Cafe Deluxe - West End

4.1
470 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Lunch
  • Casual
  • Comfort Food
Cafe Deluxe is an American bistro that combines the charm of a neighborhood restaurant with the energy of a bustling eatery. Washingtonians have enjoyed the friendly service and casual dining experience for over 20 years.

The diverse breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus showcase fresh classics made from scratch. Menu favorites include Steak Frites and Grilled Meatloaf, the Spinach, Feta and Tomato Omelet for breakfast to the Prosciutto Mac & Cheese created from traditional recipes and seasonal ingredients.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
American, Burgers, Contemporary American
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Hours of Operation
Breakfast
Mon–Fri 6:30 am–11:00 am
Brunch
Sat, Sun 7:00 am–11:00 am
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri 3:30 pm–7:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–11:00 pm
Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–12:30 am
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Phone number
(202) 524-7815
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Payment Options:
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Jason McIntosh
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Neighbourhood
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Cross street
Corner of 22nd and M Street NW @ the Hilton Garden Inn
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Parking Details
Street parking, garage parking and valet parking are available.

Daily Parking Rates - valet access from 22nd Street
0 - 2 Hours - $10.00
2 – 3 Hours - $15.00
Anything above 3 Hours will be the full rate of $45.00
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Public Transit
Four blocks from DuPont Circle (Red Line) and Foggy Bottom (Orange and Blue Lines) Metro stations.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining , Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Take Away, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 470 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
4.0
Food
3.7
Service
3.9
Ambience
3.9
Value
Noise · Moderate
81% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined on 9 August 2018

Had to keep asking for refills on our water and sodas. Had to track down 3 different servers to get refills. The sauce on my sons chicken sandwich was great but spicy and that didn't go well w/o drinks. He was almost miserable waiting on water refill. Waiter kept pushing and urging us to try meals/entrees that were not on the menu. We saw what we wanted on the menu, but he kept insisting we try things not on the menu. We finally had to tell him matter of factly that we weren't interested in what he was suggesting. It just started to become very annoying and uncomfortable. Overall the food was wonderful, but very poor service!

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4.0Dined on 8 August 2018

Very tasty veggie burger and great seasonal dessert.

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5.0Dined on 6 August 2018

Nice atmosphere; great food at reasonable price. I’ll be back!

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4.0Dined on 5 August 2018

The server forgot my order of turkey for my omelet order

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4.0Dined on 4 August 2018

Would recommend. Great price, decent food and friendly staff :) we had just got into Washington, we were very tired and it was great to be able to pop in, casual dress, eat and leave.

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5.0Dined on 3 August 2018

Stumbled in because near hotel, pleasantly surprised. Great salads, too!

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4.0Dined on 1 August 2018

Great spot for lunch or dinner! Creative menu and exceptional service.

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4.0Dined on 28 July 2018

Great selection ...meatloaf especially tasty.

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3.0Dined on 27 July 2018

It started off good, had to ask for wife’s wine, when arrived it had been sitting for some time as it was no longer cool but room temp. Calamari was clumped together it big balls of batter sauce was chili sauce was in one spot would not recommend. Buffalo burger was great along with sweet potato fries. Kids meals were good. Overall it seemed disorganized and instead of being asked if there was something we needed we had to ask for drinks, refills and the check. Not a great experience.

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4.0Dined on 23 July 2018

We were there on a Sunday evening and was seated immediately. The restaurant was not crowded but the wait time between being seated and the server showing up was not great. The same thing happened at the end of the meal to the extent that we had to ask another server to find our server to get the check. The food was good but the desserts were amazing! I recommend the apple crisp and berry cobbler. We would return again if in that part of town.

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4.0Dined on 17 July 2018

Went for a business meal and was able to have open discussions without disturbing others. Food options were good and taste great.

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3.0Dined on 14 July 2018

Terrible service. I was charged for a spilled drink, and had to ask for it to be removed, only to be told that was a 'mistake'.
Waiter spent ten minutes talking w/ friends and ignored us.

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3.0Dined on 11 July 2018

Service was awful. Water not refilled, wrong dishes brought, seemed like amateur hour

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3.0Dined on 10 July 2018

Food was good, server seemed distracted. Although this local spot would be convenient, not sure I'd return given the service experience.

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3.0Dined on 5 July 2018

Dessert was great. All 5 of us had different entrées and didn't like any of them.

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4.0Dined on 3 July 2018

Good food, casual but still nice ambiance, nice people.

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5.0Dined on 26 June 2018

We had a wonderful dinner at Cafe Deluxe - everything cooked perfectly, drinks were delicious and the service very friendly and efficient. The corner location with outdoor seating and open indoor areas (weather permitting) is great for enjoying the lively neighborhood while dining. This will be a regular for us I'm sure!

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3.0Dined on 22 June 2018

Good restaurant with good food, but the service needs a lot of work. I've now eaten here 4 times and the wait staff is slow. It took 10 minutes to be offered water after sitting down on this last visit and on another visit it took 15 minutes. It's convenient to my office so I have been going despite these annoyances. Food is good but service is bad.

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4.0Dined on 20 June 2018

Great! Food excellent!

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2.0Dined on 18 June 2018

Host - the heavy set one - ruined entire experience (mix of stand-up comedian and self appointed army general). He lied about window tables being reserved as we noticed people being moved there from a different table by a waitress. He failed to check us in for Open Table - we asked 3 times - it took a call hours later for him to do so. The food was average. They were accommodating and changed the cheese sandwich to a Swiss sandwich, but it came out dry and without tomato slice as billed. Service was OK. We were staying at the Ritz across the street and decided to check this Hilton Cafe for lunch and wanted to be pleasantly surprised. We were surprised. Hilton can do better. Until then we do not recommend.

