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Cities Restaurant & Lounge

Cities atmosphere is warm, contemporary, modern and comfortable. The restaurant features a 50" (fifty) media wall, including 19 LCD screens featuring panoramic scenes of the "featured city" corresponding with the themed menu, which will change quarterly. Cities concept is to create a restaurant and lounge that showcases a menu from a featured cities along with perennial American classics in a relaxed modern atmosphere. The featured cities will change every 4 months, with the core of the menu being the American favorites. The interior is detailed with high gloss maple wood, glass enclosed wine display, persimmon colored banquettes and grey slate tabletops creating a comfortable atmosphere. A two-way bar bridges the lounge area and offers clear views to the dining room.
40 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
(40 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 40 reviews
5 stars
(13)
4 stars
(13)
3 stars
(7)
2 stars
(2)
1 star
(5)
Food 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Service 
3.4 / 5
(Very Good) 3.4 / 5
Ambiance 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
Noise Level
2.3 / 3
Energetic
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Diners classify this restaurant as:
  • good for groups(15)
  • great for lunch(15)
  • fit for foodies(10)
  • great for outdoor dining(9)
  • vibrant bar scene(8)
  • neighborhood gem(6)
Cities Restaurant & Lounge Reviews List
Review 1 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Not a place to recommend

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"I had scheduled a luncheon for 10 ppl and was told the day before by one of the guests (who happened to pass by the restaurant by accident) that the restaurant had been shut down over the weekend. No note or call from the restaurant or apology. As one can imagine, it was not fun to find another place in the area for 10 ppl on such short notice. The unresponsiveness by the restaurant management was not appreciated at all. Definitely not a place I would recommend ever to anybody or book should they open up a new facility somewhere else again."
Dined on 9/02/2015
 2007
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Review 2 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

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Dined on 8/25/2015
 2012
Dined on 8/25/2015
 2012
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 8/25/2015
 2012
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Review 3 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

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Dined on 8/27/2015
 2007
Dined on 8/27/2015
 2007
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 8/27/2015
 2007
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Review 4 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Outside service was very slow

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I have been here for lunch, usually sitting inside, and always found the food and service good. Since it was a beautiful day, we opted for the outdoor tables. It was at least 10 minutes before we even received menus and everything after that seemed like "pulling teeth". Maybe it was an off day, or they were training new staff, but it was not that crowded - inside or out - and so I would have expected better, quicker service. Food, once we got it was good."
Dined on 8/27/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 5 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Do not come here for lunch/dinner

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The service was truly awful - there was one waitress for the entire restaurant. They were out of flatbreads (a section on the menu)...because they were out of bread - period. It took almost 1 1/2 hours to get our lunch for five people (sandwiches and salads). Water glasses went empty even after several asks. It was painful. She finally felt the need to tell us the restaurant was about to close its doors permanently and all the other staff had already quit, leaving her alone. Then, when I was almost starting to feel bad for her, she handed me a bill with an 18% service charge added in for our party of five. DO NOT DINE HERE. Happy hour may be okay, but don't think you'll get food service."
Dined on 8/18/2015
 2003
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Review 6 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

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Dined on 8/07/2015
 2007
Dined on 8/07/2015
 2007
Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 8/07/2015
 2007
Special Features: great for outdoor dining
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Review 7 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 8/07/2015
 2008
Special Features: good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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Review 8 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Mosquitoes bite us indoors.

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Dined on 7/30/2015
 2010
Dined on 7/30/2015
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Very good restaurant, but the doors were open and on the premises we were bitten by the mosquitoes."
Dined on 7/30/2015
 2010
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Review 9 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 7/10/2015
 2015
Dined on 7/10/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/10/2015
 2015
Special Features: great for lunch
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Review 10 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/16/2015
 2008
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Review 11 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 7/02/2015
 2005
Dined on 7/02/2015
 2005
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 7/02/2015
 2005
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Review 12 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 6/26/2015
 2011
Dined on 6/26/2015
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 6/26/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
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Review 13 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Good food in the center of downtown

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"We were a group of 8 and the restaurant made efforts to put tables together for us. The food was good. I had a salad - spinach and orange and it was great and a drink, which was fantabulous."
Dined on 6/01/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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Review 14 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food was good, service was slow.

