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CF Folks

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Dupont Circle
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1225 19th St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
+1 202-293-0182
Mon 11:30 - 14:15
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Arlington, Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

While the sandwiches are solid, especially the pastrami, the real stars of this lunch place are the daily specials written on the blackboards (one out front and one behind the counter). Each day has a different theme whether it's Indian, creole, Mexican etc. all good. The focus here is on the food and quick service, not the decor. A great... More 

Thank Jonathan S
Washington, DC
Level Contributor
60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

I had forgotten about C.F.Folks because I long ago left the company that was right in the immediate neighborhood. I couldn't resist going in when I passed it by chance today and was immediately reminded of how good a spot it is. They have a basic menu of lunch stuff and usually about a dozen meticulously-prepared and original daily specials.... More 

Thank BarryD
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

I have had the pleasure of eating lunch at C.F. Folks for (I am embarrassed to admit it) over 20 years. I have eaten lunch here almost daily in recent years. There are daily specials, and none of the cuisines, for example, Cajun and Italian, fails to satisfy. The steak frites on Friday are among the best I have had... More 

Thank Patrick B
Level Contributor
71 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

It is always a pleasure to eat here. Good choices, local homey type of atmosphere and almost always great food. It sometimes can be very crowded so eating here may be an issue. Also at a recent visit the food was great, but the quantity was a little sparse given the price. Always a good choice for lunch unless you... More 

Thank Earle o
Boston, Mass.
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107 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

Had lunch here on a Thursday afternoon and it got very crowded very quickly, so make sure you come early to beat the lunchtime crowd. Had the #5, corned beef sandwich, and an ice tea for $10. Don't bother waiting for the check when you're done, just go to the cashier to pay. They politely asked us to leave when... More 

Thank malaplan
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2014

Descriptors: unpretentious and delicious. A lunch counter with outdoor seating and some very good special from around the globe. Last time I had a duck and chicken ragout (balanced and rich) over egg noodles, with a salad and garlic bread. All for $12. If I didn't live and work across town, I'd be here every most every day.

Thank jlbdca
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154 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 May 2014

If in Washington DC (DuPont Circle area) on a Monday-Friday, this is your destination for lunch--fantastic, incredible value. If you plan to make this your main meal, you can plan your budget accordingly for breakfast and lunch. For example, last Friday for less than $20.00, I had their daily seafood special which included -- grilled swordfish served with a mango... More 

Thank MPatrick33629
Bethesda, Maryland
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422 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2013

The place feels like a truck stop, except the diners are all wearing suits, since it's a popular lunch spot in the middle of downtown D.C. Had the braised beef entree which was very tasty. Feels very old-fashioned.

1 Thank Margaret C
Annapolis, Maryland
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2013

However it is right next door to a famous steak restaurant. The menu always changes and they use nothing but the freshest ingredients. Their lunch business is always busy.

Thank Eatsalot2013
Cross River, New York
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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2013

CF Folks, with its amiable owner Artie, has been a DC institution for many years. A TINY place on busy 19th street, it sits right next to the Palm but could not be more different. The value for what you receive is unbelieveable, as the quality of the food is what is found at places with 3x the costs. About... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:15
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1225 19th St. NW, Washington DC, DC 20036
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-293-0182

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