Cafe 501 - Classen Curve

4.5
863 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 863 people are saying
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Mayhem
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I’m not one to write reviews. Wife and I finally had a chance to go out and enjoy a night to ourselves and the service here was amazing, food... not so much. Ordered the bacon wrapped meatloaf, beyond dry. Wife ordered the corn meal flounder with my suggestion (grew up giggin flounder and frying them up) and I have to say it was terrible. I should know better with ordering seafood in a landlocked state but you never know. We would go back maybe for a lunch if we’re in the area (sandwich selection looked good) but probably will refrain from eating dinner here again.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Delicious food. Service was goodish. Beautiful building. We eat here often and love it!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Service was excellent and we were greeted right away. The food was a bit bland and in need of some seasoning. I added some salt and pepper to everything on my plate, which is something I rarely ever do. The food presentation however was stunning.

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vipJohnS
Oklahoma City
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was closed in spite of our being given an appointment on open table.

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MattM
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great waitress! Good atmosphere! Food a little pricey, but "fancy" places are like that.

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vipDuchess
Oklahoma City
23 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I feel very comfortable eating at 501...food is lovely and they take good precautions

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Mary
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven't eaten out anywhere else during the pandemic, but I've had lunch at Cafe 501 @ Classen Curve on three different occasions. The restaurant is doing everything possible to make your dining experience safe and enjoyable. I highly recommend Cafe 501 @ Classen Curve.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

First of all they didn’t have us down for our reservation and the service was horrible.

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HorseLover
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food and the fact that you can reserve seating at lunch!

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Hoopstress
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The decor is really fun and unusual. I loved the dowels hanging from the ceiling!
We had reservations for 1:00 for Sunday brunch and the place was pretty empty. The service was very good albeit a bit slow despite the fact that there were only 2 additional tables.
The food was ok but I will say that it was very oily. I realize we all ordered something fried but our plates were oil soaked as was the food. The eggs had been ordered “over medium” and they were WAY overcooked.
The drinks were great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Food is the best part of this establishment. Do not expect quick or great service. It will be a while before you’re greeted or seated even with a reservation. Expect one drink refill at most, and one to two interactions with your server. The food is fresh, and flavorful, but that’s hard to overshadow the terrible service, I have attended twice, and both visits were the same.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall2food4service3ambience3

Disappointing that your establishment ran out of champagne, running out of dinner ware and not having a back up plan made for a very non satisfactory meal.

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vipLaura
Oklahoma City
33 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a fun lunch with my girlfriend. Great food, reasonable prices and excellent service. (I believe her name was JC). There's several reasons I recommend it and frequent it!

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vipBarb
Oklahoma City
35 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor space for a perfect evening.

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Nameless
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was well prepared and flavorful.

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vipfuelman17
Oklahoma City
8 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience1

Not sure what has happened since the COVID re-opening, but the service has been terrible the last 3 times I have had lunch here, (all within the the last 3 weeks). No host/hostess available and even the on duty manager seemed hard pressed to help people waiting for their reserved table. Waited 10 minutes one time and 12 minutes the other time - just to be addressed by any staff person. This used to be one of our favorite places to eat, but after this last time, we will be giving it a break for a few weeks to see if they can get things corrected.

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BobM
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We like to go out to breakfast but your options aren't what we are looking for. We like tradition breakfast and it is hard to fine. Eggs , bacon, and toast or Oatmeal.

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RoryF
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall1food2service2ambience4

Small portions. Food burned on the bottom. Slow service

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WendiP
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the 501 but will not be my last. Thanks for a great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Food! Drinks were a little slow, but overall good experience!

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vipNancyC
Naples
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tuscan Chicken was fabulous as well as the expertly created Tropical Mule!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Took 15 minutes after being seated to be noticed and offered drinks, and that was after having to ( with a polite wave ) flag a server down.
After that, things got rolling and everything was pretty good.

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dianeb
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for the anniversary dinner and it was delicious (as it always is) The service was excellent! We left very full and satisfied.

