La Puerta Verde

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$30 and under
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Mexican
La Puerta Verde -“The Green Door”- is Mindful Restaurant Group’s homage to the beautiful Mexican cuisine, culture, and influences found throughout our diverse District. Located in the newly renovated historic Hecht Warehouse, La Puerta Verde is simultaneously reminiscent of a traditional Mexican Hacienda and nostalgic to its Ivy City roots. Traditional Mexican Talavera tiles and vibrant colorful murals coexist with repurposed cargo containers and original warehouse columns. Focusing on fresh quality ingredients, the menu draws from traditional dishes of various regions to create a unique but authentic representation of the landscape of Mexican cuisine. LPV's Bar program offers the expected selection of tequila, mezcal, and Mexican beers with a carefully crafted cocktail menu. In Mexico the color green represents hope- Mindful Restaurant Group's hope is that behind our green door guests will find a place to connect and enjoy the spirit of Mexico right here in the heart of DC.
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UB
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed this low key neighborhood spot. It was not crowded early on a Sunday evening. Staff were attentive but not overbearing. We had plenty of time to enjoy our meal and leisurely conversation. The menu is spare, but choices are lovely and all our food was delicious. We did not sample the drinks, but look forward to returning for that.

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We really loved our dinner at La Puerta Verde! Great place to eat before going to a City Winery event. The food was amazing. I especially liked their non-alcoholic drink options. There was a cucumber & lime drink that was sooooo great! Had the short ribs and loved 'em.

C
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great! We all had the three tacos and loved them all.

OP
Cancun
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was good, but I don’t know why they don’t have bailey’s, after dinner an digestive can be good

JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 4

Bland salsa that really needs some kick. Queso was just stringy cheese, also needs something for flavor. They wouldn't let me substitute flour tortillas in lieu of corn for my tacos, which is a deal killer for this gringo.

AG
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service. Highly recommend. Appetizers are excellent.

AD
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

This restaurant never disappoints! The food and drinks are always made with great quality. Our friend wanted a low key birthday celebration and she requested La Puerta Verde based on a previous experience. The price is great for the food and experience. My only complaint is the tortillas for the 3 tacos did not hold the contents well and became oily. Aside from that we all enjoyed ourselves.

TW
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely marvelous.
Service was outstanding.
Would highly, highly recommend to friends.

WD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love this place! One of the few restaurants within DC that have an authentic Mexican flavor.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

Service was slow and a tad unprofessional. Ambiance and drinks were very good. Food was fine.

t
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is excellent. Our service was pretty good. But there were very few diners and the floor manager seemed to be in a troubled frame of mind and it showed. Maybe just because it was a Wednesday night they weren't busy. I'd hate to see an excellent restaurant like theirs start losing customers and go down hill. But, will definitely give it another try sometime soon.

S
New England
20 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food and drinks were excellent but service was extremely slow. We were also never offered a second round of drinks. We would have gladly spent more money but I guess they were not interested.

AA
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Went here with a friend for brunch and we had the egg white omelette with nopales and the Mexican breakfast, with a side of fruit. Side potatoes, rice and beans, and fruit were all great! The omelette had A LOT of egg white and not a lot of filling- I wouldn’t get it again. The chorizo on the other plate was more sausage than what I’m used to as chorizo- but that’s just a personal thing.
Service was great and I will def come back here- but prob for dinner/ drinks!

j
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Family dinner and impromptu celebration of my grandmother’s 99th birthday. Our waitress was the best part for me. She made my grandmother and all of us feel welcomed and well cared for. She treated us like we where her own family. It was her idea to bring out cake for my grandmother who’s birthday will be In 2 weeks. The food of course was excellent as usual.

M
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with a ton a flavor and the drinks were amazing also! Love this place!

BJ
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is delicious. The decor is fun and festive and the seating in the booths is comfortable.

SR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Our service was terrible, and the food was meh. For such a steep price, the food and service needs to be improved. I will not go back.

SM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 2

Food was great, seated 30 minutes after reservation time, service SLOW. Lots of craft cocktails means the bartenders get backed up easily.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

They accommodated a very large group for my Birthday 🎉

JM
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent entrees -- 1 short rib, one chicken mole, one shrimp dish. Guac was so so in our opinion. Salsa a bit bland but the chips were excellent. Room was not too noisy, interesting lay-out. Would recommend it to most anyone.

K
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Casual atmosphere with a great reclaimed wood, earthy feel. There was a quiet buzz during brunch, but not too rowdy. Elote Loco, Tostadas de Atun, and guacamole were all worth going back for seconds. Complimentary salsa was smoky and could have used a little more heat, but had great flavor. Can't wait to go back and try more of their tasty offerings!

MS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly accommodating managers/staff allowed me to add ppl to my big party reservation last minute on a busy night (phew!) Beautiful atmosphere, great service, artistic plates, delish food & tasty cocktails. Thanks to Victor and (I forget the other manager's name!) for being flexible for us! Fun Birthday night.

MC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, appetizer portions were large, drinks were strong!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible. We had a 1:45 reservation for brunch and I guess because the kitchen closes at 2:30, they were pretty much shutting down. It took quite awhile for a server to come to our table. We were actually contemplating leaving by the time our server appeared and that was the first time we were even acknowledged after sitting there for about fifteen minutes. Prior to that, a server for a different section kept walking by our table and avoiding eye contact so that we wouldn’t ask her for anything I guess. The restaurant was pretty empty so that was a bit confusing. The food was only ok so that combined with the poor service means that I wouldn’t recommend this place.

