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Cafe Luxembourg
Cafe Luxembourg

Cafe Luxembourg Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafeluxembourg.com
  • Phone: (212) 873-7411
  • Hours of Operation: Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8:00am - 11:30am, Weekend Brunch: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Brasserie Monday-Friday: 3pm-5:00pm, Weekend 4pm-5:00pm; Dinner Sunday, Monday & Tuesday 5:00pm-11pm Wednesday-Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French American, American
  • Executive Chef: Alex Asteinza
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
  • Entertainment: We are near The Beacon Theater, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and The American Museum of Natural History.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Amsterdam
  • Public Transit: 1,2,3 at 72nd Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Nearest Parking Garages:
    200 West End Av btwn Amsterdam and West End Ave

    Highrise Parking
    210 West 71st Street btwn Broadway and West End Ave
A word from Cafe Luxembourg
In 1983, Café Luxembourg opened its doors to become the quintessential neighborhood bistro of the Upper West Side. The dining room of this charming 90 seat restaurant glows in the warm light of the Jean Perzel fixtures and antique mirrors.

Located on 70th Street just west of Broadway, Café Luxembourg entertains New Yorkers and celebrities alike. The full service bar is home to many regulars. The lively buzz of the dining room is inviting and intimate. The frequency of dining customers is testament to the sincere efforts by the entire Café Luxembourg staff.

