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Center Cafe

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20002 (Upper Northwest)
202.682.9555
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Ranked #1,530 of 2,650 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
Cross street: Union Station
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.
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Holyoke, Massachusetts
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Good place for breakfast. I had the bacon, cheese, and egg croissant sandwich. It was very tasty, and the service was great. Worth a stop if your looking for a breakfast at, or near union station.

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New York City, New York
1 review
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I believe that employees of this restaurant stole my purse. I had lunch with 3 friends at the Center Cafe in Union Statoin Washington DC on July 6, 2014. During lunch, my purse was stolen. The restaurant was quiet, with hardly any other tables occupied. No one sat near us. We were far from the outer edges of the restaurant,... More

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Jackson, Mississippi
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20 reviews 20 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a great place if you want to sit and relax in the open air of the Union Station's main hall and look up at the vaulted ceiling and people watch. Go up the stairs to the top seating area for the best view. The food is decent, though lunch, dinner, and the bar are better than the uninspired... More

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Willoughby, Ohio
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54 reviews 54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014 via mobile

We stopped to see Union Station on an evening limo trip around the city. We spied the bar in the center. It was so glamorous, we decided to have a quick one. What a nice surprise! The bartender was warm and friendly. The other patrons were, too. I had a nice chat with a congenial fellow from NYC. I can't... More

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Westport, CT
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29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Salad otherwise good but too much dressing. Lighter is better. Service was prompt and friendly, ok but could be better

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Orange County, CA
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60 reviews 60 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

The only two positive aspects of Center Café are that it’s conveniently in the middle of Union Station and that it has an upstairs level from which it is fun to people watch. The service, food, and drink were not good and do not merit a second visit. When we could actually get a server’s attention, we had to ask... More

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
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57 reviews 57 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

Listen, if your traveling for business between New Your City and Washington, DC, two things are a must. 1. Ride Acela. 2. Refill at the Center Cafe before you board to return from DC. This place is unbelievably situated smack-dab in the middle of Union Station. There is a lower level and terrace bar that serve equally tasty meals and... More

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Worcestershire
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55 reviews 55 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

Having rejected the fast food courts on the lower floor we were attracted by the white table cloths and the smart surroundings in the centre of this busy station. On the plus side it's a great place to sit and watch the world go by so but the food was just ok, and the service efficient but charmless. Probably recommend... More

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Florida
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014

Three of us were hungry but the dinner hour was over and Union Station wasn't crowded. We were afraid no restaurants were open. We wanted a "local" not chain eatery. The Center Café in Union Station was perfect. Jose was our server and was excellent in all ways. The food was delicious and priced reasonably. I had a great salad... More

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Middle Island NY
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

This cafe is centered in the hall at Union Station in Washington DC where the trains and buss'es come into. It's a great place to relax and people watch while waiting for your train and having a bite to eat. The noise level is not too loud as one would expect. I had the fresh brie with grilled pears and... More

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