Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery
Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery

Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.thorntonwine.com/
  • Phone: 9516990099
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch
    Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
    Lunch
    Daily: 11:00am - 5:00pm
    Dinner
    Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 8:00pm; Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian
  • Executive Chef: Steve Pickell
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Private Function Space Capacities Whether you're planning a business lunch for 10 or a reception for 400, we've got the perfect space to fit your needs. Fountain Terrace Courtyard Event Guest Count Minimum of 30* Seated Meal Function - 400 person maximum Buffet Meal Function - 300 person maximum (outdoor venue) Vineyard View Room Event Guest Count Minimum of 30* Seated Meal Function - 70 person maximum Buffet Meal Function - 50 person maxiumum Winery Production Room Event Guest Count Minimum of 30* Seated Meal Function - 100 person maximum Buffet Meal Function - 80 person maximum (availability based on wine production schedule) Champagne Lounge Event Guest Count Minimum of 20* Seated Meal Function - 30 person maximum Buffet Meal Function - 20 person maximum
  • Private Party Contact: Sharon Gallagher 9516990099
  • Entertainment: We have live entertainment on the 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Please call ahead to confirm. We have large Jazz concerts.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Butterfield Sage
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Paved parking lot
A word from Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery
Café Champagne at Thornton Winery is a "want to do" for every visitor to the Temecula Valley. Since 1988, from growing herbs to cutting home-grown flowers, every effort has been made to offer the perfect combination of French Country Elegance and Gold Medal-winning Contemporary Cuisine.
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Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery reviews from OpenTable diners
41 reviews since April 29, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.7
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (23)great for lunch (19)special occasion (19)scenic view (19)notable wine list (17)romantic (14)great for brunch (12)good for groups (10)fit for foodies (6)neighborhood gem (5)kid-friendly (3)late-night find (2)vibrant bar scene (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • Better First Time
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We visited Cafe Champagne about a month ago with another couple and the food was delicious. However, this time with a group of six of us, the food was just "ok." The omelet was fishy; the French toast a little dry and not as good as described in the menu; the machaca was tasty; and the eggs Benedict was fine. The service was great, but we are going to try other locations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Disappointed
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    I was upset to discover that the table that I had reserved was given to somebody else moments before my arrival. I wanted to have a seat close to the band, which was why I made the reservation, got there, my friend was already waiting at "our" table. She said they taken the reserved name off the table they gave me and it wasnt MY name - then let a guy have MY better viewing table, and after talking with him, found out he shared the same last name as I do, McDonald, and had made NO reservations at all! Yet his table had "Reserved for McDonald" on it. When I brought this up to a server they merely argued with me, the manager ignored me completely. NOT happy!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I love this place, good food great service, absolutely looking forward to be back soon every one loves it...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • closed?
    onerustyoneVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We arrived at our reservation time to find the restaurant closed...but with a lot of people around. We finally got served, and the wait and hassle weren't worth it. Sorry.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Temecula Treasure
    Dick
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    As always, a wonderful time at one the few winery restaurants open after 7:00 pm. Quiet dinner in great atmosphere & excellent good & service !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    This was pretty good for the only dining option in the area on a week-day night. But the restaurant itself is kind of dingy-looking for the price of the food it serves. Even outside sitting area had a funny smell to it, and the glass wall on the patio needs a wash badly (to allow for the enjoyment of the beautiful views. Food was pretty good -- extra star for the baked brie desert. White wine flight was OK, but all the champaigns in the tasting flight were pretty bad.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Nice champagne brunch!
    live2eat
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    My friends and I enjoyed the champagne brunch during our "Girls' Weekend". The service was wonderful and the food was wonderful, as the three of us ordered three different entrees and split them. We even ordered dessert...all outstanding!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reservation Mistake
    DoctorZ
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We had made a reservation with a request for a window table. (It was part of a trip to celebrate our 50th wedding anniversary.) When we arrived on time, another couple was standing in line ahead of us, and the greeter/receptionist seated them at the only table with a window view. I felt a little down about that, but as usual the food was great. We have been Cafe Champagne customers for at least twenty years and will continue to be.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 5 Star Experience!
    HorsesandWine
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    My fiancée and I have been at Café Champagne many times. Its a 200 mile round trip for us to get there. The view from indoors and outdoors is breathtaking looking and the vines and rolling hills of the wine country. The food is over the top along with the service. We can not recommend them enough!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Meal
    KatiandDave
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    We have been to Cafe Champagne a few times before and have always had a great experience. When my husband's 50th birthday was coming up the first place I thought of for a nice dinner out was Cafe Champagne. We sat on the patio. The service was great. We ordered a "Wine Flight" which gives you a sample of wines. It was a nice way to tastes what they have to offer. Our food was extremely good. The Brie appetizer was to die for!! The sprinklers did come on during our meal and we were getting somewhat wet. Our server quickly pulled down the sun/wind cover. All in all we had a splendid evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Mixed review
    Brunchaholic
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    This was my second visit for brunch. I have to say the food was disappointing both times. I had the shrimp fritatta this time. It was dry; hardly had any flavor at all; the egg was rubbery - like the dish had been microwaved. The best part was the quiet background music which encouraged table conversation without having to yell - unlike most restaurants. The view is fine, service is okay - not great. We sat inside, due to the hot weather. There were many flies buzzing around our food, which was unappetizing. I don't think I will be visiting again, at least for brunch. I have not had lunch or dinner at Thornton.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Winery restaurant
    Ellen
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    I have eaten here many times. The food is always great. The service is excellent. I have been to a couple of Jazz concerts also and it is a wonderful experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed!
