Cheesetique - Del Ray

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$30 and under
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American
Cheesetique, established in 2004, is the go-to neighborhood spot for fine cheeses, food-friendly wine, and an eclectic, cheese-centric menu.

We’re a specialty cheese and wine shop. We’re a comfortable, cheese-centric restaurant. We’re all things to all cheese lovers, so join us to shop, dine, or both!
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kimberlyp
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

servers were very accommodating on splitting plates, providing tastes of wine. Good menu for lunch

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vipAnonymous
Washington DC
118 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Despite its rather small size, Cheesetique accommodated a group of five beautifully, with all our diverse food preferences and separate checks. Food and service were excellent, and who doesn't love cheese?

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viparbacak
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great and I loved the time. Food was delicious. Wine was great.

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vipBrianB
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very good food.

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MSK76
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

This place has gone down hill in the past year. We had horrible service. The waitress clearly wasn't familiar with the food and couldn't answer questions about the cheese. We had to ask repeatedly for our wine, which eventually came AFTER the meal. Even though the restaurant was only 1/3 filled, an obnoxious couple was seated so close to us that our elbows kept bumping. We couldn't have a conversation because the people next to us were so close. There was a long wait for our food, and then we had to keep asking for things like silverware. The people next to us had similar service problems, receiving their grilled cheese sandwich and having to wait a long time and repeatedly ask for their tomato soup.

I talked to the manager, who didn't care about the poor service and didn't even apologize. Do yourself a favor and don't go to this restaurant. It isn't what it once was.

Cheesetique - Del Ray
Responded on February 20, 2020

Hi there. I'm so sorry to hear that this was your experience. We had a ROUGH weekend in Del Ray and I can't apologize enough. I just sent you a private message. Would you please take a look? Thank you so much, Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

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vipKarenL
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Great service but the food was extremely bland... needed flavor.
Tacos were bland.

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Elsie
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating two birthdays.
Love Cheesetique. Never disappoints.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the Raclette experience

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FanOfTheFresh
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

One of our favorite restaurants in the area. We have been twice and are eagerly looking forward to our third visit. The food is a little pricey but honestly fairly competitive for the area and worth the overall experience, in my opinion. Two points to keep in mind: it is always better to make a reservation if possible as the dinning area is not huge (which certainly adds to the cosiness and intimacy) and tends to fill up quickly and, if you do not like the smell of cheese, this is not the place for you (as the front is an excellent cheese shop). It receives extra points for the amazing wall art in the entry dinning area. 8.5/10 would recommend!

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vipcjjc
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food3service3ambience4

arrived Sat eve at our appointed reservation time. we were seated quickly. we were told that three cheese mongers had called in sick this evening and therefore restaurant were not pushing the raclette special this month but it would still be available if we wanted. We did and they then brought the raclette menu. We enjoyed it. One should be a fan of potatoes and melted cheese for this raclette. Overall the restaurant /cheese shop are adorable gourmet style - and we look forward to returning again for Raclette Month, as well as other cheeses.

Cheesetique - Del Ray
Responded on February 20, 2020

Thank you so much for joining us and I'm thrilled you enjoyed the Raclette. I'm just sorry it wasn't offered to you immediately, but thank you for being persistent! We hope to see you again soon. RacletteFest continues through the end of the month! All the best, Jill (owner, Cheesetique)

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KimNJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We all enjoyed our food, wine flights and the atmo

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience! Excellent food and service! Also it was not too loud, easy to hear the person next to you!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

We love this restaurant. The food was amazing as always but the service was unexpectedly disappointing. Our waiter was not attentive at all; we had to remind him to bring drinks, we had to get our own small plates for our starters (from an empty table nearby) and in fact he stopped coming by our table at all halfway through the meal. When someone else came to clear our plates we had to ask for refills on drinks and this second person brought the bill. I am not sure what happened here, and we will go back because we love the food, but I have come to expect much better service from this restaurant.

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vipFastRide
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Cheesetique was a nice experience. Had the lobster mac and The Brie and Pearsciutto grilled cheese sandwich w/o the prosciutto and my husband had the lasagna. The mac n cheese was good but I didn’t taste the lobster, so next time I won’t waste money and I’ll get the plain one. My grilled cheese wasn’t all that great but not bad. My husband said the lasagna was good.

The space is quite tight so if you’re claustrophobic DO NOT go. The bar area seats approximately 10 ppl (where we sat) and the seating area may seat 30 ppl but it’ll be tight.

