Tortilla Coast

4.3
223 Reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex

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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.

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 223 people are saying
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vipOpenTable Diner
Baltimore
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

It was okay. Not fantastic, but not horrible. I must say tho… they do have the best tortilla table chips I’ve ever had in my whole life. So they have that goin for them

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TramN
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

The food is still good. The service is fair. Only one server for the entire restaurant during lunch. We had to ask for a drink or additional utensils several times. But overall it was still good and valuable for lunch after the pandemic. Thank you.

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AinT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The stopped serving tortillas and salsa which was a disappointment.

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vipElHeifer
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food always excellent. Queso dip delicisious. Menu is limited, though, as TC reopens after the pandemic. Hope it can expand it soon when work force returns.

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vipNashvegas
Washington DC
49 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Outstanding service with a smile thanks to Charlie!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Guacamole was okay, enchiladas substituted with veggies my date didn’t enjoy at all, tacos were okay. Churros was the only thing I enjoyed unfortunately. Which was surprising, my typical DoorDash order with the in and out burrito is typically good as well as quesadilla.

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DinnerDate
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Overall it was ok. We were seated right away, however the table was not clean, sticky actually. Put a couple napkins down to cover it up and move on. We ordered the chicken and steak fajitas and Gina’s plate. The fajitas were basically 4 small pieces of steak and 5 small cuts of chicken covered in a mountain of barely sautéed vegetables. Came with a side of 3 THIN flour tortillas wrapped in plastic. What? Presentation was ok. Ginas plate looked more appetizing and presentable, the chicken on both plates was delicious. We ordered a pitcher of silver coast margarita (I guess their 2nd top notch pitcher they offered) and it was half ice half sour mix, barely tasting any alcohol. Very disappointing. Did not even get the servers name or offered anything extra to include dessert, any condiments, not even extra napkins(when we were clearly out(because of spilled water)). Disappointed at my first dinner near the capitol. Would not recommend it to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love tortilla coast! Always a great spot in DC!

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vipJosh
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff and food. Happy hour is awesome

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was good. Be ready for large portions. It's a little pricey, but again the portions make it worth it. The Captain Crunch French Toast during brunch is worth driving into the city.

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vipEcivilized
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Covid spacing great

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vipMika
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Tortilla Coast was a cute spot right of the metro which made it convenient to get to. Me and a friend had gone for happy hour and enjoyed the pitchers of margaritas, which were just the right amount of sweetness. The nachos that we got we okay, but I would go back just for the margs. If you are looking for a cheap happy hour, this is the place to be!

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SheilaD
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good as always. Great happy hour

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
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
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience2

Awful food.

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NicoleC
Washington DC
4 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
13 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
30 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJColeD
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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SarahP
Washington DC
2 reviews
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
13 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.

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ToniK
Washington DC
13 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
5 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food with fun atmosphere.

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AmyZ
Charlotte
15 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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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
104 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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it. Great food

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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.

FAQs

Tortilla Coast does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats.

Tortilla Coast is rated 4.3 stars by 223 OpenTable diners.

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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