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Cafe Du Soleil

4.5
1244 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.



Experiences

  • Early Bird Prix Fix 3 Course Menu

    $35.00 per person

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy Every Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday Night our 3 Course Menu for $35 per person. From 4pm to 5.30pm.

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
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 1244 people are saying
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4.4
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4.5
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89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JohnA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent food,service and ambiance. We celebrated my wife’s birthday and everything was perfect. One of our favorite restaurants in the city.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice afternoon with dear friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience3

The service was amazing, the severe we had went above and beyond to make us feel at home. We ordered some cocktails that we did not like and he changed them without no issues. The was good, we got some recommendations from the server. We spent a lovely afternoon. Would definitely go back.

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viplocaleyocale
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our fourth visit - delayed by a very long and tough year, but absolutely worth it, and great to be back! Des viandes et vins magnifique!

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vipxdancer105
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

a neighborhood favorite, good food, friendly staff who recognise me -- a good experience.

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RonaldF
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good chef this evening. The half baked organic chicken was cooked to perfection.
The aragula goat cheese salad was accompanied by a delicate vinagrette.

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JaneR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This French restaurant is located in a very nice area of Manhattan. This restaurant is one of the best in the city, with good food and good service. My friends were happy that I found this place, we were seated inside the bubble just outside the restaurant. The staffs are friendly, we have a wonderful time.

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Bobo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Cafe Du Soleil continues to be a wonderful neighborhood experience. The outdoor dining area is festive. The inside dining comfortable and well spaced. I have never been disappointed in the food. This will always be my go to when dining on the upper west side. Service is almost always professional, friendly, efficient. Yesterday felt as if the crew might have been short staffed. I have loved this place since if opened many years ago.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

Overall food was good. Service was terrible, gave it two stars because the restaurant offered to remove our drinks as a result of the bad service. Waitstaff we’re great, kitchen kept forgetting order which caused us to wait an hour before getting our main course. Would give it one more try based on prior reviews but experience did not leave a good taste in our mouths (no pun intended).

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MaeG
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience4

We went on a Thursday evening for the $79 price fixed dinner for two... and were very disappointed. The escargot was just okay, the fried fish was interesting, the mussels were bland and the fettecini with mushrooms was dry. The dessert was great and the red wine was good, but even for the cheap price, it just wasn't a hit. I wonder if other things on the regular menu instead of price fixed menu might have been better, but the mussels are supposed to be one of their top hits. Additionally, service took FOREVER. Waiting 1.5 hours for our main course. The staff were really nice though, and the ambience was cute. Glad we at least tried it once.

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vipMarkGilbert
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Du Soleil is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is always perfect and the staff is friendly and professional.
Mark

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Paul
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We were so disappointed with most everything; the waiter was indifferent and never checked back with us during the meal. Long wait for the main course to arrive after appetizer, soup and salads were all delivered at the same time. Then came the long wait for the very bland main courses of short ribs, steak au poivre had a sauce that didn’t resemble anything like au poivre and escargot was without any punch to them. The onion soup was watery and nothing like we had had in the past, pre-Covid. The escargot was without the flavor of the past visits to the cafe. The mushrooms were over-garliced. The desserts tasted very packaged and uninspiring to say the least. Not a good experience to a restaurant that was once one of our favorites.

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ingridh
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Love the ambience

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Birthday meal

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SethF
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done! We are very happy Cafe du Soleil is back and doing well- it's a fine restaurant.

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vipkwolf212
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We ate indoors since it was 90 degrees outside....however the french doors in front were wide open so we felt comfortable. Not enough waiters, and had to remind them to bring some additional napkins and a drink we ordered. Service was ok, not particularly warm.

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GlenC
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely sidewalk cafe a la Paris. Great breakfast spot.

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vipmanhattansightseer79
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

enoiugh with the boom boom boom music coming out of the main restaurant... and the kitchen was a bit slow.... otherwise a lovely evening... loving the outdoor set up...