    None
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Had high hopes for this restaurant, even came with a special reason to celebrate. The food was not up to standard, putting it mildly. The champagne flight was some of the poorest champagne I've had. Not a good thing for a winery specializing in it. Why don't they serve good champagne? We left most of the food and skipped dessert.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food
    FoodFan
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    We sat on the patio with a lovely view of hills and vinyard. We started with a flight of champagne -- quite nice -- and some appetizers. The calamari was well prepared. Two of us selected fish, and two selected steak, and without exception enjoyed the meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    Delighted
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    I was very impressed by everything. Wish I could make it a habit of coming, but it is pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!
    HolkeyVIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Made reservations on Open Table and they sat us outside in the blazing sun. My 85 year old parents were very uncomfortable. I asked to be moved and they said no. We were eaten alive by flies! We even asked if they had a fan.. Of course they did not. Next the food... Which was terrrrible! The frittata was like a burned pancake, I'm not joking! Hamburger was dry and Eggs Benedict was overlooked . The only good was that our server was very nice. Manager did nothing for us. Callaway across the street has a much nicer atmosphere.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Won't be back
    FoodiesRUs
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Four of us baby-boomers dined on a Saturday and all felt the same way. Dining room interior in need of an update, poor air circulation, underwhelming food, adult beverages sub-par, over-priced. Service was good. Ex: Simple cobb salad with dressing on the side ... had about 6-7 chunks of ham, about 1/3 chopped egg and ALLOT of chopped romaine. If it had anything else on it, couldn't find it. I ordered the recommended champagne ... small flute, pricey and certainly no thoroughbred; I wouldn't even describe it as a friendly mutt (sorely lacking in acidity, good carbonation, aroma, and taste). As a 'champagne' restaurant I was expecting it to make me sit up and take notice. Little value for the prices.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Sunday, the 8th of June
    plw2014
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We were greeted, seated and served in a timely manner. The food looked appetizing and tasted good. Service was great - friendly, Kyle & company did a good job. When we were seated at noon, the dinning area was a bit "stuffy", but within fifteen minutes someone raised the eisenglass side coverings on the north side and it cooled off. I would suggest on warm days someone be assigned to open up the dinning area before temperatures rise.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch and music
    4658
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Went to Thornton on 6/1/2014 and had great food, champagne and 3 1/2 hours of great music on the patio. I would highly recommend for a fun afternoon.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Service were lacking
    Jessika72VIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    The food was ok, overpriced. I had the lemon ricotta pancakes, I tasted no lemon and no ricotta (not moist). The fruit cup was great and mimosa ok. The service was horrible! We were seated promptly, then couldnt find the waitress. She finally came and we ordered (even though we were missing a party). We let her know that we had reservations at 2pm (it was 12:30 at this point.. reservation was for 12:15, but we had arrived closer to 12) she said no problem. Friend arrives... no waitress. Its now 1:15 when we get her attention, she says the food should be out soon and asks if our friend wants to order, we told her no, there was not enough time. Food came out at 1:25, we ate fast... made it to the cellar room tasting elsewhere :) -phenomenal!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, Poor Service, OK food
    PartyofFive
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Three of us went Mother's Day buffet brunch.The brunch was poorly planned. There was little selection & food trays (like the dessert table) were not restocked quickly enough so that there was very little to choose from at once. Maybe they were trying to conserve food to last the whole day? There was a one person omelet station and crepe (premade crepes warmed for 10 seconds with a mixture of glazed fruit plopped in the middle), which created lines. The crab legs had flies on them, which made them very unappetizing. There was a live jazz guitarist, which was way too loud (especially if you are older and hard of hearing) and our waiter automatically charged his 20% tip to our bill, which was over $350 for the three of us, with no alcohol!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Generally good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I didn't realize when I made the reservation on line that they were doing a special event for Mother's Day. It would be an improvement on Open Table if they had a way of notifying you of this. Instead of their menu, they had an elaborate buffet. The food was good, for a buffet. The service was good. The scenery beautiful. The bill was outrageous. It was almost $300 for three of us for a buffet lunch! I expect an amazing dinner with every bite being insanely delicious for $100 per person. This was really disappointing.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mother's Day Brunch Way Overpriced!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food was very good. Buffet-style with a made-to-order omelet and (pre-made) crepe station, fruit and cheese platters, nice deserts, delicious beef, and the best bacon I have ever had. After arriving, and walking through the beautiful outdoor seating area with live music, we were seated inside the cafe - with no option to sit outside, claiming that all seats were reserved upon booking. Sitting outside would have made the day closer to being worth the price they charged - $63 per person!!! With 4 adults, and two of them adding the $12 Champagne deal, and $22 in tax, the bill came out to $298. They then ADDED 18% Gratuity - another $54! For $352 we should have all gotten flown to the restaurant in a helicopter. Brunch should never be $350.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Royally Gouged
