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Cafe Citron Latin Kitchen & Margarita Bar, Washington, DC

Cafe Citron Latin Kitchen & Margarita Bar

4.2
4.2
17 Reviews
$30 and under
Latin American

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.

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Booked 2 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Latin American, Fusion / Eclectic, Peruvian

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (202) 422-3005

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party facilities

    We offer 2 private areas for private celebrations groups of 12 to 36 guests. Guests must be seated at tables of 6 or less in the private room. tables are seperated according to CDC GUIDELINES. Guest must order food and drinks from table no direct Bar orders allowed. Guests must wear masks at arrival .Masks may be removed once seated. we provide private bathrooms and usage of sound system.We provide sanitizers and touchless menus. Guests may bring decorations. For large room $50 fee for usage of room $500 minimum spend food and drinks. Small room $300 minimum spend. we have platters /pitchers /bottle service/dessert platters champagne wine and more.

  • Neighborhood

    Dupont Circle

  • Cross street

    South side of Dupont Circle

  • Parking details

    Valet

  • Public transit

    across dupont circle metro southside exit red line

  • Entertainment

    Tuesday-Saturday DJ 10pm-until closingWednesday, Friday & Saturday FREE Salsa LessonsThursday 7:30 & 8:30 Live Flamenco ShowsLarge projection screen showing featured sporting event (no pay per view events available)

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

Menu

Appetizers

  • 2 Colombian Empanadas$8.00

    2 Fried empanadas filled with ground beef picadillo. Crispy and delicious. Served with yum yum sauce and homemade spicy sauce

    • Venezuelan Chicken Empanada$4.00

      • Spinach Empanada$3.50

        Fried Flour empanada filled w/ spinach and cheese

        • Bolivian Beef or Chicken Saltena$6.50

          • Garlic Mojo Fries$5.00

            fresh cut potatoe fries tossed in garlic cilantro olive oi & rice vinegar

            • Jumbo Beer - Brined Fried Buffalo Wings$10.00

              6 chili spicy buffalo wings w/ all the fixings. Celery, carrots & your choice of ranch or blue cheese

              Tacos & More

              • Chicken Fajita Taco$5.00

                • Pork Chicharron Taco$5.00

                  Chicharron pork served with yucca sauteed onion & escabeche w/ citrons house salsa

                  • Lomo Saltado Taco$5.00

                    Citron Favorite topped with homemade salsa and jalapenos

                    • Lomo Saltado Entree$15.00

                      Peruvian style seasoned Beef strips grilled with onions, peas, tomatoes and french fries served with white rice

                      • Tequila Chicken Fajita$16.00

                        Served w/ Black Beans White Rice & Corn Tortillas

                        • Island Garlic Shrimp Served w/ White Rice$18.00

                          More

                          • Bolivian Hot Dog (Gourmet Hot Dog)$6.00

                            Large Gourmet Hot Dog w/ Bolivian Chorrellana (Sauteed Onions Tomatoes & Bolivian Spices, Mayo & Ketchup, Yum Yum Sauce Spicy Bolivian Llahua at Request!

                            • Kale Caesar Salad$6.00

                              Small Kale Tossed w/ Tomatoes Parmesan and Homemade Croutons

                              Last updated: February 1, 2022

                              What 17 people are saying

                              Overall ratings and reviews

                              Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                              4.2
                              4.2 based on all time ratings
                              • 4.1Food
                              • 4.1Service
                              • 4.2Ambience
                              • 4.6Value

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                              1. E

                                Elaine

                                Washington DC

                                2 reviews

                                5.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on May 5, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Amazing! Loud music but we had a great time dancing and the food was super!

                              2. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New England

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on February 18, 2022

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Vibes were immaculate, get the Jose Cuervo bottle special for 100 dollars. Friend fell in love with the bartender upstairs,they have strobe lights and disco balls at their disposal for the party to use. Limes, Birds, and Lyfts littered on the sidewalk for the party to use after their meal and drinks. 10/10 would recommend.

                              3. a

                                aviray21

                                New York Area

                                22 reviews

                                vip
                                3.0

                                22 reviews

                                Dined on November 19, 2021

                                overall3food3service4ambience3

                                it's a good spot for a quick drink but not for dinner although they have some dinner options.

                              4. ME

                                MarandaE

                                Washington DC

                                4 reviews

                                5.0

                                4 reviews

                                Dined on October 24, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Great device and drinks. Nice spot.

                              5. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                New York Area

                                8 reviews

                                vip
                                5.0

                                8 reviews

                                Dined on April 30, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                I took my family there as a pre-Birthday Celebration. We love our Latin music and our food! So imagine our surprise when we felt like we stepped into a Caribbean vacation on a cruise or resort. The atmosphere was comfortably chic and music sooo good everyone was feeling the beat, including my autistic teen!! We are sure to make it a stop every visit to DC!

