As Spring approaches the entire country takes on the idyllic lilt of the Mediterranean experience which is famous for its laid back way of life and luxurious yet healthy cuisine, and right here in Reston, Virginia, one is able to find just such a dining experience at Cafesano. Even better, as the weather gets warmer customers are able to enjoy the Mediterranean ambiance of the restaurant along with a view of Lake Thoreau on the outdoor patio. Potted plants in blossom dangle from the overhang making the patio especially enchanting on Memorial Day Weekend. Into the Summer the outdoor ceiling fans keep customers cool dangling from the overhang that keeps them shaded from the sun. Located in the South Lakes Village Shopping Center just off of South Lakes Drive, Cafesano is an accessible and pleasant option for escaping an otherwise busy day.
Known for its Italian and Mediterranean fare, it was voted best restaurant in Northern Virginia for lunch in 2012, and since then the reviews have only gotten better. Ten doors down you will find Cafesano Catering and Market, an expansion that was created by popular demand. Offering Express Take-out and Curbside Service at their Market location during lunch Monday through Thursday and all day Friday, Cafesano goes above and beyond to keep their Reston regulars satisfied. They truly do manage to live up to their goal of offering old world wholesomeness with new world convenience.
With unbeatable appetizers it's hard not to dip in to such dishes as their Straight Hummus, Spicy Hummus, Avocado Bruschetta, Tomato Bruschetta, Tzatziki, and Baba Ghanoush. These dips can be paired with such dip worthy items as fries, Lavash chips, parmesan crisps, grilled pita, grilled ciabatta, or tortilla chips. The diversity of their menu is one of the most appealing aspects of this establishment with Italian offerings such as the build your own pizza menu, the extensive pasta selection, and the variety of paninis including such classics as Prosciutto Mozarella and such unique additions as grilled Portobello and Havarti. The Greek dishes are just as delectable and intriguing including various kebab platters and grilled skewer options, not to mention the selection of wraps such as the Beef Shawarma, Chicken Shawarma, Falafel, hummus and Greek salad, Grilled Turkey Pesto. Another surprising detail is the fact that more items than one might think can be ordered vegan.
With a goal of offering food that is both healthy and flavorful, the Cafesano team has managed to find a balance between casual and classy. Known for it's quick and casual lunch experience, the style and substance of Cafesano fits well into the contemporary go-getters daily schedule. Open every day from 11 AM to 9 PM, they also fit in to practically anyone else's schedule as well. People can't stop talking about the hummus appetizers and the Lavash chips with garlic paste dip. One customer mentioned they ended up with garlic breath, but they also said it was well worth the deliciousness.
With such an extensive appealing arsenal of offerings it's a surprise that they manage to keep it all in an approachable budget realm with lunch ranging from ten to twelve dollars and dinner from fourteen to twenty dollars. All these details and more make Cafesano one of the best spots in Reston to stop in for lunch with a date or just to get out of the office and into a charming environment for a bit.