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About Cafe Pasta
Café Pasta is a cozy, neighborhood Italian spot that serves up traditional dishes as well as live music on the weekend. There are also monthly beer and wine tastings for you drink aficionados. The kitchen at Café Pasta blends authentic and traditional flavors with a dash of modern technique using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients.
Café Pasta's dinner menu starts with small plates to share and you can choose between many options such as homemade Italian sausages, breaded ravioli and fried zucchini. Larger dishes include dinner salads like caprese and Caesar and many homemade pastas, including fettuccine primavera, tortellini alfredo and shrimp scampi.
Greensboro, NC 27408
Italian, Seafood, Steakhouse
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Local live music on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings! We also host wine and beer tasting.
Café Pasta + Grille offers a variety of catering options to fit your needs. We are able to customize a menu that best fits the occasion. Our affordable rates are based on the menu you create for your event.
There is a public parking lot directly across from the restaurant on State Street.
Private Party Facilities:
To help make your event special, we offer free banquet rooms for any occasion. We believe that each event is special, and can tailor the menu to meet your budget or theme, regardless of size.
Private Party Contact:
Ray Essa: (336) 339-6900
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
This was our first time at Café Pasta and we LOVE it! I chose this place for our next DATENIGHT adventure. We loved the customer service. The food was very flavorful and delicious. The ambiance was beautiful. And the price was not bad at all! We will definitely be back to visit again!
It has been at 15 years since I have dined here and now I know the reason why it has been so long, the food is mediocre at best. I had the pasta bolognaise and even though the sauce was okay, the dish was 3/4 sauce and 1/4 of over done pasta. My wife had a veal dish and the veal was very tough. The place it very outdated and looks the same as it did over 15 years ago. One strange thing is that the tables near the bar area have white table cloths with glass over them, but in the downstairs and upstairs areas, they do not have table cloths and the tables are old and cheap looking. The only bright spot was the service, our waitress did a great job. However, it will be another 15 years before I plan I giving café pasta another try.
My wife and I have dined at Cafe Pasta on many occasions, and have always had a great experience. We went on V-Day and were very disappointed. It seemed they were completely overwhelmed. We were seated upstairs, which is very sterile and I will refuse a table up there in the future. The food was bland and the service was poor. We will definitely go again, and recommend it to others, but we will never go back on a busy night such as Valentine's as they don't seem equipped to handle those big turn-out types of nights.
It's been a few years since I last ate here. The foods was reliably good as usual. We both got the lasagna. It was enough for two meals. Their bread is great but the cold Tuscan sauce would be better warmed. I had terrible eating it cold. It's like eating cold spaghetti sauce. Their wine selection is great. Very nice wait staff, very friendly. Glad we tried an old Greensboro staple.
The inside of the restaurant on the upper level is very dated. The chairs and tables look like they have been rented from a banquet store. It looks cheap and the tables should be covered with cloth tablecloths. They host a lot of receptions/parties in the lower level so your options of upper or low section are limited. Its difficult to hear when they host these parties and the rest of the patrons suffer. We were seated upstairs on a very cold night outside and we froze the entire time we were eating. They adjust the temp to the servers not the diners. So much for the ambiance. The food was mediocre at best. I did give three stars because my husband enjoyed his meal. They offer spicy dishes ( with ghost peppers) and i mean spicy… which is a pro. My bolognese was very bland and had such a fake tasting sauce i didn't eat much. Our waitress started out with a good attitude and quite attentive but by the end of our meal she was difficult to find…as mentioned before we had to sit on the upper level so we couldn't just flag her down when we needed water refills. I would not return but my husband would!!
I had forgotten about this spot on State Street. Nice neighborhood -- we had a view of the street. The bar seemed to be lively, but we sat upstairs where it is quiet. Wait staff a little disorganized (3 different folks asked for our drink order), but overall service was great. The crab cake appetizers, Caesar salad, spaghetti -- everything tasty! Waitress asked about your "heat level" from 1 to 5. The 3.5 was a little too much for a wimp like me, but my husband thought it was perfect! We will certainly put this back on our restaurant rotation.
Cafe Pasta was the toast of the town in the late 90's and then everyone forgot about it. I rediscovered it last year and the food is incredible. Ray does a great job making everyone feel like a regular even of its your first time. Go rediscover Cafe Pasta. You will be glad you did.
This restaurant is in a good location along a street of small shops. Unfortunately, the area is empty on a Friday night so there is not an social vibe in the area. The building and decor is welcoming, the food just average. Our server was friendly but on a Friday night, the restaurant was empty.
I heard about Cafe Pasta from a friend who told me the food was excellent. The online reviews gave me a good feeling about the place so I decided to take my fiance' there for a small quite valentine's dinner. We both loved the atmosphere and friendly service that we found that night. The food was excellent, especially the crab cakes! I would definitely recommend this place as a unknown gem and awesome place to eat.
Appetizer of crab cakes came out cold... it was obvious they were not fresh crab cakes but possibly frozen. Ordered a pasta dish (linguini rustica) and it was like I was eating a bowl of soup. Way too much water. The pasta was covered with tomatoes which made the dish look like a lot more but wasn't. Hardly any pasta at all. Ambience was awful...the music playing was like 60s and 70s rock or something...it was horrible. So much for a romantic dinner. Very dated decor and I even had a coupon they wouldnt take. Food is severly overpriced. And to top it all off, our waitress decided she was going to try and flirt with my husband and touched him. That's a big no-no in my book. I will never go to this place again.
This was a very odd experience. We went here on a Sat night. They must do banquets more than regular diners. We were escorted to the upstairs "dining room." There were folding chairs and banquet-style tables. Calling this a dining room was quite a stretch. The food was good but the ambience was quite over shadowed by the party downstairs. The server was friendly and kept aplogizing for the situation. However, I would only go back for take-out. Any restaurant that puts a banquet over a diner does not need my business. If you define your"restaurant" as that, then don't' place your diners at an overflow location. Quite an experience.
Food was delicious. Setting was dated (we were upstairs). Waitress was eager to please, but unfamiliar with how to serve wine, and we had to work to keep her from rushing us (we wanted a leisurely dinner). But the food was fresh and good and reasonably priced.
Good menu with a chef that will tailor any dish to your liking. If you don't see what you want, ask and they will try to accomodate you. The owner is always around and available. The ricotta cheese cake is the best around. Only place in town that allows you to substitute spaghetti squash for any of the pasta's on the menu. Great ;for low carb Italian food. Atmosphere is neat, music in background is not too loud and is a nice mix of old and new. Hard not to like this restaurant.
I've been going to Cafe Pasta ever since a friend first took me there two years ago. I instantly loved it for its dark atmosphere and friendly staff, but more importantly, the food has been consistently outstanding. The menu or daily special is just the beginning: they always stress that you can have it your way--any dish cooked with more of this or that, hotter or milder, as you like it. For an appetizer or light dinner, definitely try the crab cakes. The spinach-artichoke dip with bread is nirvana, and for a main course, I highly recommend any of the salmon or risotto dishes, which are world class.
I heard they had a new chef, so ventured out. The specials were a veal chop with mashed potatoes and artichoke hearts, with a Bordeaux reduction and a duck breast with risotto and grilled veggies. I had the Veal and my wife had the Duck. Both were cooked to perfection and everything on the plate was wonderful. Service was great and we enjoyed a nice bottle of Decoy. For desert we split a piece of the most wonderful homemade cheesecake. I highly recommend this place to anyone. No wait, plenty of space and well staffed and best of all, we got out of there for almost half of what I would have expected to pay.
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