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Center Cafe

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50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Union Station, Washington DC, DC 20002-4214 (Union Station)
+1 202-682-0143
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Bear, Delaware
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56 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

A few months ago, Center Cafe (now Center Cafe 2) moved atop Thunder Grill restaurant. The food is delicious. Drinks and service are even better! It's a fan fave among locals. Mahmoud is the best bartender ever. His memory of patron's favorite drinks is incredible. I highly recommend stopping by.

Thank RocheleB115
Gothenburg, Sweden
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 July 2016

I had lunch at the Center Café in Union Station in Washington D.C. in early January 2016. The upper deck is recommended as you enjoy more privacy there compared to the ground level tables. Also, the view of the beautiful Union Station is great from up there. I had the, very tasty, Chicken Pot Pie (with Coca-Cola) for lunch and... More 

Thank Henrik H
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110 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2016

Avoiding the chain-esk shops in Union Station before late moring Amtrak departure.Thought it might be nice to people watch and have breakfast in the Center Cafe Union Station...bad idea, bad service, bad food = avoid!

Thank John W
Sacramento, CA
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24 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2016

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 

Thank sgbelverta
Orange County, CA
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89 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2016 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 

Thank Omed6304
Frederick, Maryland
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79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 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 

Thank Phillip L
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23 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 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.

Thank angelica55
Sydney, Australia
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105 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 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 

Thank George B
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 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.

Thank Rob T
Piscataway, New Jersey
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67 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 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.

Thank antonia245

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 15 - USD 25
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Union Station, Washington DC, DC 20002-4214
    (Union Station)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-682-0143
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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?