Cheesetique - Del Ray

4.6
226 reviews
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Cosy
  • Notable Wine List
Cheesetique, established in 2004, is the go-to neighborhood spot for fine cheeses, food-friendly wine, and an eclectic, cheese-centric menu.

We’re a specialty cheese and wine shop. We’re a comfortable, cheese-centric restaurant. We’re all things to all cheese lovers, so join us to shop, dine, or both!
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JF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

Great spot; good ambience; delicious cocktails but bar service was a little slow. We were at Mother's Day with a party of five (only two drinkers). Been here before and didn't have this issue, not sure why the bar was slower today.

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Responded on 17 May 2019

Hi JohnF, Thank you for dining at Cheesetique on Mother's Day. I'm so pleased to read you find Cheesetique a "great spot!" I'm sorry the bar service was a bit slow and hurt your experience - Mother's Day is one of our busiest days of the year so we occasionally get a bit backed up. Thanks for your understanding and do please join us again soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were amazing. Laid back atmosphere, good music playing. The retail part has great products. One of our faves for sure!

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Responded on 17 May 2019

Hi, Thank you for visiting Cheesetique and thanks for taking the time to write a 5-star review! See you again soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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VA
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 7 May 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 2Ambience 4

Love Cheesetique ... all locations! This visit was a little challenging, only because they were understaffed. They did their best with the manpower they had. Other than that, the food and beverages were fabulous ... as always.

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Responded on 11 May 2019

Hi VASinatraLover, Thanks for being a loyal customer of all the Cheesetique locations! I apologize that service was not what it needed to be on your last visit and I do appreciate you recognized our team was doing their best with the manpower on hand. We are always working to ensure understaffed shifts are a rare occurrence. Please do visit us again soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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LC
Washington DC
91 reviews
Dined on 28 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Wow, I love this place!!! My brie and pear panino was just delicious!! Service was fantastic and food was amazing. We will be back here agin.

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Responded on 11 May 2019

Hi LeonardoC, Thank you for joining us at Cheesetique! I am so pleased to hear you had such a great experience! Looking forward to welcoming you back soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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S
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

Cheese board was excellent. Ordered steak and it was very chewy/lots of fat - not that good. We sat outside on a pretty day which was very nice. Service was slow, and we were there at 5:30 p.m. for dinner. Not a time I would expect to be there rush time on a weekday. We waited a very long time for food and then 20 minutes for the check after requesting it. However, waitress was very nice and attentive when we she did come to our table. I would go back just for the cheese board and a salad. I would not order steak there again.

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Responded on 11 May 2019

Hi Stef, Thank you for visiting Cheesetique. So pleased to hear you enjoyed the cheese board and found your waitress nice and attentive. I do apologize for what sounds like an initially slow greeting and a long wait for you food - all customers deserve our best and you did not get it. I appreciate your feedback and I do hope you will give us another chance. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 2Ambience 3

Decent food, very average service — more like a coffee shop not restaurant. Went there for Easter. Would not recommend for a special occasion meal.

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Responded on 11 May 2019

Hi there, Thanks for joining us for Easter Brunch! I'm not sure where you sat, but perhaps you were in the front bar? Many people like that "brasserie" feel, but I understand some don't. I hope you will consider joining us again and ask to sit in our back dining room. I think you will enjoy the ambiance there. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Easter brunch

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Responded on 11 May 2019

Hi there, Thanks for joining us for Easter Brunch. Very much appreciate the 5-star review! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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JV
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We went for Easter brunch. The food was enjoyed by all. Would recommend a different glass for bloody mary's, it was impossible to drink in the tall glass.

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MM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I live in Del Ray and always recommend Cheesetique to friends. I love eating and drinking at Cheesetique; the staff are always very friendly and the food is terrific.

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Responded on 11 May 2019

Hi MichelleM, Thank you for the 5-star review! I so much appreciate you sharing your love of Cheesetique with your friends. Please do visit us again soon - we can't wait to welcome you back. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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TL
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A must for cheese lovers! We tried a special menu for the cherry blossom festival, love the creative new macs and sandwiches they come up with throughout the year!

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Responded on 16 April 2019

Hi Tasha, Thank you for visiting Cheesetique! I am very pleased to hear you enjoyed the special cherry blossom festival menu. Be on the lookout for a new special menu in the next few weeks! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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MV
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 13 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We have a small group of friends who go out for lunch every Saturday. We try to pick a place someone in the group hasn't been to but wanted to try. Three in our group had not been to Cheesetigue so here we are. The service, food and atmosphere were fabulous! Everyone wants to go back to try a different offering from the menu. The back room is absolutely wonderful as well. Great place to go!

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Responded on 16 April 2019

Hi Matt, Thanks to you and your Saturday lunch group for joining us at Cheesetique! What a neat tradition you all have. We look forward to welcoming you all back. And, consider giving us a try at dinner where there are different items on the menu. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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AD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food and service were excellent!! Definitely go with the cheese plate. We had the server choose the varieties for us, she did a fantastic job!

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Responded on 16 April 2019

Hi Amanda, Thanks for visiting us at Cheesetique. It is great to hear how much you enjoyed the cheeseboard and found your server's selections to be on point. I really appreciate you taking the time to write a 5-star review. Hope to see you again soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 11 April 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Neat little store and eatery.

Lobster Mac is good but didn’t blow me away. Interesting pairing of Brussels sprouts and bleu cheese and they’re great. Fantastic cherry cheesecake.

If you like good food, wine, cheese, and charcuterie - in a unique and quiet setting - you’ll enjoy Cheesetique.

