Cafe J

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324 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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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Birthday dinner

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SandraS
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
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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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
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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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.

SG
vipStuartG
Raleigh
51 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

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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.

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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!

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

We went for lunch during graduation weekend. Great Time!

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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!!!

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

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

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Cafe J does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Cafe J is rated 4.4 stars by 324 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.