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The Sweet Lobby

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404 8th Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
+1 202-544-2404
10:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Atlanta, Georgia
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

I have to start by saying, I absolutely LOVE cupcakes. To the point where I will buy one of each flavor that I even slightly think I'll like without inquiring about the price. I visited this establishment in search of good cupcakes a few weeks ago. The staff were super friendly and the cupcakes were beautiful. However, the taste was... More 

Thank Kaylensmom
Atlanta, Georgia
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped in here for cupcakes and tried a macaroon too. The macaroon wasn't fresh. The award winning spicy chocolate cupcake had one spicy bite. The rest was dry and stuck to the paper. Definitely wouldn't go again. Especially at the price.

Thank Khethiwe C
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220 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

The frosting was made with crisco- really? That slippery lip thing... ugh. I expected better. If I were only rating the Macaron I would have given it a 4.

Thank mjacobs
Middleton, Wisconsin
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83 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

$13.95 FOR CRAPPY CUPCAKES!!!! I was not impressed, I guess anyone can get on cupcake wars.......I have had better from a box of Betty Crocker. What a waste of my time money and effort. Two stars might be too much.

Thank Jackson H
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

The cupcakes and macarons here are great. We usually get the Boston Cream Pie and red velvet. It's a tad pricey, but not too bad.

Thank Matt J
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

If you like cupcakes, if you like macarons, if you like them together, you're in the right place. This is a great spot for sweets. Not inexpensive and it's worth it! Best macarons in DC, period. They also have good hot chocolate. It's a small shop, not a cafe, and you can take your treasures to the park area near... More 

Thank Merci365
Sharon, Massachusetts
2 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2016 via mobile

I had done my research and scoped-out a vegan-friendly bakery before my vacation to Washington DC. Even though this bakery is a bit out of the way, or at least outside of the tourist areas, I made the trip because of the wonderful reviews. I was saddened to learn that there were no vegan options the day I went. If... More 

Thank Paul B
Troy ohio
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

We had to stop b/c my 8 year old begged me to go since she saw them win on cupcake wars so I was all for it, but it wasn't worth my money! I was far from impressed! They were expensive and tasted like something I could have baked myself

Thank jprichard05
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

We visited The Sweet Lobby on a walking food tour. It is a small shop tucked away in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of DC. A few cupcake choices and macarons are available to choose from. They won Cupcake Wars in 2011 and I can see why-they use unique flavor couplings and the chocolate cake used was so moist! You will... More 

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Sheboygan, Wisconsin, United States
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

Not sure how this got the attention of the Food Network. Cupcake was okay, but not fabulous. Not even sure if they are baked fresh there. Super small stinky uninviting room to buy and then go. Agree with other reviews - go to Dunkin Donuts next door. Sorry ;(

Thank jenbic73

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 10
Restaurant features
Good for
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 404 8th Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 202-544-2404

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