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Cafe Du Soleil

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689 reviews
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$30 and under
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French

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A charming French bistro featuring authentic French cuisine with the flavors of Provence. The casual ambiance, exciting specials and themed French specialty nights make Cafe du Soleil a popular Upper West Side 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.



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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 689 People Are Saying
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vipMarleneL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Cafe du Soleil has done a terrific job of providing a satisfying dining out experience under the circumstances. The menu offers variety and the service was excellent.

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vipCarolG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the bubble tents to keep diners safe. The lights and recorded music make for a pleasant ambiance. The service is great. Loved our waiters French accent. The food was well prepared, arrived in a timely fashion and was delicious. It’s definitely a neighborhood gem

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BirgitA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had Sunday Brunch with 5 persons in mid-September. Service staff and Manager were very accommodating when we had some special seating requests. All were very friendly. Seating was outdoors with sufficient distance in between. The area was decorated in a fun way with colorful umbrellas and music was playing in the background. Ample dishes are offered on the menu, though hardly any vegetarian or vegan options - but the kitchen was willing to modify to accommodate special dietary requests. The food quality was average good and the mimosas were a bit flat - but overall we had a very nice experience and would certainly be back.

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vipsusanjo
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Took my young granddaughters for brunch on Sunday- 9 and 6. The 9 year old had the pancakes and said they were the best ever! There is not a children's menu and nothing good for the 6 year old on the menu but they were very accommodating by using "sides" to generate a sort of grilled cheese! And very attentive to the little girls- which they loved!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s my favorite neighborhood cafe, they have amazing authentic French food and great drinks. Service is friendly and prices are pretty low for Manhattan. Perfect spot for brunch!

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JohnA
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 26 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent in every category. My wife and I love it!

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vipuegdsw
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Thank you guys for the terrific and attractive outdoor set up, and for the lovely food and drink! You showed excellent ability to meet the demands of Covid-19 and to keep our neighborhood happy. It was a taste of Paris, albeit local.

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KyleD
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good local French food, fast in delivering food but service was a bit leisurely. Other times service has been great and generous.

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vipRobertC
San Francisco
119 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Other than there being no warm, friendly welcome by either the host or the servers, the food was delicious.

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Swannette
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

In a time of difficulty fir restaurants in NYC due to covid, Cafe du Soleil is making the most of it. Safely spaced tables, lovely plants and flowers and nice classic french bistro food. Get there before the days grow cold.

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vipap060
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go to French restaurant. We would never go anywhere else!

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Diva
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2020
Overall5food3service4ambience5

It is a very pretty restaurant and they have really gone all out with the outside decor. Also, our table was away from everyone and we felt very safe.

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vipnycmmm
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood place. Really good food. Attentive staff.

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vipshRts
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Cafe du Soleil has shown innovation in its approach to the constraints on dining out during the pandemic. Where previously they had a small number of outdoor tables, they have greatly expanded their seating, having negotiated with adjacent stores to expand up and down the block and out into the parking lane on the street. With spft jazz playing over their sound system, and lights strung up above the tables, plus umbrellas and awnings strategically placed, their total seating approaches what they used to have inside and they are offering almost everything on their traditional menu. On a nice summer's evening, the ambiance is excellent, as is the service. We have been there twice since their outdoor dining opened up, the second time for a special anniversary dinner. No other restaurant in this part of the UWS has shown the same marketing skills for bringing in diners for outside seating. The prices are a bit steep, but we felt we got our money's worth. Highly recommended.

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vipTrimalchio
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

I hadn't been there for about six months because the quality of the food had been steadily deteriorating. It has now reached bottom. The vichyssoise was as dead as if it had been frozen since last year; it actually had bits of ice floating in it. I asked for gazpacho instead and it was just as bad. The chicken in the cobb salad was too tough to eat. The service was unprofessional. I didn't recognize anyone there and assume the place must be under different management.

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LauraN
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 5 August 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They sat me at a table, gave me a menu and a glass of water and ignored me for 20 minutes despite my polite attempts to flag down a waiter. Also they are using plastic coated menus and are not disinfecting them between uses. Mine had food all over the side. I finally gave up and went to Serafina 105 and had a delightful meal.

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vipAngelineC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistent service, good french food and great drinks.

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FrankB
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place: delicious food, great service, real French atmosphere. We keep on coming back.

