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Mio Restaurant
Mio Restaurant

Mio Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miorestaurant.com
  • Email: francisca@miorestaurant.com
  • Phone: (202) 955-0075
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Bar menu available from 2:30 to close
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
    Sunday Brunch-11:00am to 2:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin / Spanish, Latin American, Puerto Rican
  • Executive Chef: Manuel Iguina
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for catering questions.
  • Entertainment: "Puerto Rico Fridays" are a staple, where an authentic Puerto Rican focused menu, including roasted suckling pig and "mofongo", is offered as a specialty menu, in addition to Mio's standing menu.

  • Special Events & Promotions: Mio offers a raised floor VIP area with complete A/V set up. Perfect for corporate and fund raising meetings and/or happy hours.
    Please contact Francisca Iguina at Francisca@miorestaurant.com or at events@miorestaurant.com for further details.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: On the corner of L Street between 14th & 15th Streets
  • Public Transit: McPherson Square - Orange and Blue line - (two blocks away) - exit to Vermont Avenue and Farragut North, Red line (4 blocks).
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Colonial Parking is conveniently located right next door to us. They offer valet in the evenings.
    Also, there is plenty of street meter parking available.
A word from Mio Restaurant
Affectionately called the Embassy of Latin America in Washington, D.C., Mío has captured the hearts and palates of D.C.’s most influential Latin Americans and Washingtonians with a convivial table and “Cocina Abierta” (open kitchen) culture. Under the management and ownership of long time D.C. restaurateur, Manuel Iguina, and under Chef Giovanna Huyke's seasoned expertise, Mío presents daily a unique menu from Latin America’s most influential cuisine capitals - a menu sophisticated in flavor yet true to its origins. In our kitchen all are welcome, the summers on the beach in the Caribbean, a Sunday parillada, the corner taquería, cevichería, lechonera and the arepera, all in one place. Just south of Thomas Circle, Mío also features modern American selections in a convivial atmosphere where customers are treated with Latin hospitality. Don't miss "Puerto Rico Fridays" - with a genuine roasted lechón and expanded Puerto Rican menu.

¡La Cocina esta Abierta!
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Diner Reviews
  • "Took my former manager to lunch there as he is retiring after more than 30 years of federal service. The food, service, and ambiance were all great. This was a repeat visit. You should try it if you like moderately priced, upscale restaurants."
    Dined on 4/16/2014
  • "We went to Mio two times after a few very good friends and restaurant owners in DC recommended it. The food was absolutely delicious & the service impeccable. We went there for brunch this weekend, particularly I wanted their ceviche, but to my disappointed they could not make ceviche because the limes are too dry. However, that was the best disappointment I have ever had, because Daniela (our server) was so nice & did not let us down. The grilled calamari dish was the the best - absolutely delicious. I really do not like seafood soups, but the Asopao de Mariscos was so delicious I just couldn't believe it is a seafood soup. This is most certainly one of our favorite restaurants in DC. We cannot wait to try their roasted pork on Fridays."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Mio never let's me down . The service the food all wonderful. The only thing I say is I find it that is pricey.for me is a once a month treat."
    Dined on 4/13/2014
  • "Good food, good service, no wait for a table. It is a bit pricey, but everything was good!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "It was the best Pig I have had since I left Cayey in Puerto Rico. The food was Fantastic"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Mio came highly recommended from a friend who loves food and I consider a very reliable judge. Definitely didn't live up to her billing. Everything was OK but wouldn't return. Too many other choices in DC."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food was simply fabulous. The calamari dish was an unexpected take on an appetizer. The halibut and black beans were great comfort food but also upscale. And the Mio coffee....incredible! Can't wait to go back. Only draw back is the service was a little slow (too many big parties and not enough servers)."
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "I took a guest from out of town here at a friend's recommendation. The restaurant is a short walk from McPherson Square, so pretty accessible and is lovely on the inside. The staff were all friendly and largely attentive and the food was great (I had the duck, which I recommend). The only complaint I have is the noise level, which was pretty high even on a Wednesday evening. We really had to speak loudly to hear each other, just from across a small table. Perhaps not the best place for a first date or to catch up with an old friend!"
