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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
My friend and I were two of few customers; most of them were at the bar watching the game. Our server was very friendly and efficient. Unfortunately, both of our meals were wanting. Her salad contained fried capers, which she had specifically requested not to have, and my prime rib sandwich was decidedly off. After telling our server, she promptly replaced our orders and kept offering additional items to compensate us. Since we didn't want anything else, she comped our dessert.
I have eaten at Cafe Deluxe many times, and this was the first time there was any problem with the food. I was pleased with the way it was handled. She did her best to relieve our embarrassment at having to complain about the food. Cafe Deluxe has always been my go-to for a casual dinner, and that has not changed.
My wife and I opted for dinner there the other night (a Saturday) because the food is a solid value and service has always been reliable . That night, things went awry. First, we were unsettled by what we considered to be small pour sizes for the wine -- the 5 ounces (so we were told) was their standard pour, but that seemed an ounce or two low compared to what we're used to at other restaurants (and we eat out A LOT in Bethesda). Compared to, say Mon Ami Gabi -- where the waiters come to your table with empty glasses and pour from the bottle right in front of you -- the wine pours at Cafe Deluxe are apparently measured at the bar with ball bearing precision, and unhappily so. To top it off, the gas burner on the ovens went out that night, causing our dinners to be hideously long in arriving (to be fair, our waitress warned us that the gas had gone out, and that it might be a long wait).
Our waitress did her best to make up for the snafus, and the manager was gracious in initially providing a free glass of wine after our complaining about the pour ( a first for us), and then in comping all of our wine and offering free dessert after the long wait (we were late for our movie by then, and so had to rush out). We appreciated the good attitude, of course. But they could ensure consistently happy customers by upping that standard wine pour by even just an ounce. I mean, we all know the markup on house wines, and a good pour makes for happier customers and good reviews.
I hate not being complementary about a local restaurant, and I’m sure Cafe Delux does some things very well. Our experience was very lackluster, with food that bordered on inedible. The pork chop was too tough to even cut. My grilled shrimp were lukewarm and unseasoned, accompanied by grilled veggies that were saturated in vinegar. Our server was a delight and very accommodating, but it didn’t make up for the awful meal.
My friend and I were meeting for Saturday brunch. We hadn't seen each other in over a year so it was nice to be able to sit, chat, and catch-up. The staff were attentive but not overly so. The service at CD-B is always top notch. I decided to change my order after it had gone into the kitchen and my waitress (Channing) didn't even blink an eye. She was happy to make the change for me and our food came right away. Although I'm no longer living in the DC area, I come home at least once a month and CD-B is always one of my top places to dine - whether you're looking for a nice brunch menu, dinner or a quick drink, the staff are always friendly and professional and the food is - delish!! Cinnamon Bun in a Skillet - need I say more!??!!!!
We shoulda stayed at home, we said upon leaving the Cafe. I've had many pleasant meals there, but this time the food was just awful. My fish tacos were bland, in soggy taco shells, with wilted lettuce. Terrible. My husband had a steak salad, which was edible but also unseasoned.
It's too bad b/c this is an area (Bethesda) we love to visit. But something's happening there -- boarded up shops, restaurants and bars closed, ???? I hope it's not just gonna fold up its tent and leave.
I frequented Cafe Deluxe 5 years ago and have not been back sense. Most of my visit were for dinner. This trip was for lunch with a friend. It was a nice day and we sat outside. There were box trucks and trailers delivering food and it was congested and noisy. The waiter decided to seat us directly across from another occupied table when all the other tables were empty. One guest spoke very loudly interrupting and distracting me from my own conversation.
I had a fire roasted tomato soup which was excellent. The chicken quesadilla was edible but was the least enjoyable I have ever had.
The waitress did everything well. She was pleasant when I asked to return my ice tea ( which wasn't to my taste) and exchange it for water.
I wouldn't deter others from going there; but I would not recommend it as a pleasant experience.
We were able to sit outside, as the day was very pleasant. Early lunch (11:30am) for five. Laura was our server and was very timely and congenial. Lots of refills of our Arnold Palmers. We ordered clams, pizza, 2 x cheesburger, and eggs benedict. All OK. Eggs benedict was small, a lot of hashbrowns. Tasted good. Could have had additional side included. Refrigerator delivery trucks on Elm Street quite loud, waiting to unload. Any way around this?
We found the service this visit not as good as we had expected -- in particular, we had to repeatedly remind our server to bring us items that we had ordered. In the end, our meal was OK . . . but our previous dining experiences at Café Deluxe have been better. Two of us ordered Mussels --- and we seem to remember that the meal previously included French fries -- this time we needed to order a separate side order . . . .
Cafe Deluxe is usually our "go to" especially with a small group because everybody can choose/find something they like on the menu. This past time was "just ok". The rib eye special though it sounded delicious was average, the service was a bit slow even though it was not packed, and we had to wait at the hostess stand even though we had reservations and several employees walked by seemingly ignoring us. On the plus side, the calamari and mozarella basil flatbread were excellent appetizer choices and just the right amount for 4 people.
We first ate there coincidentally on a busy Mothers' Day afternoon with friends. Food was adequate and service was attentive. We ate there again last week (July 17, not busy) with a guest from out of town. Arrived for a 6:15 PM reservation to an almost empty restaurant with a loud children's birthday near the rear of the dining room. We were seated in the left rear corner adjacent to the service area with a view of the maintenance equipment, right next to the noisy party. Restaurant was empty otherwise. Service was inattentive; one item that was requested "on the side" was not served. No drink refills were offered until entrees had been finished. Restaurant floor was filthy, again even though the place was empty for the duration of our stay. Comments were made to the manager as we were leaving, and maintenance equipment was moved. While we know that the drill is "say something while it is happening" we didn't want to create a disturbance in the presence of our out-of-town guest. You have to understand - making a fuss in public can be really embarrassing. We are unlikely to return because there are many restaurant choices in Bethesda and Rockville.
CaDel is our go to restaurant. We love the ambiance and Kevin the Bar Tender. the food is usual top drawer. This time the kitchen dropped the ball the AHI Tuna was over cooked. the steak was over cooked. The shrimp was dry. We intend to go back but it was not the usual joyous occasion
We order the mahi mahi well done WITHOUTH cheese. The cook send the plate back with the fish well done WITH cheese... Then they send the salad without cheese but my appetite was gone. The manager did not charge for the food, but the experience was very disappointing.
First time visit - the food was great and service was equal. We were not rushed for a leisurely lunch, getting together with friends. Standard American fare, with menu items for many dietary directions, but done at top quality. Will definitely be returning.
Terrible experience. Food came out wrong, and the restaurant will not allow you to bring a stroller in. Instead, they insist you leave it by the host stand where it is not watched. Then, they gave me a high chair to turn upside down and put the infant car seat on top of, despite the fact that there is warning label on the chair warning against this. Also, the upside down high chair/infant car seat set up took just as much space as my stroller would have. I will not be returning here, and will let all my friends with young children know this restaurant is not family friendly and recommends putting your baby in danger.
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.
We showed up on time for our reservation, but were told that we would have to wait 20 minutes for a table. When we objected (we had small children in our party), we were told that the only other option was to sit outside in the 90+ degree heat. We left for another restaurant.
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!
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