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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
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Buffalo, New York
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I totally love this little Mom and Pop Salvadorian cafe'. Super nice lady taking orders. Very helpful and great smile!! We had chicken burrito which was packed with flavor and super delicious!!! The pupusas were just like I had in Belize, where I fell in love with them!! While there I noticed signs that Diners, Drive inns and dives were... More 

Thank Leslie B
Ames, Iowa
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98 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Reviews on this place were good but I was still very pleasantly surprised. My daughter had tamales and I had the Texas burrito. I was a little disappointed in the steak, more like pot roast but the plantains more than made up for it.

Thank groggia
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Catalina and her crew will always take take of your El Salvadoran cuisine cravings. Some of my favorites... fried plantains & refried beans veggie taco salad seafood tacos Spinach empanada Corn tamale

Thank Orishaslove
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58 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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195 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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133 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$7 - $15
Latin, Mexican, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American, Central American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?