Cafe Citron Latin Kitchen & Margarita Bar

11 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 11 people are saying
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3.7based on all time ratings
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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2020

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.

Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined 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!!

Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined 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-

Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined 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.

Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 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 !!

Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2014

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

Washington DC
492 reviews
Dined 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.

Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2014

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

Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined 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!

Washington DC
492 reviews
Dined 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.

Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 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.


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 3.7 stars by 11 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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