Tortilla Coast - Capitol Hill

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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.
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New England
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Hope I wouldn’t go there again.

LL
Washington DC
82 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

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.

EC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

TK
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We so loved our waiter Jose!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

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.

J
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good frozen margaritas.

s
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

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

A
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

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

OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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!

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 5

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

VC
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Quick service. nice atmosphere. window table was a bonus!

W
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

Below average food and service is very poor, even when the place is empty.

TJ
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

Tortilla Coast is a neighborhood standby, there when needed. Great location, very good service, good space, good drinks, inexpensive. Only downside is the food, which is only OK.

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

DC
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Dropped in for Tortilla Coast's (rare, Sunday!) Happy Hour following a Capitol Hill event. Great margaritas and beer choices, plus some bargain-priced Happy Hour snacks, although we think on our next visit we'll start to investigate the regular menu, too! Terrific, friendly, helpful staff who seemed nice to everyone who walked through their door! If you can find on-street parking on a weekend (during the work week this is likely an impossibility) Tortilla Coast fits the bill of a friendly neighborhood watering hole and casual eatery. Smiles (and Margaritas!) all-round! :)

M
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good waiter and food

OT
Minneapolis
12 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for tacos right off of the metro.

ST
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

Lots of fun and relaxed. Food was spot on, but the service was a little slow.

TS
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its a nice place to eat good atmosphere great happy hour menu and good swirls

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Website advertises happy hour every day of the week, but there was not happy hour on Cinco de Mayo. No Cinco de Mayo specials either.

SK
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

When we got to the restaurant I told them we had made a reservation. The host said that there would be a 10-15 minute wait. I asked, do you see my reservation? And her response was yes, but there is only one host so there will still be a 10-15 minute wait. She also recommended a restaurant around the corner we could go to where there may not be a wait. What was the point in making a reservation? We ended up going down a little further to Sanphan Thai Cuisine and it was crazy busy and the food was delicious!

LT
London
10 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Very quiet but the breakfast burrito was brilliant! Should be busier !

OT
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Those are the greasiest chips ever. Had to sop up the grease with my napkin before eating. Please change the cooking process or something.

TF
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 1ambience 1

The restaurant needs to be renovated. The service is awful. The server and hostess were not welcoming.

KJ
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

We came after a Capitol Tour because we were told it was a local haunt.

The staff was very friendly.

The queso with ground beef and quacamole was very good. The salsa was ok.

We ordered the shrimp tacos, Baja fish tacos, regular beef taco meal and the beef chimichanga and kids taco and fries.

The beef tacos were just not good. No one at the table enjoyed them.

The rest was between good and ok.

The price was over $80 for a family of 5.

The portions were large and we heard they have a great Happy Hour.

My family appreciated it for what it was...local,close to the Capitol.

We appreciated our servers greatly.

Good Stuff Eatery is a burger and fry place close to the Capitol too...would go there next time.

LK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved it so much, we came back 2 nights later! The shrimp quesadillas were the best ever.

C
Washington DC
668 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 3

They closed at 9 while still taking reservations beyond that time. Disappointed but at least Eddie is back!

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

They are so very nice and very attentive, but the food completely misses the mark. We would have done better at Chipotle. Very disappointed and expected more from this Capitol Hill eatery. We can handle the gritty atmosphere if the food is authentic and hits the mark, but this was not the case. I wish I didn’t have to report this, but feel other Open Table’ers should beware.

A
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I had a delicious dinner at Tortilla Coast! We were treated like family. Highly recommend!!!

VW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Customer Service was excellent. I thought it was quite cozy. Enjoyed my meal w/company!

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 1

Floor was dirty. Table was dirty.

LW
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, terrific food and drinks and the service is fantastic. Their place is the real deal!!

R
Washington DC
60 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was tasty but not spicy. Salsa and chips were excellent.
Service was good.

D
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

The food was fine but kind of bland and uninspired. The margaritas tasted like they were made from a cheap mix. The server was very nice, but took forever to ask us if we wanted a second round when our glasses were empty. She just disappeared. After we ordered a pitcher of margaritas to avoid having to wait again if we wanted more, she kept coming by to tell us it was "on its way" (same with the food). It was very slow (Sunday night) so I don't know what was taking the bartender or the kitchen so long. This place may be OK for a quick work lunch but with so many great places to eat in DC why waste your time on mediocre fare with slow service. I've had better from many local food trucks.

W
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The Sampler Platter was great, a good mix of everything! LOVED the margarita pitchers for $27! The food was great and the place was fun!

B
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for meeting up before a concert at Nats Park!

DC
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was AMAZING... I couldn't finish my burrito! Definitely a good, clean taste- not overly salty or oily and the waitstaff is very attentive!

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