Mayahuel

4.1
71 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Casual
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Happy Hour
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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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(202) 864-6891
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Miguel Pizarroso
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Connecticut Ave NW and Calvert Street NW
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Public transit
Mayahuel is conveniently located on the same block as the Red line (Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan) Metro station. On 24th Street NW On the back side of Connecticut Ave.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, Mayahuel can accommodate all of your special event needs.

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What 71 People Are Saying
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Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great find. New neighborhood restaurant with a great happy hour menu, and excellent quality. Don’t miss the fresh shucked, spiced corn on the cob! Also highly recommend the lamb nachos.

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d
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went to Mayahuel early on a Saturday evening and had our choice of seats. Vegetarian options were limited. We had chips and salsa, guacamole, vegetarian tacos, and fish tacos. All tasted authentically Mexican. The guacamole was chunky and flavorful, and fish tacos were cooked well and tasted fresh. The margaritas were very good. The red sangria was served in a wine glass, which made it a little hard to drink. Overall, had a great time, with good food in a relaxed atmosphere. I will definitely go back to give the rest of the menu a try.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good service, very accommodating. Awesome food! Mesquite was 4.0! Pulpo was amazing food!!

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate outside and it is much much quieter. Lovely dinner and great waiter.

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D
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Mayahuel is a great find! The guacamole is delicious. The margaritas are excellent. The fish tacos were excellent, although the sauce could have a bit more spice. Would like to see more vegetarian options. We will definitely be back!

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C
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good food. Smaller menu but very good.

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KD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and margaritas! Our waitress Alissa was super nice and friendly and it was a perfect place to celebrate Father’s Day!

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MD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Food is pretty good but service is definitely hit-or-miss. After we were seated no one came by for 10-15 minutes. We started waving our arms and caught someone's attention. We were 2 and they served my husband's cocktail first followed by mine a good 7-10 minutes later.

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PM
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

This is a great addition to the neighborhood that does not have a lot of strong options. Good location, great décor, fun, and not too loud. We sat outside which was nice. The sangria is fantastic and the food was really good. I had the carne asada and my friend the fish tacos. Very good. The chips were not special - kind of plain and like the kind at the store. The salsa was good. The only sort of weakness was the service. We had to wait for menus and then drinks and then the bill. Overall, I really enjoyed this place and I would recommend it and return.

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LF
Cleveland
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Good chips and salsa and guacamole. We sat inside because it was so humid outside but tables were close together and felt super crowded. Noise was super loud where I could hardly talk with my husband. Fish tacos were better than the beef brisket ones. Blood orange margarita was good!

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L
Washington DC
48 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

We like to support our neighborhood restaurants and tried the recently opened Mayahuel.It’s a nice addition to Woodley Park with a lively atmosphere and friendly service. The food, however, was not particularly exciting and the price was high for a casual taco place. Dinner for two with tip was nearly $100. We only ordered one entree — the beef tacos. three appetizers. — salsa, soup and a salad. and two virgin mojitos. The tab for what amounted to a taco dinner doesn’t encourage us to come back.

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P
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A 3 month old resturant still has a few problems but they are good problems.
First everything is portioned for sharing. Plates are not small.
The tacos come with double tortillas- too much.
They could save by telling patrons about potion sizes.
We ordered so much we took doggie bags home.
Yes they charge for chips and salsa but they are worth it or better yet get the home made guacamole.
The last thing is the bar stays open late. Something different in Woodley Park.
Stay as you are!!!!!!

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EK
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience. Friendly staff. Great food. Love the neighborhood and atmosphere.

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J
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fairly new place- just opened in February. Easy to make my reservation online. Small restaurant but great decor and ambiance. We sat right in the corner table by the bar. Fast consistent service. My food was awesome! Veggie tacos and maduros full of flavor and cooked right. My Sangria was on point as well. My boyfriend raved about his house margarita and veggie quesadillas. I highly recommend to try this new neighborhood gem.

