About Cafe Deluxe - West End

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.

2201 M St. NW
Washington, DC 20037
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Burgers, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast:
Monday through Friday 6:30 am to11:00 am

Brunch:
Saturday & Sunday: 7:00 am to 11:00 am

Lunch:
Daily: 11:00 am to 5:00 pm

Happy Hour - at the bar:
Monday through Friday 3:30 pm to 7:00 pm

Dinner:
Sunday through Thursday: 5:00 pm to11:00 pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm to 12:30 am

Cross Street:
corner of 22nd and M Street NW @ the Hilton Garden Inn

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 524-7815

Website:
http://www.cafedeluxe.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking, garage parking and valet parking are available.

Daily Parking Rates - valet access from 22nd Street
0 - 2 Hours - $10.00
2 – 3 Hours - $15.00
Anything above 3 Hours will be the full rate of $45.00

Public Transit:
Four blocks from Dupont Circle (Red Line) and Foggy Bottom (Orange and Blue Lines) Metro stations.

Executive Chef:
Mark Becraft

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Cafe Deluxe offers a wide variety of private and semi-private space with a diverse selection of catering menus to fit any meeting or social event.

Cafe Deluxe - West End Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
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4.0

service

3.8

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3.8

value

3.8

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (14)
Great for Lunch (11)
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Neighborhood Gem (7)
Kid-friendly (6)
Cozy (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Business Meals (5)
Good for Groups (5)
People Watching (4)
Authentic (3)
Bar Seating (3)
Great for Brunch (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Fun (3)
Happy Hour (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Special Occasion (3)
Sunday Lunch (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Creative Cuisine (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Great Beer (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Live Sports (1)
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined a day ago

Great place for a casual business lunch. The Mahi sandwich was generous and nicely prepared. Chicken Pot Pie is flavorful, filling and features a light, flaky crust. Prices are fair, service good and one can carry on a conversation without a raised voice.

Tags: Bar Seating, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service and food. I ordere the Deluxe Breakfast with a pancake substitute and it was really tasty. I will definitely be back.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Quiet Conversation
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 4, 2017

We were looking for somewhere close to where we were staying. There was availability here for a Friday night. It was fairly busy which is always a good sign. Wait staff were attentive and friendly. Good choices on the menu. We both ordered burgers. One well done the other medium. Nothing to write home about my medium was on the dry side but it was well seasoned. Plenty of fries. Good value for what we got.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Only go here because it is convenient and I don’t feel like cooking. The manner of the waiter made us feel uncomfortable.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This relatively new restaurant is a good alternative to other neighborhood spots, most of which are either pricier and stuffier or more of the burger joint category. Food was served promptly and congenially.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

It has been a few years since I was last at Cafe Deluxe. The reasons, sadly have not been remedied and thus it will be a long time til I bother to come back. Long wait time, food out of order, waiter disappeared often and for most of the meal, incorrect items served, food fairly mediocre. (my mussels dish had an oz of extremely salty liquid). We went early to enjoy a meal at our leisure, and ended up rushing through dessert in order to get out in time for our movie.
Definitely inattentive, expensive, mediocre food. Sadly, this has not changed in a number of years and includes the Bethesda location as well (previous visit). Only at the very end was the manager involved, and apologized for the service and wished we had told him. If perhaps he walked through his dining rooms, we might have. But until I complained about how we were paying the bill, we never saw him. A shame for a long time DC restauarnt.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Great food Maithili excellent service. Fresh and flavorful. Nice place a few blocks north of Foggy Bottom. 2nd visit, and coming back!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The place was noisy, the service was and the food was mediocre. I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

The place had a great atmosphere due to the large windows it had looking out onto the street and was very quiet for a Sunday brunch. Overall I would say our experience was average. Not bad, just not great, especially for the price. I really loved the Cast-Iron Cinnamon Roll, but the Deluxe Breakfast and the French Toast were both just okay. Our server was courteous but again the service was just average. Again, not a bad restaurant, but there is better quality for the same price.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 11, 2017

This is my favorite go to place for a casual business lunch. Never a disappointment with the food or service, and if you get there around 11:15, it's quiet.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

They messed up the order three times

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great location food and service,

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 24, 2017

Food was good but service was not good. After seating it took 15 minutes to get our orders taken. The water refill guy came around twice while waiting for our waiter. When food came the server barely spoke and just handed food to the first person and we had to pass around the table to the right person. Also, hair in the food. At least they took care of hat quickly. We weren't in a huge hurry but it took 10 minutes to get the check and another ten for the waiter to come get it; he walked by the table a few times but wouldn't look over; didn't want to tell to the guy. Overall not a great experience.

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on September 21, 2017

Food was good - service was great. Staff was accommodating to a family with six very poorly behaved children - their patience was amazing!

