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Cafe Luxy

1235 Davie Street
Vancouver, BC V6E1N4
Tel: (604) 669-5899
Neighbourhood: Central
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Price: $$ ($15 - $30)
  • Reservations: Accepted
  • Service: Takeout, Delivery
  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner, Weekend brunch
  • Hours: Mon - Thu: 3PM - 10:30PM, Fri: 3PM - 11PM, Sat - Sun: 10AM - 11PM
  • Located in the heart of the beautiful West End, Cafe Luxy is nestled amongst clubs, theatres, shopping and the beach. With a diverse population, Davie St. is always alive and bustling.

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good pasta, great value
By curmudgeon of Downtown Vancouver (100 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, August 16, 2008 - 7:44am [Dine in]

Stopped in for dinner on a friday evening, and I was immediately greeted and seated.

I ordered the daily feature pasta, that being linguine with chicken, spinach and mushrooms in a garlic tomato sauce, served with a small caesar salad and garlic bread.

The salad was just right, crisp and tasty with a freshly made dressing, the garlic bread was good.

The pasta came shortly later, an enormous serving, piled high with freshly made noodles, and a fine sauce made from fresh plum tomatoes.

The service was quick, friendly, and inobtrusive.

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Great prices for brunch!!
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, March 16, 2006 - 12:09pm [Dine in]

I stumbled upon Cafe Luxy's website while searching the net for a good place to eat brunch. There aren't many places these days where you can get a eggs benny for under $6 (whoops, just saw the updated website, a benny runs for about $6.98 now). I decided to go there on a Sunday with my boyfriend. The food was good, the service was good, but we felt a little bit crammed into our booth. Not built for comfort, but still a nice place to eat.

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Gone downhill...
By chelsgirl of Burnaby (3 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 28, 2015 - 1:32am [Dine in]

I used to come here a lot for a quick lunch. Their pasta was delicious, came in huge portions and very cheap (but not cheap as in low quality). And don't even get me started on their tiramisu. Was in the West End doing some errands and decided to stop by for old times sake. Shouldn't have. It seems to have gone downhill. The pasta tasted canned and nothing fresh, which wasn't the case before. I'm not so sure I'll be back.

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Top Marks For Consistency
By diner40 of Vancouver (95 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, February 20, 2012 - 11:58am [Dine in]

Popped in to Cafe Luxy last Monday the day before Valentines Day. At around 7pm there was one other table in the entire restaurant, usually a bad sign. Needless to say we were given instant service with a drink order taken and menus presented.

I haven't been to Cafe Luxy in at least three or more years and remember the pasta dishes as being outstanding with very large portions. I would always order the same thing, Fettuccine ai Frutti di Mare, prawns with scallops in a rich cream tomato sauce, so on this visit I again went with the old stand by.

After a smallish garden salad and some garlic toast our order arrived. My pasta was exactly as I remembered it, the dish hasn't changed one bit. I am not sure if the cooks are the same people who worked there years ago but bravo for consistency.

A huge plate of pasta with a delicious tomato cream sauce, pipping hot for under $17 bucks. My only little gripe has to do with the scallops. Very small and only a few. If they kicked up the scallop quota a bit this would be an incredible dish.

Our friendly server admitted that things were kind of slow in the month of February and this being a Monday night particularly dead. He said that the restaurant was booked up the following night for Valentines Day so good news. I would hate to see a restaurant like Cafe Luxy fall off the map although they have been around since 1988 according to their website so they are doing something right.

I won't wait another three years for my next visit.

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Luxy-urious!
By chasiubow of North Van (675 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, April 14, 2007 - 11:39pm [Dine in]

I was in the West End, looking for chow, when Mrs. C spotted Luxy's. We saw a sign offering a breakfast special so in we went. I had the ‘special of the day’ omelet, which was a Denver omelet, homefries and toast. I rounded the meal off with a cup of coffee. Mrs. C. had the soup of the day (cream of tomato) and garlic toast along with a latte.

The omelet was a generous size and quite tasty, and the homefries were cooked to perfection. The coffee was way better than average. My beloved brunch companion reported the soup was excellent (I taste-tested to confirm this), and the latte was pretty good. Even the garlic bread was well-prepared.

The servers were friendly and quick, and the ambience was pleasant. I checked the w/c and it was spotless. I did find the booth a bit cramped for two.

All in all a very good experience. And not expensive!

Recommended.