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    It's terribly overpriced for what it is. $62.95/pp for brunch (Mother's Day or not ) - please? Another $12.00/pp for champagne on top of a $62.95 brunch? I could had a really nice dinner for that price. The food was okay but nothing special or as wide ranging in selection as the brunch at Wilson Creek up the road. The servers did not keep the food plates stocked, so they all looked picked over and you had to wait if you wanted something. To add insult to injury, despite it being a help-yourself brunch, the waiter added an 18% tip onto our already outrageous bill. Big rip off. Not going back!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great place to stop and have food with your wine!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    We had a great time.. Missy Anderson was FANTASTIC
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Noise Level
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    I had been here before and enjoyed the serene lunch on the patio. I took guests and was very disappointed to have to eat inside because the blaring vocal music was not conducive to having a nice conversation or hearing the waiter explain our flight of wines.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Delight
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    Years ago my daughters and I went to Thornton's for a Christmas dinner. I have talked about how great it was ever since. We were going to be in Palm Desert, It was time for a birthday celebration, And the winery was the birthdate girl's first choice. The wine flights were excellent, the server was superb and the food was fabulous. In short, we were not disappointed in the least and will stop there again on our way to San Diego. Yes, we even joined their wine club. Make sure you ask about it as we felt that it was to good to be true. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic service
    doglover
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Stephanie was a fantastic waitress. She helped make our day out perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    ThePirate
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Although very good, my Cioppino potrion was smaller this evening. Hmmm?
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 11 ratings-only reviews submitted since April 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 64 reviews are from the Cafe Champagne Restaurant - Thornton Winery reviews archive.
  • Too Little for Too Much
    CMartinez
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The service was slow and the food all though very tasty a bit skimpy on portions. It's a very nice place especially with the concerts thay have through out the summer but for the food, it's a bit pricy in my opinion.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Underwhelmed experience
    LeLu
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We dined on the patio at a table for four which was very cramped with little room for everything that we needed, glasses, bread basket, plates, appetizer, etc., and constant shifting of items was annoying. We tried a variety of wine /champagne flights. The sautéed trout was good and a caesar shrimp salad was fresh and tasty. The menu wasn't very interesting to us, same ole same ole offerings. The dining experience didn't meet our exceptions based on the winery's stellar advertisements and received awards. The contemporary fusion cuisine appeared to be missing from the menu. The property is lovely and the courtyards welcome guests for dining and entertainment. The gift shop and tasting bar were interesting to visit.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We went to this restaurant
    RaRaVIP
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    We went to this restaurant for lunch. Prices were very high and the menu not all interesting. The food was OK but nothing special. If you want bread to go with your meal, you will have to pay extra for it. The patio dining isn't very nice - they need to do so something about the tacky plastic table cloths. There are much better dining options in the Temecula Wine area.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • my cobb salad and the charcutterie
    Cathy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    my cobb salad and the charcutterie plate were very ordinary. The cioppino was good, but the experience was nothing special.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Are you sure you want to hear this?
    Chefs2
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We were looking forward to our dinner at Cafe Champagne. We know the Thornton's history in San Diego and knew they were foodies, so we felt the food would be really good. The menu was interesting so we decided to try it. I have to be honest, it was the worst meal I have ever had at a restaurant in my life and I have had many over the years. The waitress was nice, but over solicitous (yes, that is possible)What was supposed to be Osso Buco wasn't- veal in red wine sauce, not white and no gremolata. My Cioppino was so salty it was inedible. I think if the Thornton's had sat down to this meal themselves, they would have been horrified.. we were.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Girls day out..
    EastvaleKelly
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    This was the first time I have eaten at Cafe Champagne and it was REALLY good. The service was awesome, there was music playing which I loved, and the food was exceptional The price is a little higher than other restaurants, but it was really, really good. I would absolutely without a doubt return, and will recommend it to all my friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Flavors
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Food was well prepared, tender and full of flavor. Flavor profiles were excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable Lunch
    Robd
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    We visit the Temecula wine district every few years and always try to have a lunch at Cafe Champagne each time. We have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Servers MIA, never tried food
    savagejimVIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Went on a busy Sunday afternoon, was seated fairly quickly. There were several servers, not one of them even stopped by the table to say they would be right with us, even tried making eye contact several times and did not even receive an acknowledgement. After 20 minutes of we actually got up and left, have never done that before, Probably won't be going back...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Coffee Rubbed Steak!
    CasualDiner
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    My wife and I decided to skip the insanity of trying to go out on Valentine's Day and opted instead to go out the weekend following. We chose Cafe Champagne somewhat at random and were very pleased that we did. I had the ahi appetizer and my wife had a salad, both were excellent. For the main course I had the coffee rubbed steak and she had the bass that was the special for the evening. We enjoyed our own meals and were inspired to share. Overall it was a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.