Cafe Deluxe - West End

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513 reviews
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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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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

The service was awful. After being seated, we sat at the table for 30 mins. with only water. That gave us more than enough time to make reservations for Rasika, on the next block.

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CW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Other than taking our order, there was little attention from the server until the end of our visit. Also, the food took a LONG time to arrive, so that despite the food being very good, we would have difficulty going back to this restaurant again.

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KB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to get brunch and catch up with friends

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SB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Most excellent burger I have had in awhile. Plus a very original and very good Cosmo. Highly recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New Chef did great job absolutely phenomenal!!!!!!

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TH
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

The food wasn’t bad but the service was horrible! Waiter tried to take our food order and never asked us if we wanted cocktails. From the time we sat down to the time we got our drinks was 30 min. Never asked if we wanted a 2nd drink. It took another 30 min to get our bill when we were finished. Very poor service.

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SW
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Cafe Delux was always a solid dining and service experience. Its slipping. This is a second visit to the West End shop, and I have been to the Bethesda store too. They are losing their edge, and the quality of the products seem to be off too. Service was friendly, but what is it about not giving people time to look over the menu before asking? And then follow-up is slow (coffee arrived after dessert was consumed...).

This can happen to a mature restaurant, management needs a wake up call. Old Ebbitt still flies high because they are on top of things. CD needs to do the same.

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r
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service, excellent food, moderate prices for a city.

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AM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kindly accommodated two 12-top parties in the same room. Great service regardless of our own lack of organization. Food and bloody mary's were great!

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MU
Washington DC
135 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Always great food. Reasonable prices pleasant surroundings. But as always, erratic service. Waiters seem to disappear for long periods so it’s impossible to get anyone’s attention for a drink refill or to correct an erroneous order or get an extra napkin. I’ve been coming here since it opened a few years ago and it’s been this way consistently under various managers. I guess they deliberately understaff to save on payroll but for the erratic service, it would be great.

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BW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

It is difficult to describe how poor the service was.
Apart from the service being extremely slow the server(s) did not understand, ignored or forgot simple specific requests

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SS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Abby the Waitress is great!

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g
Philadelphia
14 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Brought friends on vacation with kids. Menu is great comfort food with a flair. Server was charming even when service was a bit slow. But she kept the drinks fresh and the kids food came quickly so parents could have a nice time

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C
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've visited for lunch and staffs were super friendly. Also, special menus were very delicious!!

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NM
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was nice, although one order was missed so it came after the others. Desserts were great.

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YR
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

Horrible lighting.. decent service.. so so food

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OT
Washington DC
190 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Solid food but terribly inattentive service. Really bad. Usually a reliable, but not spectacular, lunch spot.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Server was distracted and made a couple different mistakes. Meal took more than 40 minutes to come out despite the restaurant being half empty. Listing indicates this place is family friendly, but really not. Cloth napkin place, with everyone there giving us looks for having a kid.

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M
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

We've enjoyed going to Cafe Deluxe at other locations for years, but noted that the quality was going downhill ... and this visit was the worst. I ordered the salmon eggs Benedict, but the dish could have been plain oatmeal for all the flavor that it had. Hollandaise sauce with no spark, salmon that was dry and chalky ... it was like someone had bleached all the flavors out. Service was spotty. But the location is nice--we had a great table by the big windows, with lots of street activity to watch while we waited for our food.

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OT
Washington DC
190 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Solid lunch spot - nothing special.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

This restaurant is in my neighborhood and the food is fine (though nothing really special - pretty basic and boring menu) but the service is very inconsistent. I find this interesting because a nearby restaurant , North Italia, just opened and their service is great.

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AP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great place for a business lunch. Highly recommend.

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JR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

We met old friends for a lovely dinner last Saturday at Cafe Deluxe. I made a reservation, so our table was ready when we arrived, a spacious and fairly quiet table so we could catch up and talk. Food was good and service was adequate, I think the great table we had and the fairly quiet ambience of the restaurant made it a great experience for us. I would definitely go back to Cafe Deluxe, any time we want to meet up, relax with friends, and enjoy a nice evening.

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OT
Washington DC
190 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice day to sit outside. Salmon special was excellent. Attentive service.

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R
Washington DC
72 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

I'd been to Cafe Deluxe at Tyson's and this felt like a basic diner by comparison--a little run down, bad coffee. The Tyson's venue is more upscale. Food and service were good, however. We were here mid-afternoon on Sunday and were pleased with the brunch and lunch offerings--something for everyone. Good for decently priced, basic food. I probably would look for other options next time I'm in the area but this is a good place for families with kids. Nothing to write home about, though.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Host was rude and unapproachable. Short young lady with long hair . She looks Indian.

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Nothing spectacular about this place. The service was sub par. It was cold, with fans blowing in the winter. The food was fair.

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W
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Breakfast. A weekday, so quiet. Blueberry pancakes should be made with fresh berries. It seem like they were over hydrated dried blueberries. The milk that was provided for the coffee was awesome as it was hot! Loved that.

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FR
New England
26 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

On a rainy Friday night in DC we were looking for available and convenient. Glad that Cafe Deluxe was across from our hotel.

Nice spot with a diverse menu. Salmon and pasta with bolognese
were our choices. Also ordered some drinks. We were in the less busy side of the restaurant. We found the device concerned but not readily available.

The entrees were well prepared but wouldn’t have minded paying more for a larger portion. That said I would recommend this restaurant and happily return.

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HH
London
14 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

Decent, basic food. However, service was very poor. The waitress didn't know much about the menu particulars. She didn't even know if they carried Chamomile tea and other obvious items.

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e
New England
44 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Solid food in a busy and nice room. Good service and a nice brunch menu.

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AS
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

What a wonderful surprise. The hotel’s Cafe Deluxe was cheaper than surrounding restaurants and the food was very good! It had a very pleasant atmosphere- great style. The wait staff was a little slow but nice. Their gluten free buns were EXCELLENT! They looked like they were homemade - moist, tasty, and nothing like a dry Udi’s. I even forgot to order my grilled chicken sandwich with a gluten free bun (my mistake) and they brought me one and didn’t even charge me! Unheard of. We ate there both nights of our stay- great food at great prices.

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CP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Decent food. Poor service from hostess and waiter.

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s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice casual place. Great location. Service was friendly. Food was good.
Would be nice for big groups or casual dining, but not for intimate or upscale dinners

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DM
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a good lunch spot. Friendly servers.

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B
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Service was spotty and from FOUR servers who see,ed not to communicate wi5h each other. The chowder was not hit and filled with lu,is of flour. Back to the Wisconsin Avenue branch high never disappoints.

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AS
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

I love this restaurant but the service was horrible on Saturday, they were very slow and while I asked for a quiet table, we still rarely saw our server. I had to chance them down to start service and then again to get our check.

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SS
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Abby was great waitress

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JF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always.

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F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Food was okay, service was something to be desired!

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