Raleigh >Oakwood Cafe
300 E Edenton St, Raleigh, NC | Directions 2760135.780891 -78.634485
Mon. - Fri. 11:30am - 2:30pm;Sat. 6pm - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED
Worth the Wait.. – Went with a group to Oakwood Cafe last night. First time there. Though we had a wait a while for our food, it was worth it. Food was great. Had the steak which was very flavorful. Recommend making reservations. As it is small and quaint. A little cramped, but worth it for the food. Glad I found Oakwood Cafe and will be back!
A comment to "Very disappointed" – I don?t want to generalize; I have too many friends that are from New York, but unfortunately, ?one bad apple can spoil the bunch?. I just can?t resist commenting to one of your reviewers ? ?Very disappointed? from New York.
Last night we went to dine, again, at the Oakwood Cafe, like we have very frequently done since they opened their doors. We waited 10 minutes to get our waitress to take our order and about 20 minutes for our food. My wife and I enjoyed our wait while we enjoyed each others company; maybe ?very disappointed? did not have very good company while he waited, missed the hostess to come and entertain him, or the short-skirted waitress with the low-cut shirt to enjoy the view while he waited. With regards to the food, maybe he still has the taste of New York food in his palate - the Italian pasta with 2 cups of tomato sauce on top or the Chinese food that tastes like you?re chewing gum. We have come to know this very hard-working family that converted a rat-hole into a great dining experience and do not appreciate ?very disappointed?s? insulting commentary. So, next time he goes back to visit New York, he can try to get a one-way ticket back.
Cuban ??????????????????????????? – well,
after 30 min trying to find parking and a $15 plate, wich was return frozen twice,
sorry not even close to Cuban food.I can cook some cuban food, but this IS NOT authentic Cuban Food.
if you want a try real cuban food go to the new place in downtown cary Havana Grill, meet the owner and he will bring you some fresh cuban bread with buttler and a truly authentic food for less than $8.
Best Restraunt in Raleigh! – This is our favorite place to go on the weekends for dinner or for lunch during the week ! After eating here over a dozen times, I have never had a bad experience....We have introduced this place to friends and they agree. After living in several big cities, It was refreshing to know there was a place like this in Raleigh that you can rely on for a fun night out w/ good food, good atmosphere and OH SO REASONABLE PRICES!
Everything is delicious. Their own hot sauce is in a jug on the counter...add some to the black beans. – I'm in this place at least once a week...usually for lunch...dinner on a weekend. I am always delighted with the food. Everything! Whatever I had last is always what stands out in my memory...until I go there again. Most recently I had the fried Talapia. It was wonderful. Perfectly prepared, not a hint of being oily, a delicious crisp breading, moist and flakey meat. My sides were black beans and plantains. Be sure to add some of the house hot sauce to the beans as it adds the most delightfully complex smokey heat to the flavor. And the plantains are always delicious, golden brown with carmelized edges that are just a little crunchy.
I noticed some other reviewers complaining about 'frozen food' and 'potatoes out of a box'. Honestly...I don't know where they were eating..it wasn't here. Try it yourself. You won't be disappointed.
Everything here is beautiful including the service ;) – The first time I stepped into Oakwood Cafe I was just hungry and tired. Without taking much look around I stuck my head into the menu. Ah, choices, choices. Wow, what can I say? There was too much to pick. So, I kind of picked something random. It was indeed the Churassco Steak. As I sat there, the waitresses behind the counter were "Goddesses". Um, yeah, so I can pretty much tell you I stared at them the whole times. The two ravishingly devoted/sultry/sexy twins I believe. When I was there last week Then I saw the oldest daughter of the owner, what a knockout! And lastly, there is a young broad, aka HOT. Okay, okay, let me get to the food, sorry for the strange bore *_*. Alright, here comes the steak, 14oz?! HOW ABOUT 20?!! The huge as the actual cow itself; then I take a bite and savor the taste of heaven. The rice and spinach + Black beans are good as ever. When I got the check though I was shocked. SO CHEAP! HAHA Highly recommended.
Oh yeah, did I mention to get the desert? Ricotta cheese cake or Tiramisu for me! Both equivalent to the sweet service and funny atmosphere!
P.S- Frozen food freaks, you guys are so cold! You must be used to Cheap Chinese Buffet food!!!!!
Try Oakwood Cafe !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! – I highly recommend you try Oakwood Cafe. I've come to eat several times with big parties and they have accomodated us graciously. I recommend you try the skirt steak or the Milanesa Napolitana and plantains. They also have delicious desserts. The tiramisu is one of the best I've had.
Good Food Good Price – I don't know what the previous post is talking about. I eat here at least once a week. I've met the owners and I've been to the kitchen and I can tell you that nothing is frozen or prepackaged. People that say that just don't know what real food tastes like. Oakwood cafe serves huge portions of food for a great price. I've been to Metro 8 and I can tell you that 40 dollars for a steak is ridiculous.
NOT Argentinean nor Cuban...not recommended – One word: Wow. That is, wow, how could this place have so many good reviews? I've visited three times now. Each time hoping it would get better. Sadly, no. Most of the food is quite clearly prepackaged frozen or right from the box.
For example the ravioli & sauce: prepack frozen, the mashed potato: from a box mix. Terrible. The churrasco was barely passable. It was only the "just ok" chimichurri that made it edible.
While I'm not Argentinean, I do travel there at least four times a year and my partner is Argentinean. I have not taken him there because he would be disgusted. If you want Argentinean food, go to Metro 8 on 9th St. in Durham. Seriously. As for people saying the prices are good? HA! $2.50 for just one empanada that does not seem like it was made there in-house, but just another frozen prepacked item that they thawed out. No thanks.
I did not try any of the Cuban offerings, but another friend of mine did. She was not impressed.
I find it hard to recommend New Oakwood unless you just happen to be right there and are starving with no other places to go. Otherwise, stay away...it's not worth it.
Just OK – I can't figure out all these great reviews. I have been to Oakwood twice and both times I was dissapointed. The food tasted very frozen, not fresh at all. It just lacked all around. The service was pretty bad both times and the lighting is awful. I will say the Sangria is pretty awesome.
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