El Tamarindo
El Tamarindo
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El Tamarindo

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.eltamarindodc.com/
  • Phone: 2023283660
  • Hours of Operation:


    Brunch:

    Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm


    Lunch:

    Monday - Friday: 10:00am - 4:00pm


    Dinner:

    Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: U St. NW
  • Public Transit: Dupont Circle Metro Station (Red)
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available on a first come first serve basis.
A word from El Tamarindo
Established in 1982, El Tamarindo is the place to find home-style Mexican & Salvadoran Cuisine. Our menu is built around time-tested favorites including Pupusas, Enchiladas Poblanas, Portobello Fajitas and much more. At El Tamarindo you will enjoy farm fresh and flavorful food in an art filled and neighborly environment. Join us for a tart margarita, great food and simply a wonderful experience. We kindly invite you to become a part of the El Tamarindo Family!
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El Tamarindo reviews from OpenTable diners
  • Very slow service, good food
    KathleenVIP
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    The service was extremely slow. I felt bad for the waiter, because he was responsible for the entire half of the restaurant. Definitely not enough staff for a busy Saturday night. The food was good and they had reservations available on open table, even though there was a long line out the door. With the reservation, we were able to walk right in an be seated.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious food and wonderful
    LindaVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Delicious food and wonderful service! Drinks from the bar were excellent and very kid friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Tasty
    Emily
    Dined on 3/3/2014
    I went on a snow day so it was pretty quiet but the food was excellent. I order the shrimp enchiladas - I could eat them everyday!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good deal
    Ryan
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    Though the service is slow at times, the food is great and the staff is very friendly.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good Mexican and El Salvador food
    Peter
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Nice menu. Nice casual ambience. Good margaritas and food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Brunch
    oharmm
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    My husband and I went for brunch... I had the chilequilas and he had the breakfast burrito. Both of our portions were quite large. I'd say the red sauce on his burrito was a bit more robust flavored, but the green sauce on mine was delicious nontheless. The eggs were cooked perfectly for both of the dishes and we both ordered the chorizo at the waitresses suggestion. By far the best chorizo I've had in DC. All in all, the food was delicious and we'd be regulars if it was just a little closer to our house. Of note, there was a children's hour at approximately 10:30am on Saturday. They had a singer/performer and there was quite a little person crowd. Nice to see the community enjoying a little kid-centric time together.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Mexican food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    This place is very good - their pupusas are fantastic, good margaritas, guac, fajitas and pretty much everything else I have had are very good. I really like coming here with 6-8 people because you can typically get seated or grab a late reservation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Value
    CVOWren
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    The food is good and fairly typical of El Salvador. One can order small amounts for reasonable prices. The service was fine.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd Time in 2 Days!
    DCVisitor
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    We are visiting DC for a conference and we came across this great restaurant that is just a 5 minute walk from the Hilton. We loved it so much we came back the next night with friends to eat again. Authentic food, great margaritas, and very good service. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Neighborhood Place
    2112nik
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    Solid food, friendly service, great drinks - easy to get a table; no complaints!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The whole restaurant has a
    iCheryl
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    The whole restaurant has a very authentic feel and the food is excellent. Also, the happy hour margaritas are nice and strong. We loved it!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hasn't lost a step
    October2013VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    An old favorite from when we lived in Maryland. We try to make it back whenever we visit, and we certainly didn't regret it this time. Especially enjoyed the fried plantains.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Mexican
    satxspVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2013
    Good food overall. Salsa was excellent, food good, and service OK. Good place to take a group
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love the pupusas
    spfriedmanVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2013
    The menu includes all kinds of traditional Mexican dishes too, plus I love the traditional Salvadoran dishes - the pupusas, fried plantains and beans. Mango frozen margaritas too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was great but the
    dinersdozen
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    The food was great but the waiter had a hard time understanding English. Otherwise good place to visit when you're in the neighborhood
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food and service was great
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 5/24/2013
    Food and service was great as usual. I also love that I can stop by at any time of the day or night in the weekends and come in until 2am during the week. On my birthday, I was pleasantly surprised by the double shot of tequila I was given along with a sombrero and birthday song!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The restuarant was perfectly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/11/2013
    The restuarant was perfectly adequate in all regards, but it felt like it's perhaps in decline. It's quiet - but that's because, even at 7:30 on a Saturday evening, it was pretty empty. Our menu had a big glob of guacamole on it when the server handed it to us, which wasn't an auspicious way to begin. The food was good - but very salty, and things sort of tasted the same. The marguerita was quite nice, however, and the beer was good and cold.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Experience!
    MrsSmith67
    Dined on 5/10/2013
    Friends of ours love this place for their pupusas and with me growing up in NY with Hispanic friends, I really missed authentic pupusas! They are made to order so they are fresh out of the pan! Love them!! So our date night was at El Tamarindo. We really enjoyed the food and the environment was nice with families and couples and groups of friends. The staff was great. The Sangria was pretty good also! We will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Salsa and Tacos great
    JayfromPitVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2013
    Salsa was very tasty and the carnitas soft tacos were excellent. Veggie enchilada was also very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Normal hole in the wall that
    twoodVIP
    Dined on 4/13/2013
    Normal hole in the wall that wasn't that great. Probably won't go back, but it wasn't a bad experience.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We enjoyed the food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/31/2013
    We enjoyed the food and service on a Sunday aftrnoon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Liked the pupusas and tamales,
    discoduck
    Dined on 2/18/2013
    Liked the pupusas and tamales, and appreciated the vegetarian selections. Margarita was uninspired - commercial mix - but the sangria was bright and fruity. Interior was dark, and the service was slow.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • El Tamarindo is a great new
    Rachel
    Dined on 1/26/2013
    El Tamarindo is a great new restaurant in Adam's Morgan. It's very authentic Mexican and Salvadorian food and my husband and I enjoyed our time there. Mojitos were great too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic