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Alero Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant, Arcade, and Lounge$$$$
U-Street, Washington
  • Helena W.
    "Margaritas on a 103 degree weather day are pretty amazing"(21 Tips)
    Kristin D.
    "Try the Matrimonial Margarita!"(2 Tips)
    Q C.
    "Happy Hour starts @ 3pm! 🙌🙌🙌"(6 Tips)
    Laura B.
    "Drive down a mile to Lauriol Plaza!"(2 Tips)
104 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • happy hour
  • matrimonial
  • Mexican food
  • quesadillas
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  • Alisa V.
    Alisa VasilenkoOctober 7, 2012
    Beware that the information on their website might not be correct (location in Columbia Heights does not do the buffet but the site says it does, etc). Buffet is delicious!!
  • NightScene
    NightSceneNovember 23, 2010
    This latin flavor restaurant is dominated by its bar and lounge area, a great place for a drink on any night of the week, go with the margarita or mexican beer to fit the mood
  • Najeema
    NajeemaApril 9, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy Hour 3:30p til 7pm. Swirl frozen margarita is a fave. Have the cilantro (green) rice. The authentic Mexican music is best-it gets wack when the dj starts with corny music in attempts to be cool.
  • Laura G A.
    Laura G AdamsDecember 1, 2009
    Monday nights they have a two person fajita deal that can feed four! you get a nachos app, a pitcher of margaritas, huge plate of fajitas with different kinds of meat and then pie!
  • Lauren P.
    Lauren P.August 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Parking is bad all the time! Take the train or give yourself 30/45 mins to look for parking. The swirl margarita and sangria are the BEST!
  • René L.
    René LePaulOctober 19, 2014
    Bought a drunk here once, it was $32 and worth every bit of it!
  • Meka A.
    Meka AndrewsJuly 10, 2011
    The quesadilla is the shit(good thing). It is really nice chill place to come on Saturday.
  • Liz S.
    Liz SesslerMay 15, 2011
    The tacos Juarez are my preference. They are a good amount of food without being too heavy like a burrito.
  • William R.
    William RossOctober 13, 2011
    There are multiple Aleros all over town. Keep this in mind when arranging to meet a friend here!
  • Katrina E.
    Katrina EdwardsMarch 24, 2011
    Frozen mango margaritas are the business!!! Please do try one...or two...hell maybe 3 no judgment here lol
  • Shira M.
    Shira MFebruary 17, 2014
    The wings in alero sauce is a happy hour must!
  • Audrey A.
    Audrey ANovember 17, 2012
    EXCELLENT music for Friday night dancing! Quick bar service too!
  • R. (Dot) B.
    R. (Dot) BrownFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Always a good time at their Saturday HH!
  • Natalie G.
    Natalie GlassAugust 11, 2013
    Our waiter spilled our drink, everyone was over served around us and it took 20 minutes to get the bill for one round. If you haven't ordered yet do yourself a favor and just leave.
  • Annette E.
    Annette EdmondsAugust 18, 2012
    They have the best frozen margaritas in DC!!!!!!!!! I absolutely love this place!!!
  • Nnedimma Jessica N.
    Come hungry. The food is great, the service is amazing. It's smack dab in the heart of the city!
  • Marc P.
    Marc PhillipsOctober 14, 2013
    My frozen margarita was as thick as a smoothie. To some that might be unsettling.
  • Yvonne M.
    Yvonne MOctober 14, 2012
    The Tres Leches is amazing. Best dessert on the menu.
  • Jamece H.
    Jamece HackettSeptember 12, 2013
    Georgia peaches are the way too go. Be sure to ask for kerin!
  • Phil E.
    Phil EmOctober 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Wow!! Great food and a fun time!! Chicken quesadilla is great.
  • Justin W.
    Justin WebsterJanuary 5, 2012
    Great place to have lunch before saying goodbye to friends during a visit to DC
  • Chris B.
    Chris BobikAugust 21, 2010
    Good place for drinks. If you're just trying to grab some dinner though, bring some EAR PLUGS - the place is loud!
  • Jefferson E.
    Jefferson EmpanadaSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best margaritas ever! Come in tonight and try an Escalade Margarita with the official premiere of Cointreau Noir!
  • DJ M.
    DJ MIMJune 25, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Worst service ever last night. I ordered taquitos.. they brought out tacos. My wife ordered shrimp..they forgot to put order in. At 9:30p the restaurant was slow so how can you mess up a table for 2?
