Espita Mezcaleria

4.6
326 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 terrace!

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

Happy Hour!

Half price Mayahuels & Margaritas, made the right way, $6.50 Highballs, and discounted Tacos. Come join us in the bar, our dining room, or relax on our heated patio and have an afternoon snack. See our website for our full happy hour offerings.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 11, 2019

Ends: April 12, 2118

Availability: Sun 2:30PM-6:00PM
Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM
Sat 2:30PM-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

Cinco de Mayo - Special Menus & Offers

Nothing says Cinco de Mayo like southern Mexican food. Join us for special day of the dead themed cocktails and DC's best, most authentic Mexican food.

Sunday, May 5, 2019

What 326 People Are Saying
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KM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always wonderful! The service, food & drinks are always top notch and delicious.

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SP
London
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

With the warm weather, I was looking for a restaurant to enjoy a meal outside. I knew Espita had outdoor seating but was pleasantly surprised to see what they did with it. The meal was incredible as always but will be back all summer to enjoy dining outside among the beautiful plants.

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s
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Not one for small plates. Saying that it is Two $ is not correct it is more $$ and leaning $$.

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s
Pittsburgh
13 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was exquisite, and the service attentitive. A lovely experience

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JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Terribly slow service (even borderline rude when the server got our orders wrong), the food was fine but you get very little for the amount that you pay. Will not return.

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KH
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was absolutely amazing! Fresh, creative, and authentic.

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Here visiting for a couple days with my girlfriend, it was great pick for brunch. The place was great, service was really good, food was awesome. Loved it. It was a little loud but nothing too bad. Looking forward to go back.

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SS
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful dinner meeting with two business associates. Cocktails were outstanding and the Manager took us through a very informed selection of a carafe of Mezcal for the table. We began with pickles, roasted nuts, guacamole and still warm Oaxacan tortilla chips while we got the business out of the way. proceeded to enjoy fish and lamb tacos and then moved to the Mole Negro with Wagyu sirloin; Octopus and the lamb barbacoa. We finished with the chocolate tosta and the churros which was shared by the table, and a cold Mexican Larger. A wonderful meal and setting. Highly recommend.

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HH
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything exceeded our expectations from the food to the service. We were given great recommendations for mezcal too. Highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Reserved for outdoor seating, wasn’t provided. Asked to be transitioned when a table became available and was told “sure no problem” and nobody followed up. Will not be returning

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p
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Fun place with friends but can be very loud and hard to hear friends. Excellent service and food

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Unique menu and drinks. Excellent food and value.

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LI
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 3

Hoping we just hit an unfortunate first try during brunch hours. Food and drinks were great, server was not. Took nearly half an hour to get drinks and order an appetizer that was never recieved, or im assuming rung in. Thankfully, the server pulled out paper to actually write down our order for entrees. Those came out (via foodrunner) in a much more appropriate wait time, and were delicious! Table loved the chicken and masa waffles, and sweet potato mushroom tacos were also fantastic.

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B
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our 1st time here. The food is a little pricey for what you get except for that tacos and the octopus which are both amazing. Would recommend their version of an old fashion for drinks any day.

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O
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, however, I was disappointed that their relatively small--but very well curated--has become even smaller than last time I visited. The food was great, but I liked having a few more options to choose from.

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C
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ordered the guacamole, escabeche, camote y hongos, and al pastor and loved each dish. It was helpful having the gluten free menu available. Oh! And the chocolate and coconut sorbet was delicioso!

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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 on March 16, 2019
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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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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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
47 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
19 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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