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Lauriol Plaza

$$ - $$$, Spanish,
1835 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-5526
+1 202-387-0035
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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good33%
  • Average17%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“fajitas” (47 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (29 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
Southwestern, Spanish, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1835 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-5526
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1 - 10 of 619 reviews

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Hyatt hotel (Jonathan) recommended this restaurant and so we arrived at 9 p.m. The place was packed. All floors! Fortunately, the wait was fast and worth it. The guacamole was amazing! Everyone at the table left full and happy. I highly recommend Lauriol Plaza.

Thank foodtravelsavy
Reviewed 12 March 2018

I loved this restaurant and would've given 5 but, our server Fredy ruined our experience. From rolling his eyes to someone in our party while ordering to snapping at me telling me to wait because he's busy, when someone in our party was missing half...More

Thank Aniello1025
Reviewed 19 February 2018

A friend and I had seen this place from a bar across the street last summer and thought it resembled a party boat from that distance, with people enjoying food, drinks and conversation on multiple levels of outdoor tables and in the giant windows. Returning...More

Thank ShiftyNJ
Reviewed 19 February 2018

Nice romantic atmosphere in the city. Great swirl margaritas! The food is excellent. I always order the chicken enchiladas or fajitas. Great atmosphere.

Thank AuthorMychea
Reviewed 2 February 2018

Large, vibrant spacious Mexican restaurant with a secret – shhh – some of the best Cuban Food around. Look on the menu under the specialties and there you will find Masitas de Puerco (roasted pork) and Enchilada de Mariscos (seafood stew) among others. Good margaritas...More

Thank RussellJW
Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

We stopped by for dinner without a reservation and got a table on the second floor just next to the kitchen. The menu is too big but the food was really delicious. Also their drinks! I would really recommend people to go there for the...More

Thank Eray E
Reviewed 30 November 2017

Eating with a large group that went from 10 to 12 to finally 15 people before we arrived, the staff at Laurel Plaza never blinked as we changed our reservation twice before arriving. No Problemo is what we wanted to hear. Upon arriving our long...More

Thank DJLangston
Reviewed 19 November 2017

We had lamb frajitas (daily special) and fish tacos (also a daily special) and were quite pleased. Consider that we moved from L.A. where Mexican food is better than DC, in general, so this well exceeded our expectations. The Gold Cadillac margarita was well made...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 10 November 2017

This large restaurant features extensive outdoor dinning on 18th street. The Mexican food is very authentic and there is a wide variety of margarita choices.

Thank dcSwede2014
Reviewed 18 October 2017

I really can't think of a better outing, then enjoying Mexican food at this institution. The food is absolutely perfect, I recommend anything with beef, and the drinks are perfect for the experience as well. I've eaten here dozens of times over the years and...More

Thank wileyc0y0te
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$15 - US$25
Southwestern, Spanish, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Reservations, Television, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1835 18th St NW, Washington DC, DC 20009-5526
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Dupont Circle
  • Neighbourhood: Dupont Circle
  • Phone Number: +1 202-387-0035
  • E-mail
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.
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