2106 18th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009Neighborhood:
Contemporary MexicanPrice: $30 and under
- Dining Style: Casual Elegant
- Website: http://www.oaxacaindc.com/
- Phone: (202) 387-2272
- Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Closed Monday Sunday - Thursday 5:00pm - 10:30pm Friday - Saturday 5:00pm - 11:30pm
- Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
- Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
- Executive Chef: Alfio Blangiardo
- Dress Code: Business Casual
- Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
- Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
- Catering: Large groups reservations are only available from Tuesday to Thursday. We offer catering for parties of 20 or more. Please visit our website to check our catering menu.
- Private Party Facilities: We offer a private dining area for up to 50 guests for a full menu sit down dinner and up to 70 guests for a cocktail reception. Restaurant buy-outs are also available for up to 130 guests.
- Private Party Contact: Karen Barroso 2023872272
- Special Events: Large groups reservations are only available from Tuesday to Thursday.
- Cross Street: Florida Ave.
- Public Transit: Closest metro station: Woodley Park, Red Line Bus stop in front of the restaurant for L2, 90,92,93
- Parking: Street Parking
- Parking Details: Street parking is available. Parking lot available just two blocks aways at 2328 Champlain Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20009
A word from Casa Oaxaca
In 2007, we opened Casa Oaxaca in Washington, D.C., a traditional restaurant that brings the flavors and colors of Mexico to the capital city of U.S. Our main objective is to give Washingtonians a better exposure to the richness and diversity of Mexican cuisine. At Casa Oaxaca, mole sauces are our specialty and we have six types that you will be able to taste with chicken, beef, seafood or tortillas.Continued
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Casa Oaxaca reviews from OpenTable diners
62 reviews since July 26, 2014
- Ambiance3.8Noise LevelModerate
fit for foodies (35)neighborhood gem (30)good for groups (14)special occasion (12)romantic (10)great for brunch (9)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)vibrant bar scene (3)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (1)Show More
- Mexican Comfort FoodDateNightDined on 11/19/2014I had a great time here! The service was great and the food was delicious. It's just good old fashioned mexican comfort food. Will definitely return!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Not what I expectedKellyDined on 11/15/2014The ambiance is nice, as I really like small local restaurants. It has a nice neighborhood feel. The food was ok, but I was surprised that with a $19 order of steak fajitas, I received only 3 small fajitas, and was charged extra for cheese & sour cream. Thank goodness I didn't ask for guacamole! If the food is in some way exceptional, customers will worry less about value, but this was not the case. I won't return.
- 0000000000000000000000000Dined on 11/14/2014I wouldn't go to this restaurant again. Overpriced. Food is better at every other Mexican restaurant I have been too. This does not seem like a fine dining restaurant. Service wasn't great either.
- Best mole in DCPeaceDocVIPDined on 11/14/2014A bit pricey for what you get, but the salsa, guacamole and various types of moles are top notch.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Authentic Food but Confused ServerasxantosDined on 11/5/2014I like this restaurant because it's actually traditional Mexican food. I never knew about the Moles and there are so many to choose from. The odd experience was the service. Our server started with asking us if we'd been here before. Two of us no, our third yes. The server said to us, "oh good since you've been here you can explain the different Moles bc it's busy tonight" - paraphrasing but essentially it. There were only three other tables; maybe it was busier upstairs. Anyway, we were shocked and laughed. The hostess made up for it by describing the moles - yummy. Overall the server just seemed very distracted. If you're looking to try it, food is good just be patient.
- DisappointingSSfoodsnobs2VIPDined on 11/1/2014This was our second visit, we returned in honor of the Day of the Dead and their special menu. In a word it was awful. The traditional stewed chicken dish had no flavor and was served cold. I sent it back, it took time for replacement. Still no flavor. Eduardo took the meal off the bill. Offered us pumpkin flan. The night fell flat and it never recovered. We will not return. First visit was fun, they were attentive, offered mole tastings. Excited about their plans for the holidays but they did not execute.
