Avenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn Central

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Avenue Cafe & Lounge @ Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House, is located near Scott Circle in NW Washington, DC. We are in a prime location, just minutes from all the major attractions, theatres, and hottest nightlight one could ask for. We provide the perfect fusion of American/Italian cuisine. Our Executive Chef Hamid Marchoud, culinary expertise lends itself to a more contemporary style infused with Creole/Southern spices. Guest can stay at our hotel or just eat at our restaurant. Perfect for
every occasion, you can dine in our formal dining area, our outer lounge, serving some of the most exotic and delicious drinks. We are also available for onsite catering in any of our three event spaces. Come for the food, come for the fellowship, come for the drinks; just come to Avenue Café . We look forward to serving you at your next visit.
Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House
1501 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20005
202-483-2000

Specials

Certified Angus Beef Brand

Now serving Certified Angus Beef Brand, hand cut steaks under $28. “superior” flavor and tenderness. Chefs Daily Specials. Join Us. You will not be Disappointed

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: August 24, 2018

Ends: August 25, 2117

Availability: Daily 5:00PM-9:30PM

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Join us for a Spectacular Traditional Thanksgiving Buffet, Turkey, VA ham, Prime Rib, Salmon, Corn on the Cob and more. Carving & dessert station, Fresh salad bar, 4 - 9PM. Adults $28.95, kids under 11 $12.95. For more detail visit: Inndc.com/dining.php.

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What 94 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

Nonexistent greeting. I had to ask 3 times for them to check me in on opentable. Since the restaurant was empty (we were the only table), the server insisted that no check in was necessary. The food was just ok. I ordered iced tea. The server brought sugar with it but no spoon or straw. When I asked for a straw, she said they were out.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This Easter buffet was amazing, I could not find a better buffet at the price. Unlimited prime rib and mimosas for about 28 a person is the definition of value. The food was fresh and great tasting, and they kept everything filled to the brim. Service as usual was stellar. I highly recommend this place!

OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter buffet=incredible! More food than I could imagine, drinking flowing and an amazing vibe. Every who worked there seemed to be on the top of their game, it was great! Did I mention the food? Because that was the best part, the buffet was a never ending flavorfest!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been here several times and the service and food was up to par as usual. Everything arrived at a timely manner and the staff was as friendly as I remember them to be. Still highly recommend this restaurant, I'll be returning for brunch on the 21st!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Firstly, this is a Holiday Inn cafe. Food quality was poor, we were serve smuckers syrup in the disposable packaging. It is not a brunch place that is good, it is poor at best. The food is what you would get if you made pancakes out of a box. Everything about this place screamed breakfast in a 2 star restaurant. So I would not recommend coming here for brunch if you are hoping to have a good DC brunch experience.

CD
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

You won't believe this restaurant is in a Holiday Inn. Best crab cakes and short ribs. Excellent craft cocktails. Quiet enough for conversation.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

We weren’t sure what to expect when we walked in. It was a Tuesday evening and there were very few people outside of the bar area. The dining area had very little ambiance— bright lighting and sparse decor. However, we were pleasantly surprised by how much we enjoyed the food. Starting with our salads, there were limited dressing choices but the greens were fresh. Overall it was a good start. Between the three of us, we had short ribs, steak kebabs with pita and chicken kebabs with pita. They were all pretty large portion sizes and were excellently prepared. The onion sumac pita that came with the kebabs was especially unique and tasty. I’d definitely order either of those again just for the pita. The service was also a perfect balance between attentiveness and having the ability to enjoy uninterrupted conversation.

OT
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We dinned there 3 times because the atmosphere was very harm. Nice place for families. The steak was very good and in a very good price. Highly recommended. The barman is a nice bro with lots of fun

OT
New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hostable attitude

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New England
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best for a family. Nice and warm attitude. The prices were to low for what they serve. Every cuisine in the menu. Nice place to relax. The waiter was one of the most kinds that we have ever meet.

