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Cafe Lafayette

4.1
32 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • 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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4.1  based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.1
service
3.5
ambience
Noise · Moderate
86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipOpenTable Diner (Orange County)
4.0  Dined 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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vipCatMom (Orange County)
2.0  Dined 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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gologo (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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Sharon (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined 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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vipEric (Orange County)
3.0  Dined 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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mike (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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Steelbirds (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined 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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5Free (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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Colleen (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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Nesie (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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aim4fun (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined 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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3dsmom (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on May 8, 2013

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

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Karah (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined 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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vipcasinobob (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined 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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gologo (Orange County)
5.0  Dined 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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