- Addictive Oaxacan cuisine!OpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 11/1/2014After falling in love with the food of Oaxaca, I'm delighted to find a place to get my fix in DC. The menu is creative and features all seven moles plus regional specialties from other parts of Mexico. The decor is casual and charming, and the wait staff friendly.Special Features:
- We loved itAndyDined on 11/1/2014My wife's family is originally from Mexico and this place passes her tests. Wide variety of different mole'. Food was great! I just wish they had parking! Finding street parking in Adams Morgan gets roughSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- very good moleTaySDined on 10/25/2014The food is better than most DC mexican restaurants. Their specialty is mole, which is quite good. My only real complaint is that they only accept 3 credit cards when you go to pay, which is utterly ridiculous because all that's necessary to split a check more than 3 ways is the server's willingness to pull out a calculator and quickly do the math. So you can't come here with a group unless you're willing to put up with that.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- FantasticWillDined on 10/17/2014My wife and my favorite restaurant the mole ribs are beyond amazingSpecial Features:
- Authentic and tastysatine416VIPDined on 10/11/2014The food here was authentic, unique, and very well prepared. They created interesting combinations of flavors that were overall quite successful. The grasshoppers were savory and unusual, the pink mole was delightfully spicy and different, and the best dish of the night was the huitlacoche ravioli, which had a delicious sauce and great flavor. Service was a bit slow but not unpleasant. Overall we had a nice experience and really appreciated the extensive vegan menu.Special Features:
- Angel our waiterNowThatsItalianDined on 10/11/2014Mr. Angel was a nice waiter and the food was good.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- The real dealJennaDined on 10/11/2014This place has real Oaxacan food, as far as I can tell being a white person. It's absolutely delicious -- and when they do stray from tradition, it's only in a good direction. The vegetarian and vegan selections are out of this world! And DO try their top shelf margaritas.Special Features:
- Hot and HotterrtesmerVIPDined on 10/10/2014LOL, it was chilly outside and very warm inside, a tad too warm in fact! Stuffy! Very busy and crowded, but that is almost always a good sign! Been here a few times so already knew I would love the place, and did again. Tried a different mole dish and was not disappointed at all. Wish I had time to try them all, maybe they should offer a sampler plate on the menu!Special Features:
- Amazing mole, amazing serviceILoveDateNightDined on 10/7/2014I made our reservation for 6, called an hour before asking to change the reservation to 8... and then we showed up with 9 people... and they had no problem accommodating us. They immediately took drink orders and had margaritas out within minutes. Our server was great. He offered to give us a sampling of all of their mole sauces to help us to decide which item to buy off the menu. The food was amazing! What a find.Special Features:
- Great fun place for group!RobertsoneyVIPDined on 9/23/2014Had a great dining experience! The food was wonderful - be brave and try the crickets! The margaritas with the salt bubble were wonderful - best I have had in DC. Wonderland for the tequila enthusiast - lots of varieties of tequilla flights. Staff was great was suggestions and manager was great checking in and adding his insights and suggestions. He convinced us to try the crickets and they were actually wonderful!Special Features:
- With mexican flavor...ClauDCVIPDined on 9/15/2014They have a great mexican menu. We ordered pozole and enchiladas and both were delicious. We need to come back to try more and more meals.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Remarkably authentic and deliciousDCfoodieVIPDined on 9/15/2014I have been going to Casa Oaxaca for six years now, and I find it to be the best and most authentic place for Mexican food, particularly from the regions of Oaxaca and Puebla, which is where mole sauces are from. Most recently, I went to Casa Oaxaca on Mexican Independence Eve (September 15th). I was really looking forward to having some good Mexican food to celebrate the occasion with friends. As always, Casa Oaxaca did not disappoint. I ordered the season special and Mexican national dish "chile en nogada"--which is a remarkably difficult dish to prepare--and it was simply outstanding, I almost licked my plate clean. I will definitely will be going back every year to get my fill of this seasonal dish.Special Features:
- OpenTable Diner Since 2006Dined on 8/29/2014Our waiter was great. Since it was our first time there and my friend asked a question about the moles, he brought out a plate with all of the mole's and some tortillas for us to try them. They were all good. And the plate was so nicely presented. I ended up ordering ceviche instead of mole, but the food was great.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- sdbautistaVIPDined on 8/29/2014cushions were filthy - bathroom was filthy - food was just tolerable - don't even give free chips & salsa???!!!
