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Los Cuates Restaurant

4.0
105 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
  • Kid-friendly

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About

Los Cuates of Georgetown invite you to come and experience for yourself our delicious and extensive menu featuring traditional Mexican dishes. You will find your favorite beverage and also "The best margaritas" in town. We use only the fresh ingredients, and all food is prepared daily. We are also pleased to be able to offer you such quality and quantity of food at reasonable prices. We look forward to your visit and we are ready to serve you the finest in Mexican cuisine.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 965-7009
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Private Room available
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Private party contact
Management: (202) 965-7009
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Q St.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.0  based on all time ratings
3.9
food
3.8
service
3.5
ambience
3.8
value
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85% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vip94301 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 20, 2017

We liked the restaurant and will return but the Mexican Food doesn't compare to what we can get in California. The service was great and we liked the atmosphere.

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vipMCola (Houston)
1.0  Dined on September 10, 2017

Food was not good, service was terrible, prices were way too high for what we got. Overall will definitely not be back.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 2, 2017

Took my wife for her birthday, found this gem online as we were visiting for the weekend and it was worth the visit! There were authentic Mexican selections which were excellent with generous portions, the service was outstanding with a very helpful waiter named Johnny (ask for him). The owner took the time to see if our seating was adequate., on and on....Our overall experience was fantastic! Not crowded, off the beaten path from other restaurants in Georgetown. Glad we found it!

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vipMarkNearRFK (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on June 3, 2017

Being somewhat familiar with authentic Mexican food, I look forward to trying offerings other than enchiladas, fajitas, and burritos. I joyfully ordered the chicken in mole poblano. The salsa for the chips was good, and the sides were acceptable, but I had to return the chicken breast for being overcooked, dry, and tough. They were very apologetic and brought me a new piece of chicken, but it was the same. (I lied when they asked how the new one was; I did not want to come off as implacable in front of my guest.) I personally might have trouble grilling a piece of chicken and keeping it moist, but I don't expect a professional chef to have the same trouble.

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tbone (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on May 26, 2017

Best Mex in NW DC! Try the Aracheneros and Margarita pitchers.

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SubPar (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

This was probably the first Mexican restaurant where we had to wait for more than 15 minutes for our order to arrive. In fact, it took about 40 minutes for them to give use our "vegetarian" dishes. For the high price of the dishes, the food itself was satisfactory and no different than other standard Mexican fare. All in all, a bit of a disappointment.

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vipAesthete (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on May 20, 2017

Good value and pleasant servers. The ambience is spaghetti or should I say taco-western, but we had expected that. These facts do nothing to detract from our very good rating. The food is good and sated a hearty eater in our group. I asked that our dishes be spicy, which was probably wise as they season with a light hand.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on May 5, 2017

Los Cuates did not honor a birthday reservation that was made over a month in advance. I received an email confirming my reservation 24 hours prior. I was told my group would be sat as soon as possible and they would give me a call when the table was ready. I called the restaurant an hour later for a seating update; they hung up on me mid-conversation. They also hung up on my friends. They never called that night. Terrible service and complete disregard for the customer.

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RGBG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on April 22, 2017

Had the best BBQ ribs of my entire life there! Also, the complimentary salsa and chips just kept on coming without us having to ask!

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on April 14, 2017

Margs were not good, very watery. The guacamole appetizer was tiny and overpriced. Also the tables were obnoxiously close together, a drink spilled at the table next to us and it got on me because we were so close.

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MNCRODIZIOPOTOMACMARYLAN (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 13, 2017

Food was excellent, though it took a while to come.

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OriginalDC (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 11, 2017

I've walked by this place a million times and I finally went with a friend for dinner. The food was delicious and the waiters friendly. I wish their salsa was either blended or maybe cut into smaller chunks so the chips didn't break as often, but overall it was great.

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viprglg (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 8, 2017

Great neighborhood place. Food consistently good, as is service

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on March 29, 2017

Poor service, not very good food but queso is so good only good thing

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BNBN (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 25, 2017

Lively place. Good food from typical Mexican menu of enchiladas, tacos, fajitas, etc. Service was little slow as place was packed.