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LovingToEat27
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was a festive Friday night before the heat wave took hold. Service was swift and friendly. The rose wine was good, the lamb shank good not great, the ratatouille sensational, surprisingly so because very little tomato in it but the peppers and eggplant and squash first-rate. Only the couscous was a little dry. My chocolate mousse lived up to my very high expectations.

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vipSophiaO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation for 3, including an elderly lady, at 4:00p - a time I figured would be uncrowded. Only outside seating was available, of course, due to Covid-19. Everything was handled beautifully with respect to pandemic public safety protocol. The food was delicious. A 4th person who had been reluctant to commit to the outing came by to say hello and decided to stay and eat with us because he felt secure in the restaurant's careful arrangement of seats and their inviting decorative ambience. Hats off and thanks to all who made this experience a pleasure in the midst of such difficult times.

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jameso
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Very nice dining outside experience. Their Bastille day celebration was very nice and had a great menu. Service was a little slow given it was crowded but we weren't in a rush anyway - the staff supplying bread and water were all over it! Would go back - in the current dining outside environment they really went above and beyond with the flowers and decorations - very nice evening.

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vipKittlemethis
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Bastille Day

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jknyupperwest
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great pandemic outdoor dining .... recommend anyone who wishes to feel like their in france for a bit!

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vipMikeD
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on 11 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A great brunch, outside was well set up

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Barbara
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

I enjoyed sitting outside, comfortably. The food was good and the ambiance was cheery & easy going. Food was good, as I expected.

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Claired71
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They have expanded their outside space to accomodate social distancing and it works very well. Great food and service as always.

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vipChristi
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were so great to have all our leftover food wrapped to go so that we could get home in time to see the fireworks. The food and service was excellent.

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BobS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This was our first restaurant visit since the beginning of the Covid 19 outbreak. It was wonderful to get out and to sit outdoors in a safe, comfortable setting. I hesitate to complain about the food , given the challenges the restaurant must be facing. That said, we have had better experiences at Cafe Du Soleil before and wouldn't be surprised if kitchen staffing issues and Covid adjustments are making things tough for management. Our party of three ordered two burgers, Moules Frites, two glasses of house wine and a draft beer. The burgers were supposed to be medium and medium rare. Both were very well done...one being nearly incinerated. Both the pinot noir and the house sauvignon blanc were unacceptable. The mussels, however, were wonderful, the IPA great, and our server was great as well! We will come back for the moules frites special and the service, and we wish the restaurant and staff continued success and good health.

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GemmaE
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have the best time here, Food is fantastic and the people are lovely. Thank you

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SherryL
London
4 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food is really excellent here and everyone is really friendly. Service was a little slow but festive atmosphere and good food made up for that!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
29 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nice atmosphere and good service. Food was pretty good but nothing outstanding. Hard to hear a conversation though as it's very loud in there. Service was very attentive and they took care of us very well as a party of 6. I would go back.

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mekes
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Devine local gem, love it! And they even have a few organic and vegetarian options for folks like me. :)

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice vibe. Good music friendly staff. Loved that they were all French. Very authentic. Tasty good quality food

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lauren
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was hard to hear everyone at my table. Perhaps there was a fan or something near the table, but there was quite a lot of grey noise.

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DeeM
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Loved the mussels, loved the service, a fun night out.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A neighborhood gem. Service is attentive and the food is authentic and delicious, but not fussy.

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MalikR
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

It had amazing service , I didn’t have to wait for a table. The table was a little small n I didn’t have enough space from other customers. But the food was amazing , just a little to pricey for the small portion of food we got . Overall it is a great place , I went on Valentine’s Day.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had the Valentine’s Day menu. Unlike a lot of other places, this menu had many choices. I had the salmon which was great, and my wife had the filet mingon, which she raved about. Great French bistro atmosphere.

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ClaudiaG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a nice solid bistro - clearly a popular neighborhood spot but the waitstaff doesn't ignore newcomers. It was a little loud but it was fun and delicious.

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vipLunabee
Birmingham
67 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This was Sunday brunch. Service was a bit slow, both in the first contact and throughout the meal. I have dined here many many times and this time it was a bit off.
My burger, order medium rare, arrived medium well. It was reordered and corrected. Fried that were taken back with the burger came back cold.
I have always liked dining here. I hope this was just a one off fluke.

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Cafe Du Soleil offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 316-5000.

Cafe Du Soleil is rated 4.4 stars by 689 OpenTable diners.

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