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
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.
I have been to the Cafe Deluxe at Tenley ...
I have been to the Cafe Deluxe at Tenley many times. This was the first time I've visited the Bethesda location. I will certainly go back. The food was great, but the service was even better. KEVIN was ANAZING!!!! If you visit this location ask if Kevin is working and if so request to sit in his section. He is very knowledgable about the menu and was able to make great recommendations on substitutions. He was also wonderful with my 15 month old nephew. I love CD Tenley, but CD Bethesda is my new go to.
Our server had to be told we were waitin ...
Our server had to be told we were waiting to be attended to. Then the manager ended up serving us because our server must have felt it was more important to tend to everyone else but us. Outside of that, the food and drinks were great. Seating was a bit tight, but you weren't all in someone else's conversation.
Service and food were great. Noise leve ...
Service and food were great. Noise level inside is very loud. We ate outside unfortunately between two tables who had in trained dogs and they barked throughout our entire mothers day meal. Which made our busy very unpleasant.
Popular local lunch spot
Excellent for brunch, lunch or late night snack. Good variety of standard American fare. Noisy but a very positive vib. The waiter was not very attentive, a problem I've had here before, which is probably due to how large and crowded the place can get.
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