About Degage Jazz Cafe & Fine Dining and Degage Express: Soups, Sandwiches & Such
"I want to show people the depth of Maumee's food culture and to be able to share and gain new perspectives on the food with them. All of our food is born locally. It's the foundation of what we do."
A true devotee to the local food movement, Native Toledoan and Chef Joseph Jacobsen has been revolutionizing Maumee's & the surrounding areas culinary scene since he took over Degage Jazz Cafe & Fine Dining 4 years ago. He shares his passion for connecting local farmers and consumers with monthly cooking classes, seasonally-changing menu, locally-grown & sources produce, meats & dairy. The International Culinary Institute-alum brings his farm-to-table passion fruition at Degage & diners love the spot's refined blend of locally-grown produce and use of fresh costal seafood as do local foodies.
French American, Fusion / Eclectic
Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm-12:00am, Friday & Saturday: 5:00 pm-1:00am
River Road & East Wayne Street
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Listed on the National Historic Register and located in one of Northwest Ohio's oldest commercial establishments on the first floor, the Dégagé Jazz Café features an intimate club setting and an outdoor patio with live music 5 nights a week!!
Select from our newly updated martini menu and a delicious menu of signature plates while you relax and enjoy great live jazz!
Extended seating outside the main café, including our River Room, Wine Room, & Levi Room are also available with large screen viewing of the evening’s live jazz entertainment.
Parking available in our private parking lot as well as along East Wayne Street. Free valet parking available during special events.
Private Party Facilities:
Langley Hall is the ideal location for a guest list as few as 6 up to 120 guests. The Hall may also be divided to accommodate smaller groups of guests. We pride ourselves on customizing your experience while remaining affordable! All room fees include set up / clean up, tables and chairs, uniformed servers, use of our in-house centerpieces, silverware, glassware, and china, white linen tablecloths and napkins and skirting of appropriate tables.
Located on the second floor of The Historic Commercial Building, Langley Hall can be reserved for seated dinners or grazing and cocktail party events for:
• Rehearsal Dinners
• Birthdays Parties
• Work Parties
Call today for more information.
Private Party Contact:
Monica Fowler: 4197948205x3
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Degage Jazz Cafe & Fine Dining and Degage Express: Soups, Sandwiches & Such Ratings and Reviews
Excellent food and great music. The spin ...
Excellent food and great music. The spinach dip is the best I've ever had, not the typical like you get at a chain restaurant. This was my first time and won't be my last. The beef bourguignon was amazing. Menu rotates seasonally too. Nice and intimate.
We absolutely enjoyed eating at Degage f ...
We absolutely enjoyed eating at Degage for my husband's birthday dinner. The food was OUTSTANDING, the server was very interactive and conversational and the atmosphere was perfect :)
We said that even though we came here for a dinner date for my husband's birthday, we would come to just sit at the bar and grab a drink and an appetizer and hang out.
A larger selection on the menu would be ...
A larger selection on the menu would be nice. The mixed drinks /cocktails were watered down and expensive. At one time Degage had wonderful martinis and margaritas- this may be due to inexpensive liquors and an inexperienced bartender. Fried chicken selection was wonderful and our waitress was wonderful.
The atmosphere was great, the service a ...
The atmosphere was great, the service and food was not great. It took almost an hour to get our food once it was ordered. My chicken was burnt and my husbands steak was well done, he ordered it medium. Our server never came to check on us after we ordered or even after we got our food. We had to find her when we needed the check, only to find her socializing and playing with her phone.
Always enjoy going to dinner here. Can't ...
Always enjoy going to dinner here. Can't say we have ever had a "bad" meal. This past weekend, it was just ok. The service was great. The ambiance was amazing (as usual), but this time, the food was just ok. For some reason they are missing the wow factor they once had. Wife ordered a filet; it was over cooked and dry. I ordered the brisket, slightly over charred, almost tasted burnt. And before you read into that....I grew up in southwest Texas where brisket is as comon as reading the bible. And to some, as close to God as we will ever get. So I was skewed before I even received my meal as I have a taste memory that I go back to when I see brisket on any menu. Char is a good thing; but over char....not so much. It was good...but I wouldn't order it again. Our sides were also slightly cold. Wife's filet came with Brussels and mash. The Brussels were under seasoned, and the mash was on the warm/cold side. Brisket came with mash, pickled onion and beets. Great combination. But it needed more moisture. Maybe use the pickling juice to top the brisket. Would have tied it all together. But instead, I had dry meat, with dry slightly cold potatoes. Our appetizer was great. And since neither of us really finished our meals, but wanted to extend our time out without our 4 children, we ordered dessert. Let me tell you....AMAZING! Pb&J cake thing..and fresh donuts. Stop it! We could have just had two orders of each and a bottle of wine and had a great night! We will be back, as I understand every restaurant has an off night, and one sub par meal out of dozens of great meals, will not stop us from coming back. But I write all this to give the chef and the team some constructive feedback. My hope is that it will be put to good use....or they will just laugh and call me crazy. Either way, I was asked.
