Mio Restaurant
Mio Restaurant

Mio Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.miorestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 2029550075x
  • 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 - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, Puerto Rican, Latin / Spanish
  • Executive Chef: Roberto Hernandez
  • 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 tableside, in addition to Mio's standing menu.

  • Special Events: 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 Roberto Hernandez 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.



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Mio Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
105 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.2
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (54)special occasion (36)great for lunch (32)good for groups (32)great for outdoor dining (31)neighborhood gem (29)romantic (23)vibrant bar scene (21)hot spot (17)notable wine list (14)great for brunch (11)late-night find (4)kid-friendly (1)Show More
  • Very good all round experience
    AlgourmetVIP
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    This is a very good restaurant in all respects. Puerto Rican food at its best. The grilled fish on yucca mofongo was outstanding. Attentive and courteous service and elegant décor. It will not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • WOW!!!!
    ImpressedGus
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    I was extremely impressed with the service and the food. Born and raised in Puerto Rico, I'm pretty peculiar about hispanic food and I can say that I love every single bite. The food was amazing and the service outstanding. We went there for lunch and left wanting to come back to try their dinner menu. Is definitely a place I would go back to eat again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just okay
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    While my main course was really good, others at my table were not blown away. We were quite late and the waitress did not make me feel bad about it which I really appreciated. The rating says that the costs of the meal should be at $$ but it was extremely pricey for what we got. Don't know that I'd go back sadly unless I were just going for the asapao which I thought was really tasty.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Food and Perfect Friday dinner
    palmtree
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I had gone there for lunch and thought of it for dinner. I wanted a place with good energy and atmosphere and interesting menu. Mio fit the bill. Mio is a beautiful restaurant with different eating areas. There was a good selection of appetizers. We had the pan roasted calamari that was excellent. While fried calamari is always a sure bet, it was nice that they prepared it differently, and it was tasty. The fritters stuffed with crab were a slight disappointment, but not enough of a disappointment to stop eating them. We both ordered the whole fried red snapper. The presentation was superb and it was prepared very well. I enjoyed the sides that came with the snapper. Mio has a good beverage selection and love the mojitos.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • latin food that needs more flavor
    FoodLoverPR
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Mio is a beautiful restaurant and the service is great! BUT when it comes down to food... it needs flavor. Puertorrican Lechon meat was a bit blend. Arroz con Gandules tasted like yellow rice and not to Gandules. We were there for Mofongo which traditionally is made out of plantains... Mio only offers yuca mofongo. The 1st 2 drinks we ordered during happy hour, were charged without the happy hour saving. So... my point is... got to make the food better
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was excellent!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My friend had the rockfish, I had the seafood soup, we had the calamari/mushroom appetizer and everything was sooo delicious! We sat outside on a beautiful day and caught up for the first time in months. The waiter was average, but I will say that he described the menu well and never pressured us to leave. We had a wonderful night, wonderful food and drinks and I would definitely return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Absolutely delicious!
    NziKush
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    Foodies would love this place. I know I did! I had business lunch meeting. Had the salmon and switched out the vegetables for the kale salad. We also had an appetizer that was also good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    My salmon, which was served on spinach and brussell sprouts was excellent. It was a beautiful day so we sat outside. The service was great. I would definitely come back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BCDC
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    A lovely experience from start to finish. Food was interesting and tasty. Service outstanding. Good wine selection. Pleasant outdoor setting. We will return as we are neighbors.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 56 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 922 reviews are from the Mio Restaurant reviews archive.
  • Great Experience!
    CharleneVIP
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Simply great food and outstanding service at reasonable prices in a wonderful atmosphere...would highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good business lunch
    dcmark
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    Great food-- amazing bread-- solid place for a good business lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful and Fun. My go to place
    AnaBanana
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Already made reservations for my 2nd. trip! Have also recommended MIO to several of my friends. My new go to place when I want to feel like I'm back in San Juan.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OH MIO..
    Nelly
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Love this place...I absolutely thought the food was delicious...Could not get enough. The Spicy Machu Pisco is amazing. However, the service for lunch was quite slow which is a huge deterrent when you have limited time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best meal in DC
    Lynn
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    My husband and I were in DC for a week, which meant 6 dinners out. We tried to set up a variety of reservations looking at the information and reviews provided on Open Table and Mio was one we selected. This ended up being the best meal we had all week! We even considered cancelling our reservation for the next night and going back! Delicious! If you have a chance, check them out! Also, plan to have dessert. Two were recommended to us, so we each had one and shared. They were outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ron
    RrrrVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food and service were good, but I will NEVER go back. This was one of the noisiest restaurants I have ever visited. By the time my wife and I left the restaurant, what was supposed to be a relaxing evening ended up as a miserable time. We both left tense and with headaches. After walking for about an hour around DC, we finally were able to relax and unwind. A restaurant should not result in more stress, which is precisely what Mio did. Clearly there are ways the restaurant can reduce noise, such as having a solid wall between the bar area and tables. But, the restaurant has chosen to keep noise at this unacceptable level. Too bad, because the food and service were good. But I will never return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite Hispanic Cuisine
    Liljo
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I love to have the steak and plantains with rice and beans here and they also have some really awesome empanadas! Great service and very accommodating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • overpriced/portions way too small
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/28/2014
    food was tasty, but portions were ridiculously small. The over all experience was confusing in that it just did not work well: the main course would have left any small child hungry (and broke). $85 for two for lunch was excessive and there was no alcohol consumed. (I brought a client who confessed he was still hungry when finished eating. Ouch!) The experience was so poor it drew my attention to other inconsistencies... PS: it had been my second time to the restaurant, and the first - which was a weekend and not weekday visit - was fine.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • La Isla
    ETfoody
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I have never had a bad meal there. Manuel, the owner is a terrific host. The food brings me back to my Mom's home cooking. Love it!!!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic PR Food Fit for a Foodie
    DelishInDC
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Incredible experience and delicious food fit for foodies everywhere! A real gem, not to mention the ambiance was romantic, and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Service and food
    Carlos
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Mio offered great service and awesome food... The ambience was relaxed with a touch of intimacy.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mio Is Great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fabuloso
    Boricua46
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it, Love it, Love it.
    Olga
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun brunch!
    brunchbrunch
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    Good food, good service, no wait for a table. It is a bit pricey, but everything was good!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wouldn't try again
    5280Lady
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lechon Asado.
    1Jamwes
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    It was the best Pig I have had since I left Cayey in Puerto Rico. The food was Fantastic
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous tasting food!
    JP88
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    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).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food but speak up!
    latarta
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A very enjoyable dining experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 3/22/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Firday Roast Pig
    Sam1659
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best
    Luis49
    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..!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Puertorrican at a Puertorrican rest
    valdines
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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 :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • mixed review
    dclingVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We truly enjoyed the food
    AnDRoll
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lunch anyone?
    SPAL
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    ...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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unique Cuisine
    Wilhoff
    Dined on 3/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great place to be
    mikstgo
    Dined on 3/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Takes you back home.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food and Service
    StatProf
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    I have eaten at Mio twice. Everything was terrific. This restaurant gets my highest recommendation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too much for too little
    Jeanese
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.