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“RELIABLE AMERICAN FARE!”
Review of Cafe Deluxe

Cafe Deluxe
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Ranked #46 of 372 Restaurants in Bethesda
Price range: US$20 - US$35
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed 4 March 2014

For brunch, lunch or dinner, Cafe Deluxe manages to deliver consistently good food. Have to watch the time of day and the crowds because the voices carry in the barn-like room and the noise level can be difficult. Am on a low-sodium diet and the kitchen is flexible and can prepare many dishes for me that arrive in tasty form.

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Thank Lois C
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

Over the years, Cafe Deluxe has been a solid, consistent, and reliable restaurant - the stalwart of southern Bethesda restaurants. As we all know, restaurants typically slide after an energetic start, either in terms of food quality or service, but Cafe Deluxe has managed to maintain a dependable product.

We have been going here off/on for several years. It has never been our first choice, but every time we default to it, we walk out after the meal with an all around satisfaction. We even remark to ourselves that it should be our top choice next time. It is reasonably priced and every dish smacks of solid, talented home-cooking.

We've tried every corner of the menu options and never been dissatisfied and we are pretty good cooks ourselves. The wait-staff is always bright, engaging, and attentive. Its like a dependable older sibling.

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Thank Circumspect
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Reviewed 2 February 2014

The burger place where my husband and I were headed for a quick bite was closed. Café Deluxe was across the street, and accommodated us right away, a Saturday night at 5:30 pm. I was still craving a burger, and the one served here was perfectly cooked (rare as requested) and well seasoned. The shoestring fries were crispy and not overly salted. My husband said he liked his goat cheese salad, and the bite I had of his large lamb shank was tender and moist. The accompanying bread was fresh, served with butter that was spreadable. We received excellent service from Lewis who was cordial, friendly and attentive. I noticed other servers who appeared to smile and seem to actually liked their jobs. This made for a welcoming atmosphere. Even though we spent quite a bit more than originally planned for dinner, this meal was priced fairly and we enjoyed it.

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Thank maggiesueb
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Reviewed 28 December 2013

I was looking for an American-themed restaurant to take a European visitor to, and this fit the bill. I've eaten breakfast and lunch at the Wisconsin Ave.location several times but this one was more convenient for dinner. It was a weekday evening and not very crowded, so we had our pick of seating, and it was great for quiet conversation. We both ordered the crab cakes which were nice and succulent and without a lot of filler--just a hint of dill, I believe. We each tried a different micro-brewery ale and beer--our waitress gave us suggestions--and were pleased with our choices. Good food, good service, good choice.

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Thank pmr2
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Reviewed 8 December 2013 via mobile

Cafe Deluxe, an American-themed bistro, is a very good option for a casual meal in Bethesda. Salads, entree items and sandwiches are nicely prepared and well-priced. The weekend brunch has a wide range of choice that includes eggs, pancakes, omelettes, and lunch items, all very nicely prepared. Service is efficient and friendly, and the atmosphere is cheerful. Sidewalk seating is available in the warmer weather.

The food at Cafe Deluxe isn't cutting edge, but it is generally satisfying and well-executed. My single complaint is the burgers: tasty, but difficult to get a burger cooked rare. On the other hand, the staff will replace/re-cook that burger on request.

Altogether, a very good and reliable choice for an enjoyable casual meal.

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Thank ANetliner
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