About Cafe Deluxe - Cleveland Park
Washington, DC 20016
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, 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
We had lunch here on a Sunday afternoon and had a very good meal with pleasant, helpful service and thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. I had the porter burger and substituted mac and cheese for the fries. The burger was delicious as was the mac and cheese. My wife enjoyed the grilled chicken sandwich and butternut squash. Her meal was also very good. The service was attentive and helpful. The restaurant is not quiet by any means, but it's filled with families and large groups so some noise should be expected. We enjoyed the experience and would definitely go back.
The service was not good at all - one meal was wrong and took over 30 mins for the right one to come. We had to ask several times for silverware and water refills. The same thing happened to the table next to us. And we got 3 different checks until we received the correct one. Would not dine here again!
The Cafe has a comfortable atmosphere. I was introduced to it be friend who wanted me to share the experience of a stress-free place that served wonderful food. We talked with out shouting and relaxed into a casual conversation. Now, I bring friends to the Cafe and am always cheered by their reactions.
Went to Cafe Deluxe for a Saturday Girls Night Out with 5 of us who don't get away from the kids much. We had a great table in the corner, with plenty of room to be comfortable, quiet enough to talk and visit, and superior, friendly service. PLUS yummy food! Thank you Cafe Deluxe for a great evening!
We'd wanted to try this place for years, near to concerts at National Cathedral, but had the idea they didn't take reservations. So glad to find otherwise. It was a great value--generous portions at a good price. I had the chicken pot pie, which was a perfect choice on a frosty winter evening (I saw a number being delivered to other diners); my husband was pleased with his steak frites. It would've been nice to have had time to linger over another drink. I was a bit surprised at the number of kids, who on their own were by no means the single source for the high-ish noise level. And despite the double doors at the entrance, a draft of frosty night air occasionally rushed into the dining room. We'll know next time, if it's cold, to request seating in the adjoining dining area further from the door.
Cafe Deluxe is always a treat. We have been customers for years and recently my wife has had to have a special diet which the wait staff readily and cheerfully supplied. Strong praise for Cafe Deluxe servers Ron, Yassir, Isham and Abby - service with a smile- always! Recommend the brunch menu on Saturdays/Sundays. And they recently introduced sausage links - Yay!
The bowls of clam chowder we ordered were, unfortunately, more like plates of clam chowder, the bowls were so shallow. The chowder was delicious which made the measly amount even more disappointing. Otherwise, the burgers and dessert our table ordered were satisfying and the service was quite good.
We went on Sunday afternoon for a late lunch for a family of five. The restaurant was not crowded. Service was friendly and mostly attentive. The food was very good; nothing fancy and not too expensive. The chicken pot pie looked great. We had drinks from the bar and lingered over coffee afterwards and never felt pressured to vacate the table. It seems like a friendly neighborhood place to go for a meal.
The place is nice; however, our experience was anything but. There were kitchen and major bathroom plumbing problems that closed the restroom facilities during our entire tenure. Ultimately, this resulted in comped meals, but only after complaining to management when our guest was literally forced to visit a nearby restaurant to use its restroom. Only one of the three entrees we ordered was served hot enough to eat. We may give the place a second chance, but we're just not sure given how frustrating was the experience.
We have eaten lunch here and overall had a positive experience. We had tickets to an event at National Cathedral so we decided to eat dinner here. However, dinner was mediocre at best. Restaurant was very crowded and noisy, staff seemed overwhelmed, server didn't know who ordered what and reached over other diners at our table to deliver meals. Now, the food: other diners at our table were happy enough, but my chicken entree was so heavy with some form of garlic (powder? salt?) that it obscured the taste. Mediterranean orzo was okay but I didn't realize it was served cold with lots of red onion (guess I should have asked). All in all not a very positive experience. Biggest plus is its proximity to the Cathedral. May go back for lunch some time if we're in the neighborhood, but don't recommend it for a satisfiying, relaxing dining experience.
Went for breakfast with visiting friends and it was perfect for the occasion. Traditional and tasty choices for vegetarians and meat eaters. Service was attentive and friendly. Definitely recommend.
Have had happy hour and dinner at their Bethesda location - another reliable place for good food and service.
We have been patrons of the Café Deluxe chain for ove ten years and have always been happy with the experience. The prices are reasonable and the food is always above expectations. The service staff are always good but dining time varies depending on how busy they are when you arrive.
The quality of the food is always good -- and consistently good. The staff is always friendly and attentive. The bistro-style ambiance is pleasant and unpretentious. The restaurant is a family favorite; we go there often, particularly for the restaurant's delicious burgers.
Very good local restaurant in a busy location.
Aside from a few glitches like serving the wrong vegetables everything came hot and tasty; nothing out of this world but well priced. The desert was a bit too large, if such a thing is possible, for my taste. The cocktail a bit watered down. The waiter slightly unintelligible.
Parking can be a challenge
Wait staff and kitchen were completely overwhelmed at a Lunch service, however, waiters managed to remain pleasant.
Manager was outstanding as he accommodated us with a bottle of wine at a reasonable price because the revamping of the wine list left no acceptable "wines by the glass" available.
We enjoy Cafe Deluxe and hope they will return to their previous quality of food and wines.
I can only speak for the brunch. Our large group ordered a variety of dishes that we all shared. The omelet with ham and gruyere was a unanimous hit followed closely by the french toast which was light and crispy with just the right amount of egg and spices.
I usually enjoy Cafe DeLuxe but this time was not enjoyable. The waiter unsure of himself, almost dropped my drink me, never came back after food was delivered, tipped his tray and almost hit a child with glass that did break which he then cleaned piece by piece but never used a broom. I had to ask a manager to have it cleaned. There were several mistakes with the food which didn't help. Overall, I'll be back as this was an anomaly.
I have eaten several times at the Cafe Deluxe in Bethesda, MD, so I thought I would try out this location. I was there for brunch, and I was disappointed by the limited menu. Also, when I ordered an omelet, all I got was a thin egg pancake (not the huge omelet that you would receive at the IHOP for the same price). I've never had a bad experience at the one in Bethesda, so I'd recommend going to that one instead.
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