Cafe Deluxe - West End

4.2
476 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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About

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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Private party facilities
Cafe Deluxe offers a wide variety of private and semi-private space with a diverse selection of catering menus to fit any meeting or social event.
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Private party contact
Jackie Mason & Ashley Williams: (888) 604-0853
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Neighborhood
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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, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on recent ratings
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3.9
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3.9
ambience
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SS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Abby was great waitress

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JF
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great as always.

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F
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 1

Food was okay, service was something to be desired!

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JD
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was fantastic. Harry, our waiter, was wonderful. The food was awesome and plentiful. The desserts were to die for.

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SS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Abby the waitress was Excellent

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E
Miami
11 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Mediocre place with mediocre food and bad service, wouldn’t go again

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s
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 5

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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c
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very tasty veggie burger and great seasonal dessert.

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LT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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H
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The server forgot my order of turkey for my omelet order

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

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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ES
Charlotte
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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NC
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

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CD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Great selection ...meatloaf especially tasty.

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m
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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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TE
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

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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N
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

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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MB
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

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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DS
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 2

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

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OT
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

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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KN
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

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

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OT
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

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

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NC
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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EB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

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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s
New England
11 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great! Food excellent!

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S
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

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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OT
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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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OT
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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EC
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

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

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SS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

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

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l
Washington DC
76 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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q
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 1

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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MB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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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M
New England
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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CW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

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

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NP
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

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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m
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

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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PS
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

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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DH
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

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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S
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

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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