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Mexican Restaurant$$
Today 4:00 – 10:00 pm
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3241 M St NW Washington, DC 20007
3241 M St NWUSDCWashington20007
$$Mexican Restaurant, Seafood Restaurant
Mexican Restaurant
Seafood Restaurant
Bar & Grill
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Today 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Monday 4:00 – 10:00 pmTuesday 4:00 – 10:00 pmWednesday 4:00 – 10:00 pmThursday 4:00 – 10:00 pmFriday 11:00 am – 11:00 pmSaturday 10:00 am – 11:00 pmSunday 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
Opened in May 2012, Bandolero serves modern Mexican small plates in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. The restaurant is owned by Pure Hospitality LLC, including veteran restaurateur, Jonathan Umbel.
The two-story, 5,000 square foot, high-energy space reflects a Day of the Dead motif, and includes plenty of bar space to imbibe. The menu showcases classic Mexican dishes with untraditional flavor profiles, including dips served with housemade chicharones and masa crisps, a raw bar, tacos, enchiladas, empanadas, and quesadillas.
The cocktail list is heavy on tequila and mezcal. In addition to margaritas of all flavors, frozen and on the rocks, Bandolero remakes classic cocktails with these native-Mexican spirits.
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Bustling space with modern Mexican small plates & cocktails amid Day of the Dead-inspired decor.- Google
People talk about day of the dead, small plates, suckling pig, isabella and heart of georgetown
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Krystal Ramirez
reviewed in the last week
I have pretty high standards for so-called Mexican restaurants, given that I am Mexican-American and grew up eating authentic Mexican food in my own home. So, I wasn't that impressed with Bandolero, but then again, I am rather biased. I like that their food is in the small plates style, which is nice. I visited Bandolero during Restaurant Week, so I don't 100% remember everything I tried, but none of it was particularly exciting or memorable. I remember their crispy Brussels sprouts weren't that great -- I had a hard time finishing them, and I usually love Brussels sprouts. I also tried some kind of vegetable empanada thing, and I didn't really enjoy it. Overall, I would potentially go back again and give it a second chance, but highly unlikely.
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Carlos Perdomo
reviewed 5 months ago
Bandolero was recommended to me by a friend and the same week I watched a review on TV that made me curious. Yesterday I went and ordered the Enchilada Roja - chicken, cascabel chile, mexican chocolate (a bit bitter and only a little sweet as expected). The food was good, actually better than anticipated. Then like a few others who wrote reviews I found the portion size to be quite small and the price tag high. $10 for this small single item was not what I had in mind. The service was average although the place was very empty. A little let down but I'll try it again, maybe I'll have a different experience then.
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Tony Zeinoun
reviewed a year ago
Nothing special about this place. Went for dinner with the family. The margaritas were good. We didn't realize it was small plates until we were already sat. Waiter was initially very attentive, then as the meal progressed he became less concerned with us. He forgot to put in two side orders in the middle of the meal and was not very apologetic when we came to order something else towards the end, but the kitchen had run out of it for the night. Did not make another suggestion. A bit expensive for what we got. The food tasted good but $12 for 3 tiny steak tacos is a bit steep. Their Mexican crazy corn is pretty good.
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Bryant Delka
reviewed in the last week
I like that everything comes out on plates that encourages sharing of the food. Because of this, I was able to try a number of things on the menu in just one visit. Everything I had was tasty and I especially liked their salsa trio, as I am a big fan of salsa when it's done right. It's a little on the pricier side, but the prices are by no means outrageous; this is in Georgetown, afterall. It isn't the best Mexican food I've ever had, but maybe that's just me being picky, since it's my favorite cuisine type.
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Erin Elliott
reviewed 10 months ago
I am a very happy camper. I am a huge fan of Top Chef and in every city I visit I go to a Top Chef restaurant. This is BY FAR the best one yet. Our waiter was completely passionate about food and it is perfect that the dishes are smaller because I wanted to try every one. Please check this place out. Awesome. Everyone else told us to go to the Waterfront. Plus we came from Idaho to visit. :)
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Kurosh Ruch-Kamgar
reviewed a year ago
I had a good time... apps were very creative - AND edible.... not a usual combo, but mexican is always edible i guess. drinks were ok. Enjoyed myself. special place / feel - not just another bar / restaurant-- probably the best thing i can say about it.


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