Cafe Colline

4.7
186 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
Relaxed elegance.
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

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 186 people are saying
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KarenF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Sea bass and duck were exceptional! Caramel rice pudding and olive oil lemon cake were equally good. Our only complaint: Hard to have a conversation b/c of noise, but perhaps our table location had something to do with that. Service could not have been better. So delighted to have discovered this wonderful restaurant so near our neighborhood! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing meal again at Cafe Colline. New menu items - Mediterranean fish soup and fresh mint ice cream - are not to be missed!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Colline is the go-to for special occasions. It’s the intersection of fine-dining and casual ambiance. I had the cheeseburger and it’s the best along with the best frites around. La cachat is fantastic and the pot de crème is a must have.

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vipaudreys
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

fun place with excellent food and service!!
we will be back

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vipFoodGuy
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Fish soup just OK. Loup de Mare - excellent as usual. Pot du Creme - yummy. Solid service, but lmt wine selections.

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NancieO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little slice of Paris not to be missed. Monkfish was the star of the show as was the escargot. Service was perfect and having a ringside seat to the open kitchen was a treat.

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vipNonickname
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Nice bistro ambience decor (though the tables themselves could stand an upgrade). Service started slow but once the waiter found us, he was very good. All the meals (pasta, mussels, and croque monsieur) were excellent, including a very nice lemon dessert. Found the prices (including for a glass of wine) were a bit too steep but they gave us a glass of champagne on the house b/c it was a birthday celebration so there is that too consider as well. Fun place, great addition to the neighborhood and will happily go back.

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vipAinslieR
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Enjoyed delicious mussels and frites on their delightful back patio, this was my first visit and I will definitely be back to this neighborhood gem!

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EarleL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good creative menu with something for everyone. Have been to Cafe Colline about 8 to 10 times and every time it was excellent. Great food and staff. Wait staff is very helpful.

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vipAmyS
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food. I like the simplicity of the menu- the Pate is wonderful. So happy to have this gem right down the street!

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vipSheri
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sea bass exceptional. Such a cute, romantic diamond in the rough. Love this sweet place.

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vipPhilipM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always excellent service, always spot on execution.

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Margaret
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What we've always needed in Arlington is a true neighborhood place, that's equal parts elegant and comforting. Cafe Colline is that. I ran into several friends while dining there on a random Tuesday, and had a lovely, catch-up meal with another friend, but would have felt equally at home & taken care of if we had been celebrating something that evening. The food is marvelous, the service friendly. Just perfect, all around.

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1951Bruce
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Simply stated, one of the best new restaurants in the DMV.

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vipShannonH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've eaten at Cafe Colline a few times and it never disappoints. They deliver the classics beautifully and throw in modern elements along the way. The space is cozy and really makes you feel like you've been transported to France. Can't wait to go back!

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vipbruce
Wilmington
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were seated S soon as was walked in. The lively Holly then took care of us. Wine choice was served. Min meal was timely and delicious.
Was a perfect Wednesday night neighborhood night out

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NVDinner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Similar to other reviews, the pricing is high. The food was good, but could have been a bit less salty.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I have been here twice and both experiences have been great. The French onion soup is amazing. The flavors in the dishes are well thought out and work well together. The salmon entree was very good. The second visit tried the CROQUE MADAME which I still think about. The service is very good and our waiter has been helpful in ordering. Like the bistro vibe and decor. Definitely recommend.

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DouglasB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

excellent food - wow!
disappointed with the wine (especially the small pour size).
I think the waiter noticed and comp'd us on our second glass, but should have gotten it right the first time

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KennyARL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really enjoyed everything about Cafe Colline. I am looking forward to returning soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Really special neighborhood spot. Beautiful interior, excellent food, large portions, and personable service. I’m looking forward to coming back often.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was outstanding

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vipRefinedDining
Miami
15 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Onion Soup was superb. We also all got sea bass and we all loved it.

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vipFoodie31
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great little restaurant. Food is lovely. Rated service at 4 rather than 5 because they were almost too attentive. Wonderful otherwise!

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Dick
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and the service were wonderful. The staff were sloppily dressed in Levi's, etc. The salad and entree were delicious, the service was nice, and all four of us enjoyed our meal. We plan to come again.

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Matt90
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An excellent find! Great service, atmosphere and the food was fantastic. Went my first time for my lady’s and I’s anniversary, l could not have hoped for a nicer experience! Thoroughly recommend!

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Emhtwin1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The dinner was wonderful from start to finish with excellent service and outstanding food! I look forward to going back again soon.

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vipPhilipM
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a an elevated expression of the neighborhood bistro. Limited menu (mains, wine), but everything that is there is expertly executed and chosen. Brilliant for our neighborhood to have such a place, and worth the drive if you are looking for a really wonderful cafe experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food in generous, but not overwhelming portions. Excellent service.

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vipnprowitt
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was terrific. We ate outside in front.

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EilO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food was delicious except for the fact that is was overly salted.

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NibbleNose
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Food: steaks done perfectly, but meat seemed tough; salmon was fine, nothing special; duck was excellent. Portions were ample.
Service: pleasant; strained for lack of enough staff.
Ambiance: tasteful; unremarkable; a full house gets pretty noisy.
Parking: very good, both in the front and back of the restaurant.
IMHO: good place for lunch; not a good place to mark a special occasion. Trying too hard to be gourmet, and not quite making it.

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None
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food is great. We were rushed to finish our meal before we were done. The noise level is very high.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Loved our first visit to Cafe Collins previously, but a little disappointed with the service and ambiance yesterday.

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vipAmc01
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, awesome service — such a gem!

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vipJaydee
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We went here to celebrate our anniversary. The food was excellent. Good selection of French wines. Wonderful salads and perfectly cooked sea bass and salmon.

Tables were a little closer together than I would think prudent in this time of COVID19 and its delta variant.

Otherwise excellent

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LeslyeA
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food choices are interesting and delicious…this was my 2nd visit ( a total of 7 meals, including multiple appetizers). Every single dish delighted the diner who ordered it. It is upscale for the neighborhood, but a welcome addition.

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Anne
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this neighborhood spot. We've eaten her at least 6 different times over the last 4 months, and the service is always outstanding, and the food is excellent. Hard to find a table without a reservation on the weekends, but there's usually bar seating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience4

While the food is great, it is not enough to make up for the rushed and rude service. The bartender was dismissive while we waited and the server was beyond terrible. We were polite and would of course have left a tip, but were disappointed to see that gratuity was automatically included on all checks. I get it, the pandemic is difficult and so it’s hard to find good help, but it is not difficult to be nice. Total shame!

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HelenP
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent meal, nice special occasion champagne to end it.

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 4.7 stars by 186 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.