Café Selmarie started out simple enough, a tiny bakery café on Giddings plaza, with just 5 or 6 tables inside. The big idea that started it all was a belief in using the highest quality ingredients available and in being something special to a great neighborhood. The year was 1983 and although the café was in the exact location it is now, Lincoln Square was not the bustling hub of modern urban culture that it is today – in fact, it was a totally different world back then. There weren’t so many shops and restaurants and there was very little foot traffic on our stretch of Lincoln Avenue. Café Selmarie, with this oddity called an espresso machine, quickly became the destination for coffee and pastry, soups and sandwiches. It’s true we’ve knocked down a few walls since then, and the business has continued to grow along with Lincoln Square – but in another sense, things haven’t changed all that much.
Since opening all those years ago, owners Birgit Kobayashi and Jeanne Uzdawinis, along with the entire staff at Café Selmarie, have been dedicated to that same principle: providing fresh food made with the highest quality ingredients in a warm and inviting setting. Inspired by European cafes and coffee houses, Birgit and Jeanne have created a space that’s just as comfortable for sitting down and enjoying a slice of homemade Sacher torte and an espresso as it is for an elegant candlelight dinner. The dining room décor is simple and modern, highlighted by large windows overlooking Giddings plaza and a shaded patio for outdoor dining. The atmosphere is relaxed and welcoming for any occasion, whether it’s a gathering with family and friends or a romantic dinner for two.
Café Selmarie serves contemporary American cuisine for breakfast, lunch, dinner and weekend brunch with menus created by Executive Chef Ricky Sakoda.