Cafe Deluxe - West End

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$30 and under
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American
Cafe Deluxe is an American bistro that combines the charm of a neighborhood restaurant with the energy of a bustling eatery. Washingtonians have enjoyed the friendly service and casual dining experience for over 20 years.

The diverse breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus showcase fresh classics made from scratch. Menu favorites include Steak Frites and Grilled Meatloaf, the Spinach, Feta and Tomato Omelet for breakfast to the Prosciutto Mac & Cheese created from traditional recipes and seasonal ingredients.
What 562 People Are Saying
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3.9
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69% of people would recommend it to a friend
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n
London
98 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great server, very nice guy. Big portions and good cocktails. V convenient as in Hilton Garden Inn building and almost next door to Embassy Suites.

JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Had the opportunity to dine with you twice this week. On Tuesday my server was Annie. She was excellent. Today's server was a little less attentive. But I enjoy coming to your restaurant and am a regular.
Jim

LG
1 review
Dined on 13 October 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

The food was cold and poorly seasoned. The waiter acted like he didn’t care. The good thing was that the manager was kind enough to reduce the bill.

q
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on 12 October 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Getting a server to come to your table is a challenge, whether it be for ketchup (good luck getting it before your food gets cold), bread (good luck getting it before your main course arrives), lemon for the iced tea (good luck getting it before the bread), or even the check (you need to ask for it when the main course arrives or you'll be there for long after you're ready to leave). There needs to be a better way. When the rest of Cafe Deluxe is just a solid 3 stars, the service needs to be better to make me want to go back. I used to go there much more than I do, but the service keeps me away. I keep hoping it will improve, as the restaurant has some things going for it, but I will try it only when I am not in a rush to do anything afterwards.

j
1 review
Dined on 8 October 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Service was slow and the noise level was fairly loud

OT
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was just okay; definitely could have been hotter. Service was great!

KT
Atlanta
10 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Traveled to DC with family- we were looking for a good brunch place and this was it!
Service was a little slow and the server was extremely knowledgeable, but he was honest that he hadn’t worked brunch and happily got us the information we needed. Would definitely go back!

S
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Enjoyable dinner on a Sunday evening. Everyone enjoyed their dishes - two fish and one burger. Will return!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was good. The host failed to acknowledge us for about 7 minutes after we arrived. The servers failed to refill our beverages. We had requested condiments and sides for our food which never arrived. The manager handled our table because it was clear that the server was overwhelmed. It took a long time for anyone to take our order and they assumed that we weren’t ready to order when they came to our table. The ambiance was nice. Wasn’t too loud. Food was good but over priced for quality. Would recommend district commons or circa for same price range and food type in the area. Would not return unless desperate.

L
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Made reservation but not acknowledged, so seemed like we flaked out - despite asking that the reservation be noted.
Food was not as flavorful as at Wisconsin Ave location.

l
Nashville
36 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

We went to Cafe Deluxe on a Sunday for brunch. The food was fair and the service was poor. Waiter did not come around to refill coffee or water or to take additional drink orders. We had to find someone to bring a coffee pot. I grabbed the water pitcher from the service cart to refill waters. Husband went to bar to get mimosas refilled. It wasn't that busy, several empty tables around us and what appeared to be plenty of staff milling about. They seemed poorly trained or organized. I'd call this a management issue. It's a nice facility and could be a great neighborhood treasure but the ownership needs to step up the day to day management. I rarely give a bad review so I hope this will have a positive impact.

KW
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

My steak was served at room temperature, and was not seasoned at all! Our server forgot many items, and service was very slow. They should have at least comp’ed my entree. Never again will I return.

A
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved the food and service so much we went back 2 days straight!

KN
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

The food was unexpectedly bad. I ordered a spinach salad wt grilled chicken. The grilled chicken had a bleak coloring of an expired meat and tasted the same. I certainly did not appreciate the serving from what looked and tasted like a previous (or older) day leftover. Will take my business lunches somewhere else.

b
Greensboro
18 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

great service and attentive wait staff good value for DC

AS
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to meet for a business luncheon. Will be back.

SC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Service was awful

EH
New England
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Went for restaurant week during lunch time. Service was incredibly slow. Waitress was barely present. The food was delicious except the creme brulee where it was cold. Which blew my mind because you literally take a blow torch to the dish as a finishing touch. Plus when the server brought us the bill she didn't charge us the restaurant week deal and it took an extra 10 minutes for them to correct it. The food was delicious (minus my cold creme brulee) but if their service continues to be that awful, I'd never go back.

