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“Delicious!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Bittersweet Cafe

Bittersweet Cafe
823 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 (Old Town)
+1 703-549-2708
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Ranked #33 of 644 Restaurants in Alexandria
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.
No. VA
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“Delicious!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

We had the Jelly Cake at Bittersweet Cafe, and it was delicious! I understand they don't have it everyday, so we were lucky! They do have lots of tasty cakes, pastries, muffins and other delicious goodies. I think the "bitter" part comes from the fact that you can't try everything. I'd recommend it!

Visited April 2013
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“Great Pastry”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Stopped in for coffee and pastry. I had an apple turnover and it was delicious. It was a good size, served warm and full of apples. The apples were soft to bite into and had a nice touch of cinnamon. Lovely place to stop for a snack walking down King Street.

Visited April 2013
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St. Paul, MN
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“Amazing Food & Treats”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

Bittersweet was located close to our hotel. My husband and I split a Turkey Avacado BLT and a Carrot Cake cupcake. Both were absolutely amazing! We are still talking about the wonderful lunch we had here.

Visited April 2013
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Palmetto, Florida
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“Freezer to table breads, muffins etc.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

We didn't like anything about it. Food was terrible if you wanted fresh cooked eggs etc. they were served from a warming table and cooked in big batches. Don't waste your time.

Visited April 2013
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Betty S, Owner at Bittersweet Cafe, responded to this review, April 18, 2013
We're so sorry you didn't enjoy your experience with us but appreciate your taking the time to let us know. We wish you had brought it to our attention while you were in our shop so that staff could have made things right for you. Regarding your comment about freezing our product, I have to respectfully disagree with you. With an on premise bakery and a very busy shop we don't freeze our product.
Again we are sorry you didn't enjoy your experience and hope you had a great time during the remainder of your time in Alexandria.
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Alexandria, VA
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“great choice for a quick breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2013

This little place provides probably the best quick weekday breakfast option in Old Town. service is quick and efficient (never seen a long line, even in peak hours), food is always excellent - including great coffee brews!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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