Cafe Deluxe - Cleveland Park

4.3
288 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Comfort Food
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
What 288 People Are Saying
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4.3based on recent ratings
4.3
Food
4.1
Service
4.0
Ambience
4.2
Value
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 3 days ago

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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5.0Dined 6 days ago

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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4.0Dined 6 days ago

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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3.0Dined on 14 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 14 June 2018

A local favorite. Great food and service.

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1.0Dined on 10 June 2018

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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5.0Dined on 27 May 2018

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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2.0Dined on 25 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 20 May 2018

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

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4.0Dined on 20 May 2018

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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1.0Dined on 13 May 2018

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

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3.0Dined on 13 May 2018

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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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

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

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5.0Dined on 13 May 2018

Excellent brunch menu for all occasions year round.

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2.0Dined on 6 May 2018

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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4.0Dined on 29 April 2018

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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3.0Dined on 26 April 2018

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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3.0Dined on 22 April 2018

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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2.0Dined on 20 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 15 April 2018

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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4.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Solid upscale neighborhood diner. Service usually impeccable with strong management presence. Brunch food better than dinner, which can be hit or miss.

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4.0Dined on 1 April 2018

Very accommodating when we arrived early for our Easter Brunch reservation. Overall I think this would be a good restaurant on most days. Being Easter, and busy, the food was not as hot as it should have been. Tasty though

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5.0Dined on 28 March 2018

Excellent salmon entree with roasted red pepper sauce.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

A delightful meal and attentive service - will visit again when attending a function or worship service at the Washington Cathedral.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

I always love coming here! It's perfect for any meal.

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5.0Dined on 25 March 2018

Brunch in Cleveland Park. I always enjoy brunch at Café Deluxe on a Sunday morning. We enjoyed the French Toast, Blueberry Pancakes, and Bistro Classic (French Toast w/eggs, etc.). No problem getting in with an OpenTable Reservation, otherwise Café Deluxe can be busy by 10:30 on the weekends. This is a great little neighborhood just down from Washington Cathedral - meet your friends for Mimosa's.

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3.0Dined on 19 March 2018

Bar service is always super slow. It takes forever...Table service is polite and efficient. Food is creative

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3.0Dined on 17 March 2018

The food is ok and the atmosphere pleasant for brunch/lunch. However, they really need to provide better service. Servers are not well trained and the whole experience, which could be great, is often marred by poor service that could be largely avoided.

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4.0Dined on 14 March 2018

Consistently good food with above average service in a clean and bright space. Convenient and walkable in my neighborhood. Excellent value with the Wednesday eight dollar burger special delivered by a welcoming and hospitable staff.

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4.0Dined on 13 March 2018

Last minute dinner and plans. Waited for my guest at the bar and service and drink were perfect. Dinner were salads all fresh and salmon cooked perfectly.

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5.0Dined on 11 March 2018

When in Washington, we never miss the opportunity to have lunch or dinner with the family at the (Cleveland Park) Cafe DeLuxe on Wisconsin Ave.

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2.0Dined on 4 March 2018

Food orders were incorrect. Food was cold. Service was very slow. Not impressed, especially for the cost.

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2.0Dined on 3 March 2018

Cafe Deluxe did not receive my Open Table reservation.

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5.0Dined on 23 February 2018

Food was excellent. Attentive service. Good atmosphere, quiet enough to have a real conversation.

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5.0Dined on 18 February 2018

Great place

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4.0Dined on 14 February 2018

Cafe Deluxe has been my neighborhood “go to” place for years. Hishem is an outstanding waiter who has become a friend. He quickly knows which new dishes to suggest and is always attentive, even on the busiest visits. The food overall is very good. My personal favorites are the entree salads and the salmon. Any one of those is like a hug from a good friend

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5.0Dined on 10 February 2018

The food is always excellent. Have been here several times already, and it has consistently good service as well. First time to reserve on Open Table and that was quick and easy. Arrived earlier than expected but were seated immediately.

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4.0Dined on 4 February 2018

Come here, when in travelling to DC area. Able to make a reservation easily. Good for groups. Food good. Omelets good. Wait staff pleasant, and helpful. Will come back again, when in area again.

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4.0Dined on 3 February 2018

Very reliable restaurant, food always good and a wide choice. Service was excellent despite a very busy evening rush.

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4.0Dined on 28 January 2018

Cafe D. is always great. Sunday brunch is filled with omelets, pancakes, French Toast, berries, turkey sausage, bacon and oatmeal. Burger night is special, too. Bison burger with sweet potato fries is a winner. For entrees, steak frites, meatloaf, chicken with mashed potatoes, salmon salad, and chicken pot pie, are all delicious. Try cobbler desserts and milkshakes to top it all off. Light fare menus also available.

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