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Del Ray Cafe

205 E Howell Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301-1307
+1 703-371-9282
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Overview
  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average7%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (66 reviews)
“crepes” (16 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, French, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
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Service
Value
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LOCATION
205 E Howell Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301-1307
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This is my favorite restaurant HANDS DOWN!!! The ham and cheese crepes and choquettes are the best and I dream about them on a regular basis! You have to go!!!!More

Thank alil144
Margaret J, Owner at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Wow, thank you, alil! We are so happy to have earned this place of distinction! We couldn't be happier that you love our crepes (did you know they can be made gluten-free by choosing our buckwheat version?) and our signature dessert :-) We look forward...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

The cafe was a nice find super close to the main street running down Del Ray. It has a welcoming atmosphere but seems to have been made into a restaurant from an old house which explains all the super awkward spaces and flow in there....More

Thank IamLuving2Travel
Margaret J, Owner at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We are so happy you found us, IamLuving2Travel! We are glad you had a cozy brunch :-) We are sorry you find our pricing off the regular cafe but we pride ourselves on using as many organic (including all of our eggs and fruit) and...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tonight I went out to dinner to del Ray cafe for the 2nd time. Like the first time it was amazing. The people here give fast service and the food is a 10 out of 10. I hope you give this restaurant a chance. If...More

Thank nickbHT19
Margaret J, Owner at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you, Nick, for your glowing review! We are so pleased you've thoroughly enjoyed both of your experiences with us :-) We will be sure to share your comments with all the staff, especially Abdel. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We did an early Saturday brunch with 6 adults and a 2.5-year-old. Several things stood out. They made a point of having a drink and food in front of the toddler asap while we were waiting for the balance of the meals. Great idea! I've...More

Thank Nancykeuka
Margaret J, Owner at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much, Nancy, first for coming in with your family and, second, for taking time to write your detailed review :-) First we LOVE children!! Most of us that work here have them and have learned some tricks for making the whole experience...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I ate dinner here with our adult daughter, who lives in the area and recommended this restaurant. To say we were not disappointted is an understatement. All our meals were great, but the souffles we had for dessert were heavenly. We shared...More

Thank rittired1
Margaret J, Owner at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you, rittired1, for taking time to write your detailed review. We are thrilled that you loved our souffles!!! And the rest of your choices as well (I have shared your note about beets v. greens in the "Beet" salad with the kitchen). Our French...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Delicious food and great service. Food was fresh and had a unique flare. Great for brunch too! Great find!

Thank bherod2
Margaret j, Owner at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, bherod2, for coming in and then taking time to write your review. We are so pleased you enjoy your experiences with us and look forward to your return visits :-)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I love this spot. I bring my family here any time they are in town. The atmosphere is so home-y since it's an actual home turned restaurant, and the food is delicious. I haven't gotten anything I did not love here yet! I decided to...More

Thank Lauren B
Margaret j, Owner at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you, Lauren B, for bringing all your friends and family to us - this is the highest compliment and we are very humbled to have earned you as a treasured regular :-) We are so pleased to have been able to help you successfully...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Service and ambiance were excellent but way over priced. 10$ for a bowl of cauliflower soup seems a little excessive and when the bill arrived which only included 1 drink I was shocked. Would like to go back there but, at the prices for a...More

Thank 360Marie
Margaret J, Owner at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you taking time to write your review, Marie. We are pleased that you found our service and ambiance top notch :-) We are disappointed, however, that you felt our prices were too high. If the soup was 10$ then it would have had truffle...More

Reviewed October 15, 2018

We discovered this place on Trip Advisor, and it is a keeper. Although the price was a bit more than we usually spend for a typical Saturday night dinner, it was well worth it. The restaurant is located in a lovely old house in a...More

Thank Rhoward2
Margaret j, Owner at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

Thank you for visiting us and for taking time to write your lovely review. We are so pleased that you enjoyed your experience with us :-) We appreciate your detailed information and, although your check was a little higher than typical, couldn't be happier that...More

Reviewed October 14, 2018

Never have we eaten there before but this was a real pleasure. Dinner with family and everyone enjoyed their meals and deserts. Service was over the top and it was a busy night! The food was exceptional. The owners of the restaurant at one time...More

Thank Bear H
Margaret j, Owner at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 16, 2018

Thank you, Bear, for coming in and giving our "new" place a try! We are a bit more casual than La Bergerie was so are very pleased you enjoyed it just as much :-) We look forward to seeing you more now on this side...More

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Babsnp
September 14, 2016|
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Response from Margaret J | Property representative |
Babsnp, thank you for your question. You may be able to reserve a room in Del Ray Cafe to hold a private event, depending on timing and availability. We do not have rooms to rent for events catered by others. I hope this... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$5 - $50
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 E Howell Ave, Alexandria, VA 22301-1307
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria
  • Phone Number: +1 703-371-9282
  • E-mail
Description
a French cafe serving local, natural, and organic products for breakfast, lunch , brunch (weekends/holidays) and dinner. To-Go Rotisserie Chicken Dinners nightly from 4pm include a whole baguette & roasted potatoes for $25. Kid menu/family friendly. Homemade dog treats for your 4-legged friends. Parking in back of restaurant/bike parking in front. Handicap accessible. Heated screened porch for 3-season outdoor dining.
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