Espita Mezcaleria

4.6
310 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Driven by a quest to surface authentic flavors and techniques, Chef Rob Aikens and Beverage Director Megan Barnes are constantly pushing their teams to research and create. They fuel their creativity with inspiration from their many travels to Mexico, bringing home memories and people they want to honor with their food and drink.

We specialize in Oaxacan cuisine seen through the lens of the Mid-Atlantic. You will not find traditional Oaxacan dishes here. Instead you will find authentic Oaxacan flavors and techniques applied to the beautiful seasonal bounty of our region, creating a unique experience only available here.

Join us in our dining room, bar, or climate controlled terrace!

Our lunch concept, Espita Loncheria, is open Monday through Friday with no reservations required.

Specials

Margarita & Taco Happy Hour

Half price Mayahuels & Margaritas, made the right way plus $3 Tacos. Come join us in the bar, our dining room, or relax on our heated and enclosed patio and have an afternoon snack. See our website for our full happy hour offerings.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 24, 2018

Ends: November 25, 2117

Availability: Sun 2:30PM-6:00PM
Sat 2:30PM-6:00PM

Margarita & Taco Happy Hour

Half price Mayahuels & Margaritas, made the right way plus $3 Tacos. Come join us in the bar, our dining room, or relax on our heated and enclosed patio and have an afternoon snack. See our website for our full happy hour offerings.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 24, 2018

Ends: November 25, 2117

Availability: Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM

$3 Taco Tuesday!

DC's best tacos for only $3 each all night long! Come taste the difference that authentic corn tortillas make.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 4, 2018

Ends: November 5, 2117

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-11:00PM

Mezcal Mondays!

Enjoy DC's best Mezcal list at half price. Rare pours, flights, or even just our house Espadin, the whole list is available for you to explore and enjoy!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 4, 2018

Ends: November 5, 2117

Availability: Mon 4:00PM-11:00PM

What 310 People Are Saying
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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

I was not overly impressed with food options and my margarita was not good. Much better mexican places in DC

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MA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the quieter patio setting since we had little ones in our party. The drinks and food were incredible as always. Thanks for the wonderful experience Espita!

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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing overall. Avocados tostadadas are out of the world. Really enjoyed our unlimited drinks. Server was very helpful and quick at getting some bottomless drinks as promised.

Overall I do think it was a little expensive considering there is no unlimited food. Around same price other places has unlimited food and drinks for brunch. But no regrets because we left satisfied. Will def come back

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jordon and Kim and the crew are amazing!

When I in DC I eat here every night. No kidding.

Have J & K select mezcal flights for you. Just take my word for it.

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RD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food is great. The vibe is nice. Try the house mezcal if you are new to mezcal, otherwise they have an extensive selection. I try to eat vegan and they have a number of tasty options to accomodate plant based preferences.

Their mayahuel margarita should not be missed. Hit their happy hour for that.

My only wish is in the value side. It is quit easy to hit $200 for two once you are enjoying a few drinks.

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OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was great! I could eat one of their tlayudas every day.

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JB
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our waiter was terrific - made good recommendations. Food is very good. Noise level was HIGH at 8 pm on a Tuesday - i might try to go earlier if you’re looking for a quiet conversation.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and friendly staff. The food was very tasty and the drinks were strong! :)

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SG
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Both the drinks and food - so good. The flavors of the tacos and small plates were unlike anything I had eaten before.

Will definitely be going back!

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BS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

You can’t beat the brunch special!! Waitress was very nice and attentive!

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AL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 3

Food delicious!!!! Service, horrible!

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SG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Espita's vibe was awesome! They have an incredible Mezcal collection and our server was keen on explaining and recommending both great cocktail and food choices! Great for authentic Oaxacan-style food !

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f
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Well, if you want to spend over $100 dolars, wait forever for your so-called Octopus Entree, and than still leave hungry even as a skinny girl, this is a place to go! Everything so small, such a rip-off. I am sorry but you are not a Michelin-rated restaurant so you don’t get to charge $26 dollars for a 6 inches skinny octopus leg with only a minimal sauce and super tiny avacado piece, no garnish or nothing! And this is advertised as an entree, and we waited 45 mins for it to come to the table! I am upset, this place caters to stupid Millenials who believe in overpriced hype for the sake of the ambiance and ok to get ripped off! (also, a Millenial but for me this is ridiculous, it wasnt even that flavorful).

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Had a great time

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Well priced food and outstanding mezcals that were worth every penny if you're into authentic Mexican spirits.

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FL
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Very inventive Mexican cuisine. My only two complaints would be: 1) Expensive wine ... surely you could find a decent red under $10 a glass ... that being said, the Malbec was excellent! 2) It took longer than I would have expected to get the food out. It was Taco Tuesday, but we had to wait about 20 minutes for our tacos. But once again, once they arrived, they were delicious.

