Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda
Modern American comfort food and a roster of creative martinis.
Reviewed By Cynthia Hacinli
Comments () | Published February 9, 2007
Cafe Deluxe - Bethesda
Address: 4910 Elm St., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-656-3131
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM, Friday 11:30 AM to 11 PM, Saturday 11 Am to 11 PM, and Sunday 10:30 AM to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Moderate
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Chatty
Reservations: Not Accepted
Best Dishes Fire-roasted-tomato soup; roasted beets with blood-orange vinaigrette; grilled-tilapia BLT; lamb and goat cheese on sourdough; pan-roasted sea bass over grilled corn with beurre blanc; hamburger.
Price Details: Appetizers, $3.95 to $8.95; entrees, $7.50 to $21.95.

From September 2003

Cafe Deluxe has something for everyone. A sweeping bar and sidewalk cafe for the singles crowd, a family-friendly menu and crayons for the kids, and a kitchen that turns out clever riffs on classics for Mom and Dad. You'll find plates like grilled meatloaf with spicy Creole sauce, a veal chop with a very grown-up Gruyère mac and cheese, and a steak Caesar.

Go cheap and light with main-course salads or offbeat sandwiches--the snapper club and lamb and goat cheese are divine--or more expensive and substantial with hot plates. Modern American bistro is the motif in this comfortable dining room with white butcher paper on the tables and glossy wood banquettes. So a juicy all-American hamburger is at home alongside a bowl of penne with chicken and vegetables in the lightest of cream sauces. Less successful is the cafe's attempt at French bistro--steak frites with greasy French fries and a piece of meat that's nothing special.

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