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It's the ultimate warm weather taco

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Few dishes capture the essence of warm weather better than fish tacos: light, crispy fish wrapped in a tortilla, slathered in sauces, and topped with crunchy slaw. When ordered alongside a margarita, the ocean feels practically within earshot (although Washingtonians are just hearing the Potomac, unfortunately).

There’s still no shortage of fish tacos for diners to enjoy in the sunshine. The dish originates in Baja California, Mexico. It’s said the idea occurred when Asians came to the peninsula and introduced the concept of fried fish. While fish taco aficionados debate this story, enthusiastic eaters are simply grateful for the brilliant mind who put tempura into a tortilla. It eventually transformed into the beer-battered goodness diners know and love today.

Washingtonians can hit up several locations for the classic battered Baja version. They can also opt for grilled fish, as well as a variety of slaws, sauces, and salsas. Head to one of these 15n eateries for fresh, tasty fish tacos.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Agua 301

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301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 484-0301
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Head to Water Street for a slew of fish taco options at Agua 301. While a classic Baja option is available for $7, diners can also order a $9 sautéed salmon taco with onion, garlic and basil aioli, or a $9 sautéed tuna taco with sofrito sauce and mustard aioli. Each order comes with two tacos.

2. District Taco

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656 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C.
(202) 888-9898
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On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays eaters can find fish tacos at District Taco locations across the DMV. They consist of grilled fish, pico de gallo, cabbage, chipotle mayo and any other desired topping. Order three tacos for $9.34.

3. El Rey

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919 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 506-6418
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Built out of shipping containers and boasting a retractable roof, unique taqueria El Rey has an equally unique fish taco. Grilled fish is topped with jicama carrot slaw (as opposed to classic cabbage), salsa verde, chipotle aioli, and cilantro. Order it for just $4.

4. Fish Taco

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10323 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814
Named after the dish itself, Fish Taco offers three different versions of pescado to patrons. The signature beer-battered fish comes with cabbage and their flagship sauce, while the blackened fish with chile-lime sauce and pineapple-chile relish would please less traditional palates. All orders come with two tacos and rice and beans for $11.95.

5. Gringos & Mariachis

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4928 Cordell Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
(240) 800-4266
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At this Maryland taqueria, fried seasonal fish is given a kick with Sriracha cream, crunchy cabbage slaw, and cilantro. Order it for $8.
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6. Johnny Pistolas

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2333 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 817-3255
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Eaters craving Los Angeles-style fare can head to this Adams Morgan taqueria for blackened grilled fish tacos with jalapeño cornichon aioli. Order a single taco for $4 or grab some friends for a $26 tray of six fish tacos with sides of guacamole, Baja slaw, gorditas, and spicy cucumbers.

7. Orange Anchor

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3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007
(202) 802-9990
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Located on the Georgetown waterfront, this nautical spot boasts three creative fish taco entrees priced at $18 each. Order the crispy cod tacos with lettuce, pico de gallo, and Cajun tartar sauce for a fun twist on the classic, or opt for blackened mahi mahi tacos with lime cabbage slaw, and pineapple salsa.

8. Rito Loco

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606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 836-4270
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Lovers of Rito Loco can find fish tacos at their food truck and the brick-and-mortar location in Shaw. The fish tacos consist of tilapia filets seasoned with a homemade Caribbean dry rub, which are then pan-fried and topped with pico de gallo and a four cheese blend. With chips and salsa on the side, diners can order one for $4, two for $8 and 3 for $11.
444 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004
(202) 783-7007
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While most eateries offering fish tacos specialize in Mexican cuisine, diners can also find the dish in this sleek sushi spot. SEI’s fish tacos are priced at $12 and combine blackened snapper with ginger slaw and mango relish.

10. Surfside Taco Stand

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1800 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
(202) 466-1830
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Hit this taco stand, open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, for one of two fish options. Fans of spice will like the $10.95 Negril with blackened tilapia, spicy cabbage, avocado, and chili ranch dressing. Palates craving fresh flavors will likely opt for the $11.95 Maui that combines Surfside’s grilled fish of the month with black bean and corn salsa, sliced avocado, cilantro and lime sour cream.

11. Taco Bamba

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2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043
(703) 639-0505
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Chef Victor Albisu’s popular Virginia taco counter offers “The Black Pearl,” a fried tilapia taco with spicy coleslaw and black aioli. Order it for just $4.
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12. Taqueria Habanero

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3710 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20010
(301) 789-7407
Petworth favorite Taqueria Habenero offers a grilled tilapia taco with cilantro, diced onions, radish, and cucumber for just $3. Although on the starter menu, tacos are full sized and can serve as an entrée for lovers of this dish.

13. The Argonaut

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1433 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002
(202) 250-3660
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This H Street bar is nautical, pirate-themed, and offers mahi mahi tacos with cheddar, pico de gallo, cabbage-cilantro slaw, and creamy rémoulade. Order it for $13, but guacamole will cost an extra $1.50. Diners wanting a grain-free option can also have the dish served in a lettuce leaf.

14. Tico DC

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1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009
(202) 319-1400
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Chef Michael Schlow’s rustic Tico offers New American dishes with Mexican and Spanish flare, including a revamped version of classic fish tacos. For $11, diners can order a crispy fish taco with red jalapeno, crunchy cabbage, and chipotle sauce.

