Cafe Deluxe - West End

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$30 and under
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American
Cafe Deluxe is an American bistro that combines the charm of a neighborhood restaurant with the energy of a bustling eatery. Washingtonians have enjoyed the friendly service and casual dining experience for over 20 years.

The diverse breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus showcase fresh classics made from scratch. Menu favorites include Steak Frites and Grilled Meatloaf, the Spinach, Feta and Tomato Omelet for breakfast to the Prosciutto Mac & Cheese created from traditional recipes and seasonal ingredients.
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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Open for Thanksgiving! We'll offer a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner special as well as Thanksgiving Delivered to your house! Visit www.cafedeluxe.com for more details.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Festive Craft Cocktails, Christmas Decor and a special Mystery Gift Promotion!

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Open for Christmas! We'll offer a delicious Christmas Dinner Spread, Festive Cocktails and beautiful Christmas Decor!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Champagne Specials & Special Dinner Features! Come celebrate with us!

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

What 567 People Are Saying
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4.0based on recent ratings
4.0
food
3.9
service
4.0
ambience
3.8
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great location. Nice venue where you can see outside. Great staff. Food is acceptable if not good, not too salty. Not expensive.

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded 2 days ago

James, Thanks for taking the time to comment and rate your Cafe Deluxe M Street-DC experience; it's greatly appreciated and we will share your rating with the team. Look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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C
London
19 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food very average. Service good.

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded 2 days ago

Cushy, Thanks for taking the time to comment on and rate your Cafe Deluxe M Street-DC experience; it's greatly appreciated. It seems we missed the mark during a portion of your visit and we hope you will return soon. Please reach out prior to your visit (DavidL@Cafedeluxe) so the team can ensure expectations are met. Look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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KD
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Oh what a treat! We are so happy to find "our crew" from the recently closed Wisconsin
Ave Café Deluxe where we were "regulars," now at the West End location. Manager Zeff and Busboy Arturo welcomed us with big smiles. This was our first visit to West End and we were pleased with the location, the ambience, the quality of the dishes (we had chicken pot pie, crab cakes, and kale salad w/ roasted salmon), our server Hawanne was attentive and pleasant. We have found another niche for our restaurant list. Hope you enjoy it too.

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded 2 days ago

Kathleen, Thanks for taking the time to comment and rate your Cafe Deluxe M Street-DC experience; it's greatly appreciated and we will share your rating with the team. Look forward to seeing you soon! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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LP
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Our experience at Cafe Deluxe West End was so bad that we wished that we had crossed the street and gone to the West End Cafe.

We had to repeatedly ask for items that we ordered. The food was overcooked (eggs and salmon) or room-temperature (potatoes).

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded 2 days ago

Linda, Apologies for missing the mark during your visit. I would like to have you back in so we can exceed your expectations. Please reach out to discuss further. DavidL@Cafedeluxe or let me know the best way to contact you. Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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PA
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We love the Cafe Deluxe at Tyson’s Corner & keep trying to give this one on M St a chance...for the 3rd time & it continues to be fair to failure. The new host “in training” was energetic & wonderful, but it went down from there. Two of the four meal orders were wrong, one we had to send back as it was not what the person ordered at all. Our server would be looking elsewhere while we were talking to him. Not sure if we’ll go back as it keeps disappointing. 🙁

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded 2 days ago

Pam, Apologies for missing the mark during your visit. I would like to have you back in so we can exceed your expectations. Please reach out to discuss further. DavidL@Cafedeluxe or let me know the best way to contact you. Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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n
London
99 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great server, very nice guy. Big portions and good cocktails. V convenient as in Hilton Garden Inn building and almost next door to Embassy Suites.

JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Had the opportunity to dine with you twice this week. On Tuesday my server was Annie. She was excellent. Today's server was a little less attentive. But I enjoy coming to your restaurant and am a regular.
Jim

LG
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

The food was cold and poorly seasoned. The waiter acted like he didn’t care. The good thing was that the manager was kind enough to reduce the bill.

q
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Getting a server to come to your table is a challenge, whether it be for ketchup (good luck getting it before your food gets cold), bread (good luck getting it before your main course arrives), lemon for the iced tea (good luck getting it before the bread), or even the check (you need to ask for it when the main course arrives or you'll be there for long after you're ready to leave). There needs to be a better way. When the rest of Cafe Deluxe is just a solid 3 stars, the service needs to be better to make me want to go back. I used to go there much more than I do, but the service keeps me away. I keep hoping it will improve, as the restaurant has some things going for it, but I will try it only when I am not in a rush to do anything afterwards.

j
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Service was slow and the noise level was fairly loud

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Food was just okay; definitely could have been hotter. Service was great!

KT
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Traveled to DC with family- we were looking for a good brunch place and this was it!
Service was a little slow and the server was extremely knowledgeable, but he was honest that he hadn’t worked brunch and happily got us the information we needed. Would definitely go back!

S
Washington DC
35 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Enjoyable dinner on a Sunday evening. Everyone enjoyed their dishes - two fish and one burger. Will return!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The food was good. The host failed to acknowledge us for about 7 minutes after we arrived. The servers failed to refill our beverages. We had requested condiments and sides for our food which never arrived. The manager handled our table because it was clear that the server was overwhelmed. It took a long time for anyone to take our order and they assumed that we weren’t ready to order when they came to our table. The ambiance was nice. Wasn’t too loud. Food was good but over priced for quality. Would recommend district commons or circa for same price range and food type in the area. Would not return unless desperate.

