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Tortilla Cafe

Latin American Restaurant and Mexican Restaurant$$$$
Capitol Hill, Washington
65 Tips and reviews
  • Mexican food
  • horchata
  • salvadorian
  • authentic
  • tacos
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  • Food Network
    Food NetworkAugust 4, 2014
    On Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, Guy calls these stuffed tortillas "out of bounds." For more out-of-bounds flavor, try the chicken tamales made with a traditional masa and perfect blend of spices. Read more
  • Blanca G.
    Blanca GreenMay 7, 2014
    Get the pupusas! They are awesome ! Also they have this creamy jalapeño sauce that has the perfect amount of spicy and is the best thing ever! Skip the guacamole . Nothing special there.
  • The Hill is Home
    The Hill is HomeJanuary 21, 2012
    Featured on Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives, this tiny eatery across from Eastern Market offers killer breakfasts as well as authentic tamales, empanadas, and more. Read more
  • Sylvia R.
    Sylvia RFebruary 22, 2015
    Salmon tacos are fabulous! Refried beans and chips and salsa are awesome sides. A quick, yummy meal.
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge CorderoAugust 21, 2014
    Amazing food for good prices! What else do you want??...Tamales and put us as are a must!
  • TBD
    TBDAugust 2, 2010
    The Hill is Home notes that the chicken/steak/fish tacos at this local cafe have quite a bit of meat on them, "well worth the 4ish bucks each one cost." Read more
  • jt
    jtJuly 24, 2011
    nice breakfast options and the price is right. the tropical juice blend is delightful! (I never use that word but I am delighted)
  • Tony H.
    Tony H.May 7, 2012
    Horchata is so rich and sweet, you can enjoy one for dessert. Or have one to complement spicy dishes.
  • Abi O.
    Abi OlveraJune 24, 2012
    Even if you're new to Mexican food or grew up in a Mexican household, this horchata will pass all tests!!
  • Alyssa Z.
    Alyssa ZhuDecember 20, 2015
    Order the chicken (1/4 or 1/2 lb. depending on how hungry you are) and papusas!
  • Juli A.
    Juli AnneApril 2, 2015
    Great salvadorian and mexican food. We went because guy fieri said it was a must in D.C.
  • Kenji
    KenjiOctober 17, 2013
    Yummerz!!!! Loved the Salvadoran Chicken Sandwich....but I could write a love sonnet about the jalapeño sauce....
  • Chip D.
    Chip DouglasOctober 14, 2016
    Quick, great prices and terrific customer service. Get the pork and cheese pupusas
  • Matt P.
    Matt PhanApril 14, 2013
    The Salvadorian Chicken Sandwich is the bomb!!!! Everything is fresh, love love love!
  • Kris
    KrisAugust 8, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Love their veggie options -- and they have fountain soda! On a warm day, pick one up before you explore Eastern Market.
  • Tanya H.
    Tanya HuyardFebruary 15, 2012
    I just had the vegetable soup and now want to die from happiness. This is quickly becoming the only place I eat.
  • Jessica D.
    Jessica DunnAugust 26, 2013
    Amazing food! Super friendly staff. Order the plantains.
  • Nek
    NekFebruary 20, 2012
    I love the chicken fajita salad w/ a side of black beans. Delicioso!
  • Yuri B.
    Yuri BJune 15, 2014
    Great flavor, incredible value, nice outside seating.
  • Michael M.
    Michael MMarch 30, 2012
    Chicken Nachos is my meal of choice, but you cannot go wrong here.
  • Trace D.
    Trace D.August 1, 2010
    I love this place. Great tacos al carbon! Try them with a side of refried beans for topping!
  • Renee F.
    Renee FordAugust 22, 2014
    Love the food here!! The tilipia tacos are great!!
  • Matt D.
    Matt DickerJuly 23, 2011
    The salmon tacos are simple, very tasty, healthy, and filling.
  • Sam A.
    Sam AsinAugust 6, 2014
    It's really inexpensive, tasty, and greasy. Nice papusas.
  • Sean H.
    Sean HackbarthMay 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Cheap Mexican and Salvadoran food. The Salvadoran chicken sandwich is tasty. (via Scoville) Read more
  • Honey R.
    Honey RushJuly 10
    Delicious 😋 authentic food. Fear family of 5 with $36.
