Mi Cocina Chevy Chase
Mi Cocina Chevy Chase

Mi Cocina Chevy Chase

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.micocinarestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 3016521195x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Mi Cocina Chevy Chase
Welcome to Mi Cocina where everything we offer is hand-crafted and made fresh daily using authentic Mexican cooking techniques and the fines ingredients available. From our famous homemade salsa, to our mouthwatering hand-dipped enchiladas, you can taste the freshness and quality in every bite. Relax in our comfortable stylish surroundings with one of our legendary Mambo Taxis® served by our family of warm friendly and professional staff. Its our honor to serve you.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerOutdoor Dining
Mi Cocina Chevy Chase reviews from OpenTable diners
80 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
78% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (41)neighborhood gem (26)kid-friendly (20)great for lunch (20)good for groups (20)fit for foodies (18)vibrant bar scene (17)special occasion (12)hot spot (8)romantic (2)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • drinks
    dbeersfineart
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I was most bothered by the long delay in getting a nice cold beer from the time I ordered it until its arrival. Admittedly, I had the same experience at another restaurant the night before, and again the week before at yet a third restaurant. Beer, martini or marguerite seemed to make no difference. So, restaurant owners... Get with it! I will wait foe my meal patiently, but let me enjoy the company of my guest while sipping the adult beverage that fits the occasion. Please get this right...everytime...anytime.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Could be better
    75aloha75VIP
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    I was disappointed with my visit to Mi Cocina - its high ratings and reviews led me to believe it had delicious food, but in reality, the food was just average. The appetizer guacamole lacked salt and any flavor - we ordered the large size but at $11 it was overpriced for the quantity that actually was served. The steak fajitas were ok but I've had much much better at Uncle Julio's or Paladar with much more generous portions.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mexican Gen
    NYCdine
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    Authentic, delicious Mexican food with a spicy twist!
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    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrible All The Way Around
    FinedyneVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    First sip of anything -water-was 22 minutes after I arrived. First waiter and I could not communicate except by pantomime. He left when I was halfway through my wine request. Turns out he wasn't our waiter. Our waiter was very busy meeting other waiters and manager at front of restaurant. Hostess and I couldn't communicate because she spoke as softly as she could, even after repeated requests that she repeat herself. I still don't know what she said. She tried to seat me at the worst table in the restaurant, despite fact the restaurant was not 1/3 full. The food was terrible. The tortilla used to make the enchiladas was a very stiff, thick, strongly flavored substance. The fillings were tasteless and of an unappealing texture.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food. Great New Staff!
    CarolynRholl
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    I dined here a few times last year & wasn't too crazy about it. I thought that I would try again a few days ago and it seemed as it were an entirely different restaurant. When I entered I was greeted by a blonde haired hostess (Karen I believe) who was extremely friendly & helpful. Weary of my previous experiences she suggested the bar seats. As she sat me I was greeted with a large smile & such friendly demeanour by the bartender Brandon. He explained a new menu & suggested I try the Moho chick. From the drink he made to the dish suggested, I was in utter amazement. The restaurant really has stepped up staff&food. I really loved the phenomenal service & returned with my family on Thursday. Another Fantastic expericence! Thank You So Much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So-so...
    DCO3VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Good food, mediocre service. Been three times and each time they have messed up someone's order. Not sure if it's confusion with the wait staff or in the kitchen, but only having so-so service to begin with makes getting the order wrong a lot more frustrating.
