Crios Modern Mexican
Crios Modern Mexican

Crios Modern Mexican

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.criosmodmex.com/
  • Phone: 2028228800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Mexican, Global, International
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: At 21st Street and P Street Across from Hotel Palomar
  • Public Transit: Crios Modern Mexican is just 2 blocks from the DuPont Circle Metro Station on the Red Line.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Crios Modern Mexican
We are sisters, Joanne and Julie Liu, and our parents immigrated to the United States over thirty-five years ago and started Jenny's Chinese Restaurant. Through years of hard work and resilience, they created what is now Jenny’s Asian Fusion on the Southwest D.C. waterfront. In 2009, we opened Scion Restaurant. We’ve always had a love for Mexico’s vibrance and dynamic, and especially for its fresh and bold cuisine. With Crios Modern Mexican, we aim to create a welcoming and energetic neighborhood restaurant serving delectable food and drink.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Crios Modern Mexican reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
73% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (16)great for brunch (13)neighborhood gem (7)great for lunch (6)great for outdoor dining (5)fit for foodies (5)kid-friendly (3)special occasion (3)hot spot (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Great food!
    JP2013VIP
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We loved the taco trio option- all 4 of us got it. The margaritas were tasty, but a little too sweet to have more than one. Service was a bit slow, but overall enjoyed the experience.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Noisy but nice
    FormerFedVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    I started with a chorizo taco and got the Cuban sandwich. Both were tasty but could have used a spicier salsa. The jalapeno margarita and capirinha were strong. I ended with a double tequila and an Illegal mescal. Service was prompt but uneven. One waitress tried to serve my capirinha to the next table and then ran back to the bar with it, ignoring my waves. I will return to Crios.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst service ever
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The server actually insulted my son for not liking the tacos that they did not make as ordered.
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  • Pathetic services
    DoCfoodie
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Have been here many times before and really enjoyed the food. A good friend was in town so I suggested Crios as a good place for a bunch of his friends to eat. The service was absolutely terrible. Not only was it slow, it was inconsistent. At first they told us they had no salsa (at Mexican restaurant??) and 15 mins later we had salsa. We asked for more and that took another 15. I could go on about the inefficiencies but the point is, I felt bad for being the one to recommend this place.
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Greasy Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Poor service and greasy food- several items on menu not available.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    This sunday was my second time having brunch at crios with a fairly large group. Although the server is not my favorite, (we'v had her twice) the food and mimosas definitely outweigh any flaws. I absolutely HATE mexican food.But Crios has the perfect blend of ethnic twists and typical brunch foods we all love. The service is fast and pretty efficient. The crab Benedict is great, egg scramble is awesome and the french toast is crusted and by far the best Ive had in this area thus far. I would recommend this restaurant for an affordable great brunch experience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    The food was delish, drinks were flowing, price was more than reasonable and service was great. Allison was a phenomenal waitress, friendly, attentive and helpful. The brunch crowd was excited about July 4th weekend, and made the experience even better. Def will make this my go to bottom brunch location! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Bottomless
    Heyaee
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Second time I've gone here for bottomless brunch, and I regret nothing. Latin American cuisine paired with mimosas is a surprisingly delicious combination, and they do it right.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Hair in my food
    CarolVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Hair in my quesadilla, which ruined the entire meal for me.
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  • Great Mexican food & margaritas
    Dinnerwithdaughter
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Tuesday's taco special and 1/2 price margarita's made for a great diviner out with my daughter. The salsa that was served at the beginning of the meal was fantastic. I do not live in the area, but I would travel back for some good Mexican food.
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    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 33 reviews are from the Crios Modern Mexican reviews archive.
  • Good Food
    amson
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Our food was great. The overall appearance of the restaurant was a bit tired and looks like it has been a while since touching up paint, cleaning upholstery in the booths, etc. While our main service provider was very polite, she seemed to have trouble keeping up with the three tables she had. We specifically had to ask for drink refills and flagged down another service staff member to pay our bill after waiting over 15 minutes.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Brunch was great... Large portions. Two drinks they had listed on the menu they no longer carried- which also meant no beer on the unlimited brunch drink menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • willrun4wine
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    They know what bottomless brunch means. Not just one mimosa per person per serving, they bring you the entire carafe. Much appreciated, Crios.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor, unprofessional service.
    street
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    Poor, unprofessional service. The food was very bland, greasy, and overpriced.