15. Clare & Don's Beach Shack

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130 N Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046
(703) 532-9283
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Patrons have been relying on this chill bar for years for blackened fish tacos in a chill, patio setting.
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1. Agua 301

301 Water St SE, Washington, D.C. 20003
Head to Water Street for a slew of fish taco options at Agua 301. While a classic Baja option is available for $7, diners can also order a $9 sautéed salmon taco with onion, garlic and basil aioli, or a $9 sautéed tuna taco with sofrito sauce and mustard aioli. Each order comes with two tacos.
301 Water St SE
Washington, D.C. 20003

2. District Taco

656 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, D.C.
On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays eaters can find fish tacos at District Taco locations across the DMV. They consist of grilled fish, pico de gallo, cabbage, chipotle mayo and any other desired topping. Order three tacos for $9.34.
656 Pennsylvania Ave SE
Washington, D.C.

3. El Rey

919 U St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Built out of shipping containers and boasting a retractable roof, unique taqueria El Rey has an equally unique fish taco. Grilled fish is topped with jicama carrot slaw (as opposed to classic cabbage), salsa verde, chipotle aioli, and cilantro. Order it for just $4.
919 U St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Fish Taco

10323 Old Georgetown Rd, Bethesda, MD 20814
Named after the dish itself, Fish Taco offers three different versions of pescado to patrons. The signature beer-battered fish comes with cabbage and their flagship sauce, while the blackened fish with chile-lime sauce and pineapple-chile relish would please less traditional palates. All orders come with two tacos and rice and beans for $11.95.
10323 Old Georgetown Rd
Bethesda, MD 20814

5. Gringos & Mariachis

4928 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
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At this Maryland taqueria, fried seasonal fish is given a kick with Sriracha cream, crunchy cabbage slaw, and cilantro. Order it for $8.
4928 Cordell Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814

6. Johnny Pistolas

2333 18th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Eaters craving Los Angeles-style fare can head to this Adams Morgan taqueria for blackened grilled fish tacos with jalapeño cornichon aioli. Order a single taco for $4 or grab some friends for a $26 tray of six fish tacos with sides of guacamole, Baja slaw, gorditas, and spicy cucumbers.
2333 18th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

7. Orange Anchor

3050 K St NW, Washington, D.C. 20007
Located on the Georgetown waterfront, this nautical spot boasts three creative fish taco entrees priced at $18 each. Order the crispy cod tacos with lettuce, pico de gallo, and Cajun tartar sauce for a fun twist on the classic, or opt for blackened mahi mahi tacos with lime cabbage slaw, and pineapple salsa.
3050 K St NW
Washington, D.C. 20007

8. Rito Loco

606 Florida Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Lovers of Rito Loco can find fish tacos at their food truck and the brick-and-mortar location in Shaw. The fish tacos consist of tilapia filets seasoned with a homemade Caribbean dry rub, which are then pan-fried and topped with pico de gallo and a four cheese blend. With chips and salsa on the side, diners can order one for $4, two for $8 and 3 for $11.
606 Florida Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

9. Sei

444 7th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
While most eateries offering fish tacos specialize in Mexican cuisine, diners can also find the dish in this sleek sushi spot. SEI’s fish tacos are priced at $12 and combine blackened snapper with ginger slaw and mango relish.
444 7th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20004

10. Surfside Taco Stand

1800 N St NW, Washington, D.C. 20036
Hit this taco stand, open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, for one of two fish options. Fans of spice will like the $10.95 Negril with blackened tilapia, spicy cabbage, avocado, and chili ranch dressing. Palates craving fresh flavors will likely opt for the $11.95 Maui that combines Surfside’s grilled fish of the month with black bean and corn salsa, sliced avocado, cilantro and lime sour cream.
1800 N St NW
Washington, D.C. 20036

11. Taco Bamba

2190 Pimmit Dr, Falls Church, VA 22043
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Chef Victor Albisu’s popular Virginia taco counter offers “The Black Pearl,” a fried tilapia taco with spicy coleslaw and black aioli. Order it for just $4.
2190 Pimmit Dr
Falls Church, VA 22043

12. Taqueria Habanero

3710 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20010
Petworth favorite Taqueria Habenero offers a grilled tilapia taco with cilantro, diced onions, radish, and cucumber for just $3. Although on the starter menu, tacos are full sized and can serve as an entrée for lovers of this dish.
3710 14th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20010

13. The Argonaut

1433 H St NE, Washington, D.C. 20002
This H Street bar is nautical, pirate-themed, and offers mahi mahi tacos with cheddar, pico de gallo, cabbage-cilantro slaw, and creamy rémoulade. Order it for $13, but guacamole will cost an extra $1.50. Diners wanting a grain-free option can also have the dish served in a lettuce leaf.
1433 H St NE
Washington, D.C. 20002

14. Tico DC

1926 14th St NW, Washington, D.C. 20009
Chef Michael Schlow’s rustic Tico offers New American dishes with Mexican and Spanish flare, including a revamped version of classic fish tacos. For $11, diners can order a crispy fish taco with red jalapeno, crunchy cabbage, and chipotle sauce.
1926 14th St NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

15. Clare & Don's Beach Shack

130 N Washington St, Falls Church, VA 22046
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Patrons have been relying on this chill bar for years for blackened fish tacos in a chill, patio setting.
130 N Washington St
Falls Church, VA 22046

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