I really WANT to love Dégagé, since it h ...
I really WANT to love Dégagé, since it has so much potential to be a fantastic local venue. Unfortunately, it suffers from major inconsistency. Some nights, it fully delivers on its potential, serving up creative, delicious meals, and excellent musical talent. Other nights, it falls far short of expectations.
As an example, this particular night was one of the latter. While some of the food was delicious (e.g. French onion soup; daily vegetable side; cheddar mashed potatoes), other dishes were very lackluster (e.g. overcooked, under-seasoned ahi tuna) , and some portions were so minuscule that it left us wondering whether the kitchen had run out of ingredients and tried to cover the fact (e.g. two to three ounces of brisket does NOT qualify as an entree). After waiting about 45 minutes to an hour for our meals to come out, it was all the more disappointing. Our server was very personable, but M.I.A. so much of the time that my boyfriend had to go up to the bar himself to get us another round of drinks. Thankfully, the band was so good that it saved the night from being a total loss for us and our out-of-town guests.
We're not ready to give up on Dégagé entirely yet, but it looks like we'll be sticking to the music and drinks from now on. Hopefully the management and staff finds a way to smooth out the inconsistencies so the restaurant lives up to its aspirations.
The entree was excellent. We had scallo ...
The entree was excellent. We had scallops & duck. Special cucumber martini was splendid.
Our waitress was pleasant & efficient. The dessert was substandard. The special french press coffee was overpriced and terrible.
I would recommend it.
Always love Dégagé, however the table we ...
Always love Dégagé, however the table we were placed at was disappointing due to the wait staff and band using our extremely small aisle space as their main walkway. There were 5 other open tables in the center of the lounge that were not disturbed by the constant hustle in which they could have moved us to., but of course they claim they were "reserved." ( No one ever showed up and sat at those open tables).
The set up of tables in the lounge could be so much better. It could be arranged in a way that you aren't being disturbed throughout your entire experience with wait staff walking back and forth ~practically brushing your elbows ~ and looking as if inconvenienced your table is in their way. I've seen the path change over the years, and have always noted how invasive and disturbing to the meal it is. They should remove the 3 tables along the inside wall and use that as their main walkway. Add more tables up in front of the stage if needed.
I had heard good things about this place ...
I had heard good things about this place. My wife and I are not from Toledo and wanted to give it a try. She had the mussels. We've had them all over the world and have never experienced mussels with globs of horseradish sauce piled on top. I had the salmon - which was overcooked. A live jazz band was playing in the bar - which sounded pretty good. Our server was nice and attentive. Our only complaint was with the food.
Was very disappointed with our visit. H ...
Was very disappointed with our visit. Hadn't been there in awhile and has changed a lot. Food was not up to par for this type of restaurant and price. Food was about quality and taste. Now it's about looks. Will not be back nor will w recommend any more. Also found out they have a new chef. Explains a lot.
I usually love this place and came quite ...
I usually love this place and came quite often while chef Joe was their chef. Maybe it was an off night but I wouldn't call this particular experience stellar. We started with a chocolate martini and the drink has separated into clear at the bottom of the glass with a milky substance at the top. We mentioned something to the waitress and she let the bartender know to remake. He said he followed the recipe to how he always does. He was wonderful and really tried to make the experience better but the drink was not good. That is the drink of choice for any and every place we go to so we know a good one when we have it unfortunately. We sat in the back and I wish the lightening was a little better. It was very dim lighting so it was hard to see our food and really enjoy with our eyes. At the very end of our meal they adjusted the lights which did make for a better experience. Lastly, bread board was wonderful as always. Main entrée, the steak was ordered medium rare. But when I took my left overs home I realized that it was more on the rare side. I couldn't tell in the restaurant due to the lightening. I really did have a nice experience and I wouldn't say I wouldn't eat there again. I think its the very basic of things that can convolute the wonderful food.
This was our third time dining in this r ...
This was our third time dining in this restaurant. Unfortunately, only the first time everything was outstanding. It seems as if the quality is going down. very surprising too, we had reservations for Saturday a 7 pm, and the place was dead. The food was OK, but not for the price we paid, same goes for the drinks. Service was very low considering there were not many guest in the restaurant.
