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Mio Restaurant

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

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About

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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Cuisines
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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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for catering questions.
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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
"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 Francisca@miorestaurant.com or at events@miorestaurant.com for further details.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Chef's Table, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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5.0Dined on January 21, 2015

My wife and I had our first meal at Mio during Restaurant Week. Although we were a bit disappointed at the limited Restaurant Weei menu, all worked out for the very best. We were greeted by our fabulous server, Danielle, who provided us with a detailed, guided tour through the special and regular menu, and offered us some wonderful, verbal taste snapshots of many of the menu entrees. In the end, I ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, starting with the Malanga Mousse Ravioli, with mushrooms and truffle oil. It was decadently rich and flavorful, and large enough that it was readily shared with my wife. I followed that with the stuffed pot roast, which was infused with a multitude of great flavors. My wife ordered the Puerto Rican seafood stew, whose seafood ingredients are grilled before being added to the final dish. This was the clear winner of the night, with again, a multitude of flavors interacting together. We finished by sharing my tres leches dessert, which was also very nice. I'm anxious to return.

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5.0Dined on January 19, 2015

Mushroom ravioli was superb as was vegetation main course. Carrot cake was light but full of flavor. Friendly and prompt service.

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4.0Dined on January 19, 2015

Service was great. Wish the menu selection for price fix would have been more interesting

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5.0Dined on January 13, 2015

Great restaurant with authentic Puerto Rican food. Professional and knowledgeable staff. Make you feel right at home. Great Job!!

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4.0Dined on January 13, 2015

Very good spot just off of McPherson Square. Puerto Rican based food and good service. Hostess was pleasant as were the serving staff. food was very good and we all ordered different dished. Friday is pork nigh and we will go back some Friday. Hard to wrong here.

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2015

This was my first time - late dinner. The food was great! The Red snapper is to die for...cooked to perfection infused with flavor! BTW...great Mojitos!

I will definitely be back...with my girlfriends. It will be a great place to have a Happy Hour with a Latin theme.

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5.0Dined on December 30, 2014

Would definitely revisit next time I am in town. Strongly recommend.

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5.0Dined on December 27, 2014

This is the third time I have been to Mio's and I always enjoy the food, service and ambience. The menu choices are always great and I get the New York style Spanish food in DC.

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5.0Dined on December 26, 2014

Fantastic and unique, this is a very hip, very cool place w great food and a great vibe. Like visiting with friends, Mio is so fun! They have a mofongo cart that travels around and makes mofongo which is delicious-I believe it is plantains w crackling pork and other flavorful things. Go to mio and live it up, it's like taking an evening vacation from hectic DC

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5.0Dined on December 13, 2014

The restaurant serves food with a twist on Latin American foods. The Arepitas were delicious as was the ceviche. Our entrees included Asopao (highly recommended), Grilled New York Strip, and an eggplant dish. The eggplant was wrapped in plantains .. wonderful.
The guava cheescake was wonderful.

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4.0Dined on December 2, 2014

We're always looking for new dining experiences downtown and decided to give Mio a try based on generally upbeat reviews. Its street presence is limited--easy to walk past without noticing it is there. But once inside, what a nice surprise! The menu was varied and interesting, the food was excellent, the prices reasonable and the service polished and quietly professional.

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2.0Dined on November 28, 2014

Being a native Puerto Rican, I was extremely disappointed by the quality of the pork, very tough and over cooked. The rice was to the mamposteao side meaning it was too mushy, the tostones seemed like they were frozen and the butter for the bread was too cold/hard. Will not return!

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2014

My fiance is from PR and he is a complete snob about food, especially those that claim to be authentic food from the homeland! This restaurant had him floored. We had the tableside mofongo, churrasco, and the pescado a la plancha. If this place weren't so far away, I'm sure we'd be regulars.

The server was fantastic, although it was strange that they took our main course dishes and waited what seemed like FOREVER to come and offer us dessert, which we were really looking forward to. Even then, my fiance had to flag someone down to give us some dessert menus. They were really busy that night, but the service was so great up until then that I had to dock a half a star for that.

We had the cuatro leches dessert which was a little cake-y for my taste, but still super delicious. I like my tres leches cakes to be soakinggggg in leches. I expected this cuatro leches to be a borderline soup with cake in it. 9.5/10 would eat again.