Tags: People Watching, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

Service was very quick, waitress was very attentive to us, and the food was delicious. Will visit again.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

This is a hard place to review. The food was flavorful and very reasonably priced, and that may bring us back. Unfortunately, the service was awkward. The host openly discussed, out loud, how he was going to seat us at a different table than he originally planned - allegedly to give us better service. Unfortunately, that was not the case. I had an extremely dirty coffee mug, our server greeted us by asking "what would you like," and then was mostly absent.

I might go back with a different server, but I'm not sure it's going to be a rush.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The food was very mediocre and the service of was just adequate

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

The food is always amazing & the service extremely courteous.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Healthy, Authentic, People Watching, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Solid Cobb salad. Seems to be a lot of new servers being trained.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Entrees came before appetizers. Ridiculous. The kitchen and waut staff are not in sync

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Cafe deluxe at this location never disappoints... love it here!
The one up off Wisconsin .. not so good!

Tags: Comfort Food, Seasonal, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Richard is a great server. Look forward to seeing him

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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Good spot for brunch before a Kennedy Center show.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 4, 2017

I had wanted to go to Cafe Deluxe for quite some time. We finally made it there last Friday before a Kennedy Center play. While the calamari appetizer was very good, my steak salad was mighty on the lettuce but very skimpy on the steak. Compared with other steak salads around town, this one paled. My husband and I both agreed--Cafe Deluxe is a pleasant dining experience, but with so many other choices in town, it will be awhile before we return.

Tags: Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 3, 2017

The location is excellent and we enjoyed the food, but the service was erratic -- definitely not the same level as the quality of what came out of the kitchen.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Server was excellent- working bar and bar tables
Food was ok - not the finest but it worked for cost

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Incredibly slow service, to the point that several people commented on it. Over 90 minutes for what was supposed to be a quick lunch. The food is good. After lunch, we decided to order several desserts that came with ice cream. It looked as though they'd been ready to bring out to us for some time as we waited--the ice cream was half (or more than half) melted, for four of the five desserts.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on July 26, 2017

I usually enjoy this restaurant, however, on this day the service was TERRIBLE. The staff were more concerned with if cars parking in front the restaurant would hit the car that was already parked or not. I was the only person sitting in my section (literally), yet it took me 45 minutes to get a burger and fries, the waitress checked on me once, after complaining about cold food, AFTER the 45 minute wait, and when I gave her my card to pay my bill, it took her another 20 minutes to come back.

On this day, I popped In on my lunch break and was late getting back. Unacceptable!

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 (Caribbean)·Dined on July 22, 2017

I thought the restaurant was great for breakfast but lacked service at dinner. Personally I liked the breakfast options better than dinner, but of course depends on what you are looking. They did have hamburgers but no steak and limited choices like pork at dinner. Restaurant is very clean and looks good. Staff was friendly but just seemed understaffed with long wait times between check ins.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Food was very good, service was a little slow but we weren't in a rush so it didn't matter. Overall good food would go back again.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 19, 2017

Great food and service! Will definitely be back again soon.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

Good location, food and service. had the seasonal steak salad and it was very good.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 11, 2017

This place never disappoints....thee servers are attentive and friendly without being over the top. The food is good and is a good value. Definite go-to place for business lunch.

Tags: Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 7, 2017

Great food as usual, we had a wonderful time!!!! Love this place

Tags: Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Tasting Menu, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Went for burgers, and first order (all 3) were mixed up. Server and manager were wonderful about straightening everything out. Replacement order was perfect and totally delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 4, 2017

It was July 4th, maybe just a bad night for the restaurant? Regardless, we'd be hesitant to visit again given the service and flavor of the food.

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 (Nashville)·Dined on July 2, 2017

The desserts were fabulous! Great portion for such a low price! Server, Kye, was awesome! Very polite, prompt and personable! Late night Happy Hour at 9p is a new twist we weren't expecting, too! We'll definitely be back!

Tags: Happy Hour, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 26, 2017

I had a wonderful time with an out-of-town colleague. The food was extremely good and the server was very attentive. I have already recommended this location to other colleagues. I'm so looking forward to my next visit there at Café Deluxe.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Seasonal, Healthy, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 24, 2017

It was ok. Food was great

Tags: Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 23, 2017

We were very disappointed. I've been here for brunch and was absolutely delighted. However, it seemed that because the night was ending their service declined tremendously. Only the hostess seemed to be on top of her game.

We waited, what seemed like ages, just to place our drink orders. Then we waited, what seemed like even more ages, to get the drinks. After all that waiting the drinks were absolutely disgusting. I'm not quite sure how drinks could possibly be made so poorly. Maybe the bartender was new or just gave up. Nonetheless, my very hungry party of four left and I'm not sure I'll ever be back (for dinner at least).

Staff was busy breaking down patio furniture, cleaning, and rough housing with each other to be bothered with customer service. We figured if the service and drinks were bad, let's not waste our time and money on the food.

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