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Avenue Café & Lounge - Holiday Inn Central

71 reviews
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$30 and under
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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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Italian
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Hours of operation
Breakfast Mon - Sun 6:30 - 11 am

Lunch Mon - Sun 11:30 - 4pm

Dinner 5:00 - 10pm
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Phone number
(202) 349-3030
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Hamid Marchoud
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Private party facilities
On-Sire Catering & Meeting Facilties through the Sales Office at:
Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House
1501 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 2005
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Private party contact
Marshall: (202) 349-3025
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On-Sire Catering & Meeting Facilties through the Sales Office at:
Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House
1501 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 2005
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Cross street
15th Street & Rhode Island Avenue
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Parking details
Garagge Partking for Hotel Guests at:
Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House
1501 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 2005
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Public transit
McPherson Sq merto station (Orange and blue line)and Dupont Circle (Red Line)
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25% off on featured wine bottles available all week during Lunch and dinner with chefs daily specials or ordering entrees from our dinner menu. Join us for Happy Hour from 4 – 7pm in the bar/lounge. Enjoy $3.95 happy our drink specials.
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Special events & promotions
On-Sire Catering & Meeting Facilties through the Sales Office at:
Holiday Inn Washington DC-Central/White House
1501 Rhode Island Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 2005
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine


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What 71 People Are Saying
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3.7  based on all time ratings
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71% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipBestValue (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 29, 2017

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!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 20, 2017

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.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on November 11, 2017

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Pittsburgh)
1.0  Dined on July 3, 2017

Horrible overpriced food!!! Don't eat here

OpenTable Diner (Houston)
3.0  Dined on June 11, 2017

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.

vipdancingqueenDC (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 24, 2017

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.

hayspl (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on November 8, 2016

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

vipAlanK (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on October 12, 2016

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!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on August 19, 2016

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.