Del Ray Cafe

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$30 and under
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French
From the owners of La Bergerie, a French café serving local, natural, and organic products.
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LE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Little disappointed that I mentioned in notes we were celebrating a birthday and no one asked us about it again, however, this restaurant is fabulous so we will definitely be back!

OT
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious experience. We have been here numerous times for brunch and dinner did not disappoint. Our waiter was wonderful and interesting! Had a great time taking our in laws here. Very relaxed atmosphere

The duck and scallops are amazing. The foie gras was cooked which I wasn’t a huge fan of but the berries that came with it were yum!

F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, and amazing food. Loved everything about the place. We have found a new favorite dining place.

B
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant. Wait staff is always friendly and recognizes you when you come in. I am a single and was ushered to a great window table. It has been Spring since I was at the restaurant but the waiter remembered me from previous visits. For me, it is oysters on the half and they were great after after a summer off. The dover sole was as I remembered it - always wonderful. And the Soufflé was perfect. This restaurant receives my highest recommendation!

MW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Only issue was how long it took to get seated. We had a reservation for Brunch and our party was seated 30 minutes late. We are frequent diners and really enjoy this restaurant, but wanted to raise this concern.

NK
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food was very good. Service was amazing! One of our guests had to leave very quickly and they served him quickly and efficiently despite the fact they were very busy during brunch. I've had dinner there before and the service experience was also great. And the food was yummy.

PR
Chicago
16 reviews
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sinfully good food -- every bite was exceptionally good including the dressing on the mixed greens that came with our meal! Staff was friendly, happy and attentive. Prices were excellent and a great value. Go. Here. To. Eat!

OT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 7 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a fabulous neighborhood gem with a solid wine list, very creative cuisine selections and the service is attentive without being overbearing. Looking forward to the next visit!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Braised short ribs were tasty, Branzino had a fishy flavor but it was mild, so it was really good.

FS
Phoenix
11 reviews
Dined on 27 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, good service and a helpful waiter. The very light breading on the calamari was exceptional! So often it is so heavy that it hides the flavor of the calamari. Del Ray's breading was just right - enough to add some interest to the dish without overpowering it!

Also recommend the PEI mussels!

there was a loud patron when we arrived who was a bit annoying, but happily that table soon cleared and we then enjoyed a nice atmosphere. Was impressed that the owner/manager stopped to chat. Nice touch.

OT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 24 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I enjoyed a delicious beet salad with sliced chicken and pecans. Always a warm welcome and great service!!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful

A
Washington DC
113 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

DRC continues to be my favorite restaurant. The food is always excellent and the staff are so pleasant. We were there for an anniversary and they brought us a lovely special dessert.

OT
Washington DC
58 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very charming venue in a classic neighborhood with outstanding cuisine and friendly, attentive service. Couldn’t have asked for more!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First class in all regards, as always.

O
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a treat! Good service and delicious food make for a great meal!

N
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We can never find time for ourselves, but Saturday was extremely pleasant. We’ve already planned our next visit. The cuisine and atmosphere is agreeable with my preferences, as well as the location. Everyone should be lucky enough to dine at this restaurant. Merci beaucoup.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food in a welcoming environment!

m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was superb as usual. Wonderful presentation, excellent, well prepared food, and top notch service. Del Ray Cafe is a favorite!

OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always outstanding. I have never had a bad meal at Del Ray Cafe. It is a friendly, comfortable place to eat with excellent food.

KS
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you’re looking for a restaurant with great food, excellent service, friendly atmosphere then run don’t walk to DRC! Can’t say enough good about it. The food is spot on every time and the servers are friendly and efficient!

DC
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Four friends went for lunch today. Two of us had beet salad, which was fine. The other 2 had hamburgers, 1 rare and 1 well done with different side dishes and those orders were mixed up. The waiter checked on the order before they had a chance to taste the food. We told the waiter that the orders were wrong. He left and came back to ask if they wanted new hamburgers. One ordered a new burger and the other ate the well done burger even though she likes them rare. The waiter came back with 6 small popovers and whipped cream and fruit sauces as “compensation.” This was not sufficient compensation for mixing up the orders. They should have comped those two meals or provided other sufficient compensation. We have been at the restaurant before, but won’t be back.

CB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 2

The food was excellent and the service from our actual waiter was wonderful. But, we had a serious issue with the hostess. We made a reservation days in advance, which ended up being completely pointless. One member arrived before our reservation time and checked in. Of course, the hostess said to check back in when all members of the party had arrived. At exactly the time of our reservation, we checked in with three of the four members of our party. At that time, we clearly stated that the fourth person had just texted to say they could not make it. We specifically added it would now only be a party of three. The hostess said our table was not yet ready. We checked in again about 10 minutes later; she said our table was still not ready. 20 minutes after our reservation time, she apologized, and said our table would be ready soon. At this point, we were still not blaming her; the restaurant was clearly busy. However, 27 minutes after our reservation time, she asked us to please let her know when the fourth member of our party arrived, because she would not be able to seat us until then. What?! We already said that person was not coming. So, were we waiting 27 minutes beyond our reservation time for no reason? Or, was the hostess covering up for the 27 minute delay by pretending that we never told her about the fourth person cancelling?

AL
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Remember the chefs here when they owned A French restaurant in old town. Food is still outstanding, but the fare is much simpler

RP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous first rate meal as always.

HD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service impeccable

OT
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The best restaurant in Del Ray, and among the best in Alexandria. Never disappoints.

AL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was great and the food was fantastic. We have lunch on the porch and that was a wonderful location.

A
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service

p
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love to take my granddaughters to Del Ray Cafe for lunch or brunch because the food, location, ambience, service and mission of the cafe are all great. I especially appreciate being able to stay and visit beyond the official lunch hour. thanks!

ER
New England
36 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have breakfast here every couple of months and it's always great. Crab Eggs Benedict is a particular favorite.

SK
Washington DC
99 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

RW dinner was a good value. Our waiter was very good and steered us to a red blend which turned out great.

g
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, the Del Ray Cafe is excellent in all respects. The chef, owner and servers are consistently worst rate.

ED
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent meal at Del Ray Cafe!! Food and service are always reliably great. Highly recommend.

KH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Charming and friendly staff, seated promptly, variety of good choices for Restaurant Week. Excellent meal, good recommendation for wine....we'll BBC e back!

LB
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience, very good wine selections and terrific cuisine. Higher end French dishes in a bistro environment. Highly recommended!

SB
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Over really good. Great locals place with a few tables of returning customers. I would go again if invited but does not make my list of "I can't wait to go back" places like Vermillion does.

RD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and attentive service even during the crush of restaurant week in Alexandria. We highly recommend Del Ray Cafe!!!!!

m
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Del Ray Cafe never disappoints. Excellent food, great staff, and a wonderful setting.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 2ambience 5

During restaurant week you expect service to get backed up, but the food was cold. Everything you asked for was a few dollars extra (including 2 slices of baguette) and when we complained they asked to email the manager. It’s disappointing to see this neighborhood restaurant start nickel and diming customers and sacrificing service.

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