Cafe Select

4.6
210 reviews
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$30 and under
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Swiss
Cafe Select is a bistro style European restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with Swiss specialties ranging from our signature Swiss Bratwurst with Roesti to our veal Schnitzel. We also serve our classics such as our Burger, Hanger steak as well as Risotto and a variety of salads. In the winter months we serve Fondue and Raclette. We also have our Apres Ski Fondue Chalet in our back room behind our kitchen. To make a reservation directly for our Apres Ski Fondue Chalet please visit “Apres Ski Fondue Chalet" on opentable.com.
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DG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Solid food, service a little slow, decent ambiance but nothing special. Definitely a good everyday option in the neighborhood.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Always love the rosti. The rosti that came with the salmon was very salty.

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London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

The hostess was very rude. We had clearly told her to bring us non-alcoholic cheese fondue and instructed her about not having fruit, but it still came. And when we talked to her, she said “you didn’t eat it anyways”. Also even after making a mistake, she charged us, and the bill came down to 65$

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C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food, good service. Tables ready tiny and very close together. Hard for a more relaxed meal. But good neighborhood place. Lobster salad is amazing.

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SU
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Yes, the food is very good there but I find everything to be a bit overpriced for the setting and attitude. $37 for the main course is not cheap! Appetizers run from $17 & up? Rather high, no?

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SB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the atmosphere & food at Cafe Select. Highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The waiter was fantastic! We had a fantastic time celebrating my birthday.

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FM
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Cozy and fairly understated place with mostly Swiss-inspired fare. The food is great, maybe a tad expensive for what it is - it is SoHo after all. Try the Zurich Veal!

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MR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is great we tried several things pancakes are my favorite the potatoe cakes are amazing! And the coffee was perfect

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Agradable espacio y comida

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J
New England
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My girlfriends and I had an incredible experience here. We appreciated the table in the cute nook. The food was delicious and service was great.

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i
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Terrible service. Our waitress was not attentive at all. Only good thing is the food is good.

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RW
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I’ve eaten here several times and always have had a great experience. The food is excellent, the wines are good amd the service is super. It’s a place worth going to.

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s
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Great business breakfast option. It wasn't crowded at all, service was good.

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AZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing lady's night! Cafe select is always a good choice!I love being there...

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OT
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

they added random things on the check. it is my fault to not check it fully before signed it. but the cafe manager calling me and yelling isnt so nice either. Yes, I accused them for stealing money. Well, in a way, mistakenly by your employee, it did. I wont ask for refund but you certainly made an enemy against your restaurant. Dont scream at your customer at least. Also, the manager mentioned that he checked CCTV video to check if the server really was attentive or not, I dont know what you saw, but she was very loud right behind my back talking to a friend of her for many minutes. both my mother and I were upset about how loud and annoying they were. The manager has refused this fact also when he called me to yell. oh well. I give up on arguing but have to mention what I experienced. check with your employee before yelling at customer. I was nicely asking for 4~5times in the beginning. If you look at my reviews on other restaurants, usually I give 5 stars. I am not crazy or strict like you say. I find you the manager very scary. Is it really that hurtful to refund what was mistakenly added and signed for? just a strudel. and I also wanted to mention I dont drink black tea, so it must had been someone else's order. I did have herbal tea, so I didnt ask for refund for that anyways.

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AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite little place in soho. Periodttttttttttt

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

It was odd to see brunch at 3 in the afternoon on a Sunday. Apart from that the music was very loud and when asked to turn it down a bit, it wasn’t done.

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OG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic service, fantastic fondue, perfect environment

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L
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 5

Ambiente is great. Nice interior. The crowd well mixed. Service is fast and attentiv. The food okay (but not great)

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ES
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The restaurant feels quintessential New York City - the space is very small and tables are tight together. I personally don't mind this, however others in my party did. Their fondue is to-die for - I have gotten it three or four times! The service is very slow, so plan on being there for a while, however it is usually fine to take your time eating the fondue and relaxing. It would be a great spot for a date or intimate dinner with friends!

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RC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food and wine. Great location. Some of the tables are very cozy.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Took a while to get menus and our wine but otherwise a good time.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Good food for reasonable price. But Music was too loud and service not really organized

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SR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible host and wait staff, will never return to this restaurant.

