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Casa Oaxaca - Bethesda, Bethesda, DC

Casa Oaxaca - Bethesda

4.5
4.5
200 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary Mexican

Located in beautiful Bethesda, MD, Casa Oaxaca Restaurant offers a menu inspired by traditional Mexican fare & cocktails.

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Booked 20 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Daily 11:00 am–8:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (240) 858-6181 ext. 86181

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Ismael Galguera

  • Neighborhood

    Bethesda / Chevy Chase

  • Parking details

    None

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Antojitos

  • Queso Fundido$8.00

    Melted Oaxaca Cheese with chorizo. Served with tortillas

    • Tacos Dorados$7.00

      Crispy corn tortilla stuffed with chicken topped with refried beans, cheese, sour cream and cabbage

      • Chips & Guacamole$8.00

        Tacos

        All $4

        • Carne Asada

          Grilled Steak, onions and cilantro

          • Lengua

            Braised Beef Tongue, onions and cilantro

            • Carnitas

              Fried Pork, onions and cilantro

              • Vegetables

                Carrots, green beans, zucchini, onions and cilantro

                • Al Pastor

                  Marinated Pork, pineapple, onions and cilantro

                  • Chicken

                    Grilled chicken, onions and cilantro

                    • Chorizo

                      Mexican Spicy Sausage, onions and cilantro

                      • Mushrooms

                        Mushrooms, corn, onions and cilantro

                        • Barbacoa

                          Shredded Beef, onions and cilantro

                          • Nopal

                            Cactus, onions and cilantro

                            • Pulpo

                              Grilled Octopus, onions and cilantro

                              • Chapulines

                                Grasshopper, onions and cilantro

                                • Shrimp

                                  Marinated Shrimp, cabbage slaw, avocado ranch dressing

                                  • Fish

                                    Fried Mahi Mahi, cabbage slaw with avocado ranch dressing

                                    Lunch Entrées

                                    • Chicken Mango Salad$12.00

                                      Chicken, iceberg lettuce, mango, tomato, cucumbers, grapes, and mango dressing

                                      • Chicken Enchiladas$10.00

                                        2 Rolled stuffed tortillas topped with queso fresco, rice and beans

                                        • Chicken Mole Enchilada$12.00

                                          2 Rolled stuffed tortillas topped with queso fresco, rice and beans

                                          • 2 Sopes - Steak or Chicken$10.00

                                            Fried Tortillas topped with beans, romaine lettuce, sour cream and cheese

                                            • Tortas - Mexican Sandwich$10.00

                                              Torta El Chavo: Ham, tomato, onions, lettuce, jalapeno. Torta Oaxaquena (Add $2): Spicy chorizo, ham, tomato, onions, avocado, lettuce, pickled jalapeño

                                              • Frida Platter$11.00

                                                Spicy chorizo, eggs, grilled cactus, rice and beans

                                                • Tipico Especial$12.00

                                                  2 Enchiladas, 1 Chicken Raja Tamal, rice and beans

                                                  • 3 Tacos$12.00

                                                    Mix & Match. Served with rice and beans

                                                    • Chilaquiles

                                                      Fried Tortilla Served with rice and beans

                                                      • Chicken$11.00
                                                      • Steak$14.00
                                                      • Vegetarian$10.00
                                                    • Tamales$5.00

                                                      Your choice of pork, mole, and chicken raja. Pork: Tamal with pork and tomatillo green sauce. Chicken Raja: Shredded chicken, onions, tomatoes, pickled jalapeño. Mole: Tamal with traditional chicken mole

                                                      Dessert

                                                      • Churros$6.00

                                                        • Tres Leches$6.00

                                                          • Flan$6.00

                                                            Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                                            What 200 people are saying

                                                            Overall ratings and reviews

                                                            Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                            4.5
                                                            4.5 based on recent ratings
                                                            • 4.6Food
                                                            • 4.5Service
                                                            • 4.3Ambience
                                                            • 4.5Value

                                                            NoiseModerate

                                                            Loved For

                                                            • Maryland - DC Suburbs

                                                              Good for Groups

                                                            • Maryland - DC Suburbs

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                                                              tobes

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              15 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              15 reviews

                                                              Dined 1 day ago

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                              Great spot for outdoor dining and incredible Mexican fare

                                                            2. JD

                                                              JoannaD

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined 4 days ago

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Delicious! Octopus Tacos and Mango Salad were amazing!

                                                            3. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              New England

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 13, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                              Delicious food, service a little slow & patio was kind of loud. but the food made it worth it

                                                            4. LH

                                                              LukeH

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              5 reviews

                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                              Very good food, excellent service, awesome atmosphere, reasonable prices. Our new go-to for casual Mexican.

                                                            5. EC

                                                              EllieC

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                              Our go-to for brunch on Mother's Day - definitely a great place to go for drinks and food - has a delightful outdoor space.

                                                            6. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on May 7, 2022

                                                              overall3food4service5ambience3

                                                              The noise level made it difficult to carry on conversations. Perhaps adding some sound pads could help?

