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409 12th St SW, Washington DC, DC 20024-2125
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21 reviews
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Reviewed February 21, 2017

They do a brisk business. Not many seats. Sandwiches are very fresh. Best part was the bread. Bread was an oversized baguette--nice and crisp on the outside, slightly chewy on the inside with somewhat of a sourdough twist...

Thank Adam M
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed June 10, 2016

This cafe has reasonably priced good tasting food at a reasonable price. The service is also excellent. We are a family of five and this was good place to dine for lunch after visiting the Bureau of Engraving and Printing. They were very helpful in helping our youngest, a picky eater, find something on the menu to eat- imagine that... More 

Thank amccaskill
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

We fell into here out of the searing DC heat after walking round the memorials all morning. The staff were very friendly and efficient with a great range of drinks and sandwiches. Clearly heavily used by staff from around the local area and slightly off the main tourist route but worth looking out for as something less touristy that does... More 

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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed June 25, 2015 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch and had a delicious turkey sandwich (they carved it right there in front of us!) and an enormous chocolate chip cookie. They have a great selection of chips too. It was inexpensive and a convenient walk from the Holocaust Museum and Smithsonian.

Thank werebat
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Cafe Twelve is located in The Warren H Pearse Building. Our youngest son didn't see anything he wanted on the menu so we asked if they could make him a grilled cheese and they did! It was very good food and excellent service. Looks family owned.

Thank Cbboggs
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed April 1, 2015

wonderful deli that is right off the national mall. Much better than smithsonian or national mall food.

Thank Jimmycouchster
Millbrae, California
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2015

This place is near the Mall and good for a quick lunch takeout or dine in. There are sandwiches and pita wraps with Veggie options too. Prices are reasonable.

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Restaurant Details

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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 409 12th St SW, Washington DC, DC 20024-2125
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?