MXDC

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Mexican

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MXDC Cocina Mexicana by Todd English offers Mexican cuisine with a modern touch. We're located on 14th St, a block from the White House and a short walk from the Washington Monument.
Our bar area is the perfect space for a happy hour with extensive cocktail and tequila menus.
The decor and ambiance makes MXDC the perfect destination for a romantic evening, a family dinner or to host your next private or corporate event.

Created by Todd English, MXDC's menu includes small plates, entrees, and family-style dishes. The menu offers traditional foods from various regions throughout Mexico. Taco options include Pork Belly; beer-battered Mahi Mahi; and Carne Asada. Other favorites include the Seven-Chile Lamb Shank, Tortilla Soup and our open-faced quesadillas.
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RM
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

A group of four foodies, high expectations, very disappointed with food quality. Margaritas were excellent. Worst queso fundido we've ever had. Ever.

DC
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love this restaurant, but prix fixe menu was a bit ridiculous, not price wise but selection wise. I was told I couldn’t substitute mashed potatoes with corn. No corn at a Mexican resto? Disappointing that they couldn’t make a basic substitution, especially given how common food allergies are and now preferences differ.

T
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Overpriced food that was not that exciting. Service was slow and made us late for our Valentine's day show even though we asked them to be sensitive to our need to leave fast. For the price we paid I was expecting something better. The ambience was nice and not crowded.

r
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Effective, efficient, and cost effective for a tasty meal. Great value

DB
Mississippi
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! Loved the ceviche and interesting guacamole. Service was friendly and helpful in navigating the diverse menu. Definitely will return when in the DC area!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Server was attentive and cordial. She answered questions and gave good recommendations. Our food arrived promptly and was very good. It was a bit loud, but happy hour was taking place in the bar area and it was packed. We had a great dinner experience.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience2

Food was lukewarm at best. Guacamole was essentially smashed avocado, no spices. Wait service almost non existent.

CH
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and drinks. Only negative was that it was very, very loud.

L
Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was fine. The food took forever though! Guac was delicious.

OT
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience1

Overall our dinner was really good. We were disappointed though, when we were seated in the back corner right up against the cash register with the bright fluorescent lights shining down. I know they are trying to pack as many people in but we had reservations in advance and it took away from the ambiance. Chips weren’t very fresh. But the margaritas and tacos were awesome!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I will not be recommending mxdc to my friends. The waiter was inattentive - i had to call him over multipe times. He never checked in to see how we were doing or if we needed a refill on cocktails. The guacamole was ridiculously -- a very unimpressive display and minuscule quanity on a plain plate. Definitely not worth the price. I don't recommend this place at all and will discourage friends from dining here.

RR
Dallas
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

I'd give the restaurant 5 stars, except it would have been awesome if they offered a complimentary basket of chips/salsa like so many restaurants, rather than having to order a ceviche or gauc appetizer, especially when you bring a few kids, who aren't always adventurous. The drinks were a tad pricey, but overall the food was tasty and the staff was pleasant.

KG
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It was good! Service was incredibly fast and the food was good. I would definitely go back!

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favs in dc.

L
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Tough luck....Best part- service was great. Guacamole was excellent but why charge so much for it? Beans were also authentic black not refried but $5?? And I ordered the three taco entree with all Casada. Big mistake as beef was tough with large veins of grizzle. Yuk. Had two Margueritas and bill came to $60. Maybe I’m just a food snob from NYC but I wouldn’t recommend or return.

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Met a friend for dinner. Arrived early and had a drink at the bar. Great service, the sangria Blanca hit the spot. Moved to the downstairs dining area. It was quiet and great for conversation. The food was great, except for the churros, which were greasy and did not rise over the level of State Fair fare. The guacamole was tasty and the tacos were incentive and light. We had the cauliflower, mushrooms, carne, shrimp, short rib, and mahi mahi, but all very tasty. Service was stellar and of the level you would see in New Orleans. Had a great time. Thanks.

