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MXDC Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mxdcrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (202) 393-1900
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
    Friday: 11:30am - 12am
    Saturday: 5:00pm -12:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: Todd English; Chef de Cuisine- JC Pavlovich
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Private catering is available, please use our Events Contact form or email lily@mxdcrestaurant.com to inquire about catered events!
  • Special Events & Promotions: Several private and semi private options including buyouts of the entire facility. Please fill out our Events Contact form or email lily@mxdcrestaurant.com for more information.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 14th Street midway between F & G Streets
  • Public Transit: Metro Center
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Due to Washington, DC parking regulations, Valet services are available after 7pm Thursday-Friday and after 5pm Saturdays for $10. Street parking & garage parking are available in close proximity to the restaurant.
A word from MXDC
MXDC Cocina Mexicana by Todd English offers Mexican cuisine with a modern touch. We're located on 14th St, a block from the White House and a short walk from the Washington Monument.
Our bar area is the perfect space for a happy hour with extensive cocktail and tequila menus.
The decor and ambiance makes MXDC the perfect destination for a romantic evening, a family dinner or to host your next private or corporate event.

Created by Todd English and Juan "JC" Pavlovich, MXDC's menu includes small plates, entrees, and family-style dishes. The menu offers traditional foods from various regions throughout Mexico. Taco options include Pork Belly; beer-battered Mahi Mahi; and Carne Asada. Other favorites include the Seven-Chile Lamb Shank, Tortilla Soup and our open-faced quesadillas.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "excellent food and drinks. Hard with kids, not really any menu items for them but our waiter did try to accommodate. If you have a picky eater, be aware!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "We went at dinner and it was a great experience for my wife and I; we enjoyed our food selection, the waitress was friendly, and the atmosphere was fine."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "We ordered two appetizers to share. One was a tantalizing pork belly taco bursting with flavor. We took a chance on a salad consisting of tuna, snow crab, watermelon, pickled onions, cilantro, and lime. We were literally stunned that the combination, 1) worked and 2) we really liked it. The Paella was beautiful, but not quite as tasty as we'd expected."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "A group of 6 of us met at MXDC on a Sat. evening because of the reviews & the location close to a friend's hotel. Service was great & we thoroughly enjoyed everything we tried from the menu. The 6 of us shared appetizers including the lobster guacamole, the seafood quesadilla, and snapper ceviche. All tasted very fresh & were truly delicious. The same can be said for the variety of entrees we had, everyone was happy. I ordered the side of brussels sprouts and loved them. For dessert, it was churros & flan. Again, nothing but smiles from anyone. THe only complaints were about being too stuffed. Drinks were lovely as well. Great find and we will definitely be back for another get together!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "I was so pleasantly surprised with everything about MXDC. The atmosphere, the drinks, the service, and most of all the food. Order the chile honey glazed chicken it was outstanding and the flan! This is a hidden gem and as a person on a gluten-free diet I had many options. I will definitely add this to my short list of DC favorites."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "This was my second time at MXDC for date night and the food was as good as we remembered. They have a wonderful red sangria."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I would definitely recommend this restaurant. The décor was stylish and conducive for a quite lunch or dinner. My daughter and I went for restaurant week. Everything we had was amazing. Starting with the appetizers, the Guacamole was excellent with a twist, and the Ensalada de Jicama salad was as well. I had never tasted grilled fruit before, it was light and refreshing. The pork shoulder was amazing, fork tender and very flavorful. I can't say enough about the Churros, it's the first time I ever had this desert, the Churros themselves were soft and flavorful. But, the kicker was the chocolate brandy sauce that went with them, outstanding. I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone for lunch or dinner."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "MXDC is a great Mexican-inspired place that has a fun and vivacious feel. Perfect for night-life. Bar is really neat and the margaritas are to die for (trust me, they make 'em strong)! However, I went for a double date and it was very loud. Loud in the way that I couldn't even hear the person sitting next to me. Also, the food was great but if you order a meat dish all you get is meat. It is literally a pile or pork shoulder or brisket! Nothing else. Which is nice that the protein steals the show, but it really has nothing else to "steal" the spotlight from. I liked it and would go back, but probably just for HH and to sit at the bar with friends. I wouldn't go back for dinner."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Restaurant week menu was nice...though something stayed with me for the next 24 hours. Never had such bad reflux in my life... :-/"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Several of my coworkers and I went for restaurant week. We had a great experience and will definitely go back."