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Caboose Cafe & Bakery

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2419 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301-1352
703-566-1283
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very Good Ethiopian Supper

A great place for a light supper, Caboose has both American and Ethiopian menus. We chose the latter and enjoyed a tasty meal. Beef on one side of the table and lamb on the other so we could share. Both were nicely cooked in sauces of herbs and spices that enhanced their taste. Served with small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 29, 2015
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Alexandria, VA
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Alexandria, VA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015

A great place for a light supper, Caboose has both American and Ethiopian menus. We chose the latter and enjoyed a tasty meal. Beef on one side of the table and lamb on the other so we could share. Both were nicely cooked in sauces of herbs and spices that enhanced their taste. Served with small portions of fresh veggies... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Went in for a coffee to go one Sunday morning, but was so turned off by the attitude of the employee. Did not have time for a question about their pastries and coffee. Will not be back.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

The Caboose has good food with reasonable prices. Nice neighborhood family place in the heart of the Del Ray community of Alexandria, VA.

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

It used to be that Caboose Cafe was one of the last places of business on your way out of Del Ray (not sure if that has any bearing on the name). The neighborhood has certainly improved but Caboose is still a fixture. The Cafe is fairly informal but serves a full menu - the special of which is Ethiopian... More 

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Columbia, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

My boyfriend lived in VA years ago and loved this cafe for it's unique menu of American and Ethiopian dishes, plus the full coffee bar. We stopped in for some coffee, and I was impressed with the authentic atmosphere. It was busy but not crowded...which was refreshing. Outdoor seating also available. Perfect little cafe for a light meal and specialty... More 

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Orange County, CA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Good and affordable Ethiopian plates. $10 vegan meal included an entrée and two sides -- chosen from five options -- plus injera or rice. The flavor and spices were really good, but I was a little disappointed by the inconsistent reheating. The cabbage and potato dish ranged from cold to steaming hot. My friend’s salad, while tasty, seemed to lack... More 

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Miami, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013

We just stumbled upon this little local restaurant for dinner quite by accident, but were so impressed that we went back three nights later for a second time (our anniversary). The lamb kabobs are spectacular as was the beet salad, and the ceviche salad. The homemade bread and homemade hummus were also spectacular. On the second night I tried the... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

The lunch was only average. The jicama and mango salad with chicken forgot the chicken. Just a few thin slices laid on top. It made for a very expensive plate of jicama and mango. My husband had a Cuban sandwich or should I say their idea of one. It had very dry chorizo on it and the bread was dry... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013 via mobile

The caboose is a very friendly neighborhood cafe serving muffins lattes and sandwiches by day. At night it turns into a relaxed and delicious dinner spot. The owners are Ethiopian and while my husband opts for one of their comforting dinner items, spaghetti chicken pram, Etc. I always get one their Ethiopian Chicken inflay or beef zizitibs are 2 of... More 

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Washington, DC
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013 via mobile

We went to Caboose Cafe on a Friday evening for dinner. It was listed in a vegetarian dining guide, so we thought we'd give it a try since we were in the area. We sat outside on the patio, which is a lovely setting! We ordered some drinks and the Ethiopian vegan sampler for two. Sadly, it took more than... More 

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Additional Information about Caboose Cafe & Bakery

Address: 2419 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301-1352
Phone Number: 703-566-1283
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2419 Mount Vernon Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301-1352
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: 703-566-1283
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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