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Le Cavalier, Wilmington, DE

Le Cavalier

4.1
4.1
712 Reviews
$31 to $50
Bistro
We encourage parties of up to 6 guests to reserve online. Please contact us at 302-594-3154 if your party is for 7 guests or more. For parties of 6 or more a service charge of 20% will be added to guest check at time of presentation. We have private dining options and social distanced spacing available for large groups.

“Le Cavalier” (pronounced: luh-KAH-vuhl-YAY) honors the deep equestrian tradition in the Brandywine River Valley.

Le Cavalier (Le Cav) is a French brasserie from Chef-Partner Tyler Akin that takes the brasserie out of Paris and transports it to Wilmington's iconic HOTEL DU PONT. Provençal fare meets North African and Middle Eastern influences in the dining room that once housed the historic Green Room.

The Le Cav Team is excited for you to share this unforgettable experience.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, French

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (302) 594-3154

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chef-Partner Tyler Akin

  • Private party contact

    Green Room Manager: (302) 594-3256

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Parking details

    Hotel valet and self-parking available. We are happy to offer a reduced valet rate for all dinner patrons.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Delaware

    Great for Brunch

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  1. J

    Jakabcin

    Philadelphia

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Service was slow, but we weren't in a hurry. Did was excellent overall. "Warm olives" petits plats was a bowl full of various olives in oil with garlic. Tasted good, but a little too many olives.
  2. LM

    LeslieM

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Pricey for Wilmington and wasn't wowed. Caesar salad was fine but not special (lacked acidity) and mussels were little rubbery.
  3. r

    ruraldeliveryroute

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    My favorite thing about the menu at Le Cavalier is the inclusion of North African flavors, a wonderful addition to tired and true French recipes.
  4. JM

    JMTR

    Washington DC

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food and service excel. And Rob know how to make the most amazing drinks!
  5. C

    Clarkie

    Philadelphia

    66 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Food is creative and the space is attractive and lively. Q took great care of us.
  6. D

    Desh

    Philadelphia

    61 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a wonderful evening. Our server Evalina was the best. Will come back. Food was perfect
  7. KO

    KevinO

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Le Cavalier serves a classic French brasserie menu. Its not too complex or precious. Someone taught the staff how to make frites correctly, the way they do they Belgium where doing them right is a matter of national pride.
  8. PB

    PatrickB

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    First, the room was beautiful. Architecturally stunning with very please interior design. We opted to start the evening with a drink at the bar which had plenty of available seats but a piles of dirty dishes and glasses heaped at both ends of the bar. Not particularly welcoming or appealing. We adjourned to our table and waited 20 minutes for our drinks. Dinner took equally as long. The service was very slow. Fish was delightful - steak frittes tough. Overall not a pleasant experience.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Not a lot of vegetarian options. But when we asked them for vegan options, they were more than happy to make a dish vegan and it was really good.
  10. S

    Scotch

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Beautiful facility with great food. The name, menu, and wine list give the impression of an upscale French restaurant. The staff was very knowledgeable and attentive, but their style seemed more suited to a casual dining restaurant. The biggest disappointment was that the background music was too loud and more suited to a bar (pop rock uptempo). I would go back for the food, but the atmosphere could come up a notch.
  11. FG

    FoodGems

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails excellent, fromage, charcuterie, fois gras and warm olives outstanding. Also great mains. Comped mom's dessert bc it was her birthday, very classy. Service top notch, attentive and thoughtful. Room stunning. Highly recommend.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I attended a reception and stayed at Hotel Du Pont for the weekend. I used open table to make reservations so I knew I had a spot for breakfast. The food is slightly different but still good. The decor and service are 10 stars. I would recommend this to anyone and the Hotel also. A great place to visit
  13. CG

    CelesteG

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were so happy to be in this gorgeous restaurant. The food, service and atmosphere was wonderful. How lucky this gem for us is local.

    Le CavalierResponded on July 30, 2022Thank you for the 5-stars! Hope to see you again soon!

  14. B

    Buckeye2

    Baltimore

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience5
    I think that we just hit Le Cavalier on a bad night. They were not that busy and we were seated promptly , but waited a long time for a waitress. Then another long wait for our drinks. The lemon martini was mediocre but the gin martini was excellent, in spite of the small pour. The food, when it finally did arrive was excellent, and service improved as the night went along. In spite of the lackadaisical service, I would still highly recommend that diners experience Le Cavalier at least once. The Green Room is a beautiful, beautiful venue and is just overall spectacular. And the food, when you get it, is unsurpassed.
  15. H

    Hunert

    New York Area

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our first time back in several months. Had our favorite table as we requested on OpenTable. Excellent meal and exceptional service by Brittany. We were even surprised by a cake for our anniversary. Prices are so reasonable we almost felt guilty. We will be back often.
  16. RL

