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$15 - $25
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Southwestern
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Upper Northwest
0.4 miles from Dupont Circle
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Reviewed July 7, 2023

We have come to Lauriol Plaza for over 15 years, but this was the last time. We had a terrible experience with our female server. She was rude, repeatedly asked me to shove my chair in (I had nowhere to move into, I was already...boxed in). She was clearly hating on our table because we were not as skinny as she would have liked (I am plus size and this very clearly irked her to no end). She treated us as an annoyance rather than as customers. She repeatedly slammed our drink pitcher down on the table when she poured drinks (we took it away from her eventually). She acted childishly and immaturely and we had to ask another server to replace her, as she was petulant, rude and extremely unprofessional. The food and drinks were fine (and our second server, a male, was very nice) -- but we will NEVER be back.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed March 4, 2023

From the start, there is an inviting atmosphere, from the view and the people in charge. Employees try to accomodate you with true concern and interest. The food is excellent and the price is not outrageous. The varieties are varied and in tru international fashion,...e.g. they have Ceviche. Most of the servers speak Spanish (just in case.) But, unlike so many such outlets in DC, they truly care and try to have a good attitude.More

Date of visit: February 2023
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Reviewed August 23, 2022 via mobile

Outdoor seating at this restaurant is ample, comfortable and under a huge awning. My friend and I ordered salads topped W/salmon. The salads were large and with fresh ingredients. The salad was entree sized and cooked perfectly. The service was not only prompt, these were...the happiest servers I’ve encountered in my recent outings!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed May 16, 2022 via mobile

Great neighborhood find. Excellent food (and sangria!) And extensive menu. Attentive service. Wish they had tostadas in addition to salads.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 8, 2022 via mobile

Had reservations and we weren’t disappointed with this place. Good service and good quality everything. Great location not to far from downtown.

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed October 21, 2021

The place looks nice and all! The menu at presentation also ! But the truth is !!! It’s the most dirty place I have ever seen! We found a dead cockroach in our salads! ! PLEASE!! Do not go eat to this place! Discussing!! 🤮....There all show! But really dirty!More

Date of visit: July 2021
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Reviewed September 6, 2021 via mobile

Great drinks, nothing watered down here! We shared a fajita (chicken/steak) for lunch and the quality of both was top notch. Lovely outdoors area, and definitely a place to return to and try other dishes. I saw a salad being served near me, and it...looked fabulous! Next time……More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed August 10, 2021

We were so happy we found this place on our visit to DC this weekend. The food was excellent and the prices were incredible. Very nice inside too. Staff were very nice.

Date of visit: August 2021
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Reviewed September 18, 2020

Lauriol Plaza is a DC institution by now. I do miss the old location at 18th St NW and S as it was a neighborhood restaurant at the time. The new building at 18th and T is huge. The food is good, but the prices...have increased. $50 for a pitcher of margaritas is a bit high to me. The good is hearty and very good. Will definitely fill you up. The complimentary chips and salsa are the best. The chips are made on site as well as the salsa (I believe). I tend to only about four entrees - masitas de puerco, lomo salado, beef fajitas, carne asada. I also really like a swirly frozen margarita of strawberry and lime. It can get very crowded on the weekends. During Covid19, they have put tables and tents in the parking lot behind building. You can also choose to sit in sidewalk dining section or inside where they have erected partitions between sections. They do have an online reservation system and I tried using it for my most most recent visit but no tables were available for time I wanted so my friend and I took our chance for a walk up and were seated immediately.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed April 5, 2020

We've been visiting Lauriol Plaza since it was the tightest, smallest and crampiest little old house to dine in DC yet with exceptional cuisine! They've not given up their incredible goodness for style, space and looks! For many years we've enjoyed dining here, they never...fail in the service, quality, variety, ambience and uniqueness of it all. Whether dining open air or inside, the food is great and consistant over the years. A must place to dine alone or with friends, any time of the year, day or night. Highly recommended for the novice Latin food lover, or the gourmand. Go for it, you will not regret it!More

Date of visit: September 2019
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Reviewed March 7, 2020

We went on a Friday evening. Very busy so make sure you book. We got a table right in the middle of the restaurant, which was great. Loads of atmosphere and happy noises all around. Great service and food. The restaurant was recommended by friends...and we had a great time.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed January 12, 2020 via mobile

I got the Salmon with Shrimp. So yummy. They also have delicious Mango and Peach frozen Margaritas in addition to the regular lime and strawberry. I also had the Coconut Flan for dessert. It's one of my favorites. It was delicious!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed December 29, 2019

This is one of best Mexican cuisine restaurants I've encountered in almost 50 years in the D.C. area. Enchiladas were very tasty, thin tortillas, full of meat, chicken or beef.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed November 12, 2019 via mobile

For more than 20 years I have been going to this restaurant when I visit Washington. I have never once been disappointed in the food or the service. Excellent in all respects.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 28, 2019

Nothing spectacular, but good quality mexican food. I enjoyed my combination plate and it did not leave me hungry.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Lauriol Plaza is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4