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.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

The Chef Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
111 S 4th St, Manhattan, KS 66502-6109
+1 785-537-6843
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

241 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Showing 240: English reviews
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is the best restaurant in Manhattan hands down the service is always excellent even when there busy

Thank Keith B
Level Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

breakfast 5 people, breakfast very average, nothing great, could have done better and cheaper at i hop. only ate here because I had heard great things about it, had not eaten at chefs in years, used to eat there all the time. friendly waitress.

Thank Donna W
Manhattan, Kansas
Level Contributor
22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food and atmosphere are great. The staff are on top of their game. You et a lot of lot of food for the price, and the price is comparable to other restaurants of this kind. The place is on a downtown street, but is kind of small. Parking is a premium there also. The best time to get there... More 

Thank Patrick P
Kansas City, Missouri
Level Contributor
76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When The Chef opened in 1943, Manhattanites had to eat fast because a long line of people were ready to take their place in the small cafe. Today, there is usually a line for a table in the cozy restaurant featured as Food Network’s ultimate breakfast joint in Kansas, especially for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings and on game... More 

Thank ShutterbugSage
fort collins
Level Contributor
29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Loved the retro sign which drew us in. Single biscuit and gravy priced right at $3. Very good, too. Enjoy!

Thank rotarymartin
Manhattan, Kansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Delicious food in a great atmosphere for adults and kids. Food came out quickly and tasted great, service was excellent.

Thank Lindsey W
London KY
Level Contributor
85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Oh my goodness! Where to begin! This was our second dining experience at The Chef. The food on both occasions has been off the charts delicious. I highly recommend. Try the pancakes bananas foster - to die for! Great food. Great service. We shall return.

Thank Karen B
Springfield, Illinois
Level Contributor
60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

I had researched breakfast spots in Manhattanan and read the good reviews for The Chef so I knew I needed to take Jim there for breakfast. "Large and delicious!" is how Jim described his blueberry pancake, with eggs, bacon etc. I enjoyed the classic Egg Bennie, great hollandaise. Good coffee and a fun, energetic atmosphere. Would love to return!

Thank lishasue30
Level Contributor
22 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016 via mobile

Strictly breakfast and lunch sandwiches at the Chef. All freshly prepared. I love these local places that know what the heck they are doing. Our Waitron was awesome as was the breakfast of salmon with eggs and breakfast chorizo burrito. Fresh and delicious.

Thank Gary C
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016 via mobile

This little restaurant had the tastiest food and the friendliest staff. Food came out pretty quick and the menu has many options to choose from.

Thank Valen I

Travelers who viewed The Chef Cafe also viewed


Been to The Chef Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 S 4th St, Manhattan, KS 66502-6109
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 785-537-6843

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Chef Cafe 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?