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Lauriol Plaza Restaurant

Lauriol Plaza Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant and Latin American Restaurant$$$$
Dupont Circle, Washington
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  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Lauriol Plaza throws a rooftop happy hour from 5-10. Yes, 10 p.m. Margaritas and beer go for $3.99 and half pitchers of margaritas cost $11.95. The rooftop happy hour takes place Monday-Thursday. Read more
  • Conner W.
    Conner WilbergerJune 12, 2012
    Amazing chips, queso, guacamole. The huevos rancheros are wonderful! You might have to make a reservation for 10 even if there is only 8 in your party & just find 2 others off the street to be seated
  • Saletta C.
    Saletta ColemanJuly 6, 2010
    Liz S is trippin! Have the best margarita on the eastern seaboard! Chips and salsa are out of this world! My dish of choice is Pollo Asda and I just can't get enough of the side walk or rooftop!
  • Brian B.
    Brian BurlesonFebruary 6, 2015
    The swirl margaritas are awesome! Love fish tacos/shrimp tacos, shrimp chimichanga is a favorite + crab & shrimp enchiladas are crazy good! Large portions, trendy atmosphere and good service🌈
  • Christopher F.
    Lovely if you're outside but the food and drinks are not worth a long wait that is all too common. You can get better Mexican in about 5 other places nearby. If outdoor dining is essential however...
  • Dean S.
    Dean SuhrJanuary 13, 2013
    Best Mexican we know of in the DuPont Circle, perhaps entire NW area of the city. Defiantly worth the walk from the metro along Embassy Row. Just one block from the Washington Hilton.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    Order from the daily specials to find great entrees like the Cordero Andaluz made with a tender lamb shank in a Spanish-style brown sauce with pimientos.
    Upvoted Jun 21
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheaDecember 14, 2011
    Lauriol has insanely fast service, meh food, but the real reason anyone goes is for the Swirl margs -- just sit and enjoy yourself before ordering b/c your food will be out in a jiff.
  • Phoebe M.
    Phoebe MichelleAugust 6, 2011
    Pitcher of swirl .. .feeling a bit dangerous? Add sangria on top!Food wise, Im in love with the Bistec Cubano but the Lomo Saltado and the Mar y Tierra are AMAZING as well!
  • Kash'ka F.
    Kash'ka FainSeptember 26, 2009
    Go to Lauriol Plaza and have some combo of swirl margaritas, mojito's, and sangria. Combo fajitas are cheap and delicious, and EVERYTHING on the daily specials menu is GREAT!
  • Rod F.
    Rod FortnerApril 25, 2015
    Best salsa and chips and great swirl margarita. Had the shrimp and crab enchiladas..... Not as good as you would think, but everything else was worth the trip.
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasNovember 11, 2014
    Seafood enchiladas are my favorite and the frozen margaritas are really tasty (and popular). This place is great for groups, and the staff is very accommodating.
  • Karen L.
    Karen L.April 5, 2012
    The food is pretty good. An up beat place where drinking is more the draw. But the food isn't bad and the venue is airy and fun. Meets expectations for fun and fare
  • Brian J.
    Brian JonesSeptember 28, 2014
    I still miss the day that Louriol Plaza was tucked inside a townhouse down on the corner of the block. But it's still great food, great atmosphere, and great time.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresNovember 17, 2011
    Lamb Fajitas is the best option on the Specials menu, if they're out of that definitely go for the Mar y Tierra, bacon-wrapped filet mignon and shrimp!
  • Edrea
    EdreaMay 31, 2012
    Usually a long wait but no worries. Get a sangrarita at the bar! Yep! You heard right... Swirl of margarita and sangria! You will not be disapppointed!
  • Tierra M.
    Tierra MMay 1, 2011
    They ALWAYS overestimate the wait. I was told 90 mins on a beautiful Saturday night and it was exactly 30 mins. Best margs and fajitas in town. Worth the wait!
  • Jeremiah
    JeremiahFebruary 12, 2013
    Refused to accept expired driver's license as proof of age - as if DOB changes. Then the server threatened to take the drink away if I ordered on my ID and shared it. #ridiculous #wackDC
  • Boris J.
    Awful! Walk away! Unfriendly staff + the most ridiculous salad I've ever had... And people wait in line for 2 hours for this?! Go to Regent Thai (just a block up from Lauriol Plaza) instead!!
  • Dmitry R.
    Dmitry RodionovMarch 11, 2013
    Worth trying! Seems crowded, but they manage the queue well enough. I tried a salad and a margarita cocktail, they were both delicious!
  • Laura G A.
    Laura G AdamsSeptember 25, 2011
    Closest to traditional Mexican Food you are going to get in the DC area. Or you can go to Lauriol's sister restaurant, Cactus Cantina.
  • Dinechka M.
    Dinechka MakeupMay 13, 2012
    Food is AMAZING, margarita swirl is phenomenal, but the lady who seats you is the biggest grump you'll ever meet in your entire life.
