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Cafe d'Alsace

4.7
4.7
2564 Reviews
$30 and under
French
Scenes of Alsace come to the forefront when walking into our upper east side corner jewel. From the curved pewter bar decorated with suspended antique seltzer bottles, to our colorfully tiled floors; our cozy restaurant evokes the essence of Alsace at every turn.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:45 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 722-5133

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Chef Philippe Roussel

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Cross street

    88th Street

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available, in addition to several nearby parking garages:Safeway Parking Corporation Garage New YorkParking Garage0.1 mi · 345 East 86th St(212) 410-960324 hoursIcon ParkingParking Garage0.1 mi · 301-329 East 86th St(212) 289-990524 hoursSavoy ParkingParking Garage0.3 mi · 118 East 86th St(212) 831-270024 hours

  • Public transit

    Q train to 86th Street and Second Avenue . 4/5/6 trains to 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,564 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. EG

    EllieG

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    The waiters rushed us a bit. They kept coming over to ask if we were done with our food when we clearly were not. Food was great though.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    The food was excellent but I felt the server catered to larger parties. We sat in the back room and we ordered sparkling water and it sat for twenty minutes before he poured the water, while we watched him cater to his three larger parties. We had to request a wine list and wait another 10 minutes. No bread was brought to the table we had to request bread while he brought bread out to three larger parties. I noticed he brought no bread to the table of two across from us. The frites that came with my steak were little bits of fries you couldn’t even put a fork in them they were like crumbs of French fries bottom of the batch, not one long fry. I noticed the larger party got fresh long fries. When we ordered our dessert most the ice cream was melted. Also, our table was the only one that had the bistro chairs which did not match with the height of the table, made it very uncomfortable to eat. This place was not cheap I expected better service but I do like the bar area and the service is perfect at the bar area. Not sure I would return for a meal the experience was not pleasant watching these guys go back and forth.
  3. g

    guho

    New York Area

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic restaurant week menu. Good value and generous portions. Friendly and attentive service too.
  4. PD

    PhilippeD

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Very noisy inside ! Good food Good service Price is Ok
  5. LE

    LynneE

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant have an eclectic design which is unique on its own. The food was amazing and the service is exceptional.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love this restaurant. It’s a real standout.
  7. W

    Willy

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The menu is very much trying to remain authentic French - and it is. The service is very professional and courteous, and the food is ... do I need to say : --- très bon et copieux --- No wonder it has become my once a week go-to.
  8. MH

    MatthewH

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food was good, though a bit heavy on the Truffle oil. More importantly, the decor and music are inconsistent with a French restaurant. It’s not clear what the restaurant is trying to be. The food was above average, though not great. The service was very good. The restaurant is fairly quiet, so easy to talk. The restaurant, while not outstanding, is very good for an upper East side establishment. Nice for special occasions or business.
  9. p

    peter

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Nice new relocated space. Friendly, attentive staff. Positive experience.
  10. F

    Follylark

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only problem it was too hot. Not enough AC. We were sweating so much , we were uncomfortable. Everything else was wonderful.
  11. TC

    TimothyC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I came here with my girlfriend for restaurant week and was our first time. The food was phenomenal and our waiters were excellent. We would love to come again and try out their brunch options!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The vibe was great for younger or older people. Very comfortable and stylish chairs. Drinks were pricey for what they were, but that’s NYC. Food was fantastic! Could eat there everyday.
  13. F

    Fran

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great food, a
  14. FF

    FoodieFinds

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    This is one of my favorite restaurants and our server, David was awesome! The noise level is high and I consider it a part of the ambience, which made me score the ambience as very good instead of outstanding.
  15. JD

    JanD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group really loves the Omelette Maison. It’s always delicious. Our server was attentive and the atmosphere is very pleasant.
  16. L

    Lstone007

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    This was my first time at Cafe d'Alsace, and we will go back. I rated it 4 (out of 5) stars, not because anything was wrong -- in fact, everything was very pleasant -- but because we had simple, but good, meals that didn’t lend themselves to 5-star ratings. However, my friend’s French fries (which, unfortunately, I didn’t taste) may deserve 5 stars, as she described them as among the best that she's ever had. (And we both lived in Europe.) Both my friend's omelette and (the chicken in) my Salad Fermière were cooked well, and the portions were generous. Service was good, and punctual, and we were allowed to linger at the table and chat for a while after finishing. I will definitely include Café d’Alsace among neighborhood options, and would like to try some of their more French-inspired dishes in the future.
  17. AK

    AndreasK

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service. A wonderful way to celebrate Bonne Fete Nationale.
  18. N

    Nancy

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe is my absolutely favorite UES restaurant. Great atmosphere, food and service
  19. CM

    CandaceM

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve dined here many times and was just ok, but last night was excellent My husband said the steak (with bone marrow) was one of the best he’s had. We’ll definitely be back soon.
  20. A

