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Tortilla Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Capitol Hill
Latin, Mexican, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American, Central American
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210 7th St SE, Ste 100, Washington DC, DC 20003-4300
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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57 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm from California so I know good Latin food. The food here is good for the most part but it stops there. When we walked in, the lady behind the counter acted like we were terribly inconveniencing her. Strike One. My wife ordered tacos al carbon and I ordered a chicken burrito platter with a salad. My dressing came in... More 

Thank mstimc
Laurel, Maryland
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44 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

Saw this place on triple D. Went there to check it out. Was not disappointed! Location is great. Can people watch at the outdoor tables. Food was piping hot!! Papusa was delicious! Ordered fajitas and the beef and the chicken were delicious. also ordered flautas...lovely. Really love the many options you can have with each platter. Even with a fajita... More 

Thank Joy M
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

Really awesome restaurant in Eastern Market. You can spend the day enjoying the market tables outside and then head inside to enjoy a great meal. I had an empanada, plantains, and yucca for only $6.

Thank Christina N
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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176 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

Saw this place on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, so took my family here for lunch; not much seating so they waited until people left before they started cooking our food so it didn't get cold. I do appreciate that kind of hospitality although the wait of smelling amazing food and not eating it was horrible haha. The tamale and papusa... More 

1 Thank kurupt71
Durham, NC
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127 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

You always wonder about the TV food show's dining choices and think "how good could it be?". Well they made a great choice. This place goes above and beyond with authentic Salvadoran cuisine. The small counter service establishment is misleading as the food is 4 star quality with heart and soul put in every dish. We had the wonderful homemade... More 

Lexington, South Carolina
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

The atmosphere was not the best, there were crumbs all over the tables as well as trash. There was rips in the seats and the chairs outside were plastic with the price stickers on them. Other than that, the food was good and the staff were helpful and friendly.

1 Thank Lydia C
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

The pupusas were excellent! You can tell that the corn tortillas are homemade. It's a bit off the beaten path, hole in the wall type of place but worth the visit! The service was very friendly. It's a bit cramped and not quite accessible for strollers if you hit it at a busy time. VERY affordable. The cheapest meal we... More 

1 Thank Andrea J
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016 via mobile

What a great restaurant! There was a huge lineup but we figured it was for a good reason. Very generous portions. The food tasted authentic. Seating was not great.

1 Thank Lisa P
San Antonio, Texas
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

We stopped in because of the reviews we had read. We tried the papusas, sweet corn tamales, plaintains and empanadas. I think our favorite thing was the sweet corn tamales. Those were really good. The rest of the food was good but not really outstanding. It's worth another try though. I think it's great for take out. We saw a... More 

1 Thank Frances W
Virginia Beach
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

We came to this café after walking all the museums in DC we seen in on the food network channel and wanted to try it. We had a few different items from their menu and everything was wonderful. A few of my favorite was the spinach and feta empanada and the pork tamale! The tamales were so good we had... More 

2 Thank Renee J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $15
Latin, Mexican, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American, Central American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 210 7th St SE, Ste 100, Washington DC, DC 20003-4300
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighborhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: 202-547-5700

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?