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Cafe Beautiful

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730 Massachusetts St, Ste B, Lawrence, KS 66044-2344
+1 785-843-7423
17:00 - 02:00
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Lawrence, Kansas
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72 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

This special evening in December 2014 (not 2015 as indicated, 2014 wasn't an option) was marred by being told that our table of 13 would be the only seating of the nigh but upon arrival there was a seating of 4 or 6 before us so that when our group arrived Mel had her hands full trying to serve what... More 

Thank traveldog007
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
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97 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 April 2016

Café Beautiful sounded like an ideal experience, so three weeks before we were to be driving from Pennsylvania through that part of the country I called the restaurant, leaving several messages. Some days later the chef returned the calls, and we explained about our situation and made reservations. This done, we cancelled our stay and meal at Harry's in Manhattan,... More 

Thank Cochon
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

we have called over 10 to 12 times to make a resveration mmmost of the time no one answere the time they did three days noyice and no tables we are still trying

Thank ART B
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2015

No better dining experience in Lawrence than this! Reservations are required. Only 6-8 diners a night, served 10 courses of the most exquisite food prepared by a chef who knows food! Don't miss this experience.

Thank Winni50
Kansas City
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140 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 2015

Probably the best evening, and overall meal we've ever experienced - but I will admit that the menu was a little out of our normal comfort zone. Chef Mel said it best, if you have an "open palate" you will enjoy the experience. Mel's background is art and you can tell, from the artfully prepared dishes that are not only... More 

2 Thank JLCLJC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2015

Cafe Beautiful is the most unique dining experience you can have in Lawrence and the surrounding area. I've been fortunate enough to eat her twice and both times have been fantastic. Each course is like a work of art and the flavors are amazing!

1 Thank tltltltl
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2014

A unique experience. Mel runs this private single-table (8 persons max) by-appointment-only restaurant and provides a memorable meal every time. One of the best special event restaurants in Kansas. - 7 to 9 courses of Asian cuisine - no fixed menu, every dish is created for that evening - bring your own wine/liquor - best dishes we've had: coconut curry... More 

1 Thank steve907
Stockholm, Sweden
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2014

Exquisite Asian-style seven-course tasting menu. Very small - you will likely be the only patrons. Chef Melinda serves each course personally which makes the entire experience feel like you are a guest at the home of a very talented friend. She will also accommodate any dietary restrictions (e.g. vegan, no cilantro, no shellfish, no meat). Best dish is the tuna... More 

1 Thank Dunash
Lawrence, Kansas, United States
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49 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 December 2013

Cafe Beautiful is a special occasion place that is more than a delicious meal. This is a place to go when you want a memorable evening and to show someone that they are really important to you. Mel has added some new menu items that are exquisite. This is a must-do dining experiences for foodies and just those who want... More 

3 Thank RubyinKansas
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53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2013 via mobile

First off to respond to "Megan" who gave this restaurant a lousy review---PLEASE crawl back to whatever dining hole you crawled out of--you don't deserve this place -- Now on to my review --our party of three loved, loved this place. The chef Mel--understands flavors-ingredients and techniques--and to be able to put it all together with such subtle-exquisiteness-and a delightful,... More 

2 Thank ljnjks

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$65 - US$85
Asian, Japanese, Sushi
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Private Dining
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Open Hours
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 730 Massachusetts St, Ste B, Lawrence, KS 66044-2344
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Lawrence
  • Phone Number: +1 785-843-7423
Hidden in the heart of downtown Lawrence, Cafe Beautiful delivers an intimate and truly unique dining experience. BYOB. Reservations Required.

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