Le Cavalier

4.3
221 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary French
We offer seating of up to 4 Adults and 2 Children online. Please call us at 302-594-3154 for parties 7 or more. We have private dining options and social distanced spacing available for large groups.

“Le Cavalier” (pronounced: luh-KAH-vuhl-YAY) honors the deep equestrian tradition in the Brandywine River Valley.

Le Cavalier (Le Cav) is a French brasserie from Chef-Partner Tyler Akin that takes the brasserie out of Paris and transports it to Wilmington's iconic HOTEL DU PONT. Provençal fare meets North African and Middle Eastern influences in the dining room that once housed the historic Green Room. Le Cav is open for dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays with indoor and seasonal outdoor dining. Brunch available for Sundays.

The Le Cav Team is excited for you to share this unforgettable experience.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 221 people are saying
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4.3
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BRHor
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There is nothing wrong that could be said about this place! Everything was amazing!

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MorganB
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely wonderful experience! Will be coming back soon!

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SteveA
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Steak Tartare and Lobster were great starters. Very solid steak frites. Wonderful night out

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always Love going to that restaurant… It is the most beautiful room… Food is great and the waiters and waitresses and all the staff are very friendly
Tina

Le Cavalier
Responded 2 days ago

WE love you joining us at Le Cav.!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I normally do not leave a bad review but this dinner was horrible!
Services and dinner was bad.
And on to top of the bad service, the waiter tried to charge us two extra drinks from a other table. And don’t ask for heavy cream or whip cream as they don’t have it. French cuisine but they don’t have whip cream or heavy cream? Maybe the chef should travel to Europe.

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GangOfThree
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Appetizers Wine GREAT; Mixed Drinks made to PERFECTION; Desserts FANTASTIC !!

Chicken Tagine very poor, undercooked, needed to send back, although chicken skin was cooked well and there were crispy parts. The flavor was nothing like north African (I expected bold spices; green olives were indeed green in color, but no punch; the red stuff was made from tomatoes, but again, lacking in flavor) very disappointing !!

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AssuntaC
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I had brunch at Le Cavalier on 2/28/2021. The overall experience was bland. The fine dining days of the Green Room and Hotel DuPont are sadly a thing of the past.

The brunch menu is limited and overall expensive. With the gratuity I spent $90 and it was an overpriced experience.

I don’t plan to dine at Le Cavalier in the future.

Thank you for the opportunity to provide feedback.

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vipcoffeeman2
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Seated by the door despite having made a reservation days before.

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SarahF
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The bartenders were awesome, what a great we had! Sean was our bartender both both men were awesome

Le Cavalier
Responded 4 days ago

We thank you for sharing time with us at Le Cav. See you soon at the bar!!!

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vipHunert
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our second time dining here this winter. A more upscale clientele this time versus our last experience. Our steak tartare was excellent. The French onion soup also very good with a healthy amount of cheese and served at just the right temperature so that it was hot but didn’t burn our mouths. There was a new chicken dish - Chicken Tagine - which was a whole young chicken roasted excellently with a hint of cinnamon and other spices. I hope they make this a regular item.

All in all a nice dining experience. We got our favorite table and enjoyed an unrushed dinner. We will be back soon.

Le Cavalier
Responded 4 days ago

So happy you enjoyed your return visit to Le cav. !!! Hope to see you again in the near future.

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Jutt
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service and food were great. If the server tries to upsell, go for it. It was well worth it and complimented our meals. Will be back again.

Le Cavalier
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you so much for joining us at Le Cav. Our team loves to share their favorites from the bar and food menu, so happy they were able to steer you into a great experience!!!

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jillehrlich
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you enjoy a craft cocktail this is your spot. While we are enjoying Delaware over NYC through Covid the Bar Duo has managed to quell our insatiable thirst for creative and tasty libations.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 28, 2021

So happy we are able to fill the void in your thirst for creative libations!!! See you again soon.

