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Cafe Du Soleil

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808 Reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 808 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.2
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4.3
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4.1
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBiz207
New England
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a delicious brunch at Cafe du Soleil. We ate in one of the pop-up bubbles with a space heater and were very comfortable. The service was excellent and the overall ambiance was festive and fun and very COVID-friendly.

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DougJ
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had brunch in one of their "bubbles" outside, felt very safe and their menu was extensive.

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MehjaH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

They kept forgetting things one after another and the food was overly salty and just not worth it. Cafe du soleil is just overly hyped because of the bubbles. There are plenty of other places with nice seating

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Lovely
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The service was splendid. It was my husband's birthday. He truly enjoyed dinner and the ambience of the restaurant.

The French music was superb.

The only comment is that the "creme bulee" was cold. Aside from that it was an enjoyable evening...under the stars.

Thank you for making the evening a delightful time for my husband.

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BobsReview
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining in the “bubble” was great. Good food and wine and very good service. Swordfish, sardined, Salmon burger and beef burginon were All very good. Recommend

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Millielugo15
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent place to have dinner and catch up with friends. Sitting in the individual tents makes it intimate and safe if covid is your concern . Definitely recommend this restaurant !

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MFORS
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Hard to make conversation because our table was just under the stereo.
the price of glass wine doesn't meet the quality.

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vipCarol
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The plastic pods for outdoor dining is one of the reasons we chose this restaurant. It is in our neighborhood- and it was actually more pleasant eating outside because inside it is usually very noisy and difficult to have a conversation. There were 5 of us and it felt like we had a private room.
The food is very good except for pasta which was just ok. Overall it is a bit pricey ( an appetizer and entree is about $34; with wine and dessert the bill for one could easily be $55). It says on Open Table “$30 and under “ - that is if you have an entree and absolutely nothing else.

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JoelG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food, brought quickly. Fun to sit in the plastic bubble with friends.

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Raivenne
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I admit I came for the experience of dining in the bubble, but once there mostly forgot about it. The overall ambiance felt like a regular outdoor dining experience which was wonderful. I do hope they keep some of the bubbles for use next year even if COVID is just a memory by then.

Our server Doug was a charming delight and finally a restaurant that understands the meaning of rare! I will be back for that ribeye steak. *chef's kiss*

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Ness
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After making an outdoor reservation I was denied a table that I reserved being told that there were only tables of 4 and that my reservation was not guaranteed. I adjusted to the indoor dining at a very small table with my mother after looking forward to eating at this restaurant for nearly a month. The server came over after we sat for about 10 minutes and was extremely bubbly and pleasant which I welcomed because I was not happy. I apologized for my frumpy mood and my mother and I ordered prosecco and FOS that was good but not what I expected for a French restaurant. My mother ordered an entrée which we had to flag our waiter down for after AN HOUR of his absence to request it's where abouts, and after hearing someone call that the dish was 86'd (they are out of Short Ribs) the waiter stated he would be right back with it. We stated we would take it to go at that point. He came back with a to go bag about 7 minutes later, we paid our bill highly disappointed and left. Upon returning home and opening the dinner it was apparent that the 'dinner' was the bottom of the barrel and there were no ribs left. This feels like the result of a restaurant that got so popular and can't handle everyone coming in.

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JennyH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I reserved a table weeks ahead at an outside bubble table for safety reasons and also because it is cold. When I arrived they wouldn't give us the bubble as they said they were reserving for large party walk-ins, which were open throughout our entire nearly 2 hour meal. When we asked repeatedly they said no, but I'm compassionate to the realities restaurants are facing so we stayed. Then our food arrived and it genuinely just wasn't good. The gratin potatoes were tasteless and the skirt steak wasn't well seasoned. I don't like giving bad ratings but this meal was supposed to be a celebration and it ended up being a cold, frustrating let down.

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JacquelineM
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience3

I'd go again. I thought the menu description was a little off from what I was actually served. It was really seasoned and basically ok. It was a beef shepards pie. It read as if it were a meal with short ribs. It was ok though.

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Viktoria
Miami
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice place and delicious food!
I advise you to try snails, this restaurant uses an amazing sauce.

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Sweet
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The person in charge of reservations/seating is horrible, unfriendly, has not customer care skills, he is rude. We were looking forward to go, and I have recommended that restaurant to many of friends(a lot), but after such a bad experience, asked them not bother to go. The restaurant should have a better representation. Finally, we left.

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CancerQueen
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

My daughter and I had a reservation for brunch at 12:30 on 10/18/2020. Once at the restaurant (got there early), the male host explained that even though my reservation was for the outside "Bubble" seating, there are no guarantees (I only went there for the outside seating). We had to wait for about 15 minutes but the male host final sat us in a "Bubble". We was happy because it was extremely windy and the "Bubble" blocked most of the wind. After all that, the food was delicious and came out hot. My daughter had the Mussels and I had the French Toast. I would definitely eat there again and recommend a friend.

