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Le Cavalier, Wilmington, DE

Le Cavalier

4.1
4.1
687 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


Booked 9 times today

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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What 687 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Delaware

    Great for Brunch

  • Delaware

    Special Occasion

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  1. PB

    PeterB

    Indiana

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. S

    Steve

    Philadelphia

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 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!
  8. N

    Neverabadtimetoeat

    New York Area

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. KD

    KarenD

    Philadelphia

    22 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    22 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.
  16. R

    Ronc

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Hake was fabulous as was the Salad Verde. Sean makes a fabulous Old Fashion too. My wife's Artichoke was delicious. Great experience. Thank you
  17. H

    Harvestdancer

    Philadelphia

    72 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Lovely setting and wonderful food, except that two items one of our party selected turned were not available when we placed our order. Service was fine, but we did not see a server for about ten minutes after we were seated. The server was helpful, however, in finding other menu options when the items selected were not available.
  18. BH

    BillH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 6, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food and ambiance were great. The lamb was the most tender meat I have ever tasted! The waiter was very friendly but would forget to bring stuff (we asked twice for lemons for our water, when our food was delivered, we did not have forks, we should have had forks for dessert but were given spoons). Over all, nice experience.
  19. CN

    ChrisN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    multiple errors by the kitchen/wait staff on bringing the wrong thing out in the wrong order at the wrong time. not expected at a place like this
  20. PH

    PaulH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic. We will definitely come back and recommend to our friends. Harrison was our server and hew was great.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, in a beautiful building, good ambience. Great value for special occasion.
  22. P

    Puzzle

    Melbourne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    We had a very pleasant evening in a beautiful setting with friendly and helpful staff. Although the food we ordered was well cooked and of generous portion size, we felt the presentation was a little lacking for the reputation and style of the restaurant.
  23. L

    Lionel

    Philadelphia

    42 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious burgers, unique and scrumptious. Fri s were top notch! Will return soon
  24. DW

    DebbieW

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    Second visit was as mediocre as the first but wanted to give it another try as our first visit was soon after they opened.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    The room is gorgeous but the service did not match the level expected when dining at Hotel Dupont. Food was not bad, but not great. Would return to try a dinner service but I will not rush back for brunch.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The food was delicious and the waitress was attentive to our needs.
  27. k

    kkits

    New England

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Just amazing ambiance. Beautiful restaurant with fantastic food.
  28. JN

    JenniferN

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Service was good, but slow. Drinks sat for a while before being brought to us. Server didn’t check up on us frequently enough. Waited a long time for the check.
  29. JT

    JulesT

    Fort Lauderdale

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The dining room is stunning. The ambiance wonderful, a true fine dining experience with a retro touch. The bread basket was exceptionally delicious. The onion soup very tasty and flavorful. The fish dish and the French chicken dish were outstanding. We loved every bite and every minute of our dining experience. Coming back!
  30. GB

    GeraldB

    London

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a very nice experience. Our waitperson, T, was friendly, kind and knowledgeable. The service was excellent. As was the food. And the ambiance is best in Delaware. Nicely done!
  31. RL

    RobLynm

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The place is great and the staff is fantastic but the salads were just okay. You can tell that they are not doing enough lunch volume to keep everything fresh. Not sure I would go there again for lunch but definitely for dinner. Great ambiance.
  32. PA

    PAINTER216

    Philadelphia

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Le Cavalier was okey, but they had a problem with their timing of when our courses came to the table. Our Cheese board & French Onion soup had only been placed in front of us and 5 minutes later ( barely enough time to let the soup cool enough to eat it) our entrees were served to us. It looked to me a thought the kitchen wanted to be done with our orders because they knew that a large group of 16 business people were going to be dining soon. The focus in the room was on their group which was seated in the back of the dining room. When a manager stopped by our table as we were eating our entree, we commented on the lack of time given to enjoy our first course and made those items complimentary. I never did get a chance to finish my onion soup, but we enjoyed the cheese selections after the entrees , as a "dessert". The menu is somewhat limited , but there are some nice French cuisine classics on it. I had the Chicken Provençal and the herb and garlic sauce was excellent. The dining room is large and echos, especially near the bar area where they seated us to be away from that large group of 16. I don't think I would make the trip into Wilmington just to dine there again ( parking for 2 hours was $17.) but Le Cavalier is a nice choice if you are actually staying at the Hotel DuPont where it is located.
  33. VR

    VinceR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent. Service was beyond fantastic.
  34. HH

    HowardH

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice Sunday Brunch. Beautiful atmosphere!
  35. MK

    MelissaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing and the staff was great! Tawanda was so sweet and helpful. Definitely will be back.
  36. B

    Bistro

    Munich

    109 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great space. Beautiful dining room. Good solid. Service was haphazard. Manager and bus staff did a great job keeping things moving.
  37. F

    Fabio

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall3food5service3ambience3
    Reception and Service mixed performance. Art on walls not compatable or quality of the room.
  38. BK

    BillK

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    We were a late seating for the brunch but, at this price, I expected a complete buffet until we finished. We were seated early but the carving station was rolled up 15 minutes after we seated. Food had been on the warming trays for awhile. Deserts looked more like a breakfast buffet than deserts. But raw bar was very good. Room is beautiful.
  39. M

    Mommabee

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5
    The French buffet was not quality as it should have been for this upscale restaurant. It was overpriced for what we received.. French toast was burnt. Condiments were all gone. Did not replenish. No crepes, no eggs Benedict. Very disappointing.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience4
    Our Mother’s Day Brunch was disappointing to say the least. This was our first brunch since they changed over from the Green Room. There was No French themed anything on the menu. There was no crepe station, the choices were limited and the Beef tenderloin was extremely rare, no choice for medium or even medium rare. It’s a shame it was so lacking, although it included mimosas and or Bloody Mary’s it’s not worth the price.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • 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 687 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
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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