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“Excellent Mexican/Cuban Restaurant”
Review of Lauriol Plaza

Lauriol Plaza
Ranked #164 of 3,215 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $15 - $25
Cuisines: Southwestern, Spanish, Central American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Bar scene, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Delivery, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Neighborhood: Dupont Circle
Description: Lauriol Plaza Restaurant was established in 1983. Ever since then, we have become a landmark in DC. We are nestled in one of the most vibrant, diversified Dupont Circle neighborhood in DC. According to food critics and clients, we are popular for good food, good service and good prices. We have the most diversified clientele, who has a true passion for Mexican, International, Latin American food. This is the spot to see and be seen in the Nation’s Capital and, although, we are a large restaurant, in essence, we still remain the small neighborhood restaurant we once were back in the old days. We are proud to have served families and couples in the 80’s and their new generations in the 2000s, and, through engagement, weddings and reunions celebrations, we continue to serve them generation after generation. Since the moment you enter, you will be impressed with the scenery. Whether you sit in the main floor, the mezzanine, the rooftop or the outside patio, you will always see a stunning perspective of the scenery. Inside a mural of a Spanish fiesta covers one wall of the bar; the interior beyond is cool and urbane, all matte-black metal and white walls, with woods in four tones forming the curved ceiling and stair rails, the expanse is magnified by windows as tall as most of the neighborhood's entire buildings. Dog walkers, bikers and joggers pass through sidewalks as if they were part of the decoration in an urban film. There so much to see. We thank our loyal clientele and our hard working staff for making Lauriol Plaza the landmark institution is has become for the past 30 decades. So in your next visit to DC, please pay us a visit.
Sea Bright, New Jersey
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Mexican/Cuban Restaurant”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

This restaurant was recommended by the hotel and everything about it is great! This is NOT a typical mexican restaurant. It has a large, varied menu, excellent specials and the margarita's were the best we've had in a long time. This is a perfect place for dinner with friends. You will not go wrong by trying Lauriol Plaza.

  • Visited February 2013
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Go for the Margaritas, and for the crowd”
Reviewed February 22, 2013

If you don't stay for dinner, it's not a crime. The pitchers of margaritas and the lovely roof deck are pretty much the only reason to go here, and because it's still a DC hot-spot for some reason. It's still fun though!

Visited June 2012
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Los Angeles
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Lauriol: One of the best!”
Reviewed February 21, 2013

Every time we go to Washington DC, we make sure we have plans to eat at Lauriol Plaza. To call this a Mexican Restaurant, as may people do, is to miss out on more than half of what it is. Yes, it has many of the traditional dishes that a Mexican Restaurant would have, but the menu is chock full of Cuban and South American specialties. It is a great place to go for dinner. Make sure to look at the extensive specials list each evening. Lauriol is visually beautiful, with clean lines and a great roof top deck that is pleasant in all weather. The food is excellent. You can't go wrong no matter what you order. Go and Go again.

Visited February 2013
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Baltimore, MD
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198 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great food, nice atmosphere, service needs help”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

I have been to this restaraunt three times over the past year. The food is great. Everything I have ordered was very good. I asked the waiter for a suggestion and he said anything. Which he was right. The vibe in the dining room is upbeat and friendly. The only lacking area is staff. The waiters are all a little cocky and seemed preoccupied. But for the great food I can over look it. The place is also a little pricey but its worth it time to time.

  • Visited January 2013
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Alexandria, Virginia
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“For DC. . .this is as good as it gets.”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

I'm from Southern California where the best mexican food can be found at any taco shop on just about any street corner. East coast claims authentic Mexican food but it is almost non existent. This is pretty good for DC. So enjoy it!

Visited April 2012
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