Cafe Deluxe - Gaithersburg
Cafe Deluxe - Gaithersburg

Cafe Deluxe - Gaithersburg

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://cafedeluxe.com/
  • Phone: (240) 403-7082
  • Hours of Operation:
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Executive Chef: Will Wilt
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The Atrium- An inviting space with windows overlooking the Rio Center Atrium. Perfect for seated events up to 30 guests or cocktail receptions up to 40 guests

    The Overlook- A semi-private space with a unique atmosphere. Slightly raised room with café windows that can be opened or closed based upon request that allow you a view over the main section of the restaurant. Perfect for seated events up to 45 guests or cocktail receptions up to 75 guests.

    The Lakeview Room- A fully private space with subtle décor, warm cafe tones and glass patio doors that open up to views of Rio Lake.Perfect for seated events up to 60 guests or cocktail receptions up
  • Private Party Contact: Wendy Holt 2024654677x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rio Blvd
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Free covered parking adjacent to the restaurant.
A word from Cafe Deluxe - Gaithersburg
Cafe Deluxe, an American bistro combining the charm of a neighborhood restaurant with the energy of a bustling European eatery, serves fresh and innovative classics in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Washingtonians have enjoyed the friendly service and casual dining experience for nearly 20 years. The diverse brunch, lunch and dinner menus combine traditional fare like Steak Frites and Grilled Meatloaf with menu favorites ranging from the Spinach, Feta and Tomato Omelet for brunch to the Grilled Atlantic Salmon Nicoise Salad, and the Fra Diavolo Mussels to the Ahi Tuna Tacos.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Cafe Deluxe - Gaithersburg reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since July 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.7
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (20)great for lunch (15)great for brunch (13)good for groups (13)scenic view (13)neighborhood gem (11)kid-friendly (10)special occasion (6)hot spot (4)late-night find (4)fit for foodies (4)romantic (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great impression on my first visit
    bobbiesgirl
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    We ate in the bar side so it was a tad noisy but the service and food were excellent. Will definitely dine there again.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the Dog Patio
    FoodieBear
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    It was a gorgeous day, so we thought we'd take our giant dog out to Sunday Brunch. The new Downtown Crown has opened a few blocks away, and is crazy busy with several new restaurants. So it was quiet at the Rio, smaking it was easy to get a seat. The staff was extremely welcoming and attentive, and they loved Beardog, who enjoyed frequent water refills and a perfectly grilled chicken breast. My husband's egg white omelet was lovely, a delicious healthy choice; my crab benedict was perfect, on sourdough toast with a sundried tomato hollandaise. My teenager took his giant, puff pastry chicken pot pie (regular menu) inside to eat. This Cafe Deluxe has come into its own, and the quality now equals that of the others in this local chain.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SamIam
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was slightly better than mediocre and way over-priced. $12.95 for a small pedestrian omelette and side salad? Anyway you cut it, this is a poor value. Although the service and ambiance were vey good, I do not plan to return to Cafe Deluxe.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greenie
    GreenieVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Busy night....service was poor. Not often I leave just 15% for service. Food was good...not anything special. Not sure I even received freq dining points but couldn't wait to find out. May be some time before returning
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great 'Go-To' place
    UnchainedAdventuresVIP
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Good food, good environment, good service. Perfect after a movie for a quick bite.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Okay, good location
    JillyjillVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This Cafe Deluxe has a great view of the lake at Rio, but is otherwise a little lackluster. The food is very hit-or-miss with a few great items (delicious trout special) and several fairly meh ones--although nothing (except for the gazpacho--avoid at all costs) is awful. Sitting at the bar looking outside onto the lake is a real pleasure, especially when it is nice enough to have the bar windows open or sit outside along the boardwalk. However, the bartenders can be dismissive and inattentive. Happy hour offerings are decent and get switched up often enough to keep things interesting. Overall, we come here 3-4 times a year for happy hour (particularly on nice nights) and get the things we know are good.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great time!!!
    Copeland2014
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Went to happy hour on Friday night. Drinks were fantastic & service was exceptional. Will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday brunch
    vickistu
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We had out of town company plus various local family members from different areas in the metropolitan area. Reservation was ready when we got there and in the specific area of restaurant we requested. The location was great for easy on/easy off 270/370 even though finding the restaurant itself within the Rio complex is very difficult. Better signage would be appreciated. Our server Edmund was fantastic. He seemed to know just the right time to check on us but still give us plenty of time to talk as a group. Oh yeah. Brunch menu is great but I already knew that from earlier visits.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for rehearsal dinner
