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Cafe Colline, Arlington, VA

Cafe Colline

4.8
4.8
348 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

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Booked 23 times today

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

Popular dishes

Menu

Hors d'Oeuvres

  • Onion Soup Gratinée$14.00

    gruyère crouton

    • Salad Maison$10.00

      bibb & gem lettuces, fines herbs, shaved radish, bistro vinaigrette

      • Pâté Maison$14.00

        pistachio, prune, grain mustard, cornichon, toast

        • Foie de Volaille$12.00

          chicken liver mousse, madeira gelee, toast

          Entrées

          • Loup de Mer$28.00

            sea bass, french beans, fennel soubise, almond-caper beurre noisette

            • Roast Chicken$27.00

              herb roasted amish chicken, potato dauphinoise, spinach, tarragon jus

              • Bucatini Provençal$20.00

                pistachio pistou, roasted squash, sage, parmesan

                • Steak Frites$37.00

                  allen brothers new york strip Steak, frites, sauce bernaise

                  • Cafe Burger$17.00

                    two patties, club sauce, lettuce, american cheese, herby pickles, frites

                    • Croque Madame$16.00

                      grilled ham & cheese sandwich, mornay sauce, fried egg, frites

                      Accompaniments

                      • Pommes Frites$6.00

                        Desserts

                        • Riz au Lait$8.00

                          vanilla rice pudding, sea salt caramel

                          • Pots de Crème$10.00

                            chocolate hazelnut custard, chantilly

                            Last updated: February 20, 2022

                            What 348 people are saying

                            Overall ratings and reviews

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

                            4.8
                            4.8 based on recent ratings
                            • 4.9Food
                            • 4.8Service
                            • 4.7Ambience
                            • 4.5Value

                            NoiseModerate

                            Loved For

                            • Washington, D.C. Area

                              French

                            • Virginia - DC Suburbs

                              Best Food

                            • Virginia - DC Suburbs

                              French

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                            1. Q

                              Quitty

                              Washington DC

                              12 reviews

                              5.0

                              12 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Everything was outstanding. I will definitely go again.

                            2. K

                              Keri

                              Washington DC

                              68 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              68 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This restaurant is amazing! We've been here several times and each dish has been exceptional. One of our favorite restaurants in Arlington.

                            3. LC

                              LeonardoC

                              Washington DC

                              126 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              126 reviews

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall4food3service3ambience3

                              We have had better experiences as our french toast was burnt. Although the french onion soup was tasty and service was excellent, our bill was a bit pricey. I would recommend visiting.

                            4. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 3 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Food is great especially as small menu. The space is small so tables are hard to get. Wish they could expand as we would go more often. 20% Tip is added to the check if that bothers you. Ambiance is very bistro. Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful. They also text you when your table is ready whuch is great if you live in the neighborhood

                            5. PH

                              PamH

                              Phoenix

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined 5 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Always a great experience. Great food, good service ,

                            6. MS

                              MikeS

                              Washington DC

                              10 reviews

                              5.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined 6 days ago

                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                              Our meal distinguished by excellent service including wine recommendation, a older muscadel . We ordered traditional favorites which were excellent but may not have challenged chef. Lovely date night experience for my wife and I married 48 years

                            7. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              2 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined 7 days ago

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food! Blinked and thought I was in a Parisian bistro. Excellent!

                            8. WW

                              WilliamW

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food was delicious as well as the service. Would definitely recommend!!

                            9. LA

                              LeslyeA

                              Washington DC

                              30 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              30 reviews

                              Dined on May 14, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Delicious choices and beautiful presentations. This was my 3rd dinner at Cafe Colline and every time the experience has been flawless. It’s pricey for a neighborhood restaurant but worth it. I hope it continues to thrive.

                            10. VK

                              VickiK

                              Washington DC

                              7 reviews

                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                              overall5food4service3ambience5

                              Loved it. Good ambience. Very French. Yummy onion soup. Crispy frites. Delicious bucatini. Will return.

                            11. ML

                              MargaretL

                              Washington DC

                              18 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              18 reviews

                              Dined on May 12, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great North Arlington French Bistro. Highly recommend the burger and the yellowtail entrees and la cachat appetizer.

                            12. J

                              johnJ

                              Washington DC

                              16 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              16 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience4

                              The food at the Cafe is always good, well-prepared, and satisfying. Lately, the salad maison has been overdressed, which is why I did not give it 5 stars for food.

                            13. ES

                              ESUS

                              Washington DC

                              143 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              143 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience3

                              I had lunch here and found it to be a lovely neighborhood gem. Located in a little, older strip mall on a busy suburb street. My main of croque madame and fries was delicious - the fries were perfect and they were served piping hot. My guest had an omelet which she said was also delicious. We shared a starter of chèvre with honey and herbs with bread - my only complaint is the bread was not warmed and had a strong garlic taste which didn't go well with the chèvre. The service was friendly and attentive.

                            14. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              vip
                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Exceptional. Always fabulous atmosphere, impecable service, cuisine prepared with attention and excellence. My very favorite neighborhood restaurant for any occasion.

                            15. LT

                              LaurenT

                              Washington DC

                              31 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              31 reviews

                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Mother’s Day brunch a day early. It was phenomenal- the food, the service, everything. Can’t wait to go back!

                            16. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              25 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              25 reviews

                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great experience except for the woman who seated us. Unfriendly and unhelpful. Almost left. Not a good first impression of a wonderful restaurant. Food was delicious and service was very good.

