chuck

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Fifth Cafe Colline meal. Always consistent and delicious. Adam was a great waiter, able to keep the whole restaurant in front of him =.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Adored our waiter, Adam🏆
  13. MD

    MikeD

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    As always the food is quite good. Fish soup is perfect, salads and cocktails are great, and staff are very helpful and friendly. The only recommendation for the chef is that the house cheeseburger contains too much cheese (2 slices) and the bun used is simply too much bread for the burger itself. The bread overpowers the hamburger. Thank you.
  14. J

    Julia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for anniversary and staff was great and food was delicious
  15. JR

    JulieR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food, fabulous service and the ambience was great.
  16. A

    Artie

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    First a fabulous cocktail spin on a negroni: Le Boulevard des Charentes). Then we split the delicious & ample Caesar salad ((beautiful homemade caesa dressing). Mains were the potato crusted salmon (wonderful- a repeat from a previous visit) and the confit canard. The duck leg was uniquely crispy & perfectly seasoned & cooked atop wild rice & carrot puree and the lightest orange sauce-- perfectly touch. For dessert we had the0 rice pudding & olive oil cake-- both quite ample & perfectly balanced. Service was outstanding & merited an additional amount over the 20% service charge that came on the bill. A wonderful return for one of us and ne0w discovery for the other!
  17. NO

    NohaO

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and lovely ambiance. Loved celebrating my Bday there. Def on my favorites list!
  18. IG

    IlanaG

    New York Area

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best meal we’ve had in ages. We had a pâté appetizer, as well as a chèvre/honey mix, the bucatini, and a beef roast. All delicious. Adam the waiter gave perfect food and wine recommendations and was super kind. The place had great ambiance, and was so pleasant to be in. We’d definitely come back.
  19. LA

    LindaA

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Colline is consistently a great experience. With so many “notable” restaurants declaring their high value, it’s wonderful to experience a restaurant that is true to the experience. This is my fifth dining experience with more to come! Thank you!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it!!
  21. CW

    CarolW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    The service was wonderful, friendly and efficient. The food was good, but a limited menu. The noise level was difficult for conversation.
  22. A

    Arlingtonian

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a gem! Consistently delicious food and outstanding stuff.
  23. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Delicious food and interesting varieties to choose from. Our waiter also accommodated us with a suitable wine pairing when we had the last glass of our chosen wine. Look forward to coming back soon!
  24. CG

    ChristopherG

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was exquisite, perfectly seasoned and thoughtfully prepared. Always go for the fish special, you won't regret the magical dish that follows.
  25. f

    foodie

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service great food!
  26. JL

    JoelL

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience as usual. Great staff, drinks, and food. Always crowded so we have come to expect wonderful dining. They never disappoint.
  27. M

    Mrsm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Colline never disappoints. Such a lovely neighborhood bistro.
  28. n

    niceevening

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe Colline is a favorite. It's hard to get a reservation, but it is worth planning ahead to get a spot. Chef is so creative with seasonal foods. Wine list is accessible, affordable, and yummy.
  29. S

    Sally

    Washington DC

    84 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    84 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    It was very noisy. They were out of salmon which my husband wanted. Their frizzante sparkling wine was horrible. We tried their Pinot Grigio and it tasted like a watered down version of the frizzante. My mussels were good, but way too many onions and not enough broth. My husband’s Allen Brothers steak was divine. There were way too many fries for both of us and we were offered a thimble of catsup.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and service!!!
  31. l

    luvgreatdiningexperiences

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    A little bit of Paris in North Arlington. A neighborhood gem!
  32. WH

    WaverlyHillsMom

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Excellent!
  33. K

    Kels

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delight, as always. Holly our server was lovely. The fish soup was so delicious and the short rib was so soft you could eat with a spoon! Definitely our favorite spot in Arlington.
  34. CS

    ChristineS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very nice options for brunch and a terrific Bloody Mary. Plenty of parking and an overall wonderful place.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Couldn’t be happier with our experience this evening. The food, service and ambience were all perfect. Great value for high-quality food and service. All of our food (and wine) was amazing - but the salmon was probably the stand-out. Can’t wait to go back! True bistro feel with lots of character and low noise levels. Great evening!
  36. SC

    ScottC

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Excellent food in a friendly atmosphere. I had the foie de volaille and the steak frites. Second time dining at Cafe Colline, and I look forward to the third!
  37. JG

    JamesG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was excellent...the service was superb. A great evening except for the noise level.
  38. KP

    KateP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, fantastic service. Nothing to take issue with. Will be a great experience for any diner.
  39. FC

    FoodieCY

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood restaurant! Food and service are always amazing!
  40. AD

    ADRIENNEB

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Food was delicious as always. Bar was backed up, so the drinks took a while, but other than that the service was great!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Colline using the Order Online button. Cafe Colline also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 567-6615.

Cafe Colline is rated 4.8 stars by 464 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 29 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cafe Colline

4536 Lee Highway, Arlington, VA 22207

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 12:00 pm–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 12:00 pm–9:00 pm Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, Bistro

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Ample Front and Back Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Brendan L’Etoile

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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