About Agua 301

Aqua 301 celebrates the culture and cuisine of Mexico taking contemporary Mexican cuisine and infusing it with modern flair. This is not Tex Mex! Chef Will Vivas tweaks traditional Mexican ingredients and flavor profiles through experimental ingredient combinations and serves it up waterside in Yards Park.

301 Water St. SE
Washington, DC 20024
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Wednesday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Thursday – Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 10:30am - 11:00pm, Sunday: 10:30am - 10:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(202) 484-0301

Website:
http://agua301.com/

Catering:
Agua 301 does off premise catering offering self pick up, delivery and set up or full service catering. Please email or call with any inquiries.

Public Transit:
Metro Entrances:
•Navy Yard Metro: New Jersey Ave Entrance (0.29 miles NW)
•Navy Yard Metro: M Street Entrance (0.36 miles NW)

Executive Chef:
Will Vivas

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch

Special Events & Promotions:
Happy Hour 7 days a week 3:30-7:00pm and 9:00 to close
Brunch 10:30-3:00 Featuring Bottomless Mimosas, Sangria, Margaritas, and Bloody Mary's

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Agua 301 Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.7

ambience

3.9

value

3.9

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

Waterfront (21)
Casual (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
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Fun (15)
Scenic View (13)
Happy Hour (12)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Great for Brunch (8)
Good for a Date (7)
Tapas (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Hot Spot (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
People Watching (5)
Quick Bite (5)
Spicy (5)
Special Occasion (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Business Meals (3)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Authentic (2)
Bar Seating (2)
Great Beer (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Tasting Menu (1)
Vegan (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

Beware, the address you get sends you to the Odyssee cruise at the ward. This restaurant is in navy yard. I wish I could review the food but I ended up at the wrong place. Update your address or link.

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·Dined 4 days ago

Food was delicious. Everyone loved their meals. Great selection. Good guacamole. Reasonably priced. Very busy during lunchtime, which made for both difficult parking and slow service initially.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

I have always been a fan of Agua 301 but my experience this week was a little less than what I have come to expect. While the service was great, there was a lot of excessive noise being made by staff who were changing over what must have been a private event. They also were leaving doors to the outside open during the changeover which made the room much more uncomfortable that it would have been otherwise. I still very much like this restaurant but it was not my best experience here.

Tags: Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Tapas
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·Dined on December 4, 2017

Today's reservation was a retirement party. While the group was not huge, the welcome and the service were outstanding. Lots of attention to the honoree and the whole group. Food was excellent but the service was what stood out. Thank you

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Business Meals, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 25, 2017

This place is just ok. I came here for brunch with my friends and mostly everyone was disappointed with their meal. The guac is good and so were the rice an beans--that's really where my positive feedback ends. The drinks were too sweet, the tacos were bland, and the salsa had no flavor. It was nice to sit by the window and see the water so I'll give them a few points for that.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

The ambiance was good. The food was not so great. I had spicy chicken tacos with no spice. I ate one taco and told my review to the waiter. He ignored it and still charged me. My friend had the salmon taco. She said that the salmon smelled and tasted very fishy. She didn’t eat it and was not charged. I also made reservations for a “ birthday “ occasion, our server never acknowledged the birthday. Overall cool vibe, but the food lacked seasoning/spices

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 11, 2017

While what we ate was good, nothing was outstanding or memorable. Our server was very friendly and timely.

Tags: Waterfront, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Food was fantastic. Service was slow.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Just okay. Not bad, but I could have done as well or better at home. We were in an alcove, and it was quite noisy.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View
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·Dined on October 27, 2017

Delicious! Went for a team work lunch and had great customer service despite it being a very popular lunch spot.

