Mission Dupont

4.5
369 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Bienvenidos! Known for our spacious patio, daily happy hour, weekend bottomless brunch and multiple private event spaces, Mission is a restaurant and bar located in Dupont Circle steps from the Metro station. Located in a large renovated turn of the century townhouse, Mission’s features includes brick walls, antique sconces, reclaimed wood ceilings and a large main bar with a glass atrium ceiling. The menu includes Mexican cuisine with favorites like enchiladas, ten different kinds of tacos, elote loco and taquitos, as well as delicious margaritas.

Please note that patio tables are sat on a first come basis and are not available for advanced reservations.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Mexican / Southwestern
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Hours of operation
Monday - Wednesday: 5 pm - midnight
Thursday - 4pm-1am
Friday: 4 pm - 3am
Saturday: 11 am - 3 am
Sunday: 11 am - midnight
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Phone number
(202) 525-2010
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Erwin Rodas
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Q St NW
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Parking details
Parking is available on Hillyer St. 20th St, Connecticut Ave and the surrounding neighborhoods
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Public transit
Dupont Circle Metro Station (Connecticut Ave & Q St)
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 369 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Cincinnati
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My first time there, and I brought some friends from out of town with me. We had a great time and enjoyed the food. The only downside is that if you are ordering pitchers of margs, they fill them mostly with ice.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience and the bottomless brunch deal is really one of the best in DC!

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MR
Cleveland
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Our waitress was rude. It seemed like every time we asked for something we were bothering her. Pretty much everything is premade so don’t bother asking for special accommodations. They won’t do them even if they can. Also the music is so loud don’t bother trying to have a conversation.

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FM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

good time was had by all, food was very good, this was the 2nd time I was there.

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MC
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

The food was poorly cooked and cold. I ordered the burrito. The oil that it was cooked in tasted like it was old, which then impacted the taste of the dish.

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JR
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good not great. We got there early and had a few drinks at the bar, which were great. Were promptly seated at our reservation time. Good chips, salsa, and guac. Tacos and carne asada were only so-so. Corn tortillas fell apart immediately and the seasoning for everything was only okay. The music was turned up around 8 so having a conversation was difficult without shouting. Looks like it's a great spot for large groups though.

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RB
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Incredible environment and finally some great salsa in DC

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Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very crowded but the hostess was able to find a table earlier than our reserved time. Food was outstanding. I have eaten at the newer location in the Navy Yard a few months ago, so I was generally familiar with the menu.
Completely satisfied!

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F
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

I really wanted to love this place, but the food was mediocre at best. While the service was pretty good, the food was a disappointment. We tried the tacos and the enchiladas - the only one I liked was the chicken enchilada, but the tacos were cold. They have a great happy hour deal on margarita pitchers, so might be worth a return for that, but head somewhere else if you want good Mexican food.

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z
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

It was friday happy hour- very very loud and mostly people coming in after school and work.
Server was great

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday dinner, we had a great experience

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AR
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

Very fun spot for couples and groups! Will definitely be back

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

I’ve been to Missions numerous times. But, it had been awhile since I dined there. I was utterly disappointed with this visit. I ordered two margaritas asking specifically for salt on the rim. Nonetheless, they were served without salt (my biggest pet peeve at a Mexican restaurant). Also, I ordered guacamole.....and it never came to the table. My waitress did not recognize this until I asked her to correct the bill. Regarding the waitress, she was MIA for a good 20 minutes. One reason I didn’t even bother asking for an update on the guacamole. I am not sure whether Mission strives to be a restaurant and a dance club or perhaps just the latter. If they plan to do both, they better step it up on the former. There’s too much competition in this town for them to last with below par service.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

God was good but appetisers and mains arrived together. In fact one appetiser can after the mains had arrived. Had to ask for the mains to be taken back to the kitchen and they were put under the warmer so like warm when they came back. Brought back as I was still eating the end of the appetiser.
Food was tasty but rushed through everything within 50 minutes, which meant the who experience wasn’t that enjoyable, which was a shame given the tasty food.

