Cafe J

4.5
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305 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

JS
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.

SG
vipStuartG
Raleigh
48 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

JK
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
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great service and excellent food

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Valya
New Mexico
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Cafe J is my go to restaurant when we have out of town guests. A number of the items on the menu were new and looked interesting. The chicken wonton appetizer was great but we probably needed two platters for four people, as we just got one little wonton each. My salmon was cooked just right but I would have preferred a different side than okra. We all shared the flourless chocolate cake and that was a big hit. All in all a wonderful evening.

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BrentK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It has been awhile since I have been here. Not for any negative reason, but because it is a bit out of my way to get here. After my dinner last night, though, I will make more of an effort to be back. The food is always good, but the service really stood out last night. The waiter’s name, I can’t recall, but he was outstanding. Maybe one of the best I have have seen at any restaurant. He was attentive without being a nuisance, but it was his interaction with the table near us that really stood out. He remembered each of the two older couples names and their “usual” drink orders. He was very professional, but personable at the same time. Certainly, hard to come by, and an asset to the organization. The only slightly off-putting item was that the restaurant has a surcharge if you use a credit card.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
9 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

surprised to see patrons are charged credit card fees- we have frequented with Cafe J & prior Grapevine restaurant.

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Diners
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience5

We came for the prefix New Years dinner. Cafe j is one of our favorite places so we had high expectations. We chose the fish option. The fish was a little dry which is unusual for Cafe j the service was excellent. Overall we felt they were a little off their game this particular evening.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was horrible

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Trish
Amarillo
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The restaurant smells like backed up sewer water. It is really strong in the waiting area, but you can still smell it throughout the place. Not very pleasing and can quickly ruin your appetite.

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JessicaW
East Texas
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and drinks at brunch!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for lunch during graduation weekend. Great Time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience1

We have enjoyed Cafe J for 10+ years. The recent changes to the menu were met with excitement, however we were disappointed after our recent visit.

To make a long story short, a group of 12 spent over $1000 at dinner at Cafe J, then moved to the Art Bar for one drink before heading home. We happened upon “open mic night” at the Art Bar, where we were met with resentment and targeted by the comedians.

We were asked to move to a different area of the bar due to our conversation being “too loud” to enjoy the comedy. We gladly obliged and moved without objection.

Soon after, the men of our group (doctors, business owners, husbands and fathers) were referenced in one of the “comedy acts” as rapists. This for obvious reasons was very offensive to our group and we will not visit Cafe J or the Art Bar again. It was handled poorly by the staff and ruined what should have been a nice evening.

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PeterB
Amarillo
3 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience2

I ordered a sandwich with a chicken breast. The breast had been frozen for weeks or months, then cooked. It was like hot leather and had no flavor. The bun for the sandwich had not been warmed. I also ordered a bowl of French onion soup which was looked like an open sewer but was tasteless. The cheese, croutons and onions managed to be blended in a broth that had zero distinction and less flavor. A friend cut a "sliced turkey" sandwich and it included two thin slices of processed turkey...could have made a better sandwich in my sleep. This was less than mediocre meal and was had no value. The only redeeming parts of this meal were the sweet potato fries and the attentive service.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cameron was our waiter he was beyond polite, helped us as soon as we were seated. He was just outstanding recommended what he loved and pairs my two wonderful drinks with what I ordered. We will be back!!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, service efficient, quiet so could visit, and convenient.

MP
MelissaP
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place to take your guests for a special Lubbock place. Food was good - our guests said theirs was awesome. I got the crepes - not much there and ok.

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FredW
Amarillo
4 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent wait service. One of my favorite places to dine.

JH
JonH
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

I had the scallops. They were good but came to the table with a very noticeable fishy smell. More than there should have been. The risotto was too dry

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Dolly
Las Vegas
9 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service this evening. All the food came out at the same time, so nice. Attentive waitress. Wonderful menu choices.

JS
vipJulieS
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service.,

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Dudley
Dallas
17 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

Food was marginal at best- no ambiance for anything but eating. Business casual dress is a joke- women in sport bras & yoga pants, men in cargo shorts & ball caps, - basically “ Zero dress code”.

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ZachH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. The staff was so friendly. The besos caliente appetizer was delicious. The champagne chicken was so tasty. I highly recommended

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vipChuckinAddison
Dallas
53 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I hadn’t been here in some time, and now I don’t know why, because everything was awesome. Great food... good martinis and our serve (Regan)... was the best. We’ll be back soon!!!!!!

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CandaceW
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Cafe J. Grant was great as usual. The food and drinks were equally as great! We also love to sit at the bar and eat. Clint is a great bartender!

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vipMagdalena
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, great service, food and nice atmosphere!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all around brunch experience this morning! Delicious!

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ShannaH
Amarillo
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to take your Tech student for a special brunch!

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leshaE
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

We were late at night and they seemed to rush us.

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vipLuke
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our large group was easily accommodated and managed even within the general restaurant area. Greeters and servers were well trained and friendly. The food was excellent. Great time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great tapas! Service was superb!

BO
vipBarryO
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Service was slow and fragmented. Food was dramatically declined over the years. My dish could have just as well been a frozen breakfast meal. This place use to be a place really was excited about when visiting lbb. I’ll not be back. Better places to eat for the money.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, everytime.

LC
LisaC
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere, waiter, and food were all great! It was the perfect environment for the large group that we had.

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MeadowG
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I think our server was Kaylin. I wish I remembered for sure because she was outstanding. She was attentive, prompt, courteous....

She came back to inform me that the dish I ordered was not available, and I chose something else. It came out with everyone in my party's order. Then, she arrived with my original dish; there had been a miscommunication. I was so pleased that she brought it! (It's my favorite at Café J!)

There were 9 of us, and she was thoroughly professional in her service for our large party. We will definitely continue to have our meetings at Care J!

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Cafe J is rated 4.5 stars by 305 OpenTable diners.

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