Decades-old Tex-Mex chain Guapo’s opened its latest outpost in Georgetown in late August, featuring a super sleek design and long list of tequilas, tacos, ceviches, and Latin American-influenced fare.
For the homegrown brand’s ninth area location (3050 K Street NW), the space was completely reinvented from its former life as nautically-inspired bar Orange Anchor into a modern Mexican restaurant. Along with a 100-seat dining area and 16-seat central bar, there’s a 40-seat outdoor patio boasting prime views of the Potomac River.
Its newly named co-executive chefs are Nathan Breedlove — an alum of José Andrés’ Thinkfoodgroup family of restaurants as well as 14th Street destination Le Diplomate — and Sergio Galindo, who’s studied Latin American cuisine and cooked in New York under Jean-Georges Vongerichten.
Read on to hear what the public is saying, just a few weeks into service:
The Happy about Happy Hour News: Yelper Alex S. notes “the HH is great for the area -- $6 margs (strong, frozen and not), $5 apps (huge portions) and others. Worth it for the HH alone. For the prices, the food was great.” [Yelp]
The First Impressions News: Yelper Michael A. says “food came in about 15 mins, but before the guacamole. The server apologized and comped it from our bill, which they didn’t have to ... the food tasted great for the most part ... wine was tasty, quesadilla and chicken fajitas were delicious! Service was very good as well. Will definitely go back.” Yelper Kamrie R. writes: “overall, I was impressed! I ordered shrimp fajitas and they were some of the best I’ve had. The margaritas are nice & strong too!” [Yelp]
The Order Summary News: Yelper Leah F. writes the scallop burrito was “not bad, not good. decent size, decently cooked scallops, but watery and under seasoned” and while the chicken in the chicken taco “was cooked correctly,” it “was a pretty sad looking thing,” adding “best dish of the group” was the tacos Oaxaquenos featuring “very tasty steak.” And Logan R. had “delicious chicken tacos with freshly made corn tortillas accompanied with arroz pico de gallo beans soucreem [sic] and guacamole — an excellent dish.” [Yelp]
The Welcome to Georgetown News: Instagrammer @scarletoakacupuncture captioned his picture with this: “gorgeous night in #georgetowndc at #guaposgeorgetown! Ceviche, mariscados, guac and cold beer.... Amazing new addition to the waterfront.” And @paulschur38 paired his selfie group pic with the words: “cousins having fun, ignoring POTUS helicopters overhead.” [Instagram]
The Scene Setting News: Yelper Brent B. says “our food came out relatively quickly, and all tasted absolutely fantastic ... the venue is decorated with a very modern look including large glass windows to look out at the fountains and harbor, as well as a bar in the left center area with plenty of seating and a fresh tortilla station right behind it.” Yelper Rachel B. added “the patio is fantastic. It’s big, it’s got a great view of the plaza and river, and there’s lots of shade for hot summer days. The sangria was especially good — maybe it’s a different recipe than the other Guapo’s restaurants. Loved the chips too, served hot and fresh, with a good amount of salt.” [Yelp]
The Big Menu News: Hoodline says “the restaurant has a large menu, starting with appetizers like sautéed shrimp with garlic, herbs and white wine. The platters show off the range of the regional cuisine, from chile relleno and Oaxacan tacos to American-style tacos (crispy shells filled with ground beef or shredded chicken) and a taco salad.” [Hoodline]
The Highlighted Bites News: Georgetowner notes the ceviche bar “is already a big hit” and “perfect for tacos and margaritas on a sultry weekend afternoon.” Its “sophisticated” and “robust” Tex-Mex menu with “steaming fajitas, pancho platters, seafood offerings and quail are just a few of the gems for eclectic palates. There are also plenty of salads for the carb-conscious, but I defy you to resist those darn chips. And the fried ice cream is another challenge for even the most stoic diners.” [Georgetowner]