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TK
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific on all counts!

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J
Dallas
35 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Excellent food. Great service. Entrees had too much food (4 tacos, really?). Great service and reasonable prices.

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a
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Tasty food, great cocktails, fun atmosphere. Only thing lacking was our waitress seemed a bit preoccupied with chatting with her colleagues instead of checking on her tables.

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MC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Food was average. Guacomole was bland and tacos were too big and not that flavorful. Same for the empanadas. Everything about all the dishes seemed heavy-handed. The margaritas were good.

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EO
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We live in the neighborhood and this restaurant has been open for about 3 months now. We decided to give it a try last night. It was a big disappointment for both of us. This has been the worst attempt of Mexican food I have ever seen. I’m Mexican so I know what I’m talking about. I should also say that I’m very flexible and open minded about different interpretations of Mexican cuisine. However, Mayahuel failed tremendamente for me. Without a doubt the worst Guacamole I have eaten is in this place. It was not freshly made and it had a bad aftertaste. The queso fundido was not as bad, although their cheese resembled more of Nacho Cheese, eww. There was nothing special about the entres either. I can tell they are trying hard to come out with interesting things on their menu, but it falls on the execution by the kitchen. I wouldn’t call this a “Mexican restaurant”, I would rather say it is “a collection of Mexican inspired dishes that lack authenticity and excitement,”. Final note, guess what was the most delicious things served on the table? The guacamole chips!!

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LC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

This place is one word: terrible. We were tricked because we saw it on the “Eater DC” list and we had generally had a good experience with the restaurants recommended there. In fact some of the places we visited that were first recommended later became gems impossible to get a table at. This was certainly not the case at Mayahuel. I ordered a shrimp ceviche, esquites (shucked grilled corn), costilla de res en mole (braised beef boneless rib) and mahi mahi tacos. Esquites were good, not exceptional, but good. Then the disaster started happening: shrimp was old and tasted like old plastic, still I gave them the benefit of the doubt because it was 9pm and I guess all the fresh fish had been given away.. Then the braised beef had absolutely no flavor and tasted like old overcooked meat, I couldn’t go past the third bite and left it on the table. The fish tacos were mediocre but at least were edible unlike the shrimp and the beef.... The waiter was very nice and didn’t charge us for the beef... which reduced my disappointment as this beef dish was 30 dollars. Overall, I felt the place had potential as it has a cute decoration and is nicely located, but it just became one more of the bad pack of restaurants in Woodley Park. Disclaimer: I am not Mexican so I don’t hold high standards.

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TK
Washington DC
33 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was my second time at Mayahuel and my experiences have been terrific. The ambiance was warm and friendly and fun. Great bar area and front room was full of energy. We were there on Cinquo de Mayo so the atmosphere was especially festive!
Our dinner was great! I recommend the grilled corn (esquites) as well as the chicken taquitos to complement our chips and salsa as starters. I also had the beef brisket taco as a main course both times I was there. Excellent! And the churros for desert were mouth watering! A double order of churros certainly satisfied our sweet tooth craving.
The staff at Mayahuel are the best! Hostess, manager, servers and kitchen runners were all very welcoming, knowledgeable and friendly. I would like to give Carla a special "shoutout" for exceptional service. Thank you and I look forward to returning soon. Mayahuel absolutely "delivers" a positive dining experience on all counts!

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

Cinco de Mayo...NAILED IT!!!

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OT
Orlando
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cinco de Mayo

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Greensboro
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Delicious food, but we were under a very cold a/c vent. And all our mains came out with us not having finished our starters, so we felt pretty rushed

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AE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious, fresh, and well seasoned. It was not Tex Mex by any means and a welcome change from usual Mexican restaurants. The wine and beer menus were also very good. We would readily return.

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L
San Diego
8 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was terrific! The chicken had unusual flavors that mixed so well together. My husband had the bronzino which was crisp and delicious. We will be coming back often.