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LourdesC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

My only concern is that the bubbles have a limited time of 1 hour to eat there. We were in a rush. But everything is ok.

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EricaW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent service at a French bistro. Authentic food and ambiance is nice for any occasion

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I waited for 1:30 mins de food never arrived, I had to leave because I had to visit my grandma and couldn’t wait anymore for the food

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I was late 14 minutes and they canceled my reservation but I was able to sit indoor dining I wanted to sit outdoor and then they brought my eggs wrong and they took so long to bring the food out and then I ordered latte and they brought 2nd time and I said I didn’t order but I can take it and they charged me. And the table doesn’t set up with utensil and I ordered the French fries it never Came out, the portion of food is really small. and lastly O finished my food and I went to a bathroom and I saw my waiter came out and I went in, There was no hand soap I had to ask to bring it back. I am saying that means the waiter didn’t wash hands and serving food ??? Especially this time ??? I would never go back

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BonnieO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A wonderful outdoor brunch on a sunny fall afternoon. The food is excellent. They are creatively addressing the Covid crisis by means of "bubbles"; clear tent-like structures that are sanitized after every use. They have become so popular that the friendly, efficient staff is occasionaly rushed. Do get there and enjoy the experience before winter sets in.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Nice place

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Brawner
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I appreciated the extra precautions taken for these times of Covid that we're in, and I felt very comfortable with the way the restaurant was set up. Service was absolutely perfect and the food was delicious.

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sabrina2018
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service food and cleanliness . I love the Bubble . It was roomy and clean

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you so much for accommodating us we were hosting a family member from out of town it was a lot of fun and we were even able to be seated early!

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vipJasonR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience2

Service was terrible. Over 45min to get food and never once an apology. Then the server had the gall to tell us they were closing soon and we needed to decide on dessert then. Mind you we had literally just finally gotten our food.

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vipYummytummy
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great experience in the covid era! Server was attentive and food was delicious. Only negative was that our food took probably 45 minutes which seemed a little excessive since tables around us turned a few times. We also were done eating and finished our wine and had to ask for the check which seemed weird, they usually bring it after you're all done eating and drinking.
Short rib was delicious and a good portion size. Fettuccine was great as well. I would definitely come back and try something new since there were several things that looked yummy!
Also love the bubbles for dining. Creative and sanitary!

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vipDBMNYC
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

We are thankful that Cafe du Soleil has gotten so creative in their quest to stay open and serve their neighborhood. We had a "space pod" on the sidewalk. Strange, but as safe as one might hope for. The service and food were both very good. Hangar steak was tender and done as asked. Calves liver was delicious. Cassoulet was tasty, but the beans were not quite done. Pre pandemic this was a frequent stop. It still worth the effort and money.

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AshleyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The chef doesn’t know how to cook a steak properly. My boyfriend and I order the ribeye cooked medium and medium rare... it came out well done and the server argued with us before taking it back and returning with a completely rare steak. We ended up just taking it to go and cooking it at home. It’s safe to say I won’t be returning, especially after being treated so rudely. Don’t believe the hype.

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PatrickC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

They always do a very nice job, and their efforts during this pandemic are appreciated.

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hellbent
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Wonderful French food. And they are trying so hard to keep the French experience alive even in this pandemic.
The service is good. They had us dine in an outdoor igloo-like tent that was quite comfortable and safe.
It's one of our favorite places. They brought me the wrong meal but it was wonderful anyway so I ate it without complaint. We've never had a bad time or a bad meal here!

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Fiona
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent. Highly recommend, can’t wait to go back and have a second helping of moules frites.

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CheJ
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really amazing food. We sat inside, distanced from other diners by more than 10 feet. We were very comfortable, and the ambience was great.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Service horrible, after sitting over 30min and no one ask as what we would like to order we left.

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ElaineH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really enjoyed dining out and inside the bubble. Hostess was very accommodating and nice. Our server and busboys were very attentive. Food was great. We have a very enjoyable evening. Looking forward to go there again soon.

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vipwm68
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to eat in one of their bubbles to celebrate a birthday. They don't usually allow 2 people to eat in a bubble, but they were gracious and said it would be ok if we could be done in one hour. No problem. Service was warm and excellent and the food was great. We'll be back.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the bubble

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AriannaL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service, and incredible ambiance and atmosphere. Will definitely be coming again!

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vipWAK2013
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

The clear plastic "igloos" make outdoor dining pleasurable. The French bistro fare is consistently good and authentic, as always - especially the mousse!

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Emma
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe du Soleil is one of the lovliest places to visit: Civilized and welcoming, and professional but not formal.

FAQs

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 4.4 stars by 808 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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