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City Lights of China

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Dupont Circle
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1731 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
+1 202-265-6688
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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West Palm Beach
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105 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

Many years ago when I visited Washington, D.C. for either business of just to stay with friends, dinner at the fairly new City Lights of China was a must. But then for some reason it fell out of favor until recently where it is again a famed and much visited Chinese restaurant. City Lights of China is now in its... More 

Thank James G
Dublin, Ireland
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81 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This was a great little find while working in DC. It's a small place and doesn't look like much from the outside.....but it's worth going in. The staff are friendly, and the food is tasty. The portion sizes are large! I normally don't leave anything on my plate......but I couldn't finish everything I was served here!! Very good place for... More 

Thank MichaelOD14
London, United Kingdom
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119 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

CLoC has consistently delivered extremely flavourful - and light - dishes since I was introduced by a city resident family member and has now become one of my "trusted providers" in town. Special mentions for the eggplant, sesame chicken and of course the steamed dumplings. I can see myself being a regular for many more years, as should you...

Thank T V
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

excellent dumplings with chives and pork stuffing and dipping sauce; good shrimp and vegetable tempura; soups are all good, especially hot and sour, spinach and won ton; excellent ma po tofu (if you like spicy, ask for extra spicy); great eggplant; if you don't like it too sweet, ask for basil or black bean sauce

Thank sherngaio
West Chicago, Illinois
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69 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

I was peer pressured into visiting this restaurant a week ago. I don't eat much Asian food so I was reluctant to go. But the food was super delicious! I had the vegetable lo-mein and some dumplings. All very good. The server was very fast and kind to us. Don't be weird out by the outside look, the place inside... More 

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Staying near Washington Hilton, we were looking for a restaurant near DuPont Circle and stumbled over this gem. My 15 year old son had decided Chinese was the way to go and wanted crispy Peking duck with pancakes which was on the menu. We were seated immediately by our very friendly waiter. I asked what the house speciality was and... More 

Thank TheCountG
Baltimore, Maryland
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

We were staying at the Normandy Hotel and looking for a casual evening with reliable food. While the menu is pretty standard, everything tasted very freshly made and was served quickly. We also loved that it was a basement restaurant. The staff was also super friendly.

Thank allthingsfadra
Asheville, North Carolina
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78 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I have been here a few times over the years, but not very recently. Ignore the eight-year-old stickers of approval on the door. This place has dramatically gone downhill and it's now just another typical American Chinese food place. Very disappointing.

Thank lbasskin
Key West, Florida
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

City Lights of China was our choice for lunch because we overheard someone local talking about it to a friend on the phone. We figured what do we have to loose so we stopped in. My choice was the General Tso's Chicken and my friend had Chicken with Chinese Vegetables prepared to his liking, no oil & no salt. Both... More 

Thank ScreaminEagle2009
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

I love this place... it is a literal hole in the wall below grade been there a million years kind of place. Most people walk by and never pay any attention to it... silly folks. Always predictable, and always good. Best Chinese outside of China town...

Thank bowtieguy61

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 32
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1731 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-265-6688

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