CA
Indiana
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Convenient location, good dishes, servers aren't terribly happy to be there but will do a good job.

JD
1 review
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

As we started our luncheon, we were told that there would be a test of the fire alarms for several minutes. This should have been done mid-morning (say 10 AM) before the place is filled with patrons. In addition, fire alarms closed the doors trapping birds inside the restaurant. Need better acoustic control, the place was maybe 75% full but very loud.

N
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great service, good food and decent location!

d
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on 8 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed relative quiet on a weeknight, able to carry on a conversation without raising our voices. The classic atmosphere is similar to the original Cafe Deluxe and it remains good food for a good value.

ER
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Group of 7 colleagues met for dinner while at a conference. Great restaurant choice with many dining and beverage options. Our server, Kai, was amazing. Kind, fun, efficient!

V
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

We usually have great experiences here (I think we've been here at least a dozen times over the years). As usually, I made it clear when we arrived that I have a gluten allergy and needed the gluten-free menu, which I then ordered from. When I ordered my dinnner (a salad), I was upset to see that there were croutons on it. I let the waitress know immediately, and she sent it back, but it is concerning when a food allergy is not taken seriously.

K
1 review
Dined on 6 August 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Waitress got order wrong, took a long time to bring back correct order, had already eaten part of my meal by the time the correction was made, waitress was not very attentive, disappeared for long periods of time (although it wasn't very crowded) and seemed somewhat annoyed with our requests (paper napkins, ketchup, mustard, etc.). Food was just ok, service was slow. So slow that we had to leave without getting receipt or correct change because we were running a bit late.

D
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The food was good, but the service was not. I’ve had better luck eating at the bar vs a table at this restaurant.

s
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for breakfast for the first time in quite a while. Service was excellent, as was the food.

s
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was abysmal.
The portion of tomato soup was almost non-existent. The flatbread I ordered was fine and tasty.
And I've been to this restaurant at several of its other locations on numerous occasions and at least once before at this location, but have never had an experience like this one. I don't know if I'd return to any of their locations very soon.

KN
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

The food was one of the worst meals I have had. I ordered kale salad wt grilled chicken as an add on. The salad had no taste and was so heavily covered in Parmesan that I simply ate the chicken and left the salad in the plate. I am
Left wondering how can a simple kale salad be made that terrifyingly bad. Not going back for sure.

OT
1 review
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

Good location, friendly staff, just things forgotten we had ordered. We were tired after a long day too.

E
1 review
Dined on 21 July 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is not bad, nice quiet-ish place with good breakfast choices. It’s basically a better Ihop

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

We didn’t get our coffee until after the food came out, the server didn’t really check in on us during our meal. We observed other tables were slow to get their orders and their bills.

WL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was wonderful, especially with the young children in our party. She knew the menu well and made informed suggestions. We had a wonderful time.
The only criticism we had was that the a.c. was too strong. We stepped outside to warm up, then came back in. Other than this small problem, we had a lovely dinner!

LS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on 11 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

We went to the cafe because it was nearby. Service was very average. The fans were on at such high speed we were freezing as were customers around us but we were told they could not be turned down. It definitely took away from the experience.Food was good.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible service. 10 minutes before they talked to us. 35 minutes later no food. Manager did nothing.

HM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 2 July 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was great but was let down by the service. The person seating us was annoyed that we wanted a table by the open windows (it was a beautiful hot sunny day), as opposed to the table she had been told to seat us at. Despite it being a very hot day, our water glass was never refilled, not even once, and it was hard to get any servers attention to get a refill or pay the check.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 30 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

‘‘Twas good!

SB
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

The fans were apparently broken and couldn't be turned down or off so we froze while eating dinner. I prefer the brunch menu than the lunch/dinner menu. Wait staff took awhile to seat us and bring out food although the restaurant wasn't full or busy.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

😎👍🏼 great spot

MM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 23 June 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Terrible service. Waitress was more interested in checking her phone than taking our order. After placing order, waited 45 min before we tracked down waitress and cancelled order. Nothing had come out. Pita and hummus appetizer takes 45 min to prepare?? Ridiculous.

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