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1.0Dined on 12 June 2018

The service is terrible. The Maitre D' did not even care when we complained about it!

I will never go back.

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5.0Dined on 8 June 2018

Quick meal before attending Graduation at DAR. Very accommodating for a large group, easy to hear conversation and the staff was very good getting us out in time.

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3.0Dined on 26 May 2018

The taco was a bit stale, burger was great !!

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2.0Dined on 23 May 2018

Too many people not enough waitresses service was slow food was cold unacceptable

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4.0Dined on 21 May 2018

Catch up cousins lunch was a success. Service was good, food was nicely done (we all had a variety of salmon salad) and we weren't rushed. I'd read some reviews that were negative on the food but I thought the salads were well prepared, very fresh and portion size just right.

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2.0Dined on 17 May 2018

The service was dreadful. 10 minutes to get ketchup for a burger that ended up being cold by the time the ketchup arrived. 10 more minutes to get a check. One server for an entire room with 40 patrons. Babies screaming, another party of 20 people. Food was decent, but everything else was dreadful. None of this was the servers fault. No sign of a manager The entire evening. Wow!

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4.0Dined on 12 May 2018

Maybe not the most creative or trendy location - but that's ok! Prices were reasonable, food was tasty, lots natural light for our early dinner & a great location a for pre-NSO (at Kennedy Center) concert dinner. My only complaint would be the slow waiter. He was really nice but we had to wait a very long time to get our check. I'm sure we'll be back.

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5.0Dined on 12 May 2018

First time here on recommendation of concierge at the Fairmont! Service, food ambiance are great! Will be back in the fall when we move our son back to school.

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3.0Dined on 7 May 2018

The location suited our get together. The food and drink were fine.

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3.0Dined on 5 May 2018

Country sandwich good.
Wouldn’t recommended Croque Madame—too soggy.

Service less than desirable.

Orders taken and food delivered quickly.

Took 20 mins and me standing up from table and going to bar to initiate receipt of check. Had not seen waiter and was ignored by other wait staff in area.

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4.0Dined on 4 May 2018

The food was tasty but I have a food allergy that the tried to accommodate but kept goofing up. I would recommend highly as my friends loved their food,

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4.0Dined on 2 May 2018

Wednesdays are half price burgers, which are served with fries. They are pretty standard, but for $8 that's a bargain at a nice restaurant in DC. However I requested an outdoor table a week ago when I made a reservation online. Upon calling the restaurant today to confirm -- and to reiterate my request for an outdoor table -- I was told these are "first come first served". I don't think an elegant restaurant which takes reservations should exclude outdoor seating area from their reservations system. This was the only reason I booked here, so to be told at the last minute this was not guaranteed was an unpleasant surprise. The restaurant should change it's policy on this. Otherwise, overall it was a good experience.

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2.0Dined on 2 May 2018

My husband's pot pie tasted sour so he sent it back. They brought him brought him a beet salad as per his request.

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2.0Dined on 1 May 2018

Service was not good, took a long time to get water and the order taken. Waiter was spending a lot of time with 3 young women he knew who seemed to be regulars to the detriment of not only looking after us but also other customers were getting very frustrated with the lack of service.

Meal came out in a reasonable time but when will Restaurants serve decent meat with a steak frites? Mine was cooked as I like it but was as tough as old boots.

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3.0Dined on 25 April 2018

2 of our meals were either under cooked (chicken) or contained food that was obviously old (brown avocado spread, sliced turkey that was stiff and tangy). I won't go back to this location.

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1.0Dined on 24 April 2018

Simply the worst service imaginable falling squarely on poor management. Our actual server was a delight but a misfired order, wrong appetizer, and poorly timed entrees were a symphony of chaos broken up by four separate waitstaff or managerial staff asking if we ordered dish X or Y while holding hot plate in hand! What is going on? After numerous screw ups no apology or comp on the appetizer? A waiter combined two tables behind my guest, enlarging the seating area, then later asked that my guest move his seat to another part of the table (mid conversation) because he was “blocking the aisle access” that would have otherwise been open. Unacceptable.

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5.0Dined on 23 April 2018

A great location by the hotels a short walk away. The staff was friendly and were accommodating concerning my coming in with a handicapped scooter. The food was delicious and arrived hot. I had a pasta with chicken dish with some veg in an Alfredo sauce. My husband had a meatloaf dish. Price without an appetizer was good.

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2.0Dined on 21 April 2018

Really disappointing brunch. The place was very quiet and felt somewhat depressing. They stuck us at a table behind a wall, despite the whole restaurant being empty. Food was super bland and boring. Very strange that this large restaurant doesn't even have a bathroom -- you have to walk into the lobby of the attached hotel and then go down a level. I'd estimate this restaurant seats at least 100 people, so I don't understand why they can't have at least a single bathroom in the facility. Just a very odd place with a weird vibe, definitely would not recommend (at least for brunch). Maybe it's different at dinner, but brunch felt like a total bust.

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5.0Dined on 19 April 2018

I was there for a little three day stay and I stayed at the hotel. I have lunch one day and then my last night there I called to get a table but it was going to be a wait and there was a spot at the bar which I didn't mind sitting at. Had the best cheeseburger.
The day before I had the best roasted tomato soup

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4.0Dined on 15 April 2018

I've been to Cafe Deluxe many times. It's a great place for brunch. Comfort food. Not gourmet but we were pleasantly surprised. I really enjoyed the tomato soup & grilled cheese and my husband really liked his steak sandwich. It is a larger space so easy to get last minute reservations.

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