Cafe Luxembourg

4.7
5501 reviews
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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.
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B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always very consistent terrific service and really wonderful food

c
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been dining here since the 80s! Tonight’s meal (our chef son’s 20th bday) was one of the best, including favorites like steak tartare and soup a l’onion and superb specials green pea vichyssoise and scallops with sun choke purée.

SS
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to dine. Exceptional service and beautifully presented.

AR
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining at Cafe Lux! Great food and drinks and service!

m
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We have been going 35 years, first as a couple and now with 1 college daughter and 1 already college graduated daughter for every special occasion, like birthday, graduation and so forth. We love here

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing! Great New Yorker restaurant that offers perfect food and excellent service not to mention a star sighting on a regular basis!

PV
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to Café Luxembourg for quote some time. It has never lost its cool. Great food, great service (thank you Dan!), great ambiance. The hostesses were fantastic. We had a great table (thank you for accommodating us!) - a great evening and a great time!

LD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the food and service were excellent! Every time I go there I feel like I’m in Paris.

NV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We five are long time diners at Cafe Luxembourg, especially on birthdays. Therefore, we could probably recite the menu for memory, which definitely suggests a few changes every so often might be a thoughtful idea. The food is well prepared but simply too predictable. This particular evening we had a Philippino waiter who was superb and sported a marvelous sense of humor. We will no doubt be back for another birthday.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old-time standby that’s kept up with the times. Just lovely for lunch

W
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic restaurant ... great food & service!

a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I eat at Cafe Lux often - it is a totally reliable good meal with attentive service and a good vibe.

OT
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Met an old friend for lunch yesterday. The place was fairly quiet as it's the middle of August. (How quiet was it? It was so quiet that we couldn't pick up the conversation of the celebrity sitting at the next table. ) Staff was very accommodating on giving us a quiet table for three even though there were only two of us. The kitchen was quick. I had the lobster roll with a salad. As someone who spent summers in Maine when I was young, I know a good lobster roll from a pretender, and this one is the real deal. Cudoes to chef.

a
Caribbean
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Sauce of the fish was mediocre

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 5ambience 4

We visited for pre-theater dinner on Saturday night. The service was excellent and atmosphere was nice but the food was such a disappointment for the classical French restaurant. Appetizers were good and no complains: octopus and beet salat. But, I had a duck breast for an entrée, besides that presentation was very immature (breast was split into two pieces along side), I couldn't cut it with a stake knife that how tough it was, it usually very tender as I like that dish and had multiple times in many other restaurants. Immediately had been noticed by waiter and offered replacement. I choose a sward fish which was a special of the day and I thought it couldn't be the worse. But, fish was a thick brick piece which overcooked from the outside and raw and cold on the inside which I assume that it was cooked half frozen. I didn't want to return for the second time and left the bloody raw part out to show to the chef at the end of the dinner. The host of the restaurant told that chef said that it's normal to have blood inside, which is ridiculous. My friend had shrimp for the main course. The flavor of the dish was good but shrimps were chopped in to pieces which was very strange and I never seen that presentation before. So, from overall experience I would not recommend to anyone to go there for dinner even though the staff was excellent.

m
New York Area
216 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of the deep pleasures of going regularly to Luxembourg is that you know exactly what you are going to get. It is 99% reliable. You even know that if you order your burger rare it will come not quite rare but in between rare and medium rare. If you ask for the bacon on top to be crisp, it will be crisp. If you want the fries well done they will be well done, nicely salted, and delicious. Everything will be exactly as you specified, and very tasty. Service is efficient, friendly, and intelligent.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the overall finest dining spots on the upper west side. Perhaps some brief training could make checking in at the front more user friendly.

U
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always reliable and one of a few neighborhood go-tos north of Lincoln Center.

KF
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic French bistro! A welcome reliable spot for brunch, lunch and dinner with impeccable service and classic French favorites that has withstood the test of time admirably!

MD
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food is perfection--hamburger, frites, BLT. Absolutely great. Tables are a bit too close together. And prices are steep. But I am already trying to find an excuse to go back.

c
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Cantaloupe gazpacho, soft shell crab, heirloom tomato salad, all wonderful. Tagliatelle special was just “okay”. Restaurant always has excellent service.

MX
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. A jewel in NYC’s crown. Amazing how Cafe Lux has is always consistently excellent and a pleasure to visit. The staff is always so exceedingly friendly and excellent.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite restaurant!

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Very good food but the prices here have gotten ahead of themselves. Very disappointed in their
Soft Shell Crab special. Something about it being jumbo sized so you would get one. Well if you’ve had soft shells you know they are never big, and this one that I was served was delicious but perhaps 2-3 ozs. at best. Like a snack or an appetizer. Certainly not a main course for $28.00
Three of us w 2rounds of drinks was well over $200. 1app, 3mains.

t
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My charming waiter Michael (Slip) always makes dining at Cafe Luxembourg such an enjoyable experience that I always try to make Cafe Luxembourg a part of a weekend of entertaining friends and family who regularly visit me on the Upper West Side.

OT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We only come here for desert and digestives after LC performances and this place never disappoints. The service is always excellent and attentive. Great ambiance

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having spent many evenings at many restaurants on the UWS, I have never found another with as much charm, as reliable service, and as consistently delicious food as Cafe Luxembourg. I can’t recommend it highly enough.

T
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been going to this restaurant for many years. Consistently a great experience.

TM
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were a party of 5 and while everything was DELICIOUS 2 of us ordered the soft shell crab from the specials and received half a crab. I never have an issue with cost when it comes to good food. However, this meal required 2 crabs for the price and for fulfillment. I did speak with one of the managers and they took off 2 drinks from our bill.

MG
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent. One of the best.

JC
New England
10 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Still - after all these years a sophisticated swanky spot. A lovely room with a handsome clientele.

CG
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ideal para el desayuno, los platos som abundantes y super ricos! La atencion es brillante

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MB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 1ambience 3

The waiter were nice. But the lady at the front had a terrible behavior to me. I came with my newborn in a bassinet and didn’t want me to come in at first. But then she said ok but take the bassinet with you and leave the stroller frame outside.... at the end when I want to bring the stroller in to leave she totally refused and gave me an inappropriate look. Nobody was in the restaurant at the time I left... so I wouldn’t had to bother no one... but I had to carry my baby in the bassinet(dangerous) and put him back in the stroller... beside that food were ok but the desert were excellent!!!

BY
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been coming here since 1988. Always a great experience.

D
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

I've loved Luxembourg for years. Always good food. Jamie is a fantastic waitperson!

g
New York Area
169 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

First time, and loved it! A great neighborhood secret.
Food, service, wine A+
Will definitely return 👍

AD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful as usual. The Cafe is a NYC gem! I am always delighted to enjoy Sunday brunch at the Cafe with a dear friend and we feel so restored after our meal.

P
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 5

I go there often but the last time there were items missing from each entree (i.e. Bacon not on the burger , avocado missing from a sandwich. We had to wait quite awhile after notifying the waiter. This delayed everyone's meal. We went before the theater and it was not busy.

SR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I was waiting for a friend who had been delayed for close to an hour. I was made to feel perfectly comfortable while waiting, water glass refilled, etc. The service was terrific and the food was good, too.

C
London
19 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Having been absent from NYC for a couple of months it was lovely to be welcomed back and as always the service, food and ambience were first class.

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