Don Lobos Mexican Grill

4.2
63 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
'...the sangria brims with fruit, the fajitas are tasty and the tortillas are made from scratch.'- washingtonpost.com
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican
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Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 12:00pm - 10:00pm
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(202) 333-0137
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Casual Dress
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OT
Washington DC
45 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Fresh chips and warm salsa a great start. Had a chicken and beef burrito and my friend had small shrimp fajita. Both good dishes and tasty. Definitely should be on your list.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 2

Rude and forgetful service, very small portions

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TB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place - to me - was a hidden gem! I have been to Georgetown a million times, but never seemed to notice this place. Well, that won't happen again! Yes, it's tiny, but the size of the place belies the quality of the food. And the house margarita was one of the best I've had in the DMV.

Face it, Mexican, or specifically, TexMex, is not a quality cuisine in this area, but you'd never know it from the food Don Lobos serves. I had jalapeno stuffed prawns wrapped in bacon for my dinner, served over a bed of grilled onions on a hot fajita plates. Fresh tortillas, pico de gallo and guacamole made it a perfect meal. My friend, a colleague from Singapore, had a tasty red-wine sangria to accompany her carne asada, which looked amazing! I wish I could have eaten two meals and I would have tried that as well.

The waitress was attentive and darling, checking on us several times during the meal, but not so often as to be a nuisance. And the prices were so reasonable: my entree was the most expensive on the menu and topped out at $23.00. Wonderful evening and I'll definitely be taking other friends there in the future!

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AD
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great neighborhood vibe with lots of locals. Super friendly staff. Good food!

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m
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exceptional food and margaritas. Can’t wait to go back.

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A
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were looking for a reasonably priced restaurant in the Georgetown area while on our vacation in DC. So happy we found Don Lobos on-line! The food was authentic, served hot right out of the kitchen, & delicious! Great, friendly service and reasonably priced! It’s a small place with a typical Mexican decor but great for a casual dinner! All four of us enjoyed it!

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H
Richmond
3 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Unfortunately, the restaurant was closed when we arrived for our 10:30 reservation on a Sunday morning. No hours were posted, no real website could be found, and no one answered the phone. OpenTable has great customer service and responded quickly which was much appreciated! It looked really fun inside and I wish we could have dined here. Maybe next time!

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d
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

The portion size was small for the price. Rather than enchilada sauce on the enchiladas it was barbecue sauce. The salsa was warm and was not a good flavor. They didn’t bring the chips out until our food arrived. Cute place. Probably won’t go back

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Philadelphia
12 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Festive atmosphere, fresh food and fantastic margarita's. We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and the service was friendly. We will be back on our next Georgetown visit!

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DC
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Owners/Mgt was wonderful helping me in my wheelchair and mobility impairment, very accommodating! Tight squeeze to restrooms. It's a local dc restaurant serving mostly authentic Mexican comfort foods, tacos, taquitos, quesadillas, combo platters enchiladas and rellenos. Hand made margarita. They deliver within 1-2mi gtown-Arlington.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2017
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

My parents and I tried Don Lobos on a whim the first time that my parents were in town. The dining area is small, but the atmosphere was great! The food was delicious and full of flavor.

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t
Washington DC
80 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

This was some of the most mediocre Mexican food I have ever had. The Sangria, which the menu says has fruit, did not and was just ok. Nachos came with a small blob of guacamole on one chip, a dollop of sour cream on another, a spoonful of jalapeños on another over a thinly spread layer of refried beans. The only thing evenly spread was the cheese. It was passable. I had the steak fajitas. Steak was not seasoned well and was tough. The dish consisted mainly of onions, and the condiments on the side were very stingy. There was about a tablespoon of what looked and tasted like store bought guacamole, a very small amount of pico de gallo, a little bit of lettuce and a normal portion of rice. No beans. My spouse had the shrimp and crab enchiladas which came with red sauce. He was not impressed. We will not be back.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This place has great food and great service. We're from Austin, Texas with lots of Tex-Mex and interior Mexican food options in our neighborhood. Don Lobos would make our dining rotation back home; the kids loved it too.

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OT
Toronto
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

This Mexican restaurant was very authentic and their margarita was on point. Fantastic guacamole and the server Olivia really could not have been any better looking after our large group of 20. We had an amazing evening.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Pleasantly surprised with the food, atmosphere, and service. Will be back when feeling like Mexican food in Georgetown.

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N
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived and were dressed immediately as it was not busy. They gave us the food quickly after we ordered and it was very good.