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Good portions, reasonably inexpensive.
By foodfanatic of South Vancouver (286 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, June 26, 2007 - 4:46pm [Dine in]

It's an alright place to drop by for a pasta dinner, but avoid the mussels. The mussels I had for starters was overcooked, dry, mostly chewy the way frozen packaged stuff tends to get. The penne itself though sizeable in portion was quite pasty--maybe a result of a poor pasta making recipe or the way it was boiled or a little bit of both, just that I've had much better quality and texture in most other places that have daily "fresh" house made pasta. The luxy penne was served with well processed white chicken meat and because of this, the large & plentiful chunks were never dry, however, I prefer the unprocessed variety if I had to eat chicken at all. The tiramisu was nothing special. A little on the sugary light side, but still okay overall. Much smaller than the usual cut of tiramisu but served in a dessert cup, it fit just right.

Not a place I'm eager to return to but will definitely go back to try a few of their other sauces as it is conveniently located and inexpensive in pricing and generously portioned.

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good good good pasta!
By pickyjerk of kitsilano vancouver (67 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, January 14, 2008 - 11:04pm [Dine in]

Loved this place, huge serving of fresh pasta with wonderful fresh sauce. I suppose my only criticisms are that they were cheap on the seafood for the seafood sauce (there wasn't really any in it) and their wine is expensive.

Good food prices, lovely simple decor. You will have leftovers and you will love them again.

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good pasta
By adidaf of Richmond (64 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, February 22, 2008 - 5:29pm [Dine in]

Went with a huge group of friends without reservations, staff was very accomadating since they were packed already and super busy. Service was great. All the pasta tasted very good. The ceasar salad and garlic bread that came with the pasta were also good. Portions were huge! Almost all of us had to doggie bag 1/2 our plates. Price is reasonable considering the big portion and quality of food.

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Wonderful Dining Experience
By lauren11 of vancouver (77 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, February 21, 2007 - 10:27pm [Dine in]

My fiance took me to Cafe Luxy for dinner on my birthday. We had an amazing experience. The restaurant is very small, only 15 tables (I would definatly reccomend a reservation!) but offered friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff. Very authentic Italian atmosphere (we have dined in Italy many times.) The best Italian I have eaten outside of Italy, perfectly cooked pasta, tasty sauces....would definatly reccomend this little gem to anyone! Great prices also!

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Authentic delicious pasta!
By world_traveller of Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, February 19, 2011 - 11:38am [Dine in]

We dined here last night and really enjoyed our evening. Being big pasta fans, we are hard critics but we thouroughly enjoyed our meal. The restaurant would definitely be classified as Italian as that's pretty much all they do. The list of pasta on the menu seems endless and they have carefully thought of traditional and unique ways to make pasta dishes fun. I had the "Fettucini con carciofi" which had capers, olives, and artichokes in a garlic lemon herb sauce. It was amazing, especially since the pasta is hand made! My partner had the "Linguine alla barese" which had mushrooms, broccoli, baby corn, sauteed onions in a creamy curry sauce. Amazing as well! The portions are large and come with your choice of a garden salad or ceaser salad, as well as garlic bread. The service was a little slow, I think they only had 2 waiters for the whole restaurant but the waiter did apologise for the delays and we didn't fuss as we weren't in any rush. Over all I'd definitelly return, we really enjoyed the food and service!

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Fab
By tastytasty02 of Burnaby (44 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, August 17, 2009 - 11:54am [Dine in]

I love this place! Great ambiance and cute restaurant. I ordered the linguine w/ scallops and prawns in a tomato cream sauce and my friend ordered the seafood lasagna. The pasta comes with a caesar or garden salad to start and garlic bread. The flavours of the pastas were soo good! The tomato based sauce was tangy and coated the linguine well the scallops and prawns were cooked to perfection. The seafood lasagna was rich and heavenly. There was an adequate amount of sauce to use the garlic bread to sop it all up yum! The portions were a good size and we ended up with leftovers to take home. Value was great as most pasta dishes were around $16 including the salad and bread! Definately a new fav dining spot!

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What a nice suprise...
By Gaycanuck of Vancouver (37 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, January 23, 2010 - 12:17am [Dine in]

I'm shocked actually. I had the best seafood lasagne I have ever had here at the Luxy. I had come here once years ago for lunch but never came back for some bad service I experienced but today I was really impressed! Our server was just adorable and the service was excellent. My bro Hugo had seafood linguini with a rosè sauce. He loved it too. With a nice house salad and fresh toasted bread under $16. Great window view of Davie Street. Highly recommended.