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RogerK
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend Le Cavalier Sunday's brunch it was delightful, service, food and ambiance was exceptional. My friends and I drove from NJ just to have brunch there and was not disappointed. Jack, Meg and Sean were very welcoming and provided excellent service. Hope to be back soon.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 24, 2021

We are so happy you enjoyed our Brunch and our family . Hope to see you again soon at Brunch and maybe for dinner as well!!!

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vipJeffrey
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful venue, high ceilings, good spacing - about as good an indoor environment as one can hope for in these Covid times. Oh, and the brunch and service were excellent.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 24, 2021

Jeffery, Thank you for taking the time to send us your wonderful review. The Team loves the positive food back, and thank you for joining us!!!

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AllanO
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was excellent as well as the service. Ambiance sets this restaurant apart from others in the area. The only criticism the menu was limited but it’s understandable because of Covid.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 25, 2021

Allan, Your feed back is so appreciated. We will be expanding the menu as things progress in a positive way with Covid. Looking forward to Spring ,and seating outside...

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CinSos
Philadelphia
11 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinner this week was once again delicious, and the ambience was perfect for the three of us to dine and talk. We tried the Soupe A 'Oignon which was cheesy golden melted perfection. The Little Gem Caesar salad with the avocado had a nice hint of lemon. The cheeseburger and order of frites was perfectly cooked an had a generous helping of the "fries". The Branzino was the whole fish with a delicious pistachio chile accompaniment. Half price wine night makes getting a refreshing bottle of natural wine such a great bargain. Our server was efficient and courteous. The bartender was knowledgable and friendly. The chef did an outstanding job as always. Actually everyone you meet at Le Cavalier was professional, and they make the dining experience memorable. We can't wait to dine there again.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 25, 2021

Wow!! Thank you!!!! Thanks for giving such a glowing review. The Le Cav Team thanks you!!

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vipAngelR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The atmosphere and food were excellent. I would have few complaints about the service and management. We had the reservation for Valentine’s Day dinner 7:30 pm, booked it few weeks in advance, got there around 7:40. We were told that we have to wait for our table which was no problem at all. Got the drinks and waited in the lobby for around 30 minutes. After we finally sat on our table around 8:20 we were told that few things are out of menu which was pretty limited (it was prefix menu). Ok, no biggie. Then it came the time to order. From the first course I ordered shrimp cocktail because they were out of oysters. The server told me that they are out of the shrimps as well which left me with only on option ( with no extra charge because it was prepaid already) - Salad. We didn’t care if we need to pay extra but that’s not the point. Obviously then we were disappointed and told that to the server. After that magically the server said that they have the shrimps. Which got us even more confused. If the salad would pass through then they would keep the last (if it was last?) portion of shrimp to other people? I completely understand that it’s not servers fault, he was great. But management should be more organized. Despite all of this we enjoyed the food, the drinks, the music. Beautiful place and really worth it.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 25, 2021

Thank you for your feed back, The response was overwhelming for the Valentines Prix Fixe, and we appreciate your understanding around items that were sold out , we were pleased to be able to serve you and look forward to seeing you again very soon!

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vipClarkie
Philadelphia
58 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day! The service was excellent - thank you to Evalina, Long and Erin. It was a great menu and the duck and branzino (thanks to Evalina for the recommendations) were both wonderful. Very attractive space.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 25, 2021

The Team thanks you for your positive feed back!! Hope to see you again very soon.

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ZoeM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First Time at Le cavalier, won’t be the last! We went for Valentine’s Day and they had a pre fixed menu. Food was delicious, and our waitress was great! Looking forward to going on a regular night to enjoy the regular menu!

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for your feedback and we are so happy you have a wonderful time!

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vipJohnK
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentines Date at Le Cav did not disappoint. The prix fixe 3 course dinner was perfect and the specialty cocktails were an extra highlight.
Duck l”orange was crispy on the outside and perfectly perfectly pink and juicy on the inside. Scallops were caramelized on the outside and melted in your mouth.
The vibe was lively and hip as I usual.
Well done all around.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 18, 2021

John, thank you for your wonderful note. Come visit us again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have it down to what service and quality of food is all about. Five Star raising is not high enough to rate them

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 25, 2021

So glad we were able to serve you during these trying times, and give you a little happiness!