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David
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Still a very good menu and an all around top choice to eat a high quality meal in a relaxing atmosphere.

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Harsh
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food and reasonably price.
Menu is limited on Sunday mornings but still wonderful.

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LindaA
Kansas City
14 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at this restaurant. My daughter and her friend frequently dine here and recommended it and I wasn’t disappointed. The food was very well seasoned and I asked for a little different plating and they gladly served my chicken how I requested. Prices are very reasonable for a really nice restaurant & I would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Social distancing. Wearing masks. Great food and service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was very attentive, food was delicious!!!

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Eatswfriends
Oklahoma City
20 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Café 501 was observing current Covid rules. We still had a nice lunch. I had the Mediterranean bowl which was very tasty.

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vipokiedokie
Oklahoma City
40 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love Cafe 501! I was able to get a Coyote salad for brunch which I just love.
We ate outside and it was really pleasant - good service, Cafe 501 is always great and on cooler days, the patio is a nice option.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was blah and server was very unenthusiastic and attentive as well.

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vipSuze
Oklahoma City
52 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Had a noon reservation for 2 for lunch. Had an appointment elsewhere at 1:15. Arrived and waited for a hostess. No one came. Finally walked over to a staff member cleaning tables and stated I had a reservation. She said it would be a minute and went back to cleaning tables. Finally she came over after watching her continue to clean tables even though no one else was waiting to be seated but us and sat us at a very large table and said that was all they had which is odd since I had a reservation for 2. We ordered and then waited and waited and waited. There was also had a very large party of about 14 or more people at the front which you had to walk by on the way in and out and to use restroom. With co-vid this is concerning since the group was talking and laughing loudly and was close to other diners instead of outside or in the back. Our food never came and at 1:50 server came by and stated their ticket machine was broken and food would be late. We stated we had an appointment and needed to go. He said they would make order to go which was odd since we stated we had an appointment and part of order was soup. We declined to go order due to circumstance. How could we possibly store food in our car in the heat or eat it? He said they were working on order now and it would be right out. We waited another 10 minutes and then started to leave for our appointment which we were now late for. Server flagged us down and tried to hand us our order in a to go bag (which we had previously declined). We again stated we had nowhere to eat or store food in the hot car and were now late for appointment and left. No manager assisted, food was not comped and given to us. Nothing. Terrible experience. And we had to no lunch.

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vipDuchess
Oklahoma City
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always excellent and the wait staff are the best...

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Barbaras
Oklahoma City
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The menu has changed and some of the brunch items (eggs Benedict) were not included or changed.

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MorganR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

I think it’s due to corona, but the food was not up to par from my last visits. The service was still excellent though. It’s worth a try at least once. Brunch time is when we visited.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! Morgan, our waiter was a rock star. And as alway Cafe 501 food was delicious. They are very accommodating with customizing food to our tastes and preferences. We will always be big fans!

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vipDuchess
Oklahoma City
23 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it there..people are so nice and food is fabulous!

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LauraJane
Oklahoma City
29 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were there for a birthday party for my sister and I have to say how wonderful all the staff were to help us with this 6 person birthday party. From Talia (hostess) to Emma (our wait staff) our experience at Cafe 501 was top notch. We will all definitely go back again very soon if I have my say so! Food was excellent and all of us would order what we had again - Cuban Sandwich, Salmon, 501 salad, BLT - all tasty, right temperature and yummy. And because of the COVID-19, restaurant wasn't full so noise level was perfect. Don't know what's it's like during normal times but probably a bit noisier - maybe! Anyway, LOVED Cafe 501 and highly recommend for good food, good prices and good ambiance!

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great, thank you!

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vipSvevaOKC
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe 501 is always a great lunch or dinner - good food and drinks and had a wonderful server- she was amazing!

FAQs

Cafe 501 - Classen Curve does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Cafe 501 - Classen Curve also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (405) 844-1501.

Cafe 501 - Classen Curve is rated 4.5 stars by 863 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.