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Casa Oaxaca
Casa Oaxaca

Casa Oaxaca Details

  • 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: Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
  • 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 (202) 387-2272
  • Special Events & Promotions: Large groups reservations are only available from Tuesday to Thursday.

Getting there

  • 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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Diner Reviews
  • "Enjoyed the great drinks and authentic cuisine. I also love the getting a mole."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Went 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."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We 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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Quiet little restaurant with great food and margaritas. We had a delicious dinner!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Every 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."
    Dined on 6/12/2014
  • "Most 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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Authentic Mexican food. Excellent mole, margaritas and sangria"
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "this 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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "The 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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Being 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. "
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "This 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. "
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Came 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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Food is always great along with great service. No negatives, except chips and salsa would be nice as a complementary option. They do have it as a chips and queso option though."
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "The meals and the services are quite good. The price not so cheap but the restaurant is located in a good and vibrant area of Washington."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Great service, wonderful tasting and unique authentic Mexican cooking"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "I must said that the service we received at Casa Oaxaca while visiting DC on the Cherry Blossom Festival Wekened was outstanding. Food was excellent and the ambiance great!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "We found this Adams Morgan Mexican restaurant to have stellar service but just good, not great food, for the price. A agave margarita is $12 and meals run about $19, which is high for the fare. We started with Kekas, which were the highlight of our meal and a bargain at the happy hour price of $5. The Mole Verde Con Costillas De Purerco (ribs) were dry and flavorless. The Enchiladas De Camaron Y Queso De Cabra was above average. In short, we find this establishment a good place to take advantage of 1/2 price appetizers (beware - the list is short) and drinks."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "The food was amazing- the meat- incredibly tender and flavored perfectly, everything very fresh. We even enjoyed the grasshoppers which they graciously prepared to our preferences- plain with dipping sauce on the side. We dined early so that they were able to cater to our large crowd. All perfect!."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "The food was not authentic and it was very overpriced. Would NOT go back"
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "We ate here one night while on vacation in D.C. The service was very friendly, the waiters were so sweet to help my kids practice their Spanish. The lamb tacos were awesome, and they make a mean Old Fashioned."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "We've eaten here tons of times and it's always a delight! This occasion was a double date and our friends loved it as well. We sat by the fire place downstairs and had our favorite waiter. Viva la mole!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "All I can say is this place is great! The staff is friendly, the food and beverage are delicious and creative. Our group of 4 had a wonderful evening and we look forward to our next visit. I'm not sure how we were able to get a last minute reservation on a Saturday night, but I'm not complaining. This was a very lucky find."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Our first visit started off a little shaky, I must say. It took way too long to get a drink. I'll be honest, get me a drink right away and I can relax and enjoy the ambiance, people watch a gander at the menu happily forever. Once our karaft of deliciously mixed margaritas arrived all doubts vanished. Soon after our apatizers of squash flower raviolis with creme fresh and black bean-filled plantains were before us and were catapolted to Oaxacan heaven. The waiters and bar folk were pleasing. My main course of carnitas tacos with pickled red onions and pineapple salsa made my tummy do leaps and bounds of joy. I'd avoid this place if I were you! Cheers!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We loved the Rellenitos de Platano Macho, the the Enmoladas, and the Ravioli de Huitlacoche. However, be warned that the last too are very big appetizers, so that you will be pretty full after eating them. The shrimp enchiladas and the Mole Coloradito were also superb. Our waiter was super: he was funny and helpful, bringing us a sampler of all of the moles, which really helped us to make our choices."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Chose this spot for our out of town Valentine's Dinner as we are both big fans of mole and Oaxacan food. The restaurant, upstairs was beautiful and comfortable, we were bought to a table on the lower level which we found more claustrophobic and very loud. They accommodated us easily with a table upstairs when we asked. The food was as good as most of the food we had in Oaxaca. The tortilla soup was the bet I ever had. My tamale was excellent."