About Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda
Bethesda, MD 20814
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
I would probably not go back. Drinks took forever, food was ok but my portion of Sea Bass was half of those at the table with me. Waiter was good and offered me a second piece to make up for it but it never came during dinner. Once we were ready for the check the waiter brought it in a to go container because he realized it never came out. Not impressed and not worth the money.
I met my husband for a valentines day lunch. It was not packed which was great. My salad was delicious. The chef actually brought it to the table. Our wait staff was very attentive. My husband went there with a bunch of co-workers and said it was great then too which is why he suggested it.
The steak from the steak and eggs brunch plate was extremely fatty and difficult to eat. The waiter didn't bring us water when we sat down and only to one of us when we asked for it. The waiter also took forever to refill drinks and my husband sat waiting for his soda refill. The breakfast potatoes and steak needed seasoning.
Went to Cafe Deluxe for brunch with a friend. Overall, the prices were very reasonable but the food was mediocre at best. The southern breakfast sandwich is NOT something I would order again and, frankly, the home fries that came with it were gross. Very sad, I absolutely love home fries. My friend got the blueberry pancakes, he said they were good but nothing special.
The dining area was large and very open. The staff was not particularly friendly or welcoming.
Cafe Deluxe is one of our Bethesda favorites. The food is consistently good. It's never too noisy, even when crowded. It's a relaxed and friendly place. Families seem to love it. They can just push several tables together. In good weather one of the front, glass walls opens, completely to let in the nice air, plus there's actual outside dining, as well.
Dinner with family members from Britain was perfect (except for seating right next to the large window on a cold evening, which became very chilly as the meal wore on. The food was uniformly good, the noise level was low (as dinner was reasonably late, there wasn't the crowd there usually is) which promoted conversation, and it felt festive (it was December 30th and there were plenty of holiday lights on trees, etc. in the neighborhood.) We were apprehensive about cost as we usually do the paying but this was a "thank you" dinner from our guests for the time they spent in our home, but the prices were very reasonable, especially for the quality of the food, which was great. Uniformly a wonderful evening. Thanks
We arrived a little early to beat the lunch hour rush and we ended up waiting over 45 minutes for our food. All of the tables that were seated after us got their food and when I asked our server about our food, she went to go check on it and came back to tell us it was being plated. I think she completely forgot about our order. She was extremely attentive but got overwhelmed when the restaurant got full that she forgot about us.
The food was of good quality. However, the server was extremely inattentive. We were ignored for long periods of time, despite attempts to make eye contact and otherwise flag the server down. This persisted even after we notified the hostess. It made for a very frustrating meal.
Only reason I gave service a lower score is because the waiter took a while to bring back my drinks from the bar so by the time I had already finished my meal the drink still hadn't arrived . I didn't want it then but the waiter gave some push back saying it was ready so I waited a bit longer for the drink before we left.
The food was delicious, we made reservations so we were seated right away . The facility was clean and other staff such as management were very nice .
One other small comment , as we had steak we requested A1 but it was watered down so that was bothersome .
So-so food: Lamb sandwich was soggy, with three tiny lettuce leaves and two strips of soggy bell pepper. Medium steak was medium-rare. Shoestring fries were cold. Hummus starter was good, but came with just a few strips of pita - asked for more, was told there would be an "up charge."
Poorly trained staff: If I say thank you, I don't expect a response of "no problem"! Of course it's not a problem - it's your job! Restaurant was nearly empty on this Tuesday evening at 6:00, so the staff hung out together chatting by the bar, far away across the vast room from the booths. Could imagine what the place would be like on a weekend evening - way too many tables crowded together.
Will not return.
The food was okay, but the only thing that stood out was the skillet cookie (with vanilla ice cream) that the kids had for dessert. The fried calamari was okay, but I wouldn't recommend the crispy chicken rolls. The bread wasn't too fresh, and the server said the bread oven was out of order. The server was nice but was kind of frazzled. They didn't clear the small appetizer dishes off the table before bringing the main dishes, so the table was a mess of dirty plates and used, empty wine glasses. They really need to upgrade their service and/or hire more people to make sure the tables get cleared during the meal when necessary.
The place was extremely loud, it was almost impossible to hear anyone talking.
Great spot - great food overall a nice place only it is a bit loud as it is busy and open concept
The service is very good I only took away a star because as it was packed service wasn't fast and we were not in a hurry .. probavly if you were th wy could accommodate that
Cafe deluxe has become a staple for my family because of the kids menu. However the food quality has steadily gone down. And without fail you know that food has been sitting under a heat lamp when you look at the kids mac and cheese. In the past we have asked for everything to be brought out as it's ready but it hasn't changed anything.
Their traditional chicken quesadilla used to have a tasty salsa and black bean relish which was great. However now it comes out dry with a creamy chipotle sauce which is bland. The roast chicken used to be tender and very juicy but now it is DRY no matter how much broth they put on it.
And the traditional spinach and artichoke is now spinach and leek which is okay but this was the second time the chips were STALE. I said something to the waitress and the person, maybe the manager, who swung bye asking how everything was, and they didn't say anything. So as the waitress stood there looking at me, I said again "these chips are stale" ! When I got no response I just asked for more chips. Service is very hit or miss there but having been a waiter as a kid I am probably too patient and tip too much for the service we got.
Wow. I haven't been here in a while and it has gone significantly downhill. We arrived at 6:45 on a Saturday, and they were out of the first two things we ordered. Now I would understand if it was 9:30 on a Saturday, but, really? Service was mediocre, food was just OK. Too many better options in Bethesda to ever go back again.
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 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 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 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 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.
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