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first and only time
By clara of vancovuer (2 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 10, 2008 - 8:50pm [Dine in]

I saw other people's reviews here and thought it might be worth trying. I went there with my husband this evening and it was a very disappointing experience. First of all, the server was not friendly and very abrupt. Secondly, the complimentary salad was made up of large piece of old lettuce and the garlic toast was undersized and over done. I oerdered "seafood fettuccini" with tomato sauce; the sauce was very thick and sour and the pasta was a bit over cooked. The whole dish was just very dry and unappetizing. The only thing that I liked was the mini sized candy by the cash register. I won't be recommond this place to any of my friends.

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Cafe Luxy
By synchro of Vancouver (11 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 3, 2008 - 4:25pm [Dine in]

Made reservations because it was Saturday but we went early, so they were not needed. Only a few customers were inside when we arrived. By the time we left, the place was full with a small line waiting at the door.

The waiter was attentive and let us ponder our food choices. Even as the place began to fill up, he came back to our table frequently. The drinks, appitizers, and food came quickly.

I read the earlier comment about mussels and sure enough, someone in our party ordered them to share. They were not as fresh I would have liked. The ceasar salad and bread which came with the dinner were good. The pasta in all of the dishes was overcooked: cooked a minute or two less would have been perfect. There was too much sauce also and the scallops were tiny and infrequent. The portions are generous and we had to package up some pasta to take home. The wine we had was excellent, recommended by our waiter.

The decor, table, laybout is good. My only negative comment on this apsect is that when the place began to fill, the ambient noise level rose.

So an acceptable meal for the price. I was disappointed by the pasta. Get that right and I'll come back for more but for now, I'll come back and try their breakfast menu.

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Save your money and go elsewhere!
By tonic7 of West Vancouver BC (1 Review)
Submitted Saturday, October 15, 2011 - 1:50am [Dine in]

I was extremely hungry tonight and while walking on Davie, Cafe Luxy looked like a very warm and inviting place, so my bf and I decided to give it a try. The restaurant seemed to have the right ambiance that we decided to order a nice bottle of white wine, thinking we were in for a great dinner. The disappointment started with our appetizer, a "luxy bruschetta" which I could have personally made a better version of at home. Next came our Caesar salad which had a watery Caesar dressing accompanied with some stale garlic bread. This was followed with our main course, a seafood lasagna and a cannelloni with gorgonzola sauce. Our waiter informed us that these were the restaurants most popular dishes, which makes me worried for the rest of the menu. The lasagna was tiny with shrimp that was rock solid overcooked, which is probably because it was heated in a microwave (this was visible since the kitchen is open for everyone to see). The cannelloni with gorgonzola sauce was bland and watery so we asked for a replacement dish, which was at least kindly offered to us. Unfortunately by the time this dish came by, we were running late for our movie so we had to take it to go. The only compensation that we were offered for the poorly prepared dinner was a complimentary dessert which we didn't even have time to eat since it took so long to be served!

Don't go here, unless you don't have a clue what real Italian food should taste like and are willing to waste your money on microwaved seafood and stale bread.

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Just wonderful!
By Beez3r of Westend, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Wednesday, February 9, 2011 - 2:39am [Dine in]

I decided to stop in here one evening since moving back into the Westend recently.
I've made the mistake of passing by this restaurant many times in previous years, but the rain hastened my decision-making and I walked in. I was pleasantly greeted as soon as I walked in the door by a young man (very sharply dressed in a vest) and grabbed a seat near the window. The lunch menu is very reasonably priced and there is LOTS to choose from. My server was very helpful in my choice and I decided to try one of Tortellini the dishes made with creamy pesto sauce and chicken. It was INCREDIBLE. Some of the best pasta sauce I have ever tasted! The salad and toast could have been better, but for $9.00 it was a great deal, and the pasta itself certainly made up for what the salad lacked, and just enough food without feeling over-stuffed.

Overall a wonderful experience, and I will be certain to return again with friends.

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3 Strikes, You're Out.
By JHamond09 of Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, October 29, 2010 - 1:57pm [Dine in]

I recently dined at Cafe Luxy for the 3rd time, and it will be my last. The food is what enticed me to come back after my first visit, but is not enough to make me continue dining there.
For my first visit I was served by an older, short woman with black hair; worst service I've ever received. From reading other reviews it seems that she's the owner or manager, and also that many other people have had trouble with her. She was unpleasant to us, and downright rude to another table nearby, and also seemed to rush us through our meal and out the door.
Second visit was a great improvement in service, as we had a nice young man serve us. The mood that evening seemed much more relaxed and fun; likely because the manager was nowhere to be seen.
Third time we were unfortunately stuck with the short woman again. Needless to say it was a horrible disappointment. If that's not enough, I caught sight of a MOUSE while entering the mens room.
Great food cannot make me support a place where the owner/manager treats customers this way.
Maybe take-out would be the best option...?

