How Busy Is Cafe D on a Saturday Night?
We hit the Wonder Spice Cafe in JP last night for some decent Cambodian/Thai food, but almost got sidetracked by Cafe D on the way over to Wonder Spice. The menu at Cafe D looked pretty interesting, and what I could see of the interior looked nice.
Is this place usually packed on a Saturday night? Is it worth making a reservation there? Also, what do folks like on their menu? Thanks!
I like sitting at the bar there -- but don't think I've been on a Sat nite.
As for recommended dishes, I really like the fish tacos.
i've eaten there on several Friday nights and it has been generally crowded - but not packed - out of 4-5 times on a Friday, we've had to wait but once, for 30 minutes.
the fish tacos are great. there is a moroccan lamb dish that it well regarded and has been on the menu for years (since before it was Cafe D - I forget the name of the previous place). good beer and wine selection. consistently spotty service.
I go often enough (once a month average) and have never had anything less than decent food and good service. The oft-reported service kinks are long long gone, in my opinion. It's a neighborhood favorite type of place to me, so I have not been on a Saturday night. I have consistently enjoyed their soups, salads, fish tacos, steak frites, burger, etc. Never really had a bad meal there. It's not really destination dining - as in, if I were not within walking distance in J.P., I would not see myself making a trip there. But I enjoy it. I have never really ever had to wait. If I did, I suppose I would just go down the block to Centre Street Cafe or JP Seafood or jump in the car and head to Rozzie.
I am very fond of this place, and would recomend the calamari app, the squid is perfectly cooked. Once I did get off shrimp, and sent it back, but I had to make it clear to my server that I was mostly only dissapointed due to the fact that the other times that I had the dish it was perfect. I can forgive an off nite once and awhile,
I've been on a Saturday and while crowded it seemed to move quickly - that might have been a coincidence of good timing as half of the tables turned just after we arrived, but still. Went the next morning for brunch - weekend lunch - and was pleasantly surprised about how good it was. Not as organic/local/wholesome as Center Street Cafe but a good bit cheaper and easily on par with tastiness. I know your post was for dinner but had to put that in.
Oh, and they don't take reservations.