MXDC

4.3
1428 reviews
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Mexican
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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JC
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

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

LC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

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

AB
Baltimore
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
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 3 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
29 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
11 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
5 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
4 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.

AR
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice and cute decor. The food was very tasty and the margaritas are amazing!!!

MF
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We made a last minute reservation and glad we did!!! Great food and drinks, Will come back soon!

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

We were seated pretty quickly since we had reservations. The service was a bit slow at times (we waited quite a while between our appetizers and meal). Our second round of drinks took awhile and when we got our soups, they forgot to provide us with spoons so we had to wait again. Food was good and ambiance was lively and a bit noisy but it was also a busy Saturday night.

M
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

Food doesn't taste authentic. Very small tacos. Sweet, instead of spicy salsas.

KA
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. A little bit noisy but they were super busy. Would come back!!

VH
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came here after the watching the festival at the national mall. Very close walk and we were seated quickly. They were very busy and the noise levels can be a bit loud, but we had a great time. Our server was great and attentive. Will come back!!

D
Atlanta
4 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I arrived on time and I as seated promptly. However, after 10 minutes at the table (without as much as a ‘hello,’ I left. It was very loud. Everyone else’s food looked great. But the (lack of) service was atrocious.

MD
New England
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

Although the food and service were good it was so noisy we couldn’t speak to each other and the noise was uncomfortable.

C
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

MXDC was resoundingly mediocre. Nothing was "bad," apart from the service. I did feel bad for the waitress because I think they were understaffed. However, we waited a long time for our food and drinks and in between those items too, empty glasses are no good at an expensive restaurant. Speaking of food, it was decent, but it is fairly pricey for Mexican food. Nothing was outstanding. I doubt we will go back.

BB
Phoenix
4 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Lackluster and routinel

S
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

The food was not as flavorful as we remember. We used to love the paella at MXDC but our order from this last visit lacked the flavor to which we had grown accustomed.

AH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We had a Travelzoo special-offer dinner voucher and the first 10 minutes of our being there was spent by the waiter running back-and-forth between us and management to figure out how and what applies to the voucher.

Clearly no one was aware of the voucher promotion and was rather awkward, to say the least, trying to “sit through the process of figuring out” the details while other diners were in proximity.

I trust one understands the feeling of “being on the spot” or “out of place” of sorts.

Perhaps this is why we tend to stick to Old Town Alwxandria or vicinity when dining out: some DC establishments take it for granted that patrons choose their establishment for other reasons than provide opportunity for severs to make as much tips as possible.

Friendly suggestion: a restaurant is not in the business of selling food! Grocery stores do that. In my opinion, a restaurant is in the business of hospitality. Creating memories and experiences unique to its locations, cuisine, and welcoming atmosphere.

HC
New England
9 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The food was very good, service outstanding. I started with the guacamole-- and since I am allergic to shellfish has soft tacos with it-- a very nice change. Followed with carne asada tacos and another house margarita. Overall, a very good meal with attentive service which wasn't over bearing. I was by myself and my only suggestion would be not to put a single diner next to a VERY LOUD table of 6-- when there are other tables available

DC
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a nice experience at MXDC. I recommend in particular the guacamole and the mixed tacos.

OT
Houston
13 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Seemed overpriced for the quality. Server seemed stretched thin. We went for lunch, and wouldn’t go back for that. Dinner menu looked pretty good.

S
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fidel and the rest of the staff were very helpful. The food was outstanding. By far the best Mexican food I have ever eaten xx

R
Washington DC
56 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Seafood salad was excellent. The lamb meatballs were flavorless. Guava rita was the best. Atmosphere is outstanding. The Host went out of his way to accommodate. Service was good but sparse at times. Amazing view.

j
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Always good! A little loud. Good service. Will definitely be back!

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