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1501 M St NW, Ste 1, Washington DC, DC 20005-1700
+1 202-463-3911
07:00 - 21:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 07:30 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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18 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

The staff was unfriendly but the buffet was worse, everything was cold, from the eggs to the sausage to the bacon, and horribly salty. Actually couldn't eat more than a couple of bites before becoming nauseated.

Thank Chris T
Lexington, Kentucky
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

Lots of varied and quick buffet line. You pay by pound. 4 adults with drinks total was around $40. The only problem I had was food was not hot. I had French toast and it was cold. The others had pancakes and the biscuit & gravy which were all on the cool side. Other than that good place for quick... More 

Thank katie b
Avon, CT
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165 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

We were staying at the Jefferson just one block from the Cornerstone and looking for breakfasts that were quick, easy and cheap. This fit the bill perfectly. We ate here all three mornings of our stay. The food is served buffet-style so we could choose from a wide variety of offerings - eggs, bacon, ham, potatoes, bagels, french toast, pancakes... More 

Thank Craig B
Los Angeles, California
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401 reviews
252 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

The restaurant located across the street where Westin and Lowes Madison sat. Open from morning to afternoon, only served breakfast and lunch, in buffet type. Foods would be re-arranged/re-set after 1030AM from Breakfast to Luncheon menu, which would formally begin around 11AM. Cost of foods measured in weight: 5.99/lb. for breakfast and 7.49/lb. for lunch. Additional for coffee. Many people... More 

1 Thank Chuang004
Tampa, Florida
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288 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Great breakfast buffet. Cold and hot items as well as ready-made. Always clean neat with very friendly service!

Thank TampaTrips
New York City, New York
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180 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 2016 via mobile

It's close to our hotel so we stopped by for breakfast. The place is fine, clean, good for groups of people and fussy eaters. Food is good, basic (hot/cold breakfast foods. But to be honest with you, our eggs and French Toast was clearly cooked, but now cold. So, I suggest that you make sure that the food has steam... More 

Thank Rstraubh
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

Had to grab a quick breakfast for the family before a long day touring DC. The Cornerstone has two large buffets with a very large and delicious selection of items for a quick breakfast. Many of these are pricey since they charge by the pound, but a large breakfast for 5 cost around $30 including drinks for all.

Thank YtheLongFace
Frederick, Maryland
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2015

Came expecting a breakfast diner with individually priced breakfast offerings as their internet page indicates. Wrong. Its buffet only charged by the pound. The food was mostly good (not great) but was disappointed that my expectations were not met. Suggested to management that they do a major update of their webpage, and very soon.

1 Thank Hugh T
New York City, New York
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516 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2015

My daughter was moving in to the Cornerstone apartments so after moving her in, we decided to grab lunch downstairs. The outdoor seating is comfortable and inviting. The menu features big sandwiches and salads. I had the grilled pear salad which I really enjoyed.

Thank lollygal
Riverside, California
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32 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2014

Our family of four (two daughters, ages 9 and 14) recently visited Washington DC. Upon our first morning in the city, looking for a place to eat breakfast before hitting the sightseeing trail, my husband found the Cornerstone Cafe listed as "nearby" on one of our phone apps. We decided to give it a try. We liked it so much... More 

2 Thank Darcy F

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 14:30
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1501 M St NW, Ste 1, Washington DC, DC 20005-1700
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC
  • Phone Number: +1 202-463-3911

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?