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel OdioNovember 22, 2009
    ... or if you have any aversions to out bovine friends or any other 4 legged species, try the cheese pupusa or corn tamale (naturally corn sweet, not dessert sweet)
  • Paden W.
    Paden WyattMarch 25, 2012
    Get the Horchata. holy crap it's good and only $2!
  • Ken
    KenOctober 8, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Mexican breakfast here is one of the best deals in town, $3.95 and you will be full when you're done.
  • Winnie Y.
    Winnie YaganJanuary 19, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The Salvadoran beef soup to warm you up and fill you up.
  • Jonel B.
    Jonel BrownDecember 19, 2010
    Try the beef soup - YUMMY! And the plantains are excellent too.
  • Lindsay S.
    Lindsay StarkNovember 29, 2013
    The pupusas are the best thing here!
  • Carlos F.
    Carlos FieldsAugust 1, 2013
    Try the shrimp fajitas. Fresh Fresh and Fresh.
  • Josh C.
    Josh ClapperMarch 31, 2016
    Breakfast burrito is big and filling ☺️
  • Christina H.
    Christina HoenowJune 28, 2016
    Horchata, tamales, everything!
  • Mike C.
    Mike ChauJuly 8, 2013
    Try the Pork And Cheese Pupusa
  • Billy E.
    Billy EkofoAugust 8, 2013
    Pretty awesome food. I will Ho back soon.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Tortilla Cafe as seen on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives Read more
  • Greg E.
    Greg EaheartMarch 4, 2014
    Was yummy. We love their taco salad.
  • Scott E.
    Scott EichingerMay 7, 2012
    HORCHATA!!! So good. Try not chugging it down.
  • Joshua a.
    Joshua austinApril 1, 2012
    Awesome food!!!! Second day in a row!!!
  • Jonelle C.
    Jonelle CandaceMay 1, 2014
    Love this place! Food is so good
  • Alex P.
    Alex PriestJanuary 18, 2010
    AMAZING! Horchata, passionfruit juice are musts. Chips and Guac is HUGE!
  • Jason H.
    Jason HartOctober 23, 2013
    Amazing Place To Get Authentic Mexican Food.
  • Daniel O.
    Daniel OdioNovember 22, 2009
    after a long stroll through the eastern market flea markets on a cold day, there's nothing that beats the Salvadorian Beef Stew for $6.25...
  • Alice L.
    Alice LiMay 5, 2012
    Cheese papusa!! Must have!
  • Winnie Y.
    Winnie YaganJuly 7, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The Salvadorean beef stew is amazing and so is the ceviche.
  • Melanie Z.
    Melanie ZuckerDecember 15, 2015
    Cuban sandwich, plantains and chips
  • Jon P.
    Jon PenndorfFebruary 26, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing affordable breakfasts.
  • Justin G.
    Justin GutweinJune 20, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing burritos and inexpensive! Read more
  • Toni Rae S.
    Toni Rae SalmiJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Their pupusa platter and passionfruit drink will fill you up!
  • Clark
    ClarkAugust 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    It's good. They need to stay open later
  • Alyssa B.
    Alyssa BrooksFebruary 15, 2014
    Yum. Get the pupusa
  • John F.
    John FagerholmApril 26, 2015
    Flautist and the prices!
  • John A.
    John AustermanMarch 7, 2015
    Great chicken quesadillas!
  • PRP
    PRPNovember 17, 2011
    Inside out burrito is great.
  • Tommy S.
    Tommy SandersJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The best guac!
  • Paul Travis K.
    Paul Travis KleinJanuary 18, 2010
    Horchata to drink and chips and quac to share with your friends!
  • Gi E.
    Gi EdgingtonAugust 9, 2015
  • Sila D.
    Sila DDecember 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    pupusas. word.
  • M M.
    M MMarch 17, 2012
    Try the Mexican breakfast!
  • Stephanie R.
    Stephanie RealOctober 13, 2011
    Sweet pupusas!
  • jt
    jtApril 21, 2013
    Maracuya juice!
  • Amber T.
    Amber TraciJuly 25, 2011
  • Tracy R.
    Tracy RussoJanuary 16, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Get the pupusa platter! It's the best $6 meal in Washington!
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