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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.
Annapolis, MD 21401
French, Seafood, Contemporary French
Hours of Operation:
Saturday& Sunday: 9:00am - 12:00pm
Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:30am
Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:30pm
Daily: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
We feature a monthly Cabaret evening with featured duo, Love Story.
All catered events are custom-designed to accommodate your needs.
Public parking garage, Noah Hillman Garage.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
Come for the food but not the service.
- 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.
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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