Café de France
Café de France

Café de France

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lecafedefrance.com/
  • Phone: 4076471869x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 6:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Continental, French
  • Executive Chef: Chef Nathaniel Russell
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events: OPEN ON SUNDAY FOR LUNCH
    WINE PAIRING DINNERS ONCE A MONTH...

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Near Rollins College. Fairbanks Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Also plenty parking behind the restaurant
A word from Café de France
Cafe de France opened its doors to Park Avenue in July 1982.

Since then it has always been owned and operated by French natives, following the pattern of many little restaurants in Europe. Café de France takes pride in serving the freshest ingredients brought in daily. All dishes are freshly prepared on premises. Our specials change everyday, according to market availability.
Full bar and wine cuvinet
We hope you'll enjoy your dining experience in our quaint restaurant, and we look forward to your future visit.

OPEN FOR LUNCH TUESDAY THRU SUNDAY, DINNER TUESDAY THRU SATURDAY!
Bon Appetit!
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Café de France reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (11)romantic (11)neighborhood gem (10)special occasion (6)great for outdoor dining (4)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (3)great for brunch (2)late-night find (2)good for groups (1)Show More
  • Consistently a favorite restaurant
    JBfoodie
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Great food, great service, in a great location. Café De France never fails to impress
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Good
    Will
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This is an excellent choice for dinner on Park Avenue. The food and service are always very good and sometimes excellent. This is a real gem among all the trendy noisy restaurant that it competes against.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love Dominique
    Jimbo
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Cafe' de France is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere. Very authentic with a great feel, friendly staff, great food with a quiet, romantic atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad food and good service .
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I was very disappointed ! Food was cold , Veal Shank on a scale of 10 , probably 0 . We had a better experience few couple month ago there . I don't think we will get back anytime soon . I will give two stars just because of a wonderful waiter .
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • usuallyindifferent
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The food was fresh and seasoned with care. The presentation was genuinely artistic. Our server took a lot of trouble to provide excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Real French Cafe
    eaharris3
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I loved this place, a real French cafe clearly influenced by it's French operators.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not very impressed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I went to Cafe de France for my birthday and it was not a very positive experience. The ambiance and interior design was mediocre, the food was ok but what made my friends and I really uncomfortable was our waiter. Now I am not saying this to get anyone into trouble but it has to be said he kept coming back every minute, wouldn't give us any space and kept saying how he knew us. Now I get it, young guy tries to be cute with a table full of girls but come on, be a bit more professional. This is not TGI Fridays. People eating in restaurants like their space and help when they ask for it. There is room for improvement. It could be a real Park Ave gem, just needs a little interior TLC and courteous service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 89 reviews are from the Café de France reviews archive.
  • Ambience great, food just OK
    gaylord
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    The place was great with very friendly and accommodating staff. While waiting for the balance of our group to arrive, we sat outside and they brought cold water to drink and inquired if we needed service. Meanwhile they got our table ready inside and asked us to just wait inside for them. I had the Rack of Lamb (daily special) which I found good, but not great which is what I would expect from a French restaurant and a daily special. I even had to add salt to it to get any flavor to come out. I did try the Coq Au Vin that someone else was having and found it wonderful. Everyone else was very satisfied with their meals. Price was reasonable and not overly expensive for a French restaurant. I would go back and try something else.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food Quality
    cosie50
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    the food was average it did not rate the 3-4 stars previously displayed.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner at Cafe de France
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    What a fabulous evening with good friends and delicious food and wine! The owner was solicitous and the waiters were engaged and helpful. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ubique
    Luish
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    One of the best french food in Florida, if not the best. Will GO back everytime i come to Orlando.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing.
    Dexter
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Not a foodie, but the food here was amazing. Everyting was cooked to perfection. The service was attentive without being intrusive or overbearing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Reunion Dinner
    RDavid1957
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    A group of us attending the Rollins Reunion selected Cafe de France as a special occasion dinner. The steamed mussels were exceptional, the airline chicken was outstanding, the sword fish was excellent, the Coq au vin was to die for and the Pouili Fuisse 2010 was ideal ! What a way to celebrate and reconnect with friends of 35 years ! Thanks so much Cafe de France !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Almost a must do in Winter Park
    Macc
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Not perfectly executed but almost, and if one is willing to overlook minor gaps, it'd be a five star. Real French food and great location. We like it so much that we're grading it hard.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food (service was rushed)
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food is excellent overall. However, portion size on the seafood special (2/15/14) was too small (more like an appetizer) Service was a bit rushed and uneven.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent "french" restaurant
    Greg
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    If you are looking for a place where you can get a taste of "La cuisine francaise" ... this is definitely the place to go ! Food was excellent (we tried the "salmon" and "pate" as apetizers + the "coq au vin" and "osso bucco" as entree). Service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely, as usual
    Christian
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    Love coming here. The home-made Pâté is terrific, the mussels were in a creamy herb-filled wine sauce great for dipping, and we had the special -- Tile fish over haricots verts, perfectly cooked, with a plum-onion-olive relish, which sounds odd but was delightfully savory & sweet. We had the Sancerre with our meal which was also the perfect pairing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A perfect Birthday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/17/2013
