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About Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda
Cafe Deluxe, an American bistro combining the charm of a neighborhood restaurant with the energy of a bustling European eatery, serves fresh and innovative classics in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Washingtonians have enjoyed the friendly service and casual dining experience for over 20 years. The diverse brunch, lunch and dinner menus combine traditional fare like Steak Frites and Grilled Meatloaf with menu favorites ranging from the Spinach, Feta and Tomato Omelet for brunch to the Grilled Atlantic Salmon Nicoise Salad, and the Prosciutto Mac & Cheese to the Ahi Tuna Tacos.
Bethesda, MD 20814
American, Contemporary American, Burgers
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Corner of Woodmont Ave & Elm St
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
There is a metered parking lot right next to the restaurant. Another hourly parking lot is one block from the restaurant.
Located 3 blocks from Bethesda's metro stop.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda Ratings and Reviews
We have experienced Cafe Deluxe as a family since 2009. My general impression is that in 2009 this particular restaurant was slightly better. Selection of food is OK but not exceptional, and likely certain cooked items may be more recommendable than others (as opposed to have an all-clear selection). In particular: TOO MUCH SALT (we are talking industrial amounts even for people like me who LOVE salt!) in certain meats/seafood and even in cooked vegetables is not justifiable unless the stocking of food (i.e., freshness) is an issue. Too bad because otherwise it would be really a nice place.
Good place for families, right in the heart of Bethesda. Waiter was very gracious to bring a 2nd Flatbread out since the first had been delivered before the other guests meals and this order was for a child as her main entree. He was also up on refilling glasses, which always seems to be a problem at some restaurants. It was not very crowded and I was wondering why I couldn't get an earlier reservation...I think they don't like to take reservations during lunch hours...this reservation was for 1:30 on a Saturday. All-in-all it was a fun place to be with family.
The menu offered plenty of options of standard fare. Our table had salads and they were all good - not Wow! But good. Although we didn't order dessert, the choices were plentiful and sounded enticing.
Our server lacked enthusiasm and personality. It was like ordering from a mannequin. That being said, she was attentive.
Large windows were open due to cool June evening. Unfortunately that seemed to bring in gnats even where we were at the back of restaurant, and our waving them away all evening took away from the ambiance. We've been a couple of times before when everything was absolutely delicious, so the good but not great food was surprising, especially the bland blueberry cobbler with a blah doughy crust. Prices are reasonable and service was good. Not giving up yet on Cafe Deluxe!
After being seated, no one waited on us at all - I had to go to the hostess 2x to ask for a waiter to assist us. Then several waiters showed up asking for our orders - soon we received extra cups of coffee - took 45 minutes after finally ordering to receive our food. It is also very noisy. Won't be going there again soon.
We have eaten here many times. This time the service and food was disappointing. Many open tables at the place. Yet it still took over 15 minutes for the first person to come to our table. Then the kitchen performed poorly. Forgot the chicken on one salad, another's person food was just plain cold. Unusual for this place. but still.
Cafe Deluxe has its hits and misses. A simple omelet should always be a hit, but unfortunately it was tepid and the hash browns were as salty as the sea, and the biscuit was cold. Very disappointing. Noise level is always too high, but I knew to expect that.
Great place. Can almost always get a table because it is large. Food is good, well priced and has enough variety you can usually find something you like. Good for kids and large gatherings. Not as much for romantic/dates as it is usually busy and pretty noisy. Not bad but be prepared for lots of chatter. This is one of our go to places, as with 3 kids under 3 it is not always easy to have successful outings. Cafe Deluxe always delivers.
Three in my party (of 9)ordered either the steak sandwich or the steak salad and all of them thought the steak was either tough or over cooked. When we ordered the steak sandwich we asked for y to be very rare. We were told that they cook the rare but then bake the sandwich so it ends up well done. So we asked for it not to be baked. After getting a well done steak we asked why and were told that sometimes they precook the steaks. We should have been informed of that up front.
This was a great place to go before the Movies. They had a wide range of choices, the food was very good, it wasn't over crowded. We ate outside on the side walk in front of the restaurant which we enjoyed as there were so many interesting people walking by, however, I can't comment on eating inside the restaurant. I would say that on a REALLY hot, or overly sunny day this might cause problems as their umbrella's don't give much shade or protection from the setting sun.
A great spot to have dinner before the movies in Bethesda. Perfectly good food, no surprises- good or bad. Lots of children, my 90 year old mother thoroughly enjoyed herself. We were extremely well satisfied with the choice- solid and reliable- probably not for those who fancy themselves gourmands- but they should then avoid Bethesda altogether. Something for everyone and not too pricy. Bingo
We went for Sunday brunch, after a morning cycling class. Arrival was at about 11:45. We had a reservation, it was busy but no wait for a table. The hostess, Annalise, could have exhibited better customer service. She initially tried to seat us at a table that was clean but had bench seats that were covered in food. I point out what was obvious, that the seats were dirty, and asked if they could be cleaned. She replied by saying, "oh, I think that's just salt." I again asked if they could have someone wipe them down, she attempted to brush off the seats with her hand and then walked off in a huff as though we were inconveniencing her by requiring clean seats and sat us at a clean table. A few minutes later I saw a busboy come to clean the seats with proper cleaning utensils, not a hand, so that was good. Our server was very sweet and friendly. Of course I can't remember her name. All the other staff I interacted with were great. The food is not great. I ordered the goat cheese omelette. The veggies that came on top looked a day old, def. not fresh cooked. The only thing I ate were the actual egg whites. My son's food looked decent and he enjoyed his pancakes, bacon, etc. but he said the food tasted better at Ihop. Bottom line, I would never eat here again.
Brunch to celebrate my husband's birthday with his daughter. Food is normally consistently very good. Both my husband's and my brunch entrees were excellent.
However the turkey burger was soggy and not good. We also had to look for someone to refill our iced teas and after asking three people including a manager we finally got it.
This is atypical for Cafe Deluxe
Every part of our order was incorrect. The manager was very pleasant and made the adjustments, except for the horribly bitter coffee. I was surprised she didn't comp some of the meal give the problems we encountered. This visit reminded us why we don't go there for brunch anymore.
Nothing fancy. Nothing exotic. But good solid food. My salmon salad for a reasonable portion of fish on fresh greens, with the right amount of dressing. The humus starter which was sufficient for two or three to share as a starter came with crispy carrots and celery as well as pita. Service was adequate.
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