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.
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 went for Brunch on a Sunday morning. ...
We went for Brunch on a Sunday morning. The restaurant wasn't too crowded, and the food was delicious. Our service was not good, although I think the problem was our particular waiter. Other tables seemed to be taken care of well, and when we flagged down other servers they were very helpful. However, our server was not attentive, didn't refill our coffee or bring us half and half, and was generally unavailable when we needed him.
very dissapointed. I have been there in ...
very dissapointed. I have been there in the past and enjoyed both the food and service. This time everything went poorly - restaurant not crowded either.
The manager stopped by, it was shared what we had been experiencing, he shared he would address it, and walked off. we never saw him again, we received the check, and never had anyone or anything done that made us feel even decent about the meal.
The atmosphere was extremely loud and di ...
The atmosphere was extremely loud and difficult to maintain a conversation. The server was absent most of the time, so it was quite difficult to get her attention for things. The drinks were good, but the food was blah. And the table runner who brought the food on quite hot plates gave them to the wrong people and when we asked for help to relocate them he ignored us and walked away, leaving us to move the hot plates around. Overall, a poor experience. I will not be back.
We've been here several times before and ...
We've been here several times before and think of it as somewhere to go for a casual, unremarkable meal. Food tends to range from great to so-so, but we can have a fairly quick, casual family dinner without too long of a wait, and sometimes that's good enough. This time the restaurant was only half full, but service was extremely slow. It took 1/2 hour after ordering before we got salad and soup. The soup was lukewarm and the salad was so dry we had to ask for dressing. The manager passed us sitting with no food several times and never stopped. We had to cancel our after dinner plans because dinner took so long.
So, now I think of this as a last ditch choice, when you hope for a good casual meal and attentive service, but can afford mediocre food and slow service.
The server was very informed and attenti ...
The server was very informed and attentive. The kitchen not so much. My dining mate told the server that she was allergic to corn, then the kitchen put corn on the cob on her plate. I ordered steak frite which comes with Bearnaise but for some reason, I got catsup. The kitchen needs to get it together. This is too pricey a place to not get what you order. The restaurant is extremely loud, bar level noise. Difficult to have a conversation with out yelling across the table, and it wasn't even full when I was there. Probably won't come back because of that alone.
understaffed putting a lot of pressure o ...
understaffed putting a lot of pressure on waiters to try to keep up. So service was poor. Went for a Sunday Brunch, and the Food was mediocre. Eggs tasted a bit plastic, potatoes were just not good. Bacon was hyped with a great sounding name but the reality is that it was skinny thin cheap tasting bacon. Biscuits were cold. And couldn't get a coffee refill to save our lives. Just brunch but we are not planning on going back.
The food is always good here, and it was ...
The food is always good here, and it was actually pretty quiet on a weekday for lunch. Our servers went out of their way for us. It was a wonderful lunch. We had the grilled cheese, the cod lunch, and a turkey burger, all yummy.
Our waiter was fantastic, as usual. We p ...
Our waiter was fantastic, as usual. We particularly appreciate that the restaurant is physically accessible to people who use wheel chairs and have mobility issues. The food is reliably good, if not delicious, and the brunch menu fresh. CD always offers interesting mixed drinks and good dishes for even the pickiest eaters. The staff are flexible and will work with you to make sure your order meets your dietary needs/preferences. Our circle of friends meets once a month at CD-B, mainly because the food, service, and accessibility are above and beyond what other Bethesda eateries offer. Plus, it is a great value. We have between 3-7 people in our party, so even when it's a larger group, CD-B is the best bet for us!
Cafe Deluxe has not aged well. We've bee ...
Cafe Deluxe has not aged well. We've been eating there since since the original restaurant opened (10-15 years ago). It used to be consistent, high quality, and a good option to take the kids out. Now it's just tired and seems to be running on auto-pilot. On our last visit, the service was friendly but lousy. The beignets we ordered as an appetizer "somehow were forgotten" according to our waiter. When they arrived -- after the main courses -- they were doughy and leaden. Even the kids with us wouldn't eat them. The poached eggs were way overcooked (rock hard) and had to be sent back. Unfortunately, we're taking this one off our list and won't be back.
My first time dining here, I ordered the ...
My first time dining here, I ordered the Calamari, it was different. The calamari wasn't your typical deep fried served with Marinara on the side type, their calamari was pan fried then tossed with an unique sauce. I ordered a Trout special they were serving, it was filled with crabmeat and spinach. I did not enjoy it too much because the filling was salty but that won't stop me from giving Cafe Deluxe another try in the future. Our service was excellent, all the staff members were helpful and caring.
