Diego
Diego

Diego

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.diegodc.com/
  • Phone: 2027583376x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

    Tuesday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm

    Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:30pm

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern, Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We are able to craft anything from an elegant cocktail party to a full sit-down family style dinner for your event.
  • Entertainment: The Frida Lounge upstairs at Diego presents 80s night every Thursday and Latin Nights on Friday and Saturday!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: V Street
  • Public Transit: Next to the U street Metro
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Diego
Diego Restaurant features a traditional and diverse Mexican cuisine. The complex flavors from the kitchen are complimented with creative drinks, selected Tequilas, and beer and wine from the bar. Bienvenido a Diego Restaurant y buen provecho!

The space also features the Frida Lounge upstairs at Diego. This is a beautiful and large space with a huge Private Dining Room separated from a vibrant bar area. We are open for your private functions.

The Frida Lounge also offers DJ entertainment with Thursday - 80s night, Friday and Saturday - Latin Nights.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Diego reviews from OpenTable diners
44 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.6
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (23)great for outdoor dining (23)neighborhood gem (13)great for lunch (11)hot spot (8)special occasion (7)great for brunch (7)fit for foodies (6)vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (5)kid-friendly (5)romantic (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Great brunch
    mcka2
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Went to Diego's for brunch this past Saturday with ten people. It was a great experience! The servers were super accomodating and helped us take maximum advantage of the all you can drink mimosas with their fast service. Food was good too. Will defintely be going again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Easy Dining Option
    SoBeconciergeVIP
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    We had a great time at Di egos. They have great drinks and plenty of options on the menu. The service was good as well. Its more of a casual spot to go whenever and very easy going.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic Fajitas!
    goodfoodVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Love Mexican food and I love their fajitas! White sangria is pretty good, too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Poor Service
    cprachVIP
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I showed up for happy hour before getting dinner with friends, and was overcharged for the drink at the bar. Same thing happened with dinner - I was given the wrong (and more expensive) drink with my meal. The servers also didn't know what food was going to who, and we realized halfway through the meal that my sides had ended up with someone else. Although the servers were sometimes friendly, at other times they seemed distracted to the point of rudeness. The food wasn't bad and the prices were okay (at least if I had been given the right prices) but it wasn't an experience I would likely replicate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always perfect
    AllAboutTown
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    We have been going to Diego since they first opened and love it. The food has changed from first opening and morphed into something wonderful. The margaritas are great, and the service is always right on top. Sorry, Lauriol Plaza, but I think this little gem is beating the daylights out of you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good times
    smilez
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The Frida murals are welcoming. They did a great job of catering to large groups if you don't mind a noisy atmosphere. Overall the food and dining experience was average. Unfortunately, the drinks/food did not stand out enough for me to make an effort to return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, slow service
    cwilson
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    While the service here, like many DC restaurants, tends to be on the slower side, the food is worth the wait. The guacamole and salsa are fantastic as well as both entrees that I've had there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • luv2eatVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We keep returning. The food, service and quality for the money spen eating out are great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Super fresh
    Dcdinergal
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had a great time. Everything was exceptional and fresh, and the guacamole was perfect.had the strawberry mojito, which was refreshing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new spot
    flutrby
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Sat outside for an early dinner. Guac and tacos were delish. Drinks were great too!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sub Par
    BinDCVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Overall the food was ok. Was with a friend at a two-top. Drinks/ Margaritas are watered down. Guacamole was amazing.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic TexMex Menu and nice staff
    Sherman
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    The food was Good I liked the thin freshly made chips and the cooked salsa We shared the chicken Saltaldos and they were kind enough to put it on two plates and Divided it for us. It was very good and even half was a generous portion. Summation Reasonable prices, good food, nice people
