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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The wait staff was very pleasant and attentive. The food and drink was excellent. I am very likely to return and experience many more of the dishes that offer.

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vipNYFoodie
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The best dinner place in Silver Spring. The food is outstanding and the service is attentive. The main downside is the loud sound in the place.

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StevenT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I really want to like this place more, but it's pricey, very noisy, and 2 of our dishes were very salty. I'll go back after a period of time. Don't know what they can do with the current decor to address the noise level though.

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DareO
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience2

Great food, mojitos and service but the noise level is off the charts. I suggest turning down the music a lot so guests can enjoy having a conversation instead of yelling.

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MorganD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very tasty and flavorful. I went without a small group of friends. Great environment!

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vipAnnH
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE El Sapo. Favorite restaurant in the SS area. Eliminates any need to go to DC for a great meal experience.

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vipDCgourmet
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Great food, excellent mojitos. Very loud, service a bit slow on a crowded night. Friendly reception and good buzz.

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BrianK
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious (highly recommend the Vaca Frita) and service was fantastic. Everyone working there from servers to Judita and Reynold were enthusiastic and sincere. Good happy hour as well. Going back soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great meal and a great time! The atmosphere was terrific and the food even better! The service was excellent, our waitress was very knowledgeable. We can’t wait to go back!

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DennisS
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Wait staff does not speak English, cannot answer Q in either Eng or Spanish. No choice for any non-alcoholic drinks, no explanation of drink presented (originally asked for Peligrino). No explanation of good presented on top of table. We thought this was a house appetizer! No info on menu, no info from wait staff. Vastly overpriced! $24 for "ropa vieja"? Exorbitant! Food cost, $2 or $3? If I want to pay Bethesda prices, I'll drive to Bethesda! First and last visit from long-time residents of Silver Spring.
Have already asked you once to stop your useless, self-serving messages! I made a reservation; did not need, nor welcome your reminders. I understand the illiteracy of you millenials, but I don't want to be annoyed by it!

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JamesA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was a welcomed vibe, reminding you of an evening in South Florida. The food was fabulous and the signature drink (mojito), probably the best I've had.

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EricW
Baltimore
33 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Headed to a movie at the AFI Silver, we decided to try El Sapo based on current great reviews. We hoped that going a bit early would be less noisy. The music was loud, but overall not as bad as expected. I imagine it becomes a real din when the place is full. I guess it's part of the emphasis on a "party" atmosphere. In any case, the host and servers were engaging and efficient.

The menu is compact but the food was very good. Being "pescatarians" we tried the cod fritters, manchego and peppers, fried plantains and salmon, all of which were well-prepared and flavorful. Great salsa with the plantains. The mojitos were on the sweet side, but well-balanced with lime.

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vipCherylL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience1

Too loud and noisy. Great appetizers and service. Turn down the music so that we can hear each others conversation.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An incredible culinary delight !! The food here is amazing like a home cooked meal. Be sure to order the Oxtail stew.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

It’s too loud for my taste, it’s actually too much money for the portions, the food it’s really good, excellent, but one of

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MargaretB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I’ve been to this restaurant twice now and have had a great experience both times. Very conscious of food allergies and delicious food and mojitos.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quickly became my favorite place...signature mojitos are HITTIN’- when they don’t pre make it in batches 🤨

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Gabi
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

My family and I loved it! I had a large party of 12 people and while I probably won’t have that large a party at this restaurant again—the staff at el Sapo managed to get all of our orders sorted out. This restaurant is for a more intimate bunch for sure and not really the best location for large parties. That said, the food tasted good, my toddler son ate well despite there not being a kids’ menu and I was appreciative of the fact that the entrees were “kid friendly.” I’ll definitely be going back with no more than 5 or 6 other people!

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vipnope
Washington DC
43 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We had a great meal. Everything we ordered was delicious and we had a difficult time making choices among so many yummy-sounding options. I love the open kitchen. The only thing that gave me pause was the sight of a large stack of what looked like pre-made Cubano sandwiches wrapped in plastic and stacked atop a convection oven. Since the sandwich is one of the hallmarks of Cuban cuisine I would expect that each one would be made to order but it didn't appear as thought that were the case. We did not order one mainly for that reason.

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GingerT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El Sapo Social Club has the most amazing Cuban food. The flavors are bright, fresh, and delicious. Drinks are also spectacular. Among the best restaurants in the DC metropolitan area.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Food was bland

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic food and ambiance

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vipSeafooder
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

MUCH TOO LOUD !!! And rather overpriced for the quality of the food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always perfection. Reminds me of my 305

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birthdaymom
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall3food4service5ambience3

Way too noisy. We had to yell to each other. Couldn’t even hear the server. Then a party of 14 was seated right next to us. Gave up trying to talk. I’d been warned about this. Food good, service very good. Menu a bit limited. Seating a bit cramped.

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vipeatwell
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous place for happy hour and your Cuban favorites!

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Madcat
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Enough meet to make one a vegetarian. Noisy and crowded too.

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Damian
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best cuban food in town, hands down! My wife and i have added El Sapo to our list of top date night spots. We will be back again and again.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great place to spend some time with friends or a significant other for dinner and drinks. Always get a reservation.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Always a hit!! The food is consistently excellent.

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vipCNB1
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Every meal I’ve had at El Sapo has been superb and the service is top notch! A Silver Spring GEM!!

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vipNB41
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lively, somewhat noisy, but festive place with excellent Cuban food and drink. It's a neighborhood gem and a destination.

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NonieSings
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

AMAZING, delicious food in a fun, vibrant, but sometimes too noisy atmosphere.

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MaryC
San Diego
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go out of our way to eat here whenever we’re even close to the area. I dare you to leave here unhappy. Upbeat staff, consistently high quality food well prepared. Don’t miss out on the Mojitos!

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vipDCdinner5
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Super fun spot. Drinks are great and fabulous service

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AndrewH
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sooo good get the pork

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LCox
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a birthday dinner there for 6 people on Oct 11 and had an absolutely amazing time! Food was delicious, drinks were tasty, and service was awesome! We will definitely be back!

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WilliamB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Service was absolutely appalling. We had to wait at least 20 mins for drinks, and another ten before we could snag the waitress to take our food order. Then at least another 30 mins to get our food, which arrived cold. My wife sent back her fish; 10 mins later we got back supposedly a new plate, STILL cold. The owner, to whom I complained twice, seemed utterly indifferent to our dissatisfaction and even annoyed when I asked him to take my wife’s dish off the check (which the waitress had promised to do but didn’t.) pleasing the customer is obviously not a priority at this establishment.

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AnnH
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Grilled Sardines were awesome!! As was everything else. We ordered many different dishes and
shared - everything was beautifully prepared and nicely served. Can't wait to go back.

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BeverlyD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

A colleague and I had dinner at El Sapo on a Wednesday night. She had the empanadas and salmon entree with beans and rice and loved it. I had the grilled sardines appetizer and Taso de Chivo and both were very good. However, the sardines have fine bones. So, be careful. I also had a mojito and it was also very good. Our waiter was a bit slow in taking our order and getting our check, but was kind and very good in the middle. I think he saw us talking and may have been trying to gauge the best time to approach the table, which is understandable.

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El Sapo Cuban Social Club offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (301) 326-1063.

El Sapo Cuban Social Club is rated 4.4 stars by 528 OpenTable diners.