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J
Baltimore
147 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 3

We were in DC at the Hirshhorn and decided we wanted Mexican food. We found Don Lobos Mexican Grill on Open Table and made reservations (Early dinner on a weekday - reservations are not necessary. There were 3 other diners when we arrived.) Don Lobos is a very small, laid-back, cozy restaurant with good food. (There is a stairway as you walk in so I think they may have a larger room upstairs). Our server was polite and helpful.

The food was hot and good. The chicken was tender, well trimmed and plentiful. The salsa was different, rather spicy and a bit smoky. The chips were tasty but a bit tough. My husband ordered a thick and crispy Chicken Chimichanga and I had a Garden Burrito with a side of delicious guacamole. My Burrito was full of veggies and drizzled with a delicious green sauce. It was just perfect to accent the vegetables. I was tempted to ask for more!

We will recommend it to our friends but since we do not live nearby, it may be a long time before we visit again.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2017
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Welcomed by a kid who knew about the food very well, then we asked the difference between pitcher of margarita and regular and suggested the value for money pitcher. So we did. Had delicious nacho's, taco's and enchilada's. Good food, good service!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great food served quickly.

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m
Richmond
5 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2017
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

I think someone must have called out because they did not have enough servers and our poor waiter was running around like crazy. The food was still very good and when we asked for refills we got them, but we had to flag it down

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TA
Houston
10 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

It wasn't the best Mexican food I have ever had.....what I expected for DC. If you go don't get the margaritas!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good authentic Mexican food, pleasant atmosphere, very friendly staff.

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PG
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great little Mexican spot! Our food was delicious and the service was great. I loved their salsa which was medium on the hot scale. I do wish they offered a version that was spicier - that is my only complaint.

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B
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

What a great little mexican gem we found!

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OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2017
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nice small intimate restaurant, great food, great service!

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N
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2017
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Really good salsa, and the enchiladas with mole was good.

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OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2016
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Margaritas were very expensive and tasted like cheap margarita mix. Salsa was warm and not good. Food was ok. Service was very slow.

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r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place was great. Did a google search for the closest Mexican to me and came up with this. Was greatly surprised by how excellent it was. It was really really really good. I have already recommended to friends and will continue to do so. The beans especially were fantastic.

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QN
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2016
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Perfectly fine Mexican restaurant, but nothing special. Very small, attentive service, fresh food, good sangria.

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OT
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been going to this restaurant for years and it is always great. Good guacamole, fantastic salsa, and the Enchilada Verde never disappoint.

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S
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

My chicken enchilada was great and my friend enjoyed his steak quesadilla. We both had frozen margaritas - it was fun!

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M
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2015
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service and food at Don Lobos is outstanding. It is an undiscovered and unrated gem on M Street, especially when it comes to sit down for a reasonable price. Frozen Margaritas are AMAZING. Don't forget to try the Sopapillas for dessert :)

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JL
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2015
Overall 3food 1service 4ambience 3

The wait staff was very friendly and helpful. Unfortunately, the food was not very good. I ordered flautas and was given something that was more like a chimichanga - and the taste was not great. The rice was dry and tasteless as well. I have actually never written a poor review for a restaurant anywhere - but, the food really was not good.

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PL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2015
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

You have to really be craving Mexican food to eat here. It wasn't bad but certainly wasn't good.

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J
Washington DC
53 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2015
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you again for a wonderful meal! The margaritas are superb and the service is attentive

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EP
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2014
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

I was hoping that Don Lobos could be a regular destination since I just moved into Georgetown. But I was sorely disappointed and will not return. I took a client for lunch this past Saturday. We tried to order off the lunch menu and were told that they only serve the lunch items during the week. What? The waiter said that they do not have the ingredients for the lunch items. But then after my guest asked a second time because he wanted something listed on the lunch menu, the waiter finally relented. Let me say that it is not good marketing to hang your lunch menu outside the door to your restaurant and then tell customers "sorry, but you can't order off the lunch menu." We found a similar inflexibility when we tried to order coffee after the meal. "Sorry, we serve only decaf....." What a lost opportunity. I was hoping that the restaurant would become my favorite local hangout. But the food was unexceptional (bland to a fault) and we felt unappreciated. I guess that what explains why the place was almost totally empty during the entire lunch hour on a Saturday in Georgetown.

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G
New England
18 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2014
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

The decor was old the staff warm and friendly and the food good and fresh but not outstanding. The margarita was okay.

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A
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2014
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service were good and it was not too crowded.

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DC
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2014
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

We ordered a variety of dishes and none of them were very good. The salsa was hot (actual temperature), the mole was simplistic and the food was heavy.

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EO
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2014
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is fantastic. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu. Great service, great drinks, and prices are very reasonable. It's just an awesome Mexican restaurant in the heart of Georgetown.

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