Cafe Colline

4.7
169 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 169 people are saying
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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
52 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.

PM
vipPhilipM
Washington DC
21 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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nprowitt
Washington DC
3 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.

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vipCbirn
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We’ve been on several occasions and the place is lovely. Saturday lunches have been fantastic because it’s not crowded and the service has been great. However, dinner time is loud, service is rushed and frankly rude. I want to love this place because it’s a great addition to the neighborhood, but they really need to care more about their diners. If the service continues to be so poor, they are going to lose a lot of visitors…

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miked
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really top-quality food and large portions. Pate and chicken liver were divine as starters, as was escargot. Friendly service, lively atmosphere.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

20th wedding anniversary. Just right in terms of atmosphere, food, ambiance and service. Patê was excellent as was the goat cheese w/figs & honey. Lovely Steak frites and sea bass. Desserts are a must!

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KatherineN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Good neighborhood spot for week night dining.

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vipGlow
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very cute little French bistro. Food was terrific. Two of our group had sea bass, one had duck and one pasta. All outstanding. A little noisy. Using the QR code for the menu, we missed the note that there is an automatic 20% tip added to all bills. Only figured it out after signing the credit card receipt. Were able to correct it before final payment. But we overall loved the place.

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vipBoozleB
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hallelujah a great restaurant in N Arlington finally! Everything about this place is exceptional, but the food is a real standout. YUM.

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vipCarolJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful 1 st experience there. Very nice staff and loved the food!

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HelB
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The server was rude and rushed and unfortunately that affected the evening very much. We were polite and grateful to her, but we could not ingratiate ourselves to her. The food was good. Don’t know that we will be back.

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PeggyH
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal and lovely ambience. Great addition to neighborhood.

MH
MarjorieH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food5service3ambience1

Our food was delicious. We had very long waits between courses. The room was uncomfortably cold. It was too noisy to enjoy conversation at our table.

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vipLGib
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great local spot with amazing food! The corn soup was delicious!

CT
CarrieT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We dined here last night and the food was delicious. I had the Bucatini Provencal which was made with a pistachio pistou and was full of flavor. My friend had the beet salad (wonderful and lightly dressed) and French onion soup which she said was the best that she has had to date. We will be returning soon to try the remaining options.

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SamanthaG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful. Highly recommend! Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience3

French restaurant that doesn’t serve bread tells you something. Small menu of overpriced dishes. Dismal wine menu of iffy wines. They add an automatic and abusive %20 tip to your bill. Plus jamais!

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Hans
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This is the second time we've had the pleasure of eating dinner at Cafe Colline and this is simply the best restaurant we've tried in the DC area. The attentive servers are polite, discrete and knowledgable and the food a simple pleasure to look at and taste. The only minor potential improvement could be better sound dampening as there is quite a bit of noise when the restaurant is full (...which it always is - and rightly so :-)). Great experience that we recommend to anyone.

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vipDCguy
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure eating at this neighborhood gem!

DC
DCBob
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Really excellent food in a friendly neighborhood restaurant.

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 169 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.