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“Salad Superior” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cafesano

Cafesano
Ranked #3 of 147 Restaurants in Reston
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $11
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Restaurant details
Good for: Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, 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!
Alexandria, Virginia
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189 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“Salad Superior”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 19, 2013

Their salad is superior. Would not think of going there and placing an order that did not include one of their fresh salads, and they are as fresh as they are superior. That is the good news and it is sufficiently good to keep me coming back. Pizzas, wraps, pasta and other things on their Italian - Middle East menu are good, but not sufficiently outstanding to warrant a visit unless you’re in the So Lakes Shopping Center anyway. All their ingredients are super fresh and tasty. Many of them are on display for your viewing in a counter immediately available as you walk in and before you arrive at where you can place your order. If your creative and adventuresome, piling selected toppings on a pizza from their brick oven can be rewarding. However, I’d take a pass on their Tiramisu and Cappuccino. Another positive feature of Cafesano is the extensive broad windows; they let natural light in and provide a view of an attractive lake mostly obscured of deciduous trees. Therefore an optimum view is lunch after a snow fall with a blue sky. Never had that experience, but there is shaded outdoor seating and a well illuminated indoor tables.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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English first
Reston, Virginia
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Great neighborhood restaurant”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 7, 2013

We hit the restaurant several times a month. Good healthy, Mediterranean fare. Love the arugula salad with added chicken kabob skewer, the split pea soup, the pizzas, kabob platters, sandwiches, have not had a bad thing here. Rating is given based on the type of restaurant, i.e., you cannot compare it to meal in a restaurant that cost $100 per person, but to those that are $5-12 a person.

This is a family friendly neighborhood restaurant, with higher than fast food prices, but less than most sit down restaurants. You order at the counter and the food is brought to you at tables inside or outside. You bus your own tables like at Panera, but they have staff that usually do it for you. They also serve wine and beer at reasonable prices. It has view in some areas of Lake Thoreau, and is tastefully decorated in a contemporary style.

This is our most visited restaurant in the Reston area.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Chas2U
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72 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great neighborhood place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2013

We visit Cafesano at least a couple times a month. Place offers indoor and outdoor dining (weather permitting). The pizza is Mom's favorite, Dad likes the Greek salad and the kids always get the steak kabobs - what's wrong with that picture, right? Weeknights aren't too bad but weekend dinners are always crowded so go early. Besides the food, the kids like going to Cafesano because they always run into friends!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank KLJNJ
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Watertown, Massachusetts
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318 reviews
201 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Great lunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

Get here a little before noon if you want a seat, it's a busy place!

It's a cafe where you order from the menu and get you food delivered to your table number. I had a panini sandwich and it was really good.

Prices are decent, it is nicely decorated, food is good, and staff is friendly. Need more places like this serving good fresh food quickly.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank SMR_2
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Boston, Massachusetts
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110 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Unexpected gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2013 via mobile

Couldn't believe how good this place was! Highly recommend the kabobs and the taziki (sp?) sauce. Booze is cheap too.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Peter M
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