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, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access
Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda Ratings and Reviews
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.
While the bartender 'tried' to service o ...
While the bartender 'tried' to service our booth while tending the bar, it was an unrealistic expectation on the part of MGMT to schedule this way. Long pauses. Interest in dessert was lost losing restaurant revenue, as well.
Great brunch selections, extremely amazing staff!
We had a great time with our mini friend reunion at Cafe Deluxe. With two young kids and four adults that are kids at heart, we all devoured the hot beignets with honey butter. Wonderful place for a mixed age group.
Our server was outstanding! He was atten ...
Our server was outstanding! He was attention in every way and gave us honest opinions when we asked. The restaurant was a bit old when we arrived and they were very accommodating to us when we mentioned it. They seated us by one of the doors that opened so we were able to get some warmth from the outside.
I used to LOVE this restaurant...it is really starting to go downhill. This last time we went the food was awful. My family are creatures of habit and we order the same thing most of the time and the same meals are consistently changing and not for the better. I may stop going unless it improves.
Outstanding service and delicious food!
I met with sorority sisters that were here from out of town. We met for brunch and i brought along my children. The waiter was superb and the service was excellent. I would definitely recommend it and will visit again soon!
fine and convenient
Our Cycle for Survival team went out for brunch after the amazing morning ride. It was busy but not as packed as the previous year. The breakfast sandwich was excellent, the eggs benedict not so much. Unfortunately our server seemed distracted and disorganized. The food took over 40 minutes to arrive, when it did it was warm and only 4 of the six dishes came. When the server came back to check on us he asked "was there something wrong with the dishes that you sent them back" we replied "no, they haven't come yet" To which he responded, "well, they should come soon, maybe the person couldn't carry all the plates at once" The rest of us were half way done by then.
Food was ok but not spectacular. I order ...
Food was ok but not spectacular. I ordered the french toast and it was only two pieces of bread with no sides for $10. Our waiter was terrible. We were there for about 15 minutes before anyone even acknowledged us. We ordered coffee and were going to order our food immediately since we had already been waiting but he ran off before we got a chance. It took another 10 minutes for him to bring us our coffee. It was very noisy.
good food, but really noisy
Brunch at Cafe Deluxe was OK, but the noise level made it difficult to talk to the person I was with. I had not expected so many Bethesda families with little kids at this restaurant. Food was tasty, but portions were small. Service was friendly and attentive without being overbearing. A late night outing sans all the kids would probably be more enjoyable.
Burnt not braised
Ordered Braised short ribs but got BURNT short ribs instead. Service was good until requested split check with friend. Only one credit card was returned to table. No one could find it so I had to cancel card. What seemed like a nice place turned out to be a negative experience for us.
Very disappointing - nothing deluxe about it
This was a very disappointing brunch . The beignets were dense, dry and tasteless. The 'short stack' was two average sized bland pancakes. The steak in the steak and eggs breakfast was overcooked despite the request for medium. The drinks were the only part of the meal that was not a disappointment . This was not worth the money at all and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
Just don't go to Cafe Deluxe
There were 5 of us ranging from 23 years to 60. The most passable thing our table ordered was the veggie burger. The fries were like cardboard. The omelets we ordered were tasteless, and weren't served as ordered (ex. ordered fruit, no bacon...came with bacon no fruit). The worst mimosas ever, didn't even look right much less taste good. The noise level is so loud conversation was almost impossible. A totally unpleasant experience. None of us will return.
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