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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  • Yum!
    Daniel
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Great mimosas, delicious eggs, tasty carne asada, good service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Yucca and colorful potatoes
    aggie
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I ordered the Sunrise meal and it was delicious, and offered a lot more than I thought. Portions are bigger than expected, but adds more value. The fried yucca and small colored potatoes as sides for brunch were seasoned with something wonderful. Wait staff were attentive, the ambiance was interesting, and it is within walking distance of Dupont Circle, Kennedy Center, view of the Potomac.
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    good for groups, great for brunch
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  • Crios has really good food.
    Kris10
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    Crios has really good food. I love their Mexican brunch and the endless drinks for $13 is amazing!! I would definitely recommend it. P.s. In my experience, if I get there before 11, there hasn't been a wait but if you're worried, you can always make a reservation!
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    great for brunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service super slow and not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Service super slow and not attentive at all. Tacos were good but tortas were very below average.
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  • Great guacamole!
    SnowmomVIP
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Better than your typical Mexican spot! We appreciated the chips that were brought to the table by the waitress. Fish tacos were good and the quesadilla a little more predictable. It's a fun casual atmosphere with good food.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Give it a try
    fished
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    It was our first time at the DuPont Circle restaurant. Our group of 8 had a great time. Food was very good, service was even better. Hard to park, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do not waste your money/time
    Jess
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    Subpar Mexican food, terrible service. Good margaritas
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  • good food but very noisy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    could hardly have any conversations as the place is very very loud.
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    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food at a great price
    fredVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I went here for my 30th birthday. They were able to easily handle my large party of 14. As far as the food goes, they specialize in a modern take on tex-mex classics. I highly suggest the Dr. Pepper and Chipotle Carnitas. Sounds weird but it works. And more importantly, while the wine list is not very notable, the beer list is one of the best I have seen around town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great brunch spot
    Chris
    Dined on 2/2/2014
    Came here for brunch in a group of 4 and had a great experience. Very friendly staff and great, quick service. Bottomless brunch is a great deal!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No reservation needed... ever
    UnhappyMargLover
    Dined on 1/24/2014
    ..Since the restaurant was empty on a Friday night .Upon arrival, the hostess was no where to be found. The ambiance was horrendous, neon lights & with "classic" Mexican paintings. We waited in this cruel time warp and were finally greeted by the most unfriendly, least personable waitress. Whoever made the executive decision to have the staff wear ill fitting aquamarine tshirts should be fired. I ordered the classic margarita, which is difficult to botch, but Crios put their best foot forward and created a metallic tasting drink. My friend ordered a beer & when he said he didn't need a glass, she said she would get fired if she didnt pour it. My burger was decent, but the veggie tacos were described to me as "tasting like wet dog".
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  • Great brunch and friendly staff!
    levorotatoryVIP
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    We were running REALLY late for our brunch because of a perfect storm of inconvenient issues. The staff were a little short on the phone but incredibly friendly and accommodating when we arrived. We were apologetic and they went out of their way to relieve us of our concern, get us seated quickly and get much-needed coffee to the table. The brunch was great, I had the huevos rancheros. Our server offered recommendations and insights about the food that actually felt like his personal opinions and led all of us to excellent choices. The whole experience was exactly what we needed after a very stressful morning to destress and unwind.
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    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Magaritas
    GFVeg
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Nice selection of tasty margaritas. The rest of the menu left a little to be desired. The guacamole was a little spicy for my taste, as was most of the food. I was happy that they had something that I could eat as a gluten free vegan.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great brunch spot! I had the
    APaisley
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Great brunch spot! I had the yucca has with chorizo, and it was delicious! Good mimosa deal and great service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was great; just note--they
    WhitDCVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Food was great; just note--they can only take up to a total of 6 credit cards...so if you have a big group, you should be prepared!
