Tortilla Coast

4.5
209 Reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
The "original" Tortilla Coast has been a Capitol Hill institution for lunch, dinner, happy hour, and weekend brunch for locals, tourists and politicos alike since 1988. Happily offering tasty Tex-Mex favorites, world-famous frozen margaritas by the pitcher and generous hospitality, our legendary restaurant and watering hole is a fun, festive and unique spot from which to watch the capital"s movers and shakers in action.

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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 209 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely love the Sunset dip here...it's the best! Chips are light and the menu is fantastic. And the margaritas are dangerous!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Awful food.

NC
NicoleC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience3

Delicious food, small plates, good margaritas, the place is big but we weren’t able to get more than a tiny table with chairs about to break, other than the food the restaurant is not authentic Mexican, the atmosphere is like an American restaurant.

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Luke
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service. BBQ Chicken quesadilla very good. Marg pitchers a little pricey for $20 at happy hour when it's loaded with ice.

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GlennR
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great robust menu, appreciated during the crisis, with flavorful selections served by a friendly staff. Some outdoor seating, and widely-spaced tables inside.

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Marcelo
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service! They accomodated to our few requests without a problem, and they were very understanding the entire time. Good churros too.

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vipJosh
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dinner, I am going to miss this place when the close

MK
MalloryK
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, and our servers were wonderful. They were very attentive the whole visit.

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vipJody
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. We need to keep this restaurant in business for a long time.

JC
JColeD
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tortilla Coast is a Capitol Hill institution and is always great! Many memories here and will treasure this restaurant forever! Good food, great happy hour, awesome staff, fun atmosphere - everyone should go at least once if they’re in DC!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service!! Amazing food. Love this place

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service. Can’t believe they are closing!

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vipNina
Chicago
11 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience5

Had to wait a while for a table (over 20 minutes), despiser having reservations. So grabbed an open table at the bar. Chips were also very stale.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was closed - why was I able to make a reservation if they weren’t open?

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vipZthafoodee
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great evening. Was bummed cos due to COVID-19 they didn't have their regular happy hour menu. Overall great though.

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WilliamR
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

If you want cheap on Capitol Hill, this is fine. Kind of like a college town dive. Not bad, but just ok. But, not costly either.

TK
ToniK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time! Great prices the hostess that greats you at the door pleasant all the time and remembers us each time. The waiter always provide great service and delicious food!

Thanks!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Mississippi
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with fun atmosphere.

AZ
AmyZ
Charlotte
10 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was tasty. Service was good, prompt, and
attentive.

JG
vipJonathanG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Happy hour pricing was only honored in the bar area which was a disappointment.

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vipmsAnnandale
Washington DC
100 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A fun place near the Folger Theater. Food is ok but not special. Enjoyed the $3 tacos (which is still rather spendy for what you get) and the margarita was tasty (but also spendy).

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vipLunchingLobbyist2013
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

This restaurant is slowly unraveling before our eyes. Ever since the new menu’s arrival, the kitchen has slowed to a crawl.

Given its location, speed and reliability were always its strong points - a place to fuel up in a perfect respite between Hill meetings. They used to strike a unique balance - you could either spend a full lunch enjoying a productive 90 minutes, or you could spend 25 minutes, if you had to run.

Now, it is a solid half hour to deliver nachos and a Caesar salad to the table, on a slow, rainy Monday.

In realize it’s not fast food; but TC needs to remember its roots and what got it to this point.

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SoniaF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were having a goodbye party for a friend. This was a great place to do it. Plenty of room and very reasonable.

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Suezq
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience3

This is a very pleasant place for lunch. Service is excellent and quick. Great iced tea. Great salsa. I am vegetarian, so I have only had the veggie combo, which is good. It's not too noisy, so you can talk to your companions and actually hear each other. Easy to get to from Metro S. Capitol stop.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great food

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Nachos were a little cold but everything tasted great, very fast service & very welcoming people

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vipDave
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was very good and service was excellent. Some off the best salsa I’ve ever had.

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NORBERTG
New England
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Hope I wouldn’t go there again.

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vipLunchingLobbyist2013
Washington DC
84 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

For years, Tortilla Coast has been my go-to lunch choice on Capitol Hill, known for its reliable service, good traditional Mexican dishes, and quick service - it's not uncommon for me to eat here more than once in a week. However, since the arrival of the new menus, something in the kitchen has broken down. Gone are the "how'd-they-make-it-so-quick?" delivery of my Sunset Burrito, allowing me a sit-down meal between Hill meetings. The new menu has brought long waits and staring nervously at the clock. How many bowls of chips & salsa can I eat? It was four, apparently, while we waited...and waited. I suspect I'm not the first person to notice this sudden departure - I urge the management to pay special attention to keep this special delivering what its customers want.

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ECLamb
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This Capitol Hill institution is a reliable source of good, reasonably priced Mexican food. Being open for brunch on weekends is a bonus.

TK
ToniK
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We so loved our waiter Jose!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience5

One particular man dining alone had a lengthy and loud conversation with someone 2 tables away.... I’m in DC so they were discussing differing political opinions but it was overpowering & ruined my meal.

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vipJody
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great as usual but the service was just the best. Edwin waited on us and he's terrific.

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had 8 people in our party and they were able to seat us right away and immediately brought water and homemade chips and salsa! They were delicious!! The wait staff was very attentive and the food was plentiful and great!

LC
LeslieC
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good frozen margaritas.

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sabz
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food used to be great, just sub-par on this visit. Service was soooo slow, had to wait ages for our food.

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Andy0529
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went because I wanted tacos and they had hard shell ones, wasn’t disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

My boyfriend and I stopped in for lunch after touring the Capitol Building. We could immediately tell that we chose a good spot because we could see plenty of locals on lunch break from working on Capitol Hill. We weren’t wrong. I ordered the Coast Tacos with ground beef and my boyfriend ordered the Blanca’s Tacos al Carbon with chicken. The tacos were amazing! They come with rice and beans, and the rice was to die for!

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OpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

From out of town and wanted to try something local. Great food and prices, attentive server, quirky fun atmosphere. One of our best overall dining experiences during this trip.

NT
NicoleT
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience5

The chips were greasy, the service was non existent, the place was dirty. Would not go back.

FAQs

Tortilla Coast does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Tortilla Coast is rated 4.5 stars by 209 OpenTable diners.

Tortilla Coast does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.tortillacoast.com/store#!/Tortilla-Coast-Gift-Card/p/132232394/category=40546050.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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