Permanently Closed - Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Cafe Deluxe, an American bistro combining the charm of a neighborhood restaurant with the energy of a bustling European eatery, serves fresh and innovative classics in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Washingtonians have enjoyed the friendly service and casual dining experience for over 20 years. The diverse brunch, lunch and dinner menus combine traditional fare like Steak Frites and Grilled Meatloaf with menu favorites ranging from the Spinach, Feta and Tomato Omelet for brunch to the Grilled Atlantic Salmon Nicoise Salad, and the Prosciutto Mac & Cheese to the Ahi Tuna Tacos.
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Tricia
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Unfortunately, when I arrived, I was told this would be the last day of operation for Cafe Deluxe. The staff was notified that morning. Nonetheless, the staff and kitchen performed their duties and greeted guests with a smile and very good service.
I've enjoyed Cafe Deluxe over the years and I'm sorry they will no longer be in the Bethesda community.

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MildredWHolmes
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a big shame that Chef Geoff is closing this restaurant. I understand having to make a business decision but not giving the staff more that 48 hours notice. Heartless management.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch!

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 11, 2020

Good morning, Thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! Sincerely, Martha Allen General Manager

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vipHenryJ
Baltimore
11 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food2service3ambience4

I was disappointed in the food here. Most items came out "lukewarm" and not hot. I had the roasted chicken which was very dry. I have eaten here before and was very surprised at the quality of the food.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 2, 2020

Dear HenryJ, thank you for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda. We take a lot of pride in what we do so it's disheartening to hear that we fell short. I can assure you we have reviewed your feedback carefully and will use it to get better. If you would like to discuss further, just let me know the best way to contact you and I will reach out right away. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know and we sincerely hope to see you again in the near future. 

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Good times, great oldies!

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 8, 2020

Good morning, Thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! Sincerely, Martha Allen General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

All 5 of us enjoyed our meals. Friendly atmosphere. Would definitely recommend

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding, the food was delicious, and the noise level was low enough to have a conversation.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 2, 2020

Dear Guest, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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vipSusan
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, delicious food. The perfect restaurant for three generations in one family.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 2, 2020

Dear Susan, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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vipRenee
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food and ambiance!

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 2, 2020

Dear Renee, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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viplamedoc
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A group of 8 of us ate here before going to a meeting in the area. The service was outstanding---the wait staff brought our food promptly, didn't disturb us while we were eating, and had us out the door by the time we'd asked---and we felt relaxed.

And the food was good, too!

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 2, 2020

Dear lamedoc, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at all of the Cafe Deluxe locations are superbly trained to make a modest evening out feel like a luxury dining experience. It takes a certain personal investment in your clients to provide service at this level. Hashem always makes us feel special, and the food is always excellent and at a reasonable price.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 3, 2020

Dear Guest, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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vipSarahtonin
Philadelphia
41 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely time catching dinner at Cafe Deluxe before our movie on Saturday night. We were sat promptly at the time of our reservation. Enjoyed an interesting salad and the salmon sandwich. Service was attentive. Made it to the movie. We were very satisfied.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 3, 2020

Dear Sarahtonin, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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vipunappreciated
Washington DC
94 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food was good, nothing special. Service was good.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 3, 2020

Dear unappreciated, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The service was extremely slow and the food came out cold with a hint of warming light heat. The food quality was less good than what I do on my own. The fried egg on my son’s burger was burnt on the bottom. This used to be a regular spot for us, but it’s now completely out of the rotation given this last experience. You’re better off going to Silver or LPQ or even five guys if you want burgers.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 4, 2020

Dear Guest, thank you for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda. We take a lot of pride in what we do so it's disheartening to hear that we fell short. I can assure you we have reviewed your feedback carefully and will use it to get better. If you would like to discuss further, just let me know the best way to contact you and I will reach out right away. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know and we sincerely hope to see you again in the near future. 

