Cafe Du Soleil

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$30 and under
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A charming French bistro featuring authentic French cuisine with the flavors of Provence. The casual ambiance, exciting specials and themed French specialty nights make Cafe du Soleil a popular Upper West Side Bistro. A solid French restaurant with a fantastic staff. Enjoy a slice of France in Manhattan!

Every day we offer a great 3 Course Prix Fixe Special Menu at $35 per person from 4pm to 7:00pm (Friday and Saturday 4pm-6:00pm)

For all your catering needs, please visit our sister company's website "Voila Caterers" - www.voilacaterers.com or call Mr. Nick Swain for a quote 212-316-9600.



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JC
New England
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Perfect spot for a rainy October afternoon. Very convivial- if a bit noisy.

P
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

It had been a few years since i had been here so I thought i'd try it again. I remember the best coq au vin I'd ever had. It was definitive down a notch. (Didn't have it this time - the waiter recommended against it - I should have known then.)
It may LOOK like a Parisien bistro but is sure doesn't ACT like one.
One ridiculous point - we ordered a bottle of red wine and he brings over white wine glasses. I asked for the proper glass and he said he didn't have any more. He seemed confused by my question. I said i don't want the wine then. He said we'd have to wait and then brought two cheap red wine glasses. Later i glanced at another table and saw they were drinking white wine out of red wine glasses.
LOL- this isn't rocket science folks.
That was just the wine.... as to the food....well, I wish I could tell you what we ordered but it was so unmemorable.
I love the ambiance so much here, I will give it one more try. Everyone can have a bad night.... but guys, seriously, spend a few hundred dollars and buy some proper wine glasses.

P
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a great choice, whether we want a cozy meal for two or a place to meet friends for a lively meal. Classic bistro cuisine but never fussy. And the staff make you feel at home.

T
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

All three of us had the lamb shank, which was excellent. Being Americans, we were disappointed with the small size of the accompanying mashed potatoes, so we ordered a side of them to share. As we were preparing to leave, the most wonderful a capella voice wafted into the dining room from the bar; one of the bar patrons was singing "O Danny Boy," and it was a most beautiful rendition. Lovely New York moment.

P
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

C.d. S. Is always delicious, staff is so nice, friendly and attentive! We love it and hope they are always successful!

MD
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our favorite local.The Osso Bucco Provençal was excellent with ratatouille and potatoes

m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoy dining at Cafe du Soleil. We like the menu and the convenient location.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Great place to dine out and converse.

TF
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Cafe du Soleil used to be the gem of the neighborhood, now it’s very similar to those Parisian restaurants for tourist you avoid when in Paris.
I promise, they used to have the best burgers and the French fries (with garlic) were the best French fries I ever had; now burgers are tasteless and greasy and the fries are bland and soggy (definitely from frozen bag)
I’ll think twice before coming back.

TV
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Friends catching up.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Food lacked flavor in any way, way too expensive for the skill level of the chef.

Table to our left, left the restaurant upset saying she’d never be back, food was so expensive and so lacking in flavor.

UW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We enjoyed the food and ambience as always. We wish the wine list was more specific. For instance include vineyard name location etc rather than just listing Cabernet

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great neighborhood bistro, and very good selections for brunch. When the weather is nice, and the doors are open, it is a very quiet restaurant, and easy to hold a conversation. That hasn't been my experience when the doors are closed - the acoustics then are not great then.

RM
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Cafe du Soleil is the kind of restaurant that used to proliferate in NY, and now such places are rare.
The classic bistro look and ambiance, coupled with very good bistro food (updated for the 21st century)
and careful service make it easy to understand why this place is packed most of the time. And fair pricing,
both for food and wine. Can you tell I"m a regular?

K
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is great neighborhood French bistro, great food, friendly service, nice ambience and great value! Always a nice experience! Many special prices, at the bar, Thursday special dinner etc. Highly recommend! U can never go wrong with the mussels! Delicious!

M
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was OK as some dishes were good: merguez, mussels, chocolate mousse and some so so the salmon pate was bland and the sardines maybe not well cleaned . Service was very effective and nice. House white wine was good for a reasonable price.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Very pleasant!

