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El Tamarindo - Florida Ave. NW

Adams Morgan
Mexican, Latin, Central American, Salvadoran, South American
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1785 Florida Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009 (U St. NW)
10:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 2:00 am
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 6:00 am
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Washington, DC
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392 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Stopped her for lunch while running errands. I haven't eaten here in an age (restaurant has been around since the early eighties). Salsa and chips were OK. Service was very friendly and fairly attentive. Kudos to the hostess (Friday lunch). I ordered a sangria and it was quite good. I ordered the chicken mole and it was fair. I was... More 

Thank Decoamie
Columbia, Missouri
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642 reviews
354 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 245 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had dinner at El Tamarindo and was rather disappointed. Service was friendly, but very slow. Steak dish I had was served nearly raw. Not much flavor in either dishes or sauces. Did have interesting array of cocktails, including the Oaxaca Mule that was quite good.

Thank LMOverby
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were staying in DuPont and looking for somewhere local to eat. Past Reviews seemed OK. The staff were polite, however th chicken was over cooked and dry on the fajitas and the nachos had a very strange sauce which we wouldn't receive back home in the UK.

Thank Carly B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick bite before heading into Dupont area. Family got all four happy hour special appetizers...we were in and out in about 30 min. Excellent waitstaff and excellent food.

Thank Greg S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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196 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Owner Jose Reyes has modernized the restaurant, which has had a certain bodega charm since we've been regulars most Friday nights. He and his builders did a nice job, opening up the bar and installing bar seating, putting some 'high' tables with barstools for groups of 4-6, and freshening up the look for a younger, more demanding 21st Century crowd.... More 

Thank boybanker
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016 via mobile

Actually, El Tamarindo has El Salvadoran and Mexican dishes. It has quickly become our favorite Mexican restaurant in the area, surpassing Lauriol Plaza! The vegetarian options are fantastic, and the plantains are simply delicious. Love the mole. The decor is very basic and doesn't match how great the food is. So, we are very happy that it is being remodeled... More 

Thank ATLTraveler1212
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

I love this place. They are always friendly and their dishes are delectable. I often get the fajita salad with steak. It's a large portion, but so good that I find myself devouring it. It had a nice ambience before, but now is under renovation so I imagine that it will be even nicer when they are done in early... More 

Thank Mar N
Lake Placid, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Excellent meal, friendly staff, great value. The plantains were cooked perfectly, the mole sauce was the best I'd ever had.

Thank Suzanne M
Ana R, Owner at El Tamarindo - Florida Ave. NW, responded to this review

Hi Suzanne, We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your meal at El Tamarindo , and took some time out of your day to write a kind review for us. We take great pride in serving great tasting food made from the finest ingredients, so we are pleased that you enjoyed the Plantains you ordered. We hope you'll join... More 

Washington, DC
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51 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The food is pretty good here. After having a disastrous experience at another Mexican joint, I really wanted my taste buds to experience better Mexican food. The restaurant is pretty spacious. We were seated immediately on a Saturday night after 8pm. Service can be a bit better....I could have definitely used another Pina colada but didn't feel like stalking my... More 

Thank BelleKreyol
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19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

New experience salvadorian beer and pupusas several different tastes.Nice and friendly place .In and out service.

Thank Kaj G L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $20
Mexican, Latin, Central American, Salvadoran, South American
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 2:00 am
10:00 am - 6:00 am
10:00 am - 6:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1785 Florida Ave. NW, Washington DC, DC 20009
    (U St. NW)
  • Public Transportation: Dupont Circle Metro Station (Red)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Adams Morgan
  • Neighborhood: Adams Morgan
  • Phone Number: 12023283660
Enjoy fresh and flavorful food in a comfortable, neighborly environment. Join us for a tart margarita, a perfect pupusa and simply a wonderful experience.

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