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Food was good, we were four and received good recommendations from the waiter. Service was good but slow. Still good place to eat outdoors in DC if weather permits."
Dined on 6/05/2015
 2014
Special Features: great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies
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Review 15 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 5/29/2015
 2005
Dined on 5/29/2015
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Dined on 5/29/2015
 2005
Special Features: great for lunch, great for outdoor dining
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Review 16 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 4/22/2015
 2007
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Review 17 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great, but slow

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"While it's a very nice, well appointed restaurant with great food, the service between entrees is quite slow."
Dined on 4/22/2015
 2004
Special Features: good for groups
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Review 18 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

CITIES IS AWESOME . . .!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"I totally enjoyed Cities Restaurant! Great food and excellent service. The restaurant has nice clean chic look and great atmosphere."
Dined on 3/19/2015
 2013
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 19 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Superb Dining Experience!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"From the moment you are greeted at the door until you get the bill, Cities provides an amazing dining experience, exquisite food cooked to perfection, great atmosphere and ambiance and the utmost courtesy to their guests. There is nothing but goodness at Cities! You must try the All American Burger with Sweet Potato Fries, it is so savory! All the small plate offerings are also great if you are just looking to have good bites while you sip during happy hour. Whatever you order, however, will absolutely satisfy your palate. Everything tastes GREAT! The staff is professional and provides service with a smile, the overall house is clean and beautifully decorated. In the warmer months, the patio is open and the front of the house dining room's windows are opened creating a great experience of eating outdoors no matter where you sit! I love this place! You won't be disappointed! Cities is the place to be. Five stars hands down."
Dined on 3/18/2015
 2013
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 20 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Amazing Mac n Cheese!

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"I've only been here for happy hour so I can't say much about the club scene but the hh specials are good, they have outdoor seating, and the mac n cheese is amazing! May be the best in the city! It's really the main reason my co-workers and I go there :)."
Dined on 3/12/2015
 2004
Special Features: good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
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Review 21 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Very satisfied customer!

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Dined on 3/04/2015
 2005
Dined on 3/04/2015
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Recently enjoyed a wonderful late lunch at Cities! The service was above great, the food was very, very good, and the prices were reasonable. The restaurant ambience was also very comfortable and inviting. I would definitely recommend this restaurant for lunch!"
Dined on 3/04/2015
 2005
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 22 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5

Food 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
"Not worth the price - like wedding food.,,,,"
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2007
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Review 23 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great food and drinks

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Dined on 2/27/2015
 2015
Dined on 2/27/2015
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Overall, this place has delicious food and the drinks are very good (I was drinking the 48% I believe). Try to get here early for dinner on a Friday or Saturday because it does turn into a club late night and if you are sitting in the lounge area you will be asked to wrap your meal up lol"
Dined on 2/27/2015
 2015
Special Features: good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 24 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Great experience

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"My husband and I went to Cities for Valentines Day. We made a last minute reservation. The place was not crowded at all, which had me worried because of the bad Yelp reviews I had read. But the negative Yelp reviews were way off. The decor was beautiful with low lighting and candles on the table. A staff member brought a rose to me and our waitress was great. The food was even better. We ordered off of the special Valentines Day menu and every item we had was so good. We were in and out within an hour. I would recommend especially for special occasions."
Dined on 2/14/2015
 2008
Special Features: romantic, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Great Food, but not the best for large groups

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"The food and ambiance are outstanding.
However, I was here with a group of 12 people, so it's of noteworthiness that they will only provide one bill per table in the event that you want to come here as a group.
Other than that, no issues."
Dined on 2/04/2015
 2013
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 26 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

it's always easy to get a table.

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"The restaurant is conveniently located close to our office. Food is decent and they can easily seat groups of 10 people."
Dined on 12/17/2014
 2014
Special Features: good for groups, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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Review 27 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

consistently excellent

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
"Cities has consistently outstanding service, a varied menu and good value. It's a wonderful spot for lunch, where you can always count on great service. Whether you want a full entre and sides, or are looking for just a great salad, this is the place."
Dined on 1/15/2015
 2011
Special Features: neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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Review 28 for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Bar or Restaurant -- Cities Should Pick One

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Through Spring and Summer and early Fall, Cities has a great outdoor bar area for catching a drink or too (with prices not unreasonable for a more upscale place right off K-Street), and the bar scene inside is decent for immediately after work (I hear it also has a hopping late-night scene, but I've never personally been). Unfortunately, this also is its Achilles' heel when it comes to dining: Cities's attempt at being a hip restaurant is undermined by its bar vibe. There is little/no physical separation between the bar area and dining area, so the noise level is almost intolerable unless you grab a booth, and service in the dining area is constantly overstretched. Although Cities "hook" of rotating its menu between the cuisine of several countries could be clever in defter or more innovative hands, as it stands now the quality and thoughtfulness of the food feels an afterthought. I do not think I would eat at Cities again were it not so convenient to my work. Expanding the bar and going for a more high-quality gastropub vibe would be a much smarter move than their current bar/restaurant concept, and probably deliver a far better experience."
Dined on 11/07/2014
 2012
Special Features: hot spot, vibrant bar scene, late-night find
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Ratings-Only Reviews for Cities Restaurant & Lounge
Based on the average of (12) ratings-only reviews
Overall 
3.8 / 5
(Very Good) 3.8 / 5
7 out of 10 recommend this product
Food 
3.6 / 5
(Very Good) 3.6 / 5
Service 
3.7 / 5
(Very Good) 3.7 / 5
Ambiance 
3.5 / 5
(Very Good) 3.5 / 5
Noise Level
2.6 / 3
Energetic