The Classic Cafe
The Classic Cafe

The Classic Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://theclassiccafe.com/
  • Phone: 8174308185
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, American
  • Executive Chef: Charles Youts
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Offsite catering ranging from buffet lunches to plated dinners.
  • Entertainment: The Classic Cafe at Roanoke offers live music, Thursday through Saturday.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Denton
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Street parking and designated lot.
A word from The Classic Cafe
"Have your taste buds indulged in one of Charles Youts creations... first class service and well appointed wine list... the making of a memorable meal at a restaurant that is a true classic" Kim Harwell, The Dallas Morning News. The Classic Cafe of Roanoke is committed to providing our guests an outstanding dining experience. Whether it is steak, seafood, side dishes or house made desserts, we promise to exceed your expectations.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
The Classic Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
60 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.6
  • Food4.6
    Service4.7
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (47)fit for foodies (39)romantic (37)neighborhood gem (36)notable wine list (24)great for lunch (11)good for groups (6)scenic view (2)hot spot (1)late-night find (1)great for brunch (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Organic Greens, Local Grown Eats
    RoadWarriorVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Quaint location with outdoor dining and monthly culinary lessons, this restaurant is a gem. Inside, the ambiance is classy and comfortable. Our server, Chris, was knowledgeable about the menu and went above and beyond to be accommodating. I was meeting a cousin who I had not seen for 40 years, so we were not in a hurry to eat or run. The restaurant staff assured us that we could relax and enjoy our visit. The server brought us a gift from the chef to start off our experience. These tasty morsels assured us we chose the right place to meet. I love to have wine with my meal, yet, rarely drink an entire glass. Classic cafe offers 3 oz servings, just enough, if that's all we wanted. It was perfect. Our meal and service were wonderful,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Birthday Dinner
    Foodnfamily
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Took husbands mom for her birthday. We had 5 in our group; two were children. The food was good and the staff was fantastic. Chef came out to the table and chatted a few minutes; very polite and passionate about his food. Fresh garden in the back is a nice perk for the menu.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Classic Cafe
    foodlover
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    This was our first time to dine at Classic Cafe, but it won't be our last! The food was awesome! The food came out in a timely manner after ordering. There were six of us and we all loved our dishes. Our waitress (unfortunately I don't remember her name) was wonderful. She was knowledgable about the menu and took very good care of us. She made sure our glasses did not go empty, but she did it without being intrusive. I would highly recommend you dine here. Loved it!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Osso Bucco
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    What a great meal. Few do this extraordinary dish well, and it was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Classic Cafe=First Class
    fmoldie
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    This has been one of our favorite restaurants for years. Food and service are always top notch. The oweners, Chris and Curtis are always quite welcoming and eager to please. Highly recommend this establishment.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabulous Find
    whatdoyouwant
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    What a gem! Exquisite food, great ambiance, someone who knows the wine list and can discuss the wines. Attentive service and tablecloths. A place you can go for a business dinner or a romantic dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Awesome!
    Jeridette
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is 3rd time to Classic Cafe and it is always 100% perfect! From hostess, service, to food! Pan-seared Tilapia was simply amazon!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect choice
    Menusnob
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Last minute lunch with out-of-town friends. Impressive & delicious menu items. Attentive service. Great for visiting without yelling across the table.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic Indeed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Curtis & Chris have run a fine restaurant for how many years, 20? DFW overflows with many fine chain-genre restaurants where one can get a 4-5 star experience-to be sure. But the Classic has been and continues to be a chain alternative that does not require an immersion in the downtown scenes. They feature upscale dishes, expertly prepared as in a good 4-5 star experience, but do so in an intimate setting, a little quieter than normal, and still a very good value. I'm embarrassed that as my wife and I ponder "where shall we go for this special evening," that I forget the Classic. Saturday night we went again for a pleasant and meaningful anniversary meal, and the Classic did not disappoint. Oh...that's why it's a Classic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was fantastic and the service was great. It was our first time to visit the restaurant and we will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique flavor combinations
    Outoftowner
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Dining at The Classic is always fun as the seasonal fresh flavor combinations are always interesting and enjoyable. The sauce for the crab cakes was excellent, as were the crab cakes themselves. And the bakes brie appetizer was wonderful, and perfect to split for two diners.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was just ok
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Including gratuity we dropped $140.00 at this place. It was our 17th wedding anniversary. Our beef tenderloin was nothing special. It was just a piece of meat. The Creme Bruele was bland. We will not return. Instead we will go to Ruth Chris or Eddie V 's.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Always outstanding
    CCfan
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Every aspect of The Classic Cafe is outstanding: the food, the environment, and the service. I love being surrounded by beautiful paintings inside and lovely gardens outside. Curtis Wells is the perfect host, warmly greeting guests and ensuring a wonderful dining experience from beginning to end.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Bad Experience at The Classic
    rcalentine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We could have gotten a tough steak, bland crab (with shell pieces) and a watered-down drink at dozens of places at half the price, the service was okay at best, and the restaurant was so noisy we could not even have a conversation. We were not greeted with a warm reception. We sat a small 2 top table (I am not a small person). The server was not very friendly and seemed distracted. We ordered steaks medium well and my wife order sautéed crab on top. The stakes were tough to cut and both of our steaks were well done (no pink in the middle at all). My wife found a couple of small pieces of crab shells. We got our check and were both very disappointed at the amount compared to the food quality and service.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • missing something
