High Street Caffe & Vudu Lounge

High Street Caffe & Vudu Lounge

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.highstreetcaffe.com/
  • Phone: (610) 696-7435
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Tuesday- Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Creole / Cajun / Southern, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jay Wenner
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Liquor, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We can arrange the room for special events.
  • Private Party Contact: Don Syracuse 6106967435
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz-the finest players the Philly scene has to offer featuring Dave Manley, Frank Gatas, Paul Kleinfelter and Jason Long. Every Wednesday is open Jazz Jam -so bring your axe and enjoy world class Jazz at its finest!!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Dean Street
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: We have 2 parking lots in the rear as well as off street parking.
A word from High Street Caffe & Vudu Lounge
High Street Caffe, located at 322 S. High Street in historical West Chester, Pennsylvania, is best recognized for its Cajun, Creole and Exotic cuisine. With a Funky-Eclectic atmosphere and a "staff you will want to take home with you”, the High Street Caffé has long been a favorite of Chester County.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
High Street Caffe & Vudu Lounge reviews from OpenTable diners
73 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (53)neighborhood gem (46)special occasion (26)hot spot (24)romantic (22)good for groups (17)vibrant bar scene (14)notable wine list (9)late-night find (7)great for lunch (6)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (1)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Another great dinner.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    We had not been in a while and my mom, sister's and I said "we have never had a bad meal at High Street, let go there". The food is always consistantly awesome. It's byob earlier in the week so we ordered a few of their specialty cocktails to start and our own bottle of wine. One of the best places in WC- will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience!
    Love4allthingschocolate
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    As a first timer, the food and service was perfect. Everything came out in a timely manner and our waitress was very helpful. The only thing I would have liked was more space, a little crowded and small area for such a nice restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding Food & Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Always a tremendous place! Have had many items on the menu; every one has been great! A gem in the area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • localdiner
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Always new menu items to try - both apps & entrees. Great in-house desserts. Awesome beer & wine selections. Excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary dinner delight
    nevers555
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    It was our anniversary dinner and we went around 5 the service was great and the food incredible. A friend had recommended this place for us and I am happy she did, we will be returning. I would also recommend for a small group of friends, like a girls night out type event. Our server was Kevin and he had great recommendations all of which were delicious. All of the staff were friendly and will to piitch in and help or answer questions. I love that thereis a parking lot available too since parking can be limited in west chester and they took the guess work out of that equation. I have talked to several friends about returning so I can try more of the menu. I was happy to find this place and look forward to my return, hopefully soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love this place!
    FoodieInDelCo
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food here is always superb! The drinks are great and the desserts (we had the bananas foster and cannolis) are worth every calorie!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still consistently good
    TeamGoGo
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Some reviews have suggested High St Caffe/Vudu lounge have slipped a little, but I don't see it after a recent visit. It's a reliable place to go when you want something different and cajun/creole fits the bill.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Good Food & Good Times.
