Bandolero
Bandolero

Bandolero

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.bandolerodc.com/
  • Phone: 2026254488x
  • 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
89 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (38)good for groups (31)hot spot (26)neighborhood gem (24)vibrant bar scene (22)special occasion (13)great for brunch (11)late-night find (11)romantic (9)kid-friendly (4)scenic view (3)great for lunch (3)notable wine list (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love Bandolero!
    DCRestaurantWeek
    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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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.
  • Very Casual Dining
    SnLN
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Girls' Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • No.
    JM8991VIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A great Sunday brunch!
    DCDiner
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great brunch
    henfoodie
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Great brunch- food is small plates, and endless cocktails. Great service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food & Service
    TimHVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Back again
    indianfoodie
    Dined on 5/5/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 58 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 150 reviews are from the Bandolero reviews archive.
  • Ok atmosphere, average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, Late-Night Find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love Bandolero
    AndyP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sub-par mexican
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Far better places in DC. Oyamel blows them out of the water. Margaritas were sugary and really just not great.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing
    Fla954foodie
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • every dish was fabulous
    arock
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server
    springcustomer2014
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • After hours service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We were rushed out
    Nicole
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A pick off Yelp. Mike Isabella
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    A pick off Yelp. Mike Isabella and the menu served as the tipping point. Great food and nice service. Unique and tasty.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.