The Classic Cafe at Roanoke

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American
The Classic Cafe at Roanoke serves a world-class menu in a casual, relaxed cottage setting. Fare is not limited by continent or region, and Chef Charles Youts’ weekly features are as likely to hail from the Pacific Rim as they are from his childhood home in West Texas. Chef Charles finds garden-to-table inspiration in the Chef’s Pantry garden, maintained on The Classic grounds since 2009, and his features regularly highlight the seasonal fruits and vegetables grown there. New American menu includes steaks, seafood, pasta, small plates.
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MB
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always Great. Love this place, owners and staff. Perfect date night.

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BB
Dallas
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dine here often. Francis always makes the dining experience awesome. The food is always amazing Chef Charles is Great. If you want Great food in a quaint cozy setting go see Francis at the Classic

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JS
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Spectacular as always! We had the specials, which are always interesting.

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F
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! The food is excellent and the Management and Staff make yo feel special. Would highly recommend

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WD
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Grew up in Baltimore, Maryland. We have ordered the crab cakes in pst and they were OK. However, someone was turned loose with spices hard to taste the crab.

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BB
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a lovely evening for a birthday celebration at the Classic Cafe. We all agreed that we will have to return so that we can try some more of the Chef's entrees. We had read that the steaks were the best ever, so all 4 of us ended up ordering steak. They were the BEST ever! I purchased a wine tasting gift card for the "birthday girl", and she is excited to sample some more of your wines. Curtis was very helpful before & during dinner regarding the wine gift card. See you soon!
Bonnie Balch

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RD
Dallas
37 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Son -in-law leaving for graduate school.

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S
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful time, the food was excellent. I had the ribeye, probably the best steak I ever had

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OT
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Good food, but you will wait.

Our food took over 1 & 1/2 hours to come. That said, the food was good when it finally did come. I would not recommend this place unless you are intending to devote your whole evening to eating.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal place to have conversation and an excellent meal with great cocktails and a diverse wine selection. My wife and I have dined here two times so far and the service has been excellent along with many great dishes. The appetizers have been incredible on both occasions and we love their classic salad! As for the entrees, the first time I had the rack of lamb which I highly recommend. The second time I had the beef tenderloin feature. The piece of meat was exactly what you’d expect, the meat was cooked to perfection, and my only opportunistic feedback was, the meat was seasoned a little heavy with pepper for my liking. And I love my steaks prepared simple, mostly with just olive oil, salt, and pepper. And typically, I go heavy on pepper, but maybe it was just the fresh ground type of pepper they used. Overall, it’s a fantastic place that isn’t a typical chain restaurant. We love a good local environment and the attention to detail you find in a small, locally owned, and passionately proud venue. We’ll go back many, many times!!

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C
Dallas
36 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

We anticipated going here for our anniversary dinner based on ratings and reputation, but instead were very disappointed. We were given paper menus that were wrinkled and looked about 5 years old. Had to ask for the wine list. Brie appetizer was tasty, but crackers were dry and old. The wait for dinner to be served was inordinately long, then someone came to tell us the kitchen had lost our order. Really? A glass of wine was offered, but we chose not to drink more. None of the other drinks on the bill were comped, nor did a manager come to the table to apologize. All in all, not special and anniversaries should definitely make you feel as though the date was important. (Yes, they knew we came to celebrate.)
Also, one unisex bathroom for entire restaurant. Not a good idea either.
Never going back.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Anniversary

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RS
1 review
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

For a special occasion, the food cannot be beat. We had Salmon and Lamb, and both were excellent.

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ST
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service, food and drinks we’ve found in the area by far. Always an enjoyable experience. The staff is friendly and attentive. The dishes are made using vegetables and herbs from their garden and other seasonal ingredients.. can’t get anymore flavorful or fresh than that! Definitely try the nutty Irish weed cocktail!

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DL
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the time we entered, everything was perfect. We come here often and several staff always visit with us. We were celebrating an anniversary and we were seated in a quiet room away from the more populated room. The server was very friendly, had recommendations if we needed them and was attentive to our needs throughout the meal. The sommelier stopped by our table to say hello. The food was excellent, we both enjoyed the pan asian sauce topped salmon. The wine was delicious as was our dessert. We loved it all and as usual, this restaurant never fails. Highly recommend!

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TX
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious dinner at the Classic! It continues to be a favorite for the food, atmosphere, and hospitality.

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MG
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The table next to us had ten folks. Once they left the noise level was enjoyable. The guitar music was fun.

The food -as always - was quite good.

Go enjoy. Drink heartily and eat unashamedly.

