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Impala Cantina y Taqueria, Washington, DC

Impala Cantina y Taqueria

4.1
4.1
33 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Impala Cantina y Taqueria is an authentic Mexican cantina restaurant in Washington, DC. The kitchen has elevated the classics of Mexican street food to give it a modern feel. The atmosphere at Impala Cantina y Taqueria is fun and casual, and a full bar serves up margaritas and other classic cocktails as well as wine and beer. Start dinner at Impala Cantina y Taqueria with some antojitos such as flautas de pollo, ensalada Caesar, totopos y salsa and mole chicken wings. There are plenty of tacos to choose from as well, like carne asada and chorizo. Larger plates include Baja fish tacos and carne asada.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 733-3427
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private dining room on the second floor that can accommodate up twelve guests.
  • Private party contact
    Ian Holt: (202) 733-3427
  • Neighborhood
    Lanham
  • Cross street
    13th St. NE
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
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What 33 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.1
4.1 based on all time ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 4.2Value

Noise โ€ข Moderate

33 Reviews
  1. AL20002

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Impala has great tacos and enchiladas - we really enjoyed our dinner and will definitely be back.

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  2. Scott

    Washington DC

    35 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was pretty good, Mole Chicken Enchiladas.

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  3. tpot

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impala is a great location for a dinner date, family or friend gathering or special occasion. The food is exceptional, light, and flavorful. They have a great taco menu that cannot be beaten on a value, taste, and price level. The drinks are strong, our waitress and bartender are super accommodating and gracious. It was the perfect combination for a birthday and a landing pad to start a mini pub crawl on H Street. After dinner, check out playing video games at the Arcade (e.g. Donkey Kong & Super Mario Brothers), head to Gallery O on H for music or a fire dancing show (when scheduled), go indoor miniature golfing at H Street Country Club, or go dancing at the Rock N Hotel. Typically no or low cover required, all are 1 block away, and this combination makes for a fun, affordable, eclectic, and memorable evening.

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  4. Aaron

    Washington DC

    38 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good food, just needs a little seasoning (like salt). Ambiance is great, especially on the patio. Service could use some work, but I'm not one to rush my margaritas (I'd just like more than one per hour).

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Probably could use another server, the one server seemed a bit stretched. Food was tasty, drinks were tasty. Over all the experience was enjoyable, and the server worked diligently to help us, even though she was in the weeds.

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  6. NadiaR

    New York City

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved this place! Great salsa and guacamole. I loved that they had Daiya cheese as a non-dairy option for the enchiladas. Their chips were also great.

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  7. Neighborhoodspot

    New York City

    24 reviews

    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    On this trip, my companion and I just had guacamole, salsa and chips, and drinks. The guac was great, the chips are "okay" (the kind that split apart - also not warm) and the salsa was "okay." Nothing special. My margarita was mediocre (may have been the house tequila). As far as past visits for dinner, the chicken verde enchiladas were very good along with the grilled corn. Overall, a decent spot!

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  8. Sukki10

    Washington DC

    61 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    This was my third and last time at this resturant! There service was lacking! The bartender, part owner from what I hear is rude and makes the worst drinks. We had to flag him down for assistance and it was not that busy. He even said something offensive that I did not appreciate.

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service. Brittney was attentive and remembered us from a previous visit.

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  10. GG12

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    There are several tofu-based vegan options on the menu, including tacos and enchiladas.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic experience. Food is excellent - tortilla's are homemade, guacamole is super fresh, lime for margaritas is fresh squeezed. Apparently, one of the owners is from a Mexican family and they utilize the family recipes. Lots of fresh and natural ingredients. Tacos are great, plus there is lighter and vegetarian fare. Decor is very tasteful and authentic. Really nice low key bars (there is one on both floors) and outdoor seating. Value for money is incredible. Very reasonably priced. Low key but classy.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Everything in this place was great. The first four tacos I had were so good...I ate 4 more. The server was excellent. The hostess was awesome. Everyone was so polite and interactive. The manager came by and asked how the night was going. Impala es excelente.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brand new waiter, Robert, served us. He made great recommendations for our enchiladas and was extremely courteous the whole time we were there. Margaritas were also great. If you think all Mexican food is spicy, this place is fantastic for the person who likes Mexican but has trouble with the level of heat. They can also turn it up a notch as well. I highly recommend Impala for when the weather is nice because of the outdoor seating area.

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  14. Jlbp

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Went on a Saturday evening, it wasn't too busy. We asked for chips and salsa and had to wait 20 min to get them while parties that were seated after us got them first. I had asked for sour cream and it did not come. We asked the runner to bring it, he didn't. By the time the server came around, I was mostly finished with my meal. The food tasted great and the margarita had a good flavor. Will go back to give them another shot.

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  15. Hancake

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 1, 2016

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    I wouldn't recommend Impala to anyone. While the atmosphere and outdoor patio are nice, the margaritas and tacos were barely edible. The service was awful as well - we ordered chips & salsa and other appetizers and they never came out. We finally just cancelled the order once our main meals arrived. I mean, how hard is it to throw together chips & salsa? Overall, not a great experience.

