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'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.
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 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'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.