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Cafe Atlantico Restaurant Review

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User Rating 2 Star Rating (1 Review)


Cafe Atlantico Restaurant Review

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The Bottom Line

Cafe Atlantico is a contemporary Latin restaurant with great food and a festive atmosphere. The restaurant is best known for its minibar tasting menu and Latino Dim Sum Brunch.


  • Innovative Nuevo Latino style cuisine
  • Award winning restaurant and chef
  • Casual yet cozy atmosphere
  • Reasonable prices


  • parking is expensive


  • Address: 405 8th St., NW, Washington, DC
  • Phone: (202) 393-0812
  • Hours: Daily, 11:30am-2:30pm; Sun-Thurs 5-10pm, Fri & Sat 5-11pm, Latino Dim Sum Brunch Sat & Sun.
  • Mini Bar open Tues-Sat. Two seatings: 6:00pm and 8:30pm
  • Prices: Lunch entrees $8-$14; Dinner entrees $9-26; Brunch $2-8
  • Metro: Near Archives/Navy Memorial and Gallery Place/Verizon Center stations
  • Parking: Valet $10 after 5pm
  • Reservations: Recommended

Guide Review - Cafe Atlantico Restaurant Review

Signature dishes are creatively prepared including Guacamole made table-side and served with flour tortillas, Tuna and coconut ceviche with avocado, Scallops with coconut rice, Foie Gras Soup, and Duck Confit with Frisee, pumpkin seeds, pine nuts and raisins.

A six-seat minibar gives guests the opportunity to experience a variety of innovative dishes and desserts. Reservations are required with just two seatings available at 6 and 8:30 pm. The minibar tasting menu features between 30 and 35 mini dishes and costs $65 per person.

The weekend brunch is a "Latino dim sum," with a selection of small plates such as duck confit with passion-fruit oil, conch fritters with a liquid heart, jicam-avocado ravioli and malanga chips.

Reviewed May 2007 - Prices are subject to change

User Reviews

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 2 out of 5
Disappointing ""Pub Food"" Lunch, Member AlexandrianFoodie

Having dined here for dinner in 2008, I was looking forward to experiencing lunch. My husband and I were very disappointed to see what I call ""Pub Food"" of 2 of the 3 lunch entree options during Restaurant Week. Cuban ham & Swiss cheese grilled panini, Quesadilla or trout. My husband eats sandwiches for lunch daily in Crystal City & stated the sandwich shop he frequents was far more delicious than the greasy Medio Dia. Watching the faces of customers that received the trout proved to be entertaining. Let's just say we were happy we did not order it, presentation wise. Having dined at 4 restaurants throughout Restaurant Week, this is THE week for restaurants to shine; to entice new customers & showcase the finer side of dining. This failed.

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