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About Cafe Normandie

Consistently voted "Most Romantic" restaurant, Cafe Normandie combines French cuisine with local Maryland specialities. A family business, we have been located in Historic Annapolis for 26 years.

185 Main St
Annapolis, MD 21401
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, Seafood, Contemporary French

Hours of Operation:


Breakfast:
Saturday& Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00pm

Lunch:
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30am
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm

Dinner:
Daily: 5:00pm - 10:30pm

Cross Street:
Conduit Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(410) 263-3382

Website:
http://www.cafenormandie.com/

Entertainment:
We feature a monthly Cabaret evening with featured duo, Love Story.

Catering:
All catered events are custom-designed to accommodate your needs.

Parking Details:
Public parking garage, Noah Hillman Garage.

Executive Chef:
Jean-Louis Evennou

Private Party Facilities:
Up to 20 guests in private balcony area, 30-40 guests in area of main dining room.

Private Party Contact:
Suzanne Evennou: (410) 263-3382

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Cafe Normandie Ratings and Reviews

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4
3
2
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.6

service

4.3

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (42)
Special Occasion (40)
Authentic (35)
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Good for Anniversaries (35)
Cozy (35)
Romantic (34)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Great for Lunch (27)
Quiet Conversation (25)
Fit for Foodies (23)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Worth the Drive (21)
Sunday Lunch (19)
Great for Brunch (18)
Business Meals (17)
Notable Wine List (17)
Casual (15)
Comfort Food (15)
Pre/post Theatre (15)
Healthy (8)
Fun (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
Seasonal (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Afternoon Tea (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Late-night Find (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Scenic View (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Happy Hour (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Disabled Access (1)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Baltimore)·Dined 4 days ago

Cafe Normandy an ANNAPOLIS favorite

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 (Richmond)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was good. Service was inattentive and slow.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 5 days ago

We were seated near the front. The valentine decorations were still up, which provided mood lighting. There was quite a delay in getting our drink orders filled, and various other parts of our meal came out very slowly, and not with the right accompaniments. For example, the Brie was a generous portion of hot, delicious cheese, but the food runner did not bring bread. When I was finally served my steaming hot French onion soup, it did not arrive with a spoon. Etc. So high marks for the food, but the service lacked the finesse that I have come to associate with Cafe Normandie.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Disappointing Valentine’s Day dinner. We were excited to be in Annapolis and about this restaurant from the reviews. However, we were not told about the Prix Fixe menu for that night which was a $95 dinner from a limited menu. I was looking forward to some items that were not available and was not happy with the available choices. Our first drinks took over 15 minutes to arrive, the tables were very close together and the noise level was too loud. I had the sea scallops which were good but bland and my wife had the halibut which was also bland and dry. The included chocolate dessert was good but the pana cotta was not. Overall it seemed like a mass produced evening that was too expensive.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined 7 days ago

Awesome . The service was excellent. The food was excellent.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 13, 2018

Simply wonderful.....every time we go!

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 (New England)·Dined on February 12, 2018

Excellent food and server very good too. Several nice small touches in terms of service and ambiance.

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a great meal and service. We sat upstairs in the balcony area. candles on the table would have been nice. One bright light was annoying. Food and food choices were great.

Tags: Business Meals, Romantic, Authentic
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 (Key West)·Dined on February 10, 2018

This is one of our go-to places...Always great. Great food, great service!

Tags: Romantic, Worth the Drive
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 9, 2018

outstanding service; warm and inviting atmosphere.
Super kudos to all the night of 2.9.18 XO

Tags: Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very good but not the best French I’ve had.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Very nice restaurant with cozy ambience and spectacular French food. Had the Chateaubriand for 2, service was great, steak was deliciously tender and had a great, well balanced flavor.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 7, 2018

You might consider having a section geared to quiet conversation and one for those who prefer louder conversation

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Tapas
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 7, 2018

The perfect restaurant for any reason, any time. We really enjoyed it!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Reserved table with window view was in walk in area and the cold air from opened doors definitely was minus to make this place cozy.
Our table was for four people I made reservarion for two! generaly all tables were for two.
The round table with bunch of noisy company was in front of us.
FOOD WAS OK LIKE ALWAYS.,
Please include on web site the plan with tables so it will be no complains.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual, Cozy
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on February 3, 2018

