Party Earth Review Restaurant by day, loud Latin club by night, and a sure spot to grab sugary-sweet cocktails any time, Café Citron is a popular hangout for everyone from salsa lovers to savvy tourists. Young professionals looking to cap... ... read full review
1343 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20036
Red Line: Dupont Circle
M–Th 4pm–2am, F–Sa 4pm–3am
Dupont Circle, Washington, DC –
Restaurant by day, loud Latin club by night, and a sure spot to grab sugary-sweet cocktails any time, Café Citron is a popular hangout for everyone from salsa lovers to savvy tourists.
Young professionals looking to cap their day with plates of plantains or pitchers of minty mojitos stop in for Happy Hour to plop into the long wooden booths on the ground floor dining area.
As the evening’s music kicks up, a young and diverse mix of international travelers and local students turn those same booths into personal dance stages, checking out their moves in the large mirrors as DJs ensure the crowd’s mint-infused sweat keeps pouring.
Hip swingers in need of a break can head to the downstairs lounge, whose small bar, low couches, candlelit tables, and soft chairs create a more relaxing speakeasy vibe.
Partiers who really want to get away from it all can escape to the VIP room on the third floor, where a sleek bar surrounded by abstract paintings and modern lights provide a chic and intimate setting for trendy guests to sip caipirinhas and Coronas as they dance the night away.
At Café Citron, patrons are sure to get a full dose of Latin flavor, whether from the authentic drinks, the zesty appetizers, or just the international admirers whispering in impassioned Spanish.
Salsa lovers, international tourists, Spanish speakers, rowdy dancers, and young professionals, trending older during dinner hours, mid-20s to early 30s.
DJs spin everything from Top 40 to latin dance. Salsa lessons. Flamenco shows. Two TVs and two projection screens.
Mix of Latin food, including nachos, taquitos, quesadillas, and tacos, all available for Happy Hour. Happy Hour M–F 4–7:30pm, Sa 4–8pm.
No cover charge. Appetizers $3.50–$10, salads $10–$17, entrées $12–$20, group platters $14–$30.
Beer $4.50–$7, wine $6–$7/glass or $30–$60/bottle, margaritas, mojitos, sangria, caipirinhas and cocktails $6–$11/glass or $30–$75/pitcher, shots $8–9, bottle service $150–$300+.
Mostly casual dancing attire: loose linen button-downs and flowing skirts. Trendier attire in the VIP room and during dinner.
Dress code: no athletic wear, no work boots, no hats for men, no shorts, no sandals for men.
Happy Hour any night when the mojito pitchers flow, Wednesday nights for free salsa lessons, Fridays for the biggest dance crowd, and Saturdays for flamenco.
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