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The Cafe

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712 Brent Street, Louisville, KY 40204
+1 502-589-9191
07:00 - 16:00
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love coming here and so do our kids. The staff is always excellent. Grab a piece of cake before you head home!

Thank Munny25
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It is a quirky, unpretentious Restaurant that consistently delivers fantastic food. Mismatched chairs, no waiting space all add to the charm. Plus, you are treated to the presence of the fabulous dessert table before you even are seated at your table. Everyone that works there is pleasant and nonplussed by the crowed, noisiness that is The Cafe. Service is excellent.... More 

Thank Karen F
Plainview, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

The restaurant is not in a great, aesthetic location, under an overpass with a train going by. That said, once inside, it is very warm, welcoming, charming restaurant, with all different chandeliers hanging from the ceiiling. Staff are attentive/friendly. Menu has interesting options. A lot of food, they put bacon or some meat in, but you could ask them to... More 

Thank purple8293
Cincinnati, Ohio
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21 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

This restaurant was great! We went around noon, but because breakfast is served all day, we skipped over lunch and found ourselves with many orders of delicious omelettes, fruit plates, and oatmeal. This restaurant is VERY reasonable priced and the fruit is good fruit - strawberries, blueberries, apples, grapes, pineapple and some melon. The only downside is that when it's... More 

Thank Meghan C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017 via mobile

Today for lunch I had Huevos Rancheros it was a very hearty and delicious dish. The base of the dish is a hearty serving of red potatoes. Topped with chorizo sausage, green chili, green onions, fresh tomatoes& shredded cheddar cheese! Simply amazing!… To top it off for dessert I had a turtle brownie! OMG! Wow!

Thank Evan R
Denver, Colorado
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150 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

A friend suggested we have lunch at The Cafe saying it was good and near another place she wanted to show me. We arrived slightly after 1:30 on a Friday afternoon and the place was still busy from lunch. I thought that a good sign. We were promptly taken to a table and immediately waited on by a very pleasant... More 

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Lunch was great as usual. The tomato soup and pimento sandwich were excellent. The only complaint is that it is so crowded, and we were there by 11:30. Service was attentive and good. Parking is a challenge. Looked like lots of Christmas parties. Sal and Cindy, the owners, do such a good job.

Thank Pam G
Novi, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The outside is not impressive. But the inside is terrific. All different chandeliers are hanging. Old fashioned stoves are used for great decor. It is so cute! The food is very, very good. The service is perfect. Take home a piece of cake, It takes 3 days to eat it!

Thank Davidamy617
Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Everything here is delicious. The sandwiches are huge and yummy. The basket of bread they bring you first is great. The salads and sides are all scrumptious. However, if you love desserts like I do, you'll never taste anything like the Tuxedo Cake!!! It's indescribable. I actually tried the jam cake yesterday and it was out of this world!! I... More 

Thank foxymamaruth
Sarasota, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

My subject title should give you a little hint how I feel about Breakfast. I did my usual thing and went to Trip Advisor to see where I wanted to eat while visiting. I went with a native of the area who had never been to this place. Don't be fooled by the fact it doesn't look fancy from the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$13
American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
07:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 712 Brent Street, Louisville, KY 40204
  • Location: United States  >  Kentucky (KY)  >  Louisville
  • Phone Number: +1 502-589-9191
Fresh American Cuisine

Ample portions of fresh, home-cooked food with a southern accent served with love in an artistically eclectic-industrial setting. That's why The Cafe has gathered legions of loyal customers and friends since 1996.

Experienced restaurateurs Sal and Cindy Rubino delight in offering one of Louisville's most rewarding, affordable breakfast and lunchtime dining experiences. Sal can often be found "out front" greeting and serving guests, while Cindy has drawn on her decades of diverse cooking experience to develop the Cafe's unique menu of hearty breakfasts and mouth-watering pastries, satisfying sandwiches, elegant salads, hearty soups, and decadent desserts.

The Cafe's inviting setting is a big part of its appeal. Located in a creatively restored old warehouse on the eastern edge of downtown Louisville, we may not look like much from the outside, but don't let that fool you! Once inside, you will fall in love with this one-of-a-kind dining experience. So much so that you may want to share a wedding rehearsal, anniversary party or some other important evening event with us!

The Cafe's breakfast and lunch customers are an interesting mix of people from all walks of life, all enjoying delicious food at an exceptional value.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?