The Cafe Carlyle

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187 reviews
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French
The Cafe is open from Monday through Saturday. Decorated with Vertes Murals, this legendary cabaret is an intimate venue in which to enjoy superb French culinary creations. Kindly note this reservation is for dinner prior to Café Carlyle’s scheduled music performance at 8:45pm. A cover charge will apply for the performance and varies according to artist. Please check our entertainment calendar at www.CafeCarlyleNewYork.com to confirm artist and pricing. Dinner is required for 6:30, 7:00 or 7:30 seatings.
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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Kitchen was being remodeled. So no food except nuts at 8 pm. We were never told this and had not eaten.

We were there to see Steve Tyrell. Bill was $500 for drinks and cover charge of $270. Normally we would have had a meal

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R
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We made reservations but cancelled by phone. The lady told us we were put on a waitinglist for a different date. We did not here from here anymore. We were charged 365 dollar for nothing!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made a reservation using Open Table, then upon arriving was told that restaurant was closed to the public.

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S
New England
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

Food very ordinary

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FT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Unable to produce food or service on February 14. Show more than 45 minutes late starting. We finally left before dessert and show.

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c
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It’s always a wonderful classic NY experience. Food, cocktails and ambience are always outstanding.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Cuando lleganos a la puerta de café Carlyle había un hermoso cartel que anunciaba el cierre temporal desde el 31/12/17 al 03/01/18 incluso. Lamentablemente no nos han contactado para anunciarlo así como tampoco nos han ofrecido el reintegro de lo abonado por la reserva que teníamos atraves del servicio Opentable.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2017
Overall 1food 3service 4ambience 3

OMG!! They don’t tell you is there is an additional cover of $165 per person on top of the overpriced, mediocre food. Check came to $700 for two people!! Overprice, pretentious and stuck in the 1950’s. Avoid unless your favorite movie is Casablanca, and you own a railroad.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Carlyle cafe charged us without our authorisation. We had a reservation to go and we tried to cancel twice , once during thanksgiving (they were closed) and I was put through to voicemail where I left a voicemail saying I wanted to cancel my booking for Saturday and again the next day when they opened my partner called and cancelled personally with someone from their staff. I was very unhappy I couldn't make it and was looking forward to go back the week after. Two days later I look into my bank statements and they had charged me 272 dollars ! Excuse me?!? This is a scandal and I have taken it to my card issuer to fix this. If you are contemplating booking this place, don't ! It's dishonest to charge the people who didn't show up without having warned them they would be charged a no show ! Open table policy was saying "call cafe Carlyle directly" and this is what we did. We still can't believe this horrible shock and hoping our card issuer will be able to rectify it for us.

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M
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The Cafe Caryle is a intimate supper club in the Caryle Hotel in NYC. The table are small, set up for two to four guest. I choose for my appetizer their lobster bisque which was very good. My wife choose the shrimp cocktail for hers, Nice large shrimp.

A word of warning. Since this is a super club, there is a charge for the show, which is a separate price from the food. Which depending on the performer(s), the day of the week and the time can cost over $100.00 per person. There is also a strict dress code. Gentlemen are required to wear jackets or sports coats.

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RI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Classic Manhattan landmark, quintessentially New York, reliable and iconic venue

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I made the reservation for 10.30 but there was no show on Saturday night atv10.30.. They had only one session...i hope open table did not changed for it i will check with my bank..

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c
New Orleans
22 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2014
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

Had wanted to go to the famous Cafe Carlyle for years. If you can see a performer in any other venue do it! Horrible cramped room, lousy service and bad food. Only worth it if you adore the performer. Even then the show is relatively short.

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B
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 2

The reason to go to Cafe is for the entertainment. It is not relaxed dining as everything depends on show time. Better for late show with lighter fare and excellent drinks.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2014
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

wanted to do something memorable for our anniversary and I remembered the Carlyle. What a hidden jewel. A throw back to when men wore jackets and women dressed up for dinner. Service was impeccable and the food and wine were perfect. Megan Hilty's performance was fantastic. From a beautiful duet with her husband and band member Brian Gallagher, to Rainbow Connection from the Muppet movie we were moved. So nice to see a 4pc band instead of a person with a keyboard. Enjoyed our special night so much. Have not stopped talking about it.

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L
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My girlfriend an I dined at Cafe Carlyle to see Megan Hilty perform. I had purchased the tickets and dinner via a Gilt City voucher, so wasn't sure what to expect. The staff was incredibly accomodating and welcoming, despite the fact I was there on a coupon. We had a wonderful evening and the performance was superb. This is such a wonderful gem of a place that you'll only find in NYC. Absolutely loved it.