    Southerndiners
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    I took my wife here after hearing about it. The place itself is fantastic. Feels exactly how they describe it "neighborhood gem". The service and ambiance were great. The food felt missing. We kept getting these dishes that over promised or under delivered. We liked elements of dishes but weren't satisfied with the complete products. This is a place we'd love to give a second chance , especially since we felt so welcome , we just wish we didn't have to spend so much to do it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden treasure in downtown Roanoke
    texmexgirl
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Just moved here from Minnesota and was pleasantly surprised that this restaurant is close to my new home. While Texas does not lack for chain restaurants, it is wonderful to find a unique restaurant that offers delectable food tucked away in a unassuming blue house. Service was outstanding, the waiter did NOT hover and was more than accommodating. I will definitely be going back and this time I will save room for dessert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Small gem!
    lynneCtoo
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Our beautiful lunch served by the friendly, attentive but not intrusive, informative wait staff was wonderful! Tomato bisque and butternut squash soups, classic green salad with green apples, bleu cheese crumbles and pecans, cornmeal-breaded okra from the garden out back, and fabulous warm chocolate pecan torte with blackberry sorbet made a midweek meal more than memorable. And I appreciated owner Curtis Wells stopping by to check out our welfare. Elegant room, luscious food, friendly people, loved it all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Classic
    lamsam1
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    The food is outstanding-a little pricey but great special occasion place. Staff is friendly and attentive. They also generously send out 25.00 coupons from time to time when you sign up to be on their email list. Nestled in a nice area of historic district in Roanoke which is charming in itself. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints!
    Luv2dineout
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    I live in the N.Ft Worth/ Alliance area and it's hard to find a restaurant that beats Classic Cafe's delicious food, ambience, and wait staff! Thank goodness Roanoke is a short 15 min drive for us. An added plus is that they have live music (guy playing acoustic guitar) Thurs-Fri). It is a tad bit expensive but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food, wine & music
    Wendybirdr
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    As always, we really enjoyed everything about The Classic Cafe. We love Francis (whom we nicknamed St. Francis of the Vine). The food is phenomenal, as always. The only problem is that this time there was a party behind us. We always sit in the bar on Saturday night to hear the wonderful music. It was a little hard to hear and enjoy the music with the noise from the party going on behind us. Possibly parties should be put in the room where there's not music?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Choice
    gunner
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Have not been to the Classic Café/ The Classic at Roanoke for over a year, the food is still something to look forward to and the service is SUPER. They have trimmed down the portion size for the same price, I am sure that today’s food cost has a lot to do with is step. The Classic is one of the best if not the best places to eat north of Fort Worth. I’m also glad to see the Francis “THE ROCK” is still there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellence - as always...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    When you begin to take excellence for granted as a customer, you know you have found an amazing establishment. For us, the Classic is just that - the best of the best. We come in expecting the best dining experience in DFW, and always leave amazed that, somehow, our expectations were exceeded. This time, two Chef Charles Youts specials, a great wine recommendation from Curtis and superior service carried the day. Always someting new, always something fresh, and always the best people in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding service
    exceptionalfind
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    We had our date night for our anniversary there. We are always looking for new places to try for special occasions and The Classic Café was the perfect place for our special occasion. The service was outstanding along with the wonderful meal prepared for us
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Special Treat
    Cash
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    Third time we've been to Classic Cafe, always a special place to dine for a special occasion. Service was fine, starting from being met by one of the owners and shown to our table, then with a very attentive wait staff. Warmed Brie appetizer with cranberries and onions was delightful. Soup of the day, Garden Gazpacho, was nicely chilled and tart (as I like it). My wife's Tomato Basil was nice. Entrees (Crab cakes for her, Quail for me) were well portioned, with sides of pickled red cabbage (both), polenta (her), mashed potatoes (me). She could only finish 1/2 of the 3 crab cakes; I easily finished the 2 quail. Her Brut Champagne was reasonable, my iced tea always refilled. Overall, certainly would return again for a special evening.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    RBS24
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    I have lived in Fort Worth for over 15 years and had never heard of the Classic Cafe until it was featured in FW Mag. It was such a pleasant surprise to find such a charming and unique dinner spot. Everything was absolutely amazing and the fact that the buy local and grow most if not all of their herbs in a garden that you can actually take a tour of, was just icing on the cake. The service was great. The chef even came out to greet us when he heard we had never been there. We also got a tour of the garden from the gardener. They also give cooking classes and I think we'll try it soon. Don't miss out, give it a try!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative and Fresh
    AnghoughVIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    What a combination! Fresh vegetables grown by the restaurant, plus the creativity of a fabulous chef. Our server was a newbie, and continued to recommend foods that contained wheat after we explained we wouldn't be eating wheat/gluten. My first glass of wine was a Sauvignon Blanc with vinegar notes, so our server was very kind to replace that glass with a pour from a just-opened bottle. The salmon was perfectly cooked, with rooibos tea leaves & grilled peaches on top. It was incredible, and crave-able. After his pork entree, my husband had a memorable black raspberry truffle ice cream, made by The Classic Cafe of course. It's always a delight here.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • a night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I love this place always something new on the menu and great service. you can never go wrong here
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great as usual.
