Mission Dupont

4.3
423 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Bienvenidos! Known for our spacious patio, daily happy hour, weekend bottomless brunch and multiple private event spaces, Mission is a restaurant and bar located in Dupont Circle steps from the Metro station. Located in a large renovated turn of the century townhouse, Mission’s features includes brick walls, antique sconces, reclaimed wood ceilings and a large main bar with a glass atrium ceiling. The menu includes Mexican cuisine with favorites like enchiladas, ten different kinds of tacos, elote loco and taquitos, as well as delicious margaritas.

Please note that patio tables are sat on a first come basis and are not available for advanced reservations.
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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 2

Waited 30 minutes to be seated. What’s the point of a reservation? Barely an apology or an offer of compensation. Service after seating was ok.

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Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I absolutely love Mission DuPont. Great food, drinks and location. Highly recommend it.

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JS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome spot for a sunny Saturday or Sunday morning.

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San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food is wonderful. Prices are reasonable Service is great. It’s just the noise level. Way too loud

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CG
Cincinnati
6 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Was really looking forward to a fun evening with an out of town friend to celebrate my birthday. What we got was nothing but disappointment. After being completely ignored for 15 minutes, I had to go to the hostess stand to ask for water. Apparently, there was a disagreement regarding who had to serve our table. One of the outdoor servers was sent in to help us (and the table next to us). He was very sweet but obviously it was difficult to keep up with tables outside and 2 inside, while the other server for our room refused to even make eye contact. We ordered drinks, an appetizer and dinner. We finished off the guacamole and water well before our drinks (finally!!) arrived from the bar and our food arrived almost immediately after. The food was ok. I had carne asada and it was cooked medium well instead of medium. The Brussels sprouts were very good, but the bed of potatoes were dry and barely warm. So sad...

TL/DR:, It was loud, warm and no one really wanted to take care of the tables in our dining area. The drinks took forever and the mediocre food even longer.

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CF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and food. Really liked the wings.

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S
Washington DC
29 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 1

Really like this place and I’ve gone back several times but don’t think I can do it anymore because the restaurant is INCREDIBLY noisy. Like deafeningly loud. Every time I go there. They really need to figure out a way to dampen the volume and this place would be awesome. But I seriously think it’s like hearing damage level loud right now so unfortunately I won’t be going back.

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Austin
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food and lively atmosphere! We’ve gone back every time we’re in town. Recommend the guacamole and skinny margs!

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Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

While at first glance this looked like a fun spot for Mexican food near Dupont Circle, we were treated terribly. Even though we made a reservation, we were stuck off in some upstairs room where we ended up being the only people there (while the rest of the place, including the outdoor patio, was full). Our servers were attentive enough, but the vibe of the space we ate in felt like a location for frat parties or something. The food was pretty mediocre, and seemed almost like they were microwaved dinners. Mission looks charming enough from the outside, but it's not a place I'll be taking my business to when in DC again.

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New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Travel to DC twice a year for work and we make it our mission to eat at Mission every Tuesday we’re in town!

Service was great, didn’t catch our waiter’s name, but he rocked! Food is consistently delicious!

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 3

Mission was a big disappointment.

The food was moderately good, except they managed to dumb down the spice level in the chorizo tacos so low there was hardly any flavor left. You really gotta try hard to make chorizo bland, but Mission found a way. Do Washingtonians fear spice and seasoning so much that restaurants have to pound the flavor out of every ethnic dish?

But enough about the chorizo.

The real killer here was the awful service. We couldn't find our server, he would forget things we asked for, the food and drinks took forever, and the staff let dirty plates pile up on our table. At a nearby table, the patrons reminded their server they did not want ice in their drinks. So instead of getting clean empty glasses, the server angrily picked up the glasses and hurled the ice over the heads of diners and onto the outside sidewalk. Now, that's really classy!

I don't think this place will be on the repeat list.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 4

Food was bland and cold. Service was incredibly slow. Margarita pitchers that were almost 50 a pop had little tequila. Expensive meal, sub-par service, and very strange tasting Mexican food. Nobody at the table finished their meal.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food and sangria. We will be back for the brunch!

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H
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great restaurant.

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M
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Mission seemed like a very popular brunch spot, so the service was VERY slow. The server would come, ask if we needed anything, then disappear for 20 minutes. It was also VERY noisy in the restaurant. I guess people talk really loud when they're tipsy. It could've been that it was Saturday around 1. Food was good, the spicy guac wasn't at all spicy. I would definitely recommend the tacos, there were really good. The drinks were good. The price for the bottomless brunch wasn't that bad, depending on how much you drink. If you plan on ordering starters other than chips and guac and having maybe one or two drinks, it would be more worth it to pay for each item individually. If you plan on drinking more than 2 drinks, it would be better to get bottomless. The also do keep track of how long you're there if you do plan on doing bottomless. I definitely do recommend this place. I would most likely go again, just maybe not a Saturday afternoon.

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Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food and drinks were delicious! I wasn't expecting such bombastic tacos but the flavors and textures were explosive. The steak taco was my personal favorite--better quality steak than expected and cooked medium from what I saw before hoovering it up, a great experience.

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G
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Normally I adore this restaurant but this experience was terrible. I frequent Mission Dupont often for happy hours and dinner with friends. This experience had inattentive service: it took about 25 minutes for us to get small plates and silverware, about 30 to get our beverages, and the waiter kept trying to walk away before we finished ordering? The queso was burned, the fajitas were charred black, the chicken was dry and the beef was so salty and overseasoned I couldn't eat it. My I pulled over 30 jalapeno seeds out of my margarita. I've ordered it before and it's been amazing...this was too spicy to drink more than a few sips.

