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50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20002 (Union Station)
202.682.9555
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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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Good for:
Casual Dining
Doing business
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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While waiting for my train, I had an early supper in the Café. It is a people-watching place par excellence. I asked the waiter if I wanted crab cakes or the much less expensive chicken pot pie for the main course; he recommended the latter and it was delicious. A good martini began the meal, a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 3, 2015
NewYorker10458
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

While waiting for my train, I had an early supper in the Café. It is a people-watching place par excellence. I asked the waiter if I wanted crab cakes or the much less expensive chicken pot pie for the main course; he recommended the latter and it was delicious. A good martini began the meal, a glass of beer accompanied... More 

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Reston
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192 reviews 192 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Grabbed a bite here for lunch as seeing family off at the train station. Service was good. We had Shrimp Cocktail and Oysters Rockefeller both of which were just fine. We both had the salmon salad with quinoa and citrus. It was a nice sized portion, very tasty and the salmon was perfectly cooked. All in all was just fine.... More 

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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366 reviews 366 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We met for a leisurely lunch. The food was excellent without being gourmet; the service was intermittent (but friendly when it was on); the ambiance was train station din (but not so loud that we couldn't hear each other). And our table, right in the middle of the station, felt a bit like sitting in an office cubicle (temporary partial... More 

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Top Contributor
71 reviews 71 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Great food and service and always awesome sitting in the middle of Union Station. Sit at the top if you can.

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Owensville, Missouri
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75 reviews 75 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Took a late afternoon break from touring the capital. Located in the main hall of Union Station. Good drinks. Yummy nachos. Attentive service.

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Bristol, United Kingdom
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158 reviews 158 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

There are not a lot of restaurants around Union station, and even fewer open on a Sunday evening. Having had a decent lunch in Georgetown by the Potomac, we only wanted a simple bite to eat with a drink. We shared the substantial cheeseboard and had a beer each and it suited us perfectly. It was clean, the service was... More 

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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 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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61 reviews 61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
    (Union Station)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: 202.682.9555

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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?