Something must have recently happened (either change of management or change of chef) and the quality of food in this restaurant has declined considerably. This was also evident from the fact that at lunch time there were only 4 parties, whereas in the past it was difficult to find a table without reservations.
We took our 12 year old out for a special dinner. First post-surgical outing. The waiter took drink orders and totally overlooked my son. When my son's meal arrived, it was the wrong meal. He apologized and went back to re-order his meal. 20 minutes later the correct entree comes out with the wrong sides. Our first bill, actually charged us for both meals --- the one sent back and the partially corrected one. It was supposed to be a special event for my son, and instead it was one disappointment after another. The food was okay, but we're paying a premium for the service --- and that was a real disappointment. We won't be back.
First time visiting Cafe Deluxe as we live outside the area but come in occasionally. Def will be back as food was reasonable & good quality. Drinks were a bit expensive but that's the way it is in general in that area. Will dine there again!
Forgot one persons cheeseburger
I ordered Steak Béarnaise, and my steak came out without the sauce. When I asked the waiter, he said they were all out of the sauce (which is why I ordered the steak in the first place). He didnt let me know ahead of time and give me a chance to change my order. Then, he went into the kitchen and came out with the sauce. Not sure if someone just got lazy and didn't want to find a batch or heat it up, but it certainly showed that they didn't care too much. Also, my steak was tough and the salad that came along with it didn't have any dressing on it at all . I wouldn't spend my money there again.
We have dined at Cafe Deluxe numerous times and it is always good. But yesterday, the orders were mixed up a lot (especially for kids), which lowered enthusiasm. Granted it was a large group (10), so we hope this is just an exception.
Always a good experience
A little girl’s birthday party was going on, and although it was on the other side of the room that was all we heard! Yelping and rude young girls! I complained to the management and it turned out that the young girl having the party was the daughter of the owner and therefore staff was helpless to do anything about the loud noise!
We should have booked later than 6:30 pm as the noise level was almost unbearable. A party of about twelve or more 6th graders (?) were having a whale of a time. I am not against people having fun but when you can't hear the conversation at your own table something is wrong. The food was fair but not outstanding. The spinach dip was the best and the rest was OK. The food was a long time in coming (had to prepare the pork chop twice as the first time it was overdone); the flatbread (apple, goat cheese, walnuts) did not have much taste and one of us asked for the salad dressing be on the side - it was not. However, the Prosecco was lovely! I have had much better food in Virginia diners at half the cost so I will not be repeating this dining mistake.
Always excellent! Always go when my parents re in town!
I have been eating here for years. The menu has changed but the ambiance is the same. I seldom find anything great on the menu but I always come away satisfied. Good value; great staff; neighborhood gem.
our food order came out all wrong and the waitress yelled at us. The turkey burgers were so salty that they were virtually inedible - everyone agreed the food was horrible
Ordered braised lamb and got ... tender but entirely unimaginative braised lamb, lacking any interesting spicing/taste/sauce/etc. The accompanying side of spinach was tiny and a bit overcooked.
We were very pleased with the cheese burger (medium) and the salmon (medium rare) over salad. Both were prepared to order and were very good quality ingredients. One person had serious allergy concerns and the waitress made sure the kitchen was aware of the concerns and made adjustments to the recipe to accommodate the restrictions. We will definitely return.
This is a great place to catch up with a friend over lunch. Always bright with the large windows in the front, and cozy booths. Wait staff are very friendly, accommodating and don't rush you. Food is always good!
I chose Cafe Deluxe for our group primarily because it was close to Landmark/Bethesda Row Cinema. It turned out that I made a wise choice because the outside temperature was freezing. However, what made the evening memorable was the understanding management when I kept changing the number in our group, our attentive and friendly server, and the outstanding food. I have always enjoyed a good hamburger, but the best I have ever had was the Bison Burger at Cafe Deluxe. It was also prepared to my specifications and served hot. Kudos to Cafe Deluxe for being a diamond among a group of gems.
Vincent, our server, was great. The food was REALLY delicious.
Consistently good food. Never disappoints.
We were there New Year’s Eve day for brunch. Waitress was really short with us. Barely let ya finish a sentence or drink order before departing the table. They weren’t busy so couldn’t have been that.