I genuinely think this was a fluke. I've always had STELLAR service. So hoping this was just a one-time mishap.

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EC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

I LOVE a good Tex mex meal but everything here was grossly over salted, from the chips to the enchiladas and the salad. The food was delivered lukewarm at best (we were sitting upstairs) and the whole upstairs smelled like bleach. 100% not worth the price tag.

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h
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 2

Far too noisy. Salsas nearly flavor-free. Cheap Mexican-ish eats for a happy hour or tourist crowd.
But we could hardly hear ourselves at our own table, so not a place we'll visit again or recommend.
Buena suerte.

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PK
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The free chips were the best part of my meal besides the sangria. None of the food was bad it was just mediocre.

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PJ
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 5

We went to Mission because we know it's always good--or was. Maybe it was just an off night. We sat outside which was awesome as inside can be a bit noisy. Our server was friendly and attentive. She said they made some menu and recipe changes. That's when it went downhill. The salsa used to have a kick with some good heat. Now it kind of tastes like eating diced tomatoes with pretty much no flavor--sorry guys but true. They also are using new tortillas which unfortunately taste like eating baked corn flakes--not bad just not tortillas. I had the Dupont Margarita for $13--because it has Grand Marnier and is usually sweeter than the Mission Margarita. But not tonight. Not only no Grand Marnier but basically pure lime juice to the point you grimace with each sip. I had already said something about the queso we ordered with chorizo not having chorizo (an oversight which they nicely refunded) so I didn't want to seem like a jerk and mention the drink. Ok so then we got our food--Enchiladas and "The Burrito"--both 2 favorites of ours. Or were. They took the truffle out of the enchilada although it was still quite tasty just different. Moreso they turned the burrito into a sliced wrap. What the? They don't even serve the burrito with sauce anymore. Help I dont understand why they would do this to two premier entrees? Final straw was the kitchen brought out the entrees and both were stone cold--I mean come on guys. Maybe it was just a bad night but frankly if this had been our first visit we wouldn't return.

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Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was fine but drink deals were awesome! A little pricey but the location is great and the staff is very accommodating.

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New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 1

Incredibly noisy on a Friday night. The people at the table next to us were literally screaming. We gave up on having our own conversation after about 10 minutes. Cocktails okay, main dishes nothing special. Won’t be back . Don’t bother.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service

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Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great and the ambience was equally satisfying. I really didn’t know what to expect for my first time there but we will definitely be returning.

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Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food and drinks were good, service could have been better. But the one thing about this place was that it was really loud I could barely have a conversation with the person I was with

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S
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Just ok Mexican food. The Strawberry Basil Margarita was yummy though

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R
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

So this was the 5th time back at Mission and everything up until this visit had been awesome. When we arrived they told us they changed the menu but we decided to give it a try anyway. We always go for the brunch, specifically the mission bowl. The new brunch bowl is terrible and not only does it taste bad, it’s tiny! The ingredients are not even close to the same. The guacamole serving is puny too! Very sad that they have decided to nickel and dime customers and skimp on servings. What made Mission so great was the value you were getting for brunch, in addition to the ambience and service. BTW the service was great as usual as the server went out of his way to explain the changes and excite us about the new options. Overall Mission is now just meh and ruined what set them apart from all the other overpriced DC brunch spots.

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M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The food was mediocre, not living up to the hype I had heard about the restruant. The ambiance made the restaurant feel cramped and the music was very loud. To get to the bathroom you had to go through a private party room that smelled like sweat and beer. The food was fine but just kind of meh, and the sangria I ordered was tasteless.

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BM
Charlotte
24 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

The happy hour specials provide good value but you need to know what you’re getting into when you visit this location: it’s loud. They have tables where you can enjoy a meal but it’s basically a bar with a couple tables placed in the back. Enjoy the drinks and the apps but don’t count on being able to have a conversation with other members of your party at the table.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did bottomless brunch for a bachelorette party and it was perfect! Great experience and service and the food was delicious!

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AB
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Long wait - and hostess staff forgot about us so we waited for 40 minutes even though we had a reservation. The server, however, was great and very attentive, and the food was good. Music was very loud making it hard to hear - would suggest going only if you are looking for a bar scene.

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Fayetteville
4 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was excellent! We had reservations for a party of two. I arrived on time but was not able to be seated until the other guest arrived; would be nice to be seated especially since I would have had the same table as a party of one.

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Amazing! Great service. Went for bottomless brunch. 2 pitchers of margaritas, 2 shots, a beer, a Bloody Mary. Plus food and chips and salsa and guac. Great value. I can’t wait to go again

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Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

Went on National Margarita Day which was a mistake. The restaurant was set up more like a club with a DJ playing loud, bass filled music throughout the dining area. We could barely talk to each other. The server was also very inattentive. I likely won’t return to this location. The Navy Yard location is much bigger and better service.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always amazing! We go every week!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Always love mission, just wish the music wasn’t so loud.

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Nashville
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 4

Great food, not great service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Very loud music, was difficult to have a discussion. Tables very close to each other, so we not only had to shout over the music, and others around is, but made it difficult to hear and talk to server.

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Washington DC
230 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Wonderful brunch menu! Very lively atmosphere. Great location across from Dupont metro. Get there early because it gets packed!

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