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Bittersweet Cafe

823 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
703 549 2708
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Ranked #26 of 648 restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $0 - $15
Cuisines: Bakery, Café, Family Fare, Sandwiches
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Good for: Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: Old Town
Description: A neighborhood favorite since 1983, Bittersweet Cafe is a lively gathering and eating place in the heart of Old Town Alexandria. The cafe offers a wide variety of artfully prepared and delicious foods, including a daily selection of homemade soups, freshly prepared salads, innovative sandwiches, a hot buffet and fresh salad bar, as well as many long-time client favorites like the Azteca cookie and our Big Drinks - Cran-lemonade & homemade Iced Tea.
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78% Recommend
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English first
Kaiserslautern, Germany
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108 reviews 108 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I decided to try out Bittersweet Cafe for lunch on day on our DC trip. It is a deli that serves sandwiches, a lunch buffet, bakery items, and beverages. It is self-serve--you take a menu, order at the register, and then pick up your food at the food station. My chicken salad sandwich was typical--nothing to write home about (in... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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333 reviews 333 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
194 helpful votes 194 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Most patrons are locals, so you know it must be good. Bittersweet has its own bakery in the back. Walk north from the corner and watch them make their luscious cakes, the best in Alexandria. During the summer, they rarely put any out for immediate sale; you have to special order, but they are worth it. The cafeteria-style dishes are... More

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Herndon, Virginia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

If you must eat here, keep it simple. Perhaps you can order a grilled cheese. We ordered two sandwiches: chicken pesto and a baked ham. Both were disappointing. Neither of us finished our sandwich. There are better options in Alexandria, find one.

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Alexandria, Virginia
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

The brunch is good, sandwiches are a bit on the skimpy side (where's the lettuce & tomato?), but the iced coffee (with french vanilla creamer) and cupcakes are worth the stroll. Delicious summer treat.

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San Antonio, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

A favorite spot for fresh deli creations, bakery items and frozen yogurt! I love their Tuna Melt with fresh veggies and my girls love the frozen yogurt, that is the real thing! The small eating area can get crowded so you may have to plan to eat outside or in the plaza a few blocks down.

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State College, Pennsylvania
20 reviews 20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

I felt like Bittersweet was along the lines of a Panera style restaurant. The food was good (not outstanding). The service was fine. I wasn't convinced the staff was well trained in what a gluten allergy is. We ate breakfast outdoors along King Street on a Sunday morning here which was very nice. Overall, we did not manage to find... More

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San Bernardino, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Just had a cupcake and drink, but they were tasty. Their menu looked like it had a lot of yummy things to try.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Freshly brewed coffee and Holiday brunch with a great atmosphere! Friendly staff prepare and serve a variety of meals. Enjoyed a traditional breakfast there. Street cafe' style seating also available for warmer days. Walking distance from the Metro and Water Taxi. Old Town a must see!

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Arlington VA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I stop in here for a light breakfast from time to time or a healthy lunch from their hot/cold bar. Food to order always looks great. If you have a sweet tooth, you're in luck!! Great for families, friends, or just yourself!

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trinity fla
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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We ate here last year while visiting and had breakfast here 3 times on this trip. A great menu, something for everyone and so reasonably priced. My husband had the quiche of the day all 3 times it was so good. The hot buffet is delicious. I wish we had this back here in Florida.

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