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Mexican Fans Are Mostly Loving Mayahuel

“The beef tongue tacos were phenomenal!”

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The dining room at Mayahuel.
Simo Ahmadi/Photography by Simo
Tierney Plumb is the editor of Eater DC, covering all things food and drink around the nation's capital.

Mayahuel Cocina Mexicana landed in Woodley Park earlier this month with a lineup of ceviches, tacos, and spicy cocktails, all served in a colorful and funky Day of the Dead-themed setting.

The 90-seat restaurant (2609 24th Street NW), which moved into the space formerly occupied by Bar Civita, comes from co-owners Jawad Saadaoui and Miguel Pizarroso; Pizarroso also handles cooking duties at sibling establishment District Kitchen. He’s whipping up starters ($7 to $15) like corn-poblano chile soup, guacamole, and fried plantains. Entrees include tacos de lengua, featuring braised beef tongue topped with habanero-mango salsa, and accompanied by rice and beans ($18), as well as a Mexican-style burger ($17).

Fabian Malone (Lucky Buns) is heading up the bar with an assortment of Mexican-inspired craft cocktails, palomas, and pitchers of sangria.

Read on to hear what the public is saying, a few weeks into service:

The Highlight Bites News: Yelper Lana R. says, “the chips and salsa were simply better than most I have ever had at a restaurant and the Beef Tongue Tacos were phenomenal!” Instagrammer @travellingswood says “their #churros were AmAzinG! As were the drinks, and decor!” [Yelp, Instagram]

The Must Order News: Google reviewer Kevin Enriquez says the “Spicy Margarita is like nothing I have tried before,” adding that the tacos are “well worth the price.” Ryan Wegman calls the guacamole “addicting. And entree portions are big. Expect to leave with a doggy bag.” And Kritika Khurana, who went twice in three days, says, “If you have to get just one thing on the menu, make it their mango-tamarind margarita. Good food, good service.” [Google]

The Pretty Pricey News: Yelper Natalie V. says prices are “a bit high, but it’s a tourist-driven neighborhood.” And Trevor M. “would highly recommend it to anyone looking for great Mexican cuisine if time and money are not a concern.” M K. writes, “I want this place to succeed but it will be a challenge at these prices. $15 appetizers (big), $25+ entrees.” [Yelp]

The Fun AF News: Washington City Paper writes “the owners ... are prioritizing fun. Think buckets of beer, frozen margaritas, bottomless sangria at brunch, and possibly mariachi bands.” And Instagrammer @Districtshotelconcierge posts “Mayahuel Cocina Mexicana is Bringing Sexy Back by the team behind District Kitchen ... the hood will never be the same!!” [WCP, Instagram]

The Recs News: Yelper Suge K. suggests trying the “fried plantains, braised lamb nachos (droooool), and the grilled corn. Mains: short rib tacos and the mexican burger (char grilled to perfection). Desserts: tres leches cake and the dulce de leche filled churros with nutella sauce (ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!)” And Moe L. sat at the “comfortable” bar and got the “corn sopa - yummy; roasted corn - wow; fish tacos - whoa.” [Yelp]

Mayahuel Cocina Mexicana

2609 24th Street NW, Washington, DC, 20008