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VictoriaL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had an early dinner for my daughter's birthday. Our server went above and beyond. Brought out a sundae with a candle for her, and was very sweet. The food was great, and came out quickly. The noise was fine, and frankly we were probably the loudest table.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 4, 2020

Dear VictoriaL, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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AlGolden
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated quickly after requesting a booth. Our waitress was prompt as well but there was a slight language barrier, but we tried to speak slowly and that worked out fine. We had a bit of an issue at payment because 2 of us had promotional items on our Dining Cards but we were combining the bill. Fortunately Cameron (the Manager?) was there and he was able to figure it out. All in all an excellent dining experience as always.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 4, 2020

Dear AlGolden, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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yogi126
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience4

They never acknowledged my dining preferences even though I put it in when I made the reservation. If you have no dietary requirements then this place is good. Otherwise it can feel frustrating.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 4, 2020

Dear yogi126, thank you for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda. We take a lot of pride in what we do so it's disheartening to hear that we fell short. I can assure you we have reviewed your feedback carefully and will use it to get better. If you would like to discuss further, just let me know the best way to contact you and I will reach out right away. Thank you again for taking the time to let us know and we sincerely hope to see you again in the near future. 

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vipLB59
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Café Deluxe is always good! We are happy to see the fish sandwich back on the menu.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 4, 2020

Dear LB59, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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NancyO
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Overall, our large party of nine had a very pleasant evening. The ambiance was great. Two of us were disappointed with the steak frites order. The meat was heavily spiced. We all agreed we would recommend Cafe Deluxe to friends , and we all will certainly return

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 4, 2020

Dear NancyO, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We went after a movie on Sat night. It was fine and was busy.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 4, 2020

Dear Guest, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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vipZelda
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

1/2 price Porto burgers Much better than the last time.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 4, 2020

Dear Zelda, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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vipShannon
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience3

Very reliable for Sunday Brunch - plenty of choices for breakfast and lunch fare. And, we are never hurried from our table, though some noisy kids nearby helped us finish up a little quicker than we might otherwise.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 4, 2020

Dear Shannon, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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vipSarahC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

The soup was cold. The tuna melt was cold and the cheese had been sitting under the warming light for at least 10 minutes. The cheese seemed like a shoe tongue. The Greek Salad was nothing special. The corn tortillas in the fish tacos were raw/undercooked. The tuna in the nicoise salad and the fish tacos was of a poor quality. We didn't tell the staff because it was Christmas Eve and it wasn't the waitress fault. We didn't have enough time to wait for anything to be fixed due to our own time constraints.

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vipTMC10028
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We frequent Cafe D regularly- it’s our 4 yr old daughter’s favorite restaurant and they love her there. They always greet us with a warm smile, great service and spectacular food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great.

Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda _ Permanently Closed
Responded on March 5, 2020

Dear Guest, thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda! We really appreciate the feedback and are so pleased to hear you enjoyed. We hope to welcome you back very soon!! 

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vipOpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great foos, generous portions and excellent service as always !

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Rochelle
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice table up front for my large party! Service was excellent and with a smile. Special orders not a problem!! Food was good with a nice presentation.
Til my next gathering....Thank you!

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vipcarolgalaty
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We felt as if we were in France, except that our attentive waitress spoke English. The food was delicious and the place cozy on a miserable, cold, rainy day!

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Rick
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service for a large party! Thanks! Would definitely recommend!

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vipKimo
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

I have been to Cafe Deluxe a number of times. The menu is just so so. Nothing new, nothing really Great! This location is particularly small. The tables are crowed together with no real pathway to table in the middle. They really need to do a better set up of tables!

Wish they would step it up a few notches!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Always pleasant and great service. Delicious entrees that somehow seem simple and close to “comfort food.”

KM
vipKMark
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Nothing outstanding about the food but Cafe Deluxe is a very nice place to have brunch.

LJ
vipLynnJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was grea. Very accommodating ad we were early for our reservation!

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vipBruceF
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

The Cobb Salad was nothing like described in the menu.

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vipcandi
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was ok, but the service has really gone down. I have eaten there twice before this within the last several months and the service was much better then.

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TobyL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

The food was very good but the noise level makes having a conversation very difficult. I don't know what would help, but I will be reluctant to go again as a result.

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CafeChick
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Wonderful, personal service with a smile. Always a pleasure to dine here.

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Richard
Miami
36 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Out of our 4 dinners, one order came out wrong. While 3 of us ate, the 4th took 15 minutes to correct. We ordered 4 coffees. When they were served, they were all lukewarm warm. The server said that he would make a new pot. When they were reserved they were still lukewarm. Overall, a very disappointing experience.

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vipLgdmayo
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great place to celebrate with family. Very welcoming to little ones and great food and service.

LL
LauraLee
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great space for a casual going away luncheon. Food was very good, service was timely and the value was terrific.

Laura Lee

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