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 2

We were sat upstairs which had a bar that had a company event going that was suppose to be over at 7pm but the party extended during our dinner . Folks were very loud we could barely hold nor hear ourselves at our own table .

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San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Great food and buzzing place, but noisy and young (only a bad thing if you’re not noisy and old!)

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LA
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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JL
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Incredibly noisy (college night) but worth it in food quality

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KN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 3

Delicious but WAY too loud. Wild bar scene makes everyone else in restaurant scream to be heard.

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OT
Oklahoma City
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

The restaurant was okay. If I could give the chef a piece of advice it would be on any taco made with a corn tortilla, use two tortillas so WHEN the first tortilla gets soaked thru, the customer doesn’t have to struggle to eat a soaked mess that’s falling apart!

The food over all was moderately good, nothing special. Your really paying for atmosphere, which is a 3 out of 5 itself. I wouldn’t really come back, there are tons of better options out their!

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

If you want a quieter experience, request a table outside

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Washington DC
62 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good Group Brunch

Came here for group brunch for friends. Did bottomless because wanted something different than mimosas. They use decent tequila (el Jimador) in margaritas which is a plus. I always think drinks can be stronger. After about 30 minutes with no food/drinks, the pitchers of margaritas started flowing and we didn't have to wait for refills. Could give more chips with the salsa and guacomole. My french toast was plentiful and very good. Little headache with the bill but they made up for it with house round of shots.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Delicious burrito and all you can eat salsa! Quite loud inside but that’s because the place is such a hit!

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Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Good date, super loud

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R
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Saw this under the Mexican category with seats for the time my friend and I wanted to meet for dinner, so I made a reservation. It’s right off the DuPont metro (literally steps), has a cool outdoor seating area with string lights, and the food was all so fresh, flavorful, and filling! Am looking forward to returning.

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The service was good, but the restaurant was SO LOUD. It's the loudest restaurant I've been to in D.C. My food was good but not hot. I wouldn't go back.

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LW
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Mission was amazing. We loved the Elotes. My husband said it was his favorite dish while we were visiting DC. The staff were very friendly and the food was fantastic!

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San Diego
35 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great and unique Mex food. We live in San Diego which has some great Mex restaurants. This place has different dishes and sides that made it very enjoyable.

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k
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mission was great! My friends and I had been looking forward to dining on their patio and it did not disappoint! The margaritas and tacos were great and the atmosphere was amazing!

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s
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was quick and accurate, our server was friendly, and the food was great. A regular spot for me.

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ZM
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simply one of the best restaurants offering Mexican cuisine in NW DC. High quality food and great drinks. The sangria at Mission is a must-try

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BJ
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

Great for brunch ... the bottomless bloodys, margs an mimosas with an included entree for 35 dollars is a great deal. Only issue. The food was bland. EVERYTHING needed salt

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RC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Food was great, service was terrible. We weren’t able to reap the benefits of our bottomless brunch since we couldn’t get anyone to refill our drinks.

The margs are also pretty terrible. I’d stick with the mimosas if you’re there for brunch.

Lastly, we opted to sit at the bar even though we had a reservation because the dining room was just too loud. Felt like I was in a frat house.

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GM
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Booked 4 days ahead, but no table available due to “over-booking”. When we were finally sat, it took ~15-20 minutes between each visit from the server. The food was great, but I was terribly disappointed in the service from the hosting staff to the waiter.

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OP
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

The place was cool and had a ton of young people. Our server left us for 25 minutes so we decided to grab the check and eat elsewhere. The chips and salsa to start were good

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Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was great, but the nose level from a happy hour or event at the bar was extremely loud with people encroaching into our space at our table from the bar. The food and service were great though.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The elote loco is awesome!!!

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PB
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

There is a horrible smell inside. It smells like mildew, if you still want to try... sit outside in the patio area.

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CH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and service were very good. Unfortunately, he tables inside we’re a little too close, so it felt like we were on a date with the family next to us. If you’re looking for some privacy while getting to know someone, this might not be your first choice. If you’re looking for a good meal, though, strong recommend.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

So loud. So hot. So terrible.

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