SH
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

New and different spin on this kind of food! Absolutely delicious!

RM
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Black beans and rice and street corn was really good! The Agua Fuerte was very delicious as well, would def go again, maybe brunch next time

ES
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a brunch with friends. They were able to accommodate a big group. The food was great - albeit a little pricey for the portions. At the end of brunch, we all agreed we would come back again!

J
Washington DC
54 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great decor, delicious food, and such welcoming staff. Looking forward to visiting here again, soon.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was truly horrible. We had a reservation and were not seated until almost 30 minutes past our reservation time. It literally took that same amount of time to get a drink from the bar while we waited. The wait staff was gone the entire meal and only reluctantly took drink orders. You would think they would be pushing alcohol and yet we tried but couldn’t get drinks. Everyone was *shocked* our drinks hadn’t arrived but nobody did anything about it. It took multiple efforts from multiple people. We would have ordered more drinks, dessert, coffee but no one was interested in waiting on the table. Totally fine if that’s how the restaurant wants to do its business but kind of surprising. Anyway, the food was good but definitely not worth the experience. Hopefully it was just an off night. If not, good luck.

g
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We always enjoy La Puerta Verde. Food is very good. Service is also good. Staff is pleasant and helpful.

R
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 5

We came for restaurant week to celebrate a friend's birthday. They were able to seat us early, which we appreciated and even confirmed the reservation said there was a birthday. In addition to the fixed restaurant week menu, we ordered the guacamole which came out disappointingly small for the price. As we were finishing the guac, a server took the bowl and when we said there were still a few bites left, he said "I'll bring you more chips and salsa" (which were free) and walked away with the remaining guac in the bowl. That was a little off-putting (since we paid extra for that) as was our waitress's blase attitude toward us all night. We all enjoyed the actual food brought out from restaurant week menu (I wish there had been 3 scallops in the seafood stew instead of 2, but it was still pretty filling anyways) and the tres leches cake was surprisingly good, despite all of the negative reviews I've read on here. The margaritas were way too sweet for my liking, so I did not have more than one. Before we left, there was no further mention of my friend's birthday which was a little disappointing. I don't think I'd be eager to rush back here, but if I was in the area and had a craving for Mexican food, I suppose I would return.

A
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Did Restaurant Week Jan 2019 at La Puerta Verde and it was delicious! Food was great. For appetizers, we got the grilled shrimp and pork tamal. Shrimp was pretty delicious but not ideal for sharing since it was two shrimp, head on. The pork tamal was also very good. For entrees, we ordered the scallop with fish stew and the chicken enchiladas. The scallops were grilled perfectly and were pretty large---exactly what we wanted. The fish stew it came it complemented the scallops well and was filling. The enchiladas were also a good deal---the chicken Tinga was great, but the start was the mole sauce! Finally, for dessert, we got the churros and the dulce de leche cake. They gave around 5 or 6 churros, plenty for sharing, and it came with a chocolate sauce and whipped cream. Pretty good. I LOVED the dulce de leche cake---the perfect ending to a great meal. We got a margarita and Jamaica as well. Would definitely check them out again!

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

I REALLY wanted to love this place. I spent the entire day looking at reviews and the restaurant week menu day dreaming of all the food I was going to eat but it was so disappointing. The margaritas were GREAT! I like them spicy and they knew how to make them. Everything else fell flat. I asked for spicy guacamole - they said they would “try” to make it spicy. Why can’t a Mexican restaurant make that is beyond me. They removed it from our tab which was nice but the guacamole started turning brown at our table and it was gross. The rest of the food was not bad (steak, enchiladas, short ribs, elote, shrimp) but it was COLD. The worst part was the service. Our service was so disappointing. Our server rarely checked in on us and we had to wait for everything. The churros and tres leches were also not great. Sadly, I won’t be back!

b
Washington DC
73 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

While the food is good, I felt like I had indulged in a salt-lick after I left. That's so often the case with restaurants. I wish they would use less salt.

MD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was my second time dining here, but this time I brought my mom. We both love Mexican food, and love to try out the city’s newer restaurants at least once a month. I enjoyed my experience again, and my mom loved the food and portions. Will definitely return!

EG
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Pretty awesome

A
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Best salsa! I am a salsa snob and this is it! The chips are the restaurant style thin and crispy but strong enough to vessel my scoop of #1 salsa. We shared a Chile Relleno as an app and it was great! - no thick breading. We all got different entrees and everyone loved what they got.
It was not crowded on Sunday at 7p (after Thanksgiving) which worked out great for us because we were catching up and able to chat.
The bar looked great for solo or duo diners. Great craft cocktails as well. The atmosphere is nice. love the authentic feel and the tile is beautiful.
There is street parking, but we parked in the garage one block down. not expensive.
Casual soccer bar next door for before or after drinking.

AG
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Puerta Verde is always excellent. This is my favorite Mexican restaurant in Washington, D.C.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very great food and excellent service.

DC
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came by for brunch on a Saturday and had a wonderful time! The food was excellent (churros are a perfect breakfast starter) and the drinks were creative. The signature margarita and the mezcal "mimosa" were both delicious and paired well with the meal. All three of us enjoyed every bite we had. I know Ivy City is a bit of a trek for many but this place is 100% worth it. Excellent value and delightful decor. It also looks like it would be perfect for hosting small to midsize special events.

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