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "As a Puertorrican, I love it. It's the closest you'll get to the real thing. It's really well seasoned and I looove their crispy mofongo de yuca. They have roasted whole pig on Fridays, too!! The only down side is that it's not exactly cheap. Especially with being from PR, where you find these dishes all over the place at sometimes dirt cheap prices, it may be hard to swallow to pay $13 for a Cuban sandwich. But, it's worth it, since you can't find Puertorrican food almost anywhere else in DC and it does have an upscale twist to classic dishes, and it works really well. It doesn't seem forced while maintaing the essence of the original. I will be back, and I already have been there like 5 times :)"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "A very enjoyable dining experience. We found a reservation was for 7 PM late the same afternoon. We chose to sit in the upper level for a quieter dining experience, although the noise level in the lower area didn't seem too loud either. Simple, but pleasant décor especially in the waiting area. Menu featured Peruvian and other South American dishes, including an entrée featuring goat. I had a seafood stew dish, my wife had two appetizers including a seviche. Food was good and satisfying. The service ware was different and interesting which added to the experience. Our waiter was especially helpful, recommending his favorite drinks from the menu, as well his choices for the main course. Overall, a great experience."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "...in a quiet atmosphere and 3 courses reasonably priced at $22 pp prix fixe? Bring it on. The food was absolutely delicious and the portions were dinner-sized. It was relatively late so there were just a few people in the restaurant having lunch. As a result, my friend and I were able to have a conversation without shouting at each other while we caught up on events in our lives. Mio is a true gem. This was my 3rd or 4th time there. Each time has been just as good as the previous visit. It's great when a restaurant shows consistency in the quality of its service, food (taste, flavors, portions) and atmosphere. Mio definitely does that and deserves to be considered as one of DC's best restaurants."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Very friendly, very welcoming, comfortable seating and the service was spectacular!!! Great waitresses and busboy who were very attentive, friendly, and came to the table just at the right times. However, we went early on a Friday night especially for the roast pig special which had been highly recommended by a Puerto Rican friend. Unfortunately, the meat was cool-to-room temperature when served, was way under seasoned, and the pork skin was impossible to bite or cut. By contrast, the appetizers (calamari and shrimp rolls) were superb. !f the opportunity arose, I would give it one more try and order something else on the main menu, just because the staff was so wonderful and the main menu choices sounded interesting."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Mio it's has been one of "The Best" Puertorican restaurant the we have in the DC Metro area...!! They Rock..!!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Nice place and I will give it another try, but there were some problems. Our reservation was at 2 on Sunday ---- didn't know that they quit serving at 2:30. We ordered fried plankton and they were inedible. I think the dish had been under a heat lamp and the fritters were edible, but overcooked. the main dishes Rock Fish and Salmon were quite good. The coconut brulee was also over cooked and I only ate 2 bites. When we mentioned the problems with the food, there was no offer to take it off the bill. I know people who love Mio and I will give it another try."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "We truly enjoyed the food at Mio and the portions are extremely generous. The food presentation is also excellent. This is a must visit restaurant in Washington, DC."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The menu at Mio contains many dishes I had never seen (as a frequenter of Latin American restaurants), and the introduction to them was delightful. The food was uniformly tasty, served at the right temperature by an attentive but non-hovering staff. I would have turned down the volume of the background music a notch, but we managed to have conversations without difficulty. Worth a visit!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Went with my family - from grandparents to grandkids - to celebrate my parent's anniversary. Menu was authentic and there were options for the kids. Service was amazing - even the kids felt special. The perfect mood for the perfect night. I will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Been from Puerto Rico I know my food verry good. The way that the chef has accomplished to infuse the puertorican flavors with international flavors is spectacular."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "I have eaten at Mio twice. Everything was terrific. This restaurant gets my highest recommendation!"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Been here at least once every 3 months since I first went and it is always a great outing. Although it's known mostly for its Puerto Rican fare (particularly the pig on Friday nights), it has a good fusion on different plates that keeps it interesting even if you've had the traditional dish before. A well established and experienced chef, nice bar service and a great restaurateur owner make this a truly enjoyable experience."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Costs too high for a relative lack of quality food.$12 too much for kale salad. The red fish was too small. Too small empanadas and acappuerias and fish fritas. The chicken was perfect with pasta. I added the mojito sauce and made it amazing (husband did not like it; I loved it."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This is my third time going to Mio. The food and service are very consistent. The yucca fritos are so good - highly recommend. We both had the pork tenderloin with manchego with a wine reduction. It was good, but be cautioned - it was a bit on the salty side - probably the cheese or maybe they overseasoned the sauce and as it reduced, maybe it concentrated the salinity. At any rate, it was still a good dish. They have a happy hour lounge, which can get a bit loud and be heard in some parts of the dining room. But that is part of the ambiance."
    Dined on 2/25/2014
  • "Our experience with food and ambiance was positive, but the overall service provided by our server, Cynthia, made the visit to Mio extra pleasant and fun. She was great about giving us recommendations and very engaging in a pleasant way. We especially appreciated the calamari appetizer!"