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M
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great place to have a good creative Mexican meal and drink mezcal or a cocktail

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S
Austin
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite Mexican restaurants. Excellent unique options, knowledgeable servers and the food was soooo good! Will definitely be back next time we are in dc!

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SE
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Second time here with a brunch experience that was not great primarily due to poor service. The server seemed either overloaded with tables, or just ditzy/inattentive. It was busy, so not sure if it was a management failure in scheduling sufficient servers, or her own failure to manage her table load. Either way it was a problem. Had to ask multiple times for coffee/refills. Large delays between being seated and placing any order, including drinks/appetizers. Never got part of my order (thankfully was not charged for it). Wanted to be in and out within 90 minutes ideally but were ultimately there for more than 2 hours largely due to poor service/delays. Food was certainly tasty but never arrived at the right temperatures again leading me to believe issue was primarily service. Friends have said dinner service is better but I am not going to try anytime soon.

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m
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Love the food and the ambiance at Espita. It’s got great drinks and a creative menu, fitting for a first stop before going out on a weekend. The tacos are great and so are the appetizers, including the ceviche. Not such a big fan of the charred churros. I was there last Saturday and the service was quite bad. We were forgotten for long stretches of time and our server seemed annoyed with our table since he first approached us. He did not seem open to us asking for his recommendations on the menu and the entirety of the interactions with him put a damper on the evening, unfortunately.

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J
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Had a reservation, checked in early, forgot to seat us for over 45 min.

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t
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great happy hour, best deals. Fish tacos were the best. Mayahuel were very balanced and delicious.

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, except they ran out of chicken but our server Anthony was great!

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CJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I came here with a small group for brunch LOVED the food here -- very authentic and not overdone at all. The wait staff was extremely friendly and my table was very pleased by the food. Also I think this place may have the best chips & salsa in D.C. The best drink was the cafe on the brunch drinks menu. 10/10 recommend!

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AC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great! We had a few snacks and drinks at the bar before our reservation and that was lovely. Once we got to the table though, the service kind of went downhill. Our main server came to our table maybe 3 times throughout the meal and the only thing he ever said was “Is everything okay?” (Including when he greeted the table and we hadn’t even ordered yet). Overall we had a nice time, but the table service was just a little distant/awkward.

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GS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Overall great restaurant—portions were slightly too small for the price and the drinks were expensive, but overall a great restaurant for a treat out.

Ambiance was exceptional and in a great location!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food!

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h
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Went on a monday night - half price mezcal. This was the highlight and definitely made it worth it. Got to try lots of mezcals for a very reasonable price. They have a huge variety and our waiter knew a lot about them. For full price, never would have done this. For half price, fantastic. All food was very good. A few things were special, other things were perfectly enjoyable but not "wow" (we were actually disappointed only because it's a terrific, unique, interesting menu and we were looking forward to a lot of wow - only got a little!) Can see how it would be noisy, but we asked for and got a seat that wasn't bad at all re noise. Service was very good. Enjoyed the night. If you're near the convention center, or want to go on a monday night to taste a lot of mezcals as the primary purpose, definitely a good place to go.

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a
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was great, liked the location and our server was very nice and helpful understanding the menu.

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F
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, outstanding service, excellent food. Best Oaxaca food in the district. Would definitely be back.

Highly recommended!!!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great experience.

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e
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

all good but for the crazy noise level. cannot hear yourself speak.
Sets a new bar for creative Mexican cuisine

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

This place was very nice. The food portion was a bit on the small side, and pricey for the amount served.

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B
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

My husband and I thought the food was good. But we asked the waiter to not rush our order and the entrees came out about a minute after the appetizers. This totally upset the meal ambiance. Food was good although the short rib I got was not as good as others I've had at Mexican restaurants.

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S
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Espita was great! I had the pork tacos which were fantastic and my partner had the octopus which was good but not great. Stick with their main dishes and you are good to go! Great ambiance but the service was just alright. We are a young couple and we were not given the same level of service as an older couple sitting next to us. Just treat everyone the same, young people can tip well too!

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f
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food in this restaurant is authentic. No Tex Mex here. The Mescal drinks are great as well. The ambiance is interesting and fun to see. We ate rather early due to having a toddler with us. The wait staff were great with him and interacted a lot. This photo was taken for the Day of the Dead altars at the Mexican Cultural Institute and reminds me of Espita Mescaleria.

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SS
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We have been to Espita many times. The food is consistently very good and the bar program is VERY special. Oaxacan cuisine is not traditional TexMex . It is a very refined and has subtle flavors and textures. If you have not tried it, I would highly recommend.

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JH
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Mezcal and guacamole amazing, pulpo fundido and churro also good

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

My friend and I went to dinner and didn't realize the mezcal flight she chose was $38 for 3 thimble size portions. The font listing the prices are much to small and we had total sticker shock when the check came.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mezcal flight was amazing, and our waitress was very knowledgeable about the different varieties and how they were made. The tacos are also delicious, and the happy hour was really good value.

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