Cafe Colline

4.7
218 reviews
$31 to $50
French
Lunch served from 12:00 pm Tuesday through Friday. Reservations not required.
Outside seating available.

From the culinary team that brought you Chez Billy Sud & Parc de Ville, comes a new cafe in the heart of Arlington, VA.
Featuring regional French inspired cuisine by chef Brendan L’Etoile, Cafe Colline is the perfect place for leisurely lunches, first dates, or just a wonderful evening of delicious food and drinks.
Now with our curbside takeaway service, you can enjoy Paris without stepping on a plane

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 218 People Are Saying
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4.8
Food
4.7
Service
4.6
Ambience
4.5
Value
Noise · Moderate
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SusanF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Overall the experience was fantastic. The food was superb. The service very good.

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MYSC
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First time dining here, and everything about our experience was exceptional, from the outstanding cuisine to the attentive, yet unobtrusive, service. Highly recommend the beet/lentil salad starter and the scallops entree, with the sea bass a close second. I feel lucky to live pretty close to such a great restaurant - worth a little drive if you don't!

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Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

my out of town friend thought it was a great addition to the NoVA dining experience

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McLeanF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Brunch was perfect! Food is just delicious! A piece of Paris in Arlington.

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nmcd
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Consistently wonderful. Seating a bit close and a bit on the loud side but don't let that stop you from visiting!

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BassemF
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food was succulent and the service was outstanding.

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vipCarolJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the food and have had the very best waiter every visit!
It does get a little noisy but it’s a small wonderful restaurant

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Birthday celebration- very enjoyable evening

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vipchilidog
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Cafe Colline is truly a neighborhood gem. You can't beat the service and cuisine. A value meal to behold.

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KathyC
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

This place had delicious food. I have a gluten allergy. My server and the chef were extremely amazing about helping me avoid gluten. My friend and I were able to talk with each other and everyone was very friendly and competent. I would love to return!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience2

We had an awful experience at Cafe Colline.
The host was extremely unfriendly and unwelcoming upon check in. Well, maybe she was having a bad day? Doesn’t like her job? Who knows, but she sat our party turned and as walking way mumbled what type of water we wanted. She returned shortly thereafter and informed us quite rudely “to be upfront you only have 1 hour and forty five minutes here.”
This is the only restaurant I know of that REQUIRES a smart phone to place your order. Unfortunately, 3 out of 4 of us in our party left our smart phones at home that night. We were told by the server that this is the ONLY way to order. ??
I’ll give this restaurant another 6 months max should they continue on this path.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

Odd, inefficient and unfair seating situation—when we arrived (on time) we were told that “your table” was still in use but it appeared it would be available soon, yet another table for 2 was clearly open. Another couple entered while we were waiting and they were seated at the open table while we had to continue to wait. In all we probably waited about 10 minutes after the other couple was seated.

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vipWhitAm
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

This is a great neighborhood place with excellent service

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vipArlingtondiner
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

All of the dishes are Fantastic but the baked chicken is one of my favorites

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LaMarseillaise
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Usually l’m seated in the main dining area, but this time, despite reserving way in advance, I was seated facing the kitchen auxiliary area and didn’t like it at all. It was drafty and noisy and service was slower than usual. I tried the poisson du jour, which was monkfish, and it was not as good as the sea bass always is- it was slightly over cooked and the accompanying Savoy cabbage was boring.

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vipIlovetoeat
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent! We needed a place like this in Arlington!

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1951Bruce
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Simply one of the best new restaurants in the MDV area. You have to book early. Not to be missed.

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evgpg
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great waiter; engaging and helpful

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vipBarbH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service, great food, convenient parking, lively atmosphere! Perfect!

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Poppy
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very attractive place the food was great and very very French

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gtdine6
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The dinner is always delicious and we love having the restaurant in our neighborhood

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BerginJ
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience. Great wine, fantastic mains but truly the shocking surprise was the bibb lettuce salad. The best I have ever had.

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CRArlington
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Everything was delicious and great wines by the glass. We’ll be back.

