Espita

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Stop by or place an order on Caviar for the city's best tacos, tlayudas, guac, salsas, and quesadillas to take home and enjoy during this crisis.

Pro tip: You can order Liter bottles of Margaritas and Mayahuels as well as killer Mexican wines as well. All alcohol orders must include at least 1 food item.

Additionally, we are raising money for 3 of our employees that did not qualify for unemployment. They are wonderful, hard working people and didn't do anything wrong to disqualify them in our opinion. Make a donation in person, or with your order on Caviar.

Thank you for supporting us in these hard times!!!

Support Espita during COVID-19

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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
29 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Professional polite and prompt service and both dishes were very good. Highly recommend this place

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vipDaveC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great food, fun drinks, excellent service, great atmosphere indoors and out

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GoodFoodTime
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All good - food for tasty.
Cordial Service
Decent Prices

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vipHailSnow
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming to Espita. The food is amazing and the service and hospitality are always spectacular. It is my go-to place to bring out of town guests, or just for happy hour and dinner.

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vipGabrielleH
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The quesadilla is a must

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vipjay1
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Service was exceptional. however, food wasn't very good. tacos carnitas had no flavor; shrimp needed something like a Mexican cream to bring down the acidity

Mexcals way too expensive in my view for average Mexcals - Again, service was absolutely great. if I give it another chance would be because of the service

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BrunchBud
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing food and wonderful services! Can't wait to go back with friends and for dinner. New fav brunch in dc

Espita
Responded on March 4, 2020

Thank you so much for the kind words! Looking forward to your next visit! Cheers, Kelly

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WG001
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience2

terrible food, overpriced, dried tortillas, cheap liquor

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vipCharlotteH
Washington DC
131 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious defined flavors and hands down the best mezcal margarita in DC. Real tastes of Oaxaca

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Seeker
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The waiter should not come every 2 minutes to ask for how things are it is too much and disruptive!

Espita
Responded on February 24, 2020

Hi there, Thank you for leaving us a review. We spoke to your server to let them know they were being overbearing. We really appreciate the feedback! Thank you! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Not much info on the menu if you don't speak Spanish.

Espita
Responded on February 17, 2020

Hi there, Apologies if you didn't understand our menu. All the dishes are described in English and all of our servers are happy to further explain a dish or answer any questions you may have. Thank you for leaving us a review. Cheers, Kelly

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

While the food here is great, I won’t be back because of the service. The first time it happened I thought it was just the waitress, but now that it’s happened several times I will go elsewhere. Our waiter could not be found anywhere, we couldn’t get drink refills, and our dessert took over half an hour. The food might be good but it’s not worth the annoyance.

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TammyP
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience from the moment we walked in the door. Upbeat vibe, amazing tastes, friendly servers. We have already recommended it to friends. Definitely plan to return.

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vipDanielD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The 3 day Mole and the Ceviche were our favorites. Sharing appetizers and entrees is the way to go.

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WilliamT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and the cocktails are amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, delicious, strong drinks, and good service. We sat in the heated patio which was covered and shielded from the wind which was perfect.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

It was nice

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vipKK22
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Trish was a star

Espita
Responded on February 12, 2020

Hi there, Thanks for leaving a review. I'll be sure to let Trish know how much you enjoyed your experience! Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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AbenaA
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The whole experience was more than I expected! Great food, great drinks, great server :)

Espita
Responded on February 12, 2020

Hi Abena, Thanks for leaving a review! We're so happy you enjoyed everything. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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Brian
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Had the vegetarian "entre" of cauliflower. It was a joke, $18 for a roasted quarter of cauliflower. Not really a good veggie meal. Drinks are great but food seems to be an afterthought often.

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vipSean
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing cocktails, delicious food, attentive staff, and beautiful space with colorful murals.

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vipManny
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

Small menu, but excellent food at a fair price. The prix fixe menu and bottomless drinks are great value.

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KimB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was attentive and friendly. I really enjoyed my favorite highball and chorizo tacos. It's become one of my favorite restaurants in the neighborhood.

Espita
Responded on February 8, 2020

Hi Kim, Thank you so much for the compliments! It's an honor to be a favorite of yours (especially considering how great the restaurants in Shaw are). We're working on a new chorizo recipe right now that we're really excited about. Can't want to hear what you think of it! The plan is to roll it out next weekend at brunch. Cheers, Kelly

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vipMaureenW
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and a wonderful place to catch up with colleagues after a busy day of meetings.

Espita
Responded on February 4, 2020

So happy you enjoyed your visit! Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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MatthewT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always a good time. Service and food are consistent.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything perfect!

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ChristopherS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

OpenTable was great. Wife and I tried walking in off the street and the hostess said the wait was 1 hour 20 minutes. I walked outside, pulled up OpenTable, made a reservation for literally 5 minutes later, walked back in, and the hostess was seriously beside herself... Sat us immediately-with some comment about how she was going to tell the owner the app was not syncing correctly. Dinner was actually really good. Thank you OpenTable!!!

Espita
Responded on February 2, 2020

Hi Christopher, Apologies for the confusion! Occasionally OpenTable does not accurately represent our available table inventory and it can cause a touch of confusion at the host stand, but we are happy our hosts were able to get you seated promptly! I'll discuss this with the team tomorrow to ensure it doesn't happen again. Thank you for bringing this to our attention and for the compliments about your dinner. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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MariaM
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing..you need to stop by for happy hour you won’t regret it!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favourites in the city. Everything is delicious and the service was outstanding.

Espita
Responded on February 1, 2020

Thank you so much for your compliments! We are so happy to take care of you! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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BronwynL
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The fixed price menu was a fantastic deal! I had the ceviche which was spicy and refreshing, the crispy pork which was succulent, and the pumpkin for dessert which was Devine, all accompanied by a smokey mezcal cocktail. Well worth the price!

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ReneeP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service, food, drink and atmosphere where excellent. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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MarcR
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Great location, close to the convention center. Food and drinks were very good.

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Chuckles
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, the size of the dessert caught us all off guard though.

Espita
Responded on January 25, 2020

Hi there, Thank you for leaving a review! Chef and I were just talking about this today. Your comments pushed us over the edge and we are going to change the size of our precio fijo desserts next week after ordering new plates and bowls to accommodate. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Kelly

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Restaurant week menu was superb!

Espita
Responded on January 20, 2020

Thank you for joining us for Restaurant Week! We actually offer the same format every night, year round, $35 three course dinner and $22 three course brunch. Hope you can join us again soon!

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umamimami
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The mezcal is on point and so is the food! The space is fine, but the vibe could be improved some - maybe artwork? Staff were kind and knowledgeable about mezcal!

Espita
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hi there, We're so happy you enjoyed your meal! We absolutely love art at Espita! Unfortunately the only place to hang more artwork would be on top of the murals that cover every inch of wall in our restaurant ("Vida y Muerte" & "Punk Frida" by Oaxacan street artist, Yeska) except the wall holding our liquor shelves. There are also 2 murals in our bathrooms, posters and paintings on the glass of the windows lining our patio. Come back soon to check it all out! Cheers, Kelly

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HillaryB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was amazing. Service was great. Cocktails delicious. Would definitely return!

Espita
Responded on January 21, 2020

Hi Hillary, We are so happy you enjoyed your meal! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Kelly

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience2

This was a terrible experience. We did bottomless drinks with brunch. The bar was “backed up” and it took 55 minutes to get our first drink. A majority of the table only had 1 drink over the 2 hours that we were there. The restaurant was not very apologetic.

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Natasha
Dallas
1 review