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The Chef Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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111 S 4th St, Manhattan, KS 66502-6109
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
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14 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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
Chesapeake, Virginia
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83 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Heard about this place and decided to try it for breakfast. It was very friendly, in the heart of Manhattan, KS. Great staff and the place was full of locals and visitors. Its Game Day in town at Kansas State so the game was on and staff were dressed in KState shirts.... just help with the atmosphere of this local... More 

Thank smithcd3
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had the florentine frittata after asking the recommendation of our server-you could easily feed two people with this! It was absolutely delightful and I recommend the home fries - perfectly seasoned!

Thank Ulysses R
Spokane, WA
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

There was a 45 minute wait, but well worth it! My son and I arrived around 10am...put our name on the list and proceeded to take a walk around downtown. Very cute little downtown area. Got back to the restaurant...within a few minutes we were seated. The server was super friendly and very energetic. The place was packed, but I... More 

Thank Woody517
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The best breakfast we have ever had dinning out. Chicken fried steak taste was great and was so tender you didn't need a knife. The best homemade sausage gravy ever. The homemade bisquits were just the best. We had both kinds of potatoes, you can't go wrong with either. To top off the amazing breakfast you get toast with heated... More 

Thank Kathy D
Cocoa Beach, Florida, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This place is so cute and has such an amazing food. This place is a MUST eat! I ordered the breakfast burrito with gravy on it. I would have never thought to do this it was so good and very tasty! Their is nothing bad you could ever say about this place! It is AMAZING and I've never had better... More 

Thank lauraT4257ES
Emporia, Kansas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

We expected to wait for a table as it was a football Saturday. But the awesome coffee made the wait tolerable. The wait staff is friendly and very attentive. We ordered a classic breakfast, ham and cheese omelet, and the Buenos Dia Frittata. Everything was cooked perfectly and was delicious. We will be back.

Thank wickedchick59
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Visiting granddaughter at KSU and always try to have breakfast at the Chef. Always a wait but so worth it. The food is consistently good. Coffee is delicious. We have never had poor service. Ordered my favorite, Eggs Bennie. Yummy. As always.

Thank Stephanie M
Eureka Springs, Arkansas
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Fried eggs sunny side up cooked perfectly. Hash brown "brick" nice and crispy. Good thick sliced bacon (only 2 pieces though). Prices a little on the high side but good service and very good food.

Thank tfollmer
Manhattan, Kansas
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

In my opinion this is the best restaurant in Manhattan and maybe even Kansas for breakfast. Sometimes the wait can be a little long as they are always busy but well worth the wait. Great menu plus unbelievable special and great staff

Thank Ray T

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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
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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: 785-537-6843

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?