West End Cafe

4.6
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1986 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
West End Cafe located in Carle Place Long Island, offers a New American menu. Chef/Owner Bill Holden prides himself on maintaining a standard of excellence that has put us on the top of fine dining on Long Island. Come wine & dine where you can enjoy a gourmet meal, fine wines, the latest beers & seasonal cocktails. Here at West End Cafe we take pride in supporting our local farms & wineries. Come in and enjoy our menu that changes seasonally, offering the best Long Island has to offer.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
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4.6
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4.4
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4.4
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r
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I'm never disappointed when I dine at WEC. Our group is never rushed, the seating around the perimeter of the restaurant is greatly appreciated and service is never overbearing. Menu provides an ample selection for the most discerning patron. Thank you for your continued high quality service!

AG
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely evening, the prefix was a great value! Will be sure to go back with my family. Something for everyone --even the picky eaters.

f
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner and amazing waitress. Food was excellent as always,

OT
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As usual, price fixe dinner totally worth it - multiple choices - all delicious!

C
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was an enjoyable evening and the food was delicious.

V
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great food at reasonable prices.

n
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Meal perfect but desserts where disappointing. That pistachio sundae sure took a dive!

s
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always consistent! food excellent. service great. honored resv. on time! a go to always!

L
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We went for the twilight menu. It is a great value and you get to enjoy the good things on the menu.

HO
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time there. Went for Long Island Restaurant week. I was pleasantly surprised with the service and the food. The server was attentive but not overbearing. The food was excellent. I had the pork chop and my date had the salmon. Both were moist and delicious, prepared perfectly.
I would definitely recommend this place and will go back again.

t
Adelaide / SA
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I felt very rushed ... it was the last night of restaurant week & were seated, Orderd and served 3 courses in an hour. It would have been nice if I’d been given a few more minutes before the next course came out. I couldn’t even eat or enjoy the desert because it came out so fast after dinner. It was ice cream so it’s not like I could have asked for it to go. All in all the food was very good, they just need to slow down a little.

CF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great deal for restaurant week. The flat iron steak was excellent and the portions were plentiful.

TC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

To close for table setting but the food and service was wonderful. Recommend a during the week reservation. Not the quiet place for Friday or Saturday. But good no doubt. Good value!

R
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment great staff, great meal have never heard anyone leave unhappy

NK
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The menu was eclectic and everything we ordered was prepared to perfection! We live on LI and are thrilled when we can enjoy a delectable meal without going into Manhattan! We had the rock shrimp taco appetizer and beet & goat cheese salad.. mmm so good! Then braised boneless short ribs and shrimp risotto followed by a fabulous walnut apple vanilla ice cream dessert. Everything was fantastic! Be sure to make a reservation as it is always packed!

JR
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A nice meal. Restaurant week and the choices were pretty good. We had the organic chicken and the pork. Both Very good. Desserts good (warm brownie and Apple Crisp) and and we liked our appetizers of Shrimp Tacos and Salad. The place was packed as it is always busy - no matter what day you go. Packed to the point that it's uncomfortable. Squeezing tables together etc. The parking lot handicapped ramp was a dangerous joke. In fact, saying you're handicap accessible? Well - let's just say the definition of accessible for those physically challenged is up to debate. I found it all pretty difficult. But; I still think WEC is a 4 star experience.

MV
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall2food4service1ambience3

West End has been a favorite restaurant of mine. On 1/30/20 I went for dinner. Upon sitting down, I felt something pinch me. When I moved I felt something caught in my pants and tear them. I stood up and saw that the chair had a piece of the wicker material sticking out. I informed our server but no reaction. I then asked if they could bring me another chair. After waiting for 5 minutes, I had to swap the chair with another empty table’s chair. After about another 2 to 3 minutes they finally showed up with a chair. When dessert arrived I asked the server if I could speak to the manager. I had found it strange that he had not stop by the table to inquire if everything was ok. Turns out that he was neither informed or dismissed the incident when told. After I explained what happened, he asked how much the pants had cost so that he could refund me. He didn’t understand that it wasn’t about the pants, it was about the nonchalant way that it was handled by the server, bus-boy and him (manager). I did receive a gift card as compensation.

OT
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was outstanding. Sometimes I hesitate to order salmon because it can be boring, but the West End Cafe got it right it was flavorful, moist and delicious.

The 5 stars for value was because it was Restaurant Week, normally I find it a bit overpriced. After my meal tonight, perhaps the prices are justified.

The noise level can get very loud, but requiring a seat against the wall worked very well.

As fork service, Our we received our food promptly, but the server wasn’t very friendly

PL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for lunch, dinner or just drinks. It's been there for a very long time and is still packed!

M
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff is exceptional! The dining experience couldn’t have been better!

j
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Never a bad meal here. Truly enjoyable

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Always a constant great meal! Love this place.

JW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was excellent as always except for the shrimp tacos had absolutely no flavor. The duck tacos on the other hand were excellent! We have them every time we go!

DG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great. Family celebration.

DC
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This was the time my family went. The food was really good, enjoyed everything. The salmon was cooked perfectly. My Dad and husband had the shell steak , which they enjoyed. Our server Aubrey was amazing. My only issue, the tables are really close so we felt cramped.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our first time here. The food and service was great! We were a party of 8 and we all stated that we would come again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Sadly my chicken was cold. Our waiter didn’t seem so thrilled to be there either. Everyone else’s food was really good though

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing overall

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I haven’t had a meal that good in 10 years. The service was incredible the food was out of this world. The atmosphere was beautiful. I highly recommend this restaurant. I will be back ASAP.

DG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love West End Cafe for a special occasion or an elegant night out. The food and service are outstanding and creative menu options. They also have a twilight menu with many options and prix fix for three courses.

DD
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Have come here often in the past. Food was always good. This time it was horrific. Pork chop was a chunk of fat. Ribs were overly salty. Dessert was fair, at best. I heard that this restaurant went downhill, but I had to see for myself. It WAS really, really bad. Called the next day to complain. Was told the manager would call me back. Never heard from him. Stay away! There are much better restaurants in the area!!!!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is amazing! The crab cakes are the best I've ever eaten!

LI
New York Area
91 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We really like West End Cafe. Food and service are always great. I had the octopus salad and pork chop. Both were fantastic. My wife loved her salmon as well. Can't wait to go back.

S
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Love the menu! There is something for everybody. My husband and I had The tuna tartare, and the salmon. Both were super fresh and inventively prepared. Very enjoyable. We have been here many times over the years. They do not disappoint! PS the warm bread is impossible not to devour! Service was attentive without being overbearing. Desserts were divine! We will continue to enjoy many meals at The West End Café.

VP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently excellent. One of our favorite places!

L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the West End Cafe where the service is ALWAYS first rate as is the food, drink and atmosphere.

o
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Once again great food and great service.
Great bottle of wine with dinner

PS
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a disappointment... I’ve been going there since it opened and will never stop
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to West End Cafe numerous times and have never been disappointed! Chose it for a birthday dinner for a special friend. Our reservation changed from 9 to 8 people and we were offered prix fixe menus in addition to the regular menu...so nice and not expected! Everyone raved about their appetizers and main courses-delicious!
The service was attentive and unobtrusive. Truly a winner of an evening!

L
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We were there early enough to take advantage of the twilight special menu. A three course menu for one price. It was well worth it. Choices were excellent and plentiful. I had the duck tacos as an appetizer and the short ribs as my main course, the carrot cake was my dessert choice. All delicious. I would highly recommend getting there early enough to take advantage of this menu.