Cafe Pasta
Cafe Pasta

Cafe Pasta

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cafepasta.com/
  • Phone: (336) 272-1308
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Italian, Steakhouse
  • Executive Chef: Brian Dicey
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Café Pasta + Grille offers a variety of catering options to fit your needs. We are able to customize a menu that best fits the occasion. Our affordable rates are based on the menu you create for your event.
  • Private Party Facilities: To help make your event special, we offer free banquet rooms for any occasion. We believe that each event is special, and can tailor the menu to meet your budget or theme, regardless of size.
  • Private Party Contact: Ray Essa 3363396900x
  • Entertainment: Local live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings! We also host wine and beer tasting.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Golden Gate
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: There is a public parking lot directly across from the restaurant on State Street.
A word from Cafe Pasta
Café Pasta + Grille has provided affordable 4-star Italian cuisine for more than thirty years. We take pride in preparing delicious food with only the best ingredients. Also we can provide a FREE banquet room for your special event. Enjoy your visit to Café Pasta + Grille. -Buona Sera!
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Cafe Pasta reviews from OpenTable diners
8 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.4
    Noise LevelEnergetic
50% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (5)good for groups (4)vibrant bar scene (3)romantic (2)fit for foodies (1)notable wine list (1)late-night find (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Interesting mix of italian
    wgmom
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    The inside of the restaurant on the upper level is very dated. The chairs and tables look like they have been rented from a banquet store. It looks cheap and the tables should be covered with cloth tablecloths. They host a lot of receptions/parties in the lower level so your options of upper or low section are limited. Its difficult to hear when they host these parties and the rest of the patrons suffer. We were seated upstairs on a very cold night outside and we froze the entire time we were eating. They adjust the temp to the servers not the diners. So much for the ambiance. The food was mediocre at best. I did give three stars because my husband enjoyed his meal. They offer spicy dishes ( with ghost peppers) and i mean spicy… which is a pro. My bolognese was very bland and had such a fake tasting sauce i didn't eat much. Our waitress started out with a good attitude and quite attentive but by the end of our meal she was difficult to find…as mentioned before we had to sit on the upper level so we couldn't just flag her down when we needed water refills. I would not return but my husband would!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Food was delicious.
    mandyjo
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Easy to find; atmosphere was great and the food was just right. Liked the timely serving of the food orders.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • AlexVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Main level was occupied by a catered party. Half of upper level was occupied by a catered party. Service was not very good. We ordered two bottles of wine. Waitress did not offer a taste test. Just poured the wine into the glasses and left.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • State Street lives!
    IrishLady
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    I had forgotten about this spot on State Street. Nice neighborhood -- we had a view of the street. The bar seemed to be lively, but we sat upstairs where it is quiet. Wait staff a little disorganized (3 different folks asked for our drink order), but overall service was great. The crab cake appetizers, Caesar salad, spaghetti -- everything tasty! Waitress asked about your "heat level" from 1 to 5. The 3.5 was a little too much for a wimp like me, but my husband thought it was perfect! We will certainly put this back on our restaurant rotation.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Cafe Pasta
    foodie123VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We really had a nice time...the food was wonderful and there was entertainment and wine tasting...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.7
    • Food3.7
    • Ambiance3.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 17 reviews are from the Cafe Pasta reviews archive.
