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205 Hoffman Street, Elmira, NY 14905
(607) 734-1173
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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Always a good meal

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2014
Brooke R
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Elmira, New York
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 via mobile

Love Charlie's Cafe! Not only is the food amazing, the entire dining experience is always fantastic! The wait staff is friendly and professional. We always receive the best service and delicious meals. Charlie's is always my #1 recommendation to my out of town friends and clients. And don't miss Michaels's special martini and Cosmo creations!!!!!

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Horseheads, New York
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

90 minutes, and no meal!!! We had reservations for 5:45 and arrived promptly. We were pleasantly greeted and seated. Our waitress was prompt in taking our order, and we had our drinks and salads within 15 minutes. At 6:30 (after 90 minutes) we told our waitress we had a play to go to, and needed to leave at 7:15 (in... More 

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Upstate New York
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62 reviews 62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2014

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
15 helpful votes 15 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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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13 helpful votes 13 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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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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14 helpful votes 14 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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69 restaurant reviews
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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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 205 Hoffman Street, Elmira, NY 14905
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Elmira
  • Phone Number: (607) 734-1173

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?