    TerribleT
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Great as usual. The food was perfect & the service was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quaint and Delicious
    Morefew
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The Classic Café consistently serves up exquisite food. The service staff is knowledgeable, friendly, and efficient. Perhaps most unique of all is the warm atmosphere that feels more like a quaint and comfortable home than a restaurant. The Classic Café is a gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • R Sandlin
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We have been frequenting Classic Cafe for almost 15 years. They never fail to provide a fabulous dining experience!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 30 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.6
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.7
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 565 reviews are from the The Classic Cafe reviews archive.
  • great dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Another great experience. Food was great, service was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classic Cafe Review
    dinningforfun
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    The Classic Cafe served excellent food with special attention to presentation. The service was excellent with just the right amount of attention to our needs. The wine list offered enough choices to match with any order. The dessert was super especially if you like chocolate.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chef Charles
    jmorrison
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    Have eaten at Classic Café many times and usually have the outstanding beef or pork selections. Last night The fish special was a pan seared stuffed rainbow trout. All 3 of our diners had that entrée and all 3 of us were so impressed with the incredible dish. A fabulous balance of richness & flavor . Would love to see that dish added to the regular menu... Cheers to Chef Charles Youts ! Have never had a bad meal there in over 10 years. Classic Café is our "go-to" for fabulous food.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food in a relaxing atmosphere
    Paul
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    The food and service were great, and it was blessedly quiet. The wine list however was only average, and not commensurate with the food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Special Family Dinner
    raxtuk6
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    1st time dine, went here for early Mother's Day. Greeted and seated right away. Nice décor without being overdone. Wine list extensive without being stupid expensive. Mild spins on classic dishes, just enough to make it interesting without overpowering the entrée. Veggies and spices form their gardens right outside. Steak, lamb, and fish cooked to perfection. Dessert yummy without being over-portioned. Staff working the tables as a team, so we were done in 2 hrs. Excellent choice for a "special" occasion or just to treat yourself to non-chain food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Mother's Day
    BodarfVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Mom wanted to go here for Mother's Day (and so did we). We went on Thursday to miss the crowds on Sunday. 3 of us had the 4 course option, for me it was roasted garlic and goat cheese followed by classic green salad, pork tenderloin and the apple jalapeño cobbler. Other's went with the ribeye and one had the fish special. The food was wonderful, the service was great. If you don't live close by the Classic is a great little adventure to Roanoke to find a warm, friendly yet sophisticated place to have a great meal accompanied by a good bottle of wine!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great, as usual
    TerribleT
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Great, as usual. Chef Charles keeps getting better & Francis's wine pick was right on.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    All we can say a holiday everything was just that>>>>Perfect>>>>owner is involved & great!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place!
    Jjoleigh
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Great hole in the wall restaurant and great food. Appetizer and desserts were amazing as well. I recommend sitting in the bar area where there is an acoustic guitar musician playing, but not too loud like most places.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Gem in Roanoke
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    The Classic Cafe is a gem. It has a quaint, romantic feel. On weekends, a classical guitarist adds to the ambience. The menu is diverse & daring w/a nice selection of moderately priced wines plus a full bar. The service was impeccable. The rack of lamb was tender, w/a wonderful flavor & plentiful in portion, served w/ cooked red cabbage & polenta, complementing this dish nicely. The roasted garlic w/goat cheese appetizer was scrumptious & fresh green salad w/ raspberry vinaigrette lovely. The soy-marinated salmon lacked flavor, but otherwise was cooked very nicely. The mixed bread basket w/ seasoned olive oil dip was perfect & chocolate cake to share was rich and just enough to top off a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.