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Espita Mezcaleria

1250 9th St. NW (N St. NW) Send to Phone
Authentic Mexican cooking with 100 varietals of mezcal on hand at this Shaw neighborhood restaurant.


Lunch Mon.-Tues., Thurs.-Fri.; Dinner nightly; Brunch Sat.-Sun.
  • Dress code: Casual
  • Full bar
  • Reservations suggested for dinner

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Espita Mezcaleria, Washington, DC

Operations may be disrupted due to COVID-19. Be sure to contact the restaurant to find out its current status and offerings.

Espita Mezcaleria Restaurant Review

About the décor: This Shaw neighborhood restaurant has a ruggedly outdoorsy décor with some Mexican-inspired paintings hanging about the space.

Likes: Mezcal.
Dislikes: The noise.

Food & Drinks: It has become a hotspot for after-hours mezcal and other drinks for local millennials, who also come for crispy taco chips and assorted salsas. A change in chefs has altered the menu so that Oaxacan food is no longer the superstar; instead, the menu blends Cal-Mex, Tex-Mex and Mex-Mex flavors and textures. Sadly, the original mole options are gone, and so too are the interesting taco choices. Lunch and dinner offerings showcase a limited numbers of tacos and sandwiches, including a kicked-up hamburger. Desserts are limited to a chocolate tostada and a creamy rice with mango sorbet --- you might even find the Not A Cinco Leches Cake. Ask the bartender and owner about sampling the mezcals, over 100 varieties are on hand.

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