Del Ray Cafe
We always enjoy our evenings at the Del Ray Cafe! Food quality and preparation is exceptional and uses seasonally available fresh ingredients, which we like. A casual ambiance and knowledgeable staff make it a perfect dinner. Kudos.
Super! The food was wonderful, as always. Our waiter turned out to be the owner’s son, Marcel! We found him to be an enthusiastic and engaging young man! What a pleasure! Thank you!
The food and service were excellent. The management has a policy where they won't seat the party with for the reservation unless everyone is there. One of our people (and our group included 4 pregnant women) was stuck in traffic and was very late. They kindly offered to "hold a table" for us, which was generous, given that we were stuck well beyond our time, due to the late guest, but also, refused to seat our large party with, again, 4 pregnant women until everyone had arrived, despite our reassurances that we would sit, and order drinks and bites until she could get out of the traffic snarl. It was sort of poor form, if you ask me. Especially since they clearly had several empty tables.
That said, the food was good, the service was great, and the place is adorable.
The food and service was amazing. Our server, Abdel, was nothing but hospitable and accommodating.
Laurent and team continue to crank out tasty food with a personal touch. This is not a stuffy French place but a welcoming atmosphere where you’ll feel like you stopped in at your friend’s house for dinner (but the food is better!).
Quaint restaurant in a quiet neighborhood. We had a delicious breakfast around a small round table upstairs in a breezy room. Quite enjoyable.
I hadn't been to the "cafe" in years but remembered it had great food... so now that I've moved back to the area, thought I'd give it a try.... going to book again next weekend and picking up dinner there tonight!! The only place I've ever been able to find PERFECT fois gra on the menu.... WONDERFUL!! And the entire menu is super!
I have eaten here a number of times in the past few years, and I have to admit that I will probably wait a long time before I come back. The food has lost its luster and the service is no longer ready for prime time. The bouillabaisse was just a pot of mussels and potatoes with 1 shrimp. The salad that was supposed to be undressed came dressed. The water was not refilled until dinner was over. Small things? Maybe, but they add up. Bread was fresh-baked and tasty, and filet mignon was good. Mussels were ok and chicken was a bit dry. This restaurant has done better, and it's the third time. I will let it rest a bit before returning.
It was very loud. Prices online and on the menu and on the bill varied somewhat. But people seemed to like their meals.
Wonderful, as usual. The owner and staff are always so gracious and welcoming. High quality ingredients and consistently delicious meals. Definitely one of our favorite restaurants in the area.
Had lunch there with a friend on Wednesday. My Croque-Monsieur was excellent, as was the burger my friend had, including french fries. The service was attentive but not overbearing.
We requested to sit downstairs, as the upstairs sounded very loud. That and the very hard flat bench are the only reasons I gave only 4 stars to Ambience. The cushion supplied on my request helped, though.
This was our second visit, but the first time for dinner. Brunch was so great a few weeks ago that we decided to try dinner. The food was phenomenal!!! We had a few specials ordered and a few menu staples, everything was fantastic! The only reason we cannot give 5 stars was based on the service we received. Our server was not in any way attentive. She would just look in at us and then walk out without coming over to see if we needed/wanted anything. Multiple times we flagged her down to order items. We waited 12 minutes after our dinner dishes were cleared, hoping for dessert, but by the time she arrived, the moment was over and we just requested our check. So... food 10 stars, service 2! Hopefully she was just new and will get better.
Had a wonderful lunch at Del Ray Cafe - yesterday on the screen porch - wonderful service and food - this is one of my most favorite places in the neighborhood - love it!
Wonderful, cozy atmosphere. We were celebrating my daughter's high school graduation. We told the staff and they brought her a beautiful plate and written in chocolate was Congratulations and a cream puff. The food was excellent. Highly recommend this restaurant.
Delicious duck confit Cobb salad was served by Nathan, who was both professional and friendly. I return often because the food is wonderful and the staff are always welcoming!
Excellent food and service as always.
Outstanding atmosphere, great ambiance, but the food was just fair. Great place for a drink and/or dessert.
Wonderful meal! I had the lobster my husband had the pork chop. Bother we’re perfectly cooked and dressed with exquisite sauces. The waitstaff were knowledgeable and attentive without being overbearing. We live Del Ray Cafe!
I love Del Ray Cafe. My Daughter does too. They are so lovely. Crepes and croissants are amazing.
Great for our occasion. Had lunch on the porch with old friends passing through town. Staff was very attentive. Food was delicious.
I love this place. If I had all the money in the world, I would eat here every day. Staff are friendly, food is wonderful and the place is very relaxed.
They have a screened porch as well for nice days when it isn't too hot to be outside.
Never disappoints! Everyone is very accommodating and the food is honestly some of the best in Alexandria/northern VA
We had a great brunch here with a large group of friends. Everyone enjoyed their food immensely. The quality of service and the overall experience was excellent. It is clearly a wonderful restaurant as it was packed. The only critique I would make is the space available for large groups - it was very close quarters and the noise was a bit overwhelming for our little one. However, this didn’t impact service or food quality. We thoroughly enjoyed our brunch.
Everything was wonderful. A perfect breakfast spot.
Very good food and service but at a relatively high price. Not the great deal it used to be.
As always, we had a great dinner at Del Ray Cafe. And they served us a special desert as we were celebrating our anniversary. This is our most favorite neighborhood restaurant. My only wish is that tables could be reserved for Sunday Brunch which is not an option now.
Excellent food and very friendly service.
The food was delicious and beautifully presented. The service was slow and sometimes unresponsive as I had to ask twice for a drink and bread. Other than that the staff was very courteous and helpful.
THE FOOD, ETC WAS EXCELLENT, AS ALWAYS. WE ENJOY THIS RESTAURANT EVERY TOME WE GO.
Always great food and service ever time we go there.
Del Ray Cafe is a perennial favorite, because the food is first-rate and the service friendly and attentive. This restaurant serves some of the best meals in Arlington, and the ambiance is relaxed. It's a great choice for those who appreciate fine dining without the stuffiness! Recommended!
Del Ray Cafe's menu is creative; its ingredients fresh; its preparation outstanding; and its service cordial and attentive. As always, we can rely on Abdel to deliver a high level of well-informed service with warmth and enthusiasm. We recommend this neighborhood gem of a restaurant to all.
This is a favorite. Ingredients a super fresh and incorporated in new dishes. Located in a old house in Del Ray (Alexandria), it offers a friendly location.
We had a wonderful brunch! The food was outstanding and the service was excellent! I know the noise level is to be expected in such a small place, but we were still able to have a conversation without a problem. From out of town, but will be back again!
Del Ray Cafe is our favorite restaurant in Alexandria. The food is great and the staff is wonderful.
From start ( lovely bread and salads) to finish ( exquisite apple tarts), this was a first class meal. I could not be more pleased with the food and service. We will definitely return!
A wonderful place for special family celebrations. Great staff and delicious food.
Food was very good. We sat out on the screened porch. My view was of a messy serving table and boxes of stuff in the back of the porch. Would go back to restaurant but not be seated on that porch.