                              6. OT

                                OpenTable Diner

                                Washington DC

                                1 review

                                5.0

                                1 review

                                Dined on April 24, 2021

                                overall5food5service5ambience5

                                Really great vibe and drinks

                              7. LM

                                LeoM

                                Washington DC

                                3 reviews

                                3.0

                                3 reviews

                                Dined on November 14, 2020

                                overall3food5service3ambience5

                                The food was fantastic and very reasonably priced, the attention in the other hand wasn’t that’s good, our server was spectacular and manage to take several tables at the time so she ended up saving the night but the gentleman tending the host stand was rude and not only with us but with other costumer as if he didn’t wanna be there, to the point of almost fighting another guest, I’ll be back h hoping this incidents don’t repeat.

                              8. R

                                Rich

                                Washington DC

                                38 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                38 reviews

                                Dined on September 20, 2014

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                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!!

                              9. A

                                Annegrethe

                                Washington DC

                                15 reviews

                                5.0

                                15 reviews

                                Dined on September 13, 2014

                                overall5food4service2ambience5

                                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-

                              10. L

                                Lydia

                                Washington DC

                                24 reviews

                                5.0

                                24 reviews

                                Dined on June 20, 2014

                                overall5food4service5ambience4

                                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.

                              11. PP

                                PersianPopeye

                                Washington DC

                                2 reviews

                                4.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on June 14, 2014

                                overall4food4service5ambience4

                                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 !!

                              12. A

                                Alianya

                                Washington DC

                                9 reviews

                                3.0

                                9 reviews

                                Dined on June 4, 2014

                                overall3food3service3ambience4

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

                              13. FF

                                FormerFed

                                Washington DC

                                498 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                498 reviews

                                Dined on May 5, 2014

                                overall4food4service4ambience3

                                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.

                              14. L

                                Lola

                                Washington DC

                                11 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                11 reviews

                                Dined on February 14, 2014

                                overall4food4service3ambience4

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

                              15. L

                                Lee123

                                Washington DC

                                27 reviews

                                vip
                                1.0

                                27 reviews

                                Dined on February 14, 2014

                                overall1food1service1ambience1

                                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!

                              16. FF

                                FormerFed

                                Washington DC

                                498 reviews

                                vip
                                4.0

                                498 reviews

                                Dined on January 3, 2014

                                overall4food4service4ambience4

                                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.

                              17. P

                                Pavla

                                Washington DC

                                2 reviews

                                vip
                                1.0

                                2 reviews

                                Dined on November 29, 2013

                                overall1food2service1ambience2

                                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.

                              Safety precautions

                              • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                              • Physical distancing

                                • Limited number of seated diners
                                • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                • Extra space between tables
                              • Protective equipment

                                • Waitstaff wear masks
                                • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                              • Screening

                                • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                              FAQs

                              Cafe Citron Latin Kitchen & Margarita Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 422-3005.

                              Cafe Citron Latin Kitchen & Margarita Bar is rated 4.2 stars by 17 OpenTable diners.

                              Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

                              Make a reservation

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                              Booked 2 times today
                              Google Map for Cafe Citron Latin Kitchen & Margarita Bar

                              1343 Connecticut Ave Nw Washington, DC 20036

                              Additional information

                              • Cross street

                                South side of Dupont Circle

                              • Neighborhood

                                Dupont Circle

                              • 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

                              • Cuisines

                                Latin American, Fusion / Eclectic, Peruvian

                              • Dining style

                                Casual Dining

                              • Dress code

                                Smart Casual

                              • Parking details

                                Valet

                              • Public transit

                                across dupont circle metro southside exit red line

                              • Payment options

                                AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                              • Entertainment

                                Tuesday-Saturday DJ 10pm-until closingWednesday, Friday & Saturday FREE Salsa LessonsThursday 7:30 & 8:30 Live Flamenco ShowsLarge projection screen showing featured sporting event (no pay per view events available)

                              • Additional

                                Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

                              • Phone number

                                (202) 422-3005

                              • Private party facilities

                                We offer 2 private areas for private celebrations groups of 12 to 36 guests. Guests must be seated at tables of 6 or less in the private room. tables are seperated according to CDC GUIDELINES. Guest must order food and drinks from table no direct Bar orders allowed. Guests must wear masks at arrival .Masks may be removed once seated. we provide private bathrooms and usage of sound system.We provide sanitizers and touchless menus. Guests may bring decorations. For large room $50 fee for usage of room $500 minimum spend food and drinks. Small room $300 minimum spend. we have platters /pitchers /bottle service/dessert platters champagne wine and more.

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