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About Don Taco

Don Taco is a 2 floor restaurant and Tequila Bar that offers a bar and TV's on both floors and is a great spot to enjoy some amazing tacos and small plates. Its also a nice little spot to enjoy some of the amazing nightlife in Old Town, Alexandria.

808 King Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Restaurant Hours:
Mon. - Sun. 11:00 am-2:00 am

Upstairs Bar Hours:

Cross Street:
On King St. between Alfred St. and Columbus St.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(703) 518-8800

Website:
http://www.dontacova.com/

Parking Details:
Street parking is available throughout Old Town, and there are plenty of public lots and parking garages nearby as well.

Public Transit:
King St. Metro

Executive Chef:
Mike Cordero

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We would be happy to help you organize a special event for you and your guests at our restaurant! We have ample space in our bar area on the 2nd floor for almost any occasion, whether it be a birthday, anniversary, retirement, company happy hour, private meeting and more! Please note that a special event consists of 12 or more guests and will require prior arrangements to be made with management.

Don Taco Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.4

Noise

Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (12)
Fit for Foodies (11)
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Great for Lunch (9)
Spicy (9)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Good for a Date (8)
Tapas (8)
Creative Cuisine (7)
Good for Groups (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Happy Hour (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
Late-night Find (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Authentic (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Fun (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Kid-friendly (3)
Vegan (2)
Cozy (2)
Healthy (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Great for Brunch (1)
Live Sports (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
People Watching (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
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·Dined 3 days ago

Everything was great. The brunch menu is awesome. Our server was fantastic.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Love this place

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 24, 2017

Love the food and the service was wonderful! We will be going back for some more tacos! :)

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Tapas
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We came all the way from Reston for the Fried Avocado taco and it did not disappoint. It was delicious. The tequila drinks were awesome too. My mahi taco was not that interesting and very fishy tasting, but the Avo taco was the best and worth the drive! The guac was also great. Loads of seating with the upstairs.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Spicy, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (Cleveland)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Had a great time. The food and atmosphere were awesome. I really enjoyed the Jalapeño Margarita!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Late-night Find, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 10, 2017

Such a great little spot with so many delicious taco options + lots more. And the margaritas and tequila flights - outstanding!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Tapas, Authentic, Hot Spot, Spicy, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Quick Bite, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Late-night Find, Romantic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Small tacos are ordered a la carte, like sushi. Some flavor combos were great, some so-so. Very good guacamole. Cute place but EXTREMELY loud, both upstairs and downstairs.

Tags: Casual, Tapas
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Great experience!

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·Dined on October 2, 2017

Tried this place out for a friend's birthday and I wish I lived closer to eat there more often! Such good food and service. My favorite is the queso (to die for!) and the flounder fish tacos! Also, best margarita I've ever had! Will definitely be coming back next time I'm in town!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Vegan, Kid-friendly, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Had a fun evening. Waiter, Gary, was fun and did a great job explaining the menu and was very attentive. Loved the food and drinks!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

It was so noisy in the dining room (and at the entrance to the bathroom and kitchen, which was next to our table) we could barely hear ourselves talk. We never saw our original waiter after he came by for our drink order, and had a hard time flagging one down to ask questions about the menu as they came in and out of the kitchen. Then they took away the brunch menu (telling us brunch was over). After mentioning that there was little if any alcohol in our frozen margaritas, a very nice manager came by to speak to us, and to explain the process.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on September 15, 2017

The food was delicious, drinks were overpriced given their small size. Service was good, not great.

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·Dined on September 12, 2017

Food presentation excellent- the food even better!
Nice atmosphere.... great margaritas! Will definitely come back next time in Alexandria.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Tapas
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 (Salt Lake City)·Dined on September 6, 2017

If you feel like going to a frat house, then this is the place for you. Staff is immature and food isn't that great. So many better options in old town... highlight of the evening was being treated poorly because we didn't get drinks. Again, I'm sorry I'm not in a frat and actually happened to be out with a recovering alcoholic, so no bartender, for the 5th time I don't think we need some shots...

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on September 1, 2017

We have been to Don Taco several times but this time was just horrible. The salsa they brought us was a thin liquid. No other way to describe it. We were told 'that's how how it is'. But having eaten there before we know it's now. 'Surf & Turf' taco was chuck roast and fried shrimp. Not steak as advertised. Overall everything was just bad!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 27, 2017

The best taco place I have been to in a while. The battered Oreos were amazing. I definitely will be back.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Great Food...Great Service!!!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 22, 2017

The tacos!! Fried avocado and the skirt steak were the best street style tacos i have had in the area. Guacamole was also solid. Gor for the tacps!

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 20, 2017

Finally a brunch place that is affordable in the DMV! Really nice spot for Happy Hour, brunch, you name it. This most recent visit, I met my friend for brunch and enjoyed the larger plates of breakfast options since usually they offer only small plates. The portions were perfect and the price was under $10! The best deal of all was the $2 Mimosas or the $4 Bloody Mary's- and they were good! No skimping on quality or alcohol here! The small guacamole app was tasty and large portion even though bit was a small- so another good deal- do think there need to be some more heat and salt added- but otherwise good. Everyone was friendly and accommodating but after awhile, out waitress trailed off and we waited awhile to track her down for our check- before that she was attentive enough. Only downfall is the booth seats!! The restaurant is not that old and already the material from the booth seats are severely cracked and uncomfortable! When you are wearing shorts or a skirt- the cracking of the seats will scratch and irritate your legs, plus it's just a horrible sight when you are coming in and led to sit down there. Hopefully, they are on their way to replacing soon! Still overall, nice experience and I'll still return - crappy seats and all!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The food and service were excellent! They offered good, thoughtful vegetarian options, which is especially commendable given their short menu. The space is fairly small (which is common in Old Town) and we had a large group, so the servers moved us upstairs, which was otherwise empty. I was very happy to have a quiet space for us to chat.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Always awesome and wonderful value!

