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“A New Find!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Classic Cafe

Classic Cafe
504 N Oak St, Roanoke, TX 76262-5010
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Ranked #2 of 54 restaurants in Roanoke
Price range: $31 - $80
Cuisines: American, Continental
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: Denton
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“A New Find!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2013

Recently we saw a Groupon offer for a discounted meal at the Classic Cafe in Roanoke, Tx. We were not familiar with the restaurant but after reading several reviews including, of course, those on tripadvisor, we decided to purchase the offer. Shortly after doing this we received an invitation from the restaurant itself for either a discounted lunch or dinner. Yesterday was a lovely day in our area, temperatures were mild, sun was shining, skies were clear so we laid the top back and enjoyed our 30 minute drive to Roanoke. Our GPS easily located the Classic Cafe. When we arrived we were warmly welcomed and quickly seated in this quaint, facility that had obviously been a residence at some time past. It's charming both inside and outside. Cozy buy not crowded, white table cloths, abstract oil paintings throughout (we learned they were done by the aunt of the owners), just an overall comfortable place. After being seated we were quickly approached by our waite person, Alex, who was marvelous. She was there when we needed her, never hovering, yet remaining totally attentive. She struck the near perfect balance of being friendly without becoming overly so. Her knowledge of the menu was excellent and her descriptions of the printed items along with the specials were excellent. My wife ordered a glass of the House Chardonnay and I had a mixed drink. Both were very good. We split a, "special of the day" appetizer comprised of two shrimp and okra fritters with a tasty, tangy sauce. For our entrees my wife chose the crab cakes that included mashed potatoes and fresh fried okra and I had the bacon-topped cheeseburger and french fries. Both meals were excellent. The dinner menu also looked appealing so we are eagerly looking forward to our next visit which will be for a more relaxed evening meal. The Classic Cafe is, we believe, a real, "find." Hopefully our dinner meal will be as delicious and enjoyable as was this casual lunch. Incidentally, most of their vegetables are grown out back in their own garden. Additionally, their wine list appeared very interesting. (We'll find out on our next visit). This is not, incidentally, an inexpensive restaurant. Our drinks (we each had two), shared appetizer and entrees, even after the restaurant's complimentary $10 Discount Coupon totaled $65, before tip. Not exactly cheap for a lunch but . . . this is yet another example of, "getting what you pay for." It was worth it. Based on our initial experience here we expect that the Classic will be a restaurant we'll revisit several times each year in the future. (More after our upcoming dinner).

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Sunset, Texas
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 31 cities Reviews in 31 cities
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Great hidden restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Great hidden restaurant in a small town. The chief is excellent, food is always great no matter what you order.

I've worked special occasions with Frances and he is fantastic to work with and he goes the extra mile to make sure everything is perfect.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Justin, TX
15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Don't judge the book by the cover!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2013

We'd been out running errands all day, and were debating between a quick meal at Taco Bueno (yes, really!), or maybe stepping it up a notch and finding a bar with decent bar chow. Think hot & sweaty Texas in July, t-shirts and shorts. We settled on driving into Roanoke - "The Unique Dining Capital of Texas", figuring we'd find something. We settled on the Classic -- it was one of the few restaurants in Roanoke that we hadn't tried.
The parking lot is cramped, the building fairly nondescript. Not funky, like Babe's Chicken House, or Redneck-charming like Hard Eight. . . just a blue building. Strangely enough, the folks leaving were very nicely dressed . . . ??
We were greeted warmly, with big smiles as though we weren't sweaty & terribly underdressed. Seated quickly. Tables are beautiful, lighting is intimate, many of the waitresses know the patrons by name -- as one nice man celebrating his 85th birthday was nice enough to tell us. The wine list was good (yes, a WINE LIST!), the Sommelier was efficient and friendly. The menu is fabulous, and everything we ordered was exactly as delicious as it was described.
So we decided we would use this meal to celebrate our wedding anniversary . . . and our waitress must've overheard us? Because my dessert came with "Happy Anniversary" written on the plate in chocolate . . . and our leftover prime rib came wrapped as little doves!
I'm not sure we'll ever take the kids? (not sure we can AFFORD to take the kids -- we have 5!) But we will certainly be back!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Worth, Texas
Top Contributor
92 reviews 92 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Hidden Jewel w culinary delights to share”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

What an incredible find tucked away in small town Roanoke, only minutes away from Dallas and Ft Worth, in north,Texas.
My friend Carolyn and I were here for lunch and the food was worthy of any 5 star restaurant in the world.

While not a fan of fish (ever) I heard glowing comments from the other patrons about the tilapia, so I selected that as my entree with a simple side of fresh veggies and the meal did not disappoint! it was flavorful and delightful with just the right balance of favors and taste, for a savory sensual meal. The dessert was the dark chocolate torte -sinfully rich, mouthwatering and incredible all at once.

Th art and visual display is equally incredible - Carolyn Riegelman is the renowned and well known Texas artist and an amazing talent (she allowed me to take photos to post w the review).

Totally worth the drive wherever you are in DFW - a rare find and culinary jewel. My husband and I are enjoying our 15 anniversary dinner here in September and so looking forward to the visit.

Visited July 2013
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Hitchin, UK
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“A hidden gem - pricey but worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

We'd stayed in Roanoke a number of times but missed this place - a pity! It's a nondescript building with a gem of a restaurant inside, so don't be put off. Between the four of us we had crab cakes, rack of lamb, crab stuffed tilapia and carbonara. The crab was really crabby in a very good way. I had the lamb and I found the herb crust off-putting - my fault! The prices are high, but for a special meal, worth it in our opinion. There are plenty of other reataurants in Roanoke for regular meals - but do save this one!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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