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Cornerstone Cafe

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1501 M St NW, Ste 1, Washington DC, DC 20005-1700
+1 202-463-3911
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun 07:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Freindly staff, well organized and presetned. A large variety of foods. Great strawberries on the salad bar and really good brownies. This is one of my regualr lunch places

Thank slynn421
Norfolk, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

We went here Thursday before New year's.....although we thought the value was pretty good, unfortunately the food was cold and it was a bit picked over. However next time we go up there we may try it again.

Thank Robert I
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

The staff was unfriendly but the buffet was worse, everything was cold, from the eggs to the sausage to the bacon, and horribly salty. Actually couldn't eat more than a couple of bites before becoming nauseated.

Thank Chris T
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Lots of varied and quick buffet line. You pay by pound. 4 adults with drinks total was around $40. The only problem I had was food was not hot. I had French toast and it was cold. The others had pancakes and the biscuit & gravy which were all on the cool side. Other than that good place for quick... More 

Thank katie b
Avon, CT
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170 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

We were staying at the Jefferson just one block from the Cornerstone and looking for breakfasts that were quick, easy and cheap. This fit the bill perfectly. We ate here all three mornings of our stay. The food is served buffet-style so we could choose from a wide variety of offerings - eggs, bacon, ham, potatoes, bagels, french toast, pancakes... More 

Thank Craig B
Los Angeles, California
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465 reviews
270 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 May 2016

The restaurant located across the street where Westin and Lowes Madison sat. Open from morning to afternoon, only served breakfast and lunch, in buffet type. Foods would be re-arranged/re-set after 1030AM from Breakfast to Luncheon menu, which would formally begin around 11AM. Cost of foods measured in weight: 5.99/lb. for breakfast and 7.49/lb. for lunch. Additional for coffee. Many people... More 

1 Thank Chuang004
Tampa, Florida
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603 reviews
334 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 April 2016

Great breakfast buffet. Cold and hot items as well as ready-made. Always clean neat with very friendly service!

Thank TampaTrips
New York City, New York
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217 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

It's close to our hotel so we stopped by for breakfast. The place is fine, clean, good for groups of people and fussy eaters. Food is good, basic (hot/cold breakfast foods. But to be honest with you, our eggs and French Toast was clearly cooked, but now cold. So, I suggest that you make sure that the food has steam... More 

Thank Rstraubh
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2016

Had to grab a quick breakfast for the family before a long day touring DC. The Cornerstone has two large buffets with a very large and delicious selection of items for a quick breakfast. Many of these are pricey since they charge by the pound, but a large breakfast for 5 cost around $30 including drinks for all.

1 Thank YtheLongFace
Frederick, Maryland
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99 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

Came expecting a breakfast diner with individually priced breakfast offerings as their internet page indicates. Wrong. Its buffet only charged by the pound. The food was mostly good (not great) but was disappointed that my expectations were not met. Suggested to management that they do a major update of their webpage, and very soon.

1 Thank Hugh T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 14:30
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 M St NW, Ste 1, Washington DC, DC 20005-1700
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-463-3911

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