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Cafe Pasta

30 reviews
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$30 and under
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Café Pasta is a cozy, neighborhood Italian spot that serves up traditional dishes as well as live music on the weekend. There are also monthly beer and wine tastings for you drink aficionados. The kitchen at Café Pasta blends authentic and traditional flavors with a dash of modern technique using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.

Café Pasta's dinner menu starts with small plates to share and you can choose between many options such as homemade Italian sausages, breaded ravioli and fried zucchini. Larger dishes include dinner salads like caprese and Caesar and many homemade pastas, including fettuccine primavera, tortellini alfredo and shrimp scampi.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(336) 272-1308
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Bethany Ayars
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Private party facilities
To help make your event special, we offer free banquet rooms for any occasion. We believe that each event is special, and can tailor the menu to meet your budget or theme, regardless of size.
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Private party contact
Ray Essa: (336) 339-6900
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Café Pasta + Grille offers a variety of catering options to fit your needs. We are able to customize a menu that best fits the occasion. Our affordable rates are based on the menu you create for your event.
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Cross street
Golden Gate
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Parking details
There is a public parking lot directly across from the restaurant on State Street.
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Local live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings! We also host wine and beer tasting.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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84% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vip2PeasInAPod (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on May 29, 2015

One would think someone's grandmother is in the kitchen sending out delicious Italian food. The prices are reasonable. They will accommodate dietary needs. We will return!

LadyLarkin (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on April 10, 2015

This was our first time at Café Pasta and we LOVE it! I chose this place for our next DATENIGHT adventure. We loved the customer service. The food was very flavorful and delicious. The ambiance was beautiful. And the price was not bad at all! We will definitely be back to visit again!

vipLoretta (Greensboro)
2.0  Dined on March 14, 2015

It has been at 15 years since I have dined here and now I know the reason why it has been so long, the food is mediocre at best. I had the pasta bolognaise and even though the sauce was okay, the dish was 3/4 sauce and 1/4 of over done pasta. My wife had a veal dish and the veal was very tough. The place it very outdated and looks the same as it did over 15 years ago. One strange thing is that the tables near the bar area have white table cloths with glass over them, but in the downstairs and upstairs areas, they do not have table cloths and the tables are old and cheap looking. The only bright spot was the service, our waitress did a great job. However, it will be another 15 years before I plan I giving café pasta another try.

Vince (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on March 14, 2015

Excellent food, good proportionis and very friendly and helpful service. Also offered some very unique Italian dishes and combinations. Loved it!

Sosorry1 (Greensboro)
1.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

I do not recommend. I would not put any stars if it wasn't required. Owner was crass. Sat at a table that was in the aisle had to move. Continuously to let people go by. Glasses had lipstick on it. Food was watery and took 45 minutes to serve.

OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
2.0  Dined on February 14, 2015

My wife and I have dined at Cafe Pasta on many occasions, and have always had a great experience. We went on V-Day and were very disappointed. It seemed they were completely overwhelmed. We were seated upstairs, which is very sterile and I will refuse a table up there in the future. The food was bland and the service was poor. We will definitely go again, and recommend it to others, but we will never go back on a busy night such as Valentine's as they don't seem equipped to handle those big turn-out types of nights.

viptiffany (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2015

It's been a few years since I last ate here. The foods was reliably good as usual. We both got the lasagna. It was enough for two meals. Their bread is great but the cold Tuscan sauce would be better warmed. I had terrible eating it cold. It's like eating cold spaghetti sauce. Their wine selection is great. Very nice wait staff, very friendly. Glad we tried an old Greensboro staple.

Martha (Greensboro)
4.0  Dined on December 31, 2014

Cafe Pasta is a nice place. However, using Open Table to make reservations is useless. I was told they don't check your website for reservations.

wgmom (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined on November 15, 2014

The inside of the restaurant on the upper level is very dated. The chairs and tables look like they have been rented from a banquet store. It looks cheap and the tables should be covered with cloth tablecloths. They host a lot of receptions/parties in the lower level so your options of upper or low section are limited. Its difficult to hear when they host these parties and the rest of the patrons suffer. We were seated upstairs on a very cold night outside and we froze the entire time we were eating. They adjust the temp to the servers not the diners. So much for the ambiance. The food was mediocre at best. I did give three stars because my husband enjoyed his meal. They offer spicy dishes ( with ghost peppers) and i mean spicy… which is a pro. My bolognese was very bland and had such a fake tasting sauce i didn't eat much. Our waitress started out with a good attitude and quite attentive but by the end of our meal she was difficult to find…as mentioned before we had to sit on the upper level so we couldn't just flag her down when we needed water refills. I would not return but my husband would!!

mandyjo (Greensboro)
4.0  Dined on October 23, 2014

Easy to find; atmosphere was great and the food was just right.
Liked the timely serving of the food orders.

vipAlex (Greensboro)
3.0  Dined on October 11, 2014

Main level was occupied by a catered party. Half of upper level was occupied by a catered party. Service was not very good. We ordered two bottles of wine. Waitress did not offer a taste test. Just poured the wine into the glasses and left.

IrishLady (Birmingham)
4.0  Dined on October 3, 2014

I had forgotten about this spot on State Street. Nice neighborhood -- we had a view of the street. The bar seemed to be lively, but we sat upstairs where it is quiet. Wait staff a little disorganized (3 different folks asked for our drink order), but overall service was great. The crab cake appetizers, Caesar salad, spaghetti -- everything tasty! Waitress asked about your "heat level" from 1 to 5. The 3.5 was a little too much for a wimp like me, but my husband thought it was perfect! We will certainly put this back on our restaurant rotation.

vipfoodie123 (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on August 7, 2014

We really had a nice time...the food was wonderful and there was entertainment and wine tasting...

viphappydiner (Greensboro)
4.0  Dined on June 27, 2014

Great menu selection, excellent service, and comfortable atmosphere.

JDelVecc (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on May 3, 2014

I went there for a pre-prom dinner and the food was fantstic. There was live music and a great atmosphere. All that for a great price considering the quality of the food and the resturant.

Baboo2 (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on April 19, 2014

Cafe Pasta was the toast of the town in the late 90's and then everyone forgot about it. I rediscovered it last year and the food is incredible. Ray does a great job making everyone feel like a regular even of its your first time. Go rediscover Cafe Pasta. You will be glad you did.

vipSkiFamily (St. Louis)
3.0  Dined on April 11, 2014

This restaurant is in a good location along a street of small shops. Unfortunately, the area is empty on a Friday night so there is not an social vibe in the area. The building and decor is welcoming, the food just average. Our server was friendly but on a Friday night, the restaurant was empty.

yuck (Greensboro)
2.0  Dined on April 5, 2014

Over all shrimp scami was ok, I think it had too much h water tomatoes sauce, not enough garlic! The house salad was on a saucer cup, and just leaves. We felt rushed to or order and eat.

Beachgirl (Greensboro)
5.0  Dined on February 28, 2014

This restaurant is a gem! Atmosphere is awesome, food delicious, service impeccable. We will be dining here again !

vipNutz4seabrook (Charleston)
4.0  Dined on February 25, 2014

Kinda of NYC throwback. Food was good and service likewise. Will consider going again if in the mood for Italian food