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  • Not a place for for foodies
    2ChevyChasefoodies
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We will not return any time soon! The place was crowded, we could not hear ourselves think. Mediocre food. The "pollo moderno' was tough and had no flavor. The 'cocina changa' was enormous and unedible. Side salads were flavorless. The waiter was helpful and friendly. Unfortunately, he could do nothing to improve the quality of the food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Quality Mexican Food
    Love2eetowt
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We were delighted to discover that our Dallas memories of Mi Cocina ow live on in the DC area. The food is GREAT. The nice atmosphere outside is a real bonus.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Service needs some improvement, but the creative and delicious Mexican food never fails to please.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Trendy Mexican at Mi Cocina
    MSE1210VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We did a family dinner with our children to celebrate our wedding anniversary. It was the Sunday night of Labor Day weekend, and we thought the restaurant might be empty. But there was a healthy buzz at Mi Cocina with lots of people enjoying fantastic margaritas and creative Tex-Mex dishes. We started with fresh delicious guacamole. Our children shared an adult portion of Chicken Fajitas. My wife had Chicken Tacos with salad known as Mama's Tacos. I went with Tacos Habana, which is a creative and flavorful chicken dish. It was awesome! Service was excellent. We had a total blast. Many thanks to all!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    We had lunch. We requested Tamales but they were not making them anymore except for pork tamales which did not work for one of the parties. Food was good and plentiful. The desert menu was reduced to Flan, which was good.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • eh...
    ohboyVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    nothing special - couldn't get a table outside, so we ended up inside and there's no ambiance inside, plus it was freezing cold inside. Nothing wrong with our meals, but they were nothing special - only the brisket fajita was worth going back for... but I probably won't...
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  • Outdoor Drinks with Friends
    BCCExplore
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Mi Cocina is a welcome addition to the neighborhood. Meet friends for drinks and sit outside to enjoy a margarita and some Tex Mex. The service is attentive and focused. The food is not spectacular but is nicely presented and above average. The real draw of Mi Cocina is its easy location--a few steps from the metro and outdoor seating.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    RosieVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    This is my second visit and the food continues to be consistently delicious. I had the brisket tacos which are tender, flavorful, and awesome! I also enjoyed a tropical mojito. My boyfriend enjoyed his fajita dish. The waitstaff are great and the decor is nice. The only hiccup is that the bathroom sinks in the women's room weren't working well, hopefully that will get fixed. Look forward to returning!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Superb night on Mi Cocina Patio
    MSE1210VIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    I met up with two good friends at Mi Cocina. It was a gorgeous summer night, and we enjoyed sitting on the lovely outdoor patio. Service was excellent. I had the Mambo Taxi margarita, which is a must try. My buddies went with the traditional rocks margarita and the Mojito. We started with some guacamole and the Queso Blanco, which were great with our chips. I had the fantastic chicken dish known as Tacos Habana, which is a unique Mi Cocina dish. One friend had the Tacos Mi Tierra -- the spicy beef "street tacos", and he loved them. My other buddy had Sunset Enchiladas, which means they are covered in a spicy queso sauce. We had the best time! The manager stopped by to make sure we were having a great experience, and we were. Thanks so much!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch Tex-Mex at Mi Cocina
    MSE1210VIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    My wife and I met our dear friends to introduce them to Mi Cocina. We sat in a light and bright room with tall ceilings and glass all around us. It is a very upbeat cheery space. Our friends loved the margaritas. They enjoyed the unique flavor of the salsa to go with the chips. We ordered some fresh guacamole and the Queso Blanco, and they enjoyed those flavors as well. Service was excellent. Manager and the server were eager to answer any questions our "first timer" friends might have about the menu. Our friends loved their Mi Cocina experience, and tell us they are looking forward to going back. We all had a blast! Many thanks!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Phenomenal Family Dinner at Mi Co!