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "This place was a great Valentine's Day dinner find. I originally ordered the beef fajitas but the waiter recommend another beef dish and he did me a favor. It was delicious and everything else that came on the plate was great too. I'll go back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "It's hard to find a good vegan-friendly Mexican restaurant. Casa Oaxaca has a great atmosphere and plenty of vegetarian and vegan options. The service was decent and they do take reservations."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The mole was delicious! We were pleasantly surprised to find the food just as goos as we remembered it to be in Oaxaca. A+ The place got crowded quickly after 7:30, so we know it's popular with the locals at least. Good for young crowds. If you are there with older parents, go on the early side as it can get noisy very quickly when the margaritas start flowing. Ask to be seated towards the back if you prefer a quieter spot. The mole coloradito with the flank steak was amazing. Wish this place was close to home in NYC."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "We always find the food interesting and the service attentive. It is our favorite Mexican restaurant in Washington."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "We discovered this restaurant thanks to a discount coupon, and the meal was absolutely delicious. Mole is the specialty, and my husband and I ordered the coloradito (with steak) and the amarillito (with chicken). Both were amazing, and the guacamole appetizer was one of the best I've ever had. Even without the discount, the prices are very reasonable for DC. We'll definitely be heading back for more."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "DC has plenty of restaurants serving "Mexican" food, but most of the restaurants specialize in Salvadoran cuisine that offer a Salvadoran take on Mexican OR they are chain restaurants. Casa Oaxaca is a standout because it is authentic and Oaxacan cuisine is unique that you rarely find anywhere in the US. The menu offers many intriguing items that are approachable at the same time. Plus, the margaritas are banging! The service is very friendly and accommodating notwithstanding the near capacity crowd, CO often seems to have. I think Casa Oaxaca is a DC Gem because it offers high quality, interesting cuisine at a very affordable price. It's accessible in taste and location. And everyone needs chocolate in their lives."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "DC is just not known for its Mexican food. After coming from Phoenix, it has been a real disappointment not to be able to find any great Mexican. I love mole, and as it is a regional dish, not all Mexican joints serve it. A Mexican referred me to this place, and I was not disappointed. Great mole! Great service"
    Dined on 1/21/2014
  • "Casa Oaxaca is the closest thing to authentic Mexican food that DC offers! The food captures the richness and depth of flavor of Mexican food scooped right out of Mexico City. This is a TRUE treat for those who enjoy Mexican food or those who want to expand their understanding of what actual Mexican food is!"
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Very good food not cheap but good quality. Young crowd and if you like to try authentic Mexican food, it is worth your money"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "A co-worker suggested we try this restaurant and it was wonderful. They let you sample each of the moles they make there, I believe 7 of them, before you order. Our waiter Angel was honest and spot on with recommendations. The drinks were good, the food was excellent (best Mexican food I have had in DC) and the price is right."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Great mole, good menu and good service. The only thing that should be better is that the restaurant should have better take-out capability. They should have plastic utensils and paper cups with lids. Lastly, their seating could stand to be more comfortable. The seating at booths sit at an odd angle."
    Dined on 1/15/2014
  • "This restaurant's menu has something for people willing to try something new, and trusty, reliable, familiar dishes. It specializes in dishes from the southern border regions of Mexico, so if you come expecting the stereotypical combo plates drowning in melted cheese, this place is not for you. Good cocktails, great selection of mezcals and tequilas. Affordable."
    Dined on 1/12/2014
  • "Food was good, but not anything exciting. Drinks were not good. Really actually lame for a Mexican/Spanish restaurant to not know how to do a good margarita. So, that was actually disappointing. No chips were brought to the table until I asked. Our table was changed after being seated. They seemed to be having trouble overall figuring out seating. Just not really impressed. Too many options out there (especially for the price range) that just doesn't put their food/menu/service/ambiance at a competitive level."
    Dined on 1/5/2014
  • "This is, hands down, not just the best Mexican food in the DC, but the best food in DC. The menu is creative, delicious and wholesome. There are plenty of meat and fish dishes, but also vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. My husband and I are big foodies- but I have a whole list of weird eating restrictions- this place never fails to disappoint. The staff, from the managers-bar tenders- and waiters, are always energetic and flexible. Great find."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "This restaurant seems to have a good reputation, and asaide from the food, it is deserved. Nice ambience, friendly enough staff. but there was nothing special about the food. the chicken was dry and the various mole sauces we had were, as advertised, different from each other, but did not really have strong distinctive tastes. sauces a bit thin. ordered soup that never came. drinks were okay."
    Dined on 12/31/2013