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Lauriol Plaza

Lauriol Plaza

Mexican Restaurant and Latin American Restaurant$$$$
Northwest Washington, Washington
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    Fallon F.
    "Swirl margarita, the best -sweet and sour- margarita experience!"(22 Tips)
    Melanie B.
    "Frozen margaritas, nachos & salsa - perfect summer hot spot."(10 Tips)
    Behrad Eats
    "definitely go for the Mar y Tierra"(6 Tips)
    "Lamb fajitas w/ a smear of mint jelly and all the fixin's is great!"(4 Tips)
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  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • rooftop
  • mar y tierra
  • bistec cubano
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  • 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.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsApril 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.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Ju L.heart icon on user image
    Ju LeApril 19, 2019
    Delicious food for a good price! It looks like a high price restaurant but the prices are pretty good! Recommend it for any kind of celebration or just lunch time if you’re around. 👍🏼
  • Brian B.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • ᴡᴡᴡ E.heart icon on user image
    ᴡᴡᴡ EricksonSeptember 22, 2018
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the chimichangas, tamales, and the Cadillac margaritas. Atmosphere is festive and customers are very friendly. Enjoy!
  • Morgan T.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tim S.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Phoebe M.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Behrad Eatsheart icon on user image
    Behrad EatsNovember 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!
  • Dmitry R.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Rachel R.heart icon on user image
    Rachel RubensteinJune 23, 2015
    Excellent frozen margaritas and great Mexican food. Some of the best cheese dip I've ever had!
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • Bişi Bişiheart icon on user image
    Bişi BişiApril 22, 2018
    Best mussels in town! Dont forget reservation
  • 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!
  • 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
  • Jessica
    JessicaSeptember 1, 2012
    Don't let the long line fool you! Fast service, great food & awesome swirls! Quickly becoming DC's signature restaurant
  • Lorayne C.heart icon on user image
    Lorayne ConstantDecember 26, 2017
    I loved that restaurant. Fajitas and crab and shrimp quesadilla are the must.
  • Betsy L.
    Betsy LaaksoNovember 30, 2014
    Great food, if you go from 3pm-5pm it's slower and quieter, but gets loud later.
  • 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.
  • Kathryn C.heart icon on user image
    Kathryn CNovember 7, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    You can buy their incredible chips and salsa to go. Order at the bar.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • abdullah I.heart icon on user image
    abdullah IbrahimDecember 20, 2018
    I love their beef fajita❤️
  • 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!
  • Kate E.heart icon on user image
    Kate ExpectationsNovember 23, 2015
    Awesome lively atmosphere. Just came for happy hour margaritas, left very happy!
  • 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...
  • Meg B.
    Meg BiallasApril 25, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Highly recommend the Saltado de Pollo -- chicken, nicely grilled veggies AND plaintains to boot!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Tim C.
    Tim ChampneyAugust 2, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Try Gold Cadillac Margarita. They can make it skinny with less sugar.
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EagleApril 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    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!!!
  • Kasia K.heart icon on user image
    Kasia KFebruary 23, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Happy hour Sun-Fri 3pm-7pm, nice signature frozen margaritas
  • Matt S.heart icon on user image
    Matt SmallMarch 4, 2016
    Authentic food and excellent service in a lively atmosphere.
  • 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!
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