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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PB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This is a gem of the neighborhood. The food is consistently excellent at both lunch and dinner. The Thursday special 3 course dinner with a bottle of wine is an incredible value. While I only have to go downstairs to enjoy this delightful French bistro, it is worth a trip from midtown.

GL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

The restaurant wasn’t very full but still very loud. We were seated between two tables when there was an entire bank of empty tables. The service was inattentive. Waiters were busy watching the football game. The food was okay. The hamburger was better than the fettuccine (drowned in sauce!). I’ve eaten here before many times and tonight was very disappointing.

e
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Paris Brasserie on UWS. With a Lyonnaise twist. Very good, very authentic food. Weak wine list. Somewhat friendly service (very French). A true neighborhood gem.

JL
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Friend had beouf bourgignon and said it was good. Partner had rigatoni with veal sausage and said it was good. Mussels appetizer was very good. My bouillabaisse was just ok, the two very large shrimp (with heads on) were overcooked. The clams and mussels I think had also been steamed too long. Fortunately, the scallops were perfect. The portion was small and the broth was salty. It was Friday night between Xmas and New Years, which might explain why there were several empty tables. Service was fine. Maybe best cooks were on vacation. Ambiance was nice. Overall adequate experience.

ME
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience3

The lunch special of a half sandwich and a bowl of soup was a bargain at $14, especially given the quality of the bread the sandwich was made with.

MS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was much more expensive than the dinner I had at Tavern on the Green the next night. The food was good not great. It was prefixe and I arrived at 7 pm, they were already out of two options. The service was friendly and helpful but a bit slow. They accidentally gave me the bill for the party before mine so had I not been paying close attention I would've been paying twice my bill.

JV
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were there on Christmas night and ordered off of the pre-fix menu. There was a great selection and the price was VERY reasonable! The food was VERY food! If you love rich French food you will love this place. For my entree i had the filet. It was seasoned and cooked PERFECTLY! WE LOVED IT SO MUCH, that on our way out we made reservations for the New year's day brunch!

OT
Memphis
59 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely Christmas Day afternoon dinner with friends. Many delicious choices on the menu.

FS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Christmas dinner prix fixe was disappointing and very expensive for what was served.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the liver, which you rarely find on NYC restaurant menus. It was very good. Excellent sauce.

K
New Mexico
14 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

It took an hour to be served in a half full restaurant when we had a reservation on Christmas eve afternoon. There were only three tables seated when we arrived ten minutes early. We were seated and drink orders were taken and starters ordered. A few minutes later we placed our meal order. The restaurant filled, everyone else was served their food, people ate and left and there we sat. Nobody came to check on us or offer an explanation. We finally decided to leave after waiting an hour then magically, the food appeared. One order was cold, one was wrong and one was overdone. We were told that the "food was on its way, the kitchen was short staffed and the health department made an inspection". The only compensation we were offered was a free dessert!!! The place got good reviews....REALLY? Not an auspicious start to our holiday.

LB
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Neighborhood gem that never disappoints! Great service, excellent brunch choices. Delicious food.

P
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The brunch is quite tasty. The service can be slow and the tables close together, but all in all a pleasant experience.

JU
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Cafe du Soleil is our neighborhood restaurant and bistro. It is so nice to have a great restaurant only a short walk away, but it is worth traveling to.

K
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. A little taste of France.

b
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic French bistro in all respects. Food good and characteristic of the genre. Service was a bit slow, but good.

m
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Good French food. Noisy. Neighborhood place. Reservations needed at night

JW
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food is always great, whether the croque monsieur at lunch or a full dinner. My friend had the veal stew and I had the pasta and both were delicious. Fun atmosphere in this French cafe.fixed price menu is very reasonable. Attentive service. One suggestion: a more extensive French wine list.

FI
New York Area
73 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great neighborhood spot with a variety of french inspired enticements. Good for lunch. brunch, breakfast and Dinner. Thursday night special dinnber for two with a bottle of wine $79 is a bargain.

BB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We live in the neighborhood, very consistent quality and inviting atmosphere. Keep up the good work!

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Only wish is that acoustics were improved. Super noisy everywhere & even when only 1/2 full.

JC
New England
13 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

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

P
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

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
53 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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
30 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
53 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great place to dine out and converse.

TF
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience2

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
15 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Friends catching up.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
45 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very pleasant!

BC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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!

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