Mayahuel

4.4
102 reviews
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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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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, great service and nice little find. Wish they had more options with chicken though. Nice "healthier" version of Mexican.

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W
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love, love this restaurant. I love the decor which is an ode to dia de Muertos without being campy. There are several cozy nooks in the restaurant for an intimate, romantic dinner. I dined with my Son and we both had a lovely time. The food is a modern twist to Mexican cuisine, we ordered all the Tacos and the vegetable tacos were our favorite followed by the beef tongue then the fish tacos. We ordered the lamb nachos, plantains- like you've never had before, street corn-a must try and the tres leches cake - we ordered one to go too. The Margaritas were really good. I can't wait to go back and it will be really soon because it doesn't break the bank.

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CM
New England
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I’m always looking for new restaurants to try. Mayahuel offered a great selection of food and drinks. My coworkers and I went for happy hour and had their delicious sangrias and guacamole and chips. I ordered the mahi mahi tacos that came with rice and beans. It was a very satisfying meal.

The service was outstanding from the manager welcoming us to the server’s attentiveness to our dietary preferences.

I will definitely be back!

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MM
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Mexican flare of food, atmosphere & service! Mayahuel is definitely Woodley Park’s go to place for an amazing Happy Hour, regular dining & delicious Mexican fusion cuisine!

The Guacamole & Sangrias are mandatory!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Not worth the extra trip in from NOVA. Would make an acceptable neighborhood joint. Absolutely great margarita, really enjoyed that. The food was just fair, ok but the fish tacos were bland, the expensive rib mole was just kind'a odd, didn't finish.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very cool place. Nice spot if your heading to the Zoo. Definitely on the pricier side for Mexican fare, but that’s the cost of eating in D.C. We would go back.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The food was very good and the menu was small enough that we didn’t have trouble deciding what we wanted but big enough that we also had options. I got the soup with a mojito and my date got the carne asada dish. We ordered chips and salsas for the both of us. The only downside is the food isn’t very spicy. The salsa we got was salty and acidic. Although, once mixed with the hot sauce it tasted spicy enough.

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MP
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious and very authentic tasting Mole. Good tacos. Great drinks with interesting flavors (tamarind mango margarita was especially interesting) This space has held many restaurants in the last few years and it doesn’t quite feel like it was fully refurbished from its previous iterations into a space that really works for Mexican.

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LO
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Guac, margs and brisket tacos are out of this world! One of the best Mexican spots I’ve found in dc. It’s expensive but you get very large portions.

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p
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A perfect neighborhood gem. The food was fantastic , I had a super tasty margarita, and the waitstaff was knowledgeable and attentive. I couldn't get enough of the guacamole and brisket tacos. I strongly recommend finding your way there, you will be thrilled you did.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and Drinks were INCREDIBLE! The room was a bit loud, but I’m old, so... you know...

SO glad we randomly chose to go there

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KC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite spot in the Woodley Park area. Happy hour prices are very reasonable for drinks and food, and the smaller happy hour portions are still plenty of food. The brisket tacos are my first choice, but the fish tacos and quesadillas are excellent as well. As for drinks, the mango margarita is my favorite. I'd also highly recommend the spicy margarita if you like some spice. I'd recommend a reservation as they've been filling up more quickly than usual. Even the bar fills up with minimal space for standing. I wish they'd increase the number of heaters outdoors so we could continue to enjoy the patio into the cool weather!

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j
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food and service were great! The octopus appetizer was especially yummy! However they sat us (with 2 small children) next to the drafty door so my kids were freezing then had a meltdown so we had to pack up and leave. Next time will ask for table away from the cold November wind

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SM
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good authentic Mexican food, fill if flavor. Loved the guacamole and the beef brisket tacos. Incredibly good desserts. Try the churros with ice cream

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PP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The service and kitchen seemed to fall apart.

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e
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place, great food and drinks, great service. The Dos Equis 'most interesting man in the world' was there, and bought us tequila!

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DS
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

A great neighborhood hangout. We love this place at the end of a long workweek.

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

The carne asada, fish tacos and guacamole were all delicious. The service staff was excellent. It is also fairly quiet and easy to hear conversation.

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KG
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love coming here, the ambiance is nice and it is in a good area as well.

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m
Dallas
25 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Quaint little gem with great service and good food. This is not Tex-Mex so don't go expecting that. The bar is great and the atmosphere and decorations remind you of Mexico. The Rose margarita is amazing! Food is a little spicy so heads up. The patio area is great for people watching and Happy Hour!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

El dueño no quiso dar la clave de WiFi del restaurant. Hoy en día eso es inaceptable. La mesera encantadora y profesional. El dueño: sucks. La comida es decente pero no excelente. El lugar es medio lúgubre.

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DJ
Indiana
10 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great host, the manager was EXTREMELY accomadating and the waiter made GREAT recommendations!

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M
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The atun appetizer was great, we ordered tacos - lengua, beef and fish. I would have liked more flavor to my fish. The award winning margarita was good, the strawberry-basil and mango-tamarind ones a bit too sweet. overall nice atmosphere, and great addition to the neighborhood.

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KP
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated my MIL’s birthday visit starting here! Tried the restaurant week menu and the food was amazing!! The churros were to die for as was all the food!

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LL
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were bringing our daughter to American University for her freshman year. I wanted a fun place she would like in walking distance of our hotel (Omni). The food was very flavorful, well prepared and the vibe is cool.

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FG
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of the best mexican restaurants in the DC area. Staff is friendly and ambiance is cozy and inviting. Food and drinks are delicious, made with premium ingredients. Great for a date or for small groups of friends (3-5 persons). Highly recommended!

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RD
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went here to celebrate a birthday. The ambience is great, everyone loved their food, and the prices are reasonable enough for being DC. The restaurant was a bit busy and they seemed to not have enough wait staff so service was a bit slow (the waitress and other folks were all very nice). Would definitely go back because the overall experience was good.

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DR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A very pleasant meal. The food was delicious and the service excellent.

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CR
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

food was ok but not authentic. Carne Asada was a bit vinagar-y and wouldn't have come with tortillas unless asked (they did bring at no extra charge). Nice ambiance, terrific server, good margarita... food was just ok.

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DP
San Diego
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

All our dishes came out cold and flavorless, totally not worth the price. Stay away!

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AE
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!

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S
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
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
Washington DC
3 reviews
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
13 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
29 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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