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Cafe Citron

10 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Late-night Find
  • Good for Groups

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Washington D.C.’s Cafe Citron in Dupont Circle that serves Latin food. It’s also a lounge where you can go to relax with friends and enjoy any number of specialty drinks and a nightclub for those who want to do some dancing.

Every dish at Cafe Citron entails some combination of sweet, spicy and salty; this includes the drinks. The menu is inspired by traditional forms of Peruvian, Bolivian and Mexican dishes with influences from Europe and North America. Examples of the menu items at Cafe Citron include the lemon garlic flounder, island curry shrimp, sizzling fajitas and Peruvian lomo saltado. For dessert, try the fried banana cheesecake wrap or Spanish churros.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Latin American, Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service
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Hours of operation
Monday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm dinner until 10pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 2:00am dinner until 11pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 3:00am Dinner until 11pm
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Phone number
(202) 530-8844
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
South side of Dupont Circle
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Public transit
across dupont circle metro southside exit red line
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Tuesday-Saturday DJ 10pm-until closing
Wednesday, Friday & Saturday FREE Salsa Lessons
Thursday 7:30 & 8:30 Live Flamenco Shows
Large projection screen showing featured sporting event (no pay per view events available)
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine
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3.6based on all time ratings
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78% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on September 20, 2014

Cafe Citron was a delightful experience altogether. My wife and I enjoyed a very well prepared and well served Latin meal (chicken stew for her, garlic shrimp for me) in a pleasant and interesting restaurant by the bar. Then danced the night away downstairs, with a superb salsa instructor on hand to keep the party going. At least one other couple were as old as we (or almost), and the crowd overall was diverse, friendly, and happy. We would go back again in a minute. Muy bien, Citron!!

5.0Dined on September 13, 2014

Very, very noisy - it's a salsa bar / night club so no surprise really. It's a fun place just don't expect to do any talking! Music is fun, lively (and friendly) crowd. Awesome Mojitos. Caipirinhas, ceviche and guacomole-

5.0Dined on June 20, 2014

Went here to watch WC. last minute reservation and had no problems getting a seat. Service was excellent considering that it was packed. I loved the food..had the pork with r&b tacos and empanadas. Drinks were onthe sugary side.

4.0Dined on June 14, 2014

Loved it here, especially during the Italy-England World Cup game, what a delight !! Super great and attentive staff, fantastic hostess and owners. They truly care about their patrons, what a great Washington, DC experience !!

3.0Dined on June 4, 2014

Energetic, vibrant, loud, but classy. Everything that I like in a restaurant. Hot, Hot, Hot

4.0Dined on May 5, 2014

We were a little disappointed because the guacamole wasn't as exceptional as it had been on our last visit. The waitress suggested that a lack of ripe tomatoes was the cause. We got a variety of starters -- empanadas, ceviche, coconut shrimp -- and many drinks. Our first order of beef empanadas was chicken, as the second order confirmed. The music was loud and crowd energetic.

4.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Loved the Vday preset menu, great value. Also enjoyed the salsa dancing lessons. Food was delicious!

1.0Dined on February 14, 2014

Made the mistake of going here for Valentine's day. There is no Valet, among other things that is advertised. They need to spend a few dollars on accomondations, if you go bring your own chairs and food. The dancing is in the basement; bring a flashlight so you can see in the dungeon. Avoid this place!

4.0Dined on January 3, 2014

Received a warm welcome on a very cold night. My girlfriend got the garlic shrimp and coconut-coated chicken. I got the Tex-Mex burritos, which came with black beans and rice. We got a special side dish: French-fried potatoes with garlic and cilantro. Everything was delicious and the servings so generous that she took good portions of both her appetizers home while I couldn't finish the beans and rice. Our waiter was very friendly and accomodating, bringing us a couple portions of habernaro pepper sauce to spice up our dishes. Bar service was a little slow, but the drinks were worth the wait. The spicy margarita I started with was so good that she got it for her second drink, after starting with a mango martini. We will return.

1.0Dined on November 29, 2013

Our group of 4 was ready for a fun dinner. The drinks were good (and a steal at happy hour prices). However, service was slow when the restaurant was not very busy. And the food was OK to bad. The plantain appetizer is good, but stay away from the empanadas (lead weights). Requests to make something spicy or put cheese on the side were ignored, and our server disappeared for long periods of time.