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“Very good, neighborhood cafe” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Cafesano

Cafesano
11130M South Lakes Drive, South Lakes Village Center, Reston, VA 20191
703-391-2100
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Ranked #3 of 133 Restaurants in Reston
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout, Delivery
Description: Cafesano serves fresh Mediterranean cuisine in an upscale cafe environment located on Lake Thoreau in the South Lakes Village Center in Reston, Virginia. Our hours are from 11-9 Monday through Saturday and 11-8 on Sunday. Enjoy our freshly made Pizza, Mezza, Panini, Wraps, Salads and Kabobs. There is also a selection of beer and wine. Our patio overlooks Lake Thoreau and there is ample parking. Cafesano. Tastes good. Feels good.
Reston, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Very good, neighborhood cafe”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2013

Great food, great ambiance, good for families, a bit crowded at lunchtime and weekend evenings.

The pizza is great, cooked near a live flame, the kabobs are good, definitely try the dip sampler platter.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Reston, Virginia
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Wish it remained a secret...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

In short, every item on the menu is delicious. I've been there too many times to count, and NEVER been disappointed. The atmosphere is unique and relaxed. Freshest ingredients. No pushy wait staff or rush. Great place to relax, enjoy the modern decor and bright interior, sip wine (very reasonable prices), and eat interesting food.

Although it's a strip mall location, the outdoor patio is still quiet and there is a nice view of the lake. It gets quite busy during lunch hour...clearly it is no longer a neighborhood secret...the word has spread!!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Washington, DC
Top Contributor
89 reviews 89 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
“Neighborhood Gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Delicious, fresh food, friendly service. Great soups. This place is no longer Reston's best kept secret. They have such a great formula. Line up, pay and leave when you're ready. No having to wait for the check. Beautifully appointed and modern. It can get really busy. Fabulous pizzas. Can't speak highly enough about it. Great job!

Visited January 2013
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Reston, Virginia
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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Casual restaurant on the waterfront lake in Reston”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2013

It is so wonderful having a great restaurant in one's own neighborhood. My favorites are the kabob platter, kabob wrap, and the margherita pizza. They have a lovely tiramisu also. It is easy to sit and eat there, inside or outside, or to carry out. I have brought many friends and family there to eat, and without fail, they all have also enjoyed this restaurant!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Burke, Virginia
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34 reviews 34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Favorite neighborhood hangout!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

We moved to Reston this summer and Cafesano is hands down our favorite neighborhood go-to. The food is Mediterranean (italian, greek) with great entrees, salads, appetizers, etc. Once you make the difficult decision of what to have (many of the menu items are on display for you to salivate over while you read the menu and wait to order), you order and pay at the counter. But that's where it any resemblance to a 'deli' ends. The atmosphere is wonderful and it feels like a much finer dining restaurant than it is. They somehow manage a very intimate and cozy aura even when it's packed, which on a Friday or Saturday night it often is.

After ordering, you find a seat in the cozy but fairly spacious dining room - or deck, depending on the time of year - enjoy some wine (try the wine sampler for $8-9 or by the glass) from their wine list with its plethora of selections but affordably priced - and wait for your yummy food to be delivered as you would at any sit down restaurant.

Food is consistently fresh and good, atmosphere always fabulous, and you save 20% off the top with no waitstaff to tip. In the summer, enjoy a walk around Lake Audobon and if you can save some of your pita bread from your Roasted Red Pepper hummus or Baba Gannouj, you can feed the ducks :) LOVE THIS PLACE!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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