L
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Made reservation but not acknowledged, so seemed like we flaked out - despite asking that the reservation be noted.
Food was not as flavorful as at Wisconsin Ave location.

l
Nashville
38 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

We went to Cafe Deluxe on a Sunday for brunch. The food was fair and the service was poor. Waiter did not come around to refill coffee or water or to take additional drink orders. We had to find someone to bring a coffee pot. I grabbed the water pitcher from the service cart to refill waters. Husband went to bar to get mimosas refilled. It wasn't that busy, several empty tables around us and what appeared to be plenty of staff milling about. They seemed poorly trained or organized. I'd call this a management issue. It's a nice facility and could be a great neighborhood treasure but the ownership needs to step up the day to day management. I rarely give a bad review so I hope this will have a positive impact.

KW
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

My steak was served at room temperature, and was not seasoned at all! Our server forgot many items, and service was very slow. They should have at least comp’ed my entree. Never again will I return.

A
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the food and service so much we went back 2 days straight!

KN
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The food was unexpectedly bad. I ordered a spinach salad wt grilled chicken. The grilled chicken had a bleak coloring of an expired meat and tasted the same. I certainly did not appreciate the serving from what looked and tasted like a previous (or older) day leftover. Will take my business lunches somewhere else.

b
Greensboro
19 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great service and attentive wait staff good value for DC

AE
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place to meet for a business luncheon. Will be back.

SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

Service was awful

EH
New England
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Went for restaurant week during lunch time. Service was incredibly slow. Waitress was barely present. The food was delicious except the creme brulee where it was cold. Which blew my mind because you literally take a blow torch to the dish as a finishing touch. Plus when the server brought us the bill she didn't charge us the restaurant week deal and it took an extra 10 minutes for them to correct it. The food was delicious (minus my cold creme brulee) but if their service continues to be that awful, I'd never go back.

CA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Convenient location, good dishes, servers aren't terribly happy to be there but will do a good job.

JD
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

As we started our luncheon, we were told that there would be a test of the fire alarms for several minutes. This should have been done mid-morning (say 10 AM) before the place is filled with patrons. In addition, fire alarms closed the doors trapping birds inside the restaurant. Need better acoustic control, the place was maybe 75% full but very loud.

N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Great service, good food and decent location!

d
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We enjoyed relative quiet on a weeknight, able to carry on a conversation without raising our voices. The classic atmosphere is similar to the original Cafe Deluxe and it remains good food for a good value.

ER
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Group of 7 colleagues met for dinner while at a conference. Great restaurant choice with many dining and beverage options. Our server, Kai, was amazing. Kind, fun, efficient!

V
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

We usually have great experiences here (I think we've been here at least a dozen times over the years). As usually, I made it clear when we arrived that I have a gluten allergy and needed the gluten-free menu, which I then ordered from. When I ordered my dinnner (a salad), I was upset to see that there were croutons on it. I let the waitress know immediately, and she sent it back, but it is concerning when a food allergy is not taken seriously.

K
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Waitress got order wrong, took a long time to bring back correct order, had already eaten part of my meal by the time the correction was made, waitress was not very attentive, disappeared for long periods of time (although it wasn't very crowded) and seemed somewhat annoyed with our requests (paper napkins, ketchup, mustard, etc.). Food was just ok, service was slow. So slow that we had to leave without getting receipt or correct change because we were running a bit late.

D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience2

The food was good, but the service was not. I’ve had better luck eating at the bar vs a table at this restaurant.

s
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for breakfast for the first time in quite a while. Service was excellent, as was the food.

s
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The service was abysmal.
The portion of tomato soup was almost non-existent. The flatbread I ordered was fine and tasty.
And I've been to this restaurant at several of its other locations on numerous occasions and at least once before at this location, but have never had an experience like this one. I don't know if I'd return to any of their locations very soon.

KN
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

The food was one of the worst meals I have had. I ordered kale salad wt grilled chicken as an add on. The salad had no taste and was so heavily covered in Parmesan that I simply ate the chicken and left the salad in the plate. I am
Left wondering how can a simple kale salad be made that terrifyingly bad. Not going back for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Good location, friendly staff, just things forgotten we had ordered. We were tired after a long day too.

E
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is not bad, nice quiet-ish place with good breakfast choices. It’s basically a better Ihop

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

We didn’t get our coffee until after the food came out, the server didn’t really check in on us during our meal. We observed other tables were slow to get their orders and their bills.

WL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was wonderful, especially with the young children in our party. She knew the menu well and made informed suggestions. We had a wonderful time.
The only criticism we had was that the a.c. was too strong. We stepped outside to warm up, then came back in. Other than this small problem, we had a lovely dinner!

LS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

We went to the cafe because it was nearby. Service was very average. The fans were on at such high speed we were freezing as were customers around us but we were told they could not be turned down. It definitely took away from the experience.Food was good.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible service. 10 minutes before they talked to us. 35 minutes later no food. Manager did nothing.