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Bandolero
Bandolero

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
  • "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
  • "My boyfriend and I wanted to try somewhere new and were amazed by the gorgeous ambiance, delicious margaritas and excellent service! My favorites were the mahi mahi tacos and steak tacos! We will be back!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I went with a group of friends to celebrate a birthday. It has a vibrant and energetic feel. The food was great. The pork tacos and brussel sprouts were particularly good. The margaritas are really good. I look forward to going again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "This is a tapas style Mexican restaurant with a ton of unique dishes. I absolutely love the brussel sprouts, mahi mahi tacos, and skirt steak. And everything else is great as well."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Great food and drink in a relaxed environment. Happy hour specials were great and would recommend this place to anyone who like good food and drink."
    Dined on 3/18/2014
  • "The decor is notable and definitely a hot spot for social 20 somethings (which we are), but I immediately felt old as soon as we sat down. It was so dark I had to hold the menu near a candle to read it and it was so loud we spent most of the meal asking each other to repeat. All of that could have been forgiven because the drinks were strong and the food was pretty good -- at least the items we received. Our waiter was attentive for about 15 minutes and then seemed to end his shift without telling us. 2 of our items just never showed-up. No one noticed."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Most imaginative south of the border cuisine since Jacque and Herbert went to Cabos on vacation."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Stopped by this place because it was fairly new and it looked nice inside. The good: Portion sizes for tapas were actually fairly good The bad: Food was just mediocre, IMO"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "I have been to Bandolero four times, three of which to impress my friends from out of town with a solid DC restaurant. This past weekend we went and got the brussels sprouts, steak tacos, tuna tacos and.....queso fundido....times two. It was a great dinner with good friends and a fun waiter. Will be back for sure."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The food here is great but even upstairs the noise level is hard to take. Love the guac and ceviche."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We were excited to bring an out of town visitor to Bandolero but were disappointed. The service was very poor- we waited 25 min for margaritas that we ordered right when we sat down! The drinks were not worth the wait either- the pineapple margarita tasted like something I could have easily made at home with some canned Dole juice. We also waited a long time for our food- but I think this was more a waitress issue than kitchen because once it finally started arriving it came out nicely timed. The food was good- lots of spice, decent portions, a couple veggie options. Overall we were disappointed in a spendy meal with poor service and below the quality you would expect for a known chef."
    Dined on 2/16/2014