Atlanta >Food & Dining > Cafe Dupri
3135 Piedmont Rd, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3030533.842651 -84.370312
Neighborhoods: Buckhead Village, Northside, Northside
Cafe Closed – Traveling from Ohio to FL Nov. '08 and made a pit stop in the ATL. Really wanted to try out Cafe Dupri. Folk's (IT IS CLOSED!) I had great expectations since the cafe was shown on a G Garvin road trip.
Long wait, but Great Food – I was in Atlanta on vacation from Chicago. I was told that Jermaine Dupri had a restaurant in Atlanta, so i decided to check it out. But first i read the reviews before i went. Even though the reviews were pretty negative, I wanted to check it out myself. I called first to make sure they were open and was told they were open, but didn't have any shrimp or crab cakes nor salmon. I'm like O'kaaaay? Even though i love seafood, i'm still going to this restaurant! When we arrived, there was a party of about 50 loud, rude teenagers walking all over the place! They finally left, and now it's one hour later. I think i seen one, possibly 2 waitresses who look tired, no enthusiasm. They finally took our order and explained that they were out of several dishes. I finally ordered the tilapia fish and my daughter ordered the shrimp po boy meal. She wanted grapefruit juice, but had to settle for pineapple juice. My brother wasn't too happy with the fried chicken and waffle, but the grilled chicken with waffle was better . After the shrimp po boy meal came, we were told they didn't have any tartar sauce. Out of tartar sauce! They finally gave her some thousand island dressing which was better than nothing! We were the only customers in the whole place. However, i must say, they have an excellent chef and the food looks very decorative and appetizing. You all just need to hire more help and make sure you go to the grocery store before you open! The waitresses could smile a little and stop looking so mean! You make us feel like you don't want us to come back. However, i still like the restaurant and would recommend it. Hopefully, the service will get better. P.S. Brighten up the place Jermaine, you're a Star and we want to be able to feel proud to say we ate at Cafe Dupri!
Fun atmosphere... – Dupri's is a cool atmosphere with an ambiance that is smoother than Waffle House. The price is about twice as much as WAHO, but its worth it to splurge every once in a while... I guess. Its worth checking out...
Oh No!! Get a Grip!!! – Ok, a couple of friends and I went to Cafe Dupri on 7/14/08 to celebrate a friends birthday. We were a little taken aback in reference to the space. Oh and there were other patrons that were loud and obnoxious and acted as though they had not been out since the year of the flood. Not to mention that the air conditioning system kept spewing cold water down my back. Ok we can get pass that. Let me start with the waitress and her nonchalant attitude, which evidently could be considered ?lazy service?. We ordered drinks, which included drinks with no ice. The operative word here is NO ICE. Well when my friend received her grapefruit juice it was FULL OF ICE. She explained to the waitress that she ordered her drink without ice and asked for another. The waitress had the audacity to state ?we do not have anymore grapefruit juice?. Can you say cover up? Anyway we then placed our main course. I will have the salmon! We don?t have any more salmon. Did this place run out of food? Now everyone should know that is a no-no. Is this the norm? That is unacceptable! Here is the kicker we ordered wine to accompany our food and to our dismay there were gnats in the wine glass. Can we say disgusting in a germ-a-phobic society you serve wine-ala-gnats!! The manager came and apologized for our inconvenience and that was it he was on his way. Not to be nit picking they had the nerve to over charge for the Pasta Dupri. Now I know that JD has been to top-notch 5 star restaurants so what is he running a dive? Sad to say that his establishment does not fit the bill and even more disturbing I will not be returning. I cannot patronize a place where the customer is not top priority. . But here are some suggestions: A) do not place 18% gratuity on a bill when your staff is less than good!! B) DO NOT RUN OUT OF FOOD, Restaurant 101 C) Make your staff more accommodating so that less than satisfactory reviews do not affect you publicly.