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WildBill
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great food. Beautiful setting and ambiance. 5 stars would recommend

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 25, 2021

Thank you for the 5 Star review!!! It is a pleasure for our team to make a memorable moment for you.

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day!
Ambiance - couldn’t be beat. Every square inch was gorgeously photogenic. Couldn’t stop smiling and looking around lol

Before our reservation, sat at the gorgeous bar and had easily the BEST dirty martini I’ve ever had which is saying a lot, and my date had his first (but not last) of two Gibsons. Omg.

My date and I had the Valentine’s Day menu. Every bite was delicious. The service from hostess, to bar staff, to server, and wine connoisseur were top notch! With both service and personality.

Apps: gnocchi Parisienne & oysters Rockefeller.
Entrees: Branzino, duck l’orange.
Both desserts were delicious.
PLUS: the chef sent out an extra slice of cheesecake
The wine expert gave us a sampling of both whites amd an explanation before deciding.

We were extremely impressed by the food, drinks, and ambiance. Sad it took me so long to visit. We cannot wait to go back.

If you want a very nice night, bomb food and cocktails, this must be the place. You cannot be disappointed!

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 25, 2021

We were honored to serve you on such a day as Valentines. Each dining experience for our guests, especially now is our privilege. Thank you for taking the time to offer such praise!!

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LibbyM
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful physical space. Every bite from the Valentine's menu was absolutely delicious. My husband and I have eaten at a lot of restaurants and this was one of the best dining experiences we've had. Even though we live about 2.5 hours away, we will be adding Le Cav to our list of places to visit often.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for the great note! We are happy you enjoyed your time with us. Looking forward to having you back sometime soon!

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JasonJ
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a great experience. We plan on returning.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for the 5 stars! Please come back soon and dine with us at Le Cav.

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Daddyo
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Pricey, but the food and service were both terrific.

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PatrickH
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal, service, atmosphere, the drinks were great. It was a prix fixe meal for Valentines Day and we really enjoyed ourselves! Looking forward to returning.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 25, 2021

Thank you for taking a moment to share your experience!! Kaylin was so happy that you enjoyed her service!!

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Food was delicious. I ordered gnocchi with lump crab and caviar but they forgot add the caviar. Still was delicious. Dis not complain. Service was great but there were so many servers I felt as if they were patrolling the dining room. Constantly walking up and down. We were there for Valentine’s Day so a pre fix menu which was fine but could have included a salad course in between the apps and entree. Over all nice experience and I would go back but for a more causal meal.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 25, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. WE will certainly take your pointers in consideration for future events!! Thank you again, and hope to see you soon.

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Heli
Philadelphia
29 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience2

The Green Room used to be THE fancy place in Wilmington for a fancy celebration. Always a sure thing. A terrible metamorphosis has taken place and now it has become what someone envisions a French bistro to be like. No more elegant spacious dining experience and ambience. Instead one felt like in a better railroad station.
OK. So I accept that change is the thing of the world. But you should also stand behind your aspirations and pretensions and deliver !
Not a crusty piece of French baguette or an olive or a piece of paté was in sight while having a drink waiting for the prix fixe meal............
The oyster Rockefeller were ok, but cool and not juicy, there was not a crisp green salad to behold, the Bavette steak was tasty but tough and sans scallions. My husband could not chew his. White chocolate mousse for dessert was very tasty. Merlot was served chilled and the olive in the martini was the smallest I have seen in a long time. The waiter was very helpful and did his best. The new art deco like ambience and ‘quality' of the food do not warrant the very high prices. One has the feeling that they are really skimping.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. As we always look to expand and elevate our guest experience feedback is an important tool for us. We hope you do come try us again soon.

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vipElaineF
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on February 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The onion soup is really great. Cocktails are fabulous too and the ambience is top notch. Well done Le Cav!

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for your feedback! We are happy you have a great time. Looking forward to having you back soon.

