Best Restaurants for Cinco De Mayo in Washington, D.C.

April 16, 2014 9:00 AM

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When the 5th of May comes around, Washingtonians hit the restaurants to celebrate the Mexican holiday of Cinco de Mayo. These top restaurants celebrate the best of D.C. from an all-out rooftop party to the best tequila selection in town.

Casa Oaxaca
2106 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 387-2272

Situated in Adams Morgan, Casa Oaxaca is a traditional Mexican restaurant. It offers delicious moles in many different styles from white moles to the chocolate-infused black mole. There are plenty of tacos to choose from, all stuffed with fresh toppings and served with a side of black beans and rice. Be sure to try the kekas, which are tortillas made from blue corn with cheese, poblano peppers and carnitas in the middle. For dessert, end your meal right with some churros, a Mexican type of doughnut served with caramel and ice cream.

El Centro
1819 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 328-3131

El Centro is the place to go to party with the rest of the Cinco de Mayo crowd. Its rooftop deck on 14th Street is a popular hangout for happy hour. With many margaritas and cocktails to choose from, you can grab a glass, half or full carafe for you and your friends. Or the popular sangrias are sweet and delicious. There’s also a full list of tequilas that are infused with fruits like strawberry and basil or spices like cilantro or tamarind. The menu is always good and be sure to try the tacos, which come with a side of black beans and rice.

El Chucho
3313 11th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20010
(202) 290-3313

El Chucho is a cozy neighborhood Mexican restaurant in Columbia Heights. The cuisine is Mexican home cooking and street fair. The margaritas are made fresh with all of the juices squeezed that day. There’s huge list of some of the finest tequilas in DC. Grab the fresh guacamole and a side of the elote callejero, a popular street corn grilled and smothered in butter, cheese and spices. On Cinco de Mayo, you’ll find the warm DC weather inviting, so the doors and windows will be open, including the rooftop deck, making it a popular place to gather.

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Lauriol Plaza
1835 18th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20050
(202) 387-0035

Located near Dupont Circle, Lauriol Plaza is three stories of popular Mexican fun. Featuring a traditional Mexican menu, be sure to start with the margaritas. Served by the beer glass or pitcher, you can enjoy them traditional or swirled with strawberry. There’s something for everyone at Lauriol Plaza with a menu from salads and soups to seafood and meat quesadillas, enchiladas, tacos and everything in between. The fajitas are the show stopper here. A great place to gather with your friends, there’s a porch out front and a deck that’s open all year round.

600 14th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(202) 393-1900

MXDC is an upscale Mexican restaurant in the Metro Center part of DC. Offering cuisine from Mexico and beyond, the menu is a sophisticated take on the traditional featuring tacos stuffed with choices like mahi mahi, pork belly and carne asada. MXDC offer three different types of guacamole to snack on while you sip on one of the many drink selections. There’s the craft-blended cocktails featuring fresh juices and unique blends available by the glass or bottle. There’s also two types of sangria and several wines and cervezas to enjoy in the modern decor.

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Jamie Hardin is the counter-culture Washingtonian in the know. Inspired by food, sustainability issues, and public health, she prides herself on finding DC’s off-the-beaten path treasures. When she isn’t enjoying organic food or reducing her carbon footprint, Jamie’s traveling on her scooter or walking her two pit bulls. Her work can be found at