M Cafe

4.2
63 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
M Café is a family owned restaurant on Erie’s West End dedicated to providing a kicked-up food experience with friendly service and a welcoming atmosphere.

The menu focuses on seasonal selections while incorporating some must-try family favorites. Start with an appetizer or salad, select from a range of entrees or sandwiches and finish with a dessert sure to satisfy that sweet tooth. Make sure to try some items like the Fried Calamari with Asian dipping sauce, Mojo Marinated Pulled Pork Tacos, M's Chicken Parm with House-made Gnocchi, Dad's Pound Chicken, M Burger and the Cheesecake and Cakes of the week! Family friendly options are also available for children.

Make sure to check out the extensive list of house and specialty wines available to pair with any meal. A full beer list with bottle and draft options features many of the most popular varieties while hand-crafted cocktails satisfy all tastes! Don't forget Happy Hour from 4:30 to 6:30 Tuesday thru Saturday!
What 63 People Are Saying
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DM
Cleveland
5 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

While we have been to the M Cafe several times, our friends from Texas were first time diners. They loved the food and the quiet atmosphere that allows for easy conversation. We always enjoy our experience.

BF
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Our first time at the Cafe. The service was prompt and courteous. The food was served within a reasonable time, and was very tasty. We thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

OT
Nashville
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Need to update menu on opentable app. Did not have rose’ or fried raviolis and those were two items we were looking forward to ordering. But otherwise it was reasonably priced and food was very good!!

B
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

A spec loud music!
Love the waiter. So receiving and professional!
Need frozen margaritas.
Menu good. Love the appetizers!
Its the place to go!

w
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Nice meal, food took a while to get to us but the staff was very pleasant

DM
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here several times per year and have always had a good experience.

RW
Raleigh
30 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

This is definitely one of the best restaurants in Erie. The food is very good the atmosphere is very relaxed, private and quiet. The only criticism I could give is that the items are not always consistent
in how they are cooked, but I can deal with that.

EB
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Some improved vegetarian choices would be great. The present choices that you have are minimal.

R
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were even short staffed and the service was great. Thanks for a great night.

C
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 5ambience 5

Came for a Mother’s Day Buffett and since it was near “end of service” they neglected to put out any fresh food. Very disappointing. Do not make reservations available if you can’t provide the same quality level than earlier in the day.

TB
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

On our first pass through buffet line many of the dishes were empty and the others were cold. The eggs benedict was tasty but couldn't cut the english muffin as it was too hard. I did a second pass as I didn't eat much of the first and the dishes were all filled this time. The shrimp kabobs were tasty and the special syrup for the waffles was excellent. My husband really enjoyed the cream puffs for dessert. I believe the flavor of the food would be excellent as a sit down dinner but the dishes didn't cross over to a buffet so well. I'm thinking they really didn't have enough staff for the amount of customers so could not keep the buffet stocked and several groups who came in after we were seated waited quite a while to get service.

NM
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

We had reservations for 6 & arrived at 7pm ordered by 7:20pm. One member was served their salad while the rest of the table waited 15-20min for the tables appetizer to arrive. Our entrees never arrived until 8:15pm and all of our food was cold. All I could taste in the pea mint risotto was the wine, the salmon was good but asparagus was cold. By the time the kids buttered noodles arrived they were tired and no longer hungry. The server was delightful though.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome waiter and awesome food!

CD
Pittsburgh
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Highly recommended. If you are looking for a place with great food, generous glasses of house wine, good service, a quiet atmosphere, and classy surroundings, then this is your place.

FD
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and equally good service. Had the salmon for dinner. Perfectly cooked and decent sized serving.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Scallops and asparagus cooked to perfection. Service was excellent and prompt. Definitely revisiting.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my wife for her birthday dinner. As always, great service and great food! Never been disappointed in a meal here.

CH
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening...great service, cool atmosphere, good food. Nice place to meet with friends.

r
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Very nice environment. Champagne lemon vinaigrette salad dressing is outstanding.

TF
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and drinks.
Great service.
Great atmosphere.
We always enjoy our visits to M Cafe!

M
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent and our service was great. It has a cozy welcoming feel to it. We definitely would go again.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service. Nice atmosphere. Fairly busy, but still not loud. Enjoyed a great dinner with my hubby!

OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful meal. Chocolate strawberry cheesecake was amazing.

K
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious and the service was excellent! Dessert was really good!