BC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The hair in the hamburger was a bummer, of course. My friend got another one right away, but the after taste lingered.

ET
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the restaurant. Food always good. Ambiance fun and Frenchie. Have brought several friends with us who have also enjoyed everything. Keep up the good work. See you soon!

DL
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the food and ambiance were just right. It’s a real pleasure to go to a French restaurant where the waitstaff all speak French. The attention was just right. We’ll be back, again and again!

P
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The best price fixe deal

ET
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We just love your restaurant. Food is delicious. Ambience is great. Staff always friendly. We will surely join you again soon!

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

We had brunch here and ordered the Breakfast Americain, the Lorraine, and the Nicoise du Soleil. The food was good overall, the waitstaff is a bit forgetful and not attention.

CD
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Used to live in the UWS near this neighborhood cafe. It was always my favorite go-to place. Good fish, great roasted chicken., marvelous French fries.

OT
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Nothing extraordinary but good enough to return to for a neighborhood meal. Friendly service. One of our party didn’t get exactly what she ordered

s
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Went for the Bastille Day celebration which itself was great fun and busy and energetic all day! My daughter asked for the special cocktail and was told they were out of killer blanc so gave her the red which she did not like much. Our waitress later told us they were not out! The food is usually good to very good but they have raised their prices beyond the quality of the food and wine. Great for lunch and special prices fixe dinners but won’t go back for dinner otherwise

WS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always perfect. It’s one of my spots in the city. I moved to New York from Paris and it’s always just what I need.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Would recommend for lunch but dinner is way overpriced for what they offer.

FY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Cafe du Soleil is a classic French café providing an experience hovering somewhere between visiting Paris and Provence. It also has a lively relationship with the local francophone community and a delightful menu. Service can sometimes be relaxed, bordering on slow, but is generally worth the wait.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Was surprised how fast the food arrived after we ordered. It’s no fun when service is slow but when it’s too fast it can feel rushed, like the owners want you out of the restaurant.

KT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Overall the meal was good, but was a little let down by how rushed the service was. Also, my chilled butternut squash soup had ice chunks in it and the apple tart at the end of the meal tasted old and was pretty sad as far as a French dessert goes.

MG
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Staffs are very friendly but we had to go grab their attention when asking for things. Sitting at the table and waving didn’t help and the restaurant was empty. Beside that, Everything else was great.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here for breakfast with my sister when she came to town. We sat outside on a beautiful morning. She had the croque madame and I had the Parisienne omelette, both were delicious, zero complaints. Fresh food, heaping side of greens, attentive service and lovely ambience. Wonderful neighborhood spot, will be back.

JW
Raleigh
29 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love this place! Always come in for a croque monsieur/madame at lunch when we’re in the city! Yummy.... and wonderful mimosas as well. Our server was great too! Thanks...

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

Six of us went after work. We ordered five different steaks and one fish main. Every single steak was cooked incorrectly with most being completely raw in the middle. It was an utter disappointment and a waste of our time.

As the individual who made the reservation, I look like a fool.

MB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came here after eight grade graduation at my daughter’s request, a favorite hers. It did not disappoint as usual. My go-to is French Onion soup and the salmon burger. The hubs go to is a steak frites, which is perfect every time, the teen loves just about everything here!. The service is always great and they read you, if you’re in a hurry or just want to hang. We love this neighborhood gem.

DG
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had out-of-towners here with sophisticated tastes and booked brunch. Thoroughly delightful. Loved the bowl of salad, lentils, smoked salmon topped with a perfectly poached egg. The classic eggs benedict was also a hit. Service is friendly and prompt but not pushy. We sat outside and it was noisy, but inside can be noisy also. It's NY...

JA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent. Outstanding in every category. My wife and I LOVE it!

s
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took a young colleague to lunch here and it was really wonderful. The lunch menu is great - lots of options - and the food is great. Very reasonable prices for some great lunch drinks- open and airy. Wonderful

LD
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Very enjoyable spot for lunch with a friend, and The patio is dog-friendly.

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