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About Cafe Deluxe - Cleveland Park
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.
Washington, DC 20016
American, Bistro, Burgers
Hours of Operation:
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm, Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm
Macomb ST NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Nearby street parking available.
Covered parking at the Cathedral.
Private Party Facilities:
We offer warm and welcoming private or semi-private rooms, thoughtfully created and customized menus, dedicated staff providing gracious, anticipatory service perfect for any group and budget. Your event, whether it’s an intimate party, a large social event, or important business meeting, it will be as effortless as it is memorable. The Private Dining Room can seat up to 40 guests and is available for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Private Party Contact:
Raquel Mercado: (202) 465-4677
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Cafe Deluxe - Cleveland Park Ratings and Reviews
Cafe Deluxe in my neighborhood has been a go-to venue for years for easy lunch or dinner. The food is ordinary and often too salty -- but the salmon nicoise salad is usually excellent. Last Saturday I was there for supper with two grandchildren. The staff was slammed by 7:00 pm including a large group in the private area. Unlike other nearby restaurants with better and more inventive food options, DeLuxe offers secure booths, crayons for kids to draw on the paper tablecloth, and friendly service.
We always enjoying dining at Cafe Deluxe. The food is consistently good, prices are moderate and we are especially happy that they take reservations for small parties (2). This particular night was quite crowded and the wait staff had difficulty serving our drinks in a timely manner. He claimed that the bartender was backed up -- hard to know if this was true or not. Wedined early enough to be served promptly but a large crowd of various sizes did arrive shortly afterwards. We had to depart within an hour in order to attend a local concert and this was not a problem -- we even had time for coffee. Noise is always a factor here but it's just the result of multiple table conversations at a popular site.
We had very mixed experienced. Our waitress was helpful and food was good and served quickly . Problems : 1. hair in the bernaise sauce my son was served 2. Lipstick on the coffee mug my friend was served 3. I asked for my steak frites ( I left more than half uneaten) to be bagged up for my husband. While my waitress was standing holding the plate another waiter grabbed it and took it back to the kitchen. And then threw the contents away so we did not get the leftover steak and fries for my husband. When these problems as they occurred were brought to waitress attention she corrected immediately for 1 and 2 saying they were really busy and about #3 the other waiter came out and offered to get another steak which was not really helpful as at that point we had our coats on and were due at the Cathedral for a performance. The waitress was trying but clearly some quality problems and lack of attention to detail. Sad as she was efficient and cordial and the food was good, but as the hostess and organizer of the dinner I just did not feel good about our experience at cafe deluxe.
I've been to Café Deluxe three times -- twice for Sunday brunch and once for a late lunch. The brunch menu choices are varied and all were delicious. I enjoyed the neighborhood vibe and casual friendliness of the staff. Service was attentive but they did not rush our family group that took longer than expected to settle on choices. I will return.
Our waiter was clueless. The wait for our food was pretty unreasonable, and once it came, the wait staff tried to deliver it to, not one, but two other tables. We had visitors from out of town, so this experience was disappointing. In addition, the bad service and wait was confounding considering the restaurant was less than half full. This use to be a go to place for me when I lived near by in grad school, but I'm not likely to come back again.
The four of us enjoyed our dinner at Café Deluxe. The salads were crisp and well dressed. I had the Greek, two house salads and one Caesar salad. They were above average in size and abundant. I had a very nice chicken breast on a bed of barley with steamed broccoli on the side. The chicken breast was moist and the barley was cooked perfectly and complimented the chicken. One crab-crake dinner was applauded by one of the ladies as been superb. Other female diner, my date, was overwhelmed at the lamb shank which was tender, juicy and seasoned to perfection. The lamb shank came with a whipped mashed potatoes. Last entrée was a pasta in red sauce that was enjoyed by Jeffrey. The pasta was al dente and the sauce was smooth and well seasoned. Wine was enjoyed and the evening was splendid.
I ordered two specific items that were either mixed with something else or it was not given until I had to request it. I know that the waiters don't write down the orders but there where two people listening that I thought one of them would catch these details.