    RichardL

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, delicious food & spectacular ambience.
  17. BP

    BuffaloPadre

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    As with many post-Covid restaurants, getting staff is a problem. Our waiter handled things well with assist from other staff and kitchen help. The Steal/frites was excellent and cooked as ordered: rare. The foie gras tartine was good although the thickness of the bread was overwhelming. Mussels got very good reviews from a companion diner. The desserts--better to pass. I rarely have profiteroles because they can be disappointing. The pastry lacked the eggy center and outer crispness for which I had hoped. The "ganache" was like Hershey syrup. Another diner companion ordered the Pot Du Creme. Unfortunately, it would be best to remove it from the menu. It's simple to make but my friend found it inedible and sent it back. I tasted and agreed, In short: Beautiful location. Good Service. Some very good menu items but hit or miss. Nice wine list.
  18. LH

    LindaH

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Stayed at the hotel and decided to have dinner at the restaurant Food was Amazing. I enjoyed the oysters, filet mignon and dark chocolate pot de crème. Highly recommend. .

    Le CavalierResponded on July 30, 2022Linda, we're thrilled you enjoyed your dining experience with us! We look forward to welcoming you back again soon!

  19. JY

    JoeY

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome time with my girl!!! Staff was great!!! Excellent!! Thank you!

    Le CavalierResponded on July 30, 2022Thank you for the 5-stars! We were thrilled to serve you! We're looking forward to welcoming you back with us again soon!

  20. KM

    KathleenM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dinner was delicious n the server was very pleasant n helpful!!!
  21. GB

    GaryB

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall2food5service1ambience4
    The servers were knowledgeable about the menu but the service was extremely slow in spite of only 2 or 3 tables occupied. The biggest disappointment was not receiving all the food we ordered even after calling it to the waitstaff 's attention TWICE. I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone. A $65.00 lunch with their level of service is unacceptable. PS. The food quality was great.
  22. u

    unknowndiner

    Philadelphia

    55 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    This was our first time at Le Cavalier. The food was excellent. The wait staff was helpful and courteous. The decor actually worked in the Edwardian room that used to be the very posh Green Room of the Hotel DuPont. The Lillet sour was terrible. It had very little orange taste and seemed to be vodka with a dash of maybe Lillet and no Cointreau smothered in whipped egg white which further dampened any taste. It was not as advertised on the menu. The bar was very slow and it took our waiter 20 minutes to get the cocktail and a glass of plain tonic water to bring to the table. We will go back again - the food was that good, but no cocktails next time.
  23. k

    kena

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The space is exceptional, worth going just to sit in such a beautiful and unique place.. Not that the food is bad, it was excellent. Very friendly staff.
  24. n

    noname

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Gorgeous ceilings in this grand old historic building but there were hardly any servers and the music was just a radio station. Food was over salted and very expensive.
  25. e

    emc2

    Philadelphia

    18 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall2food4service1ambience4
    Brought my husbands assistant, from FL, wanting her to experience a new venue. Were greeted as we arrived to a mostly empty dining room. We asked for a window seat but the only one available was at a table in the bar, which was fine. Server was there fairly promptly to get drink requests and answer questions about the menu. Unfortunately, most raw bar selections were unavailable at our early 6:30 seating….apparently a refrigeration issue?! We watched our drinks sit at the bar for an extended period of time, so I suggested my husband retrieve before they came to room temp! As he picked up one, the bartender kindly offered to deliver, apologized for the delay in delivering and said would comp. We ordered dinner and that went well with exception of one side delivered probably 10 minutes into the meal. It’s unfortunate that the quality of the food was overshadowed by the understaffed room. I’m guessing there were 2 servers to accommodate the bar, dining room and outside patio! What was once THE premier experience in Wilmington is no longer.
  26. PB

    PeterB

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service excellent. The only thing I would change is the music selection. In such a classy space, they should play appropriate music instead of pop.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Very pleasant surprise. Food was excellent. Cocktails were well done. Bar service a little slow. Waiter was attentive and pleasant. My son and I intend to return again soon for drinks and dinner.
  28. AD

    AnnieD

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Angelica is the best server I’ve ever had. We’ve dined at Le Cav frequently, and she makes us feel we’re the only table in the room. The food consistently ranks very high.
  29. S

    Steve

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience5
    We’re experienced foodies and are very familiar with gourmet style menus but our waiter had no clue about what several of the items were. Had to go ask the chef twice. Saw another waiter do the same. Food was good but small portions for the price. Bronzino was nice presentation but had no flavor. Basically light garlic and butter. Duck and foie grad brochettes had little flavor and the sauces which provided what was needed were barely drizzled on the plate/food. Was surprised a French restaurant had little French staples., (escargot?) and no French desserts. Pastries etc ..?? Doesn’t live up to their website hype. Won’t be back. Basically boring flavors and uneducated servers. Thumbs down
  30. AL