- Excellent!ASouthernGalDined on 8/17/2014Great dining experience. Went for brunch, all of the food was delicious. Fantastic michelada as well. One of the best I've had. Great service from fun and charming staff! I will be back for sure.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Delicious date nightShawnaDined on 8/15/2014I decided on this spot as a late dinner date night option. My boyfriend and I arrived at 9 pm and we promptly seated. Although, it did take several minutes to take our order our waiter answered all questions and actually asked us to wait a few minutes and he would bring all the moles for us to try! They were all really delicious. I settled on the vegan mole with ribs. My meal was amazing! The pace was very slow, however for a night on the town with someone that I enjoyed the conversation, it was welcomed! The waiter ended up being great and personable. We will definitely go back.Special Features:
- Casa Oaxaca delivers again!!!!!!!!!WillDined on 8/12/2014Everytime we get the chance to go there we are so impressed by the quality of the food, staff, and ambiance. The queso fundido and mole verde ribs are beyond amazing. Try once and you'll be hooked!Special Features:
- A molé heaven!ChuckVIPDined on 8/10/2014It was our first time at this conveniently located establishment on the southern end of Adams Morgan - but it won't be the last. The service was prompt and attentive throughout the meal. The marguerites were perfectly made, as was the freshly made guacamole. But the highlight was the various moles available. I chose the tres moles over grilled chicken breast and all three sauces were rich and flavorful, without overpowering the perfectly cooked chicken. This will definitely be on our list of very high quality Mexican restaurants.Special Features:
- Great service, authentic foodDCDinerVIPDined on 8/10/2014The staff at Casa Oaxaca could not be any nicer. They are so accomodating, polite and attentive. I've eaten there many times and have never had a less-than-perfect experience. Their brunch is the perfect hangover cure, as well as a little slice of home cooking for Mexicans in DC. Their drinks are generous and the food is flavorful, filling and inexpensive. Aces all around.Special Features:
- SO Good!annieDined on 8/9/2014I was visiting DC with my vegetarian boyfriend and his picky-eating friend. I, myself, don't eat meat, but will occasionally eat fish. This was the most authentic Mexican food I've had on the East Coast ever! We started out with the queso dip with your average expectations. The dip was phenomenal, so far above the typical queso I've had anywhere else. This was spicy, and so flavorful. They served this with chips and warm salsa, which at first I thought would be gross, but was actually spectacular!! I ordered the fish tacos which were outstanding. Fresh corn tortillas and tons of vegetables and flavor! My boyfriend got the veggie tacos and they were amazing as well. His friend ordered the lamb tacos and was very impressed.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OK Food, Slow Servicedceater82VIPDined on 7/27/2014The food here is just OK as far as Mexican brunch fare. The service was really slow, though, esp. for a Sunday when you would expect there to be a large brunch crowd. It took a really long time for our server to bring us our check, and when he did he ran the wrong card! If you don't live in this neighborhood, I would not recommend this place.Special Features:
- The following 680 reviews are from the Casa Oaxaca reviews archive.
- Not my favoriteOpenTable Diner Since 2008VIPDined on 7/23/2014It was fine, but nothing special. We had to ask for the customary chips and salsa that everyone else had on their table. I thought their prices were a little steep for what you got.
