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“Save yourself the regret, don't go here”
Review of Van Dyke Cafe - CLOSED

Van Dyke Cafe
Price range: $1 - $20
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
New York City, New York
Level 6 Contributor
382 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
“Save yourself the regret, don't go here”
Reviewed December 28, 2012 via mobile

Went here on a Thursday night for dinner at around 9:30. Got seated immediately outside which has a nice atmosphere but that's where the good stopped. Ordered mojitos to start and they were awful. Tasted like they came from a mix bottle and for $10 you'd expect more. We got a hummus place to start which was okay but nothing great and only came with 2 pieces of pita. For entree we ordered tilapia salad, steak salad and a burger. The burger was okay but tasted like it was bought at Costco and heated up. The salads were terrible and not edible. My friends were too nice to send them back so instead they didn't touch them and when the waiter came to take the food away definitely noticed but didn't say a word. So yea, the service was bad too. On also, after the mojitos were so bad we ordered draft beers that tasted skunked. Hope you don't go here now, this is all factual and I'm trying to save you the regret because for $125 you don't get anything!

Thank beachtravelerrrr
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Date | Rating
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great breakfast”
Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Been looking for a good breakfast place all week and finally found it. Nice selection. Had the yogurt with granola (order the side of berries). Kids loved the crepes. Great coffee.

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Thank nhg00
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Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Coming here forever”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

this restaurant is my home on Lincoln Road. I particularly remember one night right after 9-11 being the only customer(s) in the place and Lincoln Road being so untypically desolate. Sad but home. Sometimes the service is not the greatest but the atmosphere kind of makes up for it.

Visited November 2012
Thank Shelly B
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Level 6 Contributor
82 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Great until the check came,,,they don't carry change?.”
Reviewed December 10, 2012

This is a great spot for breakfast; snacks, salads; lunch and people-watching. The service is very good too! And for South Beach; it is reasonable (breakast: juice/coffee/bacon or ham/sausage/toast/eggs about $10). Like most of the restaurants on the beach, a tip is included (15%) and the check indicates that.
I was taken aback; when I paid my check (including tiip) and the total was something like $11.57
The change on $15 that was returned to me was $3. New math? ....No, I was told they "don't carry change".
Is management aware of this?

  • Visited December 2012
    • Value
    • Food
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Miami, Florida
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good breakfast, good sandwiches and salads, a variety of foods”
Reviewed December 9, 2012

Great place to meet on a Sunday morning; gppd tp gp with friends and your pets too (doggie friendly). Has jazz at night in the upstairs lounge, good beers and wines, definitely a pl;ace you cannot miss on South Beach and a place to meet a friend for a drink or a coffee and sit outside.

Visited March 2012
Thank sevillanitacubanita
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