    I had heard of Cafe De France from a friend and it was everything they said. I took my wife there for her Birthday and it helped make the night magical for her. It certainly helped being in the beautiful downtown area of Winter Park. I also enjoyed the fact I good order flowers to be at the table when I made my reservations But once there the food and service was excellent and I would suggest a trip there to anyone. We will be back, it is on our Fav list now!
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We had a great experience.
    Victor
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    We had a great experience. We were greeted and seated on time. The menu was explained thoroughly. We had a veal dish, beef and the fish of the day. All were prepared and presented quite well. When we are back in the area we will visit again. Our waitress was very patient with our questions. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place in Winter
    Jules
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    My favorite place in Winter Park on Park Ave. Great french food with personal service.......5 stars
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The food is always fantastic.
    Foodsnob
    Dined on 8/10/2013
    Wonderful French cuisine withouth the heavy, overly dramatic sauces. Portions are decent, unlike other pretentious French restaurants in town. The service is always exceptional and it is always a fantastic experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    KenJax
    Dined on 7/10/2013
    Always a destination when I visit Winter Park... On my "A" list for more than twenty years now. Treat yourself to a wonderful evening of great food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoined our evening very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2013
    We enjoined our evening very much. Our server was very helpful,friendly and professional. We will return the next time we are in Winter Park.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent the minute you walk
    Jules
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    Excellent the minute you walk in the door. Greeted with a smile and a pretty table by the window. The food is spectacular! My favorite restaurant in Winter Park....
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Syl
    Sylvester
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    We loved the dining experience at Cafe de France. We have lived in Francr for 10 years and this restaurent rates an 8-9.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The pate was delicious. My
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/4/2013
    The pate was delicious. My lamb shanks were good. My husband had venison which he ordered medium rare. It came well and tasted like liver. When he sent it back they were uncertain as to next steps. We asked them to try again. The second time it was cooked correctly but very tough and grisley. Owner had already left and no apologies given. Would never go back. Wine list very mediocre.
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  • Great Experience
    Maria
    Dined on 3/28/2013
    Food and service was great. Would definitely return, and recommend to friends and family.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • France in Winter Park
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    I can't believe that we had never been to Cafe de France. It's a wonderful restaurant. We'll definitely go back. The food was delicious and beautifull presented. Our server was a real pro. It was just a great night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The food was prepared well.
    Varteen
    Dined on 2/22/2013
    The food was prepared well. The restaurant had little ambiance and our original table was too open to foot traffic. We asked to move to a table by the wall when it became available.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My husband said he had the
    Barbara
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    My husband said he had the worst piece of fish he had ever had. Add to that the price and I don't think we will be going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is among my favorite
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    This is among my favorite restaurants in Central Florida. Good service. Good food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • While we enjoyed our dinner...It
    CocoVIP
    Dined on 2/5/2013
    While we enjoyed our dinner...It was expensive !! don't know if I would go again except maybe lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Surprisingly for a Saturday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 2/2/2013
    Surprisingly for a Saturday night there were several empty tables when we arrived and by the end of the evening I could sense why. Service was attentive but at times confused as three different staff members would ask the same question. The food was good and the presentation was fine but the restaurant just does not seem to have a comfortable feel. Given the prices, Cafe de France just does not inspire the desire for a return trip as there are too many other places that are superior.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Kitchen and Staff are not in sync.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/19/2013
    I must admit we did arrive 30 minutes early for our reservation but walking by we saw many several open tables so we went in and asked if it was a problem. They were very gracious and sat us immediately. Then we waited a good 10 minutes before the menus showed up or water was served. Then another 10 minutes before some bread was served, though it was hot and delicious. Another 30 minutes went by before our pate came out. What I cant understand is pate is already made. Why on earth would it take 30 minutes to slice and serve pate? Once it arrived the remaining items came without delay. Was it the best french food I've ever had? No not really but it wasnt bad either. Would I go back, probably not.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Elegant French
    Jules
    Dined on 1/12/2013
    Great menu with all the classics prepared to taste! Such a great place for dining.Dessert is a must after dinner......so yummy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • French Gem!
    Terry
    Dined on 1/8/2013
    This Winter Park gem is always on top of it's game in every way. I go there for either a quiet dinner with friends, a romantic dinner with my partner, or for group special celebrations. You can never go wrong at Cafe' de France!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Consistent quality. CdF has
    MgatorVIP
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Consistent quality. CdF has a stable menu of french favorites, fresh and sometime inventive preparations for their specials (their fresh fish is always a wise choice), and above all, always delicious. Service is attentive, but not overly so (no hovering allowed), and has the perfect atmosphere for celebration dinners - not too stuffy. With a full bar, a varied wine list, and dependable (if not overly inventive) desserts, it is rock solid reliable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • CDF was better in times past.
    WPFoodie
    Dined on 12/22/2012
    Overpriced for the quantity and quality of the food. We visited twice in three weeks -- disappointed both times. Better french fare available in Winter Park.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A great, lower key, restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 11/30/2012
    A great, lower key, restaurant w great food and ambience. n excellent, well priced, wine list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Loved it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/26/2012
    This was our 1st time dining at this restaurant. It is a small place but very intimate. The food and the service were outstanding. Each dish was perfectly timed. I will go back to this wonderful place.J.Kuhn
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet