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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B
Houston
39 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The trout was delicious!

PC
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are lucky, Jacob will be your waiter. Very attentive without being intrusive. Wonderful personality!
I didn’t care for the host - he seemed unhappy to be at his job, as if I was a bother to have come in 15 minutes early for a reservation- and the place was nearly empty!
Food was delicious and decor very pleasant.

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded 5 days ago

Patricia, Thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - West End! We really appreciate the feedback and we hope to welcome you back very soon!! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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FF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Server was ok. He did take liberties and did not ask my friend what Kong’s of tea did she want. He was efficient but too casual.

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hello, 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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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Service was fabulous — staff was very accommodating to food allergies.

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded on January 3, 2020

Thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - West End! We really appreciate the feedback and we hope to welcome you back very soon!! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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h
New Orleans
25 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a neighborhood gem. Cafe Deluxe was our go to restaurant for lunch and post-game dinner! Great service, great food, and a quick walk from the Fairmont. LG was like an old friend by the end of our trip!

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded 5 days ago

Thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - West End! We really appreciate the feedback and we hope to welcome you back very soon!! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Poor service overall, food was good but not worth the grumpy staff.

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hello, 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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OT
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The waiter that brought us our food was great! He told us about each dish and reminded us that the plates were hot. He seemed to take great pride in his work as he acted with confidence and finesse. I overheard him manage a semi-difficult customer at a neighboring table. The guest didn’t care for the meal he ordered, so the waiter offered to bring him something else. The situation was instantly and easily diffused.

However, our main waiter was a bit neglectful. While polite, he rarely checked in on us and never refilled our water glasses. It also took a long time to get our meal—including the bread basket and dessert. We had to wait about 15 minutes for him to return our cards too. (We made a reservation for 6:00pm, was seated on time, but served closer to 7:00pm. We left around 8:30pm.)

The food was decent, but not exactly the flavor I had expected based on reviews. Their drink menu was more expansive than the variety offered on the dinner menu.

We noticed several families there too (children ages ~6-13). I heard them order from a kid’s menu; crayons and coloring pagers are available too. The table layout inside is a little cramped if you need to navigate with a stroller or car seat. However, there is enough space to store things next to the larger tables.

The restaurant is attached to a hotel, and we found it confusing to locate the main entrance and bathrooms (located down 1 flight of stairs in the hotel’s lobby).

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We do not plan on returning but enjoyed the overall quiet atmosphere, which is perfect for long, meandering chats.

Neither one of us drink alcohol or coffee nor do drugs.

Highest level of education: master’s.

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Meal was attended by 1 man and 1 woman in their late 20s/early 30s. 1 French-American and 1 American. Originally looking for a quick, cozy, relatively cheap place to grab dinner after work.

WC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

As always service. Atmosphere and food was incredible. Wound recommend to anyibe

WC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the maitre D and wait sraff. Food perfect. Great wine list and speedy service

OT
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience4

There was snafu at check in. My guest gave my name and was seated. When I checked in they didn’t have my reservation and seated me in a different section. 15 minutes later we figured it out. Assistant manager had nonchalant attitude

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded on January 3, 2020

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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LB
Richmond
10 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was good overall! Service was slow and for some reason they wanted to sit everyone in the right side of the restaurant with so much space in the whole venue. Even the servers couldn’t work the space well!

s
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Called ahead to see if we could get something to celebrate a birthday. Woman who took my call failed to convey it to the wait staff. But our waitress, Abby, was terrific. She dealt with it and we had a wonderful ice cream brownie with a candle on it. Thanks, Abby!

Cafe Deluxe - West End
Responded on January 3, 2020

Sharon, Thanks for telling us about your recent experience at Cafe Deluxe - West End! We really appreciate the feedback and we hope to welcome you back very soon!! Cheers, David Lynch General Manager

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Y
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Lackluster restaurant: mediocre food with little attention to taste or presentation: wilted salad, dreary dressing; sous-vide cooking equaled ordinary food with no flare.

DC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Nice, varied menu and decent, if not exciting, food. But service was terrible. Even though the restaurant was not busy, it took a long time to get waited on, and then between courses the waiter for our and an adjoining table disappeared entirely. After 35 minutes, we flagged down another waiter and proceeded to go through 3 different servers for the rest of the meal and the check, all of which took an inordinately long time. Would return if service improved, but with things as they are, there are better options.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious!

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j
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yes i would, but with all restaurants let's hope the kitchen staff is excellent.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both perfect!

OT
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

They needed more staff for an important day like Thanksgiving and they ran out of turkey on Thanksgiving which was sad and some of their specialty drinks.

JS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
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 on November 19, 2019

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 on November 19, 2019

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 on November 19, 2019

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
31 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 on November 19, 2019

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
10 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 on November 19, 2019

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
103 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
27 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
11 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
36 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
2 reviews
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
40 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
28 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