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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 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!
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.
The service was incredibly slow. It took a long time to get water and bread, and to place our order. When bread was brought to the table, the server gave us only 2 plates for a party of 3 and left before we could request a third plate or a refill of water. The food was mediocre. The chicken looked and tasted like it was previously frozen and cooked in a microwave. We waited (AGAIN) to get the check. We will not be returning.
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.
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