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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 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.
Brunch on Sunday morning - the service was excellent as we had an earnest young man who aimed to please - he was very responsive but not overly so. The food was OK - nothing special. The biscuits tasted store-bought and the omelets were standard. I was allowed to substitute a small salad for the potatoes which I appreciated. The corn-flakes crusting the French toast was quite soggy. The coffee was good. A small child was at the table next to us making a very loud fuss; it took the mom a long time to leave the premises with the child. Understandable, but certainly decreased our enjoyment.
We had a very nice brunch, sat inside because the sun was so bright, we normally like sitting outside and enjoying the Cathederal bells. Food was excellent - my wife and our granddaughter had the French toast and I had the salmon scrambled eggs. Server, Lucie S, was awesome.
Other than some initial confusion about the reservation.,, my name was on the Open Table reservation... there were no other problems. The waiter was efficient and decidedly very patient with my guest who misread the menu, complained about the entree.... waiter replaced it quickly with no mention that the confusion was not the restaurant's fault... a class act!
I have now been to this restaurant a number of times. It is very close to where I live and therefore very convenient for me. The food is only so-so. I ordered a martini and it was served warm. My main course was tasteless. I ordered dessert and it was a huge portion. There were two of us eating together and we could finish it. The dessert was supposed to come with cinnamon but was served with vanilla ice cream instead with no explanation as to why there was a substitute. Our waiter was nice and helpful, but he seemed to have too many tables to cover, so we had a hard time getting his attention. This restaurant is in such a great location and the interior build-out is very nice, it is a shame that the food and service don't match the ambience and location.
Stella pression, Stella cidre and chocolate PB milkshake. We took our grandson to dinner and he loved the Porter burger with a side of Mac & cheese, while we enjoyed the salmon dinner. This is a wonderful little neighborhood restaurant...shhh...don't tell anyone.
We had excellent service but the food was seriously underwhelming. I ordered an omelette and my friend had pancakes that came with eggs. She did not see the eggs mentioned on the menu and was not asked how she wanted them cooked, so they were scrambled, and she doesn't eat scrambled eggs, so that food went to waste. My omelette was good, however the home fries on the side were seriously under-cooked. I've never seen home fries that are not even browned, and these were shiny with whatever oil they were cooked in, not browned, and too firm for my taste.
Table for four to celebrate Elizabeth's birthday - staff had selected a special booth and written/decorated it with a Happy Birthday message. Halibut special was delicious, as were the traditional steak frites. Server Megan was outstanding, adding to a list we have noted of outstanding servers at Cafe Deluxe.
As always. Cafe Deluxe Cleveland Park is a great brunch value. Tried the Ham Steak and eggs this visit and the feta-spinach omelet. Delicious. Throw in a side of bacon, sausage and/or fresh fruit. Service is always outstanding, too. Can make a reservation too.
Easter Brunch at Cafe Deluxe was great! The usual options - omelets, bagels, steak and eggs, pancakes, French Toast and turkey sausage, along with several different Benedict dishes make Cafe Deluxe our go to dining establishment in North Cleveland Park. Great wait staff and attentive managers round out the dining pleasure.
Food and service have seriously declined. Salmon horribkyvover cooked, probably not fresh, seemed microwaved. No bread offered. Impossibly slow service - wine brought after my guest has finished his entree - though restaurant empty on a Saturday night.
Maybe still okay for neighborhood coffee or scrambled eggs on a weekday?
Food is fine. Staff is overwhelmed all the time. It is popular for brunch because it is the only traditional brunch place in this section of the neighborhood. One would think they would learn to staff for it. And if you have a reservation you shouldn't have to wait ten minutes for a table.
Two of us had delicious breakfast from 11:30 - 12:15 on a Saturday before a gathering at National Cathedral. Nice menu selections for breakfast. Accommodated gluten-free by subbing tasty fresh fruit for biscuit. Attentive service. Very nice about setting up for 8 when only 2 showed up, and not rushing to move extra table away (it was not busy that early).
The restaurant staff were very accommodating when we changed our reservation from 4 people to 7. Initial service ( greeting and taking drink orders was a bit slow) but after that all proceeded well. Always dependable and a menu with something for every taste.
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