Espita Mezcaleria

4.5
287 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.

Food is the story of people. Espita is our story about the people we've had the honor to meet on our journeys and how they've impacted us.

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

Valentine's Day Special Menus & More

Join us for Valentine's Day at Espita and romance your date with mezcal & churros!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

What 287 People Are Saying
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OT
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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CJ
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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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OT
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and delicious food!

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a
1 review
Dined on January 13, 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 7, 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
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, great experience.

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e
17 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
1 review
Dined on January 5, 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
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 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
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
5 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
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
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Mezcal and guacamole amazing, pulpo fundido and churro also good

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OT
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
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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P
352 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Wonderful mezcal bar and restaurant—We particularly appreciated our excellent server ANNA.

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MM
5 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal. Service was exceptional.

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TS
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderfully complex flavors in everything we ordered; I recommending ordering several plates and sharing. The tacos and tlayuda con chorizo were fantastic, and the churros negros were heavenly. I appreciate very high quality food done in creative ways, and this was the best I've had in quite a long time. Excellent value for money as well. I'll absolutely return on my next visit to DC.

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B
4 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The menu is different and food delicious. The mezcal drinks are very good! The ceviche was quite different than most but delicious. I would definitely return the next time I'm in DC

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OT
15 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious and the choices were creative. The brunch special was a good option and worth the price if you chose the couple of the most expensive items. Unfortunately, the bottomless drinks option can only be purchased in conjunction with the pre-fixe brunch (not with a la carte selections), and the server didn't come by very often to refill drinks.

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R
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A little expensive but it was great! We had a business meeting and I our client was very happy. We enjoy our mezcales too. We had tacos al pastor, ceviche, guacamole and pumpkin ice cream dessert. We were able to share everything.

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CH
121 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love Espita. The pescador, pork, brussels tacos are amazing delicious with layers of flavor. the ceviche is in this sauce that has a zingy flavor and a wonderful tender fish. Great mezcal varieties to try. Magnificent margaritas.

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RB
26 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Fun environment. Enjoyed everything.

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Portions were small and trap music at a Mexican restaurant doesn't work for me.

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d
4 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service!

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JC
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

amazing food! came during happy hour and it was FANTASTIC!

THANKS!

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k
119 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious guacamole and salsa and tacos.

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TM
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Ceviche tasted bad-fishy, not delicious-fishy and included sliced grapes (an ingredient that was not noted on the menu). Salsa is not spicy. Chips taste like fritos. Tortillas aren't homemade. Food was too costly to be this poor.

Ambiance was nice and the service was good, however, if this place wants to be anything more than a mezcal bar, they really need to work on the menu.

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OT
3 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Service war enorm aufdringlich und konnte sich leider die Bestellungen nicht richtig notieren.
Aber das Essen machte den schlechten Service wieder gut.
Die Kellnerin und die Wasserflasche führten eine innige Beziehung, wie mir nach einiger Zeit aufgefallen war.
Sie teste mit dem Wasser das ich neben einem Bier zu meinen Tacos genoss die Gesetze der Physik soweit ich erkennen konnte.

Alle zwei Minuten wurde das unberührte Wasser nachgeschenkt. Und die Oberflächenspannung dieser chlorhaltigen Flüssigkeit bis zum zerreißen auf die Probe gestellt.

Aber was soll ich sagen, ich war ja nicht hier um die Gesetze der Physik zu erkunden sondern um den Taco-Tuesday zu gebiesen, welcher wirklich sehr gelungen war.

Wir probierten Alle Tacos, die anstatt für 4,50$ für 3,00$ angeboten wurden und kamen zu dem Entschluss:

SHER GUT

Wir kommen wieder!

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a
26 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The people who run this restaurant are warm and welcoming, the chefs have it going on--combining quality ingredients and fresh spices with Mexico-City-level imagination--and the buzz is not some trick of acoustics. People are happy to be there, and it shows.

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NK
9 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was good but they were out of ceviche and they did not have guacamole because of an avocado strike so we were limited in our choices.

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F
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Wonderful restaurant. Brussels sprout taco is best.

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OT
5 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a group dinner there. The overall experience was great, but we really wish the selection of food is larger, sharable, and less salty. Other than the tortilla underneath the dishes, there's practically nothing to go with the mole dishes. Besides, we all felt it was a bit overpriced for all menu items, not really worth of the money...

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KJ
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was awesome. Service was outstanding. Environmental was incredible. I had a blast. The first time I came and definitely be back again.

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DI
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The food was all right, but I found the menu very limited. It was odd that they had neither rice nor beans.

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t
6 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

We all had small plates (tacos) and the ceviche. All were delicious. Didn't try any of the larger dinner plates but one of the guys next to us had the lamb ribs with mole and they looked amazing! The house Margarita is also very good. Service was rather slow, but we enjoyed ourselves catching up and sipping the Margaritas.

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w
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was fabulous. Mezcal was delicious. Ambiance was perfect.

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KM
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was AMAZING!! It was a fantastic experience!

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