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Mio Restaurant

1154 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin / Spanish
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for Groups
  • Special Occasion

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Mio Restaurant is well known for serving outstanding cuisine from Puerto Rico while at the same time cultivating a fun, inviting and warm atmosphere. The chefs are dedicated to preparing each meal with only the finest ingredients, and they are constantly refining and experimenting with new creations. Whether you want to sit at the bar for drinks or in one of the leather booths for a full meal, Mio has plenty to offer.

Those dining at Mio can order things such as the local fresh catch with pineapple and mango, pan seared salmon, fried plantains or a 12-oz grilled ribeye steak. Both non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages are available, and be sure to top off your meal with one of the many wonderful desserts.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Latin / Spanish, Latin American, Puerto Rican
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Bar menu available from 2:30 to close
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(202) 955-0075
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Roberto Hernandez
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Private party facilities
Mio features multiple private dining areas available for functions during breakfast, lunch, happy hour or dinner. Enjoy Mio’s ambiance and maintain privacy from our spacious elevated dining room or semi-private dining room on the main floor.
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Private party contact
Event Coordinator- Francisca Iguina: (888) 638-1208
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Please contact the restaurant for catering questions.
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Cross street
On the corner of L Street between 14th & 15th Streets
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Parking details
Colonial Parking is conveniently located right next door to us. They offer valet in the evenings.
Also, there is plenty of street meter parking available.
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Public transit
McPherson Square - Orange and Blue line - (two blocks away) - exit to Vermont Avenue and Farragut North, Red line (4 blocks).
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"Puerto Rico Fridays" are a staple, where an authentic Puerto Rican focused menu, including roasted suckling pig and "mofongo", is offered tableside, in addition to Mio's standing menu.

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Special events & promotions
Mio offers a raised floor VIP area with complete A/V set up. Perfect for corporate and fund raising meetings and/or happy hours.
Please contact Francisca Iguina at or at for further details.
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vipRobert (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on March 29, 2013

One of the most fun restaurants in town. Friday nights for the pig roast is the best dish ever! You will be welcomed like family by Manuel and Giovanna and the staff. Everything is great!

vipFI50 (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on March 29, 2013

Good food but lacks a level of sophistication for the kind if rating it has. I would describe it as as notch above good home cooked Latin food. The waiter we had wasn't very articulate and was confused on the ingredients of some dishes. On the other hand the maitre d' was welcoming and very nice indeed.

ngkr (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 28, 2013

Had dinner here with family visiting from out of town. Everyone enjoyed their meal and servixe was excellent. Lovely decor, large place but didn't get noisy. Only critcism: nearly all the dishes were beef, pork or shellfish. There was a vegetarian entrée and app. If you have dietary restrictions, you might want to check the menu first. Great cocktails.

ICR2014 (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on March 26, 2013

The Puerto Rican food at Mio is delicious and elegant. It is not what you would eat at your grandma's house but what you would eat at an expensive restaurant with a touch of a home-cooked meal. I have gone a few times and I'm looking forward to going again!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 23, 2013

Cynthia made my hubby and me want to go back soon. Outstanding

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 22, 2013

Me and my brother made reservations to this restaurant to try it out and we were pleasantly surprised at the great food and service. We arrived earlier than our reservation time but while waiting they assured we were attended to immediatly with drinks while we waited. I have already recommended this place to quite a few of my friends as a place to go on a Friday night.

Brad (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on March 21, 2013

The food may be better than I rated it. Cabrito is just that, baby goat meat and lots of it. But this entree was well-prepared. The appetizer was fantastic. The service was very friendly.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on March 21, 2013

Ceviche was too salty. Filete de Cerdo con Manchego Frito y Salsa de Guayaba was one note and far too sweet. Fried whole red snapper was delicious and perfectly cooked but the sides were one note and again very sweet. Mahi mahi, the Fish of the day, was cooked perfectly. Desserts were yummy and surprisingly less sweet than the main courses.

vipsystole (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on March 18, 2013

agree with other reviewer that there was not a kid menu, but they did have a bar menu with small bites appropriate for a young person. We loved the decor, the atmosphere, the energy of the kitchen behind us, the good service, and excellent food. Everyone at our table of seven raved about their meal - their speciality is the mofongo, traditional puerto rican dish. the guava cheesecake was a great way to end the meal. We will definitely come back.

vipOpenTable Diner (Richmond)
2.0  Dined on March 16, 2013

After being written up as one of the area's top 100 restaurants Mio did not deliver the fine dining experience we've come to expect from restaurants on the list. Nothing we had provided anything like a culinary epiphany; nothing really stood out as being crafted or refined, elevated cooking. Many of the dishes presented the same slaw concoction (sauteed onions, peppers in a tomatoey kind of sauce) that seemed like it had been cooked in a very large batch in the morning and served throughout the day.
Virtually everything lacked sufficient you make what amounts to a savory plaintain donut filled with cheese taste bland, I don't know, but they managed.
Service was equally underwhelming.

vipChefWhoDinesOut (Washington DC)
2.0  Dined on March 16, 2013

I was expecting the food to be incredible because Mio made the list of top 100 restaurants in the DC area. As a group of four, we started with 3 apps: the calamari (which is supposedly one of their specialties), arepas, and the shrimp w/ mofongo. The arepas were cold and tasted as if they came from a freezer and a national chain food supplier. The calamari didn't nearly live up to any hype whatsoever. Entrees ordered were the duck, whole red snapper (another supposed specialty), & the pork tenderloin. I wasn't impressed with ANY of the food. The service, however, was excellent, and the cocktails were good, as were the desserts. For my money, there are much better tapas restaurants than Mio, and I'm surprised it made the Top 100 list.

vipFoodie29 (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on March 15, 2013

My out of town guests, who were new to Mio, raved about the food, the grilled steak, and the lechon asado, and rice and beans. The drinks, mojitos made from scratch, won raves as well. The service was friendly, unrushed but efficient. The late-evening bar scene was fun, loud but courteous.

vipjohng (Raleigh)
5.0  Dined on March 13, 2013

excellent menu and great service.

vipJAMO (New York Area)
3.0  Dined on March 11, 2013

ordered special which was described incorrectly by waiter . when it wasnt what was expected they graciously took it back and allowed me to reorder

viprafaelh (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on March 11, 2013

If you have not tried Puerto Rican food, this is the place to do it. If you know Puerto Rican food, you will reconized how great Mio is.