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Happy Customer For 16 Years ...
By Talktoheidi of Vancouver (downtown) (5 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, May 21, 2010 - 6:25pm [Dine in]

Cafe Luxy is one of those old school Italian eateries where ambiance is simple, a candle on every table, clean & quaint. Light jazz or Funky offbeat music fill the air, the lights dim as evening progresses and the owner (short dark haired) waits on tables just like any other staff member.

The food is clean, honest & simple. They make their pasta fresh, sauces & specials always interesting. $13.99 will get you a HUGE pasta entree, including garlic toast & side cesar salad to start. In 16 years I've never finished a plate of pasta - we always take home and have for treat the next day.

For date night, for a place to duck out of the rain & enjoy a hot meal, for rustic Italian food done properly-Luxy after 16yrs has never dissapointed.

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Good
By whoelius of Vancouver (23 Reviews)
Submitted Sunday, July 26, 2009 - 4:04pm [Dine in]

My good lady and I left Cafe Luxy very satisfied earlier today.

We'd been walking up Davie Street on the way to the outstanding Hamburger Mary's when some Eggs Benedict caught my eye.

We turned left, entered Cafe Luxy, and were greeted warmly by a pleasant waitress. We both decided on Benedict; I plumped for the smoked salmon variety with a simple cup of tea while my companion chose the Italian style with pancetta, chorizo and ham, and a coffee.

The Eggs Benedict were delivered with roasted potato hash browns, a chopped half apple, a cherry and a few grapes, a delightful balance to start my day and I was very pleased with the portion size – we both had two eggs, each on a half muffin. The food tasted very fresh and I was quite impressed. I wasn’t drowned in a pool of a very dull excuse for Hollandaise sauce like one can be at other places. I was delighted when my lady decided she couldn’t eat her whole portion and cut off half of one of her Eggs Benedict for me; that too tasted nice and fresh.

The decor is lovely even if the carpet in the middle of the floor seems misplaced – my chair was only half on it! I wasn’t very comfortable on what was a very hard seat. The place feels relatively expensive, especially having walked in from Davie Street. Our waitress was charming and I was more than happy to give her a healthy tip.

The quality of the food left me curious enough to want to return for dinner one time and I would certainly recommend Cafe Luxy to those nearby looking for a quality, good value breakfast.

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Bad Hostess - Good Food - Good Service
By rfcyvr of Mt. Pleasant, Vancouver (1 Review)
Submitted Friday, January 2, 2009 - 5:44pm [Dine in]

I have been going to Cafe Luxy for many years. The hostess/owner(?) is rarely consistent in her treatment of customers. One time she is warm and friendly, other times she is cranky and unfriendly. This last time, New Years Eve, was a cranky/unfriendly time.

I had phoned ahead for a reservation for 5:30PM, knowing it was New Years Eve and I wanted to make sure my partner and I could get in. The person on the other end of the phone, a male, said the only reservations he could take were for the $50.00 New Years Eve menu. I told him I just wanted to order from the regular menu. He thought about it and consulted someone else in the restaurant, then said that 5:30pm was early enough to order from the regular menu and then took my reservation.

When we arrived, we told the hostess/owner in question that we had a reservation. She was friendly and seated us with the New Years Eve $50.00 menu and then left us. Other people in the restaurant had the regular menu on the tables. When she finally came back, we said we had really wanted to order from the regular menu. She said that it wasnt possible, that reservations were ONLY for the New Years Eve menu. We told her that when we made the reservation we were told we could order from the regular menu. Her friendly manner had turned to cranky and unfriendly at this point. We said that the man who took the reservation said it was okay. She then left us, angrily scolded the man who took the reservation, then came back to us and said that since he told us we could use the regular menu she would let us. The funny thing was that there were plenty of empty tables in the restaurant. We could have said we didnt want the New Years Eve menu, walked out, walked back in again WITHOUT a reservation and ordered off the regular menu.

This is typical of this woman and we have now vowed to not patronize this restaurant again. Her inconsistency in customer relations is just too much.

I must say that the food and the waiter's service were very good. The Gin & Tonic that we ordered tasted more like Gin and Soda Water though.

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