    DavidG
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    We brought a group of 23 people here and although we needed to be at two tables it all worked out wonderfully. Food was good and service was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food good, service so-so
    Yardape
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food is always pretty good at Cafe Deluxe. The waiter however was clearly trying to rush us which I don't like.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had out of town co-workers with us and they really enjoyed the food and drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • service extraordinary!
    SodusPoint1967VIP
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    After friendly greeting, seated at table of chice. Awesome menu, fish of day fresh catch, mixed fruit cobbler dessert hit all taste buds. Go to place in vibrant village on beautiful man made lake. Try it, you won't regret it!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch Menu looked good
    NYCTouristVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    But I was disappointed in the food. My family got several different meals, the pancakes were too heavy, the oatmeal was too thick and a little cold, the eggs Benedict was a disappointment as well. I have been to Cafe Delux for lunch and dinner and it was much better.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • fantastic anniversary
    shorthair
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We went out for our anniversary dinner and were treated like royalty. The food was amazing. The service was way above any other restaurant. I would highly recommend this location to anyone and everyone!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent meal
    MikeVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    Lunch was excellent. Pricing was average. Good service
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Awful group experience
    StephyD
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Scheduled a bridesmaid lunch here for day before wedding ... it was 9-10 of us at a table, and the restaurant was NOT busy. The waitress introduced herself and a coworker that was in training. Let's just say we ordered our lunches (mainly burgers and some other simple items) ... 40 minutes pass and we have to ask where our food is. Food comes, ... and what do you know, everyone's meal BUT the bride comes (and missing most of the requested condiments). Another 5-10 minutes goes by (it's a burger, really) and one of our girls decides to go hunt a manager down to explain that we've now been here for over an hour and our guest doesn't have their meal - then we're told 'momentarily' with no apologies. Ended up getting $50 off and drinks free.
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Great Service
    LeoSac
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We arrived on the later side but we were served with patience and wonderful food. Add to that being seated outside on a beautiful night. Who could ask for anything more. Would definitely go back again.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Return visit
    SofiVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Outstanding service. Food was very good, but I would stay away from the mussels. Chef has undercooked them twice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always reliable
    Dadto2
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I have always enjoyed dining at Cafe Deluxe no matter which location. This time I went to the Gaithersburg location in the Rio. Food was excellent as was the service, although my dinner companion and I could have done without the parade of waiters and hosts who kept checking to see that we were doing okay. Great service, but almost too attentive.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice view, but...
    DaveNBettyVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Nice place to eat outside when weather permits. They offered to bring bread while we waited for dinner. We had to remind them about the bread which then arrived immediately, but cold. My wife ordered the crab cakes which were fishy tasting, mostly filler, and mushy. Out waitress made cocktail sauce for her. I had the roasted chicken. It was also mushy - not juicy, but watery. The skin was limp. The mashed potatoes were okay. The green beans were excellent! I also had a Greek salad which was quite good - plenty of feta cheese and Kalamata olives. We've been going to the restaurant for years (used to be Hamburger Hamlet) - primarily because of the location. We'll be back, but will keep our fingers crossed that the food will improve.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TERRIBLE Mussels
    AdamVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    I was really in the mood for mussels, and I know that the Cafe Deluxe in NW DC has a great reputation. Great, I thought, this could be great. I WAS WRONG. The mussels were offensively bad: many were not opened, and those that were were gritty. This was by no stretch of the human imagination worth $15. I don't know how you Cafe Deluxe can send those mussels out and charge money for them.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good
    Girlie
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Service was great. They messed up my husband's order and manager was super nice about trying to correct it. Food was ok but we only ordered burgers and spinach dip so other stuff may be better
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nicely done
    Diane
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The waiter was very friendly and accommodating. We requested outdoor seating which was devine. The Riesling wine was great and there was plenty of entrees to pick from. I had a salad with salmon which was very good. Also, the vegetable flatbread special was good. I would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 24 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
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