    GoodTimeCharley
    Dined on 10/26/2014
    We've been coming to this restaurant for many years primarily for the food choices which are always good and decidedly different from the average 'fair'.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vudo Lounge
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Great food and atmosphere. All at very reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It Was OK
    ASedg
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The food was OK at best--all of the meat was completely overcooked and hard. The sauces were OK. Honestly, the only thing that was "good" was the bread, which was seemingly just a loaf of potato bread with creole spices shaken ontop. We were seated at a tiny hightop table that was rickety and rocking the whole time (as it is set upon an uneven floor covered in a dingy carpet). I had just enough room to fit into my seat, as the table behind us was so close the back of my seat was touching the back of someone else's seat and we were both smashed against the table. Pretty uncomfortable. The server was nice and attentive, but knew nothing about the wine list.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Worth a visit
    KackyDine
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Our 3rd visit - met another couple. Booked online earlier the same week for Friday night - got the worst table, near the bar and door. Very active bar and door traffic. Place was packed. Had to move my chair to avoid contact from passing patrons - but fun atmosphere. Service was great, low key. Forget chalkboard beer specials menu - bar patrons stand in the way. 3 out of 4 entree choices very good. Salmon special was a total miss. Overall a good time but food prices are starting to creep into the area of a "negative value" experience ($25 entrees.) for a bar/restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always enjoy the visit
    Jag3VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    I really enjoy the Cajun/Creole themed restaurant. Donnie is a great host and bartender too :-)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Slipping badly and overrated
    KenT
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    We've visited the High Street Caffe many times in the past and this may be the last time. The food used to be very good and consistent. This particular visit it was horrible. I ordered the Etouffee, which you would think would be one of their best dishes since it is a Cajun place. It was obviously ladled from a large pot as all the shrimp and crawfish were incredibly overcooked (curled up very tight and tough). For a small plate of Etouffee for $25, you'd expect it to be fresh and obviously it was not. Also, it tasted like tomato sauce. Etouffee should not taste like tomato sauce. My wife ordered the filet and Etouffee. The Etouffee was bad but the filet was actually pretty good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect Evening
    2happycampers
    Dined on 10/7/2014
    Started out with great Happy Hour drinks and appetizers at the bar. Such a funky bar with Mardi Gras theme. Seated at a high table for dinner. Food was fantastic Cajun fusion; spicy with perfectly cooked seafood and generous portions. Service was excellent and since it was a Tuesday, we could BYOB for a small corkage fee. What a find! We will be back and recommend to friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous
    LKey
    Dined on 10/1/2014
    I went the other night for my birthday dinner. I always have an outstanding experience when I go. The food is to die for, and I love, love, love the ambiance. My only complaint is that my entree was so big I didn't have room for dessert!! Can't wait to go back!! :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lionman51
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    The restaurant as not busy which somewhat surprised me. The food was very good and the staff was very courteous and helpful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Tiff
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We enjoyed our meal, didn't feel rushed and the food came out steaming hot. My only complaint was that my wine glass was very dirty and our server was overwhelmed with tables so he wasn't always available. Food was delish! Definitely will go again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • comet1864
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Small, tables are close, nice bar, nice selection, very college decor, creole food good, seasoned on the safe side, not inexpensive
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • no more mussels
    eat8oat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    After craving the mussels for months, we went back to have some and discovered they were no longer on the menu! They were on the online menu, so we didn't think twice about it, but when we got to the restaurant they were taken off. When asking the waiter if they were taken off, he said yes, but did not make suggestions or offer to see if the kitchen could still make them. The food here is always good, but we may not go back for a while now.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always delicious
    KascoVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Consistently good, whether you try the unusual "gator", Cajun, or stick with the traditional fishes and meats,... there is nothing basic or typical about this food. It is always delicious. We were a party of 6 and everyone loved everything. Love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable as always
    rcwestchesterVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The calamari was light and crispy, my companion's braised short rib was tender and flavorful. We had the opportunity to eat outside....great meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but a disappointment
    FrannyK
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The good: The cajun/New Orleans cuisine is great. Apps: Cajun popcorn, blackened stuffed mushroom excellent, even tried the fried alligator. Entrees: Jumbalaya excellent, red snapper with shrimp creole wonderful. The bad: Parking. Entrance to lot behind bldg is one way, difficult to enter (full). Street parking bleak. Seating is tight! First table we we couldn't navigate to get there! We are small people! Finally sat us at table near bar and 2 of us were bumped/jostled all nite. Service was very good until our waitress disappeared and a half hour later had to ask someone to find her so we could settle our check. Decision: Great martini menu and food but not worth the hassle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Excellent Dinner! Menu contained plenty of variety to please everyone in our party.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cajun in West Chester
    raydw00
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Nice cajun restaurant off the main drag of Market & Gay Streets. Food was decent though my wife's scallops were slightly undercooked and overly buttery to her liking. Would consider trying one more time.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good, but...