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for thanksgiving, and wow! The food in the buffet was great and never ran out (or even low, thinking back in it). Despite the restaurant being packed, the staff were attentive to us and really went out of their way to make sure we had a great time! If you don't feel like defrosting a turkey for several days next year, consider treating yourself and your family here, I would definitely recommend it.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hubby and I came here because we were not about to spend our holidays cooking and I have to say that I was impressed with how it was handled. There was a real big spread with a ton of food, which was much appreciated as I came to EAT. The carving station had this prime rib that was omg, so soft and tender. This is totally a hidden gem, literally, I had a hard time finding the location of the restaurant only to figure out it was right in front of me. When you go here keep in mind that it doesn’t exactly broadcast its location, it’s attached to the Holiday Inn. Trust me, you won’t regret taking a evening off to come here.

S
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The restaurant is slow but the servers are nice. The food is okay.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Avenue Cafe is a great place to snag a meal in a casual setting, the food prices are more than reasonable and the quality exceeds what you would expect. The staff are fun and attentive. I can’t think of anything glaringly wrong to write about. Do yourself a favor and fill up here!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had an extremely pleasant visit, I am a repeat customer and have found that my experience is just as good as it was the previous times; the staff was friendly, the food was reasonably priced and of great quality and the service was fast and accurate. Would recommend stepping in for a bite!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My friend and I decided to get Dinner here after hearing about their specials. I got the steak and my friend got salmon. My steak was both tender and juicy, excellently cooked as well. It felt like I was in a quality steakhouse. My friend seemingly enjoyed his salmon too, im not a huge fish guy by it looked pretty good. The only thing I'd like to note is that we had some issues finding the location because there was no sign with the name. A literal hidden gem. Would recommend to anyone.

SS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent. I ordered NY strip steak. Great choice. my server Emon was super friendly and Knowledgeable .highly recommend this place.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

False advertising. Looks nothing like the picture. Didn’t even know where to go and randomly saw a banner with the name on it. Food came out wrong and took a while.

WS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 1

Its a Holiday Inn - you cant expect much. Food is cheap which is a plus.

JP
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The service was great. The food was good but not much better than your typical hotel restaurant cuisine. The decor wasn't much to write home about, but there were some interesting and amusing pictures lined around the walls. I was using an app for a discount certificate but they asked me to print it out using one of the hotel's printers. I'm not sure why since it had all the same numbers, but getting them the printed version only took a few minutes.

WS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

Arrived to find a 15 minute line of people waiting to be seated. Very disorganized.

WS
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Great value!

DR
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Much better than expected for a restaurant in a Holiday inn!! Food was delicious ! Very friendly waiter.

S
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really liked the service the waitress was very nice and friendly. The angus burger was very good and plentiful. The restaurant however, seemed very slow. I think that they need to promote the restaurant and offer daily specials on the menu. This will also help to bring in more business. They need to offer discounts to the Holiday Inn hotel guests. It can help so much, try these ideas!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Amazing queso dip, awesome yucca fries, and delicious taco salad. Beans and cheese burrito was served cold with a little salad on the side. They give you chips with red and green salsas while you wait. Service was ok, she did not give us a refill on soda or offer. Very very noisy restaurant so prepare to talk loudly across the table. Overall food was great and experience was good. Would go again for Mexican food.

OB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there with my mom for the Thanksgiving buffet lunch at a very reasonable price (27.5$ per person before taxes/tips). They had a variety of traditional choices, food tasted great, staff was super friendly and provided excellent service. They asked several times during our meal how we liked it and whether we needed anything. We felt taken care for. I liked the restaurant's abmience: they have many historical photos related to the US Presidents, and an exhibit of Presidential Dishes in a hall between the hotel lobby and a restaurant. We will come back! Thank you!

AB
Seattle
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

This place is great! We ate there three days in a row. FYI, they do NOT take reservations.

OT
Tulsa
2 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2017
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Horrible overpriced food!!! Don't eat here

OT
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2017
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We had the buffet. The waffles were good as was the omelette. We had the fruit which was fresh. The buffet had a good variety of food.