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Orlando)·Dined on October 21, 2017

First it took me 4 orders to get a drink. They brought me the wrong thing, then didn't know what beer I was talking about (when it was on the menu), ran out of my second choice, until finally I found something I could order. Then the chips and salsa were totally stale. The chips were chewy and the salsa was watery. The entrees were decent at best. I had carnitas tacos and found them to be very dry

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Good location near Nats field and waterfront, decent food

Tags: Scenic View, Spicy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great brunch. Outstanding service. Will go again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fun, Waterfront, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

I found the indoor part of the restaurant had an unpleasant odor that may come from their floor cleaning liquids. Food portion is too large for me. The rice and the beans as part of the carnitas taco combo were cold and not tasty. Guacamole was very yummy! Waiter was attentive and friendly.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 12, 2017

This restaurant has a great location and lots of potential. However, to survive the Aqua 301 needs to step up the quality of the food. Salsa and chips were mediocre and tasted store bought. The regular margarita was watery. Unfortunately, the entrees weren't much better. It's not that hard to do good Mexican and this is a great location for a restaurant like this, but it won't make it with the current food. I hope it improves.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

I've always been a fan of Agua 301. Food is good, drinks are better. My boyfriend and I came here about an hour and a half before a baseball game and we were told that unless we had a reservation we would not be seated. More than half of the restaurant's tables were empty when he told us this. So, I got on my OpenTable App and made a reservation for 2 people for 4pm. Then I told the manager I had a reservation and he proceeded to question how soon I had actually made the reservation . After about a 5 minute delay, discussion with another staff member about how I was able to do this, and apparent attitude, we were seated.

Anyway, the food was great. We had empanadas, tacos, and guacamole. Our server was really nice.

Throughout our 40 minute pre-game dinner, more people cleared out than were seated, and others were turned away for "not having a reservation." What a crappy business model for an otherwise decent place to eat before a ball game.

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Food and drinks were good. Our server was friendly and refilled drinks and chips and salsa quickly. Great location to eat before a Nationals game since it is close to the stadium. We had a reservation for 3pm and they didn't want to seat us 10 minutes early because the menu was changing from brunch to lunch. Then they gave us both menus which were not clearly labeled as brunch or lunch. My son ordered a sandwich which apparently was off the brunch menu that had ended. They didn't tell us this until the other 3 entrees were ready to come out. Would have been nice to know when he ordered it that it wasn't available. They did rush his replacement entee which we appreciated even though it was delivered after the other 3.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Waterfront, Casual
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

The food looked good, but lacked flavor. Hostess staff were unmotivated. Our waitress was friendly, but overall the waitstaff seemed frazzled. This place has potential, but we weren’t blown away this time.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Fun, Kid-friendly, Waterfront
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Awesome location, sat outside overlooking the Anacostia River; delicious Mexican food, great sangria, tacos, guac and chips! Highly recommend.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Vegan
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Near Nats Park, but fine at any time. The food was excellent and not just the typical Mexican fare. Our server took great care of us. The noise level was understandably loud given that it was pre-game for the first Nats playoff game.

Tags: Quick Bite, Authentic, Waterfront
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Superb food, nicely but not overly spiced Try the sides. Very good service in a beautiful setting.

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·Dined on October 1, 2017

Came in for a friends birthday. I like the casual atmosphere and the menu has something for everyone. The server arrived at the table pretty fast and was very pleasant. The four of us started with Happy Hour drinks which took more time than it should have but I assume thats because it was semi-busy. Besides that, the chips and salsa came out fast as well. It was only after that, that the service slowed down. I saw out server taking tables outside plus he had inside tables. As a server myself, I'm disappointed the management couldn't have been on the floor helping their staff. It took far to long for the server to take out food order, deliver our second round of drinks, and bring the desert. This was not because he wasn't busy so I don't blame him. I do question were the management was however. Overall it was a good experience and I would definitely come again.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Spicy, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Casual, Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Great brunch food and bottomless mimosas/sangria/margaritas/bloody marys!

Tags: Casual, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Waterfront, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

The worst tacos I've possibly ever had. The tortilla was cold and stale and the meat was all fat. The waiter was inattentive and slow.