Overall, I will definitely be coming back to try their other dishes! This is a perfect restaurant for fancy dates and special occasions, or any time we miss the tastes of Puerto Rico.

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5.0Dined on November 21, 2014

It's just excellent food and probably fare most Americans have never tried. I highly recommend the tableside mofongo. The lechon had a deliciously crispy skin though the meat was just a tad dry. Drinks were very good and the flan de queso dessert is otherworldly.

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2.0Dined on November 15, 2014

We sat in the bleachers which reminded my party of a rec hall from camp. The service was erratic at best. Our waiter was from Russia who had only been at the restaurant for two weeks; his food "expertise" was Japanese. A nice fellow but did not fully know the menu and wine list. The food was acceptable at best; no winners and generally disappointing as only 1 person of our foursome finished their meals. All of us agreed that we would not return.

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3.0Dined on November 15, 2014

My wife, who is Puerto Rican, thought the food was not very authentic, or good. I also wasn't too impressed with the tortilla soup, which tasted like tomatoe puree more than tortilla soup. The steak with steak fries was bland. We expected more flavor from this Latin restaurant. Great atmosphere with their open kitchen, but the food wasn't what we were expecting.

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5.0Dined on November 13, 2014

Mio is a fantastic restaurant with a wide variety of Puerto Rican-style dishes, none of which failed to impress.

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5.0Dined on November 8, 2014

Great Spanish/ Caribbean Food Choices . The menu was easy to read and rum and liquor choices was perfect. The restaurant is very comfortable with style and class. Our server Daniella was AMAZING.... If you go request her... I will definitely request her again .... 5 star restaurant with 5 star and detailed service ... One of my new favorite locations!!!

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5.0Dined on November 7, 2014

Mio has a traditional Puerto Rican menu with accomplished gourmet aspirations. The roasted suckling pig with rice and pigeon peas (a centerpiece of Puerto Rican Holiday cooking) was very tender and the seasoning made it the best pork dish I have had in the DC area. The yucca fritters stuffed with meat were perfect, but the "bolitas de mofongo" were more subtle (I expected a bolder, garlicky flavor). The plantain and veal "lasagna," topped with sweet tomato sauce in Mio's version, was good too. The server was friendly and made great recommendations. The "tembleque de coco" was the appropriate ending to a satisfying meal. But my favorite part: a well-done pisco sour. The place has a long bar and stylish lounge area I hope to visit soon.

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3.0Dined on October 31, 2014

The food was fantastic the drinks were amazingly well done. As a Puerto Rican I'll say the food was true to its roots and somehow they made it a lot less greasy than the traditional Latin fare. Incredible accomplishment honestly.

However the staff left a lot to be desired. I have been to hundreds of establishments across the country and I have NEVER experienced such rude and angry staff. The host and our waiter were charmingly nice people but the other staff gave us rude looks and when my elderly mother asked to have her food boxed they told her to stop wasting their time. They ignored us for most of the night for bigger party tables and rudely slammed plates on our table. I have never ever expierenced anything like this.

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2014

we arrived late in the evening and were seated in the last table available...our waitress was AMAZING!!! I think her name was Cynthia? she was so kind...I could not believe this was a DC restaurant.....everyone was so nice! the food was delicious...she gave us wonderful appetizer suggestions and once the meal was over, they even set up a table for us outside, after hours, so we could talk business and have coffee...surely going back soon....loved it!

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4.0Dined on October 28, 2014

Mio always performs well. Food was excellent and our guests totally enjoyed it. We had a large variety of apps and then dinner. Our waitress was a little pushy. Otherwise Buenissimo!

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4.0Dined on October 25, 2014

Interesting menu with a slow roasted goat as the specialty of the day. Our pork and salmon dishes were both very good. Waiter was helpful but was stretched a bit thin on Saturday night. Interesting bi-level layout.

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5.0Dined on October 24, 2014

Choose Mio for our anniversary night out. We were drawn to the variety of latin dishes from S. America and Caribbean countries. This was our first time at Mio, chosen because their stars/dollars ratio was great (and consistent). Our experience: Our waiter was attentive and informed. Excellent job by 2-3 efficient busboys. The meal was outstanding from end to end - the star dish was the incredibly delicious seafood stew. Milo was a memorable dining experience. THANK YOU!

