Espita

4.6
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467 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Driven by a quest to surface authentic flavors and techniques, Chef Rob Aikens and Beverage Director James Simpson are constantly pushing their teams to research and create. They fuel their creativity with inspiration from their many travels to Mexico, bringing home memories and people they want to honor with their food and drink.

We specialize in Oaxacan cuisine seen through the lens of the Mid-Atlantic. You will not find traditional Oaxacan dishes here. Instead you will find authentic Oaxacan flavors and techniques applied to the beautiful seasonal bounty of our region, creating a unique experience only available here.

Join us in our dining room, bar, or terrace!

Our lunch concept, Espita Loncheria, is open Monday through Friday with no reservations required.
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Specials

Happy Hour!

Half price Mayahuels & Margaritas, made the right way, $6.50 Highballs, and discounted Tacos. Come join us in the bar, our dining room, or relax on our heated patio and have an afternoon snack. See our website for our full happy hour offerings.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: April 11, 2019

Ends: April 12, 2118

Availability: Sun 2:30PM-6:00PM
Mon-Fri 4:00PM-6:00PM
Sat 2:30PM-6:00PM

$3 Taco Tuesday!

DC's best tacos for only $3 each all night long! Come taste the difference that authentic corn tortillas make.

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 4, 2018

Ends: November 5, 2117

Availability: Tue 4:00PM-11:00PM

Mezcal Mondays!

Enjoy DC's best Mezcal list at half price. Rare pours, flights, or even just our house Espadin, the whole list is available for you to explore and enjoy!

Terms and Conditions:

Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: November 4, 2018

Ends: November 5, 2117

Availability: Mon 4:00PM-11:00PM

What 467 People Are Saying
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ML
Washington DC
50 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Out with family for Restaurant week. Vibrant/hip vibe inside. Quite loud. Food was good but not great. Too much repetition between apps & entrees. My entree arrived barely luke warm. Better on the 2nd try. Best part of the meal was the inventive cocktails. Delish.

KK
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Really delicious food (though pricy) and drinks. Waitress took fantastic care of us

SP
London
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great brunch! Check out what's new at Espita. We had brunch on their patio and will be back soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, waiter was excellent, overall great experience!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good place to have a date

OT
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend this place. Their three course meal is fabulous, the camarones are spicy and delicious, they also have the best selection of mezcal in town.
We had a great server, Larissa was very attentive and knowledgeable.
Really enjoyed every minute at the restaurant.
Would definitely come back!

Espita
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hi there! Thank you so much for the nice comments. We are so happy you enjoyed your meal. I forwarded your review to Larissa. It made her morning. She really is a wonderful member of our team! Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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F
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good selection of bottomless brunch cocktails, creative and delicious entrees, and fantastic service. Can’t go wrong at Espita!

Espita
Responded on January 3, 2020

Hi Filu! We're so happy you enjoyed your brunch! Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We really appreciate it. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

They didn’t follow the instructions as well as I want.

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! Highly recommend for a date night!

Espita
Responded on January 4, 2020

Hi there, We are so happy you enjoyed your visit on NYE at Espita! Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. Feedback from our guests is so very valuable to us. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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S
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Thank you for the vegetarian menu. Some of the cocktails taste the same, I would say they need more flavor, our party tried about 7.

Espita
Responded on January 2, 2020

Hi Seeker, We are so happy you and your group enjoyed your meal! I've passed your comments to our beverage director. We're about to cycle some of our cocktail menu out over the next few weeks, so I'm looking forward to your feedback on your next visit. Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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P
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

NYE

Loved everything we ordered. Food and service were impressive for a holiday night out.

Espita
Responded on January 1, 2020

Hi Punkistani, We are so happy you enjoyed your NYE diner with us! Thank you for the compliments! We're firm believers that when it is busy, that is when our team really proves how wonderful they are. They never let us down! I'll be sure to pass your compliments to them. Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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b
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so good!! Lots of thought and care put into food and beverages. Best spicy mezcal margaritas. The cauliflower asada is insanely delicious.

Espita
Responded on January 1, 2020

Hi Boldfoodlover, Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! We really appreciate the feedback and are so happy that you enjoyed your visit the other night. Hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Kelly Phillips

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KH
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mike was a wonderful server. Our food was incredible.

Espita
Responded on January 1, 2020

Hi KHSan, We're so happy you enjoyed your meal! I'll make sure Mike gets your compliments. He really is a very talented server. Thank you for taking the time to leave us a review! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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TZ
Washington DC
109 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very impressive mezcaleria. Crafted cocktails were especially complex and interesting. The food was uniquely prepared, from the guac to the tacos and ceviches. Crazy good. The salsas/sauces and chips all made in house. A real treat to go there.

Espita
Responded on January 1, 2020

Hi Zman, Thank you for writing us a review. We are so happy that you enjoyed your meal! Hope to see you again soon! Cheers, Kelly Phillips

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DM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tacos are sublime, the churros are delectable, the wait staff are wonderful. Will go again. 14/10

BH
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Anniversary.

OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Cocktails seem to shrink every time we visit.