  • Good dining experience
    happydinerVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great menu selection, excellent service, and comfortable atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, good price
    JDelVecc
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I went there for a pre-prom dinner and the food was fantstic. There was live music and a great atmosphere. All that for a great price considering the quality of the food and the resturant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Hidden gem
    Baboo2
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Cafe Pasta was the toast of the town in the late 90's and then everyone forgot about it. I rediscovered it last year and the food is incredible. Ray does a great job making everyone feel like a regular even of its your first time. Go rediscover Cafe Pasta. You will be glad you did.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Overall
    SkiFamilyVIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    This restaurant is in a good location along a street of small shops. Unfortunately, the area is empty on a Friday night so there is not an social vibe in the area. The building and decor is welcoming, the food just average. Our server was friendly but on a Friday night, the restaurant was empty.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ok
    yuck
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Over all shrimp scami was ok, I think it had too much h water tomatoes sauce, not enough garlic! The house salad was on a saucer cup, and just leaves. We felt rushed to or order and eat.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dining with girlfriends
    Beachgirl
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    This restaurant is a gem! Atmosphere is awesome, food delicious, service impeccable. We will be dining here again !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kinda of NYC throwback. Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 2/25/2014
    Kinda of NYC throwback. Food was good and service likewise. Will consider going again if in the mood for Italian food
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Valentine's Evening
    dwn2eat
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I heard about Cafe Pasta from a friend who told me the food was excellent. The online reviews gave me a good feeling about the place so I decided to take my fiance' there for a small quite valentine's dinner. We both loved the atmosphere and friendly service that we found that night. The food was excellent, especially the crab cakes! I would definitely recommend this place as a unknown gem and awesome place to eat.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed Valentine
    Disappointed1
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Appetizer of crab cakes came out cold... it was obvious they were not fresh crab cakes but possibly frozen. Ordered a pasta dish (linguini rustica) and it was like I was eating a bowl of soup. Way too much water. The pasta was covered with tomatoes which made the dish look like a lot more but wasn't. Hardly any pasta at all. Ambience was awful...the music playing was like 60s and 70s rock or something...it was horrible. So much for a romantic dinner. Very dated decor and I even had a coupon they wouldnt take. Food is severly overpriced. And to top it all off, our waitress decided she was going to try and flirt with my husband and touched him. That's a big no-no in my book. I will never go to this place again.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Place
    Bigguysaid
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Service and ambience were nice. Food was very good, but entrees were only warm to room temperature. Desserts were fantastic!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something for everyone
    Ochelet
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    Scrumptious and plentiful portions. Welcoming to kids lovely all around. I'll be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice dinner
    MMac
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    Great food and great service. However the decor needs updating.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit of an odd place
    Leafpeeper2dayVIP
    Dined on 1/4/2014
    This was a very odd experience. We went here on a Sat night. They must do banquets more than regular diners. We were escorted to the upstairs "dining room." There were folding chairs and banquet-style tables. Calling this a dining room was quite a stretch. The food was good but the ambience was quite over shadowed by the party downstairs. The server was friendly and kept aplogizing for the situation. However, I would only go back for take-out. Any restaurant that puts a banquet over a diner does not need my business. If you define your"restaurant" as that, then don't' place your diners at an overflow location. Quite an experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was delicious. Setting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Food was delicious. Setting was dated (we were upstairs). Waitress was eager to please, but unfamiliar with how to serve wine, and we had to work to keep her from rushing us (we wanted a leisurely dinner). But the food was fresh and good and reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is tops
    jt42goyanks
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Good menu with a chef that will tailor any dish to your liking. If you don't see what you want, ask and they will try to accomodate you. The owner is always around and available. The ricotta cheese cake is the best around. Only place in town that allows you to substitute spaghetti squash for any of the pasta's on the menu. Great ;for low carb Italian food. Atmosphere is neat, music in background is not too loud and is a nice mix of old and new. Hard not to like this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    GSOFoodieVIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    I've been going to Cafe Pasta ever since a friend first took me there two years ago. I instantly loved it for its dark atmosphere and friendly staff, but more importantly, the food has been consistently outstanding. The menu or daily special is just the beginning: they always stress that you can have it your way--any dish cooked with more of this or that, hotter or milder, as you like it. For an appetizer or light dinner, definitely try the crab cakes. The spinach-artichoke dip with bread is nirvana, and for a main course, I highly recommend any of the salmon or risotto dishes, which are world class.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BEST Veal Chop in NC
    Rangel
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    I heard they had a new chef, so ventured out. The specials were a veal chop with mashed potatoes and artichoke hearts, with a Bordeaux reduction and a duck breast with risotto and grilled veggies. I had the Veal and my wife had the Duck. Both were cooked to perfection and everything on the plate was wonderful. Service was great and we enjoyed a nice bottle of Decoy. For desert we split a piece of the most wonderful homemade cheesecake. I highly recommend this place to anyone. No wait, plenty of space and well staffed and best of all, we got out of there for almost half of what I would have expected to pay.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.