The menu changes seasonally as well as offering daily specials. The classic menu dishes maintain a level of cooking on par with the city’s best restaurants. Café Luxembourg offers beautifully prepared food with professional, yet unpretentious service at reasonable prices.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFrench American
Diner Reviews
  • "Been to this restaurant about 5 times. The wine list is awful and the food is average at best and the menu has not changed at all in a year! Atmosphere is cozy and lively but otherwise nothing special unless they change the menu and put decent wine on the list."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Even though it has been around for many years, it still remains a top notch bistro."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Took a friend for his birthday and it was, as usual , a very specal experience Good food and service and it is always a delight to return there."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Not the greatest ambiance, a little dull, in fact, but the food was very good. It was also a little pricey."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We went there 30 years ago for brunch when it first opened, and now 30 years later, the experience was even better. For a NYC restaurant that's an extraordinary accomplishment."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "We have been going there for over 25 years since they opened & they are always excellent. More recently we always go for breakfast / brunch & they are consistently on the mark. Service is great & the food is excellent. Worth a visit during the week if you have time to beat the week-end."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Other restaurants come and go, but Cafe Luxembourg endures, and deservedly. When I started going there at the turn of the century, it was an oasis in the UWS food desert; fourteen years later, there are lots of good restaurants in the area, yet CL remains the best, at least for European cuisine. Not only is the food great but the service is friendly and professional, the drinks are strong and the wine list is excellent. Be sure to order the chicken and the steak frites--but really, you can't go wrong. Beyond the food, drink and service, I love the ambience--it's an idealized version of Paris."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "We eat at Cafe Luxembourg once in a while and usually for special occasions. We ate there last Sunday for my wife's birthday. It was amazing and we came away committed to visit more often. Great food, service, cocktails, wine, atmosphere. What more could you want!!"
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Love their omlettes. Always perfect. The rest of the food is delicious."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "They do it really well here. Really good French bistro food, good service, French ambiance and not too loud when you're early (we eat at 6:00 before concerts.)..... Many of the service staff are themselves musicians, and the restaurant is really convenient to Lincoln Center. Combined with a prix fixe price for early dining, what more could you ask?"
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Cafe Luxembourg is a crown jewel of the Upper West Side. Restaurants come and go; Cafe Lux is here to stay. And thank heaven for that!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Just a wonderful experience every time. This should be a stop on anyone's trip to New York. The country salad alone is worth the trip."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "I live right around the corner and want to like this restaurant. It is so convenient and popular. I was there for brunch last weekend and ordered the poached tuna in olive oil, which I thought had promise and was a good and low fat alternative to traditional egg dishes. It had a strange taste with little garnish beyond a hard boiled egg and lettuce. I would not recommend. My companion had eggs benedict, which he liked. When I have dined here in the past it has been the service that has been uneven, not the food. This time it was the other way around."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "-Order was taken incorrectly - was given appitizer size of steak tartare. While their effort to correct via "comping" the french fries that were supposed to accompany the entree size was great - they were soggy and cold - you would think this restaurat would know how to cook frites based on its pedegree -Asked twice for bottle of wine - received 40 minutes after first request"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Outstanding, as always. Great food and service; delicious bottle of rose. It's your consistency with food and service that keep me coming back. Many thanks. Richard"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "The food was fine -- not great, but fine. But the restaurant was almost entirely empty, and yet we were sat at a table right next to the service station and the entrance to the bathrooms, so there was a constant parade of people walking behind my chair, carrying glasses, plates, heading to the restroom. And over the courst of a 2-hour lunch we apparently had three different servers, all of whom had to be introduced to us, all of whom wanted to come by and ask if we wanted water, more bread, another drink, dessert, was everything ok, how were we doing, were we enjoying lunch, was there anything we needed and on and on and on. Nothing terrible, but quite a lot less professional than I would have expected from a restaurant like this."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "It is so popular and so good and so crowded! We have learned through the many years to avoid peak dinner times - too many people in tight seating and close tables, too much noisy conversation, everyone getting bumped.. We like the late leisurely lunches and very early dinners. The food is delicious and the professional service attentive and pleasant."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Well I can say that Luxembourg is all ways a treat (salmon Bennidect to die for! Thought the Moules Frites were a little on the small side but excellent"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "As the Cafe touts itself as having French cuisine, I came with great expectations that were dashed severely. I ordered the signature French soup, onion; the onion and some of the cheese was burnt destroying the soup. I ordered liver and onions, another typically good French dish, but this liver had not been trimmed of its fat and had not been merely dusted with flour but wore it like a heavy winter's top coat! I might have reported this to my server, but he disappeared after taking my order and it was the bus-man who brought me the, dare I call it such, food. A New York friend of mine agreed that the cuisine there is hit and miss, and that the hit was consistently in the burger and fries. I shan't return to find out."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "we are therefore my favorite icecream. its heavy for sure, but unforgetable. But find the clam good too, and the calve liver, the smell is so good. will back someday to try other dishes."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "We have been to the cafe 7 times , one dinner and all the rest lunch,brunch or breakfast. Because it had always been enjoyable we were excited and looking forward to dinner. What a disappointment my husband ordered the pork dish and thinks it is probably the worst he has had. I had steak and was not very impressed. I would not return there for dinner or recommend it to a friend. Lunch,brunch and breakfast have always been fine and I hope they continue to be. Since the cafe has such good reviews I am wondering if the chef had changed"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Have been going here for a long time. Especially nice for brunch as it is one of the few UWS haunts that takes a reservation. No waiting outside like one would at Barney Greengrass or other "famous" city breakfast places. Is the food as good? Well, it is different and in my opinion, perhaps not as good as some, but it is definitely tasty and just fine and being able to sit in a comfortable, nice environment with good, albeit not great, food with good to great service is worth the visit."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I eat here regularly & am never disappointed. They have been constantly turning out excellent food since the 1970's. Whether I have their of omelettes, steak tartar, great fish, salads of all types regardless of what any of my friends order everyone loves their choice."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "As always, a wonderful evening for me and my guests."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "Consistently excellent service and food brings us back time after time, and year after year."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Cafe Luxembourg never fails in delivering delicious food and outstanding service in a lovely setting."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "A truly civilized and delightful restaurant. Food and service were excellent. This was our first time dining there but we look forward to returning often to Cafe Luxenbourg."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "This is not a place for a romantic dinner. The food was just okay."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Our dinner experience was thoroughly enjoyable. Service was especially attentive and friendly. Food choices were limited but very good."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "With red leather banquettes and wicker seats, very strange décor. Our salmons both had a good crispy top but the inside temperatures were off. One was raw and the other was well done. My burger was equally ill-prepared, it was ordered medium rare and it was overcooked, dry and borderline flavorless; bacon was very salty, I did like the Gruyere. The frites were very good. If we had the time (we were catching a concert) all of the entrees would probably have been returned to the kitchen. The server was very good, she knew the menu was helpful and professional. The other staff was challenged. They could all use a bit of retraining. Café Luxembourg is a diner trying to serve French cuisine."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "A casual brasserie in a convenient spot on the Upper West Side, featuring excellent French fare and unusually friendly service."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "In a city where 10% of the restaurants go out of business every year, it is significant that Cafe Luxembourg is still excellent and crowded after thirty years. The staff is friendly and accommodating, service is fast and attentive, and food is excellent. Even the prices, for an established Manhattan restaurant near the Beacon Theater and Lincoln Center, are attractive. And while the room can get a bit noisy when filled, it isn't impossible to have a conversation. All in all, a reliable go-to destination."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "The entrees are quite good (although one person's salmon was overcooked); but, a little expensive for what you get."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "The "Cafe Luxembourg" is unfortunately relying upon an Upper West Side location to enhance the reputation of what looks to be an old 50's diner that is serving casual French cuisine. Red high backed booths with old tile and tables with wicker seats fill the space. Tables had to be physically moved aside to allow my wife, who is very petite, access to her seat (same again upon departure - the table of regulars next to us clearly used to the table shuffle). Fine dining this is not. Devoted locals say what they may, this restaurant is in need of a serious update. Myself -Tuna Crudo (flavorless), followed by a thankfully well prepared Pork Duo as the main My wife -Mixed Greens, followed by a less than thrilling Yellowfin Tuna Burger"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I have eaten at Cafe Luxembourg many times, and it's one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. The service is always good."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "It is always a pleasure to eat at the Café Luxembourg"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Always can depend on great food and good service. We have never had a bad meal there in 20 years."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "cosy and local vibe. Sophisticated locals at the bar, both a mix of families and artsy types."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "This restaurant is perfect for Sunday brunch! My omelette and salad were perfection. The service was outstanding. Warm and charming, Cafe Luxembourg has character and has been one of my best food experiences on the upper West Side."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "This restaurant is an oasis for Lincoln Center visitors! Excellent food and terrific service as well as friendly customers. My wife and I have been here half a dozen times and love the place."
    Dined on 6/28/2014