                                                            7. FT

                                                              FranciscoT

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 30, 2022

                                                              overall4food3service5ambience4

                                                              Food is not Oaxaca authentic. Pozole does not taste like the real Mexican pozole, not even close. They add cheese to every dish!!

                                                            8. AB

                                                              AaronB

                                                              1 review

                                                              3.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 29, 2022

                                                              overall3food3service2ambience2

                                                              Just not enjoyable. Had outdoor seating - basically picnic tables - not comfortable at all. Music was blaring and I mean blaring. Asked to have it turned down as you couldn't talk to the person across from you - staff seemed offended by the request and moved the speaker down the bar, but then proceeded to turn it back up. Food was ok - but didn't have much flavor or kick. Tacos were tiny and the asada was dry. Across the board, just wasn't that great.

                                                            9. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Baltimore

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                              overall4food3service3ambience4

                                                              La comida no es como antes pero aun asi la pasamos bien

                                                            10. TG

                                                              TerriG

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              19 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              19 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 25, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                              The food and service are terrific. Great margaritas, great tacos, great ceviche! But it’s so loud on the patio you can’t hear yourself, much less your dining companions.

                                                            11. g

                                                              goodfood

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              9 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Loved Casa Oaxaca. We went for my teenage son's birthday dinner. The outdoor patio was perfect, lovely place to hang out, Nelson (our server) was so attentive and kind, and the food was delicious. Try the cactus tacos! Will definitely go again.

                                                            12. SH

                                                              ShaneH

                                                              Baltimore

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 21, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service5ambience5

                                                              Great service, good food. I enjoyed my chilaquiles!

                                                            13. E

                                                              Ellen

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              157 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              1.0

                                                              157 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                              overall1food1service5ambience2

                                                              Extremely noisy. Fajitas had very little chicken and sour cream, guac and salsa came on a separate plate. Won't be returning.

                                                            14. CW

                                                              CW60

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                              overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                              We ate outdoors on the patio. There was a rain storm and staff quickly brought down flaps as needed so we were dry and protected. So the space was comfortable even in pouring rain. We are vegetarian and there are a few options but the menu is mostly meat. We found enough and enjoyed everything we had from delicious creamy guacamole to interesting tacos and finished with tres leches cake. We had a very attentive waiter as well. Overall a good experience!

                                                            15. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We were a party of 9, outdoor seating. The staff, food and drinks were amazing. We did the pitchers of margaritas and they didn't disappoint. The food came out pretty quick, fresh & hot each time we ordered. Would highly recommend!

                                                            16. PJ

                                                              PJA1

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Food of great quality and service outstanding! Marvelous place to have a great dinner with friends or family. I recommend +++

                                                            17. AC

                                                              ACM41099

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              12 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              12 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We arrived a few minutes before the restaurant opened, but they let us in anyway, which was nice as it was windy outside. The food was excellent and the service was top-notch.

                                                            18. A

                                                              Alejandra

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              3.0

                                                              18 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                              overall3food3service2ambience4

                                                              Great quality in some of the plates but others could be improved, as well as service.

                                                            19. F

                                                              Foodie

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Amazing service. Great atmosphere. Lots of good vegetarian options.

                                                            20. DB

                                                              DianaB

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 6, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Delicious food, pleasant staff, quiet out in the patio with the heaters.

                                                            21. S

                                                              Sharon

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              68 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              68 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 5, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience3

                                                              Great service and authentic food. We will return in the future. Margarita was fresh, tart and cold. Yum..

                                                            22. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              We had a great time! Food was great! Service was great and music was awesome!

                                                            23. JB

                                                              JoanB

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              33 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              4.0

                                                              33 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service3ambience2

                                                              Our margaritas and tacos were stellar. The young woman bussing our table was a little too enthusiastic...we weren't done with the chips (I thought she was bringing more!) and we needed our plates and utensils for our next round of tacos! It was also difficult to get our check at the end of our meal. Otherwise fantastic and will be back!

                                                            24. J

                                                              Julianna

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              2.0

                                                              8 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                              overall2food2service2ambience2

                                                              We reserved a table for 3 indoors via Open Table and when arrived they said they had no indication for indoors and only had an outdoor table (it was 40f and windy) The patio area was cold and also very loud. We left without having dinner. No apology for the mistake from the staff.

                                                            25. MV

                                                              MyriamV

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              3.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                              overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                              The service was excellent, the decor great, the food good but not outstanding. The indoor space is very small and noisy, and not well separated from the busy kitchen and storage entrances. Overall it’s a good restaurant but certainly not for a romantic dinner or even more relaxed and calmer conversations.

                                                            26. RR

                                                              ReginaR

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                              Great food- cute vibe-- pleasant servers! The enchiladas with the green and red sauce were amazing. My friend was a vegetarian and they quickly offered to make vegetarian enchiladas for her. We made some special requests, like half Green enchilada sauce and half red and they had no problem with these. The mole sauce which we tried was also delicious. Nice beer selection, my friend had a strawberry mango jalapeño margarita which she enjoyed as well. Tres leches was the best! Nice value too.

