Cafe Du Soleil

4.3
890 Reviews
$30 and under
French
French bistro in the heart of the Upper West Side. The casual ambiance, exciting specials, themed French specialty nights and our Outside Bubble Table make Café du Soleil a popular New York City Bistro. A solid French restaurant with a fantastic staff. Enjoy a slice of France in Manhattan!

For all your catering needs, please visit our sister company's website "Voila Caterers" - www.voilacaterersnyc.com or call Mrs. Nadine Chevreux for a quote 212-316-9600.



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
  • Contactless payment available
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 890 people are saying
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4.2
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GinaN
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We sat outside and they had good heaters so all went well!

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viplocalvillageguy
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Creative solution to eating outdoors in the winter with excellent food

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ArthurK
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I ordered steak and eggs, the skirt steak came out rubber. I told the waiter and he said he could not do anything about it , It was pretty bad and disappointing. The place is nice, but the service and food was way below my expectations. Definitely not going back!

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vipEmilyM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great way to celebrate our 18th anniversary. Chilly outside, but the igloo was perfect. Food was delicious as always!

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AustinA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very good ambiance and service. Would totally come back for their French onion soup and escargot.

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vipJenniferS
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our reservation was at 830 and we arrived on time. When they took us into our "bubble" there was chicken bones on the ground. We then waited until 855 pm before leaving. The bus boy had come over and filled up our water twice, yet no waiter to be seen. When we were sat we were told twice that we would have to be done by 10 pm due to the city laws. When we left I let them know why we were leaving and she was nobody came to you? I was like no, so we are leaving. She didn't even apologize or offer to have us sit back down to get a server. The service was absolutely horrible and I will never return. The food on the other tables looked okay, but waiting 25 min (at least who knows how long we would have waited if we had stayed) is just absolutely absurd. To then have to eat our meals so quickly to be out by 10.

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vipxdancer105
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the lamb shank and the chef removed the eggplant part, which was nice. A birthday din with pals, fun.

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JulieH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We really enjoyed our dinner. I would highly recommend it.

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vipHeatherC
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it!
Coming back for dinner

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JenB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for having such a great environment for our meal and having the best service! My friends and I loved it!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Wait service was friendly and timely. We were disappointed in not receiving a bubble outside. While we understand that a reservation does not guarantee a bubble, we did ask for one in our reservations made a week prior. Upon getting to the restaurant, we were informed that we could not be put into a bubble because there were a lot of people at 7:30 who needed one, even though our reservation was for 7:00 pm signifying a lack of planning by the restaurant. Additionally, there were a lot of bubbles sitting empty that we could have sat in when we arrived. Additionally, the reason we went here was because it was our anniversary date, but this was not mentioned by anyone at the restaurant even though it was written on our reservation. We had hoped for a candle or a congratulations, but it was not acknowledged. The food was good overall, but the chicken was dry in the Poulet Roti Maison. The Le Hachis Parmentier au Four was flavorful.

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vipEsaE
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall5food2service4ambience4

I love this restaurant but was a bit mad that after sending back the caramari because it was unedible they restaurant did nothing to see what they could do beside charge me for the order!

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Zoey
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Outstanding service, COVID 19 safety-friendly, good food and the drinks just wasn’t too great, but, I will revisit!

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BridgitK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

This spot is so charming and tres French! I loved the adorable outdoor seating set-up, it felt so cozy and special, despite the circumstances! Highly recommend for a nice lunch or brunch. Treat yourself!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My queen and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience, the host and server were engaged and attentive. The food was also good.

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LucyB
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered pesto gnocchi was amazing, the Rose Wine is really good, and I tried for the first time Scargot.

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achar
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Merveilleux! the best in the city by far! Will be back soon!

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deborahR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We were supposed to sit in one of the bubbles but when we got there they did not have any bubbles available. The food was very mediocre and so was the wine.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It took almost 50’ for food To arrive, it was good but service needs adjustments

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NaomiL
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

It was lovely to sit in the plastic bubble. The service was good but the food was a bit cold. I think it’s hard to keep things hot when you are eating outside.

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vipRick
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Even more impressed with the way they handled COVID and the innovative bubbles around the tables. Very comfortable and the food is great to boot. Makes for a very relaxing and enjoyable experience while dining outside.

