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“Great atmosphere and service” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Del Ray Cafe

Del Ray Cafe
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Ranked #35 of 748 Restaurants in Alexandria
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $40
Cuisines: French, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Dining style: Casual Dining
Description: From the owners of La Bergerie, a French cafe serving local, natural, and organic products.
Anaheim, California
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
“Great atmosphere and service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013 via mobile

Our brother in law brought us here
For breakfast on Sunday. We loved the food try the eggs Benedict with crab on a croissant yummy. Bloody Mary's are great. !!!! Service was excellent

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank remaxron
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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Thank you for the nice review - very happy you enjoyed your experience!
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Arlington
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143 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Great food in an informal setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2013

We were seated for lunch in the accessible downstairs space that had four two-tops and a long shelf that might do duty as a bar. The restaurant is in a converted residence. Our room was bright and cheery. Dulika approached promptly with menus and offered drinks. The menu had an appealing variety.

My wife ordered seafood risotto and I ordered venison scaloppini. We also ordered a 500 ml carafe of the house chardonnay. The wine was far from outstanding, but was value priced at $15.

We were hungry by the time the food arrived, and were pleased to see generous portions—large enough for a modest dinner. The risotto had a good variety and quantity of seafood and intense flavors. My scaloppini had four tender slices of venison cooked perfectly with just a hint of pink in the middle, and was accompanied with savory mushrooms and sauce.

Both dishes would have been at home at a white-tablecloth fine dining restaurant, but our bill (with tax) was $56.10. It would have been substantially more at a more formal establishment, so what did we have to compromise?

The tables were quite small; it was hard to accommodate both the bread plate and the main within reach. My hard chair began to get uncomfortable by the end of the meal. Perhaps most disappointing of all, even though there were only three couples in the room, we had to shout to talk to each other across the small table because of the hard walls.

There seems to be a tendency for some new places to try to serve serious food in an informal setting and try to keep the cost affordable. I applaud this trend. When we discussed whether we would return, after a long pause we agreed that we probably would, but probably not for a family get-together where each person needed to hear everyone else.

However, we later talked to my son, who said that when he dined in the main space upstairs he did not recall a noise problem, although the space was far from full.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Arlingtonfoodie31
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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Thank you so much for the nice review - we look forward to having you back!

Allison
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Del-Ray-Cafe/249273571800530
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Springfield, Virginia
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28 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Enjoyable dinner they have anew menu”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2013

Certainly an enjoyable experience service was excellent Finally a place to eat in Delray where parking not a hassle

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank GRANDPERE46
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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Thank you so much, very happy you enjoyed your experience!

Allison
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32 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nope”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 24, 2013 via mobile

Cute restaurant. Food is not their forte, which is obviously a problem. Struggled to properly cook our filets. Our main waiter-very attentive. His assistant-pretentious/condescending-a poor combination. Slightly below average, disappointing experience.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ThegoodDr7
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Nashville, Tennessee
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285 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
“Delightful find off the beaten path”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2013

Came here with a girlfriend to celebrate a birthday and were delighted by the unique setting, quality of food, interesting menu options, wonderful service, and nice champagne/wine listing! We thought the breads were really good and appreciated the fact the chef was willing to make an accommodation to our food order. Was just great - absolutely save room for the desserts. We had 2 of the beignets and little donuts and it was hard to decide which was better.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank NashBarbie
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Allison D, Guest Relations Manager at Del Ray Cafe, responded to this review, September 18, 2013
Barbara - thank you for the nice review and we're happy you enjoyed your birthday dinner!
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