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City Lights of China

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1731 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
+1 202-265-6688
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11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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London, United Kingdom
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70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

CLoC has consistently delivered extremely flavourful - and light - dishes since I was introduced by a city resident family member and has now become one of my "trusted providers" in town. Special mentions for the eggplant, sesame chicken and of course the steamed dumplings. I can see myself being a regular for many more years, as should you...

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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28 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

excellent dumplings with chives and pork stuffing and dipping sauce; good shrimp and vegetable tempura; soups are all good, especially hot and sour, spinach and won ton; excellent ma po tofu (if you like spicy, ask for extra spicy); great eggplant; if you don't like it too sweet, ask for basil or black bean sauce

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West Chicago, Illinois
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55 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016

I was peer pressured into visiting this restaurant a week ago. I don't eat much Asian food so I was reluctant to go. But the food was super delicious! I had the vegetable lo-mein and some dumplings. All very good. The server was very fast and kind to us. Don't be weird out by the outside look, the place inside... More 

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Maidenhead, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Staying near Washington Hilton, we were looking for a restaurant near DuPont Circle and stumbled over this gem. My 15 year old son had decided Chinese was the way to go and wanted crispy Peking duck with pancakes which was on the menu. We were seated immediately by our very friendly waiter. I asked what the house speciality was and... More 

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Baltimore, Maryland
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38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2016

We were staying at the Normandy Hotel and looking for a casual evening with reliable food. While the menu is pretty standard, everything tasted very freshly made and was served quickly. We also loved that it was a basement restaurant. The staff was also super friendly.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

I have been here a few times over the years, but not very recently. Ignore the eight-year-old stickers of approval on the door. This place has dramatically gone downhill and it's now just another typical American Chinese food place. Very disappointing.

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Key West, Florida
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

City Lights of China was our choice for lunch because we overheard someone local talking about it to a friend on the phone. We figured what do we have to loose so we stopped in. My choice was the General Tso's Chicken and my friend had Chicken with Chinese Vegetables prepared to his liking, no oil & no salt. Both... More 

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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

I love this place... it is a literal hole in the wall below grade been there a million years kind of place. Most people walk by and never pay any attention to it... silly folks. Always predictable, and always good. Best Chinese outside of China town...

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New Orleans
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60 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016

This restaurant was not recommended by the hotel - or anyone. I was passing by and decided to stop in for lunch. It's a small place. BUT, I enjoyed great service and great food prepared fresh. Even the inexpensive pinot grigio was good. If you are in this area, this restaurant deserves a visit.

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Roanoke, Virginia
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84 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016 via mobile

My family has been coming to China Lights for almost 20 years. We typically past through D.C. once or twice a year and always make it a point to stop in. Their steamed dumplings are my favorite. They're plump fully packed doughy dumplings that practically melt in your mouth. I absolutely love them. While being located in DuPont Circle, China... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 7 - US$ 32
Cuisine
Chinese, Asian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1731 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-265-6688

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?