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OK
    onceinawhile
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    The Mexican style food was good. My wife had the steak and it was dry with a lot of fat. She still ate it and I finished off the rest. Overall the food was OK.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Rarelyreview
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    First time at Diagio and we live only 1/2 mi away. Heard about the bad opening so were skeptical about trying. We were so happy we finally did. Margarita was excellent (not too sweet), tortilla soup amazing, and enchiladas awesome (great sauce - different and creamy). It was really loud due to a big group being next to us but fine. Our server wasn't told our table was in her section so it took 10mins until we were engaged the first time. (We chomped on their yummy, thin, crispy, salty chips and warm salsa in the mean time.) But she was really great and her recommendation for dishes was spot on. She apologized a few times for the mix up which was nice. Overall we cannot wait to go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasant enough...
    Belphanior
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Diego's is a pleasant enough place to meet for drinks and appetizers. We decided to stay at the bar to watch a game on TV while having some drinks and appetizers. Service was quick enough. Happy hour specials were fair. Bar area got a bit loud, but that was mostly due to people cheering the game. Will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prickly pear margarita !
    Zoozay
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    Prickly Pear Margaritas and steak Nachos! Both are the perfect starter to your meal!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 28 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.6
    • Ambiance3.5
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 52 reviews are from the Diego reviews archive.
  • Good Mexican Food
    Mediterranean
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Very good food. Fair price, nice location. Music OK for ambiance and you could still talk. Service was very kind, with appropriate suggestions and not too intrusive
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great New Addition to Neighborhood
    TmacDc
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    Very good food and very attentive service. A welcome addition to the 14th St. scene.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food Great
    tomPVIP
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Food from chips to tacos to Salmon was excellent. Healthy portions, attractive presentation and really, really, good tasting food. Service was a little suspect. Slow to fill water - a must with hot food. Slow to take order; slow to tell about deserts; slow with check. Overall great place, food excellent and the service surprisingly not top notch
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find
    DcmattVIP
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Diego was a great choice. Food was excellent, service was spot on. Parking is tough, so plan ahead.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    JaysonVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I love this place! The food is delicious. I had chicken tacos and they were yummy! This is my third time and eat time has been great! Jason
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Diego
    BabblesVIP
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Fabulous meal, wonderful cocktails and excellent service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Once Was Enough
    ffcdc
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    I had high hopes for Diego, but was severely disappointed. Aside from the chips and guac, the food was terrible. We had a party of five people and no one liked their entire; bland flavors, too much cheese, soggy chile rellenos. Service was mediocre and I don't see any of us dinning at Diego again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • unimpressed
    GGirl
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    food was really average. drinks were WEAK. service was nothing to write home about. just very average. the guac needed salt and was very mild (we like spicy but we were never offered that option). the enchiladas came with cheese on one and not the other. after several margaritas everyone was sober. at least the prices were reasonable.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • B'day dinner for 7 Sat. nite
    VSKfoodieVIP
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    They were very accommodating with us as we changed the number in our party twice and we were 15 min. late for our reservation. The restaurant was busy and very noisy so it was hard to hear people at the other end of the table. It took a while to get our first round of drinks and guacamole but when they finally arrived they were wonderful. The fish tacos and grilled salmon were the most notable (the fajitas and enchillades were good but not remarkable). The second batch of guacaomole was too salty and too chunky-- but it came out really fast---and with chips this time. Extra bonus was the parking lot next to the restaurant-- best $15 every spent-- as parking in that neighborhood is next to impossible on Sat. night!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Strong drinks and great food
    sloomis
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    The frozen margaritas were delicious and packed a punch unlike those at other restaurants, you can actually taste the tequila. The food was great- both the fajitas and chicken fajitas were tasty and the smoky salsa was hard to stop eating.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great new HH spot
    LoMo
    Dined on 4/10/2014