My only knock on Cafe Deluxe concerns th ...
My only knock on Cafe Deluxe concerns the noise level in the main dining room, which borders on extreme during busy times. Otherwise, the experience is fine...not spectacular, but it isn't priced to be. I think some sound absorbing materials could be added to the room without diminishing the aesthetics, and management should look into that.
excellent service. we had a mix up with ...
excellent service. we had a mix up with an order and the waiter and manager both came by to apologize and give us a comp discount for another dinner (we had already paid the bill when we told him). Very friendly too. Food was very good.
We have been here before and the food wa ...
We have been here before and the food was okay. This last visit will be the last time we dine here. The daily special was seared tuna, which we ordered. To out it simply, the fish was spoiled. While the waitress was good, all the food was sub par. Someone at our table ordered the steak - it was tasteless. The grilled chicken salad can be found anywhere and nothing special either. The only redeeming quality is that it was a lovely evening to sit outside.
Generally food is very good. My guest an ...
Generally food is very good. My guest and I both had the Cobb Salad and we felt it was not up to their usual high standards. Not Bad just not as good as some of the other choices we have made in the past.
We will return and try something else
Overall, a good brunch experience, and g ...
Overall, a good brunch experience, and good food. I did have to get a new cup of coffee because the 1st cup they brought was dirty. Yuck. Also, we asked to have all of the dishes at the same time, but they brought the cinnamon roll first anyway. I would say it is very like Ted's Bulletin, but just a half-notch below in terms of food and service.
We got together for a birthday brunch. ...
We got together for a birthday brunch. The service was quite good overall, attentive without being pushy. The food was good, and satisfying, if not especially memorable. Cafe Deluxe is a dependable venue - and while that may not be exciting, it is reliably a good value
The waiter could not explain all the men ...
The waiter could not explain all the menu choices; the appetizers never arrived, one of the meals was substandard, and the final bill was not accurate. Other than all this, the meal was uneventful. We will not be eating at Cafe Deluxe again. We didn't even get an apology at the end of the dinner.
Great menu items but the actual food was ...
Great menu items but the actual food was not good at all. Eggs Benedicts (two orders) were completely overcooked. Menu is great but overall execution is not. This has happened multiple times at this location.
Great ambiance and bar service and quality of cocktails.
We ate outside in the shade on a lovely ...
We ate outside in the shade on a lovely day. While the kitchen messed up one of our orders, that was corrected, and the food was very good, as usual. We were there for brunch and had various egg dishes, the oatmeal, and a Croque Madame. Cafe Deluxe is one of our go-to places, as it is consistently good. It is very noisy inside and so we were very pleased to sit outside this time.
We were here for brunch and overall ever ...
We were here for brunch and overall everything was OK, but we had a few disappointments. Two of our party ordered the french toast described as being 'garnished with mixed berries.' "Garnish" is right -- there were just a few berries and both diners had expected a bit more. My eggs benedict was disappointing--egg was overcooked, ham was thin and anemic-looking, hollandaise was bland. Also, another person in our party ordered the "Croque Madame" which was good except the sunny-side up egg was quite undercooked--it had a thick pool of raw egg white across it. Diner eats sunny-side up all the time but never had one which so much clear egg white on top.
The champagne cocktail was delicious, however, and everyone enjoyed the potatoes, which three diners said were "the best breakfast potatoes" they'd every had.
The service was great at first and then ...
The service was great at first and then it was like he forgot we were sitting there. The food took way too long to come out and the waiter treated us like an afterthought- very disappointed. The food was good once it finally arrived but the potatoes cold.
Weekend dining experience
Made an on-line reservation for two people; they had it listed for a party of six.
Requested a booth; they said no booths available, but clearly there were two or three and we were seated in one of them ,after all.
Cheeseburger was very average. Crab cakes were average.
3 stars is generous.
2/3 of the patrons were dining outside, so can not make a very accurate statement about inside restaurant noise level.
great in every way
We had a party of 8 which they had no problem accommodating. The place is not small but its also not very big. The brunch menu was very nice with lots of appetizing items and the main menu was also very good with too many good choices. The server was excellent and the salted caramel milkshake was INSANE!!! Its worth going there just for the milkshakes. Parking is easy with the garage right next door.
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