I'm a lifelong sucker for trains and historic railway stations, so those considerations probably colour my review.
Wife and I knew in advance that we'd have to eat here at least once while on our recent visit to Washington: the setting, right in the centre of one of the world's most beautiful stations, surrounded by all that metropolitan hustle and bustle, was irresistible. Our first experience was decent enough that we ended up having two more dinners at the Center Cafe--one in the company of another couple--and one breakfast, as well. Everone was satisfied. This is not a place that we would probably return to regularly if we were residents but as tourists, we were very happy.
Menu offers a wide selection and prices were decent, particularly upstairs in the bar area, where there were happy hour deals during the week. Too frenzied up there for us, though, linen tablecloths downstairs, a bit more relaxed, same great view. Our dinners were better than our breakfast, though the breakfast was decent and at at $10.95 all in--juice, loaded breakfast croissant, and coffee/tea--in such a setting, what's to complain?
Service was just a tad TOO efficient (I think that I recognize that waitress who slams down the cutlery and avoids eye contact!) but the servers are very busy and many of the customers are in a hurry. We took our own sweet time and nobody tried to rush us out.
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