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The Cafe

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712 Brent St, Louisville, KY 40204-1804
+1 502-589-9191
07:00 - 16:00
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Bend, Oregon
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stopped in to the Cafe on a Wednesday afternoon. It was late enough that there wasn't a crowd. I ordered the tuna melt sandwich (King Louis I think?). Fantastic sandwich. The tuna salad was had lots of flavor and the toasted baguette had great texture. My wife had the roasted chicken sandwich. It was also quite... More 

Thank Jason G
Aberdeen, Maryland
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51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2016 via mobile

We chose this place because it's right across the street from Louisville Stoneware factory and shop. 20 people signed in, waiting a minimum of 30 min. We decided not to wait but got take out. Chicken salad sandwich and Reuben were good but I think we would have been upset to have waited a minimum of 30 minutes for them.... More 

Thank LaRuDo
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358 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

I had lunch here yesterday for the first time!! I was with a good friend who also happens to be a business colleague!! He and his family, along with other friends have eaten here many times!! I am told their breakfast is outstanding! I will try it on my next trip to the area! I chose one of their salads... More 

1 Thank Ron M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Went here with a group of 13 women for lunch, and they let us make reservations. Upon arrival they seated us promptly and staff was very helpful. The food choices were great; I had a sandwich with a pasta salad side that was very delicious. And they have beautiful cakes that were amazing! Overall great experience, would definitely come back... More 

1 Thank Luciana W
SalRubino, Owner at The Cafe, responded to this review

SO very happy that you enjoyed your experience with us. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Louisville, Kentucky
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Went here with my wife to get brunch. It's close to the train tracks and near some not-so-lovely buildings, but apparently has been able to do well despite those things. Inside was very nice. We chose to eat outside on their nice patio. Luckily a train didn't go by when we were there, I'm assuming it would be pretty loud!... More 

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Jeffersonville, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

Best soup & sandwich combo around. The #3 has a cup of soup, half a sandwich of your choice (more like whole sandwich), along with another side(fruit cup or pasta salad) and cookie under $11. The tomato basil soup is wonderful as well. You get a basket of warm bread and butter while you wait for your food too.

Thank jpurcell2016
Peoria, Illinois
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I were recently in the Louisville area for a wedding. We decided to venture out for breakfast rather than having the hotel fare. After reading reviews on Trip Advisor, we settled on The Cafe. We were so glad we did. The restaurant is tucked away in a "warehouse looking" area. We were warmly greeted as we walked... More 

Thank JandR78
Louisville, KY
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534 reviews
290 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

We have been coming here for years and still hands down this is our favorite lunch spot. We usually go for the half sandwich combo with one side and soup. The Queen Anne(Benedictine), pimento and grilled veggie sandwiches are among our favorites. The tomato dill soup is always a must here. Generally speaking, our one side is always a cup... More 

Thank jgbtravels
Dallas, Texas
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114 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

I visited Louisville the other day and wanted something that was quintessential Louisville. I asked several locals and they all suggested The Cafe and insisted I order "the Pimita". The suggestion was confirmed by my waitress. However, I was extremely disappointed in the food. Would not suggest anyone try this local specialty.

Thank tahass
SalRubino, Owner at The Cafe, responded to this review

We are truly sorry to hear that your trip to The Cafe did not meet your expectations. We certainly value the thoughts and opinions presented to us from our patrons. We sincerely hope that you will give us another shot next time you are in town and that together we can find something on our menu that will satisfy you.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016 via mobile

Friendly clean place - don't be discouraged by neighborhood - under a bridge ! Chicken salad sandwich awesome - tomato dill soup hot and good - decor is spot on in an eclectic art way it comfortable - would return

Thank Jamie J

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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, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
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 St, Louisville, KY 40204-1804
  • 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?