My husband and I chose this restaurant ...
My husband and I chose this restaurant for a rare date night away from our 3 young children. The live jazz music and ambiance were pleasant, but the food was unimpressive for the price. The waiter we had did a good job, but somehow our meal got placed on someone else's table and the recipient didn't realize they got the wrong food. So they had to re-cook our food, which took a solid 20 - 25 minutes extra. Again, if the food tasted great, we wouldn't have cared because we had the time. But my salmon was undercooked and our sides were lackluster. We were so bummed because we have been looking for a great restaurant in the Toledo area, and this was definitely not up to our standards.
Dining experience was very pleasant for ...
Dining experience was very pleasant for a family celebration. Menu accommodated a variety of life styles and tastes (adult and child). Service was excellent!! Would definitely book a reservation again - many thanks!!
Every time we dine here it is a wonderfu ...
Every time we dine here it is a wonderful experience. The food is superb and always a delicious twist on dishes. The building and atmosphere are charming and we love the live jazz. The wait staff are knowledgeable and attentive. We most recently had a private room for a wedding celebration and all 16 people throughly enjoyed the experience
I LOVE this place. All the food is extr ...
I LOVE this place. All the food is extremely good and well-pesented. Staff is excellent. Prices are very reasonable. FRENCH FRIES are to die for!!! And any time you have Grant Flick playing his violin, I will try to be there. He is an amazing kid. This place is a gem.
Degage Jazz Cafe has a terrific ambience ...
Degage Jazz Cafe has a terrific ambience, but what's even better is the imaginative menu. Everything that we tried was delicious, and the service that we received was quite impressive. We will certainly recommend Degage to others who are looking for a fine dining experience in the Toledo area.
We had never been to this establishment, invited friends for a night out, wanted to try somewhere new. Unfortunately our service was very poor. Our drinks sat at the bar, the waitress kept disappearing. Food was so-so, nothing remarkable mentionable. Jazz band was the best part.. breaks seemed a bit long. Unfortunately we will not return :(
and were a bit embarrassed to have invited our friends.
Not overly impressed
I can't say that I will be back. The food was alright. The service was excellent. The prices were a bit high for what I got. Even though we arrived for dinner at 630 and the band started at 730, they automatically (and without any warning) added $8 per person to our bill for a cover charge. For the amount we paid, there are better places to go.
Expensive and disappointing anniversary dinner.
Went for our anniversary. The service was average, which was disappointing for the amount we paid. Another table next to us appeared to be VIP's as they got very different service than we did. Food was overpriced for what it was. We had perused the online menu and were well aware of the prices and prepared to pay them for high quality food. But it didn't deliver.
Expensive But Good...
The food was good but if I go there again I would order an appetizer and salad. Not a whole meal. It is supposed to be French but I have been to France 7 times and never saw BBQ on the menu. So be aware. We did enjoy our evening but I think we all liked it but did not think it was worth the money. The music was good. Not many tables.
Great food and entertainment
I had family visiting from out of town one from Los Angeles and other from Brooklyn. We enjoyed everything about this cafe. From the Jazz, the appetizers, I ordered spinach dip (amazing), then the Salmon was ( outstanding) too full for deserts!! Oh and the drinks were not watered down, I was good with one strong drink (foxy .....
Food was expertly prepared and served. People here know food--how to prepare it and how to present it. Emily, our server, made a knowledge wine recommendation and was very professional in how she went about presenting the food. The live music was also a plus. My wife and I are very glad we have a restaurant like this so close to home.
We had a great Valentine's dinner. Start ...
We had a great Valentine's dinner. Started with drinks and the yamstine appetizer, filet and country fried steak entrees with a bottle of wine, and ended with champaign cake and chocolate beer bread pudding. The food was really great. The yams were delicious, and the combination of the smoky filet with the blue cheese and their take on brussel sprouts was fantastic. The country fried steak didn't have the complexity of the other dishes, but it was pure comfort food.
We were in a separate room from the music, so it was not too loud as other people have complained in reviews. We enjoyed it very much. The service was also good, from pleasant conversation with the hostess, to our server giving us the space and time we wanted to make a dining experience.
There is much more on the menu that we want to try and will be going back for sure.
Early Valentine's Day Dinner
This is a unique setting, as you can sit between the bar and the stage, or in separate rooms away from them. The live music is provided with a cover charge. The food was outstanding with unique choices and flavors. The salmon is fantastic, as was the brisket. Service was great and everyone was welcoming. We will certainly try to return and try more of the menu!
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