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  16. Katerer

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2016

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    I had previously dined at this restaurant and it was great! This time around not so much. The service was slow, drinks watered down and the food bland, so sorry to see their losing their touch.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 5, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time and we had a 7:30 reservation. The whole experience was just Awesome!! The food ๐ŸŒฎ was Delicious, bartender๐Ÿบ was Excellent ( didn't get his name, he was black with the beard) and our waitress Brittanyโค๏ธ was soooo Sweet! We will definitely be back with friends and family ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿฝ. Thanks, Kelly

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  18. JVWSimonson

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2016

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Friends and I went here, to grab a bite with someone from out of town. The waitress was really sweet, the guac was delicious, the food well-priced, and the pork was by far better than the chicken and beef. We all had great meals at a great price.

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  19. Sarah

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2016

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great Mexican food is hard to find in DC. This is about as close as you get. We come here often because we love their homemade margaritas and street corn. Their shrimp tacos and their chirzo tacos are awesome. Defiantly ask what the server recommends.

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  20. AJCar

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2016

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impala could hang with some of the best ones in Southern California. Also order the fish tacos!

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  21. BirthdayDinner

    Minneapolis

    24 reviews

    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The location, service and drinks were fantastic. The food was average and lacked flavor.

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  22. chisme

    Tampa

    87 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on December 13, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    This is an excellent small authentic Mexican resturant, doing a limited menu very well. Portions are large, prices low, and the qualty is excellent. I highly recommend the fish tacos and the unusual and tasty squash casserole accompaniment. Impala is across the street fom Atlas Theater, making it perfect for pre- or post-theater dinner. Am especially glad that it keeps late hours.

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Their marinated tofu enchiladas- perfect for vegetarians

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Good atmosphere, pleasant waitstaff. Chips and salsa good, but tacos and other dishes pretty hit or miss.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Brittney our server was excellent super friendly and spot on with descriptions of menu. The tongue taco was amazing and unique. The tacos are authentic and all of the meats except for the steak were extremely tender. The margaritas were strong and not too sweet. Can't wait for the bands to be playing again in the summer! But we will be back before then for the food and our excellent server.

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  26. Henry

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Impala is a fantastic (and needed) addition to the H Street restaurant scene. With our modest sized group of 6, the waitstaff was perfectly attentive and the kitchen quickly turned around our entree order. I knew with my first bite into the chips and guac that this place was the Mexican food I'd been waiting for in DC.

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  27. marian

    Washington DC

    40 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Margaritas were great. I normally order them on the rocks, but the server recommended frozen, and she was right. NOT the usual syrupy sweet slush.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2015

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    No nachos on the menu, you have to pay for even just chips with salsa, and they charge you an arm and a leg for entrees and drinks. Patio severely underlit and claustrophobic. Literally on top of those next to you, get ready to get cozy with wacky strangers. Also get accosted by the neighborhood ruffians while you eat. The inside didn't look much better. Waiter asked all the tables around us if they wanted more food/drinks before she even asked us once. My wallet hurt after this and I felt extremely dissatisfied. Really ruined that the FOOD did seem to taste good and authentic. Recommend going elsewhere on the strip if you want to have a nice meal with someone

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  29. Nono

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    2.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2015

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The fish tacos were painfully spicy, and I am not squeamish about spice. We were charged $25 for a single margarita with better liquor, so be very careful. The first time I came here the house margarita was good, but this time it was subpar. When we brought our concerns up with management, the gentleman was rude and dismissive.

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  30. DelishButNoisy

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2015

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Everything was great - our large group was seated at a great table outside as soon as we arrived, we got waters right away and drinks soon thereafter, the chips, guac and salsas were really tasty - and then we got our main dishes. What a disappointment. Every dish was boring and bland. What happened to the good flavors from the appetizers? I'd go back for drinks and apps, but not for dinner again.

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  31. Ackamo

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    4.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2015

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Solid affordable and authentic Mexican food on H street. Roof was closed due to t-storm threats but would have been nice option. Food was well prepared and came out quickly, although we were there early on a Tues pm. Shared pork and chicken tacos - very nice - and beef chimmi entree. Beans and rice were super delish and not heavy. Would definitely return.

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  32. KarenV

    Anchorage

    55 reviews

    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2015

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is great authentic food! We traveled from Alaska and I wanted to try places that tourists don't know and we wanted a genuine experience and we got one here. We arrived and were seated outside, within minutes a thunderstorm rolled through; we were quickly moved upstairs to a great window seat. Our server was wonderful and attentive. The food was hot and delicious and the beer yummy and cold. Give this place a try, you won't be disappointed.

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  33. HVBear

    Washington DC

    32 reviews

    3.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2015

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    This restaurant features a straightforward and tasty menu of flavorful cantina offerings. The drink menu is similarly simple, albeit not clearly labeled (some of the items marked "drinks" are actually fancy and beautiful shots). The location is not large, but there is plenty of room for parties of 2. Anything more than that would definitely need a reservation. The service was friendly, albeit absent periodically. The staff was friendly and genuinely interested in your satisfaction, however, for the short peak of service, seemed to disappear when we were interested in placing an order or in need of water refills. Overall, I would definitely recommend trying Impala Cantina. The food was tasty and the atmosphere was conducive to a relaxed and upbeat meal. Great for a date or a friend.

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1358 H St. NE, Washington, DC 20002

Additional information

  • Cross street
    13th St. NE
  • Neighborhood
    Lanham
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch
  • Phone number
    (202) 733-3427
  • Private party facilities
    We have a private dining room on the second floor that can accommodate up twelve guests.
  • Private party contact
    Ian Holt: (202) 733-3427
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