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
So-so food: Lamb sandwich was soggy, wi ...
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.
Needed as q uiet a table as possible to ...
Needed as q uiet a table as possible to sit and relax with my dear friend for conversation. The staff gave us the quietest table available, and the waiter was wonderful to let us stay for a nice long visit over brunch.
The food was okay, but the only thing th ...
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 p ...
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 f ...
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 ...
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. ...
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.
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