Cafe J

4.5
336 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
As the ultimate destination restaurant in Lubbock, Café J has long maintained a singular place in West Texas cuisine and the arts. Blending modern techniques with worldwide influences, an extensive wine selection, and original paintings, inspired cuisine meets impeccable hospitality and service.
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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent brunch! Service was great!

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CapriceN
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy going to Cafe J for our special events. As always, they did not disappoint! Well, except they've removed crepes from their menu. Our server was GREAT!

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KristyH
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for brunch! The french toast was AMAZING!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved everything about Cafe J except for the winter sangria it tasted like perfume

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Lcortx
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The staff was very friendly but the service was very slow. We had time to wait but would have preferred a drink a little faster after ordering. The real issue was No Social Distancing. They packed every table 2 feet apart. We felt unsafe. The food was good, very good in fact. I just didn’t want a side dish of COVID to go with it.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Appetizers were good. And salads were good My wife had salmon that was almost inedible tasted old and no flavor whatsoever. I had a tenderloin steak underwhelming and overcooked. We will probably not go back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Cafe J for a Sunday morning brunch. We all got something different and everyone’s food was amazing and creative. We got reservations because they are usually busy but the Thanksgiving weekend didn’t seem to need one. This will be on the top of our brunch list in Lubbock!

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Emtb65
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a date with my wife. We had an awesome experience, food was great and our server was awesome. Will definitely come back again.

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yyh8783
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family came into town and we took them out for Sunday Brunch! Food was delicious and great service

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vipCarolR
Austin
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience1

I requested patio seating and even called the restaurant to make sure we could get that. When we arrived they had given ALL the patio seating to one large party. Had no concern about our reservation. Low on staff. Food decent. Will be contacting manager.

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ScottM
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always and my favorite place in Lubbock going all the way back to the days of Grapevine Cafe. Cafe J is our favorite go to !

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a moms and daughter brunch on Sunday and it was absolutely perfect!! Food was great and service was wonderful!! Thanks for a great kickoff to our week Cafe J!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Birthday dinner

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SandraS
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was expecting a lunch menu but they were serving brunch. Not what I had planned on but delicious nevertheless.

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Action
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had my girlfriend’s birthday party there. Our server was as good as I have ever had. All the waitstaff were very good. The food was absolutely delicious and we all had something different. I thought with drinks and wine the price was more than reasonable. We didn’t have dinner we had a dining experience!! We will definitely be returning.

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StephenQ
Dallas
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were visiting our daughter at Tech and were pleasantly surprised. We like to find fun places to eat. For the experience, charm and quality I guarantee we would have paid $100.00 more for our dinner in Dallas. Great place.

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AgapeLove
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was excellent, and the cocktails were on point. Great job!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was great. We waited about 30 minutes even with a reservation but it was a busy night. Great experience!

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KimC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!!!! Steak was amazing and live music was awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, perfect flavors and perfect proportions. I had the scallops and my date had the fried avacado. We were both very happy and full - great price too :) we’ll be coming back again

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ShelleyW
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Loved the service, The food was delicious and the prices were great!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe J is a very nice place, love the ambiance. The food was delicious. I had the tenderloin & enjoyed it very much.

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Daddy
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

If this is the only option for brunch and your heart is set on it, it'll work. The reservation seemed to be a complete surprise to the hostess. Was told that sitting outside would be the 'safe choice.' The waitress covering the patio was good but overwhelmed. Had to wait on silverware after food was on the table, had to wait several passes before coffee and water were refilled, some menu items were unavailable less than an hour after it opened, and our reservation was only fifteen minutes after opening. The omelet was thin and lacking of flavor, ordered salsa just to add something to it and was just as underwhelmed at the 'salsa.' Many places list this as the best brunch in Lubbock and while I can see potential it was far from realized. I'd keep the ambience and the waitress and change about everything else.

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GretchenM
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, Marielle was a wonderful waitress, and the patio was perfect!

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience3

15 min without water during meal. Marginal food quality. Hidden fees not listed in menu or by waitstaff.

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vipLandlockedfoodie
Phoenix
37 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was quiet. Food was great. My two guests hadn’t been there in over 18 years. They really enjoyed it. They will be going back as will we.

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing and loved our server Megan!

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PhillipH
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu with reasonable prices and a comfortable, casual, upscale environment

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Once we finally got waited on (sat for over 30 minutes...kept trying to save someone down), waitress was very attentive. Good thing was, my friend and I hadn’t seen each other in a while, so we had lots of time to catch up.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Terrible. Reservations at 8:30pm , arrived 5 min early and was told it would be a 40 minute wait! Sent us into the bar, ordered an appetizer and dinner. They were out of 2 main dinner entrees and pinot noir wine. After 25 minutes of waiting for the appetizer, we left. Manager compted our drinks at least. Went to Funky Door and had an excellent experience as always...so don’t tell me it’s because of cv19!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous. Always love the food. Great service including the entertainment of the little one we had with us.

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SteveS
Las Vegas
30 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Our meal, drinks, & service were excellent! The only factor that was undesirable was the AC wasn’t working well at all, and it was uncomfortably warm. Other than that, everything was great.

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JoeS12
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together before basketball game

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OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food and service! Nice ambience and location.

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vipStuartG
Raleigh
62 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

first time there, but will not be the last, great food. great service. great manhattan. will make this the first stop on my return to lubbock

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Visited my daughter at college in Lubbock from Houston.
This was our 2nd Visit to Cafe J for Brunch.
Food was very good.
I ordered the 8oz Strip Steak and eggs.
I was a bit disappointed as the price on the menu was $12.00 and when our bill came my meal was $24.00
I asked the waiter why I was charged $24 for a meal that was $12 on the menu and she advised me that they had a printing error on the menu and my meal was $24.
I paid the $24 for the meal but really felt they should have honored the price. I looked and several other menus on other tables and all menus showed this meal at $12...

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JulieW
Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I wish I could remember our waitresses name. She was beyond amazing. Our reservation was for Pete or Warren at 6:15 Friday night. My friend was visiting from Dallas and a food gourmet and well traveled. He said after something after she ask him pertaining to how he wanted his Makers, that was a sign of an excellent restaurant if the server was versed in that. Very impressed with restaurant, ambiance and, above all, our server. Thank you

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JeffK
Dallas
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great! Food is always good. Always great service and the bar drinks are the best in town.

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OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great service and excellent food

FAQs

Cafe J offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (806) 743-5400.

Cafe J is rated 4.5 stars by 336 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.