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LS
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great wine selection. Talk to Francis. Had rainbow trout that was delicious

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N
Dallas
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Classic Cafe with my mom and grandmother for Mother's Day brunch and just had the most wonderful time. A 3-course meal was provided for $40 a person, and the food was amazing. The portions were alright (for example, my mother's plate only had 3 green beans on it, but the other courses were filling enough to where it didn't matter). We really enjoyed the ambiance and our experience! Thank you to the wonderful wait staff and hostesses for making our visit so enjoyable.

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MP
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I took my mom to The Classic Cafe - Roanoke for her birthday dinner, and we thoroughly enjoyed our experience. The owner was very inviting and friendly, our server (Jeff) was extremely knowledgeable and friendly as well, the food was excellent, and the atmosphere/decor was super comfortable and lovely. We will definitely be back.

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B
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Chicken was dry and tough. Steak medallions were way overcooked, but Curtis sent back to kitchen after we complained. Brie appetizer and tomato soup were spot on. Love this restaurantunt but wish entrees had been better.

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R
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Cute place. Great food. Good service. Pricey but nice for a special occasion. Wasn't happy with the noise level though.

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SL
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great meal, service and ambiance. One of our favorite restaurants!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We celebrated Mother’s Day at The Classic Cafe. Lovely evening. Our server, Jeff, was great. Try the trout and the crab cakes. And don’t pass on the Chocolate Old Fashioned. Nicely done. We’ll be heading back!

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hidden gem! Truly one of the best dining experiences you will find in DFW. We absolutely love the Classic Cafe. The food in a word is phenomenal!!

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KJ
Houston
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went as a pre-mothers day dinner with the kids. Food was amazing, very attentive service staff! As my son said “very unexpected”.

Thank you!

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NL
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Have eaten at Classic Cafe several times over the years.... Service has always been excellent, and the food has always been excellent..... First time dining on a Friday at Classic Cafe... Had the Tile fish special..... Seemed to be undercooked. )Tough and rubbery) Usually we are able to dine and have a conversation.... Noise level was very loud throughout the cafe, making conversation almost impossible... Maybe it's a Friday thing... Usually dine here during the week or on a Saturday... First time we have left disappointed.... Don't know if cook staff is new or has changed, but something is wrong.... Our waiter and service staff was great.... Will give it another try in the future...

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BL
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the chef's Garden to the restaurant to the servers and management everything was an awesome experience. Not only was the food outstanding but I was also pleasantly surprised when I got the bill. This restaurant gets 5 stars and I would definitely recommend it

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BB
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

NIce, quiet restaurant. Excellent appetizers. Big wine list. Limited menu.
Unfortunately, the main entrees did not equal the excellent ambiance. The beef medallions were good but not great and were, for my taste, over-seasoned. The fish that my wife ordered was barely warm and, once again, over-seasoned. One of our side dishes arrived late and was also heavily seasoned. It seems that the chef, on this night, was heavy on red pepper flakes. Even the oil for the bread caused me to reach for a glass of water immediately.
Overall, I love the atmosphere of the restaurant and the staff is very pleasant and accommodating. And the food is definitely prepared by an actual chef. The plates all look very nice but sadly, for me, the taste falls short.

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MS
Tallahassee
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Charming vibe
Good service
Salmon with Snap Peas and Mashed Potatoes - Great
Bread and olive oil - Great
Iced tea - Great

Chicken - Nope, it was tough and lacking flavor
Noise level - Unexpectedly loud for no more people than were there

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KD
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This darling place is my favorite in the area. Food is fabulous, never disappoints and I adore Frances.

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NR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have dined at Classic Cafe multiple times and this visit, as always, was excellent. Everything from the warm inviting greeting as one enters the restaurant, to the waitstaff, to the food is among the best one can experience in the Metroplex.

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NO
Dallas
20 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent, as usual. Our server (can’t remember her name, but she had just returned from maternity leave) really contributed to making this birthday celebration for my friend special.

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JD
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I am always very pleased when I dine at the Classic in Roanoke. The food has very high quality and the service is always excellent.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great except for my steak I asked for medium rare and it ended up being well well done, very very dry.

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OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Food could have been a little hotter

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AC
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Has been a favorite for over 15 years. It is just as god now as it was then.

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OT
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food, service and ambiance. Thank you Julie and Frances for making this a most enjoyable evening with friends.

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JZ
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our visit was fantastic. Curtis, Francis, and our server Skye took amazing care of us. Their recommendations were spot on, the food was delicious, and it was the perfect way to celebrate my husband's birthday.

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WC
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A real gem hidden in plain sight. Give this a try if you like fresh and local ingredients and amazing dishes. The chef is a master!

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