Bandolero
Bandolero

Bandolero

  • 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.
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Bandolero reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (40)fit for foodies (36)hot spot (20)vibrant bar scene (18)neighborhood gem (13)late-night find (8)great for brunch (8)special occasion (8)romantic (7)great for lunch (5)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Overall Very Good!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I go to school in the DC area and my past high school teachers were coming down with their students and wanted to meet for dinner. I chose this place because they were one of the only Mexican places with space for a reservation at 6:30 for 10. It was great! I did not know that it was all small plates-they suggest you order 2-3 small plates and share with the table. Unfortunately, that is not the style we were looking for because most plates were $12 and up and small portion sizes. It could get expensive quickly. Despite that surprise, I think it was good and you are filled up more than you expect. I had the strip steak tacos which were great (you get three small ones). For being small plates I expected the steak to be dry but they were cooked medium rare and were perfect. I also had a side of sweet plantains which were my favorite! They are not crispy, but they do have some sort of breading and a cool sauce over them. I also tried a bite of the chicken tacos and they were equal in quality!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Georgetown brunch hotspot
    Pamela
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    Ivan was our server and took amazing care of us. The prices were great and the passion fruit mimosas were amazing!! I will definitely be back there soon
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good twist on tapas.
    CMTL
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Hangar steak, nachos and suckling pig tacos stood out as excellent dishes. Wait staff was friendly and professional. Food brought out quickly and this was much appreciated as we were on our way to a set at Blues Alley. Will return on future trips to Georgetown.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • PiPride
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    While the food and service were very good and the presentation interesting, the wine and drinks were over priced and mediocre
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican find
    littlesquirt
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    The food was very good and reasonably priced especially for Georgetown. Service was pretty good. My only complaint would be that they need to reevaluate their music selections.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Amazing food and great service! We left the ordering up to the waiter and he brought us a great selection of recommended food. He even reminded us at the end of the dinner when we received the bill that the tip was already included in the bill since we were a large group. Most servers would never say a word and hope the customer overlooked that! Fabulous place. Already making plans to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Queso Dip
    Dine4FunVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Awesome creamy and rich queso dip. Be sure to request extra tortilla bread.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food & Fiesta
    lical
    Dined on 10/31/2014
    Great food and festive atmosphere. Waiter was attentive and tried his best to explain items and make recommendations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice SPOT
    Pleased
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    happened upon this place it was very nice small plates so you can share and try different things
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just okay
    Csturner
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The menu had me salivating, but the execution was just okay. Too onion-y. I was disappointed. Would recommend for drinks
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Needlessly loud
    breakfastloverVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    Went on a Sunday night. The place was not too packed, but the music was cranked up like it was a night club. That would be fine if there was a dance floor, but as a restaurant, that was completely pointless. Seriously, turn the music down. Sangria was potent. Hard-liquor potent. The menu was good, but there were too many items and descriptions which needed descriptions. When the waiter asks if you have any questions, one doesn't want to burden him/her with, "can you please translate these 20 things". In general, restaurants whose specialty is tapas should have pencil-and-paper order sheets, as is done in sushi restaurants. It can be a challenge to keep track of the 8 items you'll be ordering from 40 items across 8 categories.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • fun vibe
    luveatingoutVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We made a last minute reservation on open table. We went with our 7 and 10 year old. The waiter immediately suggested the few things in the menu that they would enjoy (no kids menu). The food was great and the service was awesome!! We will go back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SaraKVIP
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    I've been to Bandolero multiple times and have always enjoyed it. When I learned my brother was visiting from overseas and I knew him having Mexican food was a must, I immediately booked us reservations at Bandolero. It was a great way to start our visit - he loved it!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Jose
    Jose
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Mexican tapas sounds strange but they do it very well. Somehow you feel it is ok to pay for chips and salsa. Try the suckling pig tacos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, some oddities
    MichaelVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    Discovery of a good and affordable eatery in GT was most welcome. On the whole, the experience was very good. Foods are well prepared (guacamole is exceptional; enchiladas rojas (chicken) with chocolate was wonderful. We were charged extra for asking for more chips for salsa; and one order (it's a tapas place) was completely forgotten and eventually came 20 minutes later. Both oddities were removed, thankfully, from the bill (but only upon our request). We would definitely go back. We also hear that the place rocks on the weekends; but were glad that during the week, it was a nice discovery for its excellent food.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    sandra116
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I've been to Bandolero several times for dinner but never for brunch. It did not dissapoint. Everything was delicious. I love this place!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great small plates
    jpsno
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The food was wonderful and the service very friendly. It is tapas, or small plates, meant to be shared by everyone. My only complaint was with the pacing. There were four of us and they recommended 3-4 dishes per person, all to be shared. They brought out 3, then shortly thereafter brought out almost everything else at once. We would have preferred to have a few dishes at a time so we could fully enjoy each thing and not feel so rushed. We wanted to eat the food while it was hot, so we felt like we had to hurry up and eat several different things all at once.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cheryl
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Made reservation for 8:30 - we weren't there 20 min maybe 15 and they told us to order all our food kitchen was closing because it was slow. Kids not back at school yet so maybe slow but still. Not cheap eats. Food was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • All too fast
    FormerServer
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible Service/Waiter
    Cechevar
    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 :(
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • So good!
    HKLand
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not your standard Mexican
    AtoA
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • excellent for restaurant week
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    ...and excellent for dinner. Whether restaurant week was a "deal" or not is a wash - it could go either way, but restaurant week is great for getting you in the door for those places you always mean to go but don't. we ordered off the special menu along with three drinks ( ~100) and enjoyed everything. there were a few of the small plates we probably wouldn't order again (pumpkin/melon soup or the enchilada - good, but compared to the tacos, why bother?) additionally - the restaurant perceived they had been slow with our table (they weren't) and thought they missed our order - so sent us another. we were upfront with the mistake and they sent it home with us - definitely a pleasant surprise.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful
    dooterbi
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    This restaurant is the most wonderful one among Mexican restaurants I have been.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • You must give Bandolero a try!
    GreenspringValley
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This place is a lot of fun with amazing margaritas and excellent food...reasonable prices. What's not to love?
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good, not Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing experience
    agradVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 28, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 170 reviews are from the Bandolero reviews archive.
  • Terrific Food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The ceviches were on point and the scallops with squid ink was probably the best tasting dish we had, but they were all great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    MetroAreaDiner
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Bandolero!
    DCRestaurantWeekVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your average Mexican food!
    Kohavi
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing tapas!
    Gw2222VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    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
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Overhyped Mexican
    TacoTimeVIP
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Never dull; always delicious
    Mad4FoodVIP
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food unfriendly staff
    Chymes812
    Dined on 7/8/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and ambiance .
    DCfoodie
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I love their margarita pitcher options - delicious!
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  • Delicious food, fun atmosphere
    Carolyn
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great service and delicious food for our group of 7, with prompt and courteous service. Will visit again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TommyVIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    Denise13
    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 !
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.