- Great moles!OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIPDined on 7/17/2014Enjoyed the great drinks and authentic cuisine. I also love the getting a mole.Special Features:
- Great Food, Horrible ServicedisappointedDined on 7/6/2014Went for brunch for a friends bday. There was one server for about 15 tables of four. We were seated before at least 30 mins before our drink orders were taken. The waiter was completely indifferent about the inconvenience and was not knowledgeable about the menu. Luckily the food was amazing otherwise the whole outing would have been a bust.
- once againboardheadDined on 7/3/2014We were somewhat disappointed with our return visit. First, only the low-ceiling downstairs was open. It's below ground level and noisy. We made our reservation through Open Table and although we were told it would be recorded, that was not done. The ceviche and tortilla soup were excellent, but the main course tacos (pork and skirt steak) were rather bland. Not as satisfying as our prior visit, and we are Oaxacan foodies having spent several months there.Special Features:
- Great findOpenTable Diner Since 2014Dined on 6/14/2014Quiet little restaurant with great food and margaritas. We had a delicious dinner!Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Always great!OpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 6/12/2014Every time I've been to Casa Oaxaca, whether it be for happy hour or dinner, it has never failed to be a good time. The food and drinks never disappoint.Special Features:
- A Rarity in the USAGayConnoisseurVIPDined on 6/11/2014Most Americans don't realize how diverse Mexican cuisine actually is. To find a restaurant - in Washington DC of all places - that specializes in Oaxacan cuisine including mole is a rarity! Most "mexican" restaurants in the USA are Tex-Mex, which I happen to love, but Casa Oaxaca is a very nice change. I love the chicken mole, the queso fundido, and the tortilla soup. Absolutely delicious! I plan to keep coming back for more and plan to tell all my friends about this place.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Great molegraceDined on 6/7/2014Authentic Mexican food. Excellent mole, margaritas and sangriaSpecial Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- Very tastyOpenTable Diner Since 2013Dined on 5/30/2014this was a very enjoyable meal; much better Mexican food than many other DC spots. Our reservation was at 7:30 and they were able to seat us early but a little later and the restaurant was pretty crowded. With the crowd it got loud downstairs but by that time we were done eating. All in all, I would recommend Casa O for the good food and good service. If you are going to eat here, avoid the downstairs back corner tables due to poor lighting. We didn't sit there but I saw the young folks sitting there have to get out there phones to light up the menus.I would recommend this to a friend.
- Fantastic FoodOpenTable Diner Since 2009Dined on 5/28/2014The food here is fantastic. I am a vegan but my wife is not. Both of us found food we absolutely loved: pink mole for me, plantains and black mole for her. The atmosphere here is a bit downscale compared to the price. It's not dirty or sketchy or anything like that. It's just not a very nice, polished restaurant. The staff was friendly though, and I definitely plan on returning.Special Features:
- Unexpectedly FantasticMelanieMcVIPDined on 5/17/2014Being from Southern California, it is hard to find Mexican restaurants on the East Coast that are great! Boy were we surprised! From the moment we walked in everything was great. Lovely and lively service, delicious food, fun artwork. The menu was different than just your typical tacos and everything we tasted was yummy-- even the grasshoppers! My friends and I had a wonderful evening.Special Features:I would recommend this to a friend.
- OutstandingSalimDined on 5/15/2014This was my first time at Casa Oaxaca, and as a Mexican I would definately recommend it for anyone who wants to try authentic mexican cuisine.Special Features:
- Food was pretty good, but...NSamuelsDined on 5/11/2014Came here for Mother's Day brunch. I really wish their brunch menu had been published online. If you are vegetarian/vegan (I, and my dining partners, are fiercely carnivorous) their $30 unlimited mimosa/food deal will probably be great for you. The brunch menu is essentially just egg dishes, which is, in my opinion, not worth it. We all ordered off of the regular menu. Service was lacking, but not horrible or unfriendly. Just one guy waiting all of the tables and tending the bar it seemed...so he seemed a bit out of it. They also neglected to check me in for my reservation. So I just got one of those "you're a no-show" emails from Opentable. TL;DR - I wouldn't return for brunch. Dinner, maybe? But it wouldn't be my first choice.