STAY AWAY!!!!! – I went to Cafe Dupri after a night out on the town in Atlanta May 2008. I must say I felt pretty good about the restaurant when I pulled up. But once I entered, my feelings quickly changed. First off the hostess was quite rude when she informed us that it would at least be a 25 minute wait. I looked around and there was no one waiting to be seated and I saw an empty, but dirty table. She then offered to let us sit at the bar with no wait and assured us that it would be the fastest solution. We say at the bar for 15 minutes before our drink orders were taken and another 15 to receive them. It then took 10 minutes to take our order and an eternity to receive it. I ordered the ?signature? French toast which was horrible. It was hard and tasteless. I even heard neighboring patrons complaining about their orders as well. I would not recommend this restaurant to ANYONE!!!
Great Food, Terrible Service! – No joke, the food is the bomb! BUT, every time I've gone, I have had a problem with the service. Today I go to pick up a carry out and they ran out of plastic forks and knives. I got over charged for something on the menu and the manager wouldn't even make the change on my ticket, saying, "I can't change the ticket because I don't know how I would explain it"! Also, the website says that they open at 10am. I called at 10:05 to place an order and the manager told me to call back in an hour because they don't open til 11am. He went on to say that the website was wrong. Uh, ya think? Love ya JD, but LOW CLASS bra!
TERRIBLE – I visited Cafe Dupri in June 2006 while on vacation with friends. I would give it NO STARS if I could. The only thing they had going for themselves is the sweet tea. The food was not good at all and the service was even worse. I am very suprised that this place is even still open. We spent over an hour waiting for our food for it to be lacklaster at best. Save your money and time and dine elsewhere!
SO SO GREAT!!! – I have been to CD over 9 times now , I havnt had a bad experience there yet. I love the food, the service is great! Whenever friends or family visit me this is the first place I take them to eat. The price is no more than a IHOP would be(very affordable). I dont eat any pork so the fact that they dont serve any pork or pork products was a bonus(turkey sausage, turkey bacon).The first time I went to Cafe Dupri ,I needed directions so i called them, they were very helpful with guiding me directly to the location.When I pulled up I thought it was small but thats why it's called a "cafe". As my wife and I got out of the car we saw Bow Wow coming out of the cafe,I didnt know my wife was a fan until I saw her running behind his car with her camera phone trying to take pictures!
I REPEAT YOU CANT RUN OUT OF FOOD – ALL I HAVE TO SAY ABOUT THIS PLACE IS THAT THIS IS THE 3RD TIME I HAVE BEEN IN THERE AND THEY HAVE TOLD ME THEY ARE OUT OF SOMETHING, IF YOU CANT SERVE WHATS ON YOUR MENU PLEASE SHUT YOUR PLACE DOWN. I WAS IN THERE LAST NITE AND I WAS TOLD ALL THEY HAD WAS CHICKEN AND SHRIMP, COME ON PEOPLE THIS BUILDING SAYS CAFE DUPRI ON THE OUTSIDE AND YOU WANT TO TELL ME A MILLONARE CANT KEEP FOOD IN THE PLACE 9 TIMES OUT OF TEN HE'S HAS VERY LITTLE TO DO WITH THE PLACE AND HIS NAME IS ON IT,HE PROBABLY KNOWS NONE OF HIS EMPLOYEES ETC. THIS IS JUST BAD BUSINESS AND THE CRAZY PART ABOUT IT IS THAT THE CHEF'S ARE GREAT ( OR WHOEVER'S COOKING) BUT ILL NEVER TAKE A DATE IN THERE AGAIN.
sometimes it is okay to judge a book by its cover..looks like a whole in the wall – I have yet to actually step foot inside of Cafe Dupri.. I live in Buckhead approx. 1 mile north of the cafe and the first time I drove past it on my way home from work.. I said what is that huge billboard above this congested corner... with an arrow pointing down to this little brick something in the middle of beautiful Buckhead... and I said no no.. what in the world.. I have to say I said what a disappointment and not what I expected from JD.. but what should I expect I don't know him anymore than you know me(but still) My friend is here from Detroit and is eager to try it... I told her how I felt and she was still like "come on lets go for lunch.." I then decided to check out the reviews and to my surprise.. everything that I thought I would experience inside is what the people here have mentioned.. I will be dining there this afternoon anyway to please my friend .. going in with an open mind but am sure I will end up saying to her.. see, sometimes it is okay to judge a book by its cover.
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