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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Charlotte
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Nothing special. Our server was clearly focused on a table of girls who were buying drinks so the service was pretty slow. He did offer a drink to compensate for his lack of attention, but better service would have been the desired option. The food was pretty good. The portions were just smaller than I anticipated. I made a reservation that lister a birthday as the reason for dining. I’m not sure what the purpose of that was. Nothing was ever mentioned about it.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was great! I am from California and haven't been ableto find a good authentic Mexican restaurant since I moved here...well, now I have! I will be back with my family!

DC
Washington DC
77 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The food continues to be excellent, particularly the specials. The Mexican twist on gazpacho was outstanding and I hope they keep it on the menu for as long as the season allows. The tables are extremely close together and the noise level was such that it was difficult to converse. The wine list isn't great.

M
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Hey it’s DC so everything is $$$. You aren’t going to get good value anywhere.
Forgetting that....the margaritas and food was oh’so good! Service was excellent. Just don’t take the signed copy of the bill (we had a pitcher of margaritas, my excuse ) or else the poor waiter will have to run to catch you. Sorry about that!

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ML
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will for sure be back on our next trip to dc! Excellent margaritas, and the short rib and mani tacos were to die for!

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Street taco style which were good. The Brussel sprouts were delicious

OT
Nashville
7 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious!!!

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DF
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Brought a few friends for dinner and we all had a great time. We received great recommendations by the manager and our server Rhyna was great too. We already made plans to come back!!!

KC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It was not the Mexica food I expected. I enjoyed the short robs but the fajitas were terribly lame.

T
Orlando
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a nice spot for an evening meal with friends, colleagues or both. The shareable plates are nice, the sides are super tasty and the service was outstanding. It is a bit on the loud side, so I wouldn't choose for a business meeting or a romantic evening. I will be back again!

ND
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Food was pretty good. I've seen reviews that say the food was great, others that have said it lacked flavor. Our meal was flavorful and the portions (except for the guacamole) were good. When ordering guac at a latin restaurant, you don't typically expect for it to be so small. The service was good initially but then our waitor disappeared for a bit, forgot to bring utensils for dessert, and then reappeared, of course, for the check.

VH
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the food and drinks!!! Javier was great and made the night fun. Will come back!!

MH
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Server was unprofessional and not customer focused. Interrupting conversations, not able to expand on questions regarding menu items, reaching over one person to serve another and no apologies or excuse me extended. Always seemed to be rushing and once bill was provided he was lurking in the corner waiting to clear. The purpose of the visit was a business lunch and I never felt able to relax and have a in depth conversation.

KA
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect and delicious. They were still offering the restaurant week specials so that was a nice surprise as well. Will come back next time we are in town!!

NF
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious and came quickly. We were there for an early lunch and had an opportunity to talk, but by the time we left, it was so noisy, communication was challenging. Still, would be a good place to go for a fun lunch or office celebration.

JC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Great for date night or drinks at the bar. Service was great and the food was delicious. Definitely will return!

EW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

We went during restaurant week, DC, in 2019. We ate the Pre Fixe meal for restaurant week. I had a vegetable chille rellano that was filled with subtle flavors. And the tuna-crab cerviche was mouthwaterringly tender and tart. However, the Portuguese wine we wanted was unavailable. Hostess was great and found us a place upstairs (slightly quieter for conversation.) The waiter was a little inattentive for my preference, but did provide overall good service.

KW
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible. Our food arrive 20 minutes before our children. Very disappointed.

WW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Really nice decor and the service was excellent even though they were quite busy. A happening place, I will go again!

LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

The food is inventive and delicious. Great selection of tequila.

KC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

I was very disappointed with my first visit and had been wanting to try the Mexican cuisine.

First, I made a reservation through Open Table and requested a booth under the "special requests" category. Upon arrival, a gentleman with a man bun attempted to seat us at table and I advised him that my reservation requested a booth. He then proceeded to tell me that booth's were basically for parties of 6, and I advised him that I requested a booth and I did not receive any response to inform me otherwise. He eventually seated us at a booth, but retorted "for future reference booths are for parties of 6!

Unfortunately, the guacamole was a disappointment, no taste and not prepared at the table.

I love Paella but found it to be bland, no saffron and the rice was not yellow rice but more like jambalaya because it was red in color. To add insult to injury, the menu indicated the paella to include: lobster, chicken, mussels, shrimp and chorizo. There was NO lobster in the dsh at all! The chorizo was a "hard unflavorable knot."

But the wait person was extremely attentive.

A very disappointing encounter to say the least.

NN
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They made the evening fun for the whole group. The manager was kind enough come and inquire about the evening and the food.

AB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was phenomenal I don't even like Mexican food that much but I loved this spot. Thank you restaurant week we will definitely be back

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 4

My 2 girlfriends and I came for restaurant week and I wish we had gone somewhere else. I will start with the positives..... ambience and drinks. The restaurant is very nice and the drinks were very well made. As for the food.... nasty. We ordered from the restaurant week menu and everything came out looking and tasting as if they made a bulk of menu items and then warmed them up as they were ordered. Nothing was seasoned everything was bland. I was highly disappointed. The only good item on the menu was the churros.

PP
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fantastic
Everyone was so gracious to us.
The food presentation was great

RV
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Service was a bit slow at the beginning...there only seem to be one server.(??)The food and drinks were great. Would come back.

R
Washington DC
31 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

The food at MXDC leaves little to note. Absence of flavor seems to be the key criticism of our meal. Mexican food is usually favorable, but MXDC seems to have chosen to forget to add seasonings to their offerings. Service was fine, as is the ambience. Completely forgettable otherwise.

A
St. Louis
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice. Helpful waitstaff.

ER
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Overall, food was good. Steak excellent but rockfish ceviche was swimming in soy sauce. Couldn't even taste the fish. The restaurant web-site needs updating for events as well as menu items.

DS
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Excellent service however food was nothing to write home about.

n
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was delicious! I will definitely be going back. I recommend the carne asada or chicken tacos. The shrimp and fish tacos weren't as good. The guacamole was delicious. My friend had the salmon dish and loved it. I felt the tables were a tad too close together. The noise level during a weekday lunch was pretty loud so I wouldn't recommend this place for a business meal. But it's perfect for a meal with friends or colleagues.

N
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

My lunch partner and I both work in downtown DC and in walking distance of MXDC. We get together for lunch on Friday’s and we have dined at MXDC on several occasions. The service this visit was not as good as it has been during past visits. We were served after three tables that arrived after us. Also there seemed to be confusion as to who was taking care of us which caused a mixup in requested items. However, the food was great and the overall experience was not bad. We will return again for one of our lunch outings.

OT
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great visit. The Paella here is best in nation.

A
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service! We were there during happy hour and it was a bit loud, but aside from that it was great!

AO
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

This was okay. It could have been so much better. The food is way overpriced for the amount they give you. Service was okay. Noise level was very high. This wasn’t a place for me.

BR
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food!!! Had a great time last time I was here so we brought our friends this time. Didn’t disappoint and everyone had a great time!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great all around. So glad we went

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best and fastest service

D
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 2

Great location, great food but the lighting was too low and kept getting lowered. Server was nice and attentive for most of our time there, but clearly forgot about us at one point.

E
St. Louis
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Rather disinterested server who commented several times about us not ordering a second round of drinks. Food was good but not outstanding. Would go back but not at the top of my list.

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