    MSE1210VIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    It was our first Saturday after family vacation, and we all wanted to go to Mi Cocina. We were warmly welcomed by General Manager Max, and his team of hostesses, servers, and managers working that evening. My wife and I had Mambo Taxi margaritas, which are superb. She went with the Mama's Tacos. I had the spicy and delicious Tacos Mi Tierra “Street-Style”- Soft Corn Tortillas Topped with Diced, Grilled Fajita Beef Serranos and Onions, Served with Guacamole and Pico De Gallo. Our kids split an adult order of classic Chicken Fajitas. Service was excellent. We had a total blast! We cannot wait to go back as a family... or with our adult friends.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Real tex-mex
    Longhorn72
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Great food and service with real legitimate Tex-mex. They have always been very accommodating to our kids as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Food was okay, great gaucomole, so-so salsa, not great service. Great location but just okay.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Tex Mex
    givlcae
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Good tex-mex food isn't one of the DC area's specialties. Mi Cocina has a solid menu that's somewhat reasonably priced. The food we ordered was great and came in generous portions, as tex-mex should. My only complaint is that it took about 12 minutes after we were seated for the waiter to appear (the restaurant was not crowded at all), which I suppose can be chalked up to a failure to communicate between the hostess and the waiting staff. He was attentive and courteous once he was there.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wow, Shockingly Bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Was super excited to try this restaurant after friends from Dallas raved...It sucked! Sorry to say, but no one in our party was pleased with his or her order. What a disappointment.
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  • Upscale Mexican
    DCDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great meal this time. #4 dinner entree is nice combination of Mexican favorites--fresh and expertly prepared. Waiter was extremely accommodating in customizing dinner for dining companion who had food restrictions.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Big Fans
    SouthernDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    They consistently deliver great food and service. We have enjoyed every visit. If available, don't miss the bacon wrapped shrimp appetizer!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mi Cocina rocked 4th of July
    MSE1210VIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Before going as a family for fireworks, we had a July 4th feast at Mi Cocina! The weather was pleasant, so a number of people took advantage of the outdoor dining. We sat inside with the grownups enjoying the signature Mambo Taxi margaritas. We had some tasty Queso Blanco to go with the chips and salsa. My wife had the delicious Mama's Tacos with beef. I had Tacos Habana, which is a signature chicken dish. Our children split the adult Chicken Fajitas. It was awesome! We had the best time. My mouth is watering just thinking about it!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mi Co Margs AWESOME on a HOT day
    MSE1210VIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    I met a buddy at Mi Cocina in Chevy Chase after a hot and sticky July day at work. My friend had the refreshing Cucumber Margarita, which he absolutely loved. I went with my beloved Mambo Taxi, which is so fantastic and really hits the spot. My friend had the Tacos Habana - Chicken Breast marinated in Chili Adobo served in three Warm Corn Tortillas with Cilantro, Onions and Pica-Pica, which he thought were phenomenal. I had Tacos Mi Tierra “Street Style” – Soft Corn Tortillas Topped with Grilled Fajita Beef, Serranos and Onions served with Guacamole and Pico de Gallo. We had the best time! Service was excellent. Food and drinks were superb. Parking is incredibly easy and cheap with validation. I cannot wait to go back. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No Smile Policy?
    PotomacFoodyVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    From the minute we walked in to the moment we left, there was not a single smile. Service was abhorrent, had to ask several times just for a high chair, for water until it finally came. Really an awful experience, most kid unfriendly.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Dining Experience
    SmittyRayVIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    I have dined at Mi Cocina many time since its opening and sadly both the food and service continue to decline. Waited over 15 minutes to be asked for our drink order and then waited another 15 to receive them. Had to track down the wait staff just to ask for water and refills of water. Jumbo shrimp was embarrassingly small, cheese enchiladas cold, fajitas very little taste.....overall not good. Not sure I will return.