We had a server who was pretty new I think and quite bad. He didn’t offer water, took a long time to take out orders (after other people who I arrived before; my companion arrived earlier), and brought our food so slowly that the poached eggs were hard. We asked for a redo of the eggs and they turned out fine. The kitchen gave us more home fries and a second fruit cup which was nice but a personal appearance (apology) and maybe a comped item would’ve made the experience better and made it more likely that we’ll go back again soon.
Wonderful lunch on a lovely day on the outdoor patio. I have experienced too much noise when dining inside, so chose to go on a day when we could eat outside. I had the salmon, beet, and arugula salad. My friend had the bison burger. Both very good, though her bison burger was undercooked in the middle. We shared the chocolate chip cookie in the skillet with vanilla ice cream for dessert. Delish!
We went for brunch on Sunday and the food was poor. The potatoes cold and tasteless, the fruit cup was a very small amount of out of watery melon and one grape. A simple request for my friend's main course was not done as requested and my main was not remarkable. All in all, things would have been better at Dennys. We will not return.
Great neighborhood restaurant with normal menu and good selection. The value is excellent with meals typically under $20, and sandwich selections very affordable. The salmon we had was excellent, cooked beautifully and presented beautifully too. Our server was very good and attentive, and cheerfully happy. I strongly recommend Cafe Deluxe here and at the West End locations - both are excellent!
Cafe Deluxe (or the Celebrity Cafe as we have dubbed it) is a wonderful neighborhood treasure. Great for brunch, lunch or dinnerand there are so many excellent servers, such as Ron, who waited on our table yesterday. Best brunch items: any omelet, Bistro Deluxe, sausages, blueberry pancakes, ham and cheese croissant. Dinner items: lamb shank, steak frites, large salads, roasted half chicken.
Cafe Deluxe is often uneven in food quality. This visit was a real disappointment. Ordered the summer special Grilled Pork Chop with grilled asparagus, peach salsa, potato salad. It was the toughest pork chop I have ever encountered. The asparagus was tasteless and almost raw, the peach salsa seemed to be two or three slices of peaches on top--which may have been canned.Service and ambience were fine but I won't be back for a long time,if at all.
Negative: Server Tatum's voice - the 3 of us had to keep asking her to speak up and even when we did, (she seemed annoyed) and barely raised her voice -it was difficult to hear outside with the traffic. Also, her skills at "reading the table" meaning if 3 people are gathered closely clearly discussing something personal and important, you don't come and interrupt to clear dishes. She did this several times. Even when I was to her, she did not get the hint and would return. I expect servers at a white table cloth restaurant to have people skills and determine when is a good time (aside from bringing food, of course) to clear when others are eating and engaging in intimate conversation, etc. I gave her a 20% tip, but she did not deserve it.
The service is awful but the food is good.
Basically it takes 20 minutes to get our drinks and even longer to get our food.
It usually takes me hunting down the manager to get our food in a decent time. What's even more appalling is that they don't even give you a bread basket for the ridiculous wait time except other people get it automatically. And I have seen like 4 tables who came in after my group get their food before us.
The restaurant was having a maintenance issue in the restrooms right before our party sat down. We were moved and they took our orders and served our food. Food was okay. The issue was the bathrooms were all not operational and when I tried to take my 4 year old to the restroom we were told that none of the bathrooms were operational, not even for staff, and there was a sewage issue. I asked how they were still open, operating, seating people, and serving food with no working bathrooms and a sewage issue. Digusting
Only one criticism. When I asked the waitress if they had a house cab, she indicated they did mumbling as she departed. When the check came, I noticed the wine she had brought me was the most expensive by the glass cab. When someone asks about house wine, they mean lowest price wine. If she had just said "no" to my question, I would have ordered the cab that was about less per glass. It was crowded and I am a considerate person so I did not bring it up. But, I certainly do not appreciate this kind of treatment. It is a small thing, but tells me wait staff needs more training.
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