Tortilla Coast - Capitol Hill

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162 reviews
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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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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

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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.

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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!

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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 !

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OT
Washington DC
10 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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C
Washington DC
613 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!

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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.

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A
New York Area
3 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!!!

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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!

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

Floor was dirty. Table was dirty.

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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!!

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R
Washington DC
49 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.

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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.

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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!

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B
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect for meeting up before a concert at Nats Park!

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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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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I’m from Texas so my Tex Mex bar is high. But this was the worst Tex Mex and margaritas I’ve have in the DC area.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent, the manager was wonderful

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AC
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We did make a reservation, but service was fast, attentive and friendly. Very casual, fun Place for above average food snd Margaritas!

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RU
Atlanta
12 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Best Mexican food in the hill. Love the chips and salsa. Outside, inside burrito is outstanding.

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OT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great texmex food

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MB
New England
6 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

The food was good, but the service not so much. They forgot to bring a requested water 4 times. We also felt unbelievably rushed.

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CS
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Quick service and easy booking. The quesadilla were great!

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RF
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Waitstaff was very help and never needed anything but the food was bland and uninteresting. I've heard the margaritas are tasty but I won't be searching this out any time soon.

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L
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I like it very much, specially the frozen margaritas/ thanks

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CT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The chicken fajitas were excellent. The complimentary chips were paper thin, warm and fabulous! But the dessert churros were the best ever!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great for brunch

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OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was a great place for dinner. The service was outstanding and food was very good!

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DS
New England
7 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Late lunch after a day at the National Cathedral. Restaurant is very near the Capital Hill South metro.

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CS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! We were looking for a place that is casual with good food and this fit the bill. Will definitely go there again.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Exactly what you want from a Mexican restaurant. Food got out fast, but we did never get our water and they were very slow with the bill. But the food is exactly what you want from a relatively inexpensive Mexican joint. Good margaritas.

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MT
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's not a trip to Capitol Hill without a stop at Tortilla Coast. The food is outstanding, budget friendly, and consistently wonderful service. The salsa and queso are authentic - don't miss Tortilla Coast on your next Hill visit!

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Naples
5 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

initial service was delayed
when food was served it was not all served together, some guest wanted for their meal
no complaints on food
communication could be improved

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite place to eat in D.C.!

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LF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent staff. Fun place to check out Capital Hill crowd.

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LL
Washington DC
81 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 3ambience 5

A Capitol Hill icon. It's not the best Mexican food you will have, but the service is fast, astute and breezy, the food is great, the chips and salsa keep coming, and it's steps from Congress.

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KT
Washington DC
114 reviews
Dined on April 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We came for early dinner. Waiter was efficient but when we lingered he seemed to try to rush us. There were open tables and no line so we didn’t understand why he was rushing us. Had tuna tacos that had a very tasty sauce on them. The rice and beans were bland. I have had better margaritas.

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