We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cafe S.F.A.

$$$
Neighborhood:
Midtown
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
611 Fifth Ave at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10017
(212) 940-4080
Today
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 10:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 37 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 10
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Lunch while Shopping

We were shopping and looking at the Christmas windows on 5th Avenue and needed lunch. We did not have to wait and sat at a table overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral. We had the lunch combination of soup, half sandwich, and small salad. All three were delicious and seasonal. The waitress was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 6, 2015
NapiliR
,
San Jose, California
Good for:
  • Reservations
Add Photo Write a Review

37 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
San Jose, California
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We were shopping and looking at the Christmas windows on 5th Avenue and needed lunch. We did not have to wait and sat at a table overlooking St. Patrick's Cathedral. We had the lunch combination of soup, half sandwich, and small salad. All three were delicious and seasonal. The waitress was efficient and pleasant. We enjoyed it so much, that... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Texas
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This was Christmas week, when everyone is busy. We were hungry and were told by store staff about this restaurant. Actually, two different staffers gave us info on different floor locations, as if no one really knew where things were located. When we arrived, the young woman standing near the sign, who said she was there just for the day,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
North East
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

Well, a real treat ... Dinner at Saks ! Fabulous lobster rolls and salad, not forgetting the chips ! Sadly, service was terribly slow.... Couldn't catch the eye of anyone to take our order, and it took nearly an hour for the food to arrive when we did eventUally order ...They were busy, but not rushed off their feet. However,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
The Hague, The Netherlands
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2014

Had lunch today at this cafe in the 8th floor of Saks. Very busy but service was very efficient. Great salads! Worth a visit for a nice lunch.

Was this review helpful? Yes
North Fork, of LI
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

There are still some folks who think of a department store restaurant as a throw back to a bygone era with out of date, or predictable food offerings. The flagship Saks 5th Avenue offers this full service restaurant with an up to date vibe, and food. The cafe is located on the 8th floor, and a section of tables overlooks... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tijuana, Mexico
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

This is an OK venue located inside Saks Fifth Avenue. This is the full-service restaurant up on the 8th floor. It's very busy (like most other restaurants inside department stores in New York) so reservations are a big help (but not required if you don't mind waiting; but who does when one's hungry, right?). The food for the most part... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Langhorne, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

After you work you way up to the 8th floor and on the 5th Avenue side of the store there behind the shimmering silver curtain is the cafe. I had stumbled upon a review of this place as a "hidden gem". The hidden part is correct, I am not so sure about the gem. I had hoped for a spectacular... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Top Contributor
69 reviews 69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

We were shopping in the Saks shoe department during Fashion Week and decided to have an impromptu late lunch with some friends. It was after 2 so it was past the rush (less than half full) but the service was terrible during this visit; it was often difficult to find and then catch the eye of the server. And everything... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Katy, Texas
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

I first ate here with my family on my first visit ever to New York City. It's one of my favorite spots in the city. You can see the most popular spots in the city from this restaurant. The food is great here, too. I've had a couple of the sandwiches and the salads. They were all very good. My... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Manama, Bahrain
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

What a way to refuel on your shopping spree!. service was good but the star was the burger - done perfectly 9medium0 with the roasted peppers and served in a toasted brioche - perfect!. The chicken though was a bit bland for our indian palette !.

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Cafe S.F.A. also viewed

 
New York City, NY
New York City, NY
 

Been to Cafe S.F.A.? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 611 Fifth Ave at Saks Fifth Avenue, New York City, NY 10017
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: (212) 940-4080

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 40
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 7:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cafe S.F.A. staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Things to do Nearby

Neighborhood Profile
Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
Explore this neighborhood