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "We had a party of eight on 2/15.. we delayed Valentine's for 1 day.. the food, service and ambiance were excellent. The combination of Manuel Aguina as owner and Giovanna as Chef can't be beat.. Kudos for a great Valentine's"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "We were greeted at the door by Manuel, the restaurant owner. His attention, friendliness and hospitality made us feel like we were visiting relatives. We were serenated with a beautiful bohemia. We ordered a Tempranillo 2011 and so the night began. The appetizers were flavorful and rich. For dinner, we ordered the vegan mofongo, bistec encebollado, calamares and a very tender pork loin covered in manchego and guava sauce. Daniela's service and attention to detail was an amazing addition to our visit. We met Giovanna on our way out and thanked her for a wonderful meal and we even took a picture with her. Thank you Manuel, Giovanna and staff for a little piece of heaven in the city!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "My wife came down for lunch. I was looking for great tres leches cake, and Googled the best in DC. The reviews were right on target - it was fantastic. The rest of both our lunches was delicious, too: kale salad, steak sandwich, traditional Puerto Rican chicken dish (sort of like a stew with rice), and bread w/seasoned butter."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The decor was nice, but appeared depressed. The service was lackluster. The kale salad was the best. My wife meat dull and chewy. My red snapper perfect, but accompanied by a poorly made tomatoe sauce. It tasted straight from a can. Dulce de leche desert was tasteless, the waiter noticed that we did not eat it. His response, let me substitute it for something on the house. When we said no, he just brought us the check. Should have taken the dessert off the bill. I grew up in Puerto Rico, this was a poor sample of puertorican food. Not going back."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "The food is genuinely good and true to its Puerto Rican roots."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Was a little disappointed by the lack of vegetarian options on the entree menu. There are two salads on the starter menu but virtually nothing definitively vegetarian on the rest of the menu, save for a couple of offerings (pizza and risotto) that can be made veggie by replacement of veggies for meat. Will go back for happy hour (for convenience) but not likely for lunch."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "I'd been here for dinner and liked it and I wanted to try their brunch. I live 2 blocks away and walk by it everyday. I was really disappointed. My boyfriend ordered their guava and cream cheese stuffed French toast. For the price we assumed of would be a big dish with French toast. (Like the stuffed French toast at cafe dupont) Instead it was more like a small round sweet bun that was cut, put guava jam and cream cheese in the middle, and then put in a panini press. It was maybe 2inches in diameter and he ate it in a few bites. On the side were a few pieces of cut melon. Nothing particularly excited. The biggest thing on the plate was the pieces of lettuce used for garnish. For $18 I had expected much more. Definitely not going back."
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I loved the ambiance and food from Mio, this is the third time at still amazing. Friday Puertorican pork is to die for, and the mojitos..... wow. We had the tuna tartar and is fantastic. The steak and salmon dishes superb. The service is the best. Our server Cynthia did an amazing job, very friendly and knowledgeable of the menu and did great recommendations.... don't forget dessert, guava cheesecake and cheese flan...... amazing..... thank you"
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "Great ambiance and incredible service. Clamari appetizer was fantastic. Entree fish was dry and low in flavor, plantain cakes were even drier and barely edible."
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "I was in DC visiting my brother and went here for Sunday brunch. I was super excited after learning the Chef Giovanna Huyke was the Executive Chef on this gem of modern Puerto Rican cuisine. Excellent Service. The promise of an excellent meal was fulfill; I had a Monte Cristo sandwich made in mallorca bread which took me back to my days in the island. My daughter had the chocolate panckakes, she loved them. My brother's medianoche sandwich with a sidd of eggs was also a big hit. I have to say that the typical Puerto Rican pastries are made at the restaurant by Chef Huyke herself. She came to our table and was simply a delight. Love this place. Can't wait to be back and take more mallorcas with me!"
    Dined on 2/2/2014
  • "This is a great blend of Puerto Rican and Peruvian! They do both really great! I love Mio. And, the staff and service are excellent!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "I have dined at Mio on at least five occasions and have always enjoyed the food. My experience this past Puerto Rican Friday was not as pleasant as usual. I found the "Lechon" and the "Chillo Frito" a bit bland. As a native Puerto Rican my standards for Puerto Rican food are quite high but I have no doubt that Chef Huyke and her team can meet and surpass my expectations. I will consider my experience last Friday a fluke and I hope to continue to enjoy the "comida sabrosa" (delicious food) I always receive at Mio Restaurant."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "I have patronized Mio's Restaurant several times over the past few years and the meals have always been fantastic until this dining experience. I and the other members of my party were disappointed with our dining experience on this occasion. The main dishes roast port with rice and Rockfish were bland. Even adding salt and pepper could not salvage the main dishes ordered. I left over have of my plate as well as the other members of my party."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Such an enjoyable lunch! Our reservation was early (11:30), so the restaurant was quiet, but by the time we were done, the place was buzzing with many happy customers, all enjoying themselves. The staff was friendly, attentive, and efficient. The food was amazing: a small but varied menu, great presentations, and simply delicious. The express lunch is a great idea (pick one appetizer, one entre, one dessert). The look of the place is modern, clean, and appealing. Can't wiat to return for evening cocktails in their amazing lounge area!"
    Dined on 1/28/2014
  • "We can't make up our minds as to what to order and the servings are very generous... so we share! The quality of the food is outstanding. The staff knows the menu by heart and is very well trained."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "This was my favorite place I went to during Restaurant Week. The service was wonderful and the food was delicious. An absolute success!"
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Can you remember when you went to a restaurant and the sommelier recommended a lower priced wine than the ones you pointed out? It happened to us at Mio. That was part of an excellent dining experience. Seafood Stew, Duck al a risotto, and the most interesting Veal Lasagna build on plantains. We'd recommend all of them. Waiter was helpful with recommendations and they gave us just the right amount of attention. Great way to celebrate a friend's birthday. We had 2 folks who are gluten free dinners and there was plenty to choose from or they were willing to make substitutes."
    Dined on 1/17/2014