Best Mexican Food Restaurants In The DC Area

May 4, 2011 3:01 PM

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Guapos

Guapos (guaposrestaurant.com)

Guapos

Guapos (guaposrestaurant.com)

Guapos Restaurant

4515 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC
202-686-3588
guaposrestaurant.com

Guapo’s in Tenley town features all of your favorite Guapo’s cuisine with the added bonus of a great outdoor deck, upstairs private party and additional seating space and a great bar. The main dining area is lit by awesomely cheesy sombrero lights, but don’t let that fool you into thinking the food won’t be good. The fajitas will call you back again and again, and the light, crispy chips and fresh, homemade salsa they present as you sit down provide the perfect start to a delicious meal.

Oyamel Cocina Mexicanadeline Cafe

401 7th Street Northwest
Washington, DC
202-628-1005
oyamel.com

It’s hard to believe that a bowl of guacamole could ever be worth $13. That is, unless you see it crafted before your eyes with fresh avocados and exotic seasoning at this trendy Mexican café in Penn’s Quarter. Despite its brilliance, the guacamole is just the tip of the culinary iceberg at Oyamel. With an extensive menu of antojitos (essentially the Mexican version of tapas), hand-made tacos and traditional Mexican entrees, diners are encouraged to order in abundance and sample a variety of flavors. The restaurant’s sleek, modern décor is accented with hanging metallic butterflies and a lineup of skeleton figurines that look like they were swiped from a Dia de los Muertos fiesta. It’s a great choice for an upscale-casual night out that’s far from ordinary.

Alero Resturant

1724 Connecticut Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC
202-234-8100
alerorestaurant.com

Fajitas, tacos and enchiladas–oh my! Looking for affordable Mexican food in a cozy corner location? Alero has you covered. Leave room for drinks, too. This classic Washington restaurant has a wide selection of tequilas and offers over a dozen margarita options. You can even order the margaritas by the pitcher. Plan to take advantage of Alero’s close proximity to the Cleveland Park Metro station. Who needs a trip south of the border when Alero offers an easy escape anytime?

Cactus Cantina

3300 Wisconsin Avenue Northwest
Washington, DC
202-686-7222
cactuscantina.com

You won’t be able to come out of Cactus Cantina without feeling like you’ve submerged yourself in a Tex-Mex dunk tank. Even George Bush Senior couldn’t get enough of this place while he was in office (it must have been the margaritas). Flour tortillas are cooked up fresh right in the middle of the restaurant and there’s always a soccer game playing on one of several TVs at the bar. You’ll enjoy yourself at the Cantina, especially in the summer when all this fun spills out onto the deck.

Casa Oaxaca

2106 18th Street Northwest
Washington, DC
202-387-2272
oaxacaindc.com

Mexican, specifically Oaxacan, gets hip at Casa Oaxaca. Dinner is served in the upper level dining room while the downstairs bar makes drinks utilizing their store of twenty tequilas. The clear separation of dining and partying spaces makes the restaurant nice for everyone to enjoy, not to say drinks aren’t imbibed alongside the signature Oaxacan moles. The concentrated land and sea menu doesn’t leave you wanting, practicing quality over quantity. Choose between favoritos, platos fuertos and “famosos tacos.”

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