    Good food (awesome queso!) and very strong Margs. The HH special for $5 ones was awesome and the menu is varied and not at all expensive. I went for a girls' dinner and sat outside and had a wonderful time!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice brunch
    ViolachicVIP
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Recently friends and I enjoyed a brunch at Diego's. The food was really good. Fruits were fresh. Veggies were not overcooked. Eggs were perfect. Our server was very busy, and the service itself was a little slow. The real annoyance was a very noisy party nearby, and all of their raucous cackles echoed over the many reflective surfaces in the restaurant. Dining outside would be a lovely alternative.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Meal
    SaraVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Great food-very impressed. Fresh ingredients and interesting flavors. Very reasonably priced and they even have happy hour in the whole restaurant on the weekends. Loved those $5 margharitas! Our server was very sweet and attentive. I definitely recommend this place.
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  • Strike 1
    Chef504
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant in a great location. DIEGO's owner must have spent a good deal of money setting up this new restaurant. Too bad they went cheap on the cooking staff. I had a reservation for 11:00 a.m. But the kitchen didn't open until 11:30. The chips were stale, the guacamole had heat but no flavor and the huevos rancheros had no life were served with potatoes that were a mistake. The wait staff got 2 out of 4 orders wrong and my husband said the steak tacos were inedible. Please owners, don't be cheap and hire some quality cooks.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Gracias Diego!
    Alyssa
    Dined on 4/1/2014
    Had a great dinner with a friend at Diego on a Tuesday night. The service was attentive in the best way (thank you, Luis!) and the food came to our table quickly. Lots of meatless options, and I always appreciate that. My favorite was the ceviche - refreshing, bright flavors (I didn't let them take this off of our table until the very end). Thumbs up to the white (peach) sangria, too. Will be back soon.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Brunch
    KMAa
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    Had a great brunch! It was a great surprise but the food was delicious and coffee delightful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Mexican food in DC that
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Best Mexican food in DC that have had in quite a while - I would highly recommend and in a great location off of U Street at 14th.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bad service, good food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Man our waiter could have been so much more pleasant. And we're easy. Just be friendly. Probably won't go back. There's plenty of good restaurants in DC.
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  • One bad server
    AJFoodie
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    I've heard that Diego has a great late night scene and I'm sure that's the case. I tried it for dinner and was given the absolute least attentive server possible. Each time we wanted to place an order, get our check or request anything, we had to get up and chase him down because he never came to check on us, and looked past us each time we tried to flag him down. I say him socializing with his fellow servers behind the waiter station often times throughout the night. I ended up staying much later than I wanted to on a work night, not because I was enjoying myself so much, but because of the time it took to locate our waiter at each step. The poorest service I have received at a restaurant in quite some time.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    VeronicaVIP
    Dined on 3/23/2014
    I found the salsa and guacamole to be really tasty. I ordered the shrimp brocheta, which was delicious. My dinner companions ordered enchiladas and fajitas and both enjoyed them. The friend who ordered steak fajitas said they were cooked perfectly; she had ordered them "medium." I did not order any drinks, but I will next time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Should have known better
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Went for dinner for two at 10 pm on a Saturday. Past the normal dinner hour, it had become a very noisy drinking experience. The food was still good, standard for its type, but they get credit for trying to be a notch above with their guacamole, dessert, and the margarita. Too bad the service was absolutely atrocious, with the waiter declining to make eye contact and the kitchen losing orders. So, go for what it is (or go when it's not crowded), but don't expect fine dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Solid Tex-Mex / 14th and U
    WoodleyParkGuyVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    Diego offers reliable, nicely presented Tex Mex near the heart of the 14th and U nexus.. Good $5 Margaritas at happy hour. Excellent guacamole. It's a friendly place, unpretentious, good service. In the 14th Street corridor, those three things in combination are rare. Rare. Give it a try.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food great, DJ bad
    Chip
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Guac and fajitas are better than El Centro! The DJ on 2nd floor (for whatever event) opened up with Ice Ice Baby so loud that it ruined my otherwise wonderful evening. The food and bar service was the only redeeming factor of the place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food and service. Great
    DcDanVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Good food and service. Great guacamole. Nice vegetarian options. However, very loud. We went on a Saturday night and had to almost yell to hear each other at a table for two.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.