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I took a group of five girlfriends to MXDC for dinner during Restaurant Week- Summer 2014 and was VERY impressed. The hostesses were very polite. The decor is very cool, sexy and chic. The HH scene seemed much more sophisticated and relaxed compared to their neighbors (The Hamilton). Bartenders were smiling and attentive. The noise level was fine. Once the 5th person arrived, we were seated immediately. We ordered everything on the RW menu to share. Highlights: Chips & Salsa, Guacamole, Chicken Empanada (you only get one), (Vegetarian) Paella, Mole Chicken, and the churros. Our waiter was very patient and great with the wine parings. I can't wait to come back with my parents and boyfriend. MXDC is a hidden gem and my new go-to spot."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "The food was awesome and I recommend to anyone. What stuck out the most, however, was how well the staff and particularly the GM cared for my wife's dietary restrictions which are very challenging. Most other restaurants look at you confused or make guesses. These folks took control and knew exactly what they were talking about. We will return."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "We have heard good things about MXDC and our experience lived up to that. Everything we had was well prepared with a great flavor profile. It is on my to return to list."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Will definitely going back. The food was amazing and the service was excellent"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Not what you would expect, excellent at all phases"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "Server rocked and the food was incredible. Have eaten at some of the best places around and this ranks up there. Incredible Mexican food. Would eat there all the time if I lived closer."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "The food was fantastic, the wait staff attentive - an overall wonderful experience. The tacos are small - so may not be enough on their own - but there are wonderful options for starters and accompaniments."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Enjoyed so much while in DC, we went back a 2nd night. Reasonable prices and great food - Todd English has a real winner here!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Prepares traditional Mexican dishes for an American palette. Spices and flavors are infused into the meat and beans not overpowering. Mole sauce was delicious. Dish could have been served with a bit more. Lambshank was perfectly done and the taste matched it's presentation."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "I might have really high expectations of Mexican food...which is why I wasn't a huge fan of my experience at MXDC. It was disappointing that a Mexican restaurant, especially one that is high end, doesn't really have much variety or many options for vegetarians. It also seemed that everything we were interested in was not available, which was also frustrating. We are probably not going to go back especially since the service was average and the food wasn't that great."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We walked through the door of the unassuming entrance and was pleasantly surprised. The food was great and the service was impeccable! We will certainly be back..."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were a group of 4 who shared a variety of plates. All of the dishes we tried were outstanding. Only complaint is the classic margarita. Tasted like a cheap mix. Work on the beverages and this could be a 5 star!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "Try the mani Mahdi mahimahi. Try them all. Spectacular!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "I came for the cuatro queso quesadilla but had the fish as my dining companion was on a strict diet (and they were out of mole ribs). I had the rock fish and it was so delicate and well prepared. it was delicious. And the presentation was just beautiful. Great sauce with lively flavors. It was outstanding. My friend had the snapper and loved it too. She was afraid it was too good and that mean she shouldn't be eating it. lol. We will be back for seafood. And the mole ribs."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "At the last minute our group grew from 6 to 10 people and the manager and his staff accommodated this without complaint in minutes. We had a terrific meal and the service was great. Four of our group had the tacos and shared three different kinds, two had steak, two had the sea bass, one had salad and one had quesadillas. Every meal received compliments. We will be going back."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "I live in TX, so I know a good Tex-Mex joint and this is not that not does it want to be! Cool upscale vibe. Good blend of traditional and creative new Mexican flare. Good selection of S American and Spanish wines - The Vall Llach Embruix from Priorat is KILLER! Pricey, but well worth it! Do yourself a favor and try ALL the tacos (will take a couple trips)."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "This was not our first time at MXDC, we have really enjoyed it in the past. We were taking friends that had not experienced it before. Foo was good as usual, it was quieter than most other times as it was a holiday weekend. The waiter we had was young and no other words, but very annoying. That really impacted our dining experience. The temperature in the dining room was way to warm. We asked about it and nothing seemed to be done about it. this was not a very enjoyable meal."