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City Lights of China

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Dupont Circle
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1731 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1108
+1 202-265-6688
11:30 - 22:00
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Sun 12:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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Saint Cloud, Florida
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

There were so many choices on the menu that I wish I had discovered this restaurant earlier in the week. I chose a hot and sour soup and it was delicious. The choices on the preparation of the dishes were extensive from steamed, sauteed and fried. There is definitely something on the menu for everyone. I enjoyed listening to the... More 

Thank denikehomes
Arlington, Virginia, USA
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274 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

We had several dishes (and a Tsing Tao beer too)--I had a dish from their special saute items list--they're chicken dishes that are usually breaded and fried. These are only saute'd and are gluten-free. I had the orange chicken with asparagus. It usually comes with broccoli, but as I'm allergic to it, they just replace it with tons of asparagus.... More 

Thank Neal P
Granite City, Illinois
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

We had this for dinner one night on our trip to DC it was within walking distance from our hotel so we stopped in and put in an order to go on our way back from the metro. We ordered chicken lo mein and the portion was large enough for my husband and I to split and both be satisfied.... More 

Thank saraloyet
West Palm Beach
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105 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 December 2016

Many years ago when I visited Washington, D.C. for either business of just to stay with friends, dinner at the fairly new City Lights of China was a must. But then for some reason it fell out of favor until recently where it is again a famed and much visited Chinese restaurant. City Lights of China is now in its... More 

Thank James G
Dublin, Ireland
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93 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

This was a great little find while working in DC. It's a small place and doesn't look like much from the outside.....but it's worth going in. The staff are friendly, and the food is tasty. The portion sizes are large! I normally don't leave anything on my plate......but I couldn't finish everything I was served here!! Very good place for... More 

Thank MichaelOD14
London, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
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...

Thank T V
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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31 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 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

Thank sherngaio
West Chicago, Illinois
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75 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
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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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Thank TheCountG
Baltimore, Maryland
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39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$32
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1731 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-1108
  • 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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?