EB
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Espita is hands down one of the best restaurant experiences in DC. The space is comfortable yet trendy, and you feel like you’re at a neighborhood spot and on a trip at the same time, All of the servers are excellent, the owners are a joy to talk with, and the food is fantastic. You can’t go here without getting a Mayahuel margarita made with Mezcal. We strongly recommend coming during happy hour for the salsas, guacamole with crab, and the lamb Barbacoa tacos. Unreal.

JW
Raleigh
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service - wasn't rushed. Highly recommend Taco Tuesday special

DH
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent quality food and value for the fixed price brunch. The chia pudding was divine. The Brussels sprouts tacos were perfectly balanced. Left feeling satisfied and not overly stuffed - good portion sizes.

CP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great easy DC brunch experience. Loved the options of bottomless beverages.

M
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Antonio was a good friendly server and. We enjoyed everything.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Enjoyed our night at your establishment. Vibe was amazing and had amazing drinks. The food was good. Server was nice. I’d definitely come back for a happy hour or two

CB
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mescal-themed restaurant is well worth visiting for their mescal flights and mescal-based cocktails...but we keep coming back because the food is inventive, great-tasting and plentiful! One of our few "Let's satisfy our cravings and just go back to Espita tonight!" favorites! The dinners for two are a real guilty pleasure!

b
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was exceptional. A friend and I ordered the precio fijo brunch, and let me tell you that the chocolate sorbet absolutely blew us away!!! I'm recommending this restaurant to all my friends, I feel as though it's my duty to tell everyone about this fantastic brunch!!!

DD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cool place, delicious food, awesome waiter. Definitely recommend!

RR
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Dined at Espita in early November and left a review. The owner contacted me to ask for feedback and I gave a fairly detailed and honest critique. Returned a week later and found that my feedback had made a difference. I've never had that kind of experience before. Espita is definitely on my go-to list for my next business trip to DC.

R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my fifth time earing at Espita, and my boyfriend were easily able to remember each of the four times before: where we sat, who we were with, and what we ate. We love this place. ALWAYS order the ceviche. Every time we've been, they've had a different take on mole on the menu, and it's always delish. And the tacos are always great. I'm writing this review after drinking two flights of mezcal (Mezcal Mondays are the new Taco Tuesdays), but I promise the sentiments are true.

SP
London
13 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had dinner on the magical patio last night and had the pork shank. Do not miss this dish, not that everything on the menu isn't wonderful. Tom Sietsema recently wrote something to the effect that Espita is not new but still good. I plan on holding my next event on the patio.

NB
Tampa
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our favorite brunches in DC! Food and drinks amazing as always

Espita
Responded on November 7, 2019

Hi Nicole! Thank you for such a kind review! We love brunch as well. If you haven't had the opportunity, stop by after brunch is over. We have one of the best afternoon happy hours in the area from 2:30-6! Hope to see you soon! Cheers, Kelly

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Espita! They ask you about allergies ahead of seating you. Delicious food and incredible tacos.

S
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Cool place with a good menu. Would be nice to have customised guacamole as it wasn’t spicy at all. The tacos were good! Ceviche was delicious with a slight kick!

FF
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Best restaurant guac I've had! The tacos were delicious, but small. Very good ceviche (with watermelon if I remember correctly).The kale salad had a nice Caesar dressing and spicy granola which made for a really nice texture/flavor burst. The mole negro with the strip steak was perfectly cooked and very flavorful. All that and one or two other things I'm forgetting, plus two rounds of cocktails/tequila fed and lubricated three people at a very reasonable cost.

L
Frankfurt Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

A favorite in the past but this visit had a server who oversold and lukewarm food.

NZ
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

I appreciate the waitress replacing my meal after I found a hair in the food, I understand that that happens sometime. However, my guest and I were celebrating his birthday which I indicated in the reservation - that was not acted on which was extremely disappointing. We will not be going again unfortunately.

SL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and friendly service. Glad we chose to have dinner at Espita during our stay in DC.

SW
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The shrimp tacos were delicious! Wish that more sides were offered other than the frijoles.

TA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

This was an amazing restaurant. I had to avoid a few options, because of the nuts that may have been present in the meal. I honestly wanted chicken, but they could not make something alternative for me. I wish they were able to omit the nuts in some of the dishes, but I will stay clear next time.

Overall great spot, and amazing prices. Our server was amazing.

Espita
Responded on October 7, 2019

Hi TaiwoA Thank you for leaving a review! If you would like to try our chicken tamal, with a day's notice, we can absolutely prepare one without the mole manchamanteles (which includes nuts) for you. Unfortunately the tamales take about 2 hours to make from scratch so it isn't possible to make a nut free one on the fly. If there are any other allergies or dietary restrictions you have, but a dish you have your heart set on, just give us a heads up and we will make it happen for you! Cheers

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JW
Denver
42 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Very loud. We were seated next to a group of 8 that were having a great time. Unfortunately they were so loud that it was difficult to hear. The restaurant is designed to be loud but a large loud group on top of the design made it difficult to carry on a conversation. Food was excellent as was the service.

D
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall2food2service5ambience5

The good - had the cashew salsa and the civeche...both excellent. Then we had the shrimp Diablo...it was terrible, it left a horrible taste in our mouths and was overcooked. I was quite disappointed, I really thought it was going to be great. We will prob try again, hoping the main dish was just a bad night.

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