Cafe Luxembourg

4.7
4827 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American
In 1983, Café Luxembourg opened its doors to become the quintessential neighborhood bistro of the Upper West Side. The dining room of this charming 90 seat restaurant glows in the warm light of the Jean Perzel fixtures and antique mirrors.

Located on 70th Street just west of Broadway, Café Luxembourg entertains New Yorkers and celebrities alike. The full service bar is home to many regulars. The lively buzz of the dining room is inviting and intimate. The frequency of dining customers is testament to the sincere efforts by the entire Café Luxembourg staff.

The menu changes seasonally as well as offering daily specials. The classic menu dishes maintain a level of cooking on par with the city’s best restaurants. Café Luxembourg offers beautifully prepared food with professional, yet unpretentious service at reasonable prices.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
French American, American
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 8am - 11:30am, Weekend Brunch: 9am - 4pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3pm; Brasserie Monday-Friday: 3pm-5pm, Weekend 4pm-5pm; Dinner Sunday through Tuesday 5pm-11pm and Wednesday through Saturday 5pm-12am
Our closing hours are subject to change.
Please call to inquire.
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Phone number
(212) 873-7411
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Carlos Letona
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Amsterdam
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Parking details
Nearest Parking Garages:
200 West End Av btwn Amsterdam and West End Ave
212.874-0200
www.200wea.org

Highrise Parking
210 West 71st Street btwn Broadway and West End Ave
212.363.7622
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Public transit
1,2,3 at 72nd Street
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Entertainment
We are near The Beacon Theater, Lincoln Center, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and The American Museum of Natural History.
Additional
Bar Dining, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
What 4827 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Overpriced brunch. French toast burned. Food portions small and not garnished or special. Service terribly slow

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b
Nashville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Recently had Sunday brunch here during a long weekend in NYC. it was our first time to eat at Cafe Luxembourg.
We will definitely be back!!

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G
London
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was the venue for a family reunion brunch. What a fantastic place. The food was fabulous and the service was friendly and professional. This restaurant is French Bistro in character - both the food and the decor. The tables are packed in so it is quite noisy, but the food is so delicious, who cares!

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B
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 1service 4ambience 4

We were welcomed and treated well by all staff we encountered, and we really liked the ambiance of the restaurant. The food was just overall way too greasy for us. I had the French toast, and it felt caked in grease. The berries were nice. My mom had the BLT, and the bacon on that was also heavy with grease. She liked the light spreading of garlic aioli it came with, though. My Riesling was excellent and my mom’s cocktail was fine. The best part was dessert. Really good Emglish Breakfast and Ear Grey teas. The ginger snap cookies that came with the Creme brûlée were perfect. Loved the place and the people - we suggest lightening up on the grease used to prepare the food.

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SW
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a consistently pleasant restaurant after all these years: an evolving menu with the constant base of excellent bistro food; staff who seem to handle the bustle with ease and good humor; a convivial atmosphere and reservation-friendly.

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l
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this restaurant . Love the food, the service and the ambience . Every time I am in NY I book there many times

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DC
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another excellent pre-Lincoln Center dinner! Excellent food and service. Would recommend the bet salad, salmon, Luxembourger, and Harry’s Hot Fudge Sundae.

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CJ
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were out celebrating our 37th anniversary and came back to a place we first came in 1983 when they first opened. We loved it then and we still do. Staff has changed and some of the food, but it's still a great place to go and that's why NY is a city of neighborhoods. If you haven't been, you have no idea what you've missed!

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d
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

They couldn't seat us at time of reservation, but apologized and kept us in the loop. I had requested a quiet corner because this is a noisy restaurant. They put us in the quietest table there is in that restaurant. Very important because one of my guests is elderly and hard of hearing. Also, they never rushed us at all. Unfailingly polite. Mixed reviews on the food. My friend's omelette was superb - rare these days. My tuna burger was mediocre. I ordered it medium rare. It was far from it and had very little taste - and I don't believe there was wasabi mayonnaise as "advertised". But the fries were fabulous. Overall all four of us were very pleased. Lovely neighborhood place still going strong.

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MA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Great waitor too! Manhattan is loaded with restaurants serving mediocre food at astronomical prices. I loved our meal her. Every single bit of it. Not cheap but delicious. Can’t wait to return for the fall menu!

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x
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Food and ambiance were great but the service was particularly good and welcoming.

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M
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

YUM! Amazing evening from beginning to end. Our waiter was so nice. He even brought a tide stick with a glass of water on a plate when one of us spilled on our clothes. The food was so good! There were six of us and we all loved everything. I love the vibe here. Low key, great lighting, intimate, fun, and most importantly, consistently great food! I used to eat here all the time 25 or so years ago but have moved far from NYC. It's still one of my favorites in the city.

