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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: Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings
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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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 22
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 19
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Right near all bus/train/Metro lines

Ate at 5 pm on a Thursday. It was just after the blizzard, and only about 30% full. I had a table near the doors, and there was a strong cold breeze. This is a train station so it's very noisy. Service was attentive and quick. The food was delivered by the chef. I had the Strip Steak, and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
sgbelverta
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Sacramento, CA
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Sacramento, CA
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20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Ate at 5 pm on a Thursday. It was just after the blizzard, and only about 30% full. I had a table near the doors, and there was a strong cold breeze. This is a train station so it's very noisy. Service was attentive and quick. The food was delivered by the chef. I had the Strip Steak, and the... More 

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Thank sgbelverta
Orange County, CA
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89 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It started with an employee telling our server, who was sitting in a side space clearly engrossed in his phone, to get off his phone and get us menus. He did. Eventually. Drinks were okay. The artichoke dip, a microwaved mess with a few chopped tomatoes thrown on top accompanied by some cold hard pita wedges, was unappetizing. After the... More 

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Thank Omed6304
Frederick, Maryland
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73 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

We decided to take a day trip by early commuter Train into DC and got breakfast at the first place in Union Station we saw. Location was very convenient and not busy at all. Service was a pleasant experience and the French Toast and Omelet we had were acceptable but not something I would go back for. For sit down... More 

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Thank Phillip L
Cedar Grove, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

The food was excellent and service good. We ordered the spinach dip and nachos and both were good size portions which had great flavor. The service was fast and friendly and the atmosphere was entertaining if you're into people watching.

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Thank angelica55
Sydney, Australia
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57 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

We were two staying in Washington and decided to have nice meal to celebrate our trip and how everything went well during our travels in the USA. We chose the Center cafe in Union Station for dinner - a great choice- One of our party had chicken noodle soup for starter then a steak - one of the best he... More 

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Thank George B
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 via mobile

Grabbed a quick coffee here. I know this is a busy station in the capital but there is no way that $9 for a double espresso can be justified. Total rip off. Paris, London and Rome would all be cheaper, even in their smarter hotels.

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Thank Rob T
Piscataway, New Jersey
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59 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

When I have to wait for an Amtrak train and it is dinner time, my go to place for a light meal and great glass of wine. Can also enjoy the beauty of Union Station.

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Thank antonia245
New York City, New York
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184 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

DC traffic can be annoying so we decided to leave a bit early so we wouldn't miss our train. We decided to eat the the Center Cafe at Union Station. We choice the cafe breakfast @$10.50 per person. Croissant with fried egg, bacon, potatoes, fruit, orange juice and coffee. Everything was perfect! Great deal!

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Thank amasnyc
Gahanna, Ohio
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87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed lunch at this restaurant while visiting D.C. Both our meals were very good, mine being a tuna salad sandwich and his the turkey wrap. The service was good and we enjoyed watching all the people bustle around Union Station.

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Thank Jadped
Scotland
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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

I don't know where to start with this place. The location is interesting, but the food, drinks & service were truly awful. We had to remind the waiter TWICE to bring our drinks order & since the bar was pretty much deserted I'm not sure what else they were doing! Sodas were from a fountain and tasted of chlorine. The... More 

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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: Local cuisine, Business meetings

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?