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50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Washington DC, DC 20002
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Ranked #1,491 of 2,717 Restaurants in Washington DC
Mon - Fri 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: American
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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
171 reviews 171 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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328 reviews 328 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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
77 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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
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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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56 reviews 56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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
21 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Additional Information about Center Cafe

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

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