    ALM54

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Beautiful space. Overall the experience was just ok but does not compel us to return. Service is a real concern, this is not 5 star dining
  31. EM

    EMM1969

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful cocktail and wine selection. Steak tartare is on-point, oysters were delicious and fresh. I love the selection and detail that goes into the menu. Wait staff were gracious, helpful and did their jobs exceptionally well.
  32. B

    Bari

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My number one restaurant in Wilmington! Food is amazing, service is outstanding and staff is diverse! Needless to say nice building, and great music!
  33. N

    Neverabadtimetoeat

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Very disappointing experience! Our expectations were of a fine dining restaurant given the menu and pricing. Instead we had a table of guys with baseball caps sitting next to us and inexperienced servers who were very slow in clearing the glasses and plates after each course! They were not knowledgeable. They were however, very friendly and pleasant. The food was good. We expected so much more. We will not be returning to this establishment.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    The food and drinks were great. Our server was very nice but she didn’t check on us for long stretches of time.
  35. PT

    PaulT

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    1.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience4
    I was looking forward to dining at Le Cavalier after reading an article in Eater about Wilmington's burgeoning post pandemic food renaissance. What I was hoping for was well prepared classic french bistro fare, the menu led me to believe that's exactly what I was going to be served. Simply wasn't the case. When I asked what kind of eggs came with the caviar service ($95), I was told osetra, but I was served a much inkier roe like paddlefish or bowfin, which are fine if that's what you're expecting, but osetra they are not. The Duck & Foie Gras Brochette are essentially duck & foie meatballs, which should've given me pause, but I decided to go for it based on the server's recommendation. When ordering luxury ingredients like foie, you wanna taste and SEE the foie, instead of it being buried in meatball. It's wasteful at best. This wasn't the dish's only crime, the bayberry gastrique was closer to a balsamic reduction and over powering, and finally it was served on a bed of seemingly boxed pilaf. The roast chicken had a crispy skin, a lovely sauce, and well prepared pomme puree, but it was still pink in the dark quarter. Roast chicken and Steak Frites are bistro classics and should be perfect. I think the worst part of the meal had to be the chocolate pot de creme which, no lie, which was a ramekin of glossy hot fudge or thickened hershey's syrup, instead of the luscious custard one expects. Even when disappointed I rarely send a dish back to the kitchen, but the "pot de creme" was so bafflingly inedible it had to go back. Frankly the entire meal was a bust and should've been sent back. Bistro food isn't fancy but it should be well prepared and I'm troubled by the reviews Eater published about these Wilmington restaurants. Did anyone actually eat a Le Cavalier? Or was this handled by PR agencies?
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    I expected better from what was formerly the Green Room at Hotel DuPont. A “French” brassiere that cannot make an edible much less recognizable onion soup has no business calling itself French. The little gem Caesar salad was very underdressed and buried under a mound of grated cheese. My lamb shoulder was good but my wife’s branzino almandine was sub par. Waitstaff was not attentive and when they did show up were unprofessional, and I’m being kind. We won’t be back.
  37. EZ

    EllenZ

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    It took 20 minutes to get a drink. The beverage mgr. apologized and did not charge us. The steak was tough and chewy (didn’t even want to take it home for our dog), the chicken was under cooked (was pink and red inside) and the Caesar salad was probably the worst I’ve ever had. We had been to the Green Room many times and it was fabulous- Le Cavalier was awful!! We were celebrating my birthday and Father’s Day but turned out to be a huge disappointment.
  38. NL

    NanL

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant is beautiful! Everything we had was wonderful and service was excellent.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience3
    Went here for our anniversary and Service was decent and so was ok, I expected more because it was overpriced in my opinion.
  40. KD

    KarenD

    Philadelphia

    26 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Overall good. The onion soup was overly salted. The steak frites were very good as was the branzino. The gnocchi were perfectly cooked but the sauce was bland. The profiteroles were okay, not great but the pot de cream was delicious. Our server was pleasant but not very attentive. The wine list was good and the cocktails were very good.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Le Cavalier offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 594-3154.

Le Cavalier is rated 4.1 stars by 712 OpenTable diners.

Le Cavalier does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Le Cavalier

42 W 11th St, Wilmington, DE 19801

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Wilmington

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Mon–Fri 7:00 am–10:00 am Sat 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Bistro, French

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel valet and self-parking available. We are happy to offer a reduced valet rate for all dinner patrons.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef-Partner Tyler Akin

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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