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4.0Dined on October 22, 2014

For something different you must check out Mio. The flavors of Puerto Rico are underrated and worth the trip to Mio to learn that Latin Carribean cuisine is more than just Cuban. Savory spices and assorted roots accent seafood, steaks, and pork dishes, leaving your tastebuds dancing salsa routines. Owner Manuel is a gracious and generous host, and the servers are attentive and knowledgeable.

Friday night is extra special, with a broader array of Puerto Rican specialties. Go for the Monfongo, made at your table, and you won't ask for guacamole again.

Give you and yours a taste of Puerto Rico and you'll be back for more.

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4.0Dined on October 21, 2014

Our table of 4 has six dishes altogether of which 4 were excellent and 2 very good. Noisy, especially near the bar.

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2014

A friend was in from out of town with his new girlfriend, and I wanted to show them a good time. Well done, Mio. Every bite was a pleasure, and the service was terrific.

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2014

Of you have a hankering for nouvelle PR food, this is the place. The mofongo is better than any I have had on the island or elsewhere...

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5.0Dined on October 18, 2014

besides the great service, food and scenary my wife and I felt very comfortable. Prices were affordable for a stylish dinner. I would eat there regularly. Thank you to MIO's staff and owner. I felt like I was back home.

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4.0Dined on October 17, 2014

This is now my daughter's favorite place. The Mofongo is very tasty and having it made table side is a real treat. The service was ok. The entrees were superb and cuarto leches cake was pretty spectacular as well. It's not my favoritems for Latin foods

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4.0Dined on October 16, 2014

Food was great, wine was terrific (especially after the owner came out to speak with our group wine expert) and the service was fun. Really enjoyed our dinner - maybe 3 bottle for 3 people helped, but everything was really good!

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3.0Dined on October 16, 2014

Our first visit. Exceptional food that reminds me of some of the great restaurants in Old San Juan. I ordered 3 small plates, octopus (fabulous), calamari (fabulous) and croquettes (good but will not order again). Or waitress was a delight. The only disappointment was the pace of service (slow) because our waitress was covering a lot of tables and the hostess stand. She should have received double pay for that evening (Oct 16).

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5.0Dined on October 16, 2014

Tried this restaurant because it's close to my DC office. Great food. Delightful service.

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5.0Dined on October 6, 2014

The many times I have been at the restaurant has been great; food is delicious; portions as well; and the waiters are great and pleasant.

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5.0Dined on September 29, 2014

excellent food excellently presented and the best tempranillo wine i have ever had.

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4.0Dined on September 22, 2014

Mio is a go-to spot for business lunches. The service and food are consistently good. Service is quick without being rushed.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2014

Outstanding food! Service was outstanding too. Everything we had appetizer: we shared a mofongo cart! Loved the fresh taste of the chicharones crunch in the mofongo. Dinner: we shared the pork medallions w/guava red wine sauce. The mixture of the guava in the wine exquisit. It just had a touch of sweet which pairs nicely with the pork. The pork was rubbed with taste island oregano. Dessert: shared a flan highly recommended by our lovely waiter. Unfortunately I forgot her name. Everything she suggested was to perfection. The flan taste like a mixture of creme brûlée and Latin homemade flan. Doesn't taste or smell like eggs. The mojitos were super fresh mint! Went the next day for lunch unfortunately was closed on Saturdays for lunch.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2014

An awesome dining experience! MIO deserves to be in the Top 10 restaurants downtown

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4.0Dined on September 16, 2014

This restaurant serves authentic Puerto Rican cuisine. I've been 3 times and each time has been great. I've had the Arroz con Pollo, Skirt steak salad, Fried yucca and it's all great. To drink, get the Lime-Mint ade. Yummy.

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5.0Dined on September 13, 2014

The restaurant, the ambiance, the service, the character of MIO is unparalleled. Manuel and Karla plus family and now Chef Roberto Hernandez have taken MIO to a higher level. They have put Puerto Rican and Caribbean Latin food on the map in DC and the Northeast. MIO fares well and even better than some of the high profile restaurants in Puerto Rico. Chef Roberto Hernandez brought some roasted prok cracklings as an appetizers, delicious. The mofongo cart is a hit, a must try! I tried the breast of duck over malanga gnochis and was to die for. Everything, food, drinks, wine, was fabulous, including the 'Chichaito' pitcher for after dinner was great!

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