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50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20002 (Upper Northwest)
202.682.9555
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Ranked #1,523 of 2,680 Restaurants in Washington DC
Cuisines: American
Neighborhood: Upper Northwest
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Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
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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English first
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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65 reviews 65 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 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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128 reviews 128 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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 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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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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33 reviews 33 reviews
20 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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Address: 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
Phone Number: 202.682.9555
Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Upper Northwest
Cuisine: American

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