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    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Went for my birthday and had
    Birthdaygirl
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    Went for my birthday and had a great experience. The food was tasty and the drinks went down very easily. It was a relaxed atmosphere and great for large groups.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Inconsistent
    Pent84VIP
    Dined on 10/13/2013
    We've been to Crios twice for brunch, both times we either had issue with the service or the food. The first occasion we had to wait over a half an hour for our reservation to be seated followed by extremely slow service the entire time we were there, but the food was great. We went back this time and were seated right away, but had to wait half an hour just to get coffee. After that they had already run out of one of the main ingredients for the vegetarian dishes by 12:30.
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  • It was quiet on a Saturday
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    It was quiet on a Saturday which was strange because the food was delicious. The margaritas were less delicious and tasted like they were made with a mix.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Avoid the ceviche
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 9/7/2013
    Just so-so. We ate outdoors on a nice evening, very pleasant large benches set on a wide sidewalk so you didn't feel crowded by pedestrians or traffic. Chips and salsa are very good. Giant margaritas probably cause the tequila to get diluted so you taste mostly mixer, not a lot of tequila tasted. Tacos and enchiladas were okay, not fabulous compared to some other DC restaurants. The rockfish ceviche was the big loser....about 80% pico de gallo with a few chunks of fish thrown in. Not even tasty. This was our second trip there...we think we've had enough of the place.
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    great for outdoor dining
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  • The food was fine and cooked
    kc27
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    The food was fine and cooked very well- beautifully poached eggs and cooked plantains. But nothing was exceptional about it- it felt like something I could have gotten at any other nice Mexican-style restaurant in any major city. Best part was the outdoors seating and reasonable prices. The portions aren't huge though so larger appetites might leave hungry. I wouldn't refuse to go back, but will probably not suggest it in the future.
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    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • atrocious service
    dupontdiner
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    The service at this restaurant is truly appalling. I have gone 3-4 times because it is so close to my apartment and each time we have received mediocre to horrible service from both hostesses and waitstaff. This time, after I told the hostess that we were ready to be seated and our entire party was standing in front of her, she walked away, disappearing for a full 5 minutes, only to return and engage in a conversation with another hostess (who had ignored us this whole time) for another couple of minutes. The place was not crowded or overly busy. I could see our table. It was set and ready. But moreover, she did not communicate with us that there would be any kind of delay and was really just ignoring us entirely.
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    good for groups, great for brunch
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  • Loved the brunch we had and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Loved the brunch we had and left feeling like we wanted to return soon to try out additional selections on the menu because there were so many- yummy-sounding items. Enjoyed the Beer Week tie-in and free pint glasses. The beer was good. The margaritas were OK, but not the best we'd ever had. Would like more jalapenos in the jalapeno margarita. But the waitress was great and brought more to plop in the drink. Service was outstanding. Plus, any place that allows dogs to sit on its patio/outdoor area is cool by me.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great find!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    Went to Crios for my birthday and all of us had a fabulous meal. The staff couldn't be friendlier, more accommodating or more efficient. I would highly recommend this restaurant!
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good vegan options
    kugel
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    Lots of tasty vegetarian options here that are easily made vegan, staff very agreeable to changes.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ok, but there is better
    MarkoVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    The food was hit and miss, as well as the service. I think they have potential, but are no there yet. Also, portions are very disappointing for the price.
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  • Not worth it
    LaurMVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2013
    We made a reservation thinking this would be a great way to combine post-conference HH and a casual girls only dinner. The service was on-point and *almost* made up for incredibly bland, lean-cuisineesque food we were served. Everything (appetizers-guac; entrees-seafood enchiladas, shrimp tacos; beef tacos; salads-cobb) weren't even mediocre. Oh, and not to mention, the servings were SUPER small! However, this was somewhat reflected in their price point. All in all, do NOT waste your time with this experience. Most surprising was the fact that it had a decent crowd...what?
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