    SandP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Nice relaxed atmosphere, a pleasant waitress, and an appetizing sounding menu, but the food was a bit bland, especially for a "cajun" style restaurant. We had the cajun popcorn crawfish for appetizers, and the Jambalaya, and the Jambalaya Fettuccine for entrees. All seemed under seasoned.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellant
    newtothis
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    The food was excellent, the service was outstanding and just an overall enjoyable evening. We had a party of six and anyone was pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden gem
    vcmix1
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    This restaurant was a great place to have dinner. I've lived in the area for several year's and this was the first time I had seen this place. What a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great new orleans style food
    Grease
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Gourmet food and great menu selections. Been several times, and always top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantasticfood,great drink selection
    L2eat
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Every single thing that came to our table was amazing! Everything had so much flavor, we couldn't decide whose was our favorite dish!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great restaurant. I had blackened chicken with a crab cake. Prices very reasonable. Great choices. Nice atmosphere also. Would recommend to anyone looking for a great Cajun/creole menu. Owner was also very nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful night out
    LeslieB
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We had a fabulous dinner at High Street Caffe. My husband used to live in Lake Charles, LA and when we have a hankerin' for Cajun food we go to High Street. The waitstaff was great and dinner was off the cuff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 42 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.8
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 393 reviews are from the High Street Caffe & Vudu Lounge reviews archive.
  • Excellent as always
    KirstenP01VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    I wish I could say I tried something new but the allure of Fried Shrimp Wenner and shrimp/crawfish etoufee gets me every time. Cocktails were delicious and the service was excellent as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of our favorites
    Gwily
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The food is consistently great and the servers are attentive and friendly. The seasonings are a culinary mastery and the combinations of flavors explode in your mouth. My husband had the crab cakes with an artichokes cream sauce and I had their famous jambalaya with chicken that is just spicy enough to enjoy the mix of flavors. The portions are generous but don't forget to leave room for dessert. The homemade confections are to die for. This is the only place we will ask for doggie bags to bring home leftovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • DavidFVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Great cajun food. Never had a bad meal. It's just a little tight which makes it difficult for the wait staff to get to the tables!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Change of Pace
    Diner44
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    My wife and I have been going to High Street Caffe for years. The food use to be better but it is still pretty good and a great change of pace to the normal West Chester offerings. They have several very good traditional New Orleans apps and meals and a few that don't cut the mustard. The prices have steadily risen over the years making it more of a special occasion restaurant versus a regular stop for us. We still enjoy the change of pace even if it is less frequently.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food, less formal
    Mikey
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    I had not been to High Street Caffe since before the major renovation that happened several years ago, but I recall it feeling like more of a high-end place than the restaurant my wife and I visited for her birthday. The new bar feels like the bar at any West Chester restaurant, and the overall ambiance feels like an attempt to meld a college bar - complete with strings of lights - with a fancy restaurant. The restaurant was pretty loud, and the service was pretty slow for a Friday night. Having said that, the food was as good as I remember. The blackened alligator appetizer was tasty, as was the shrimp and crawfish jambalaya. I would recommend it for some tasty food, but not for a fancy date.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great food, but not for the money
    hippymasterVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Étouffée was very tasty, and the crab and watermelon salad was fresh and eclectic. However, you gotta judge the food by its price, and at $37 for the two dishes....in Westchester, I'd say it wasn't quite the value for money I've enjoyed elsewhere locally. However, if you've got deeper pockets, it's definitely a taste treat to take advantage of often.
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  • favorite
    LaylayVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    This is one of my favorite spots. Haven't had a bad meal yet. Owner Don is very kind and generous! We be back many times this summer!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just as good as we remember..
    VelvetHarry
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    My wife and I used to live walking distance to High Street Caffe and visited it several times for special occasions like Valentine's Day, Anniversaries, etc. and always found the food and atmosphere to be awesome. They make upscale Cajun food, but still keep it pretty simple rather than trying to compete to see who has the most obscure ingredients like a lot of "foodie friendly" places these days. High Street takes ingredients like their "Holy Trinity" of peppers, onions and celery and puts together just outstanding, perfectly cooked dishes that are amazing. I had blackened chicken, shrimp and scallops over dirty rice with a bit of Cajun mustard sauce and it was divine. Great and helpful service as well and great beer selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Favorite Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    The High Street Cafe is one of my favorite places to take friends, business partners and client to. It has great food and a unique "feel at home" atmosphere. The service is attentive and the patrons are both local and from far away places. It is a fun place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.