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Bandolero Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bandolerodc.com
  • Phone: (202) 625-4488
  • Hours of Operation: Kitchen Hours: Monday - Wednesday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday: 11:00am - 12:00am, Saturday: 10:00am - 12:00am, Sunday: 10:00am - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary Mexican, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Tony Starr
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Bandolero regularly hosts events and lively happy hours. Check twitter and facebook for updates.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: Rosslyn or Foggy Bottom on the Blue and Orange Line
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street Parking is available right outside of the restaurant and a public parking lot is conveniently located right across the street within the Shops at Georgetown Park.
A word from Bandolero
Opened May 24, 2012, Bandolero is a modern Mexican restaurant in the heart of Georgetown. The two-story, 5,000 square foot, high-energy space reflects a Day of the Dead motif, and plenty of bar space to imbibe. The menu showcases classic Mexican dishes with untraditional flavor profiles, including dips served with housemade chicharones and masa crisps, tacos, taquitos, enchiladas, empanadas, and quesadillas.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "The food during restaurant week was good, loved the tuna tacquitos but the 3 courses all came out much to fast. I know tapas are delivered randomly but this felt really rushed and the plates were bound to get cold. It wasn't busy at all so maybe that's why the kitchen was so fast but I mentioned at least twice to slooow down and next thing you know we got the check - it so ridiculous since their was no line whatsoever for a table. We tried to longer but it was awkward. If I need a quick dinner, I'll give this another try. The interior is Spanish dungeon like but that's ok."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "The food was good but it was cold when it arrived to us! I don't know if it was a busy time but it was really hard to get service like utensils and napkins or refills, but the worst part of the night was the waiter. He was rude and looked like he had no patience with a group (7 people), just having to explain the menus was a pain to him. It was my birthday dinner and when he was told to sing happy birthday to me he completely ignored and acted as if it never happened. I wish whatever issue he had that day he would be more friendly to customers even if we weren't his favorites! Don't plan on coming back the food was okay but really overpriced :("
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Really great dinner, possibly the best Mexican I've ever had. Really good flavors, textures, mixes... Awesome ambiance with great service. The only draw back might be that the food came too fast -- we just felt it came fast and so we ate fast."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Bandolero is one of our DC favorites. The food is fantastic, offering a wide variety of tapas-style Mexican inspired options. The service is always great, and the margaritas are some of the best around."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "This restaurant is the most wonderful one among Mexican restaurants I have been."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "This place is a lot of fun with amazing margaritas and excellent food...reasonable prices. What's not to love?"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "The food was creative and good, but certainly not great. For example, the texture of the enchilada left much to be desired, and the $13 small bowl of guac was quite bland -- most people reading this could probably make better guac in about 10 minutes. Our waiter seemed quite disinterested. Not sure if it was something about us, or if he was having a bad day. He seemed to warm up to us by the end, but it wasn't very impressive. Overall, we did have some really nice dishes such as the roasted cauliflower, and the tacos. There was a lot of variety on the menu, And the margaritas were good and strong."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We went to Bandolero with my coworkers for lunch on Friday afternoon. The restaurant was empty and that was a red flag but we still dicided to give it a try. There were 6 people in our group and after a long wait we were geting our meal one at a time...? the portions were really small but the food was tasty. The 20% tip was included in the bill, and we understand that we are on M street, but we expected to get at least some service. Disappointing experience."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The ceviches were on point and the scallops with squid ink was probably the best tasting dish we had, but they were all great!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "This is a great restaurant. The food is so good! I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because the waiters are a bit awkward sometimes. On one of my visits there, I had invited friends, and the waitress that was serving us kept recommending things other than what we wanted to order. It was just awkward to have to reconsider our orders. We also wanted their nachos as an appetizer, and she told us that she didn't recommend it because it takes too long. This didn't ruin our experience there, but it was slightly annoying."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "It is definitely a great brunch place in Georgetown. With $19 bottomless mimosas, the passion fruit mimosa was amazing! A place I will visit very often :)"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "I'm not qualified to say if this is more "authentic" than typical Mexican places, but it was better by a mile. The main portions are a bit smaller, but have double the flavor. Dishes aren't hidden by mounds of rice and beans. I had the enchilada roja. Tender chicken with a sauce that had some kick. My wife had scallops that were "best ever". My daughter had shrimp and was ready to lick the bowl. We had a side of plantains that was almost like dessert. Staff understands and appreciates food allergies, and was very friendly. Given the neighborhood, this place felt much more laid back."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "By far one of the best tapas places and definitely the best in town. Their drinks are strong but still taste excellent and their mahi mahi tacos are out of this world delicious"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "I love upscale Mexican, so I keep coming back to Bandolero hoping that'll improve. But, alas, the restaurant still has only decent food and high-end prices. Mexican dishes just don't translate well into tapas-style servings (one single enchilada in dish with no sauce or garnish just looks odd). And the food quality isn't good enough to venture beyond Mexican standards. Add over-worked waiters and servers and it's overall not the best experience. There are better options on Wisconsin Ave."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Bandolero is a favorite local haunt, more for the food than the ambience. The place is hip and attracts mostly local Millenials who seem to enjoy the bar scene and the tasty tapas-style food. Chef Mike Isabella has transformed dishes like tuna taquito and roast brussel sprouts (loved by even those friends who "never eat brussel sprouts") and the food always delivers, albeit somewhat more unevenly of late. The ceviche, Thai-style this time, was outstanding and the alambres (flank steak, sliced thin, with chimichurrie sauce) always satisfy without being heavy. If you're a food lover like we are and don't mind the noise, you will enjoy your meal at Bandolero."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Maybe the service is a DC thing but coming from the Midwest I expected a little more friendly service when dealing with waiter. He seemed annoyed to take our order or get us refills on our drinks."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "My wife and I went to get dinner here with a couple of friends and we had a great time and really enjoyed the food. We had visited the bar on other occasions but never came in early enough for dinner. This time we did, and we were very pleased with the food and service. It is a tapa style restaurant so we had a chance to try a great variety of food."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I love their margarita pitcher options - delicious!"