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1 review
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 3

It was a 20°F day outside and we were sat in the back by a drafty window and had to wear our coats. This was with my 76 y.o. Mother.
The staff wee clueless about this.
Service was sad. The waiter barely checked in and kept forgetting to bring milk with coffee and forgot coffee completely for the table next to us.

Food was great.

Vibe was cool.

Wasn’t the end of the world. and we enjoyed ourselves. Though my legs and feet were freezing.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 2

Very bad service. Very bad.

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1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

My sister and I once had brunch at Cafe Select and we were overly surprised by this little joint. The food was phenomenal. We both said to each other that we have to come back for dinner. I gathered my friends and told them that they should join us on this venture. Every one loved it. The food was good and so was the service and ambience.

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f
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

Unfriendly greeting by the hostess. I had made a reservation for 7.45pm and as soon as we sat down the hostess told us our table was booked again for 9.30pm. They had overbooked. This was stressful for me as I was hosting 2 guests and looking forward to a relaxing dinner. We felt too uncomfortable to stay for dessert. I told the manager politely on our way out but the place was hopping so I don’t think he cared. Our waitress was the only person we got a good vibe from, but I won’t b going back.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

ATM machine and card network was out and service was a bit sluggish but otherwise we all had a nice meeting.
Thank you!

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y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always Cafe Select was delicious. we sat outside enjoying the last of the summer sun which was perfect.
Our waitress was very thorough and attentive and the food was very good.

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JJ
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I have dined here multiple times, and it is always good. Food is generally great, and service is prompt. It is a bit of a scene, so I never expect too much. Lots of fashion kids just hanging around.

This time, however, I left a little frustrated. Firstly, they didn't have our reservation on file, after clearly still on Open Table AND they called me twice to confirm. The hostess apologized and promptly resolved the issue and got us a table in about 5-10 min. Then, they were slow taking orders, bringing drinks (had to ask for a drink menu multiple times), checking in on us and bringing out the food. We were a group of 6, and due to the gaggle of girls next to us, and the overcrowded bar space 3 people deep, we basically had to yell at each other to have a conversation.

Because I generally enjoy the place, not a deal breaker for me. Just avoid going on a Saturday night again!

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SA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

food is amazing, please is very charming, however, on a friday night, it is unbelievably loud. can barely hear my partner. we skipped dessert and a second drink because of how loud it was.

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ET
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Nice spot for a typical swiss dinner (my favorite: züri gschnetzletes with rösti, toblerone mousse). We went there to celebrate the 1. of August (swiss national day). It was to hot in the restaurant, the ac didn‘t worked properly. That was the only thing that was nit ideal, on colder days that would not be a problem.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love it - the food was fantastic and the atmosphere superb ❤️

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LJ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Café Select is consistently really, really good. We've been here at least a half dozen times (maybe closer to a dozen) over the last few years, as we live in the neighborhood. The zurich veal is to die for. I don't know what's in the sauce, but it's very hard to restrain ourselves from licking the plate... The branzino is also reliably excellent. There are also a couple of vegetarian entrées that are really good -- the spaetzle with mushrooms has the same umami that makes the zurich veal irresistible, and the risotto is terrific. It can be a little loud, but you're in lower Manhattan so that comes with the territory. The service is consistently good, which can be a bit of a rarity in Soho/Noho. Definitely worth a visit.

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ST
Sydney / NSW
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Service was appalling felt like they did not even want us to be there. Will never go back

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DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service! I cannot remember a time when I was that mistreated at a restaurant. The server was incredibly rude. This place used to be hot but now only has it's central location going for it and the fact that it takes reservations where Jack Wife does not. Skip if you can, deff not worth the abuse.

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AP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

Delicious food for a reasonable price. Service was slow and ambiance was not what I was expecting considering the recommendation I had received, but I'd go back now understanding the setting.

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CO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Always great food and ambiance, however the service is really bad and has gotten worse. We waited 30 minutes just to have our drink order taken. Wait time is pretty long. It’s a neighborhood gem with great ambiance but wish they cared more about their service.

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