Cafe Luxembourg

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$31 to $50
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French American

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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.
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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 9 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was super friendly and attentive. It made a huge difference. And the service was fast

S
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Whenever I leave Cafe Lux after another wonderful meal I say to my self, “Wow, I have such a great life.”

d
Atlantic City
18 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Cafe Luxembourg is a small, classic neighborhood French bistro with a reliable menu, a well-provisioned bar, a friendly atmosphere, and excellent service. We had reservations for a 5:30 p.m. pre-theater mid-week meal, and we were glad we had made them, because the place was already busy when we arrived, even the bar seating full. When we checked in, the host immediately asked if we were headed to a performance, and what time we need to leave. She conveyed that information to our server, who never missed a beat. Service was attentive, efficient, but unhurried. Although the noise level was moderate, we were able to hear ourselves easily for conversation across our table for two. Our meals were beautifully prepared and plated in classic French style. If I still lived down the block as I did decades ago before this cafe existed, I would be a regular so that I could enjoy everything on the menu, including the tempting daily specials. We will definitely be back the next time we're in NYC and headed to Lincoln Center, which is just 5 blocks away.

OT
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were so patient . My friend was a half hour late and they made me feel right at home . Service impeccable as always and food yummy

h
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience3

While quality of the food was above average service was poor. Items we ordered at the beginning of the meal did not appear, it took several requests for that order to be completed. Request for bread was never met, we finally went to get it ourselves. Wait staff seemed overwhelmed by the number of tables they had to take care off. Noise level was unacceptably high as customers at the two table next to us, got involved in a very loud at the level of yelling) conversation with each other. Not exactly the kind of gracioius dining experience Cafe Lusembourg promises.

JT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Calamari, and beet salad wer fabulous as were the fries. Tables are tight and its noisy , but that wouldn't stop me from going back.

CE
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We arrived and we were greeted by the hostess, very pleasant. There was an older woman, not sure what her role but she needs to lighten up, quite dour. Our server was perfect, friendly, asked questions to ensure order was right. Even the busman was nice. the food was delicious and the restaurant wasnt overly busy.

w
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I have always been a huge fan of Cafe Luxembourg for many years but today it seemed off its game. We were here for breakfast and it felt curiously understaffed. Service, always their strong suit, was inattentive. The usually excellent ricotta pancakes were underwhelming. Just an unfortunate day perhaps. It happens but at Cafe Luxembourg it’s really surprising.

d
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cafe Luxembourg is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. We have been going there for years. After more than 30 years, it still serves good quality bistro food and is always busy. Good bar scene as well. The burgers are great and of course Harry's Hot Fudge Sundae.

C
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding as always. Why have have been a loyal diner for 35 years!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A perfect brunch!

b
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Crowded, but worth it! Great food and superb service.

W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This classic French bistro is consistently excellent.
Cuisine is prepared de rigeur and to your liking.
Wait staff is professional, accessible and never intrusive.
Their pre-performance service is impeccable and timely.
NYC is lucky to have this keeper.

SH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service. Delightful and very welcoming staff. Food was very well prepared. Very knowledgeable waiter.

MS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food was really mediocre and extremely overpriced. We were taking my elderly mother out for a celebratory late lunch in her neighborhood so we were okay paying a premium for convenience. However, her steak was nothing special and we all agreed that the food was better at the Viand Diner on Broadway.

BK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for dinner on Thanksgiving since our grown kids were all out of town. We were welcomed so warmly and the hosts, bartenders, servers and brilliant manager Umberto made us feel as if we had dinner with the family. Delicious food, festive atmosphere—a truly splendid evening.

e
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

A wonderful neighborhood experience for us who are not in the neighborhood. It was a Thanksgiving meal, although we did not have much turkey. Other dishes were wonderful. Waiter was fabulous, attentive, friendly and made the experience better. Very busy, but it did not hinder the service.

KE
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Luxembourg is always a treat...and especially on Thanksgiving with family. Such a treat....as close to perfection as a cafe can get...and it's been doing it this way since the 1980's.

TG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Don’t order the lobster roll. It’s two hors d’eurves trying to pass for an entre. Too much mayo and day old bun.

E
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, ambience and service. A local treasure.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect in every way. A go-to. Always

SG
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We brought our 10 month old grand daughter for lunch, the staff was fantastic!

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We visit Cafe Lux every time we are in NY. Always a great choice.

RX
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As always, the Cafe is a great neighborhood luxury...does sometimes get too noisy, but we love the
the place....service was difficult this time.
Ronnie

d
New York Area
322 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is consistently good. The service also is attentive.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had to add

MS
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We did not enjoy our visit at Cafe Luxembourg. It took over half an hour for a waiter to take our order. The table are so crowded that waiters kept bumping my chair around. The food was nothing special. My friend had the worst stomach ache after our lunch. I will not be returning there.

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Cafe Lux never disappoints! The food is always great, the staff is so nice and attentive and the ambiance is perfect for going out with your fav people for brunch!

DB
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had the avocado toast and it was perfect. Loved the atmosphere, a little noisy, but not distracting where we couldn't hear each. Perfect for a New York eatery on a Saturday morning. Service was excellent, attentive but not bothersome.

f
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Luxembourg is always a wonderful choice as evidenced by the lively, crowds that it attracts. Food is consistently excellent, the ambience is perfect. Tables are well spaced- not too closely, and despite the fact that it is always filled, you can still have a conversation with your dinner-mates. After so many years, it consistently remains my favorite spot in the neighborhood.

h
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love my time at Cafe Lux. The team is so well trained and coordinated that they make it look easy. I wrote in the comments when making my reservation that we were celebrating a special birthday and they made the effort to put a candle in the dessert (I forgot to ask for that). They go the extra mile to make every occasion special.

u
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Cafe Luxembourg ages with grace. The food remains excellent, with dishes to meet all dietary needs, the service is competent and the ambiance is pleasant. The only negative is that the tables are very close together, but noise level is good, so you can hear yourself and dining partners talk.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food & service!

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

I have been coming to the cafe since it opened almost 40 years ago. I love the place ,the food and the vibe. But what I have experienced for the last several years is an urgency on the part of the waiters to turn the tables. The service is rushed even when it’s not full and I never feel that I can really relax. My lunch guest on Thursday commented on it and I know it affected his experience. He enjoyed the meal but felt the service was lacking. He had never been before and will never come back.
I find surprisingly enough the bar is much more relaxing and I never feel rushed there even when it is crowded. Perhaps Ryan and the other bar tenders aren’t put under pressure by management to get people to leave. It is a shame.... but of course I will never stop coming because it has always been one of my favorite haunts!!! I just wanted to share my thoughts with you.

h
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The quality and quantity of food was poor. Although it was breakfast dishes, I don't think one thin slice of avocado toast should cost $15 even if it had been a tasty avocado dish. This one was not. The service was very pleasant but the cafe was nearly empty at the time I was there. The kitchen needs to up its game, if they really want to be open for breakfast.

DF
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love this place. It’s the perfect neighborhood restaurant in every way: delicious food, friendly and competent staff, great location and congenial atmosphere.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always the best in every way. Food, service, personnel. Delicious and cheerful.
My favorite place.

MP
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I have been coming to Cafe Luxembourg for many years and have always enjoyed the experience.

M
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience2

Stunning true NYC experience. Every aspect meets a good standard. The negative is that tables are too close together which drags down the experience. Used to feel better about CL in the past.

B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bIstro on the Westside! Cosistey good food in a
fun environment!