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  • PattyOVIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in the DC area. Originally from Southern California, I loved Cal-Mex (Tex-Mex) food and ate it frequently. It is in this type of Mexican restaurant that the quality needed to improve in this area. It is the closest to those that I considered the best in SoCal. The Brisket Quesadillas are out of this world, as are many other dishes.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful, Attentive, Boring
    sundog
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great space, attentive service, but food was only mediocre and bland for Mexican. Fish tacos were best of 4 items ordered at our table, other dishes lacked interest, spice. Seems like a good place for people who find most Mexican food too spicy, like my aunts from Ohio.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Floor sweeper
    niknak
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    We were seated in a part of the restaurant where there were toddlers, and apparently, the staff kept coming through with floor sweepers...not very appetizing. Seating in the main dining room is much nicer, or on the patio. Fish tacos not as good as the first time we were there. Tilapia a tad dry...just not as enjoyable as our first visit.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Father's Day at Mi Cocina
    MSE1210VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    After an action-packed Father's Day with family, my wife, children, and I went for an early dinner at Mi Cocina. We sat outside on a gorgeous evening. We started with the fresh delicious guacamole. Our kids love the Chicken Fajitas. My wife and I had the spicy Street Tacos, and the Brisket Tacos. We decided to share them, so we could both enjoy two great dishes. Server Kira and the management team took great care of us. They were all eager to please, and did a great job. This dinner was the perfect ending to a fantastic Father's Day. We are most grateful, and we look forward to doing many special occasions at Mi Cocina in the years to come.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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  • OK
    Sandy
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Liked it better the last time. This time the server was not as helpful and my husband had some indigestion after eating the fajitas.
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  • Great Friends dinner at Mi Cocina
    MSE1210VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We met up with two other couples for a fantastic evening at Mi Cocina. We started at the bar with margaritas, and watched the end of one of the World Cup matches. Then when it was time for food, we began with some nachos with delicious Fajita meat on them. We also had some fresh and tasty Ceviche. We ordered a variety of entrees including the incredible Brisket Tacos, and the margaritas continued flowing. We sat outside on a gorgeous June night. It was perfect! Thank you all very much. We will see you again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food but service?
    bbg1776VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    This is the second visit. In both cases the service was slow and the staff often forgets requests. The food makes up for it. Don't go if you're in a hurry for a quick lunch.
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    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Airy Tex Mex
    Rn123
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    For lunch, three os us ordered two types of salads the quincenera and the rico. You can order salads with additional proteins (as the waiter referred to the chicken or shrimp that can be added if desired). The salad portions were just right, not as huge as some other restaurants. The inevitable nachos and salsa were good but not notable. The setting was bright and light nut a tad loud.
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    great for lunch
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  • Mi Cocina Mambo Taxi-> MUST TRY
    MSE1210VIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    A friend and I had a killer dinner at Mi Cocina! Chips, salsa, and queso blanco got us started. I went with the Mambo Taxi margarita, which is phenomenal particularly after a long hot Washington, DC day. I had the Brisket Tacos, which melted in my mouth. My friend went with the Chicken Fajitas. We had a great experience. Service was excellent. They let us talk, but also had the instinct to approach us at just the right time for more drinks, more chips, and ordering the next course. Well done! I highly recommend. Mi Cocina is superb upscale Mexican, and they treated us like family. It was my friend's first experience. He says he's definitely going back. I already have!
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    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 44 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 58 reviews are from the Mi Cocina Chevy Chase reviews archive.
  • Delish tacos!
    Dc4foodieVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I would highly recommend the fish, shrimp or brisket tacos!
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    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • terrifically tasty food &cocktails
    nina
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    We had a great dinner on the patio the other evening - the weather was perfect, and the food is so good. Although not cheap, it is priced reasonably, given its location. All in all a good find for us.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food, bad service. Dios mio!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    The food was great, but unfortunately the service was atrocious. We were seated for 15 minutes before a drink order was taken. We ordered good at same time. 55 minutes later our food arrived. And mine was ceviche...it isn't even cooked. Really too bad because it probably won't make it
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  • better than expected
    FoodloveVIP
    Dined on 5/26/2014
    Have been meaning to check this place out since it opened - family in Texas enjoys the one down there. Friends here mentioned being underwhelmed by their experiences, so I went in with an open mind and bar not set very high. The patio is nice, not directly on Wisconsin Avenue, so no traffic noise and an interesting fountain to look at. Popular with families with young children running in and out of fountain in warm weather, then running back and forth to their tables, so if rug rats are not your thing, eat inside. We thought the food was quite good, if a bit spicy, but we like that. We had chicken enchiladas, a salad, soup, ceviche, and tamales. Chips were hot and crispy. Margaritas were fairly strong and large, so good value:) We'll return
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    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.