                                                            27. SH

                                                              SusanH

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 28, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Had a wonderful time with family, excellent service and the food was delish.

                                                            28. MM

                                                              MartinM

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on March 26, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Exquisito , excellent attention, clean and good very recommended

                                                            29. CT

                                                              CaTho

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              4.0

                                                              2 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service5ambience3

                                                              The tacos and ceviche were delicious and service was very good. Noise level, however, makes it very hard to have a conversation indoors. They also need a second women's restroom.

                                                            30. JL

                                                              JeanL

                                                              Los Angeles

                                                              1 review

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on March 19, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Great food. Enjoyed the fish ceviche and the tacos and especially the margaritas! My friend had a traditional margarita and I had a mango margarita. We sat in the large tent and while it was quite noisy from boisterous customers it was nice that the tables were nicely spaced and I didn't feel I was dining with the people sitting next to us.

                                                            31. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Great vibes

                                                            32. S

                                                              Soho6102

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              51 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              51 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                              We arrived for out reservations a bit early but we were seated immediately, the server was very attentive for the most part. We started with the spicy pineapple margarita and classic margarita - both very good, balanced and not too sweet or tart. Then to the food, started with the fish ceviche which was very citrusy tasting and well seasoned. Then on to a feast of tacos (fish, shrimp and chicken), all tasted fresh and filled with plenty of slaw. The star at the table was the birria tacos with consommé. The birria’s (not on the paper menu but just ask for it) very flavorful and I loved the crispy texture of the taco shell…I could drink the consommé - nice beefy flavor and well seasoned. The lively energy music was also a nice touch, I’m looking forward to returning.

                                                            33. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on March 18, 2022

                                                              overall4food4service4ambience4

                                                              Great food and service as always. Music a bit louder than I recall it being in the past. Made it difficult to talk

                                                            34. BR

                                                              BRENELYH

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              Server was great! Food was amazing! Great music as well

                                                            35. L

                                                              Lisa

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              1 review

                                                              4.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                              overall4food5service4ambience4

                                                              The food was great, the margarita excellent and all the wait staff was very friendly. Just a few notes: the small table we were at in the front of the tent was often forgotten. It took a long time to get our waiter to the table and as other staff breezed by they didn't see us waving at them or calling them. Also, the table was a bit small to hold our dishes for 2 people, it needs to be a bit bigger- too crowded. Finally, the churros were extremely greasy and not edible, but our replacement flan was excellent! All the other food was great, as it has been when we have dined before. Just giving some constructive feedback, we will definitely be back again!

                                                            36. O

                                                              Osfan

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              17 reviews

                                                              vip
                                                              5.0

                                                              17 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              We love this place. Great covered outdoor seating, though in cold weather it is mostly enclosed with heaters. We went on a Friday night and it was packed. The food was delicious, and the server was attentive and gracious.

                                                            37. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Western NC

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              7 reviews

                                                              Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                              There was a wedding so it was noisy this time, and busy, but it was a great evening.

                                                            38. OT

                                                              OpenTable Diner

                                                              Los Angeles

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              4 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 27, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                              Great attentive service, delicious food & great vibes!

                                                            39. TF

                                                              ThomasF

                                                              1 review

                                                              5.0

                                                              1 review

                                                              Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service5ambience3

                                                              We picked Casa Oaxaca for a party of 7 50th birthday party. All loved their food selections, I enjoyed the Mescal Mule and they were kind enough to make a fuss over my wife's birthday at dessert - singing over a sparkler-topped ice cream Sunday. Waitstaff was great and prices were, as always, reasonable. Great casual place in Bethesda. (Only beef - the Saturday night crowd was noisy - hard to hear.) Check it out!

                                                            40. BB

                                                              BarbaraB

                                                              Washington DC

                                                              19 reviews

                                                              5.0

                                                              19 reviews

                                                              Dined on February 22, 2022

                                                              overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                              I've been there several times and it has always been good. My favorite dishes are the chili relleno, queso fundido, and the ceviche mixto is fabulous. Lots of varieties of Margaritas and service is friendly and prompt. They also have a great outdoor patio with a bar.

                                                            FAQs

                                                            Casa Oaxaca - Bethesda does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Casa Oaxaca - Bethesda also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (240) 858-6181 ext. 86181.

                                                            Casa Oaxaca - Bethesda is rated 4.5 stars by 200 OpenTable diners.

                                                            Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                                            Booked 20 times today
                                                            Google Map for Casa Oaxaca - Bethesda

                                                            4905 Fairmont Ave Bethesda, DC 20814

                                                            Dining areas

                                                            Additional information

                                                            • Neighborhood

                                                              Bethesda / Chevy Chase

                                                            • Hours of operation

                                                              Daily 11:00 am–8:30 pm

                                                            • Cuisines

                                                              Contemporary Mexican

                                                            • Dining style

                                                              Casual Dining

                                                            • Dress code

                                                              Casual Dress

                                                            • Parking details

                                                              None

                                                            • Payment options

                                                              AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                            • Executive chef

                                                              Ismael Galguera

                                                            • Additional

                                                              Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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