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·Dined on September 30, 2017

Solid Mexican restaurant. We went before a Nationals' game, so the location was great - just a few blocks away from the ballpark. Beers were moderately priced, and they had margaritas available by the pitcher for a decent value. The food was very tasty, but a little expensive for what it is. They start you off with complimentary chips and salsa. The chips are fresh, crisp, and lightly salted, which I enjoy. The salsa is flavorful and very spicy, a good start to the meal. We ordered the traditional guacamole and quest fundido, both very good but a little pricey (I think the guac was like $10 for a medium-sized bowl). I had the Bistec Tacos - 2 small steak tacos w/ fixings - $7. Like I said, the food was very good, but just a little pricier than I had hoped for the portion size.

The service was very good, our server was polite, attentive, and always made sure we were asked if we wanted another round whenever the drinks were low.

The restaurant was definitely on the louder side - I'm not sure if this is always how it is, or just because there were a bunch of people like us who were grabbing a bite before the baseball game.

All in all, a good place with solid food. I'd definitely go again before heading down to Nats' Park for a game.

Tags: Tapas, Spicy, Waterfront, Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Great food and best mojito ever! We are looking forward to returning soon.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was good but the service was very slow. Overall just OK.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Nashville)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Had our table for 10 ready as reserved on a game day afternoon. Small plates were good, lots of variety. Chipolte shrims was good, a little small, and got warmer with every bite. Was ok.
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 16, 2017

Took an hour to get our food even though the restaurant didn't appear to be "packed." Service was incredibly slow... for OUR table. Parties in other sections were seated after us and finished their meals before we even got a bowl of chips for the guacamole.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

Quick and friendly service. Outside seating has a beautiful view across the water. Food and drinks were top notch and reasonably priced.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We have always liked this

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on September 4, 2017

Service is a little slow. Food had a bit too much salt - but the menu has lots of options to try. Best items are nachos and empanadas! Happy hour specials are great...

Tags: Scenic View, Good for Groups, Waterfront
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 1, 2017

The lights kept on flickering on and off. The waiter kept pressuring us to make menu choices. Too loud for a first date. The drinks were good though.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 29, 2017

The restaurant was very accommodating to our large party and they was able to do separate billing. Some of the frozen drinks wasn't available which was disappointing. I had the pork tacos and they were just ok. The chips and salsa was decent and the frozen lime margaritas was tasty. I would go back again just try some of the other drinks on the happy hour menu hopefully next time everything will be available to sample.

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Bar Seating, Waterfront
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

We had a very good meal here last week. Nice spot on the river that was buzzing with 20-30 somethings. They have a nice interpretation on Mexican food that should satisfy most levels of foodie. Service was pleasant, but seemed very busy, as we did not see much of them.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Great Beer, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Waterfront, Fun, Casual, Tasting Menu, Happy Hour, People Watching
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on August 20, 2017

The crowd here is really the suburbanites who want to think that they live in the city, so if you're actually a city dweller, there's plenty to gawk at and roll your eyes. The food is good and reasonably priced. Service was slower than it should have been.

Tags: Scenic View, Casual, People Watching
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

I was disappointed. I made a reservation based off this place being on the Restaurant Week list - I took my mom. Once we got there we found out they were not participating this year because the chef had an family emergency and had to leave the week before and they didn't have anything else prepared for Restaurant week. Me and my mom still enjoyed ourselves.

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on August 20, 2017

On a beautiful summer day I made a reservation for eight. Most were out of town visitors. I called to follow-up with a request for outside seating, but told first-come, first-seated. When we walked into Agua 301 we were met by a Wall of shouting, blaring, stressful NOISE.
It would have been impossible for friends and family to interact, let alone enjoy their dinner. I was beginning to panic.
I said this wouldn't work and asked to please be seated outside. I appreciate that a table was set for us.

My NYC visitors (including two just back from Paris) were impressed by the food and ambiance. They loved the fish soup.

Thank you Agua 301.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Great location for a casual group weekend evening get together--reasonable prices for food & drinks; good tacos and guacamole

Tags: Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

Overall the brunch and happy hour were good. The only complaint would be the flies during brunch and the gnats in the bathrooms.

Tags: Waterfront, Happy Hour
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