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vipSTEVEA
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We visited Cafe Colline for the first time yesterday evening. What a gem in the neighborhood. The Cafe provided one of the best overall dining experiences we’ve had in a long time — anywhere.

The place is cute as can be. The French White walls. The marble-topped bar. The three comfy, tufted leather booths for two toward the back of the dining room. It all genuinely recalls a cafe on, say, Ile St. Louis.

Reflecting the simplicity of the dining room, the menu, too, is relatively simple, yet diverse. From starters, including a velvety and rich onion soup gratin, to entrees, including an incredibly tender and prepared-just-right steak (frites) with fries I’d be happy to eat every day and a veal stew that warrants bringing friends to try, to an olive oil cake that makes me wonder if any of the other desserts could possibly be as good, the kitchen delivers. I mean DELIVERS!

Way too many evenings out end with, “The food was good, but, oy, the service!” How fitting and fortunate that the service at Cafe Colline is so aligned with the atmosphere and food. It just sort of flowed. (I’m a sucker for a new set of flatware being placed on the table between courses form a cloth-lined tray.)

Though Cafe Colline is a neighborhood gem, it is worth the drive across the river or down 66.

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VeeVee
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful meal, great service from everyone, food served hot and perfectly prepared. This is a restaurant not to be missed .

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Jodie
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I am so happy to have this wonderful French restaurant in my neighborhood. The food is consistently perfect.

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ShellyF
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

At first waiter was kind of short with us, but as the meal continued he seemed more friendly. We did know of the 1-3/4 hour time limit but had just been served dessert when the host came to hurry us along. We were not taking an excessive amount of time, but the time it took for food to come and for us to eat. Overall the quality of the food was very good (Pots de Creme could have been a bit more chocolaty) as were the wines.

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CharlesM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2021
Overall3Food4Service3Ambience2

The cooking staff was completely unmasked. It was extremely crowded and densely packed; it's the least safe I've felt since Covid. And it was really, really, really loud. Good food and nice service, but I won't eat inside again for a while.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall1Food4Service2Ambience4

We waited for over an hour for our food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love this local spot!

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vipAlleSens
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very accommodating wait staff, thank you!

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KarenF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Sea bass and duck were exceptional! Caramel rice pudding and olive oil lemon cake were equally good. Our only complaint: Hard to have a conversation b/c of noise, but perhaps our table location had something to do with that. Service could not have been better. So delighted to have discovered this wonderful restaurant so near our neighborhood! Highly recommend.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing meal again at Cafe Colline. New menu items - Mediterranean fish soup and fresh mint ice cream - are not to be missed!

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vipVGGM
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed a wonderful meal and had stellar service - the best service we’ve had there so far!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Cafe Colline is the go-to for special occasions. It’s the intersection of fine-dining and casual ambiance. I had the cheeseburger and it’s the best along with the best frites around. La cachat is fantastic and the pot de crème is a must have.

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vipaudreys
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

fun place with excellent food and service!!
we will be back

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vipFoodGuy
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Fish soup just OK. Loup de Mare - excellent as usual. Pot du Creme - yummy. Solid service, but lmt wine selections.

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NancieO
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A little slice of Paris not to be missed. Monkfish was the star of the show as was the escargot. Service was perfect and having a ringside seat to the open kitchen was a treat.

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vipNonickname
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Nice bistro ambience decor (though the tables themselves could stand an upgrade). Service started slow but once the waiter found us, he was very good. All the meals (pasta, mussels, and croque monsieur) were excellent, including a very nice lemon dessert. Found the prices (including for a glass of wine) were a bit too steep but they gave us a glass of champagne on the house b/c it was a birthday celebration so there is that too consider as well. Fun place, great addition to the neighborhood and will happily go back.

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vipAinslieR
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Enjoyed delicious mussels and frites on their delightful back patio, this was my first visit and I will definitely be back to this neighborhood gem!

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe Colline using the Order Online button. Cafe Colline also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (703) 567-6615.

Cafe Colline is rated 4.7 stars by 218 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.