Cafe Luxembourg

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5564 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French American

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In 1983, Café Luxembourg opened its doors to become the quintessential neighborhood bistro of the Upper West Side. The dining room of this charming 90 seat restaurant glows in the warm light of the Jean Perzel fixtures and antique mirrors.

Located on 70th Street just west of Broadway, Café Luxembourg entertains New Yorkers and celebrities alike. The full service bar is home to many regulars. The lively buzz of the dining room is inviting and intimate. The frequency of dining customers is testament to the sincere efforts by the entire Café Luxembourg staff.

The menu changes seasonally as well as offering daily specials. The classic menu dishes maintain a level of cooking on par with the city’s best restaurants. Café Luxembourg offers beautifully prepared food with professional, yet unpretentious service at reasonable prices.
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L
New York Area
163 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

After theatre supper. Good choices and attentive service.

DS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Wonderful, friendly atmosphere. Excellent, and helpful staff. Food was terrific!

LS
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

I got lucky and the restaurant wasn’t very crowded so no noise. The service was excellent, as always. The food was very good but the price was a little high. I’ve been dining at Lux for over 30 years as I live across the street from there. I highly recommend dining here. Try to go at a time when it’s not too crowded.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2Food 2Service 4Ambience 3

Pleasant evening, but quite pricey for what’s served

CL
London
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Consistently good on so many levels.

Feels like going home on every visit.

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent. A New York classic.

RH
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Café Luxembourg has been around for decades, yet it has maintained its freshness -- the staff are wonderful, the food excellent, the ambiance perfect.

BA
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best food- mussels and broth their were amazing- and impeccable service.

C
London
19 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great to be back in New York and Cafe Lux has to be our first night back in City! 👌🏻👌🏻

j
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Crystal was so nice and made the evening special

B
New York Area
819 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

A mixed review: kale salad, chicken soup (a special), mussels, lobster roll: all good. Fish and chips: fish hard and tasteless and so dry it couldn't be swallowed, even with lemon and tartar sauce and served cooler than room temperature. A glass of red wine was the opposite: warmer than room temperature and it, like the fish, was really unacceptable. Lincoln Center captive audience but the kitchen disappointments but not the staff which is very good.

MF
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

I love meeting friends at Cafe Lux. We can talk and laugh and hear each other! The food never disappoints and the waitstaff is friendly and professional. Best option on the Upper West Side.

P
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great place for breakfast. Not cheap but quiet and lovely.

M
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 5

Contrary to popular belief, the steak frites was severely wanting

JV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious food and service. We came on a busy Sunday evening, but the service was spot on during our visit and food was delicious. We will come back!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 3Ambience 3

Food costs have clearly had an impact. Dishes have evaporated into meager portions and middling quality.

N
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Love Cafe Luxembourg!

A
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Just too noisy, crowded in to hard to maneuver places, a bit too pricey to frequent. The service was very good, but that's not sufficient to keep returning, which we've done often, but will do so less often from now on.

OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The food and service were truly wonderful. The staff was very friendly and efficient. The atmosphere is low ke However, it was pretty noisy.
The only defect really was the noise level. Fortunately we were only two people for dinner so we were able to have a conversation. I believe if there were 4 people, or more, it would have been almost impossible to have any type of conversation.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 3Food 2Service 4Ambience 4

Garlic sautéed spinach had too much garlic and I got sick later

W
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is a neighborhood gem, truly.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The staff is very attentive and knowledgeable. Everything was cooked to perfection. We will definitely come back.

S
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great food and service

FB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

This is one of my favorite restaurants, and as usual the food and ambience were great , but the usual attentive-without-being-intrusive service was not present. Wait staff seemed chaotic and distracted. I had a hard time gettin bread on the table and getting the check at the end of the meal. Just a bad night I presume.

b
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My all time favorite restaurant
Treated me like a queen for my birthday!
Can’t wait to go back

DR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic hostess and service!

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Fish and chips have declined in quality over the years.

J
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 3Ambience 5

Love CL and have been going for years. We were surprised and disappointed to learn that they are no longer offering children's options. We come in several times a month with our child and this unfortunately may rule it out for us going forward. I would strongly suggest they reconsider this choice. Keeping some pasta in the back to boil off and put some olive oil or butter on it's an expensive thing to do.

X
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 3

One half hour before our lunch reservation, I was making my way to Café Luxembourg, when I got an email thanking me for dining there. How odd, I thought, to thank me before the fact. Maybe the folks there were extremely polite, or maybe someone had already been there and used my name to get seated in this great restaurant. When I arrived, both guesses were proved to be wrong. I asked the two women at the desk in this half-empty restaurant about their 'thank you;' They dismissed my question with French attitude and pointed me to a table.

Truth is this 'French restaurant/ brasserie' is more in it's element on NYC's UWS than in any quarter of Paris.
The 'steak frites' featured a huge, hard, tasteless hunk of beef that my mother would've proudly dropped on the table. When I returned it virtually untouched to a clueless wait staffer, another woman introduced herself as the manager and struck it from the bill. At $40 ... more like $50 after tax & tip on it ... that was a consideration I bet she has to show w some frequency. The rest of lunch was OK, and it still cost $200 for lunch for three of us after one of our mains was purged from the bill.

Café Luxembourg has to be one of the best established bistros in a part of town that has more than its fair share of them these days. Why? It beats me.

1
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 3 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Always dependable, but so much better than just that. Convivial, with excellent service. We always leave smiling.

GK
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is the place I want to go to for every dining or a special occasion. They make me feel at home - so, so lucky to have it in my neighborhood.

MP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 2 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

The Florentine Benedict with the potatoes was so delicious. Our other mea was just eggs, toast, and bacon so a bit less spectacular. I want to go back again for a lunch or dinner but breakfast was good.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My sister is visiting for the weekend and I had to go to my fave family restaurant in my neighborhood! The service was superb as usual and we really enjoyed our dishes. Bravo! We look fwd to coming back for your fall offerings.
Merci beaucoup pour ce repas!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Great brunch! Wonderful Bellini, good omelette and tartare, and amazing pancakes! Service was nice too

UW
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

A classy neighborhood standby

M
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Best place to sit down for breakfast on the Upper West Side!

WD
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Fun energetic French Bistro evening with friends!
We lucked out as it was the Cafe’s 36th Anniversary and we had a free cocktail! Great Halibut, Beet Salad and wonderful Sancerre.!

E
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Helped celebrate the 36th anniversary of Cafe Luxenburgh with a free drink! That was a surprise. And the food was amazing, as usual.

KJ
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Cafe Luxembourg is one of our favourite restaurants in NY, and always a joy. The service is fantastic, and the food is perfection. My one criticism is that the portion size of the grilled octopus appetiser has substantially diminished.

a
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

My sister was visiting

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