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We went to MXDC for a late night dinner. The service was great, and they did look after the kids well as well. The food was excellent. The beef was outstanding, and so were the tacos. The ambiance is nice, and we would definitely come back to this place. We were not rushed, and even though it was late, the staff were upbeat and eager with recommendations. The desserts were loved by all. They were inhaled by the kids, so we are going to have to come back to get our own desserts some day."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "This is my second time at MXDC and probably my last for a while.. Our family arrived for a late dinner on the 4th of July, but to our dismay, our waiter managed to completely confuse our order. They served drinking water that was at room temperature. We asked for cold water but it never arrived. We then ordered our food. Our kids food arrived, but ours didn't. needless to say, we were upset because we wanted to eat all together. After waiting some more, the manager arrives and asks what we wanted to eat!! it turned out that the waiter never put our ordered our food. Needless to say, we were completely bummed. It was past 11 pm by then, so we decided to leave. At least the manager was kind enough not to charge us for the kids food."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Tacos were great, a lot of tequila choices, close to the White House and the mall."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Not a place for a special occasion or dinner but ok for lunch or happy hour"
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Food was above average. paella just ok, but that was our bad for ordering it here. only real spanish places do it right."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Ate at MXDC for the first time late afternoon on July 4th, before the Mall fireworks, so maybe not a fair time to critique the restaurant. Nonetheless, food was better than average, but not great or fantastic. Service was great, even with the hectic evening ... a nice surprise. Dining area was HOT and stifling (almost like no A/C or even no air movement), even though the day was only in the low 80's. The ceviche that everyone raves about was not even close to real Mexican ceviche. No lime juice tang, no kick, very little fish, pretty bland. A really BIG disappointment because we are ceviche lovers. Will give it one more try at a less chaotic time to give it a fair shake. Top 20 in the District? No. Top 50? No."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Took 45 minutes to get drinks and 1.5 hours to get food. They seemed to be very understaffed for the night we were there. Limited menu and food mediocre to poor. The Mole de Costilla appeared to missing the mole and the two ribs served were mostly bones and fat. Asked for the Grilled Avocado instead of the Carrot Kimchi on the Grilled Terres Major and were simply told "no." The Grilled Chipotle Corn on Cob was an inch long section of very overcooked corn, the teaspoon of corn on that cob was very gummy. The tacos did look good, but unfortunately we didn't order any. Probably an off night for them, but we'll not be back. Too many other great restaurants in this area."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "MXDC is AMAZING! We were in town for a weekend trip for our anniversary and ate there the last night. It happened to be the restaurants first anniversary. Our waiter told the manager it was our anniversary too and came by with champagne for us to enjoy! In addition to the exceptional service, the food is delicious. You have to try the fresh guacamole! The grilled corn with chipotle butter was out of this world. We ended up finishing the meal with tres leche, best I've ever had! Make sure this restaurant is in your plans next time you are in D.C."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Josh, our waiter, was awesome! Make sure to try the guacamole, fish tacos and the seafood themed quesadilla. You'll love them!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "What a fantastic restaurant with a menu filled with tasty awesomely seasoned and perfectly prepared dishes. Absolutely love this place!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "Outstanding venue! The quality of the food is only rivaled by the outstanding service. We had 6 food items on their menu and at least 5 varieties of their menu drinks. Plain and short, this is a phenomenal place to dine. The atmosphere and decor are impressive. Based on what we had the pleasure to taste, I'd guess the rest of the menu is equally satisfying. Honestly, we've been to a wide variety of DC restaurants (think high double digits), and this place lands in the top ten. PS- We're not tourists! This is a solid local opinion."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "I have three words-O.M.G. I found this restaurant last minute on Open Table and am sure glad that I did. Everything that we ordered was amazing. We split three taco orders and two quesadillas for a family of five and we all loved each plate. The guacamole was yummy and the drinks were creative. Our waiter was friendly and informative. I wish Mr. English would bring this to Boston!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "As we had enjoyed this place previously, we decided to book a reservation for our anniversary. The food was phenomenal and the staff was great both times. The only issue we encountered was not at the fault of MXDC, but of other diners, who though it was a good idea to bring their shrieking child (who looked about 5) and ignore him entirely while lingering over desserts. This is an upscale Mexican place, and really not for kids...even the waiter said that generally this is an adult restaurant. The kid was making a ton of noise, and the two women with him were not attentive to him at all, despite the entire restaurant glaring. We otherwise had a lovely time. Will absolutely be back."
    Dined on 6/24/2014