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

Good dinner, atmosphere very nice, attentive waitress and reasonable prices. Very pleasant evening

J
Las Vegas
90 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The restaurant and bar area are beautiful and well appointed. The menu is good and the servings are fine. The quality (taste) needs a bit upgraded. The food seemed to lack a signature taste more "homemade" than restaurant style.

LB
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was wonderful. Attentive, helpful and funny. Our food could've been hotter. - it was just warm.

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Worst dining experience I’ve had in the Erie area. Service was terrible we actually had to go to the bar and grab our drinks bc the waiter left that in the bar for 20 minutes while we sat there and watched the ice melt. When we were seated (with a reservation not a walk in table) we were told that our waiter had a table for 40 people and he wouldn’t be able to pay a lot of attention to us. We should have left then. but we had a reservation that we made through open table. If you couldn’t accommodate our reservation you shouldn’t have accepted it. We waited over an hour for our dinner. And the whole time we never complained or made a deal about it. They offered us a free dessert but we had already been there for close to 2 hours and needed to get home to our sitter. The manager literally berated is because she overheard me ask my husband where our waiter was. We paid a babysitter to sit in a restaurant with terrible service and be harassed by their manager. Never again will I waste time there. Very bad

DM
Cleveland
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoy the M Cafe several times per year, and we have never been disappointed. They have a nice selection of craft beer and wine, and an interesting menu. The service is always consistent too.

OT
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing waiter! My daughters burger came out a little over done but he was awesome and took care of it quickly. Super polite and courteous. The rest of the food was outstanding especially the gnocchis. Would definitely go back.

LP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent from start to finish. Great service, atmosphere, food and price. The Bronzed Salmon and Dad's Pound Chicken are favorites. Oh, and the beet salad is amazing!

D
Charleston
40 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Hosted a couple for first time at M Cafe and we were not disappointed!

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

We didn’t have the best experience. The food took a really really looooong time. And when it came out half of it was cold with little apology. They did take the one sandwich off the bill .. but we ended up stopping for food on the way home from
Dinner

D
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

My wife's pasta dish was excellent. My 10oz strip steak was a bit overcooked and had more char on it than I'd have hoped for (I ordered medium rare) and it arrived medium/medium well. The 1907 Mendoza Malbec was excellent by the bottle and paired well with our meals. The server/bartender was friendly and made a good suggestion with the whiskey drink I had, but we were disappointed that better branded liquor was not used for the $8.50 price tag. This was our third time dining here since it opened a few years back and it wasn't perfect, but the erie fine dining bogo deal made it a reasonable, albeit forgettable date night meal.

D
Charleston
40 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic and the wine selection very good and at an incredibly reasonable price point. Our server was busy but took good care of us and we made sure she knew we were not in a hurry.

ML
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Menu has something for everyone. Spacious and comfortable. Staff very friendly. Good choice for a night out.

JF
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Veggie Enchiladas with no cheese was a perfect and delicious vegan option. The side of broccoli was steamed to a perfect bright green. Our server was outstanding...very professional, attentive and friendly. Made a gathering of a few friends even more enjoyable.

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Unfortunately we were disappointed. Service was a bit sketchy. Food was not very good. A catch of the week was ordered by two in the party. Both found it less than remarkable at $26 per. Of the other two orders in our party of four, one was said to be inedible, and the other “so-so.”

AH
Pittsburgh
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

I reviewed this for Yelp about 3 years ago and gave it two stars for one of the worst meals I have ever had and a most pretentious menu that only had ordinary items with fancy names. It was very busy, and the restaurant was fairly new and mistakes were made in our order. I returned because the wait time at another restaurant was suddenly tripled and M is a locally owned restaurant on our way home. The restaurant was not busy this time. Our table was in front of the fireplace which would be wonderful in cold weather but was also in front of the restrooms, a Ying and Yang location. This time I had the special, red snapper and it was insipid and over cooked as was the seafood entry I had on my last visit. This time the entry was not bad only to mediocre, especially for a special. I had high hopes after getting my salad a fried tomato salad which was delicious. The bar selection is copious and the bar rather elegant so this might be a good place for happy hour.

JB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best Happy Hour! Great service. Bar tender is knowledgeable and friendly. Waiter is fun, fast and accurate.
The decor is beautiful. The patio is covered and very pleasant and comfortable. The menu has something for everyone. Everything from salads and hamburgers to steaks and seafood. I was in a party of 8, everyone enjoyed their meals & drinks. My only suggestion would be open for Sunday Brunch.

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