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Great service and delicious food for our group of 7, with prompt and courteous service. Will visit again."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The small plates and pitchers made ordering for a big group easy. The place was energetic but not so loud that you couldnt hear eachother talk. The food was excellent and the servers were friendly and helpful. Great experience."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "The food was amazing ! You only need to order 2 "meals" they look small but they will fill you up ! The taste is amazing , I came when I saw Bandolerodc on the travel channel with Zimmerman. The taste is worth every penny ! Must go !"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Simple ambience & all hard surfaces, so moderate sound carries throughout. Quieter upstairs tables, but bar on the first level is extremely loud. Sounds like everyone is screaming. Interesting, creative tasty menu, & our waitress was lovely & very helpful."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "We chose this restaurant for a girls' night out and it was a perfect choice. We ordered a ton of little plates to share and most of it was fantastic. A couple of the dishes were just mediocre but for the most part we were really impressed. Add in a couple of pitchers of sangria and a really good time was had by all. "
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "If you like spending $10 for a single enchilada, if you don't like complimentary chips and salsa, and if you like wondering who you server is and where he or she went, then Bandolero is for you! Otherwise, don't bother. If it's good Mexican food you crave, save your money and go to Lauriol Plaza. If it's upscale Mexican fusion tapas you want, get your fill--and good service AND free chips--at Oyamel. The food was excellent. Especially the fried cornish hen. But it was not worth the money, and the service was atrocious."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "We loved the guacamole, short rib nachos, tuna taco (ceviche), and huevos rancheros. Try the Krazy Korn on a stick and any of the tacos. This was our first time there, and we thoroughly enjoyed the food. The service was a bit slow and inattentive, and I'd still give them another try!"
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Great brunch- food is small plates, and endless cocktails. Great service. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "They delivered impeccable food and service. I will definitely go back and we loved our server Misa! Best server we've had in DC to-date!"
    Dined on 5/9/2014
  • "Have not had dinner here in a while (more brunches). Drinks are always good -- strong :) Food is always amazing (unique and delicious). Service this time was not as good as before. Our waitress looked very stressed, even though she was not active. But I give it to her, it was Cinco de Mayo. I am sure it was crazy all day. Still quite some delays in taking orders and delivering drinks (again with the drinks -- it was Cinco de Mayo, bar was packed)."
    Dined on 5/5/2014
  • "Typical tapas place. Good for a first date if you're trying to impress someone, but the over abundance of rich college kids and the general over-pricedness of a tapas place kind of kill the mood. I like it, don't love it."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "We've been to Bandolero a few times for brunch before, but this was our first time for dinner, and it was fantastic. The guacamole is some of the best I have ever had, and the crispy short rib nachos were amazing. The chorizo taco and alambres were fantastic as well. I wouldn't recommend the pollo frito though. We had a great time at Bandolero with the excellent food, very nice wine list, and plenty of time to eat our tapas and relax."
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Far better places in DC. Oyamel blows them out of the water. Margaritas were sugary and really just not great."
    Dined on 4/18/2014
  • "The food was over salted and barely warm. When I complained to our waitress of the over saltiness of my son's meal, it was as if she was a deer in headlights. All she did was say "I'm sorry" and walked away. She didn't resolve the issue right away or ask the manager to come see us. The food is over priced for the amount, quality and overall experience. I would not recommend this place to anyone. "
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "plenty of creative vegetarian options, which is rare for mexican places. great flavors. guac portion was small. but, we had 2 dishes per person, and were filled... not the 4-5 per person that they recommended. downstairs is really noisy, but if you get a table upstairs, especially near the window, it's much more quiet."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The server was not very respectful nor willing to work with us on how we were splitting the check nor was he receptive/ nice when we asked him a question as to why he brought us the chips and salsa without us asking for it and later charging us for it."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "We came in as the kitchen was closing and instead of booting us they offered up free drinks and a personal walk through everything we wanted to know about the menu. Dealing with last minute customers is a hassle but they handled us well."
    Dined on 4/10/2014
  • "We had a reservation for 7:30 pm for 5 people on a Saturday night. We were seated around 7:40. Then our waiter went missing for a good 20 minutes, and was not very nice when he took our orders. He left our check (without asking if we wanted dessert or more drinks) around 8:50, and at 9 pm he asked us to leave while we were still finishing our dishes! He said there was another reservation that needed our table. We had only been there for an hour and a half, and I made this reservation weeks in advance! He also tried to include a 20% tip on the bill, even though we were only 5 people and the menu said nothing about a 20% tipping policy. The food was good, but we were not treated well! Beware!"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "A pick off Yelp. Mike Isabella and the menu served as the tipping point. Great food and nice service. Unique and tasty."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Food was very good (as it usually is), but a particularly busy, noisy night. Service was great at beginning of meal, but hard to get attention later. Took forever to get coffee and check. We'll certainly go again, but earlier."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "A fun place to enjoy small plates and fresh margs with friends! We went on a rainy day Sunday and the food and great service was exactly what we needed to end a crappy weathered weekend. The host let us take our time and to enjoy every bite and moment with good friends. Thank you Bandolero :)"
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "The suckling pig taco was excellent. The appetizers such as guacamole and ceviche were all delicious. I was really surprised when a deep fried, heavily breaded mahi mahi taco showed up with little to no flavor and no resemblance of what sucha flavorful fish. It was so bad I didn't finish it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014