Mayahuel

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Mayahuel is a modern Mexican restaurant that offers a unique interpretation of classic Mexican cuisine. The liveliness of the bar, dining room, and patio are matched by the thoughtfulness of the drinks menu, showcasing cocktails, draft beer, wine, margaritas, and sangria. Along with the creativity of the food menu featuring tacos, small plates, full entrees, and desserts. Last but not least, genuine service ties it all together!
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Charleston
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A favorite place of ours!

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TG
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was ok. Not great -not terrible. Chips were cold and tasted stale. Salsa was good. I had brisket tacos that needed more flavor. Service was good.

l
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

First time dining - it was quite pleasant and tasty. It's a neighborhood gem and great for Mexican cuisine. I will return.

w
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service, food and ambiance were great. The portion size of the dishes we had were more than adequate. We both ordered the Machaca and neither one of us could finish the entire dish.

RD
Richmond
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We do not live in the district, but visit quite often, so we research our options ahead of time. We were staying in an area that was quite new to us, and we loved it! But there were no “tried and true “ places to hold in reserve just in case.

So Mayahuel was a very lucky find for us.

Small, intimate place with great ambiance, we ate outdoors because it was a beautiful evening for late August in DC. It was very busy! But the staff was friendly and gracious throughout!

Food was very good, margaritas using the house tequila great. Chips were from the usual colors of corn, but each color had a different spice, which of course went well with and enhanced the flavor of the salsa. We enjoyed the salmon la plancha entree and the fish tacos. Both were well prepared and not the usual Mexican fare.

Yrs, we would return, but not when there is a conference with multiple thousands of attendees just up the hill.

BE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great service. Waitress very attentive

OT
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were disappointed. Drinks took a long time to come. Chips were stale. Tacos were okay—not bad but nothing special. The cost was high for what it is.

VA
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tacos and margaritas. We ordered sides of corn and plantains to share; both were delicious.

A
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

The restaurant was understaffed and service suffered because of it. The food was good, drinks were not good. Drinks on the rocks we served it up glasses with a mound of ice. One person ordered a strawberry with a sugar rim that came with a salt rim. My first drink was good, yet the second drink was vastly different and undrinkable. IMO, this points to an issue with management - staffing and quality control.

JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant will surely be on our list for our next visit to DC! Great service, drinks, and generous portions!

WS
Richmond
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was awful at first then the waitress compensated

PS
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

With the variety of restaurants to choose from in this area, Mayahuel is one that you can skip. The menu was limited, food was good enough. It is an appealing restaurant in terms of the ambiance and there is outdoor seating which appeared popular. We sat indoors, however, and the service definitely suffered. It's bad when you have to wait so long for your server to pick up the check and credit card that you round up enough cash to cover the tab and tip and hand it to the bartender so you can leave.

f
Pittsburgh
6 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

They had both indoor and outdoor dining. It was decorated with Mexican theme and music. Convenient walk from hotel.

C
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was fresh, creative, tasty and adequate quantities. We had mole, chorizo, octopus...yummy. Service was a little slow after dinner...they lost track of us as they got busy. But, I'd definitely go there again!

OT
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great empanadas, great margaritas, great tacos, and the salads are always so fresh and delicious!

OT
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cute outdoor seating right near the Woodley Park metro station. Cute date night spot during the warm weather.

AC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

New waiter so service was spotty. Got mains before apps and drinks. Threw odd the rhythm. But food was tasty and good portions.

KM
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very fresh tasting meal. My husband said best taco ever! Guacamole was a little salty but good. Fun outdoor seating.

GW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly, helpful waiter. Lively atmosphere, great margaritas. Vegetable tacos and guacamole a must!

GG
Richmond
63 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

Food was hit and miss. huitlacoche quesadillas were missing huitlacoche. Tacos requEstes on corn, got flour. Margaritas lacked flavor.
Soup and sides were great. Mole was tasty but not much of it.
This is my friend's favorite, but she was disappointed too. I doubt I'll go back.

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

Food was good, maybe a little above average. The service was not great, but appeared that several staff were new. I think serving tacos in flour tortillas was a little surprising but maybe that’s authentic? If you had homemade tortillas, etc. that would elevate the experience. The bar punch was good!

BB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sat on patio and enjoyed margaritas and happy hour prices on tacos and esquites.

NB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately after driving 45 min and paying for parking I received the worst service from a bartender that I’ve experienced in my life. He was so rude that it felt personal.

I believe I’m a pretty nice guy and I always tip well. I was dressed normally and had taken a shower. No boogers in my nose or spinach in my teeth I hope. I’m from DC and grew up in the city so I’m used to a bit of tolerable attitude from time to time from folks. However, this experience was special. I had to check the dude on the spot and that’s not my baseline personality. So for a review I can’t really say anything about the drinks or the food. I didn’t feel welcome and I left. I could see this guy acting the same way to a less tolerant customer and getting punched in the face.

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

Absolutely fantastic, the meal was wonderful.

GG
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I was a bit skeptical at first, since Mexican places in DC can be trendy. However, Mayahuel's menu is genuine and the plates we tried were tasty, with authentic spices and touches! The ambience is also nice. I was well received, and the waiter was efficient. The drink menu was also varied and offered quality...

BG
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful, authentic neighborhood Mexican restaurant. It was exactly what my colleagues and I were looking for after a very long work day. The place stays busy so reservations are a good idea. (Although many thanks to the host for working us in when we showed up early and with extra hungry mouths to feed!)

S
Washington DC
67 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We are always looking for good Mexican restaurants and this one definitely fits the bill. Food was delicious and very reasonably priced. We loved the drinks - especially spicy margarita. The atmosphere was lively and vibrant - definitely put us in good mood. We had a 8 month old baby with us and they were definitely accommodating . It appeared that they may have been short of wait staff. We always had to flag people to get what we needed.

JC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food great atmosphere and service. Definitely will be dining here again

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

Service was awful. It’s a shame because the food was tasty. We waited 45 minutes for them to bring our guacamole and chips WITH the main course. When I asked the waiter why they didn’t bring our appetizers first he told me I didn’t ask to “course” the meal. Isn’t it common knowledge to bring chips and guacamole right away?! Won’t be returning.

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

Great food!

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Wonderful presentation of food that taste great! Good value and convenient location.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service!

X
Raleigh
47 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was awesome! The chips and salsa I could eat all day long! Friendly service too!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Seems expensive for the area. Need greater variety on menu.
Service was great.

OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Amazing brisket tacos, very loud waitress was okay forgot our guacamole..

DC
London
8 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Barbacoa nachos and esquites were delicious!

OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Server was friendly and encouraged my dad to try beef tongue for the first time, which surprised me, but he liked it.

HL
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice place and not too noisy. Service was attentive. Margaritas were very good. Portions are large so be careful ordering! Menu was very good and your typical fare.

OT
Sacramento
6 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

There was a bit of confusion with our reservation. I think someone else got seated under my name so when we showed up there wasn’t a table available. We waited at the bar and enjoyed some drinks. The food was good but because of my dietary restrictions my options were pretty limited. Service was good but not remarkable.

P
Detroit
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. Margerita’s were delicious

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