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Reston’s Cafesano offers a fresh, Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring delicious pizzas and sandwiches, in a bright, casual space by Lake Thoreau. Patrons order at the counter, then food is delivered to your table or booth by the restaurant’s friendly staff.
Decor and Vibe at Reston’s Cafesano
When Cafesano first opened in Reston’s South Lakes Village Center, we were instantly in love with the interior. Walls of windows angling to the ceiling are a tremendous improvement to the formerly closed-off space. While the lake is still only an angled view, it brings light and sparkle into the open dining room.
Outside, a patio is a welcome spot on a warm Virginia day. Cafesano makes good use of the small outdoor space, with hanging plants and a rail buffering the parking lot. If you’re counting on eating outside and the patio is full, order your meal to go and look for a table or bench by the lake.
Cafesano is a very popular Reston restaurant, especially at lunchtime when local workers, teachers, and residents fill every table. If you’re hoping to snag a booth, arrive early or late for lunch. Fortunately, turn-over is generally quick so you shouldn’t have to wait long, even when the dining room is full.
Evenings at Reston’s Cafesano are generally quieter and the interior is softly lit with candles. The vibe is still casual, but with a little more calm in the air.
Reston’s Cafesano Menu and Favorite Dishes
We have been regulars at Cafesano since it opened, and have never ordered a dish we didn’t enjoy. Salads, sandwiches, meat skewers, pizzas—they’re all fresh and tasty. But we do have favorites on the Cafesano menu.
The Dip Sampler is an excellent start to your meal, with red pepper hummus (our fave), regular hummus, tzatziki or baba ghanoush (pick two), a generous portion of warm pita bread, and a stuffed grape leaf. The zucchini fritti is a good bet if you prefer something hot.
Cafesano’s brick oven pizzas are really delicious. Meat lovers who like a little heat should try the Arrabbiata, with spicy sausage and caramelized onions. The Del Mar, topped with grilled shrimp and roasted peppers is our favorite white pizza. We also love the Bianca Insalata, which is piled with arugula for a sort of pizza and salad combo.
If salad is your focus, we suggest the Signature or the Caesar. Add a little protein with a skewer of steak, chicken, shrimp, or salmon. The portions are generous, making a side salad with a skewer the perfect lunch combo for us.
Our favorite sandwiches at Reston’s Cafesano are the panini, especially the Grilled Chicken Pesto and the Caprese (when tomatoes are in season). Italian meatball is another tasty and filling choice. The menu also includes several wraps, pasta dishes, and kabob platters featuring a larger serving of those yummy skewers.
Beer, wine, and the usual soft drinks are offered, along with a few delicious desserts. Try the baklava for a taste of the Mediterranean.
Reston’s Cafesano has become a staple of our neighborhood. It’s so nice to have a consistently delicious, fresh, and local restaurant in a suburban world often dominated by chains. It is truly one of our favorite Reston restaurants. Happily, Cafesano opened a second location at Dulles Town Center which is on our list to try.