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3740 12th St NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-2533
+1 202-635-6307
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

Once a key neighborhood and cultural center, the new owner of the building shut down the cafe. The owner has also threaten to destroy the cafe's historic murals.

1 Thank Peter S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

... the crab cakes were not as good as they could have been ... but the mock shrimp was just excellent as were the rest of the Guyanan dishes an spices.

1 Thank Jerome P
Guangzhou, China
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144 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2015

I'm not vegetarian, but a vegan friend wanted to go out to dinner, so we went here. She had the fake shrimp, I had the fake fish, and the others with us had a chicken sandwich and a fish sandwich. All the food was great, especially the fake fish sandwich. I don't know what it was made with, but it... More 

3 Thank WDavidTF
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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551 reviews
414 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2014

I have always wanted to explore the Brookland neighborhood near the Catholic University, which is not far from my hood. Checked Yelp and found this one got good review so I decided to try it out. The place it's own parking lot next to the cafe which is handy. The cafe/bar is small, it is American, Soul food with Caribbean... More 

2 Thank Superlegalbabe
Frederick, Maryland
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29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2014

I visit this neighborhood frequently and have been here twice. I don't usually go for fried stuff, but the fries here- 3 or 4 different flavors!- are great! The veggie burger made with beet is tasty and satisfying. My companions said they enjoyed their vegetarian sandwiches. The atmosphere is very friendly- it's a small place, a few locals at the... More 

2 Thank Parker W
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2014

We get takeout occassionally and have tried the sit-down service. Takeout isn't bad, but the sit down service is horrible. Both times the servers ignored us until we went to the bar, never returned to take drink orders, and was not friendly. The tables are small, wobble, and all the seats are dirty and stained. Take out is okay, sit-down... More 

Thank AngRy_Katora
Warren, MI
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118 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014

Stopped in here on a Monday night to share a poetic piece on the open mic with Mic Check and was pleasantly surprised by the food. The wings were amazing, my drink was tasty and the atmosphere and energy in the room was refreshing. I'd highly recommend this spot for food and fun.

1 Thank rosie313
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2013

Dear owner, I have visited BC on many occasions. I always enjoy my visit as well as the food and complimentary service. I recently stopped (10/26) by to have a mid day lunch to fuel up for my marathon scheduled for the next day in the morning held in DC. I was there around 2 pm and to my surprise... More 

2 Thank smallwood71
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013

I have never tasted a vegan shrimp basket that was so good. Good strong martinis. Great fried fish. Neighborhood locals were very friendly

1 Thank robin r
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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270 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2013

Wide variety of choices on the menu, from meat to vegan. I had the shrimp platter with sweet potato fries and coleslaw. Coleslaw was about three bites. Sweet potato fries were very nice, as was the shrimp.

Thank kccarlson

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 6 - USD 12
American, Caribbean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Delivery
Good for
Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3740 12th St NE, Washington DC, DC 20017-2533
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-635-6307
The Brookland Café and Dessert Bar features fresh, fun and innovative individual desserts, baked goods and light fare.We’re a discerning yet unpretentious neighborhood tavern and we’re looking for passionate individuals, foodies and wine/spirit lovers. Our atmosphere is friendly and upbeat.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?