Cafe Deluxe - Cleveland Park

4.4
308 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Brunch

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About

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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Bistro, Burgers
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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
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Phone number
(202) 686-2233
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Juan Valdez
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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.
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Private Party Contact
Raquel Mercado: (202) 465-4677
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Macomb ST NW
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Parking Details
Nearby street parking available.
Covered parking at the Cathedral.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Private Room, Take Away, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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OT
23 reviews
Dined on 4 September 2018
Overall 3Food 4Service 3Ambience 4

I hadn’t been to Café Deluxe in many years and was somewhat disappointed. The menu seemed more limited than I remember. My cousins and I all found something we enjoyed—the special crispy oysters were quite good—but we were taken aback by a couple of things. The bread appeared to be day-old and been warmed to the point where the crust was so hard it was barely penetrable. In a lesser restaurant we would have passed this off, but I expected better of Café Deluxe. The wine was also an issue. I am very aware of markups and expect them, but a bottle of Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc for $52 is/was insulting. We ultimately ordered a bottle of Italian Pinot Grigio and three glasses. We got three glasses of wine and no bottle. There was an apology but no real accommodation. It may be several years before I go back. As it is a neighborhood restaurant, I regret that.

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L
104 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

This is, for me, a neighborhood restaurant. I have reviewed it before. However, I believe it has become better in the last year or so after a slump: both the food and service seem better quality. I went for Sunday brunch this time and was delighted with my Salmon Florentine Benedict. it had a full serving of grilled salmon, perfectly cooked eggs, nicely herbed hollandaise and zucchini fritters rather than english muffin.
I look forward to my next visit.

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G
1 review
Dined on 19 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was fantastic. The waiter was incredible. The manager stopped by to say hello. Fantastic

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I
3 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Very relaxed, casual setting. Good food with excellent service. A great place for an enjoyable time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 5 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always receive the BEST service at Cafe Deluxe.

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RA
19 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great fresh food. Nice ambiance. Wonderful menu choices.

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KP
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Waitstaff was friendly, and we enjoyed our meal!

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DG
14 reviews
Dined on 28 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

The service here is unfortunately always just so-so; items forgotten, food cooked to the wrong temperature, drinks forgotten or taking forever to come. All that said, it is still a very nice neighborhood place, and comfortable with kids.

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JJ
9 reviews
Dined on 25 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Salmon was cooked to perfection, salad nicoise was equally good. A little bit noisy, and we were interrupted a bit too often by multiple people inquiring if everything was to our liking. But too much service rather than too little is not a serious concern.

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C
1 review
Dined on 16 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Deluxe is a great place to grab any meal at! The location is great and the food tasty - they have the best desserts. Additionally the bar is a great place to grab a drink before dinner or for happy hour. There is one bar tender who is the best, I believe his name is Andy and he is the best!

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RM
3 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

On one of the hottest days of the year, they had the front doors and window panels left wide open. Heat & humidity were a killer. Surprisingly, and unusually, no flies were evident. I couldn't get out of there fast enough.

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OT
11 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Very good food and service

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D
2 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Service was excellent at this lovely neighborhood cafe. We were there for Sunday brunch; omelet and eggs Benedict. Food was fine but nothing special. I would like to try it again for lunch or dinner. Cost was very reasonable.

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FK
23 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 3

My salmon dish with asparagus risotto was excellent, but I missed seeing lamb shank on the menu.

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MS
3 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The restaurant was really crowded when we arrived, but we were seated in accord with our reservation. Had a very good waiter, whose name was Thomas (I think). He was covering many tables, but he kept us all well attended. Thanks!

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on 3 July 2018
Overall 1Food 2Service 2Ambience 1

Just horrible. The place is old and very dirty. It needs remodeling.

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JE
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 3

We arrived on time and were seated very quickly. The service was good, but the waiter forgot to bring the coffee until we had the entrée. Otherwise our food was good and will return.

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TT
15 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Good place for a quick dinner.

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SA
9 reviews
Dined on 24 June 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

WE had reserved 8 people for brunch on Sunday, 4 kids , pre-afternoon matinee. Turned out to be 10 people for brunch! Some members of the party arrived late, and one with two extra people, and the other with only 20 minutes to eat. Food was really good and arrived hot and in good time.The service was outstanding. Our waiter dealt with the confusion with aplomb, good spirits, and flexibility. He was GREAT.

My husband and I come to Cafe Deluxe about once a week or two when it's quiet. We know what we like and don't like on the menu. But we always feel comfortable and the service is good.

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F
12 reviews
Dined on 22 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

We had another very good meal at Cafe Deluxe in Cleveland Park. It can be such a nice place to have a relaxing catch up visit over yummy food. The extensive food and drink menu is always fun to look at. We had a wonderful server and our usual great overall experience.

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a
6 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I had the Porter burger and it was delicious! Our waiter was very friendly and attentive, and very good to our 2 year old.

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KT
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

One of my go-to spots. I like the cafe Deluxe in downtown DC as well, but the Cleveland Park site is casual and community oriented for those who like a neighborhood feel (with a great view of the National Cathedral on the porch). Our server was friendly, animated and excellent (can't remember his name, but he mentioned being diabetic - smaller guy with a mustache and a full, bushy head of hair). A nice, low key evening where we celebrated Father's Day.
Thanks CD!
Korie

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DG
1 review
Dined on 17 June 2018
Overall 4Food 5Service 3Ambience 4

Great location if you are attending the National Cathedral (2 blocks away). Service was a little slow due to the presence of a good sized wedding party, but the quality of the brunch food and the hard work of the staff made the experience a delight.