  • Datrianna M.
    Datrianna MeeksDecember 6, 2014
    Margaritas and shrimp quesadillas! The perfect pair!
  • Rita L.
    Rita LassiterApril 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Service on a busy Saturday is awful. So much so that two tables walked out on their bills. THEN, mgmt asked all the tables for credit cards to be placed on hold. Last visit here for a while.
  • Angie H.
    Angie HarmonJune 30, 2015
    Not particularly authentic, but the margarita pitchers make it worth coming.
  • Jasmine M.
    Jasmine McGillJuly 13, 2013
    more than 5 ? get the frida khalo! great deal
  • Mickey
    MickeyDecember 12, 2010
    Love the platanitos! Very generous portion... if you don't share :)
  • R. (Dot) B.
    R. (Dot) BrownFebruary 2, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I live for their happy hours....
  • Ronald M.
    Ronald MillerJanuary 6, 2013
    I like the pitchers of Margaritas just parking in the area sucks.
  • Adi P.
    Adi P.April 30, 2014
    The food was good, the drinks were good, but I didn't enjoy the sopapillas
  • Timothy Y.
    Timothy YoungMay 11, 2013
    Okay I have never been here a day in my life and I have had the worst experience. So they're waiting area to be seated is so small. Then they don't spilt checks for large parties..
  • Peter W.
    Peter WilhelmJuly 9, 2011
    Might be time to stop coming here. I like restaurants. I like clubs. I dont like restaurants IN my clubs.
  • Spiderman
    SpidermanJune 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Its great! Make sure u try the salmon!
  • Johnna M.
    Johnna MillerMarch 31, 2013
    I'm a fan of the shredded beer tacos.
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyMarch 21, 2011
    Margaritas are to DIE for! Get the enchiladas.
  • M B.
    M BrownJuly 19, 2014
    I was with a party of 3 and they automatically include an 18% tip with the bill. I had piss poor service so what do I do now?
  • R S.
    R SMarch 29, 2012
    The shrimp quesadilla are the best!!
  • Kiara H.
    Kiara H.November 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The chicken quesdillas and swirls are amazeballs!
  • Jefferson E.
    Jefferson EmpanadaSeptember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best margaritas ever. Come in tonight for Escalade Margaritas with
  • Helena W.
    Helena WolduJuly 22, 2011
    Margaritas on a 103 degree weather day are pretty amazing
  • Kristine K.
    Kristine KippinsMay 4, 2010
    Jorge, who works the couches, is just as awesome as Jenny. This place is way better than the U Street Alero!
  • Q C.
    Q ChainzMarch 21, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy Hour starts @ 3pm! 🙌🙌🙌
  • Vashti J.
    Vashti JMarch 19, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome sandwiches. Great coffee. And free wifi!!
  • Desiree B.
    Desiree BrayOctober 24, 2011
    The passion fruit was delicious!
  • @KeithJonesJr
    @KeithJonesJrJune 7, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The frozen daiquiris are good.
  • Courtney M.
    Courtney MMarch 3, 2011
    great place when you want to sit outside
  • Ammar J.
    Ammar JamesFebruary 16, 2013
    best management in Dc. hands down.
  • Evans W.
    Evans WatsonMarch 30, 2012
    Try the swirlies w/an extra shot of Patron! The start to a great nite!
  • Briana Y.
    Briana YarbroughJuly 14, 2013
    Get the strawberry margarita!!!
  • Kevin
    KevinMay 2, 2012
    Tiger Woods as the Terminator, should be his Wife...LTMS.
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangAugust 17, 2011
    Go for the weekend brunch. It's delicious!
  • David G.
    David GordonAugust 5, 2010
    Nice atmosphere and reasonably priced. Good service.
  • Tony S.
    Tony StarkJuly 15, 2015
    Happy hour and great music.
  • Andreas H S.
    Andreas H SjøbergJune 4, 2011
    Excellent service And great mexican food & drinks
  • Micah M.
    Micah M.August 31, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    ALWAYS what I need and when...
  • Sargon A.
    Sargon AlmualumSeptember 15, 2011
    Amazing cheap sweets.
  • Tish H.
    Tish HaysApril 28, 2011
    Eepaan Colee (it's on in the house) dos equis xx promo. Do it.
