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Cafe Du Soleil

4.5
1252 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 & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff 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 1252 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant
4.5based on recent ratings
4.3
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4.3
service
4.4
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipEsq54
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Our server was very good,. However, there were long waits for almost everything except drinks. Would I go back yes because I live in the neighborhood.

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LISAH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My swordfish was cooked to perfection.
Waiter was attentive. Atmosphere, festive French.
Another very enjoyable evening at Cafe du Soleil.

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vipNikkiO
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 19 July 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

The food was great. Would definitely come back.

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vipLCdiner
New York Area
129 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2021
Overall1food3service2ambience1

Bastille Day
I booked the table because the restaurant advertised a special evening to celebrate the occasion.
It was AWFUL,
The noise of ‘music” was horrendous.there was no indication other than some decorations, that it was a FRENCH HOLIDAY!
We were 7 for dinner. The table was uncomfortable, the room was hot, the service was poor.
We had to ask for our drink order to be taken, we asked repeatedly for bread!
For the most part the food was good with one exception. The Frogs Legs had to be sent back…it was some sort of horrid stew. A steak was ordered instead.
One person was not served and waited so long they cancelled their order.
The replacement steak took almost 20 minutes to be served!
The Asparagus vichyssoise was too salty and too peppery.
We were offered complimentary desserts. One person ordered something and was served something else.he was told they were out of what he ordered so “Here”!
The Profitteroles were soggy.
We did not bother with coffee.
We will NEVER return.
I have seen the service decline over time. Due to the fact that the neighborhood kept them going during the Pandemic ( including us) making sure everything was excellent should have been the priority!

JR
JamesR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Recommended for being one of the first during Covid to create a lovely, festive outdoor setting -- first with heated "bubbles," later with a magnificent "shed."

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff was very attentive and super friendly. The ambiance was really energetic. Food was amazing.

JA
vipJAMA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

We waited an unusual long time for our food. When we asked the waiter he was very casual and relaxed about it and didn’t seem to care. The food arrived cold. My husband got the croque monsieur and it was hard like cardboard. My daughter’s french fries were hard and cold. Very disappointed. We had gone in the past and it was a nice neighborhood restaurant. I hope it was just a one time off....but not sure I will want to experience again.

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vipMerry
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on 26 June 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food was good but the service was poor. We got what we asked for but it took a long time for a server to come. Maybe there are too few for the place. The ambience was ok.

JA
JohnA
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
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 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice afternoon with dear friends.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 2 June 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 30 May 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 30 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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RonaldF
1 review
Dined on 30 May 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.

JR
JaneR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 29 May 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 28 May 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 28 May 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 27 May 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
6 reviews
Dined on 27 May 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 25 May 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 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Love the ambience

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

Birthday meal

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SethF
1 review
Dined on 23 May 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 23 May 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 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely sidewalk cafe a la Paris. Great breakfast spot.

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vipmanhattansightseer79
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 22 May 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 21 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

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Luca
Cambridge
3 reviews
Dined on 20 May 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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Bobbie53
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 20 May 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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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 19 May 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 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always!

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vipNeilF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 May 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 17 May 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 16 May 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 16 May 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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You can order delivery directly from Cafe Du Soleil using the Order Online button. Cafe Du Soleil also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 316-5000.

Cafe Du Soleil is rated 4.5 stars by 1252 OpenTable diners.

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