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h
12 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Please stock a good quality chocolate ice cream. Chocolate lovers view this as a serious deficiency in your desert menu which can easily be rectified.

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VW
28 reviews
Dined on 14 June 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

A local favorite. Great food and service.

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JC
4 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 1

Cesar salad was horrible - grilled chicken on my goat cheese salad tasted only of garlic and was over cooked— we won’t be going back

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CL
1 review
Dined on 27 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything was lovely, Thomas our server was prompt, courteous and unobtrusive. My one question, why was the sauce on the eggs Benedict a bright orange? Traditionally the sauce is a pale yellow hollandaise. Just askin' !

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MA
29 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2018
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 2

I haven't been to Cafe Deluxe in a while and on this occasion we were sad to see that it's not as nice and as good as it used to be. First I want to say that the service and staff were all wonderful - very friendly, efficient and on-point. We had no issues with staff at all. Unfortunately, the food, ambiance, and cleanliness were just not up to par. We had young kids with us and were seated in the back next to an open kitchen galley - the rest of the place was pretty empty inside so it just felt like we were relegated to steerage. The bathrooms were not very clean and the hallway to the bathrooms was also not very clean - I think the style of the floor was supposed to look worn but it just looked dirty and gross. The food was ok, but nothing was fresh and a few things that used to be on the menu are no longer there. We took some leftovers home with us and discovered that the box had a giant Sysco logo on it which explained a lot. All in all we had a nice time with friends but will probably find another place to go in the future. Nothing terrible happened, and again, the staff were great, but in DC, where there are so many places to choose from, Cafe Deluxe does not stand out as a contender.

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NW
10 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and exceptional service - very on top of it.

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F
257 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

We had a lovely family meal here for Sunday brunch. The lunch menu was also on offer which is a nice departure from other restaurants.
Make sure when you check in at the front, that you are certain they have marked you as arrived.

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KI
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 1Food 1Service 1Ambience 1

It seems deaf people are not welcome there. Bad everything over there. I won't go there again.

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s
19 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The burger is a good basic burger. Mixed salad greens with a grilled chicken breast was very nice with crispy chicken and nice vinagrette. Loved the pumpkin seeds added to the salad for some crunch! It has a nice bustling ambiance, and we sat by the window and enjoyed the fresh air for a pleasant Mother's Day lunch.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My partner and I went there for Mother’s Day brunch. Service was incredible and the food was DELICIOUS!

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S
7 reviews
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent brunch menu for all occasions year round.

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AR
2 reviews
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 2Food 5Service 1Ambience 5

The menu and food was good but the service was awful!! We were seated and it took her at least 5 minutes before she greeted us. We asked for straws with our drinks, she never brought them, we had to ask another server to bring them. I asked for my sandwich to be on a croissant instead of toast and it did not come out correctly. I also asked that my fruit side did not have pineapple in it because I am highly allergic. She wrote all of this down and it did not come out right. We also asked for our check to be separate and she did not do that either. The food was good but based on service I may not come back.

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JB
13 reviews
Dined on 29 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Cafe Deluxe is one of our neighborhood favorites for brunch, lunch or dinner. Its also great for a late night dessert and coffee. Sometimes it can get loud, although it wasn't bad on our latest visit. The service can be also be iffy, but overall we consistently enjoy it.

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JH
31 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Cafe Deluxe is always reliable. Our book club popped in for a quick get-together and the food and service are constant. It might not be flashy or fancy, but it is fabulous for the family and a place that is consistent.

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P
14 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 3Food 2Service 2Ambience 3

The Cafe was very nice about seating our group of five, despite the fact that we were 20 minutes late. Service was ok but slow. Food was pretty mediocre - I had shrimp and grits and the grits were very soupy and tasted like corn chowder. My friend had a cobb salad that was not very appetizing in appearance. Another in our party had a chicken pot pie that was about the quality of a banquet dinner. The only thing that really recommends this place is its proximity to the National Cathedral and its location in an area that just doesn't have many great restaurants. I will look harder for something better next time I am in NW Washington.

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KR
1 review
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 2Food 1Service 4Ambience 2

I used to visit Cafe DeLuxe regularly many years ago when I lived nearby in McLean Gardens. I remember a place buzzing with conviviality and good wholesome food, such a happy place that it was difficult to get reservations on the day or to walk in without a wait of 30 minutes. In those days it was worth it. Now I am living in Japan, so this was a pilgrimage back and to see an old World Bank colleague whom I had not seen for more than a decade.

Frankly, the restaurant was disappointing, apart from the friendly serving staff. It was half empty. The food was so so minus, the steak incredibly chewy and the apple crumble sweet and lacking in biscuity bite. The menu did not have the appeal that I remember from before. The wine (red Argentine) was good, and the bill was reasonable. Our reunion was good, just such a pity that the restaurant has aged, not for the better.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on 15 April 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Our family enjoyed a good meal together after the National Cathedral Kirkin of the Tartans. Wide variety of choices for everyone in the group, including our vegans. Service was good. Noise level was rather high, mainly from a table of young children and a disengaged dad, but otherwise a pleasant dinner.

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