Cafe 501 - Classen Curve

4.4
884 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
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 884 people are saying
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RuthH
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall2food3service2ambience2

We had a reservation for 2 people. There were 5 small booths available and the waitress wanted to sit us at a table with hard chairs. We asked for a booth and was seated right next to the kitchen entrance when there were 4 other booths available. There was constant coming and going from the kitchen with was distracting to our conversation. Perhaps a little training of the young hostess who was there so she can seat people in better tables.

My friend enjoyed her Whiskey Sour. My margarita was greatly lacking so I did not have a 2nd one as I customarily do.

We enjoyed our food. I had the Carnitas Tacos and they were delicious.

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dm2021
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Food was really good. Service was good, but could have been a little bit better (seating, food was sent to the wrong table). The staff was nice. I did like it overall, and I do recommend, but I just had higher expectations coming in based on researching it online.

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AlanB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took part in the monthly wine dinner for February. A four-course meal with wine pairings. It was absolutely fantastic. They provided information about each wine, about the dishes as well as the ingredients on the plate. It was an amazing experience. 10/10 would attend another event.

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nikki
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food2service3ambience3

The wine dinner was nice. However, the food portion was not that great for the price.

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OpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Good food, nice atmosphere, perhaps waiter was new. He was not too good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
16 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice Valentines dinner

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EbonyW
Oklahoma City
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

If you order the chocolate cookie skillet just make sure you order it before you finish, because it takes awhile for it to come out.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience2

we had jaelyn as our server and did his best and was accommodating for our large group.

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JimBo
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Good comfort food. Very attentive staff. Used "Open Table" for reservation, received an email that reservation confirmed, but 501 did not have my reservation when we arrived.

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vipOKCDiner
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The service was really not up to the usual standard for 501.
We were rather disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Cafe 501 location is always consistently good! I love being able to make a reservation, even for lunch. Very convenient!

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vipJet70
Oklahoma City
6 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience3

I eat here a lot. This is the first time it was just terrible. We purchased a pizza, topping turned into jerky. Chicken parmesan, red sauce under the cheese so barely melted and chicken overly fried. Special ordered sautéed brussel sprouts, Barely sautéed. So deeply bitter almost raw with almost no spice... no effort taken. Ordered 2 brandy ice... all ice cream very little liquor.

Just expensively terrible over all.

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vipBengal505
Oklahoma City
42 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Went for brunch. They have taken eggs benedict off the menu, not sure why. The menu offers chicken fried steak benedict, so seems strange that they could not continue to do eggs benedict. Food and service are always good.

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vipMarilynC
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quality Food
Great service
Patio is great, looking forward to spring.
Great place for date night OR "friends to catch up"

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HorseLover
Oklahoma City
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a lovely experience at Cafe 501! Love that Coyote Chicken!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience2

It was empty and silent- kind of felt like a library. Food was good. Our waitress JC and waited Jayden were so attentive and friendly- definitely made the experience.
Biggest Downside- half the menu wasn’t available. But the food we did get was good!

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vipMolly
Oklahoma City
71 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good

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vipMolly
Oklahoma City
71 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good

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MaryG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had fried chicken and veggie bowl. Both were outstanding. Would recommend. Tried to order delivery with door dash, but could not get a menu.

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Mayhem
Oklahoma City
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
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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vipReginaldF
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food and service was awesome. I look forward to trying some of the dessert next time. I visit OKC several times a year for business and I look forward to eating at Cafe 501 when I return.

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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
24 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
3 reviews
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
36 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great outdoor space for a perfect evening.

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Nameless
Tampa
12 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was well prepared and flavorful.

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vipfuelman17
Oklahoma City
11 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.

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 4.4 stars by 884 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.