Bistro de Célestins seems to have come into its own as the casual sibling of the family-run La Cote d'Or restaurant near Arlington's border with Falls Church. This is my favorite place for some of the specialties I've enjoyed at casual restaurants in France -- moules et frites (mussels and fries), oysters, crepes, quiche, etc. I like the fact that the menu doesn't take an hour to analyze, and the daily specials fit the season.
For a summer starter, the cucumber soup with dill and yogurt can't be beat. For my main course for lunch, the wild mushroom crepes were almost too hot to eat but that just made the generous portion of cheese gooier. My lunch companion (who has lived in Paris) pronounced her spinach quiche one of the best she's ever had.
The list of wines by the glass is longer than most and should offer something for everyone. The featured beer is a French microbrew, Celtika, in three varieties.
Service was pleasant, unobtrusive, and unhurried. The surroundings were bright and colorful. This is on my list of places to return to often. Keep an eye out for their occasional special four-course dinners focusing on a special flavor.
Access is easy from I-66, Leesburg Pike or Lee Highway. You can even get there via a short stroll from the East Falls Church metro station and not have to worry about a designated driver.
Open daily for lunch and dinner. http://www.lacotedorcafe.com/home.html