We only went for lunch, but greatly enjoyed our meals.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 28, 2018

We enjoyed a nice brunch before heading out to try on wedding dresses for my soon to be daughter in law. The staff made sure we had everything we needed, the food was served quickly and the atmosphere was outstanding.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

What a wonderful gem in Annapolis. The menu is varied and unique. Care in both preparation and presentation. Old favorites as well as carefully crafted new combinations. The only quibble is the noise level. It was quite full on Saturday evening and, although there was soft music playing, the din drowned it out. Acoustic panels might help. But this by no means dampened the dining experience! The food is wonderful. Don't miss out and think that this is a stodgy place. It is not. All who appreciate good food at reasonable prices should try Cafe Normandie. Whereas maybe not a current "hip" place, the cuisine is excellent.

Tags: Authentic, Romantic, Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 27, 2018

A wonderful county French restaurant in the heart of downtown Annapolis. Good food, wonderful ambience. We are frequent diners.

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 (Cleveland)·Dined on January 27, 2018

The food was good, the waiter was attentive, but it all took a long time! Maybe the just the French way of enjoying a meal. The noise level was louder than I remember. All in all, a nice experience and good food.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 25, 2018

Cafe Normandie is consistently excellent. The food , service and ambiance make not one of my top choices for dining out in Annapolis.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

We always enjoy the atmosphere and food at Cafe Normandie.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Fun, Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 20, 2018

I have eaten at Cafe Normandie about 5 other times but this visit was disappointing. My beef bourguignon was over cooked. The meat was hard. My fiancé was happy with the trout almondine. The restaurant was crowded and the waiter was a little overwhelmed.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 19, 2018

As usual, Cafe Normandie provided delicious food (the bouillabaisse was perfect for a chilly afternoon-chock full of chunks of seafood) and good service. Enjoyed a birthday lunch. You won’t be disappointed.

Tags: Cozy, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Brunch
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Great country French restaurant. Early bird dinner special if $30 for a 3 course dinner is fantastic! Will be back again!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Outstanding cuisine. Our three-some had a variety of entrees--salmon w/bluberries (terrific), venison stew (outstanding) and one of their quiches (superb). Wonderful food. Great drinks. Superb service. Always a treat in downtown Annapolis. It's been there a very long time when other restaurants come and go.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Brunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Enjoy this restaurant much more when it is not so crowed as the noise level was very high and the tables are very close together. Booths are preferable but were not available even though I requested one when making the reservation.

Onion soup on a cold winter day is always a treat.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Afternoon Coffee, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We go here frequently and always enjoy it. The service can be a little slow but we almost always come with friends and enjoy the time.
Wonderful in the winter with the fireplace lit!

Tags: Comfort Food, Quick Bite, Cozy, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Service was hit or miss and the waiter was not very attentive. We had the reservation, mentioned it was a birthday. There was no recognition of that and our table was near the door and it was freezing! They did move us after we asked and other guests left. They were out of eclairs so they asked if we would like mini eclairs which were obviously frozen ones from a supermarket. Dessert was VERY disappointing.

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 (Tampa)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I give Cafe Normandie a 5-star review. I had read horror stories about the service in the last week or so and I prepped everyone in my party in advance that while the food is good - we all need to be patient because the service was probably going to be really bad. NOT THE CASE. Our waiter was OUTSTANDING; he was attentive, made his way over several times to us and made recommendations and clarified several things for us. The food was SUPERB. We went for the early dinner menu (goes on between 5-6:30) and I definitely recommend this as it was well worth it. My favorites were the French pink champagne, the goose pate, the soup of the day which was lobster bisque, the beef bourguignon and the pistachio cheesecake. All really delicious! I highly recommend for romantic dinners and special occasions since it's a little pricey. Love the ambience and the cozy fireplace.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Authentic, Comfort Food, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on January 6, 2018

I am seldom disappointed with Cafe Normandie. I have been going there since shortly after it opened. However, my friend and I were disappointed Saturday evening. Though I had reservations, we were still seated near the door on this very cold evening. We asked to move. They offered us the counter in front of the kitchen. Yet, they accommodated others after we asked. Our waiter was inattentive. Hopefully, it was just an "off-night."

