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The Chef Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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111 S 4th St, Manhattan, KS 66502-6109
+1 785-537-6843
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07:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Fri 06:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 07:00 - 15:00
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The staff of this dining facility are courteous and while a volunteer group was changing outside decorations they brought the crew free coffee to warm them up. The food on the menu is very tasty and not over priced. There is limited seating but every day people wait in line outside in order to enjoy the food. This is a... More 

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Thank Vincent T
Olathe, Kansas
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Chef has always been consistent in providing great food and service. I enjoy eating pretty much everything on their menu.

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Thank norwegianninja21
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

The food is good, but the coffee is terrible. Maybe I am just spoiled from the city, where all the coffee is great.. Everytime we go there the coffee taste burnt.. but the food choices are varied and well presented.

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Thank Kurawin S
Cleburne, Texas, United States
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Met with extended family for a mini-reunion. The Chef was a hit with everyone. We had to wait for a table because it is popular with the town and the students - worth the wait.

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Thank Annette W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

This is the best restaurant in Manhattan hands down the service is always excellent even when there busy

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Thank Keith B
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

breakfast 5 people, breakfast very average, nothing great, could have done better and cheaper at i hop. only ate here because I had heard great things about it, had not eaten at chefs in years, used to eat there all the time. friendly waitress.

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Thank Donna W
Manhattan, Kansas
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

The food and atmosphere are great. The staff are on top of their game. You et a lot of lot of food for the price, and the price is comparable to other restaurants of this kind. The place is on a downtown street, but is kind of small. Parking is a premium there also. The best time to get there... More 

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Thank Patrick P
Kansas City, Missouri
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76 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

When The Chef opened in 1943, Manhattanites had to eat fast because a long line of people were ready to take their place in the small cafe. Today, there is usually a line for a table in the cozy restaurant featured as Food Network’s ultimate breakfast joint in Kansas, especially for breakfast on Saturday and Sunday mornings and on game... More 

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Thank ShutterbugSage
fort collins
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

Loved the retro sign which drew us in. Single biscuit and gravy priced right at $3. Very good, too. Enjoy!

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Thank rotarymartin
Manhattan, Kansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

Delicious food in a great atmosphere for adults and kids. Food came out quickly and tasted great, service was excellent.

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Thank Lindsey W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 15:00
Monday
06:00 - 14:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 14:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 14:00
Thursday
06:00 - 14:00
Friday
06:00 - 14:00
Saturday
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 111 S 4th St, Manhattan, KS 66502-6109
  • Location: United States  >  Kansas (KS)  >  Manhattan
  • Phone Number: +1 785-537-6843

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