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All 94 Elmira Restaurants

Charlie's Cafe

205 Hoffman Street, Elmira, NY 14905
(607) 734-1173
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Ranked #32 of 94 Restaurants in Elmira
Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations

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English first
Upstate New York
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55 reviews 55 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014 NEW

3rd owner in last 10 years..... Use to like eating here.... Long wait for food... Staff bored and inattentive Moving on to new establishments....

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South Florida
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

A group of us ate here while in town for the Wineglass Marathon. We arrived pretty late in the service but the staff was more than welcoming to our party. My squash ravioli were wonderful and all the meals ordered in our group were good. Even though we closed the restaurant the staff never made us feel rushed.

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New York State
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Charlie's pretends to be a big city cafe with fancy foods. The service is slow, and the entrees gave too many "added flourishes" making for poor food as well.

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Upstate NY
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We ate here with friends recently - service was unbelievably slow (even though the restaurant was nearly empty) and the food was only passable. I had the "special" - grilled lasagna - but there was nothing special about it. It was tasteless and looked as bad as it tasted. Atmosphere was nice and the place was clean. Other's food was... More

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Corning New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Our son graduated from high school yesterday and we wanted our out of town guests to celebrate with us over a fine meal. Since Charlie's Cafe has never let us down in the past we made arrangements to gather there. The graduation ceremony ended at 3 and Michael was kind enough to let us start our celebration at an off... More

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Elmira, New York, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Elmiran's don't know good food and service. That being said, Charlie's Cafe wouldn't know Fine Dining if you slapped them in the face with it. I am a Certified Professional Chef and Culinary Consultant. My first and only visit really bombed! BAD service, BAD food, and high prices! My one friend had to send his veg lasagna back: it was... More

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Elmira, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

See Michael! He is the best manager ever. He makes everyone feel special and can make a great grape cosmo to boot! The food is consistent which is unique to this area. It is the type of place where a single woman can dine alone without fear or awkwardness. We love it.

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Elmira, New York
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89 reviews 89 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

I have eaten here on several occasions and never been disappointed by the menu selection nor the service. The Finger Lakes wine selection is really good and it is easy to find one to pair with your lunch or dinner selection. The prices are definitely in line and the serving size is more than adequate. The only drawback to the... More

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Elmira, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This started out as a little ice cream shop many years ago. It changed hands and expanded and became a very nice little place to dine. The owners redid the decor and created a charming, warm, delicious dining experience. THEN it changed hands again, same decor, different menu. I went there for an Octoberfest dinner not long ago. The food... More

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Elmira, New York
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Restaurant is located in an inconvenient location in terms of parking. There is no lot, and very limited parking in front. I had to park around the corner and trudge through snow to get there. Warmly welcomed and promptly seated and our waitress was there immediately with an offer for beverages and to provide us with the specials for the... More

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