Bistro L'Hermitage

4.8
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4198 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
As the Historic Occoquan Waterfront Area welcomes L'Hermitage, a Classic French Bistro, we welcome you. Long time DC restaurateur (21 Federal/Bob Kinkead,Ex Co-Owner of Marcels DC, Watergate Hotel F&B) Youssef Eagle Essakl has transformed a building and the surrounding property in historic downtown Occoquan into his vision of a Romantic French country bistro. L'Hermitage, a great escape from the hectic DC restaurant scene, promises 'relaxed good taste' with the polish and sophistication of fine dining. Join us for a very special experience.
Our Motto is:
"Hospitality is the Art of Making Others Feel Welcome, Comfortable, and at Home.
It is the Talent for Spreading Warmth and Kindness that will be Remembered Always."
What 4198 People Are Saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.8
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PaigeP
Toronto
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine at the Bistro. The food, service and ambience is consistently excellent.
Paige

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We LOVE Bistro L’hermitage, it’s the best!!

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NickyB
Richmond
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of the best restaurants in the area! The escargot is lovely!

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vipamoore
Washington DC
104 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Searched for local restaurants when in an area I was not familiar with (thank you Open Table!), found this one and decided to try it out. Very happy I did! Very nice service, the food was VERY good. Not the restaurant's fault, but we were seated beside some folks who were talking on speaker on their cell, very loud, so I put loud on the review. I can't fault any of the food, though I guess it could be more innovative. I recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes food that tastes good, though if you are on a diet, I would not suggest :)

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent meal as always!

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vipEYoung
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A wonderful experience. Food & service is highly recommended.

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CarolL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were celebrating our 50th wedding anniversary with our very small family - we came up from Florida to do this at your restaurant. (We lived in Lake Ridge for 30 years). Everything was terrific as has been our experience each time we dined with you. Of the 7 of us, all chose a different entrée and all were excellent - prepared perfectly and delicious. Our 9 year old grandson LOVED the experience - he had the Octopus appetizer and duck for dinner and the molten lava cake for dessert - he is a great eater and we all had a terrific time and wonderful experience.

See you next visit---.

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vipdla911
New England
132 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Always enjoyable. The menu is diverse and generally continental, with a wide variety of meat, seafood and veg options. The wine list has some nice European wines, especially the Burgundies.

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MJE1
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love Bistro L'Hermitage and celebrate all of our birthdays and anniversaries there. It is a delightful place with wonderful food (every dish) and great ambience. Best restaurant in the area!

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vipWLeeNVA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great experience for a birthday dinner. Staff was very friendly and attentive. Makes you feel like you boarded a plane and arrived in another country between the food and service. Absolutely worth visiting and will do so again.

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pattyi24
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

this lovely bistro is outstanding for special occasions or for a special lunch with friends!

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vipBeltweighD
Washington DC
51 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bistro L'Hermitage is a place that we love to invite our friends to join us for an evening. All of the people there are wonderful. The food and service are always outstanding! Delicious food, good wine (even at reasonable prices), completely reliable service and a relaxed atmosphere, even though it is almost always crowded. A great place to take your time and enjoy good food and good company.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Such a rare experience to be in. Restaurant and have every one on the staff do their best to make you feel like the most important person there.
Perfect service, perfect food, and love love love the basket of cut croissants served with butter and marmalade.

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MaryAnnM
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

While our salads and soup were very good the entree not very good. I feel it's difficult for places to use high quality cuts of meat and seafood and still turn a profit. (Boeuf Bourguigon tasteless not hint of the red wine whatsoever; and there was one slice of mushroom in my entire stew; Red snapper extremely fishy) The service was very good and friendly. It was very noisy and though I realize decor is a matter of taste to me it lacked the quaintness i was expecting. The coffee was really good. The outside surroundings are quite quaint. Since you asked I wrote this review which I realize is a matter of opinion.

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CraigS
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to the restaurant for my wife’s birthday. The servers were very attentive making suggestions for dinner and accompanying wine choices. Food presentation was very well done. Well worth the price.

