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Lauriol Plaza Restaurant

Lauriol Plaza Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant and Latin American Restaurant$$$$
Dupont Circle, Washington
258 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • fajitas
  • seafood
  • lively
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  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresApril 21, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • 😜David📩 F.
    Amazing food as usual and great attention muchas gracias !! Totally recommend the carne asada served on top of a sizzle plate guac pico OTS and rice and beans mmmm 4dessert the best 3 leches ever!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchMarch 23, 2016
    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
  • Dean S.
    Dean SuhrJanuary 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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🌈
  • 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.
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasNovember 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • 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.
  • Phoebe M.
    Phoebe MichelleAugust 6, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresNovember 17, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • Lashes
    LashesDecember 25, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the shrimp quesadillas. They are to die for. Of course a pitcher of margarita is always needed when dining here.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Shafique K.
    Shafique KassamMarch 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask to sit up on the rooftop patio, especially when it's cold/raining. It's heated and covered and so nicely lit!
  • Tim S.
    Tim SheaDecember 14, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Rachel R.
    Rachel RubensteinJune 23, 2015
    Excellent frozen margaritas and great Mexican food. Some of the best cheese dip I've ever had!
  • 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.
  • Jessica
    JessicaSeptember 1, 2012
    Don't let the long line fool you! Fast service, great food & awesome swirls! Quickly becoming DC's signature restaurant
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meg B.
    Meg BiallasApril 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Highly recommend the Saltado de Pollo -- chicken, nicely grilled veggies AND plaintains to boot!
  • Maggie M.
    Maggie MacGNovember 22, 2015
    This is a great place to have a margarita on a rooftop deck in DC and the people watching is amazing.
  • 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...
  • Betsy L.
    Betsy LaaksoNovember 30, 2014
    Great food, if you go from 3pm-5pm it's slower and quieter, but gets loud later.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Stacie V.
    Stacie VotawJune 29, 2012
    Try the Laredo - OMG! Am i back home in Texas?!? How have i not found this DC treasure of a restaurant until now? LOVE!!!
  • Kathryn C.
    Kathryn CNovember 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    You can buy their incredible chips and salsa to go. Order at the bar.
  • Stacie V.
    Stacie VotawJune 29, 2012
    Try the Chips and Salsa - Stands the test of a hard core lover of TexMex. So far so good. Yum!
  • 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
  • Carmen C.
    Carmen CouncilApril 26, 2012
    Salmon a la Parrilla with shrimp is AMAZING! Also love the HUGE margaritas.
  • Pedro A.
    Pedro AlcocerMarch 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The only thing I will ever get here are the masitas de puerco. They are sublime.
  • Causha B.
    Causha BrunetteNovember 25, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    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
  • 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
  • Kash'ka F.
    Kash'ka FainSeptember 26, 2009
    Been here 25+ times
    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!
  • Jayme B.
    Jayme BirgyJune 12, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The veggie fajitas are a great vegetarian dish for meatless Monday's!
  • Kasia K.
    Kasia KFebruary 23, 2016
    Happy hour Sun-Fri 3pm-7pm, nice signature frozen margaritas
  • Rebecca P.
    Rebecca PaulMay 5, 2013
    The golden Cadillac is very good, pricey but worth every dollar.
  • Kate E.
    Kate ExpectationsNovember 23, 2015
    Awesome lively atmosphere. Just came for happy hour margaritas, left very happy!
  • Michael K.
    Michael KauffmanApril 28, 2012
    Try the Bistec Cubano - Wow. Best yet on my whirlwind food tour through DC.
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChampneyAugust 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Try Gold Cadillac Margarita. They can make it skinny with less sugar.
  • DealChicken
    DealChickenNovember 7, 2011
    Swirl margaritas are a must. So is the freshly made guacamole. Perfection.
  • 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.
  • Marc P.
    Marc PhillipsOctober 14, 2013
    Delicious fajitas and generous portions. Service was a bit slow.
  • Michelle C.
    Michelle CDecember 23, 2012
    Scallops and shrimp quesadilla will make you fall in love with everything
  • Khaalis C.
    Khaalis CarpenterAugust 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Instead of ordering the regular swirl margarita, order the "Sangrita", a mixture of swirl and sangria. Thank me later!
  • Lauriol Plaza Restaurant
    Order a gift card Online during the month of May and receive 20% off. Read more
  • B R.
    B RabbittAugust 2, 2011
    Try the half pitcher of sangria - it's cheaper than two margaritas but still delicious!
  • De'Mesha A.
    De'Mesha A.December 26, 2012
    The Mussels are the best around and the Swirl is must!
  • Ray C.
    Ray CunninghamOctober 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    The seafood soup and camarones brochette are delicious!!!!
  • Andres A.