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Responded on 16 April 2019

Hi there, Anonymous, Thanks for visiting Cheesetique. So glad you enjoyed the Brussel sprouts and blue cheese and the cheesecake. We really enjoyed putting together the cherry blossom festival menu and especially the cheesecake offering to support Stop Child Abuse Now. Thanks for the review and I hope to see you back at Cheesetique soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 7 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cheesetique Del Ray is one of my fave restaurants and with good reason. The food is consistently good, the staff pleasant and prompt, and the ambiance is casual and laid back.

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Responded on 12 April 2019

Hi there, Thank you for frequenting Cheesetique! I appreciate your 5-star review and I look forward to welcoming you back to Cheesetique again soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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BL
1 review
Dined on 6 April 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our very favorite places for a light, lovely meal!

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Responded on 12 April 2019

Hi BarbaraL, Thank you! I'm so pleased to hear Cheesetique is one of your favorite spots for a meal. See you soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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F
New England
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVED our night out at cheesetique! Our servers Rico and Jess were incredible and we immediately felt like family! We had the lobster Mac and the caprese app and both were delicious. We will definitely come back again

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Responded on 2 April 2019

Hi there, Foodie1325, Wow! Thank you for joining us and for writing such a fabulous review. And, thanks for calling positive attention to your "incredible" servers Rico and Jess. The whole Cheesetique team works hard at hospitality and it is so nice to be recognized. I look forward to seeing you at Cheesetique again soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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HM
Birmingham
12 reviews
Dined on 29 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wine by the glass and by the bottle was a bit pricey. Mark-up on a wine bottle was 200%!
Food was great and service was very good.

Cheesetique - Del Ray
Responded on 2 April 2019

Hello HMMMB, Thank you SO much for joining us at Cheesetique. I am glad to hear you found the food great and service very good. Please join us again! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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g
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on 26 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always love Cheestique visits. The GrownUp Grilled Cheese is perfect on so many levels.

Cheesetique - Del Ray
Responded on 2 April 2019

Hi j8rsig, Thank you for joining us at Cheesetique! It is so nice of you to take the time to say the GrownUp Grilled Cheese is "perfect on so many levels" - we agree (or at least that is what we strive for), but it sounds better coming from you. Please do stop in again soon! All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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ME
1 review
Dined on 18 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food? Amazing. The service? Top notch. The right amount of attention without it being too much. The cheese recommendations were great. The ambience was light but still classy. We had kids and they had choices for them as well but the location still kept it romantic for my partner and me. Order the Oink Old Fashioned!

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FF
Washington DC
148 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Cheesetique was surprisingly good. We have walked past many times, always curious, but never stopping. We finally decided to give it a try and enjoyed the food. The waitress was friendly and prompt and the store, while small, was quaint. Not bad for a quick lunch at a reasonable price. Give them a try.

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Responded on 12 April 2019

Hi FoodFan, Thank you for visiting Cheesetique. I'm so pleased to hear we made a great first impression! Thanks for recommending us and I hope you'll join us again soon. All the best, Jill Erber (owner, Cheesetique)

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JB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good wine selection that paired nicely with the food selection. Server recommendations were great and much appreciated. I will be back.

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MB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 9 March 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

Service was more than slow. The waitress was apologetic when she did check in with us but would forget about requests for refills, etc. My sandwich came without my side salad. Overall disappointing.

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o
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

Cozy neighborhood spot. My friend and I each had the Rye cocktail and thought it was delicious and well made. Warm olive appetizer was too much for 2 people but quite good. My grilled goat cheese sandwich was tasty but I was too full to finish it. Our server was fantastic; she kept an eye on our cocktails and timed our dinner to arrive after we were finished. This is a great place if you don't want to spend the $$ at Evening Star but want a nice meal.

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DG
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Great atmosphere and very quiet with delicious food. It was a great place to have lunch with family.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

They were out of two things I tried to order, but otherwise everything was great!

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AS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious! Totally decadent! Good atmosphere but the music was a tad too loud for me

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ER
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of our favorite places in Del Ray Alexandria. Great value, delicious food, friendly staff and thankfully, NO televisions!

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w
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I was not impressed with the world’s best Mac and cheese but everything else we ate was good. The cheesecake was fabulous. I would recommend this restaurant to others and return myself.

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DW
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 26 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Did the special racketeering dinner. Enjoyable if a bit scant on the portion.

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KP
1 review
Dined on 22 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Amazing food and wine and great recommendations from the staff, will definitely be visiting again

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Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were two and were placed next to an etremely loud table of 12. Might reconfigure tables do all large groups are together fighting to hear their colleagues and two tops together for a more civilized experience.

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JE
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always delicious. I don’t think I’ve ever ordered my own beverage here. I always ask my server to pick a wine and have never been dissatisfied. They always pick a great pairing.

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a
1 review
Dined on 20 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food, cozy and surprisingly spacious dining room in the back of the cheese shop. Whatever else you get, you have to order the cheese curds.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful atmosphere. Food was good but didn’t live up to atmosphere or expectations. Service was terrific and made us feel very welcome.

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JW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We will come back for the Raclette Party this week!!!

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c
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love cheese and this is a favorite spot for them

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SR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 2Ambience 4

Went for the raclette event, they were not ready for the event. The advertisements said one thing... the staff had no idea what was happening. We ended up waiting an hour after being seated for the restaurant to get it together... kind of a sad representation for something they advertised months in advance.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Valentines Day

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R
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Cheesetique is always a favorite and excellent comfort food. Never a disappointment.

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A
Washington DC
59 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

A nice evening out and an enjoyable return to a favorite place.

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