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Cafe Lafayette

4.1
32 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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About

The warm and inviting ambience Café Lafayette has cultivated is matched by its delectable take on American cuisine. Inventive and sharable appetizers include the crunchy panko-coated eggplant chips and the tangy goat cheese stuffed dates wrapped in prosciutto. Café Lafayette has an array of burgers and sandwiches, like the Kobe beef burger and the pulled pork sandwich, as well as an array of pizzas. Entrée items include the grilled bratwurst with warm potato salad, the roasted chicken in an artichoke curry sauce and the plum-glazed salmon with mango salsa. Daily breakfast, with items such as the stuffed French toast Napoleon, the egg, bacon and avocado bacado wrap and the Cajun sausage egg scramble.

Café Lafayette is all about fresh fare prepared with a comfort food twist, which is always enjoyable.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Mon: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm, 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tue: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm, 8:00 am - 2:30 pm Wed - Sat: 8:00 am - 9:00 pm Sun: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Phone number
(562) 598-9566
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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4.1based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
3.5
ambience
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on December 16, 2013

It's not about the view or the romance - simply the food is amazing!

The service is exceptional as well :)

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2.0Dined on December 14, 2013

The biggest problem we encounter with the restaurant is the lack of servers -- typically only one server for about 15 tables.

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5.0Dined on December 12, 2013

Whenever I get a chance to have dinner in Seal Beach, I always pick Cafe LaFayette. Food is excellent (we both had their fish and chips) and service is tops!!

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2.0Dined on November 9, 2013

We had an Open Table reservation, but still had to wait almost an hour to be seated. Service was very slow. They appeared understaffed.

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3.0Dined on October 25, 2013

An unusual mix of old and contemporary, the Lafayette Café in Seal Beach is a great place to stop in for lunch. The crowd was mostly older locals but the vibe was still energetic and upscale. My Chicken Panini (sandwich) was delicious and our server was relaxed but efficient and friendly.

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2013

This restaurant was perfect for a date. The place is cozy and the service is good. The food was excellent and the chef came out to ask how it was. I like that in a restaurant.

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2.0Dined on September 21, 2013

They were busy and wanted to use just two people to serve. Not enough. Staff appropriately. Please do not thank me for being patient. I paid for service.

A duck dish for $26 and you provide a leg and thigh only.

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5.0Dined on July 31, 2013

I was given the task from my manager to find a restaruant in Seal Beach to hold a team lunch meeting. After googling for restaurants in Seal Beach, Cafe Lafayette kept popping up. I read the reviews and decided to give this place a try. Although I was surprised on how small the space was, I was surprised that they were able to accomodate our 10 person reservation. The food was great and the servers were very attentive. Overall my coworkers enjoyed their lunch and had a great time.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2013

Great menu with a wide variety of food, wine and beer selection. Friendly staff, cozy atmosphere, a great place for a family or just the two of you.

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2013

Real nice place to eat. Food was delicious. Will return. The only downfall is the parking. Restaurant is located on a very busy street with meter and two hour parking (not good), aside from the parking this will be one of my favorites.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2013

Had a great time bringing my mom, who was visiting from out of state. Nice "local" scene and just good ambience!
She enjoyed everything about CL.

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4.0Dined on May 8, 2013

booking was a small error, they were very nice about it. would go back

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2013

Had a lovely lunch. Great service, interesting menu, nice atmosphere and tasty food. I would go again.

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3.0Dined on May 1, 2013

It was O.K. If you want to pay extra for a more expensive item, they won't let you do it. But the food was good.

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2013

Great service, attentive and very pleasant. We both ordered the cavatelli with sausage, house salad and slit the Belgian chocolate gelato. Hot bread with a two wonderful spreads came before the meal. Luckily there were two pieces each otherwise we would not have had room for dinner as the bread was so yummy. House salad was very nicely dressed with a light dressing, tomatoes, corn, slice black olives (the kalamata kind, not the black olives out of a can!). The entrees were perfect: piping hot! Why can all restaurants serve the meal on a hot plate/bowl! Our server offered freshly grated parmesan. The final wonderful part was the gelato! Will definitely be a repeat customer!!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2013

We totally enjoyed our food and the service was prompt a d the servers were very friendly and helpful. We would definitely recommend this restaurant to our friends.