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wlsail
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Cafe Du Soleil has excellent food and very friendly wait staff. We went for our anniversary and was able to get a cute bubble. The food was very good, even though they brought the wrong type of steak to my husband. The service was very slow though. After the waiter finally came, we received our champagne and then our salads quickly, but then waited more than 45 minutes for our main courses and then a bit for the waiter to bring a dessert and drink menu. I had noted it was our anniversary on the reservation, but we received no acknowledgement. I like the restaurant, typically, but this was not a banner evening for service.

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Mary
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The noise level was too loud and the music unpleasant. The last time I visited, the music was beautiful and peaceful. This time it was disco-like.

The service was very slow. There was a long wait between courses.
The waiter forgot one of the items I ordered, but he was very pleasant.

The bubbles are mostly gone, so the place doesn't look as special now.

The servings were huge-overwhelming. Personally, I would prefer smaller portions for less money. My steak was a bit tough.

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SusanC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our waiter was excellent. The cocktails, spectacular. And the food delicious. Fairly extensive menu of traditional French food. We had a great time.

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MarkN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cafe du Soleil has made a great adaptation to the pandemic, with a large outdoor dining area, partitions between tables under an open structure, and several plastic "dining pods." Service is great, and the neighborhood crowd makes it feel sociable and safe.

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elp721
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good French food at reasonable prices
in a nice neighborhood restaurant filled with energy!

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Bobbie53
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was our anniversary. We got the thu special. My hubby loved his food. Mine was adequate. The wine delish. Noise level was too much. Sitting outside & facing McDonalds while eating French food was not the best ambience.

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Luca
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

I really wanted to like this place, I'd seen it on many pictures and it looked so pretty. Pretty it is and with good atmosphere. The food however, leaves a lot to be desired. The dishes I ordered (moules frites, coq au vin and fish) were bland and came late. The service, while friendly, was very slow. It took the waiter 30 min to bring my check and when he did, he didn't actually bring it, he brought the dessert menu. very frustrating. It took 2 hours and a half to be able to eat and leave - too much. I will not be returning.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service was amazing. The atmosphere was more boisterous than expected but still an excellent experience.

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sheila
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was lovely, the food outstanding and an overall good vibe place!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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vipNeilF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Food was rather bland, French dishes without panache!

Alos, loud music piped in...

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DeborahT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for the Muscles and Wine special and were not disappointed. Food was delicious and service was good. We were also lucky that the weather was beautiful, because we sat outside.

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vipruthie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super accomodating to a group of five reuniting for the first time after quarantine. Attentive service despite the crowd. Food is good. Will be back!

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Lovely
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The service is excellent and the wait are professional. The ambience is lovely. Nice place for a date. My husband and I go there often because of the service and ambience. The food is good too.

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Jeffuws
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent neighborhood spot for food and drink, exceptional happy hour specials

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IsabellW
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The bubble was clean and the service was very good. The food was tasty but not exceptional. I was expecting more given the great reviews.

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vipRhea
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I live In Chicago and was visiting family who live a block away from Cafe Du Soleil so it was an easy choice. Unfortunately I had a very unsatisfactory coq au vin. It was so very under seasoned and the edible chicken was far less than the accompanying bones. The service was hampered by the waiters needing to move diners off so they could turn tables. I understand that COVD has caused much if that but it did make for an eat-and-run feeling. I’m not eager to return.

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Traveler
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

One of my favorite neighborhood hangs, it never disappoints, especially for the atmosphere!

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Denny
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience3

We ordered from a prix fixe menu at the beginning of the meal, it took over 2 hours to complete the 3 course meal with little to no interaction with staff in between courses. I don’t think our server spoke more than 5 words to us throughout the whole meal. On top of the terrible service members of the wait staff cat called our group on our way out of the restaurant while they were standing outside, doing nothing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Soleil is the best

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BrittanyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for Mother's Day, and ended up being a bit late because of traffic. The staff at Cafe Du Soleil was incredibly nice and accommodating, even encouraging us not to rush— even after closing time! The ambiance was perfect and the food and drinks were phenomenal. We will be back!!

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Sivan
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing spot that made for a wonderful Mother's Day dinner with kid!

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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 4.5 stars by 1244 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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