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Las Placitas

££ - £££
Capitol Hill
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American, Central American
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517 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835 (Between E St. NE and G St. SE)
+1 202-543-3700
06:30 - 21:30
Closed now
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Sun 06:30 - 19:30
Mon - Tue 06:30 - 21:30
Wed 07:00 - 13:30
Thu 06:00 - 21:30
Fri 07:30 - 13:00
Sat 07:30 - 21:00
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I've been going to this spot for a few years now but more recently (a lot more) after they relocated down on the same street but closer to the Navy Yard. The food is really good and plentiful. The margaritas are great! The service is attentive without being constantly in your face. It's more relaxed. The staff respects your space.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

I got the Taco Salad and Margarita. Omg, so good. My other half got the Beef fajitas and was very happy too. I know we have all been to places that don't know how to trim the gristle and fat off of the meat, not here. They trim it perfectly, not one bite of fat or nastyness. Simply the best!... More 

Thank Greg E
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I am blessed that this restaurant is in my neighborhood. It has been a go-to place for family and friends for years, and a recent move down the street did not diminish the quality of the food, or the friendly service. Good value adds to the total package.

Thank dctraveler702014
New London, Connecticut
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101 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Went here for a quick lunch. Easy walk from the Navy Yard. Friendly staff, with fresh chips and salsa. Good food at decent prices for the area. The nachos were a very decent portion and the main dishes were just as filling. Not the fastest service, but worth the wait.

Thank BeerEnthusiast
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9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Las Placitas is amazing. Both the El Salvadoran and Mexican dishes are delicious and incredibly well priced. Margaritas are great too! Skip DC's overpriced, overly fancy Mexican restaurants and come here for solid food without the pretentiousness. We especially enjoy the fried plantains, guacamole and combo plates heaping with cheesy goodness.

Thank Kacy B
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69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

This is a very unpretentious restaurant that serves good to excellent El Salvadorian (Mexican) food. Had an excellent beef taco salad...included spinach greens along with typical greens and the beef was wonderfully marinated. Best retried beens that I've had in a while...would have like a larger portion, but the rest of the meal was large and well presented. Others in... More 

Thank Lawrence M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

They have quite a varied menu, even seafood items. Lots of grilled meats beef, and chicken mainly. Sizzling platters of grilled meats with tasty vegetables like the typical plaintain, beans and rice. Our group enjoyed 2 pitchers of margaritas since we were celebrating. Has outdoor tables, really pleasant for summer evenings. Somewhat cramped dining room however.

Thank LisandroVoyager
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

Perfect! Food, Salvadoran Puerco al horno, tender, tender, tender juicy pork with onions, saucey stuff, with plantains on the side, rice and black beans was truly fabulous. Rich, flavourful, and different than what I expected. I'm just finding Salvadoran food, and this place makes the search well worth it. Zulma, my waiter was helpful and knowledgeable. She helped me not... More 

Thank gypsumm
Bedford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

Joining a group of friends for a meal here was a delight, we chose different dishes and I thoroughly enjoyed the guacamole and tamales, I had chosen. The service was efficient and the bottomless Margaritas certainly helped the conversation flow! We enjoyed it so much we returned with another group of friends. It is also well situated for the Capitol... More 

Thank eliza272
Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

This was our first visit, along with friends who had come once before. The location is very good - on 8th Street SE along with many other restaurants. Most, including Las Placitas, offer outside dining so the atmosphere after dark is fun. The five of us ordered Salvadoran food rather than their Mexican fare. We started with pupusas (sp?) Which... More 

Thank Dawn M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American, Central American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Open Hours
06:30 - 19:30
06:30 - 21:30
06:30 - 21:30
07:00 - 13:30
06:00 - 21:30
07:30 - 13:00
07:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 517 8th St SE, Washington DC, DC 20003-2835
    (Between E St. NE and G St. SE)
  • Location: United States  >  District of Columbia (DC)  >  Washington DC>  > Capitol Hill
  • Neighbourhood: Capitol Hill
  • Phone Number: +1 202-543-3700

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?