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Cafe Recess

Capitol Hill
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209 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-1107
+1 202-544-3049
Mon - Sat 06:30 - 16:00
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Washington, DC
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788 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 226 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 July 2016

Not sure when this place changed its name or stripes. But it now offers Asian fusion, with a bit of Korean and a bit of Vietnamese. The restaurant is reasonably well organized, with a wall menu and some standard combinations. You can get any dish to your specifications. It has a clean and fresh look, and a decent selection of... More 

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60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2014

I was happier with the food than my husband. I forgot what he had, sorry, but I had kind of an "Asian" plate, I don't remember the exact name anymore. With chicken, stir-fried veggies and rice. It was quite good. Not outstanding, but I liked it. The atmosphere is that of a cafeteria. Great with kids ;-) The staff was... More 

Thank JKJN-Family
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2014 via mobile

Our family of 6 was done touring the Capitol area and was ready for lunch. We wanted something close by, reasonably priced and quick. We were pleasantly surprised by the friendly service and delicious sandwiches served up in this "neighborhood" cafe. All of our expectations were met and would recommend to others looking for a quick bite to eat.

Thank JcPinCT
West Grove, Pennsylvania
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299 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 291 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2013

Our party of six had lunch here today and everyone found something on the buffet or at the sandwich station to satisfy him or her. This is an Asian food themed self-serve buffet, with both bottled soft drinks, juices, and waters and a self-serve fountain to drink. One buffet had a nice variety of fresh fruit, salads, etc., and the... More 

Thank Awarely
Haymarket, VA
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 25 January 2013

I work right down the street, so I stop in frequently. They have a good variety of food and it's reasonably priced for the location (everything in DC costs more). It's typically easy to get in and out of quickly which is a perk for the lunch break. They do have a $5 minimum for credit cards, but that's not... More 

Thank Jonathan T
Washington DC, District of Columbia
1 review
Reviewed 19 May 2011

This place is conveniently located, but the food sucks! Everything looks and tastes like it was cooked in the same oil. All the food is oily and over or under cooked. It's a shame that there can't be good places to eat in a location like this! Oh, and don't worry about the $5 minimum charge since $5 only gets... More 

Thank dcmd2011
Morth Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 28 August 2007

My father, his friend and I came to DC to see the WWII Memorial. We had the pleasure of eatting at the Recess Cafe. The variety and preperation of the food was outstanding. I will come again to see the other museums and will for sure eat again at the cafe! Dianne McDowell Yadkinville, NC dmcdowell3@triad.rr.com

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Open Hours
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
06:30 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-1107
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 202-544-3049

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