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50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Union Station, Washington DC, DC 20002 (Union Station)
+1 202-682-0143
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: The only 50-star restaurant in D.C.! With its sweeping views of Capitol...
The only 50-star restaurant in D.C.! With its sweeping views of Capitol Hill, there could hardly be a more perfect setting for this celebration of regional American cuisine than historic Union Station.
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  • 10
    Excellent
  • 34
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 18
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nothing to brag about

My supervisor took me and my colleagues out for lunch here. I ordered the tuna sandwich. The food was average and the service was okay. Nothing great about it but nothing terrible either. It wouldn't be my first choice to eat at Union Station.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
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  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Grabbed a quick coffee here. I know this is a busy station in the capital but there is no way that $9 for a double espresso can be justified. Total rip off. Paris, London and Rome would all be cheaper, even in their smarter hotels.

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Piscataway, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

When I have to wait for an Amtrak train and it is dinner time, my go to place for a light meal and great glass of wine. Can also enjoy the beauty of Union Station.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

DC traffic can be annoying so we decided to leave a bit early so we wouldn't miss our train. We decided to eat the the Center Cafe at Union Station. We choice the cafe breakfast @$10.50 per person. Croissant with fried egg, bacon, potatoes, fruit, orange juice and coffee. Everything was perfect! Great deal!

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Gahanna, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed lunch at this restaurant while visiting D.C. Both our meals were very good, mine being a tuna salad sandwich and his the turkey wrap. The service was good and we enjoyed watching all the people bustle around Union Station.

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Scotland
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I don't know where to start with this place. The location is interesting, but the food, drinks & service were truly awful. We had to remind the waiter TWICE to bring our drinks order & since the bar was pretty much deserted I'm not sure what else they were doing! Sodas were from a fountain and tasted of chlorine. The... More 

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green4859
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My supervisor took me and my colleagues out for lunch here. I ordered the tuna sandwich. The food was average and the service was okay. Nothing great about it but nothing terrible either. It wouldn't be my first choice to eat at Union Station.

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Woburn, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

We had dinner here since we were taking a night time bus tour out of the station. The food was good except I ha the half chicken and it came with string fries. I was expecting fries instead I got potato sticks-different if u were to get this ask for veggies. My wife had lobster ravioli which were good. We... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Positive: The server was attentive and kept our water glasses filled. Negative: EVERYTHING ELSE. I've not ever written such a negative review of an establishment. But literally every element of the meal was lacking. I ordered a rack of ribs. The meat was totally flavorless. It appeared that the meat had been warmed, and then had the BBQ sauce added... More 

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Wilmington, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

This is a very convenient restaurant in the train station. The food and service is very good. Great place to have a discussion with business clients while you are waiting for your tain.

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I’m early for an appointment so I stop for a drink in the middle of Union station. Only two sisters from Florida, going back there in the sleeping car, at the bar(I feel sorry for them, temperature already too high in that part of the world). Barmaid very friendly and efficient, knows her jokes too! Chivas Regal $12+tax+tip. But it’s... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Union Station, Washington DC, DC 20002
    (Union Station)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-682-0143

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine

Description

The only 50-star restaurant in D.C.! With its sweeping views of Capitol Hill, there could hardly be a more perfect setting for this celebration of regional American cuisine than historic Union Station.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm

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