    Alsh

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s a neighborhood staple! Since they moved to new location, everything is brand new. Good and service consistently good
  21. C

    Corey

    New England

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Several of us gathered to celebrate my husband’s birthday at Cafe d’Alsace—it was our fifth visit. It was a perfect place for this celebration. The cocktails and food were marvelous—everyone was happy with their choices and people ordered a wide range of entrees. Our waitress was friendly and professional. We highly recommend Cafe d’Alsace and plan on returning again (and again) in the near future.
  22. C

    Carol

    New England

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    we like the new location very much - especially since you brought the colorful seltzer bottles from over the bar and placed them in the new space.
  23. ML

    MeganL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My waitress was really sweet. This was my first time back since your move, I'm impressed with the new look. My GNT was delish, and the Salade Mediterranie was just right. Will be back with my girls, who used to live in the neighborhood:)
  24. O

    Oberfoerster1

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Friendly, informative service. Great food. Bartender made an excellent mojito!
  25. r

    reneeb

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Continue to impress staff incredible
  26. a

    arnyc

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A neighborhood gem, staff is always gracious, food consistently excellent.
  27. e

    eggy

    New England

    173 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    173 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    The frisée salad for $19 is a pile of frisée with a few other vegetables on top. Asparagus was tiny pieces of cut up stems. Was the size of a largish side salad also. Omelets with small salad and fries are excellent though expensive.
  28. CG

    CindyG

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood spot. Food is always good and service is excellent.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Rude hostess
  30. a

    annie

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe d’Alsace is excellent in every aspect!
  31. S

    Scott

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Concise menu of hits. The food is always fantastic, some of the best in the neighborhood and priced as such. Service is European feeling: wave down your waiter if you want something, they’re always available. And they never rush you off your table so you can enjoy wine at your own pace. Sommelier was available for Friday dinner service and pushed the Alsace wines, which are great and around $100/bottle. Comfortable seating in and outdoors.
  32. SD

    ScottD

    Columbus

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    There are many French Bistros in NYC--this is one of the finest.
  33. OS

    OrangeSquared

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cafe D’Alsace is one of my favorite restaurants in New York City, serving authentic French cuisine without any of the pretentiousness that some Americans might expect because of the caricatures of French restaurants that are so common in popular culture. The menu is anchored by staples that evoke the fundamental French commitment to whole food—moules et frites, artisanal sausages—all delicious. Creative takes on traditional cocktails provide just the right accent on the meal. The staff’s professionalism stands out in the restaurant landscape today. If I lived in the neighborhood, this would be the kind of place I’d go to at least weekly.
  34. D

    De96

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Servers could be more visible on the floor and more tuned in to clients needs for things like silverware the check, water etc. Staff has great friendly attitude- might benefit from more training. Invest in them!
  35. A

    Alec

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal service and food as always!! The new order seating is beautiful and enough off the beaten path to not feel too crowded on the street. Sahara old fashioned simply one of the city's best cocktails.
  36. M

    Mary007

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s our neighborhood favourite. Always consistently good.
  37. a

    andreaw

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Always a treat to go to Cafe D’Alsace. Love seeing our usual waiter. Thrilled the Ahi Tuna Tartare was back on their specials.
  38. DD

    DaveyDave

    Orange County

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service were excellent. All the entrees were exceptional as were the deserts. We had a great time.
  39. S

    Scald

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The new location is excellent. The service efficient, friendly Amanda properly attentive. The food is very good and nicely presented. It is noisy which an interior architect could reduce.
  40. NY

    NYCGER

    New York Area

    64 reviews

    4.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our server was wonderful - attentive without being overbearing. The food was excellent- the sea bass was definitely a standout and the desserts were fantastic! You can’t go wrong with the apple tarte or the profiteroles! This was our first visit in the new location after many times in the old one. The only downside was the noise level - otherwise highly recommended! We’ll be back!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Cafe d'Alsace using the Order Online button. Cafe d'Alsace also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 722-5133.

Cafe d'Alsace is rated 4.7 stars by 2564 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 54 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Cafe d'Alsace

1703 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

Additional information

  • Cross street

    88th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Upper East Side

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:30 pm Sat, Sun 10:00 am–3:45 pm Sun 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street parking is available, in addition to several nearby parking garages:Safeway Parking Corporation Garage New YorkParking Garage0.1 mi · 345 East 86th St(212) 410-960324 hoursIcon ParkingParking Garage0.1 mi · 301-329 East 86th St(212) 289-990524 hoursSavoy ParkingParking Garage0.3 mi · 118 East 86th St(212) 831-270024 hours

  • Public transit

    Q train to 86th Street and Second Avenue . 4/5/6 trains to 86th Street and Lexington Avenue.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chef Philippe Roussel

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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