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T
New York Area
193 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Beautiful room, terrific service. great atmosphere, delicious food. Our Captain, Chuck, is a treasure.

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HU
Tampa
66 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2014
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

If it wasn't for the entertanment, we would NEVER go back there ...the price of the dinner was VERY high for the quality. In ea city of the best food in the world, this cafe needs cooking training....the food was very old fashion and everything overcooked. The service professional.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2014
Overall 3food 1service 2ambience 2

The show wasnt what I've expected. The singer Steve Tyrell is not a good singer. He may be a good showman, but very old fashioned.
The food was ok but very very modest in quantity, and the waiter was too busy too serve us with care. We had to borrow the Menu from the couple sitting next to us. The monday night shows with Woody Alen are for sure worth the money.

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D
Philadelphia
24 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Unique entertainment cFe dining NYC one of a kind.

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a
Orange County
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2014
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

We went to the Café Carlyle to see Tommy Tune perform. He was wonderful! Unfortunately the food was not.

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G
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

TABLES WERE TOO CLOSE TOGETHER. WAITERS BUMPED MY CHAIR REPEATEDLY. OUR WAIT FOR DESSERT WAS MUCH TOO LONG.

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d
London
8 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We thoroughly enjoyed our evening at the cafe Carlyle. The performer - Tommy Tune was very entertaining and the food was excellent. Overall, a great value evening in a friendly place with a great atmosphere.

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B
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Although crowded, it a great place to participate from the cultural american way of life. Good shows, excelente food, good wines!

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TA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

We wanted to go to a true New York Supper Club and see a live act and our research took us to the Cafe Carlyle. The food was great and we saw Lucille Arnaz who not only had a fabulous voice but was a true performer. We had a very memorable time. Our only regret is that we live in Australia and New York is such a long flight away that we can't go more often.

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D
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good not great...service was attentive and nice..wine list very unremarkable and desert ok
Cooked well assembled nicely
Served promptly

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J
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love this neighborhood gem. Great service, love the music, great food too. Always a top rated class act.

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SH
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a wonderful dinner and Alexa Ray Joel openning show with my family .every thing were great.

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JW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I was there to hear John Pizzarelli perform which was wonderful.
I think that a lot of the appeal of this room depends on who the musical act is that night.
That said, I highly recommend it.

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OT
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

I came for the artists who were performing . Great showroom with great talent always!

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m
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took my mother-in-law for her 92 nd birthday -- she loves John Pizzarelli and he was great. He and Martin were sweet to her stopping to see her after concert. Our captain and server were fantastic and so was the food. First class all the way!!
I could not be happier.

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r
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The focus here is obviously on the jazz performance, but the food is excellent, and so is the service. We don't go to many jazz clubs, but this is our favorite.

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B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2014
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great time - Saw Shirley Jones and she was sensational!!!

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OT
Toronto
9 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2014
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

At these prices, I expect stellar service.Kitchen and staff were clearly in the weeds.We weren't offered refills of our water; nor from the bread basket. Ordered dessert and coffee; coffee came (cold already) but then waited half an hour for dessert. No adjustment made to check; and I had to wolf down my dessert in the dark during the show, when we had specifically booked our dinner reservation almost 2 hours early so that we could eat a leisurely meal. Staff and kitchen clearly can't keep up with cabaret room demands, which is shocking after so many years. Would not go back except to see a performer at the top of my list; and then would only go for the F&B minimum. Food tasted good, but loses stars for lousy service. Disappointing.

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l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

food was great, service was exquisite but the entertainment was to die for.... Absolutely loved john lloyd young and i would strongly recommend that the carlyle invites him more than once or twice a year to perform... He is the best of all young singers (and old) out there

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MA
London
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Saw Sutton Foster. Great show. But a very expensive night. The food was good, but I would never go to the Café Carlyle for dinner only. A nice place for something different.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2014
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Beautiful room with murals. Very classy but bring your wallet.

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S
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The show is what made our evening. What a magical night!

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RE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2013
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

LOVELY XMAS CELEBRATION WITH STEVE TYRELL PERFORMING PERFECT!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2013
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our first visit - planned well ahead as part of our Christmas trip to the City. Great evening. Steve Tyrell just as good as I imagined - especially in this intimate setting. Some tables were close but we had seats on the wall. Will definitely visit again!

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