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangJuly 28, 2011
    Enjoy a mojito while sitting outside and people watch!
  • Whitney T.
    Whitney TealAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You have to have a credit card for them to hold before they being you food now.
  • Sade O.
    Sade OgunApril 6, 2012
    Always get the margaritas!!!
  • Mike R.
    Mike ReidAugust 22, 2012
    Nice ambiance at all locations. Decent food.
  • Michael L.
    Michael LillyJune 22, 2010
    The steak chimichanga was phenomenal!
  • Liz C.
    Liz CummingsJuly 11, 2010
    The paintings are hilarious, particularly the Harry Potter one
  • CaShawn T.
    CaShawn ThompsonAugust 3, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the nachos!
  • Scott H.
    Scott HalerzJanuary 7, 2011
    Its ok, good salsa, but why go here when lauriol plaza is only 5 min away?
  • Matthew B.
    Matthew BollingMarch 12, 2012
    Order the guacamole.
  • Christie C.
    Christie CooperMarch 27, 2015
    Used to be a fave until last night when I received the worst customer service experience ever. Will not return to this location or the others.
  • Dave L.
    Dave LazApril 10
    Solid meal, nothing outstanding or terrible.
  • Kristine K.
    Kristine KippinsMay 3, 2010
    Jenny is the best server at Alero. Ask to sit in her section!
  • Anna B.
    Anna BellNovember 9, 2011
    Happy Hour is awesome
  • Em
    EmJune 30, 2013
    Love this place!!
  • Charlene M.
    Charlene MonroeJuly 30, 2011
    Great brunch with free mimosas!
  • Scot G.
    Scot GallaherApril 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best HH on U Street
  • Laura B.
    Laura B.September 30, 2011
    No Bueno, last time I come here. There are too many better Tex Mex places in the area. Drive down a mile to Lauriol Plaza!
  • Douvonté F.
    Douvonté F.January 7, 2012
    Best nachos ever!
  • Ci R.
    Ci RossyFebruary 15, 2012
    Matrimonial is delicious
  • Justin M.
    Justin MooreApril 8, 2011
    Try the Matador!!
  • Nancie S.
    Nancie S.February 29, 2012
    Great margaritas!!
  • Andrew R.
    Andrew RamseyAugust 30, 2016
    If a Mexican restaurant and a club had a baby. Drinks are terrible.
  • Shirell M.
    Shirell MApril 20, 2011
    Do not order at the bar...Blonde broad WILL lose ur credit card
  • Temi K.
    Temi KDecember 1, 2011
    Matador FTW
  • David M.
    David MarinerApril 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Shrimp quesados
  • Ellen S.
    Ellen ShieryMay 4, 2013
    Keep walking! The food was NOT great, made worse by the poor service and alcohol-lacking margaritas.
  • Vincent M.
    Vincent MacalusoAugust 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Turns into a loud, crappy "nightclub" around 10pm on the weekend.
  • Jonn M.
    Jonn MackJuly 12, 2013
  • Rob C.
    Rob ChristensenNovember 26, 2011
    Smells of fajitas and fog.
  • Henry H.
    Henry HernándezAugust 7, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Party place. Good food.
  • Kristin D.
    Kristin DonesJune 26, 2010
    Try the Matrimonial Margarita!
  • Ryan C.
    Ryan CherlinMay 27, 2010
    Happy birthday. Great music here.
  • Enga W.
    Enga WeeksJune 2, 2012
    Wont eat here again
  • Murphy
    MurphyOctober 1, 2010
    Complimentary Chips!
  • Chelsea B.
    Chelsea BarkemaDecember 23, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Terrible service and they do not honor the 4 square check in special. You're way better off going to El Centro DF on 14th Street
  • Alexis D.
    Alexis DavisJuly 27, 2013
    Musty smell.
  • Marvin L.
    Marvin LopezSeptember 12, 2010
    Just eat everything
  • Chuq Y.
    Chuq YangMay 26, 2011
    It's a little warm in here no?
  • Mark L.
    Mark LewisAugust 1, 2010
    After move brunch. :-)
  • Melissa M.
    Melissa McQuistonNovember 6, 2011
    Bad drinks, service and food.
  • Valeria V.
    Valeria VillarroelSeptember 17, 2011
    The food is so meh.
  • Jewellyn H.
    Jewellyn HeddApril 19, 2014
    Great Happy Hour. Nice outdoor seating.
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