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ACVirginia (Nashville)
2.0  Dined on March 11, 2017

It took an hour and a half to get our food. The waiters were dropping plates of food on the floor every ten minutes. They were smart enough to bring our kids food first (an hour and a half after ordering) then the adult food showed up 15 mins after that.
I would not recommend.

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2017

Had reservation for 9 people at 7:45p and they didn't have a table for us when we arrived on time. Place was packed. Had to wait 30 minutes, but they comped our group a round of drinks and host was very nice and apologetic. Waitress was clearly stressed and impatient in taking our order. Had better experiences on previous visits. Food was great though. Would go again!

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Clare (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 11, 2017

Some of the best queso in town. Their rib fajitas don't quite fall off the bone like they used to, but maybe we just had a bad batch.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on January 28, 2017

Worst service we ever received

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on December 10, 2016

Los Cuates is my favorite Mexican food in the city. I was really excited when the new Adams Morgan location opened. The food is excellent but the service has been pretty lousy the last few months.

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vipNYer4Life (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

Very subpar food and drinks. The guacamole was not freshly made. Looked and tasted packaged. I'm shocked the restaurant has lasted. Not many people dining either 👎

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 22, 2016

Good to take college kids to. Loud, crowded and ok service (attentive but slow!) food was average and reasonable price. Portions are big. Personally I would go elsewhere but the college boys I took were fine and full.

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JZ26 (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

Mediocre food but good for margaritas and chips: / guacamole. Good service but music a little too loud as speaker above our table

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vipAndrewH (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on October 15, 2016

Loud music and slow service meant the experience wasn't what it could have been. The food is pretty good, but the restaurant filled in only after we had placed order, making it hard to understand why it was so slow.

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reviewgiver (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on September 11, 2016

I hate giving bad reviews, but I really did not enjoy the food here. Maybe I'm just picky because I LOVE Mexican food, but I did not enjoy the food. I actually felt it was a waste of money

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on June 3, 2016

Los Cuates has previously been really good. This trip was not. Food was served cold, orders were not correct, but the server was excellent. I am not sure what's going on in the kitchen, but it was not as good an experience as we have had on previous trips to this restaurant. I was really disappointed.

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vipAngiek (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on May 1, 2016

I had made a reservation for a party of 12 because it was our final team dinner. When we arrived, they had no reservations whatsoever in their system. Therefore, we had to awkwardly it in the middle of the restaurant at separate tables. This was not what we were planning on. It was extremely disappointing.
Furthermore, the service was lacking. I have usually had great experiences there, but they were slow, not friendly, and seemed a bit clueless. When we ordered margaritas, the server was overly suspicious - bending our IDs very forcefully and testing only me and one other person. It was truly just an unpleasant experience.

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

We were visiting DC for pleasure, chose Los Cuates based on consumer reviews. Made a reservation for Saturday night at 7:30. I'd read that reservations may only do you so much good, and when we got there the hostess seemed on the verge of tears from trying to manage the walk-in demand and those with reservations. One of the restaurant people came up to save her from a meltdown and through the minor chaos found us a table for two. Extremely busy, pulls a college crowd as well as others. Loved the decor/ambiance (they had seating upstairs which we didn't see). There appeared to be enough staff, but it was catch-as-catch-can in getting attention and service...again, this was half expected on our part. The supposedly vaunted margaritas did not live up to expectations (too fruity), especially as I'd ordered a top shelf. But oh my, the food! Just delicious. I had the seafood (scallops and shrimp) tortilla wraps with all the usual sides. The corn wrap was light and flavorful, while the seafood tasted like it was just pulled from the sea. We really did enjoy the overall experience (including the bachelorette party going on next to us), and if this review were based solely on the food I'd give it five stars.

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vipsharjohn (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on April 16, 2016

Fun neighbor restaurant. Excellent margaritas and chips and salsa.

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vipsharjohn (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 8, 2016

Very good margaritas. I love the burritos and the enchiladas. Los Cuates has the best chips and salsa in town!

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