D
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The paella was the best I’ve had in DC. It was absolutely delicious. Everyone else at the table seemed to enjoy their food as well - we got the churros for desert and they were the perfect small bite of something sweet. The drinks were not good. I ordered a strawberry mojito and then a pineapple one. They were so strong and not sweet or sparkling at all. In a good mojito you can just taste the alcohol a bit - in these, it was all I could taste even after asking the waitress to ask the bartenders to make my next one less strong. Service was pretty good but drinks were really slow. So... I think the bar needs new employees of some adjustments. Overall great experience - I recommend!

k
Washington DC
47 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. Service was excellent. Very much enjoyed our meal at MXDC. We will be back again.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

PH
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food! Thank you very much for your hospitality.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The chips and dips were the highlight... And good thing--it took another hour before they even came by to take our entree order. Mediocre cocktails. The kitchen staff deserves better. MXDC has good food, but the portions are a tad miserly for what's being provided. For example, it looks like each order of guacamole incorporates only one avocado. Service is jarringly bad. They may have been short staffed the night we were there--we were certainly served like it. We had to waive down a server for drinks, entrees, and the check.

W
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I went for the first time for lunch and had a very good meal. While it was Restaurant Week and we did choose the special menu, our portions were hearty and the food was excellent - just really good. I would not hesitate to go back here!

DB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food and very friendly service. A bit loud so somewhat difficult to converse.

S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Tried to order in way that met dietary restrictions, but try as they might the meal was not very good. Also forgot the drink I ordered. It was also very noisy at lunch. There are not many mid-range options in this part of downtown, so it’s passable at best.

B
Washington DC
39 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The branzino was fantastic if pricey for the portion size

2
Washington DC
75 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Came here for restaurant week lunch. Very good guacamole, branzino, and my favorite dessert, flan - a very good one too, super creamy. Good street view sitting at bar level, dining room in sunken area with no views.

L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Tacos were very delicious and food service was quick! However, after our food was delivered, we didn’t see our waiter for a long time & we wanted more drinks and ultimately, our check. Sat around for at least 20 minutes after plates were cleared with no one checking on our table.

TC
Dallas
7 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience3

The host and waiter were very unfriendly. Service was slow and incorrect and the food that arrived at the next table smelled so bad we wondered if there was a gas leak. Overall a very disappointing meal.

MXDC
Responded on January 23, 2020

We apologize for your poor experience with us. We always aim for an exceptional experience, and we never want any of our guests to walk away with the impression you had. We will be sure to address these issues to our staff. We are regretful that we couldn't address your issues sooner, but we hope you can give us an opportunity to make it up to you! If you do, please let ask for any manager on duty. Thank you for your feedback and we wish you many wonderful dining experiences in your future.

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G
Washington DC
111 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

MXDC is still solid, although I wish they still had their $20 lunch special. Without it, the lunch there is not as good a value. The service is uneven - it is variously too fast and too slow. But it's a good choice for Metro Center, which is a food dessert for lower cost sit-down restaurants.

RD
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Tables are crowded too close together, thus noisy. Service was spotty and rushed. Food was good but portions were on the small side.

AG
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was excellent - would recommend. But the service was quite slow.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous. Wasn’t expecting it on New Year’s Eve.

PH
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

It was quite a busy night and the place packed. However, the drinks, food and ambiance was fabulous.

OT
E. Tennessee
4 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

OK experience... not great, not bad.

OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Rice was sent back. Not as advertised. No flavor. Small tacos. Our friend liked her tacos

LD
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Very much enjoyed dinner. Tacos were excellent. Servers were quite busy, but thankfully attentive, given that it was a holiday weekend at 'theater tickets' time, including for us. The restaurant was crowded, so I doubt there was anything we could have done about the noise level, which was fairly loud. Overall, a nice experience. Would recommend for an evening of entertaining out of town guests so close to the more touristy parts of DC. Easily accessible via parking.

L
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Perfect dinner before a show at National Theatre.

KL
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came here with friends on Saturday night. Our server was amazing, I wish I remembered her name! She made great recommendations, was knowledgeable about the menu, and was so attentive but patient giving us time to chat. The palomas come deconstructed which was cute, I felt bad for our server having to carry so many pieces to the table although she did it with ease. The tacos were amazing, brussels sprouts as a side was a perfect recommendation and so delicious. Definitely plan to come again.

CC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food! A little hard to hear the person across the table.

M
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food but very loud and tables are very close together so not a good place for intimate conversation

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