Cafe Deluxe - Cleveland Park
Modern American comfort food and a roster of creative martinis.
Reviewed By Thomas Head
Comments () | Published February 9, 2007
Cafe Deluxe - Cleveland Park
Address: 3228 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20016
Phone: 202-686-2233
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest, Cleveland Park
Cuisines: Modern, American
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday, 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM; Friday and Saturday, 11:30 AM to 11 PM; Sunday, 10:30 AM to 10 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Tenleytown-AU, Cleveland Park
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 November 2004

From the Cleveland Park original, Cafe Deluxe has sprouted branches in Tysons Corner and Bethesda. The original has lost none of its appeal. On a recent Saturday afternoon, Senator Joseph Biden was lunching on the sidewalk out front, and the inside was full of families and other neighborhood denizens drawn by the generously portioned sandwiches, moderately priced drinks, and dependable Modern American comfort food.

Starters range from a very good chicken-and-red-pepper quesadilla served with a black-bean-and-corn relish to seared rare ahi tuna with a frisée salad and deliciously salty sesame crisps. If you can resist the sandwiches and their piles of crisp fries, there’s a moist herb-roasted chicken with great mashed potatoes and asparagus, or a nostalgic but somewhat bland meatloaf with the same great mashed potatoes and undercooked green beans. A kids’ menu presents options including a peanut-butter-and-jelly sandwich with fries or a three-vegetable plate. What kind of choice is that?

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