Otherwise, I’d go again because I love cheese and the food wasn’t bad. They also sell cheese and wine which you get a discount for if you ate at the restaurant. 😁

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JamesK
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

If you like cheese this is the place. If we are in the mode for cheese and great drinks this is our go to place. The food is great and they always have a wonderful special. Sitting in the back room is our favorite.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a point, one of the special entrées was ordered by one of our party and after about 10 minutes the server came back and said the kitchen informed him that that was no longer available. The person re-ordered which was fine but the waiter and manager decided that we should have an extra bottle of wine for the price of a glass because of the issue of not getting what they wanted. This is amazing service and I felt like they went beyond what was called for in the situation. Thank you cheesetique for a lovely night

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Elsie
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend’s birthday.

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TaraS
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Compared to other restaurant week menus, having two pieces of dried up cheese on a board with some fruit, a small serving of mac and cheese/grilled cheese and a small chocolate mousse for $22 felt like a rip off.

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SandyH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

It was a good dinner except we expected to eat in the back which is a nicer atmosphere and a quieter room. We were out in the open in the 'store' which is fine for lunch but not for a nice dinner.

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vipStephanieH
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Love this place, but second time we had really slow service and food was delivered lukewarm.

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vipKateT
Washington DC
121 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our server, Joseph, took very good care of us. We enjoyed our French onion soup, spinach salad, chicken saltimbocca, and pimento grilled cheese. The wine that Joseph recommended went well with our choices. We had a very enjoyable evening.

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EmilyB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cheesetique was fabulous! The food was awesome! We went for brunch and loved the menu selection. I would also love to go at dinner to try that menu as well. The place is charming!

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JayI
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing romantic place to eat lovely cheese and wine!

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vipFaithL
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Food was pretty good but service was terrible. We were told they were out of something, ordered a different dish and were then served (and paid) for both. Wrong dishes brought out including Mac n cheese with lobster instead of vegetarian to a table with a vegetarian and two shellfish allergies. Everything took forever and bill was wrong.

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vipStephanieH
Nashville
16 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience5

A free dessert was offered for the lack of our service. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall3food2service1ambience2

It was a very disappointing dining experience. The wine was a bit overpriced given the variety they had. I have 2 food allergies and was informed modifications could not be made to the entrees which greatly limited my options. The service was terrible with one of our servers spilling quite a bit of wine on the table because she was in such a bother. It was just very disappointing over all.

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TheLetterB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Cheesetique is a cozy, intimate experience. The cheesesteak and the mac & cheese were delicious. Great wine selection too. Having a suggested wine pairing for each menu item is a welcome addition. For an added bonus, dining with them earns a discount from their wonderful selection of cheeses in the storefront.

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vipOT4you
Washington DC
61 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Our group of 8 met in the quiet and charming back room. The food was terrific but unfortunately the service was very spotty and extremely slow. Perhaps they were understaffed...?

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Gardenlover
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Nice lunch, Maggie wonderful waitress. Relaxed atmosphere enjoyed during Christmas rush.

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Jloconno22
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for brunch. Food was fantastic! Bloody mary was only ok.

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vipelizabethmcdonough
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Most laid back of the other locations which is why I like it

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MichaelP
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The server was not bad at all. Probably just needs some training to be more aware of where we were in the meal and getting the table cleared. the back room at the Del Ray location is super comfortable and quaint. You feel like you are in a speakeasy or the like. Thanks for a great evening Cheesetique!

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vipLaurenS
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE this place! It was so cozy! I always get the same thing and I'm ok with that, don't ever take the Grown Up Grilled Cheese off the menu! Oh - my Malbec was fab, too! THANK YOU!!!!

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Mariah1234
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Very good food and drinks. Nice warm environment. The staff was busy but very nice and helpful.

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JohnGG
Jacksonville
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Reserved a able and it was ready when we arrived.
Food was good but not exceptional. I think they emphasize their cheeses more than the food around the cheese.
Busy day. Service was very good but not always available.

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MicheleC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fabulous food, just what we needed on a cold night. Great wine and warm cheese

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JosephG
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Needed to hide out during trick or treat.

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viplittlebits
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great - our server was wonderful and helped to make it an enjoyable evening.

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vipGracie
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience2

We had to remind the waiter about our last dish, which he forgot to put the ticket in, so we had to wait for a while for the last dish to come out. He did not apologize for the wait or for the service. Unprofessional.

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vipMisswan
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We love this place. Good food. Good wine. Good service.

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Cheesetique - Del Ray offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 706-5300.

Cheesetique - Del Ray is rated 4.5 stars by 304 OpenTable diners.

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