    Andres AlmeidaOctober 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Yes, Lauriol is known for its swirl margaritas but wait till you try the frozen Sangrita. Enjoy :)
  • Octavia T.
    Octavia ThompsonFebruary 16, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Starting in March the free valet parking will no longer be free...the cost will be $5
  • Grace M.
    Grace McRaeApril 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Order swirl marg! Strawberry, mango & lime :)
  • Stills
    StillsOctober 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Swirl margarita pitchers are obviously a must. Food-wise, the crab/shrimp enchiladas are fantastic.
  • Matt S.
    Matt SmallMarch 4, 2016
    Authentic food and excellent service in a lively atmosphere.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • David C.
    David CoxJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Fish Tacos - ask for flour tortillas instead of corn.
  • Beverly B.
    Beverly BMay 22, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Valet now costs $5. Pull up to the front and pickup on the side.
  • Stephanie S.
    Stephanie SwintonJune 21, 2013
    Happy Hour 3-6pm! Margaritas on the patio on a nice day.
  • Murad G.
    Very good fajitas, excellent environment
  • Hanny
    HannyJune 22, 2013
    Love the mojito. The sangria isn't as good as I expected.
  • Stephen A.
    Stephen AnfieldFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    February 22 is National Margarita Day! Come here to celebrate!
  • Lynsey C.
    Lynsey ChediakJune 30, 2013
    Margaritas are amazing. Lime and strawberry swirl for the win
  • Adrienne V.
    Adrienne VollmerSeptember 22, 2012
    Delicious Mexican food (and drinks) at very reasonable prices!
  • kiramonkey
    kiramonkeyJuly 31, 2011
    The frozen Sangrita is awesome! Nice mix of two gave drinks!
  • Donna B.
    Donna BaileySeptember 22, 2013
    Best margaritas ever. Lamb fajita delicious
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChampneyAugust 2, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Grilled Salmon Fish Tacos with a presentation
  • Dirk D.
    Dirk Diggler ♋August 1, 2012
    Any Burrito is good here...Great Fajita's!
  • Tanya J.
    Tanya JuryOctober 30, 2012
    Delicious strawberry margaritas! Carne asada was amazing!
  • Jess C.
    Jess CendanaAugust 14, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    It's been said..get the Sangrita (margarita and sangria swirl) and an order of the queso. It's amazing!
  • Jackie N.
    Jackie NgatiMay 23, 2015
    The fajira combo. Was happy for the gauc.
  • Seth R.
    Seth RubensteinJune 10, 2015
    Great margaritas even more amazing salsa.
  • John Park W.
    John Park WilliamsMay 13, 2012
    Fajitas are good but huge. Get A single portion to share for 2
  • McKay H.
    McKay HollomanMarch 14, 2013
    Chicken Madera is to die for! It might be the Margarita's talking
  • Fanny C.
    Fanny CanarFebruary 24, 2014
    The margaritas is the best,and the masitas.
  • Matthew S.
    Matthew StadtfeldMay 20, 2012
    A side of sourcream comes on a bed of lettuce and a doily. Fancy!
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BushApril 19, 2012
    Vegetarians beware: vegetarian burritos are $2 more expensive than beef and chicken ones. Weird?
  • Shawn G.
    Shawn G.April 19, 2011
    Great margaritas, good brunch + patio & rooftop seating!
  • Gary W.
    Gary WintersJuly 4, 2016
    Margaritas are outstanding!!!!
  • Justin P.
    Justin PhilpotApril 22, 2014
    Recomended by our hotel's front desk, and it was great!
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WaltonSeptember 6, 2010
    Salmon salad with dressing on the side---fish rocked! Patron Silver with club soda and fresh lime juice is how I roll...
  • Charlie
    CharlieMarch 5
    Would skip. The only good thing about this place is the venue, nice to sit at during spring and summer. Food is mediocre at best, despite having Hispanic staff, guacamole is not even completely mashed
  • Campbell B.
    Campbell BirdDecember 21, 2015
    Fast service, good food. Get the enchiladas.
  • Kyle K.
    Kyle KeeslingApril 11, 2013
    Great patio to enjoy a margarita and some guac
  • Omar
    OmarAugust 16, 2014
    Birthday Pt. 2
  • Sarah O.
    Sarah OJune 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The avocado and tomato salad is to die for! The secret is the yummy sauce.
  • Marie R.
    Marie RFebruary 27, 2014
    Mar y Tierra and the Laredo Plate are delish!
  • Wendy G.
    Wendy GordonFebruary 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Addictive chips and salsa. Best frozen Margaritas since your last frat party!
  • Luis T.
    Luis TelloMay 12, 2013
    Las mejores margaritas del mundo... Y el mejor restaurante de comida Latina en Washington DC... Servicio rápido, amplio menú... TODO EXCELENTE
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