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F
New York Area
122 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Horrible food! I mean The guacamole was just mashed avocado! No garlic, onion or heat. I had to ask for salt and condiments. We should have left but we stayed for terrible cold tacos, no flavor! The empanadas were horribly too! They were severed barely warm. This was like frozen dinner crap!

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G
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

A charmingly decorated place with a fine menu. They had an extensive list of drinks, which was appreciated. It seems as though they were not especially concerned with seating myself or my partner in a location that was conducive to conversation or body temperature regulation. The fare was perfunctorily Mexican, but didn't have any extreme standout dishes. The ceviche was inoffensive, but certainly not a foodgasmic experience. The tacos were well-prepared and certainly tasty, but I wouldn't go back just for them. They have what looked like a very pleasant outdoor seating area, but we chose to stay inside, since...temperature. Service both prompt and attentive, certainly a plus.

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OT
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Nothing special — fine — I make better guacamole

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K
Indiana
6 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is a really cool place with a fun vibe. The food was excellent and the chips and guacamole were superb. I would definitely return in the future.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was attentive and friendly. Food was authentic and delicious. It can get a tad loud when they’re busy.

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JC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2018
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

Food was below average. Salad was a mish mash of things. And the tortilla's were flour not corn. All the food was warm to cold.

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OT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere. Great waitstaff. Cool neighborhood place. But the food did not have much flavor. Very disappointed! The desserts were outstanding!

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 3

We visited after reading about it on Eater's Hot list and walked away sorely disappointed. The menu is oddly small with little variety. The small plates are ridiculously overpriced. We ordered the queso fundido, which was $12, and supposedly comes with chorizo. The cheese tasted like velveeta and the chunks of chorizo were few and far between. They only gave us 3 small tortillas with which to eat it! After, we got the lamb nachos, which were pretty tasty; however, the cheese again tasted like velveeta. Drinks were also pricey and I could barely taste the alcohol. Nothing special. It's definitely not worth the hype--save yourself the disappointment and eat at El Sol instead!

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J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Overall a good experience. Recommendations are the Queso/Chorizo Fundido and the Plantains. Both the Yuca and Rice and Beans were dry and unappetizing. I had the Carne Asada, which was well cooked, but lacked grilled/smoky flavor. It was overshadowed by the roasted veggie sides and the salad with the tasty vinegar dressing. Atmosphere was vibrant with nice interiors. Great for a casual dinner with friends.

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BB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was tasty - we had the lamb nachos (5-star), beef tongue tacos (4-star) and the guacamole. Though tasty, definitely overpriced. Try it at happy hour - almost everything is available at the price you should be paying.

Unfortunately, the service left a lot to be desired. Our server was running ragged, and our guacamole and first round of drinks were delivered to the wrong table. We had eaten half our meal before we could flag down our server to let him know we didn't get our guacamole (second time we'd informed him). Then the guacamole was on our bill twice??

The most confusing part is that there always appeared to be a ton of staff to deliver food, refill water, remove plates, etc., but only one server for 15 tables! It would really benefit Mayahuel to balance that a bit better - I didn't need my plate removed immediately after I took my last bite, but I did need my server to check in when we hadn't received our drinks or guacamole after our food had arrived.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe and excellent service. Our seat by the window was beautiful! My four friends and I got several plates to share and everything we tried was amazing...the nachos and corn (esquites) are definitely something to remember! Also, don’t miss out on the churros- LIFECHANGING. We will definitely be back!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 3

Below average food, above average prices. Would never go back.

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T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was tasty, the atmosphere pleasant, the service was great and the spicy margaritas were spicy (and delicious)!

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TK
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A terrific experience. The food was excellent. The beef brisket tacos were mouth watering. Chips and guacamole, roasted corn and plantains were also delicious
The service was outstanding. Our server was knowledgeable and assisted us in navigating our dining selections. She, as well as her support crew, were great. The friendly and warm ambience gave Mayahuel a true neighborhood feel. I would highly recommend.
Keep it going!!!

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