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K
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

A solid if not spectacular neighborhood restaurant. We had brunch there and the food was your standard eggs benedict etc. A little overpriced for what it offers.

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h
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

the perfect place to have casual lunch with friends

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

I ordered the Bisque as a main course, @ $34.- There were 2 shrimp, 2 clams and some lemon, and like 3 table spoons of the bisque, that was it. I was expecting a full bowl like a bouillabaise. So this was not an entree but like an appetizer. Way overprized in my opinion. So I ordered another entree, to have something in my stomach.

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CA
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cafe Lux is always good and is a happening scene. The feel of an authentic French bistro fits well with the food and the service.

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c
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

This is a longtime favorite of ours. Food and service are reliable wonderful. Only problem is that you are squeezed in like sardines and jostled by staff and customers while trying to dine.
Don’t know how they can fix this, except by having fewer tables.

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v
Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was very good as was service. I went on a Monday night and glad I made reservations as it was crowded.

The one thing I didn’t appreciate, was how fast our plates were taken away from us. Literally after our last bite we had people coming by, including the waiter, asking if we were done. I think that is extremely tacky and rude. You should wait until your guest has at least put down their fork, you don’t take away dishes while they are eating.

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w
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great a true reliable neighborhood place that I enjoy over and over

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B
New York Area
762 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Café Lux is an old stand-by; we have been going for years. Nothing changes which is both comforting and boring. Staff is always competent and gracious. Cocktails are okay, not great and the same can be said about the food. Although there are printed daily specials (a plus), the rest of the menu has been the same for ages.

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CP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

One of my family’s favorite restaurants for many years, for pre and post Lincoln Center or a nice Evening out. Good food, warm and cheerful atmosphere.

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VM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Cafe Luxembourg is outstanding. Making a reservation is suggested.

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good - food, service, ambiance. My favorite neighborhood spot.

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FS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience at the cafe. Went for brunch before the opera and it was had a great meal. Service is as good as the food.

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OT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As neighbors we always feel welcomed and the service is professional and warm-always. Food consistently excellent.

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RW
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I fell in love at CL on Thursday with an old friend. It was the perfect setting.

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GA
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was uniformly poor and very expensive. Service was also subpar. One of the very few dining disappointments during our weeklong stay.

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MK
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Very disappointed this time. Usually quite good. Service was atrocious. Food usually MUCH better. Fish special was minuscule . Hope it was just an off night. If not I will reluctantly take it off my list of go to places.

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T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was very nice, specially the staff and our waitress was lovely (I think she was Russian). The ambiance was great the food very good. Only down side was the portions were skimpy for the price. If you're very hungry you might leave not completely satisfied.

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r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cafe Luxembourg is the best. An UWS institution. Great for celebrities and in the know New Yorkers.

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D
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm, wonderful and terrific food and service!

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LS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I’m a fairly regular patron of Cafe Luxembourg. I’ve been coming here since they opened in the ‘80’s. Most recently it seems to me that they’ve made their portions significantly smaller rather than continue to raise their already high prices. Maybe others don’t notice but it it extremely obvious to me. I live across the street from Lux so I’ll likely continue going.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Overall, pretty good. Host staff should not hover and stare. Let guests finish their meal in peace.

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JF
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favorite NYC restaurant; always outstanding, particularly staff, warm, thoughtful, genuine warmth.

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G
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

It’s a lovely restaurant great ambiance, wonderful polite service , usually have been happy with the food , but not so much this time I was very disappointed the French onion soup which I usually enjoy was too sweet , maybe they’re using different onions, and the steak frite was only mediocre

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EA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal at Cafe Lux! We had an early reservation in order to make an 8pm curtain call. There seemed to be a bit of a snafu in the kitchen but our waiter and the manager were extremely apologetic promising we would make our show. Food was delayed but delicious and as promised we made our show. They even offered to put us in a car to the theater but no need. Thanks for always being a classy joint!

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C
London
7 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat here. Food is great and service is professional and friendly. Good crowd of people too

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OT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent pre fixe dinner, great service. Be aware that before a show at the Beacon Theatre it was crowded and noisy but the terrific food and service more than made up for it. We tried tuna tartare and grilled octopus appetizers and steak frites and salmon entrees. Perfection. Even the wine and drinks were memorable. No room for dessert but eyeing other tables they looked wonderful, especially a large creme brûlée more than enough for two.

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s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always fun to have dinner at this steady dependable establishment with good fun and wine.

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SS
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my best friend for her Birthday. I had been there before, but she hadn't. She LOVED it.
Great food, service and atmosphere. We're going back with our husbands. A little expensive,
but worth it. I had the omelet, which was delicious. She had the salmon and salad. They were
both cooked as we ordered it. The chocolate dessert was yummy!!!!

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