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DavidN
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything a dining experience should be. My only suggestion would be expanding the liquor selection to match the rest of the experience.

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vipDoug
Washington DC
159 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the ambiance are always superb. Very nice place to bring a friend/date.

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ChristinaD
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food at Bistro L'Hermitage was outstanding! The scallops were prepared perfectly and the desserts were outstanding!

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vipEvanston10
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

We came here to celebrate my son's graduation from Marine Officer training and were not disappointed. The food, service and atmosphere was great. While our wait person was new, she was personable an attentive. Food was delicious and appropriate portions. We had a bottle of wine from their "under 70" wine list that was very good. I would return for another special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely perfect fine dining! Superior service, tremendous attention to detail, and friendly but very professional service made for an exquisite evening. Our waiter Carlos made excellent wine pairings to our meal, which truly elevated the dining experience.

Well done, Bistro!

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vipDavidA
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I have been looking for a French restaurant to replace Le Bonne Auberge for a number of years. I think I've found it. The food and service were fantastic. Trisha our server was amazing as were the rest of the staff that took care of us.

We arrived on a Sunday at 5pm and it was mostly empty but quickly filled up as the evening progressed. The noise level went up a bit but was not intrusive. I would say that our experience being at a corner table would have been different had we been seated in some of the areas that were a bit closer together. When we return we will certainly request a corner table.

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HarTS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

L’Hermitage has it all. We went for brunch on a Sunday and everything was delicious, the service was superior, and the atmosphere was unique! Would definitely recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

consistently great

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ShaunK
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and wonderful service! Great place for a special occasion

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

The food was good and service were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Bon welcomed us soon as soon as we walked in! He ensured we were taken care of. Dennis and Sarah provided excellent service! All the staff were awesome! And the food was so delicious!

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vipEatout
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We were a bit disappointed in our recent visit to one of our favorite restaurants. Our server was new, and didn't seem attentive to our needs. The food ordered by our group was good, but not 5 star. French onion and lobster bisque were well prepared, tasty, but we didn't enjoy the sauces that accompanied the grouper and scallop entrees. The cocktails were wonderful. It just may have been an off night for this French gem.
We will return.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always fantastic!! The food and service are top notch. Highly highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fredando was outstanding! He’s the best server we’ve had

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RachidG
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Best restaurant I’ve ever been ! Great service, great Food ...best place for special occasions.

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JShin
New England
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staffs always remember us and make our every visit as a special occasion!

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RichardM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great ambiance, service and food

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vipJujuChar88
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I never had a bad meal , consistently great food and service. Thank you.

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vipmeasureformeasure
Washington DC
44 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We had a fantastic brunch! The service was good, everyone was extremely friendly, the ambiance attractive, and the food delicious. The only downside was that it was hard to find and the GPS told us to turn left rather than right. But once we were there it was wonderful. We do plan to return.

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freddiecrs
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

As always the food and service was second d to none. The restaurant was quite packed so the noise level was a little louder than usual but not so much that one could not carry on conversations.

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vipJohn
Washington DC
68 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always one of our favorites, the food and service are always perfect and Youssef is fantastic!

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JonH
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My mother introduced us to this wonderful restaurant for a special family gathering and oh what a place. From the outstanding service to the fantastic food my wife and I where hooked. We have been several more times and always the same service and delicious offerings. This last outing was to celebrate my mothers birthday as it has been her favorite restaurant for some time. The staff is always friendly and will do their best to accommodate any special needs. We will be coming here for a long, long time.

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vipthefoodxpert
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another wonderful dinner. Excellent service and a fun time celebrating birthdays.

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RyanI
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Has a mom and pop feel as the venue seemed small but quite hospitable. The only problem was parking as it was very tight but expected for a Friday night. Would definitely recommend to friends and family. Also- Reasonably priced for a great French restaurant.

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vipJoeA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

As always, the Bistro is an amazing experience. Not only from the culinary side but also the comfortable ambience. The staff and owner are fabulous people....By far our favorite restaurant of all time.

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