by December 6, 2012 at 12:00 pm 2,038 0


Cafe Citron, Oldie but Goodie. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Emiliano Barron. Email him at ebarron[AT]

Café Citron (1343 Connecticut Ave.) is an oldie but goodie. The unique and colorful Dupont restaurant and bar offers everything from strong mojitos, to traditional Latin dishes and dancing.

The menu represents several countries such as Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico, Peru and the Caribbean, and the dishes are made with fresh ingredients. The most popular menu items with customers include the Caribbean Ceviche from Peru, Venezuelan empanadas and Mexican nachos.

If you enjoy having a drink or two and dancing, Café Citron is the place to go. The place is best known for their great Cuban Mojitos which are prepared in front of the customer and can even be ordered by the pitcher. Café Citron gained popularity 12 years ago because they were they first to start selling mojitos in D.C. when the bar was inaugurated.

As the night progresses the place gets more and more energetic and transitions from a restaurant into a night club. Café Citron’s D.J. plays a very Latin playlist, and the bar provides bongos and congas on every floor for the crowd to join in on the fun.

The crowd ranges from CEOs, to students, crossing generations and hosting a variety of local and international customers.

The deals at Café Citron are also enticing:

  • Wednesday night is salsa night. Café Citron has free salsa lessons from 7:30 to 8:30 pm and an open bar from 11 pm to midnight on rail drinks, ABSOLUT VODKA and Dos Equis XX. They also have a D.J. playing until 2 am.
  • Thursday night is Brazilian night with a free Zamba class at 9 pm and a Brazilian show at 9:30 pm, as well as an open bar from 11 pm until midnight with Jonnie Walker Red and rail drinks.
  • Rough Monday? Cafe Citron has an open bar from 4 pm to 10 pm for $12 every hour.

Café Citron is just a around the corner for many Borderstan neighbors — so if you haven’t been there, now is a good time to check out the old, but good cafe.

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