Cafe Luxembourg

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$31 to $50
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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 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I've been coming to Café Luxembourg for over 20 years, and it's still great. On this visit I was amazed to find my three other dinner guests seated at the table when I arrived 5 minutes late - so few restaurants are willing to show this courtesy any more, always insisting that everyone be there before anyone can be seated. Fantastic, perfect cocktails and delicious food rounded out a great evening out.

j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience5

When my niece comes to town from Chicago this is the restaurant she wants to come to. I live nearby and it's so great to have this treasure in the neighborhood. You never know who you'll see at the next table. The lighting is so flattering and cozy, the buzz so great, and the food so good. Another friend, when in town always wants to come here and eat at the bar. We relive old memories as we've been coming here for years and are always nourished in body and mind to be here. Just one of my favorite places to be in all the world.

JG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We were seated at a table behind a column with a view of the staff coming in and out of the kitchen. In a restaurant with lovely windows and flowers, we were in a pocket of nothingness. Staff seemed irritated and impatient.

JO
Montreal
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food was very good & tasty. Ambience looks like it has not been touched in 50 years. It definitely could use a fresh paint job

MI
New York Area
79 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always a reliable Cafe for very good food, lively crowd and best, it's open late.

OT
New York Area
171 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Tuna tartare appetizer was very good. My wife liked her halibut. My lobster roll was awful, soggy and tasteless lobster meat on burned brioche rolls.

r
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Going downhill. Steak was poor. It used to be much better, but the ambiance is still good.

OT
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A classic with good food (and excellent lighting) ;-)

OT
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite restaurant of our.

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LV
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it, everything was superb!!! Food, atmosphere, service - simply the best!

GF
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great UWS classic. Perfect for pre Lincoln Center as well as brunch. A NYC classic in every way!

HT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

As always a great experience at Cafe Luxembourg. Wonderful ambience, super staff and very well prepared dishes.
An UW$ classic.

S
Raleigh
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was fantastic as usual. Thanks to our server Michael for impeccable service!

T
London
28 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious lovely food, charming service. We will be back. Thank you.

H
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

It's a classic.
Here's a note though, the lighting was darker than needed for a sunny Saturday. Turn the lights up a bit so it feels like brunch.

E
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Casual long running neighborhood bistro that makes you feel you are in Europe. Wonderful atmosphere and food.

WS
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always dependable. Delicious food and drinks. Great service. A class act!

MM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious food and excellent service

H
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While I hadn't been to the Luxembourg since the early 90s, when I was a frequent visitor, my return visit last Thursday did not disappoint. Originally selected for its proximity to Lincoln Center and the Opera, Café Luxembourg is such a pleasant experience, I would, if I lived in New York, certainly go there for other occasions. My hope is that it will always be there, as I will certainly come back again!

b
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cafe Luxembourg and make a point to eat there whenever we are in NYC

J
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Classic midweek New York breakfast.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Rushed. The waiter was asking for our drink order S he spilled a full glass of water on one of us.

HM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never been disappointed by this bistro, and it's fair to say that I could eat their country salad for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, and I often do. This bistro is perfect in every way, and I am very lucky that I recently got a place on the upper west side so can go there often, with a friend or to eat at the bar. LOVE!!

SS
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely would recommend! We had a fantastic evening, wonderful food, great staff and service. We were celebrating our 16th wedding anniversary and made it to the Opera at Lincoln Center 7:30pm. We have been coming here for years! Cafe Luxembourg is a GEM! Thank you! Mussels, Steak Tartar and creme brûlée's our favorites!

VW
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Was terrific as always. Can always count on great food, top notch service and a great experience.

CG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent food for reasonable price. Excellent wait staff, very fine waiter (and very good looking lol).

m
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy at least one meal here when staying in NYC. Love the French Onion Soup.

c
New York Area
116 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the first time I have been back to Cafe Luxembourg in many years. I will certainly be back again soon. Every aspect of our meal was great. Fresh oysters, salmon tartar, striped bass, and homemade Ice cream were all wonderful. My husband's rack of lamb was tender and cooked to the doneness requested.
One way I use to tell excellent service is when the food arrives it is put in front of the correct person without asking. That happened every time. The server was also great at timing our meal exactly as we requested. The wine list is not extensive but has a nice selection of reasonably priced wines. The menu is also somewhat limited - for instance no chicken entrees - but for me everything included would be a great selection.

W
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It is great to see a restaurant that has been around as long as Cafe Luxembourg still maintaining its high standards. We had the rack of lamb and the duck breast as main courses. Both were outstanding. The simple green salad was the best I can remember with beautiful greens and delicious dressing. The apple tart and praline beer ice cream were a satisfying finale to the meal. The service is low-key and professional. The atmosphere is convivial.

r
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always enjoy having lunch at Cafe Luxembourg. Service is alway good, food choice could be better but food is nicely prepared. Clost to Lincoln Center so very convenient.
PS Once saw Patric Stewart and Ian MacLellan there. What a thrill!

PN
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Satisfying bistro food with exceptional service and lively atmosphere

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place!

LH
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite while in New York. The food is fabulous as well as the service.

RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding in every way, as always!

MA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love Cafe Lux and try to eat there as often as I can.

JP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great nabe place. Been a loyal customer for over 15 years. Food, service, ambience is great. A little pricy for what you get but worth it overall. Great bar!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always outstanding for breakfast. Baked egg dish is one of my all-time favorites anywhere.

BM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always! Wonderful food, great service and nice ambience. Always consistently delicious with excellent service!

N
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful brunch!

JK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

My wife asked to have something changed on the order she had and she was told she could not do that. We have been there many times and this was the first time I questioned the service.