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PatrickT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was good, service was excellent, the room itself is wonderful. Wish people would talk using their inside voices, as everything is a hard surface and prone to echos. Not helped by the bump-da-thump music constantly playing. Anyway, other than the noise level, everything was awesome.

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vipGinji
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience5

4 diners, one older, one younger, & two middle-aged. We all thought our entrees weren't very good. They were busy & the waitress was so sweet, but she simply forgot several items, i.e. the Parker House rolls, ketchup, beverages. The chocolate mousse for dessert was frozen & served in a soup dish with a large thin cookie. Really unappetizing. The hotel is gorgeous, all renovated & just like walking into the early 20th century.

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vipMunchieguys
Philadelphia
39 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waitress E was very good, charming, attentive without being overly so, and knew her menu well. The large plate menu was small (5 options including the special) but we chalked that up to covid world limits. Drinks and food were well presented and arrived timely and hot. We were celebrating birthdays and had a lovely evening.

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JaniceL
Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Room has been modernized and many features are incompatible to space - not visually pleasing. Severs were very friendly and efficient. Cocktails were excellent. Menu choices are very limited. Colossal shrimp in shrimp cocktail. Steak frites ($37) was good, but not exceptional. Served with ordinary French fries, similar to a McDonalds. A more elegant potato dish would be more compatible. Value for dollar is questionable - I don’t mind paying $12 for drinks or desserts and $20 for shrimp cocktail, but I think paying $6.00 for dinner rolls is ridiculous. Side dishes are $7-9. Dessert was chocolate mousse with raspberry, one of my favorite combinations, but the raspberry was overpowering and the almond cookie served with it was greasy and tasteless. All in all, it was just an average meal and experience.

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ChrisR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The room is stunning to look at as most everything is original to its 1913 build. The food was fantastic and our server Vincent was knowledgeable and friendly!

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 5, 2021

Thank you for joining us at Le Cav. ! Your positive feed back is greatly appreciated!!!

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EQ15
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Offering cuisine you can’t find anywhere else in the Wilmington area.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 5, 2021

Thank you for joining us at Le Cav. ! Your positive feed back is greatly appreciated!!!

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AlyshaD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

Worth it, the decor and vibe, the punk rock art, worth every second of our drive from Philly.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 5, 2021

Alysha, Thank YOU!!! For joining us and taking the time to share your experience at Le Cav.

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vipNeeNee0322
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely dining experience! Service was excellent and we enjoyed ourselves immensely. Great atmosphere. You definitely get what you pay for!

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 5, 2021

WOW!!! Can't thank you enough for taking the time to share your feelings around our food, service and the beautiful space we call "Le Cav"

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vipHunert
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service. Food was very good except for the burned brioche which accompanied my foie gras mousse and my wife's steak tartare. The waiter remedied this but it should not have been served this way. We were also surprised that there was a charge for bread. We haven't seen this since out trip to Prague. The renovations of this restaurant ( the former Green Room) are nice making it seem warmer. However I miss the table clothes on the tables. Since they are going for a French Bistro vibe, I get it. The clientele were mixed from too casually dressed (T shirts and hoodies) to men with jackets and women dressed elegantly. We will dine here again but with lower expectations.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 5, 2021

Thank you for your feed back. The Chef has been made aware of the experience around he Brioche, and has amended processes to ensure this does not impact further guests. We do not have a dress code intentionally, to be more accessible to a wider audience over all. The feeling of approachability , fun with great service and atmosphere ( with a 5 Star cuisine) is our goal. We look forward to seeing you as the days get longer and the weather warmer!!

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LibbyM
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Absolutely beautiful physical space. Steak frites were delicious! Nice wine selection and very good martinis. Only 'complaint' was that our side salads came out with our Steak frites instead of as a separate course (our server did apologize for this). We can't wait to go back and try some other items from the menu.

Le Cavalier
Responded on February 5, 2021

The Le Cav team thanks you for sharing your feed back with us. We look forward to see you again soon!

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FAQs

Le Cavalier offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (302) 594-3154.

Le Cavalier is rated 4.3 stars by 221 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.