Cafe 501 - Classen Curve

4.6
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Cafe 501, a long-time favorite of Edmond epicureans, brings its colorful, European-inspired cuisine to the Classen Curve. From its humble beginnings as a "little lunch spot" in the heart of historic Edmond, 501 has poised itself as one of central Oklahoma’s most loved eateries. A second location, at 5825 NW Grand Blvd., features the original’s eclectic "French-Californian" approach to dining with a harmonious balance between a hand-crafted menu and a sophisticated yet casual atmosphere that is true to Oklahoma.

Cafe 501 has become synonymous with a discriminating taste in good wine and great foods. From rustic stone oven pizzas, to fresh, uniquely designed salads and delicious specialty sandwiches on house-made artisan breads, Cafe 501 offers tastes delectable enough for even the most discerning diners. When evening arrives, Cafe 501 changes from a buzzing lunch spot to a romantic bistro with soft lighting, an attentive full-service staff, and an expanded dinner menu.
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S
Oklahoma City
12 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great good and service.

ML
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chicken and waffles were amazing!

KZ
Oklahoma City
51 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great go-to for consistently good food and service

MH
Oklahoma City
14 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friends birthday

C
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch this time-all four of us had something different and we all loved what we got! So that’s an accomplishment!
My only suggestion would be that more dishes should be offer without pork. Our waitress was helpful in telling us some options but it would be great if the printed and online menus stated what the options were. 3 of the 4 of us dining are either vegetarian or don’t eat pork.
Thanks Cafe 501! It was yummy!

M
Oklahoma City
47 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe 501 is consistently good. I love their menu. The wait staff are friendly and seem to really like their jobs. It is a great place for conversation as it is quiet. They have a wood wine selection. I love their brandy ice. I have eaten most everything on their menu and it is all good!

OF
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience2

Menu was great- very excited by the offerings. However, execution was just okay. Nothing wowed us. Service was great. Felt very bright- like they had recently replaced all of the bulbs in the place with super bright florescent bulbs, ruined the environment.

d
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Our party of two visited Cafe 501 with a 7:30 reservation on New Year's Eve. The restaurant was full but there were no people waiting for tables so I don't think they were overwhelmed. The only issue we had was with the service. While we were seated immediately and greeted by our server, it turns out our server was also one of two bartenders. As a result she was doing double duty behind the full bar and waiting on a section of tables. There were about 12 people sitting directly at the bar in addition to all of the customers throughout the restaurant that may have ordered drinks from the bar. While I'm sure working the bar and serving the tables located close to the bar may work just fine on a normal Tuesday evening, it was not conducive to good service for those of us seated at the tables near the bar on a busy New Year's Eve. If visiting Cafe 501 on an expected busy night, I'd ask for a table located away from the bar area that does not rely on the bar tender to act as their server.

OT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lacey is a wonderful waitress! She was very knowledgable and fun. Thank You Lacey for making our dining experience top notch. We will be back! Happy New Year

G
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

The overall experience seems to be on the decline. The food was good but not great and it seems a bit run down. The service was excellent though.

AP
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience2

We had breakfast and the food was great. The service wasn’t as good as expected for a 90 dollar breakfast for four. We sat in the middle booths up next to a separation wall and when we looked to the side the top of the wall right next to us at eye level was very dusty and straight out gross. I wish they would keep this cleaner

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family Christmas Eve dinner

OT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good

M
Oklahoma City
48 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe 501 is consistently great food and an overall nice place to dine and visit without a lot of noise. The wait staff are friendly and food is delivered as soon as it is ready. They also have great brandy ice which is always my favorite dessert drink.

LC
Oklahoma City
13 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as always!

J
Tulsa
28 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We were in Edmond Sunday morning and looking for a local restaurant when Cafe 501 caught my eye. They didn't have my reservation but seated us anyway. Then I discovered my reservation was at Cafe 501 in Oklahoma City. Somehow I guess I selected the wrong Cafe 501. I didn't know there was more than one. The omelet and bloody Mary were great!

OT
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great local place to go!

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a quiet dinner. Our food was very good and our server was great. Thanks!

MC
Denver
110 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great fall menu!

C
Oklahoma City
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seemed like maybe they were short staffed but they adjusted and we had a super experience overall! Food was amazing!

D
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

501 remains one of my favorite restaurants.
Service and food are exceptional.

OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Sunday Brunch - delicious

KZ
Oklahoma City
51 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service2ambience5

Great waitstaff. !!!!!! Food always good.

s
Oklahoma City
15 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great food! Nice quiet setting. Outstanding service!
Definitely returning!

JH
Tulsa
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A meal before the OKLAHOMA PHILHARMONIC CONCERT. It was a scrumptious meal and we had a lovely time.

DB
Oklahoma City
13 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service, thanks.

M
Oklahoma City
9 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Everything was good except that our server was a struggle.

OT
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Great service. Large portions. Wish we had room for dessert because they looked so good.

EB
Oklahoma City
19 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Food is ususally very good at 501, but service is often not great. Last week we had the best waitress (I wish I could remember her name)! She was very attentive, really great in every way.

m
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We chose to eat at cafe 501 for our anniversary dinner. Our food was great, the service was excellent and they took care of providing us with desert for our anniversary. Excellent experience. Love it and will be back.

t
Oklahoma City
7 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good food. Was disappointed that your wedge salad was not on the lunch menu.

OT
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience2

It was too dark! They put the shades down halfway through our meal. Strange since it was lunch time.

PA
Las Vegas
17 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal!

MC
Denver
110 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great for Sunday brunch!

OT
Yukon
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Everything was great except the food, I ordered the $40 steak and they came out with a burnt, not even a 6 oz. steak, it wasn’t even the size of my hand. I asked them to take it back. Salmon was okay though. The prices are way too high for how low quality the food is.

OT
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch with 2 friends today. We had the same waitress back in April and she remembered us! We couldn’t believe it. Great service!

OT
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall2food5service1ambience2

I gave a 2 star because the foo was really good. However the service was awful. Our waitress was very short with us and did not fill our drinks very promptly. We arrived at 12:30 for our brunch reservation and were seated right away. We ordered an appetizer that cane out fairly quick. We ordered the guacamole and pimento cheese and it was delivered with 6 large chips. That was enough for each of us to have a chip. We ate those and asked for more and were given 6 more rather greasy chips. Needless to say we had dip remaining with no chips to eat it with. An hour and fifteen minutes later our food had not been served. I went in search of a manager. I spoke with a hostess and she said she would send the manager over. A manager NEVER came to check on our table. Someone from the kitchen delivered our food and as he was putting it down he quickly said I’m am sorry for the wait we will give you 50% off of your tab and you can have dessert on the house. Of course we said that is not necessary but thank you. Our waitress never said anything to us other than occasionally filling out drinks. When we were finished we were given the tab and there was no mention of dessert. We did not need or want any dessert but I felt it was poor service. Even if it was not going to be comped our waitress still should have told us the dessert options and asked if we wanted anything. This was a horrible experience. I love the 501 Cafe in Edmond and will continue to frequent it. However, I will not be returning to the one at Classen Curve. Maybe our waitress avoided us because our food was so delayed and she was nervous. I just am not sure but we were nothing but friendly because I understand these things happen but the way it was handles was not very professional.

L
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meghan was a great server! Not too pushy but attentive! Would definitely visit again!

OT
Oklahoma City
11 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and the food was tasty.

MC
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and friendly service