                            17. M

                              Mary

                              Washington DC

                              9 reviews

                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on May 6, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Best neighborhood restaurant- great atmosphere, wonderful staff and food that is out of this world. We eat there at least once a week. Highly recommend!

                            18. LB

                              LynnB

                              Washington DC

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on May 4, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food is very well prepared French bistro style. Very fresh and excellent quality.

                            19. LS

                              LindsayS

                              Washington DC

                              4 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              4 reviews

                              Dined on May 1, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Great french food in a nice ambience in this area? Sign me up! I will be back.

                            20. NP

                              NancyP

                              Birmingham

                              19 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              19 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Fantastic! Will be back soon!

                            21. C

                              Carol

                              Washington DC

                              10 reviews

                              5.0

                              10 reviews

                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Classic French bistro gem in Arlington. Delicious food and friendly service. The asparagus appetizer was amazing. We had the Loup de Mer (sea bass) and potato-crusted salmon, along with a wonderful Pouilly Fume. We'll be back!

                            22. E

                              Ezra

                              New York Area

                              5 reviews

                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on April 27, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent cuisine

                            23. MH

                              MHC4

                              Washington DC

                              17 reviews

                              4.0

                              17 reviews

                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                              Attractive bistro interior with a varied, interesting menu and very good service. The food was delicious. Excellent addition to the neighborhood!

                            24. TN

                              TomN

                              Washington DC

                              26 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              26 reviews

                              Dined on April 24, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Another great experience!$

                            25. RB

                              RBOT

                              Washington DC

                              2 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Food, service, and vibe are top notch!

                            26. S

                              Saint

                              Washington DC

                              8 reviews

                              5.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on April 22, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Excellent meal and ambiance. Abbey was a great server. Can’t wait to return.

                            27. CA

                              ChristyA

                              Washington DC

                              9 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Always fantastic! Our new local favorite restaurant. Consistently great food and service, great ambiance!

                            28. JN

                              JohnN

                              Washington DC

                              9 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on April 20, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              My wife and I ate at Cafe Colline for the second time. We both ordered different main courses than before, and both enjoyed them as we did the first time. Service was excellent and the noise level was low.

                            29. T

                              Tusker

                              Vancouver

                              8 reviews

                              4.0

                              8 reviews

                              Dined on April 17, 2022

                              overall4food3service3ambience4

                              I’ve had excellent dinners at Cafe Colline in the past but Sunday brunch was a disappointment. The menu is limited, nothing special. Salad was large and fresh. The smoked salmon tartine was OK, but I had the impression that they were trying to use up their leftover bread (in fact, our bread basket was stale). Omelette ok but fries not great. One main course was mixed up with something else (our order wasn’t complicated), so three people finished their meal while the fourth waited for her food. The staff were very nice and comped part of the bill, but I think “brunch” is just a way to use up ingredients before the Monday day off.

                            30. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              2 reviews

                              5.0

                              2 reviews

                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                              Great experience as always. Good ambiance, great food, fast attentive staff

                            31. JG

                              JohnG

                              Washington DC

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on April 15, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              The service and food at Cafe Coline's has always been outstanding, and the new additions to the menu are on par.

                            32. A

                              Andy

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              2.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 13, 2022

                              overall2food2service5ambience3

                              Excellent appetizers, fair entrees. To their credit, they removed the cost of one entree from the bill.

                            33. JG

                              JohnG

                              Washington DC

                              5 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              5 reviews

                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              I want to mention, Cafe Colline has been staying 'fresh' with additions to their menu,

                            34. k

                              kristinp

                              Washington DC

                              9 reviews

                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Absolutely a must-try! The Cafe Burger is the best and the atmosphere is super quaint.

                            35. DC

                              DeeC

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Most of the menu items seemed very promising so it was very hard to choose! We really enjoyed our evening out and plan to return soon.

                            36. LT

                              LarissaT

                              Washington DC

                              1 review

                              5.0

                              1 review

                              Dined on April 7, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Absolutely delicious! Service was excellent as well.

                            37. JN

                              JohnN

                              Washington DC

                              9 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              9 reviews

                              Dined on April 6, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This was our first visit, and my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the food and service. They also have a nice selection of wines and delicious desserts.

                            38. FG

                              FoodGuy

                              Washington DC

                              89 reviews

                              vip
                              4.0

                              89 reviews

                              Dined on April 5, 2022

                              overall4food4service5ambience3

                              Very nice pasta and sea bass. Fair duck. Two nice desserts - blueberry sorbet and pot du creme. Noise level made talking at a table for 3 at the very front of the room a real challenge. Often difficult to hear the person across the modest sized table for 4. Will give us pause re returning even as we very much admire the food. This occurred with a 7:30P start on a Tuesday evening with the dinnng room basically full. Maybe an early start or a later entrance would be better, or maybe its just all the hard surfaces in the room that amplify the sound of people speaking with raised or normal voices.

                            39. a

                              alexandriagirl

                              Washington DC

                              54 reviews

                              5.0

                              54 reviews

                              Dined on April 5, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              This is literally what every restaurant should be like - superb quality and delicious food, fair value, amazing ambience and knowledgeable and friendly servers. We will add this to our date night locals.

                            40. OT

                              OpenTable Diner

                              Washington DC

                              7 reviews

                              vip
                              5.0

                              7 reviews

                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                              Amazing food and service. The best restaurant in Arlington!

                            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 348 OpenTable diners.

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

                            Make a reservation

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                            Booked 23 times today
                            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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