  • Dani_enlaCiudad
    Dani_enlaCiudadOctober 15, 2014
    Margaritas--on the rocks--rock! The food is a little on the bland side, but then I'm from Texas, where we have real Mexican food.
  • Pamela A.
    Pamela AquinoMay 9, 2013
    Amazing food and place. First of many times attending LP. The sweet plaintains and quesdadilla were awesome. Great fast service!
  • B
    BOctober 16, 2011
    Substandard mexican food. Guacamole was just cut up avocados and cheese. If you want to get drunk and eat bad mexican then you found your spot.
  • Close G.
    Close GitmoJanuary 11, 2012
    Jan 11(right now!): the National Day of Action Against Guantanamo & the NDAA! Join us at 1130 in Lafayette Square across from the White House. The program and march will run from Noon-2:30pm EST
  • Alan A.
    Alan AndrewsMarch 17, 2013
    Great place for brunch. Frozen margaritas are savagely good. Sit upstairs in a booth if you have kids. Great staff too.
  • Lashes
    LashesDecember 25, 2013
    Get the shrimp quesadillas. They are to die for. Of course a pitcher of margarita is always needed when dining here.
  • Shafique K.
    Shafique KassamMarch 17, 2013
    Ask to sit up on the rooftop patio, especially when it's cold/raining. It's heated and covered and so nicely lit!
  • trippNfallN
    trippNfallNJune 1, 2013
    Lamb fajitas w/ a smear of mint jelly and all the fixin's is great! Always drink a margarita on the rocks with salt.
  • Causha B.
    Causha BrunetteNovember 25, 2010
    Masitas De Puerco is by far my fave dish... I rarely eat pork, but the meat is so tender and flavorful I can't resist
  • Grace S.
    Grace SorianoSeptember 17, 2011
    Great margaritas, as everyone else noted. Loved the frozen peach! Also try the seafood soup, I really liked it!
  • Tetty S.
    Tetty SchoeSeptember 26, 2011
    The place is huge, so we didn't need to make a reservation. Mahi Mahi Mazatlan is soo delicioso! and Margaritas of course!
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EagleApril 8, 2011
    One of my favorite restaurants in DC!! Get the swirl margaritas and the del mar chicken fajitas can't be beat.
  • Barry W.
    Barry WatkinsOctober 1, 2011
    This is a good place to see how much alcohol your date can handle. Get a pitcher to start with and take notes.
  • Daniel J.
    Daniel JenkinsAugust 1, 2011
    I was highly impressed by the atmosphere. Don't leave without getting a margarita of some kind, they're fantastic.
  • Khaalis C.
    Khaalis CarpenterAugust 24, 2010
    Instead of ordering the regular swirl margarita, order the "Sangrita", a mixture of swirl and sangria. Thank me later!
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RubensteinJune 23, 2015
    Excellent frozen margaritas and great Mexican food. Some of the best cheese dip I've ever had!
  • Kim N.
    Kim NguyenMay 10, 2012
    Service was so bad here!!! The waiter asked for our silverware from out table to give to someone else!!! Really... Such a lazy waiter....
  • Scott H.
    Scott HalerzJanuary 3, 2011
    Perhaps the best sit down restaurant in the city. I say perhaps only to be fair as I have not eaten at every restaurant yet.
  • Jessica
    JessicaSeptember 1, 2012
    Don't let the long line fool you! Fast service, great food & awesome swirls! Quickly becoming DC's signature restaurant
  • Meg B.
    Meg BiallasApril 25, 2012
    Highly recommend the Saltado de Pollo -- chicken, nicely grilled veggies AND plaintains to boot!
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChampneyAugust 2, 2015
    Try Gold Cadillac Margarita. They can make it skinny with less sugar.
  • Jose T.
    Jose TorresJuly 25, 2010
    Best place to come and eat every time I'm in DC. The wait is long but it's definitely worth it.
  • Stills
    StillsOctober 3, 2010
    Swirl margarita pitchers are obviously a must. Food-wise, the crab/shrimp enchiladas are fantastic.
  • Brandon I.
    Brandon IshmaelOctober 28, 2012
    It was amazing I got the Mar y Tierra, 3 giant bacon wrapped shrimp, 2 bacon wrapped filet mignons with vegetables, soooooooo good lol
  • Betsy L.
    Betsy LaaksoNovember 30, 2014
    Great food, if you go from 3pm-5pm it's slower and quieter, but gets loud later.
  • John M.
    John MitchellApril 5, 2010
    The pagers work across the street if you want to drink at Straits of Malaya or Larry's Lounge while waiting.
  • Uber DC
    Uber DCOctober 15, 2013
    1 Free Margarita w/ entree (up to four for each rider in an uberX) with your uberX receipt from 10/16/13 - 10/18/13! #DCLOVESuberX
  • Kathryn C.
    Kathryn ChiassonNovember 7, 2015
    You can buy their incredible chips and salsa to go. Order at the bar.
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