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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, Breakfast, 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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  • 22
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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
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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Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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green4859
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

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 64 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 62 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 571 helpful votes
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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Kandahar, Afghanistan
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

This wonderful location in the exact center of the Main Hall at Washington, D.C.'s Union Station, used to be called ?America's," which a signature dish from each state. It was great food, great service and very good prices. I had not been there in years, so met a friend from out of town there...the set up is the same, on... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 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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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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Additional Information about Center Cafe

Address: 50 Massachusetts Ave. NE, Union Station, Washington DC, DC 20002
Phone Number: +1 202-682-0143
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
Average Prices: USD 15 - 25
Cuisine: American

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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: Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Doing business

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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?