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5.0Dined on April 24, 2013

Located right on Main Street in Seal Beach, one of the best little places to grab dinner and walk around. Great food and amazing service, some of the best around!

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4.0Dined on April 23, 2013

We always enjoy dining at Café Lafayette. The food is always delicious and it tastes even better when you have a Groupon for 4 persons. This included a salad or soup for each person, an entrée for each, two desserts to share and two bottles of wine. The chicken cordon bleu is excellent as is the veal scaloppini. I rated the service as good only because there was just one waitress serving the whole restaurant with the owner doing his best to help. We look forward to a return visit to this great restaurant in Seal Beach.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2013

Our 5th visit to Cafe Lafayette and the first for a friend celebrating a birthday dinner. What's notable about CL is it's consistency. We've always been pleased with the service and quality of food, and the range of offerings. We generally start off with the garlic/parmesan potato chips with gorgonzola dip, and end up trying to find something else to dip into the leftover gorgonzola, it's so delicious. My gnocchi with wild mushrooms was rich and ample, and my friends' pork pot pie (on special) and chicken Lafayette were also good (yes, we sampled each others).
Cafe Lafayette is a small, classy restaurant with good taste both in their menu & how they treat their customers. Highly recommended.

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4.0Dined on March 2, 2013

Food and service were great. Decor needs updating.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2013

Food was good. Service was slow because there was only one waitress, but she was fantastic.

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2013

Very fresh ingredients and well-prepared food. Friendly atmosphere. Loved the breading on the calamari. Berry sorbet is awesome. Decent wine in reasonable price range.

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4.0Dined on February 16, 2013

Great food & friendly people. Had a wonderful time.

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4.0Dined on February 13, 2013

A bit pricy, but well liked for the gang. Squid was tender... Others enjoyed their dishes as well. Service can be slow at times but overall satisfactory.

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4.0Dined on February 4, 2013

Had a LivingSocial deal. No problems. Treated very well. Food was very, very good. Restaurant very diner like but the food upscale. The service was outstanding even though we had a voucher. Enjoyed our meal very much

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5.0Dined on January 25, 2013

I have been going to Cafe LaFayette for many years now. It has been consistently wonderful. The food is fantastic, the service is good and the owners are friendly making it a warm and homey sort of place. I will always return and always recommend.

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4.0Dined on January 24, 2013

The Calamari Steaks served Piccata Style were prepared perfectly!!

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4.0Dined on January 10, 2013

very good restaurant located on busy main st in seal beach. Went on a Thursday night for mom's birthday. the restaurant was about 1/2 full. There was only 1 waitress; thus, the service was a little slow. The food was great. I recommend the Salmon and the Stuffed Chicken with Spinach. Liked the wine choices. Wish there were more. definitely plan on visiting again

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3.0Dined on January 5, 2013

My boyfriend and I came here with a travelzoo deal: $49 for 1 shared appetizer, 2 dinner entrees + soup or salad, 1 dessert and 1 bottle of wine. It was a great bargain considering the amount of food we had. The service was friendly but a bit slow. We ordered the calamari fritti to start off with and the appetizer portion was huge! The waitress gave us a good recommendation for the wine but the food was just okay. My boyfriend had the Plum Glazed Salmon and I got the Veal Picatta but I received the Calamari Steak instead. I wasn't sure if those two dishes were the same but since it took awhile to come out, I didn't want to send it back.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2012

We have enjoyed our dining experience each time we have been there. You have a great selection of wines and a nice menu.

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5.0Dined on December 20, 2012

We went early so even though they have limited staff we received excellent service. The food was well presented and delicious. The only exception was the salad dressing which needed something to spice it up. And the dessert was very good.

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2.0Dined on December 20, 2012

We met for breakfast/brunch to celebrate Christmas and opening gifts with friends. The service and the food was excellent, however they did not award us the points as promised by Open Table. We went back again for dinner with friends last night. The food was good, the wine list/price a good value. We will not be back because they did not honor the Open Table points.

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