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Center Cafe

$$ - $$$American, ,
50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Union Station, Washington DC, DC 20002-4214
+1 202-682-0143
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  • Excellent12%
  • Very good36%
  • Average20%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible17%
20 Aug 2016
“Great Bar Food. Excellent Service.”
17 Jul 2016
“Tasty food, great service!”
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
50 Massachusetts Ave NE, Union Station, Washington DC, DC 20002-4214
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Reviewed 20 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....More

Thank RocheleB115
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...More

Thank Henrik H
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 JerseyJohnnie
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...More

Thank sgbelverta
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...More

Thank Omed6304
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...More

Thank Phillip L
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
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...More

Thank George B
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
Reviewed 11 August 2015

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
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
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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