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UptownGirl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

With its extensive outdoor seating, with many tables enclosed in clear plastic "bubbles," the Café du Soleil - which some say serves the best French food in New York - is a blessing for the northern Upper West Side. My friend and I enjoyed a delicious brunch there, with an individual, lovely quiche for her and a Paris-perfect Croque-Monsieur for me - the first Croque I have had in New York that is just like the ones in France, where I lived for many years. It was a sunny but cold and windy day, and we could take off our jackets and enjoy the meal as if we were in a solarium. They have several outdoor heaters for when there is no sun. All the servers and other staff were welcoming and friendly, even as they had to step carefully to get in and out of and around the bubbles.
We had reserved for 10 am on Saturday, and by the time we left an hour and a half later (the time limit for outdoor seating), every bubble, every table, was full. I hope this bodes well for the survival of Café du Soleil during this terrible time. I will certainly return as often as possible.

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SabrinaL
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lovely food and people! A little pricey but you’re getting great food

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vipRosey
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We reserved outdoor seating and when we got there were told they couldn’t honor that request even though that is the only reason we went our of our way to go to this restaurant (said this was an Open Table
Issue). Eventually they were able to accommodate us. Service and food were ok but nothing amazing.

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vipshRts
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

They have set the standard for outdoor dining in the pandemic. Great vibe, excellent food, solid service, and a commitment to using clever methods and marketing to withstand the current chaos in the restaurant world. They may have more tables outside now than they used to have indoors, with judicious use of the "pods" that they pioneered.

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CABL
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a rainy day, but outdoor dining was comfortable and service excellent.

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NazliR
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Excellent French fare - except for the salads - Arugula salad with goat cheese had barely any cheese and a whole lot if greens with barely any dressing

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TomS
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining outside in the individual bubbles was a great way to enjoy a fine meal.

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OdetteV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I love the way Cafe Du Soleil has embraced making their customers feel safe with a fun concept protection and deliver an excellent dining experience. It was lively, festive which made for great ambience to share dining out with friends. Their Monday and Tuesday night mussel special is a great value and super delicious. Absolutely loved the pods.

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Jesscpw
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a great time celebrating my birthday with friends at cafe du soleil. I arrived early and was seated immediately. I was excited to dine in the space bubble. It was as cool as I had expected :-) Staff was super friendly. Food was tasty and portions were good. Desserts including l’opera were delish. And thanks to the staff for singing happy birthday to me. Looking forward to going back soon. Merci beaucoup pour une bonne expérience!

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SusanN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The plastic bubble reflected the lights snd colorful French and Ametican flags flags creating a cheetful atmosphere. The waitstaff was helpful and welcoming. The food - moules/frites, boudin/pomme and steak was delicious.
We felt safe and happy and will be back.
Thank you, Café du Soleil!

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KhushaliS
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service was good. Good for a brunch, theyre sweet dishes were really good.

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Lori
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there the night the election was called--we had made reservations for our daughter's Bday. We had such a good time, celebrations all around. you are our neighborhood bistro and we Love you!

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vipFred
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fun place.. lots of action and activity everywhere! Totally worth the visit

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RichardB
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Beyond being able to dine inside one of their bubbles, there wasn't that much to get excited about. The food was average at best. The service was not so friendly and a little on the slow side. It cost more than it was worth especially when nobody in my party finished their meals.

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RICHARDH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall1food3service3ambience1

We walked out because of the noise level. 1:45 in the afternoon and the speakers were blaring sound, cant call it music because all we could hear was the repetitive bass.

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CABL
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Music far too loud inside; drinks very weak for the money--could barely taste the bourbon in the old fashioned. The food was delicious and the service fantastic.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was delicious. The atmosphere was perfect for a friends dinner. The food does take a while to cook. Be sure to order apps. The wait staff was accommodating and friendly. I will be going back!

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susierae
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed our dinner! The bubble atmosphere was so cute - definitely get a reservation. It seems your best chance to secure a bubble is with a group of 3-6 (especially at busy hours). The appetizers stole the show. The wine was great for choosing a more "budget" friendly bottle. Mousse for dessert was a smart choice. With wine, roughly $75/person, but worth it!

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vipGreat
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice place for the novelty of sitting in a bubble. The food was ok.

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You can order delivery directly from Cafe Du Soleil using the Order Online button. Cafe Du Soleil also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 316-5000.

Cafe Du Soleil is rated 4.3 stars by 890 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.

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