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Local Ingredients
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2018

We enjoyed our dinner. Only disappointment was dessert. Buche Noel was very thin slice and vanilla. We were expecting a traditional chocolate. Also the profiteroles were made ahead and very soggy. For a $12 dessert, I expected more.
We ordered the brie appetizer with nuts on the side (nut allergy). When we ordered the profiteroles, it was covered in almonds. The waiter failed to bring that to our attention or to bring them on the side as he did with the brie.
Dinner was delicious and filling with some leftovers. The appetizers were delicious. The veal Normandie and the shrimp with pea risotto were exceptional.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2018

Total and utter masquerade. The cuisine is NOT French. In name only I would say. The food was akin to airline food. The only redeemable quality was a half price bottle of halfway decent wine. He service was fine, but with well intentioned staff who no nothing about French cuisine, wine etc. I would keep walking to the grocery store and cook at home next time.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We went to Cafe Normandie for New Years Eve and it was fantastic! Great food, attentive service without being over the top. Friendly staff! Would definitely go again and would highly recommend this lovely restaurant right on Main Street, Annapolis!

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Beautiful setting, ambiance, good service and delicious French food! Highly recommend!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We looked forward to our special New Year's Eve dinner celebration at Cafe Normandie, and it didn't disappoint. Our server, Emily, was delightful - efficient, attentive and personable. The three-course prix fixe dinner provided great choices, and we enjoyed each course. A great experience. We look forward to returning on our next visit to Annapolis.

One quibble - on Open Table, there was no mention that the dinner menu was prix fixe only. No regular menu available. This was understandable, but would have been helpful to mention beforehand.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Wonderful, consistently good restaurant. French cuisine priced well, terrific place for meeting good friends, anniversary or birthday venue. Our wait person, Jackson, couldn’t have been more polite and efficient. We’be been dining here since 1994 and have no complaints.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Come for the food but not the service.
The GOOD:
- Hostess noted my birthday multiple times--good attention to detail.
- duck mousse & country pate was superb. Award-winning chef Jean-Louis told me he makes it all in house.
-My bride and her mom both got a veal dish which they raved about.
-Father-in-law got the roasted chicken with perfectly crisp skin and juicy meat.
-Timely check presentation and payment processing.
The BAD: The following was not acceptable for a restaurant at Cafe Normandie's price point and reputation
- No guest should be an island. sat at least 5 minutes (probably closer to 10) without being greeted by our waiter or offered water by anyone.
- Attention to detail. We had to ask each time for a refill of our water. The first time, 3 of 4 glasses sat empty more than ten minutes. Refilling guests water without them asking is indicative of a not only attentiveness by the waitstaff but also shows teamwork by the bussers which in turn indicates leadership (or lack thereof) at the managerial level. I get the sense that there's not a front of house manager here.
- Houdini of a waitstaff. I noticed that we weren't the only table searching at times for our waiter/waitress.
- The land of outlawed smiles ? Our waiter never smiled once and didn't seem particularly happy to be there.
- To bicker or not to bicker, ca c'est la question. The hostess stand was located behind our table and the group of waitstaff there spent a good 5 minutes discussing how various workers should get tipped out. Evidently a busser? left early and didn't do any of his/her side jobs but said person was still going to get tipped out the same as everyone else. Look, I worked as a waiter all through high school and college--these are valid points but not topics to discuss at a volume where your guests can hear you.
All in all, a tight kitchen but there's a leadership void at the front of the house which if not addressed could one day sink the formidable Cafe Normandie.

Tags: Hot Spot, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

This is a mixed review, sadly because the front end staff did a bait-and-switch.

The food was very good (I had the cassoulet, which I love & they do a nice job with the dish) & my partner had the fish, which he enjoyed. They have a lot of wine & bar options, so all good.

All in all, we'd go back. They recognized that they made us wait for 40 minutes for no reason, and all I ask is that everyone is open with communication, which would have level-set expectations from the beginning.

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on December 29, 2017

If I am within 100 miles I would not miss dining here. We travel from NC to NJ often and when we do we make it happen to stay the night in Annapolis and dine at the restaurant. Jean-Louis and his staff are terrific.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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