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“Wish it remained a secret...” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafesano

Cafesano
Ranked #4 of 146 Restaurants in Reston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $11
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Cafesano serves Italian and Mediterranean food in an upscale quick-casual cafe environment located on Lake Thoreau in the South Lakes Village Center in Reston, Virginia. Our hours are from 11-9 daily. Enjoy our fresh and flavorful Appetizers, Panini, Wraps, Salads, Pizza and Kabobs. Kids Menu and Gluten Free Menu available. Vegetarian friendly menu. Nice variety and reasonably priced beer and wine. Our patio overlooks Lake Thoreau and there is ample parking. Cafesano. Tastes good! Feels good!
Reston, Virginia
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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Wish it remained a secret...”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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English first
Washington, DC
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119 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“Neighborhood Gem!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Casual restaurant on the waterfront lake in Reston”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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Burke, Virginia
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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Favorite neighborhood hangout!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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Virginia
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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“Always excellent food!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

This neighborhood restaurant has a casual atmosphere and excellent food choices for vegetarians. Try the bianca insalata pizza! It's so good, we didn't try anything else on the menu for a very long time. We are glad we did, eventually. We also love the felafal wrap, the greek wrap, the paninis (avocado cheddar, caprese, portobello), and the tzatziki dip is also excellent. It's a great place to unwind with friends and family and the prices are excellent!

  • Visited October 2012
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