DC
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

There was no signage outside building where restaurant entrance was from sidewalk/street, only tiny unmarked door outside hotel(not very accessible). Access is better through main hotel lobby however, as I discovered few days later from night auditor that they do have an accessible restroom to the right of restaurant, even though management/staff only showed me to tiny inaccessible one on other side of hotel lobby pretty far from restaurant. Waiter didn't hear or understand my order for fish after I asked him about it, he thought I only wanted appetizer. They were able to accommodate my gluten food allergies by substituting bread with lettuce. The main dish was overcooked, baked flounder was dry around edges, not as moist buttery as fresh fish should be. I used my Belly points for the free house wine which was not supposed to be billed to me; basic average American fare, little over priced for the quality, but considering the neighborhood Thomas Circle and it's high rent area, it's typical overpriced than Logan Tavern. Beacon Bar Monday nights happy hours specials are better. I had to call the main phone number which goes directly to Concierge desk who also didn't understand what I was asking for, someone to help me out of the tiny restroom. There was language barriers with service staff and concierge desk. I told him I'm not in a hotel room, I'm a restaurant patron stuck in the restroom without wheelchair access/doors, etc. They didn't register my open table points until after I called and left a few messages for the manager. Overall it was quiet, almost empty only 4-5 patrons between bar and restaurant, mostly caters to businesses lunch and conferences. Service staff were all pleasant. A tourist family from Midwest sat next to me and enjoyed late 9-10p, burgers and desert after a busy day sightseeing. They seemed pleased with the area, food, ambiance, and took my recommendations. It seemed odd staff were unaware of the bigger more accessible restroom.

h
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2016
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The food was pretty good but the overall experience was nothing special

AK
Washington DC
402 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the chance to work with Emon I. he was a great server and very patient. Also Luis Arias the Manager on duty was extremely professional and kind.

Thank you and kudos!

OT
Washington DC
121 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This was my first and last time to eat at this restaurant. Let me begin by stating that there were no more than 5 or six customers. When we arrived, I stated that I had an Open Table reservation. Not one of the wait staff understood what I was talking about. I even spoke to the clerk at the front desk and she was clueless. One woman, who was part of the wait staff, told us that all the tables were open.
The so-called manager, who immediately spoke the Caucasian women, who was my mentee, was clueless about Open Table. The manager told me that she was unfamiliar with Open Table because most of their guests were there for overnight stays. The manager claimed that they rarely booked customers on Open Table.
The we ordered hamburgers, and they were awful. It took the kitchen over :25 to bring the food.
I make a lot of reservations with Open Table, but this is the worst restaurant that I have ever gone to under your recommendations.

B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place is my total favorite for Sunday Brunch‼️it is a hidden gem as far as DC restaurants go as to the bang for the buck. I considerate it my happy place to take friends & family. Saturday Brunch would be a good idea too. Management please take this into consideration.

I love the staff here, they are the very best! Extremely attentive, friendly, & willing to make special accommodation when requested. Love love love this restaurant. The chef is great & I can't begin to thank the managers Marshall & Mehret. Special people all‼️💖. And last but not least the waitstaff Carlota & Lee - fantastic.

Anyone looking for a reasonably priced, delightful , unpretentious Sunday Brunch buffet with unlimited mimosas all under $30 should definitely put this place on your list to check out. I'm sharing my secret special place with you, so please put on your happy face, come hungry & enjoy.

O
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

I went there for a birthday dinner. We had happy hour at the bar. The beer didn't taste right - really watered down. The bartender even said so. He ended up changing the kegs, but something was still off. In addition, it took him a long time to do anything, even though it was not very busy.

My mom had the crab cake sand which and before she even too a bite she said it smelled fishy. It tasted horribly so she sent it back and got the pulled chicken sandwich, which she says was very good.

S
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The service was great and the food okay. But the restaurant was so quiet. They only had three tables full in the whole place. Maybe they need to offer daily specials and offer dining specials for the guests that stay at the Holiday Inn hotel to get more business.

SS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was wonderful lot off choose w reasonable price the employe professional and super nice

EF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 2

Service was outstanding, food was not! Unfortunately, we were in DC for thanksgiving and had no family there so we didn't have a choice but this one (right next to our hotel) for turkey dinner. Admittedly, it was the cheapest when I was looking around for thanksgiving day, but now I wish we had splurged on one of the better restaurants.

OT
Pittsburgh
23 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice Thanksgiving dinner!
I was on my own in DC for Thanksgiving and had a very nice meal at Avenue Café and Lounge. All traditions were present, service was awesome and food was very tasty!
And also price was great!

S
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2015
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The BBQ wings were a great portion and the price was under $10 but the restaurant was so boring there were only people at two of the twenty or so tables in the whole restaurant. I really would suggest for the manager to sponsor family night or special discounts and meal specials this would attract to the Holiday Inn hotel guests and community residents and it would bring in more business. It is so needed. The wait staff is great.

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