Cafe Deluxe - Cleveland Park

4.4
323 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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  • Casual
  • Brunch
  • Sunday Lunch
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.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love the atmosphere and the service. Food was great and served in a timely manner.

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JH
35 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 2

I have eaten at Cafe Deluxe in Cleveland Park probably a thousand times over the course of its existence. It is the go-to place for parents of the local schools. I hadn't been in a while, and while it is its old reliable self in terms of food, it is TIRED. Shabby chic it is not. It is time for a close and a re-do -- the bathrooms are tired, the floor of the restaurant is a disaster, and it needs a good coat of paint. The ladies room air system sounds like a Boeing 747 is going to take off in that small space. No one likes to risk closing, especially in such a competitive market, but it is more than worn around the edges.

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DE
2 reviews
Dined on 13 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good job. Keep up the always great service and the always great food.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Wish that we had arrived earlier due to the noise levels during the peak of brunch.

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GS
107 reviews
Dined on 6 March 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 3

Not my first visit and certainly will not be my last! Always a pleasure to dine at Café Deluxe. Our waiter Thomas arranged two grey goose martinis that were crafted to perfection. I started with the three onion soup, a real delight and my date had the tomato soup. She had the ahi tuna cooked rare like she requested and I had the crispy fish sandwich with fries. Topped the evening off with two single espressos. Service was timely and polite.

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G
36 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

If all locations were as good as this Cafe Deluxe, life would be perfect. Ariel the hostess.manager(?) is beyond great. The service staff are all pros. The food is done right EVERY time (not the case in other locations. Tysons is pretty good, but the M Street location is erratic at best. In all fairness, I haven't been there in months).

Cafe Deluxe CLEVELAND PARK is indeed a neighborhood gem. I love this place.

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EG
1 review
Dined on 17 February 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

excellent customer service. two of us enjoyed our meals but one person ordered eggs benedict and did not like the hollandaise sauce used on eggs. Aside from that issue, overall a good experience

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JJ
41 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Always a favorite for weekend brunch, dinner at Cafe D is also a pleasure. New item: NY Strip Steak w. baked potato and green beans (in addition to their traditional steak frites) is very good. Crispy fish sandwich is also a new entree and is also very good. The shrimp poor boy has some great shrimp, but could use a better (perhaps softer, less "bready") sub roll. Their salmon entree is good. Service is always very good. Prices are right, too.

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LR
24 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Our server, Thomas, was fantastic! He’s a pro. He made the evening a more enjoyable one. He’s a keeper!!!

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JJ
7 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Food was really tasty! We really enjoyed ourselves. We went on a Monday night, and they had $19 bottles of wine which was great! Would definitely go back if we are in the area or recommend to a friend.

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JH
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

It's a good place with average food and menu. Not a place to choose if you want something special. Convenient for events at the Cathedral.

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T
2 reviews
Dined on 31 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Went for Happy Hour and dinner. Great service and food.

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JB
1 review
Dined on 27 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Had a lovely dinner with friends on a Sunday night. Thanks to our waiter Thomas for his friendly and great service!

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R
12 reviews
Dined on 23 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 5Ambience 4

We chose the restaurant because of its proximity to the National Cathedral where we were attending a concert. It is the closest restaurant so we were able to park at the cathedral and walk over. The restaurant does not have its own parking and street parking is limited. The ambiance is great - clubby, all American style. The waiters were quite attentive and chatty. The food portions were not generous and the menu offerings were not very daring. The quality of food was fine and we had no negatives but not a great many positives about the food. It was rather neutral and probably not worth a revisit unless we needed to be in proximity of the cathedral again.

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MW
5 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Our waiter Thomas as very good and engaging.

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OT
26 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
106 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
3 reviews
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
22 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
15 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
13 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
7 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
3 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
4 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
2 reviews
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
16 reviews
Dined on 24 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
8 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 17 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
3 reviews
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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