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·Dined on August 2, 2017

All of the tacos we ordered were cold. The drink took 20 minutes to get to use because the bartender was too busy flirting with the guy at the bar.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Maya was our server and she was just amazing! So friendly and attentive! We loved the avocado tacos!

Tags: Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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·Dined on July 25, 2017

It was great. It was my mom's and my friend's mom's birthday and we got a discount on the desserts. The service was great and the food was too!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on July 18, 2017

The food tasted very good and there is a large variety of tacos. The four stars are for the size of the tacos. They are very small and cost about $3.75 each.

Tags: Hot Spot, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups
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 (Dallas)·Dined on July 18, 2017

Quaint place. Food is great, drinks are great. A Little dark ( in upstairs area) ( for reading menu card etc.) Also, be reminded, it is a TAPAS bar, mostly small bites, taco's, chips, salsa etc. Some of the menu items are plentiful ( nacho's quesadillas) So if you are hungry order those items or just several tacos. Overall it was a great place service was fantastic.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quick Bite
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Very reasonably priced, great taco selection. Would recommend highly.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 16, 2017

A tequila bar with no tequila list to be found anywhere.... very inattentive service that was spotty at best all around the room.

Tacos were good though..

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

The food was amazing and the ambience was very nice! Will definitely visit again!

Tags: Casual
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 (Charleston)·Dined on July 13, 2017

We have a child with a food allergy, and the manager (Carlos) was wonderfully attentive and knowledgeable. Super friendly, super helpful, and the tacos were DELICIOUS!!!!! Thank you, Don Taco!

(For those with food allergies – it always helps to make a reservation ahead of time, noting your allergies in the comments section. We also try to call the restaurant the morning of our reservation during "off-peak" hours to confirm that they are willing and able to accommodate food allergies).

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2017

we love Don Taco. we fell in love with the variety of Tacos and then discovered brunch. the Eggs Benedicto is simply amazing!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on July 9, 2017

We happened across this restaurant on Yelp pretty randomly and thought we would check it out because who doesn't like tacos. We were pleasantly surprised to say the least. The place decor was great, the service was quick, the tacos were amazing (reasonably prices and ability to order just one taco at a time makes for being able to taste lots of different things). We ended up ordering off both the brunch and normal menus. The grilled cheese on the brunch menu was absolutely above and beyond. Seriously so yummy. I'm a vegetarian and they were nice about taking the bacon off the sandwich. There are also a few vegetarian tacos. I tried all of them and they were pretty good. All and all would recommend to a friend.

Tags: Happy Hour, Worth the Drive, Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 3, 2017

I'm a taco nut. I travel a lot and eat tacos wherever I go, getting a sense of where the best are to be found. (Encinitas, CA, if you were wondering.)

My name is Don and so I had to try the tacos at Don Taco on Alexandria, VA. (I collect taco shop tees, so it was a must-have.) They are what I would call "non-traditional" (NT) tacos in that they are more "foodie" style tacos, with a wide variety like Lamb Chimichurri and Mexican Spare Rib. They had traditional tacos, but I opted for the funky ones.

I have to say, these were the best NT tacos I've probably ever had. The price was right at $3.75 each, and three tacos was just right. I had the two tacos mentioned above, as well as the pomegranate steak tacos. All three were really nicely done. My wife had the special (salmon) as well as a portobello taco and a shrimp taco. She loved all three.

Wide variety, good prices, great drinks, accommodating bartender (my wife had special requests) and great, attentive staff. This taco spot barely edges out Haggos tacos in Encinitas as my fave NT taco shop.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 25, 2017

We LOVED the tacos! We got 7 different kinds of street tacos and they were the best we've ever had. The food was very creative and unique and we will be going back there the next time we're in DC! The service was amazing, our waiter was really personable and outgoing! Last but not least the margaritas are a must try here. They are among the best I have ever had!

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Late-night Find, Hot Spot, Tasting Menu, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on June 25, 2017

Overall good. Tacos were delicious, however, margaritas are too expensive.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 5, 2017

Food was great, just wish the prices would match the amount of food that I actually received. They also charge you for chips and salsa, like c'mon, really?

Tags: Great for Lunch, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Live Sports, Late-night Find, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Always try the "taco of the week" special
-great tequila selection
-outdoor/indoor seating, second level too
-House Margarita a little small for its size
-3 or 4 tacos recommended per person
-open late
-Would like to see the Tequila Menu online and on the table please

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun
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 (Montreal)·Dined on May 18, 2017

Great relaxed place with amazing tacos and margaritas!

Tags: Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 30, 2017

We love Don Taco. Servers go out of their way to be friendly. Our bartender even mixed us a custom drink. Food is great and the ambiance is chill.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Low price, decent service most of the time, but sometimes they are busy. Lots of variety in the food. If you don't like one thing there will be something you do like. Their guacamole is the best.

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