This is a festive restaurant, well loved for many years by neighborhood patrons. A recent move closer to Dupont Circle has given it a rooftop terrace ... More
This is a festive restaurant, well loved for many years by neighborhood patrons. A recent move closer to Dupont Circle has given it a rooftop terrace for alfresco dining. The dining room has the look and feel of a cozy cafe. The decor is simple, with white walls, white tablecloths and gilt-framed paintings. Blending Spanish, Mexican and Tex-Mex traditions, the menu is strong on fajitas and grilled entrees. Classic paellas and the marinated pork dishes are also excellent.
The food and atmosphere was great. However our waitress was HORRIBLE. not only did my husband ask for a straw 3 times but another had to ask for another re-fill twice. She never ask if everything was okay.Wish I would of got another server...
The food was very good. The people were very friendly. Considering the crowd and pressure the staff was facing to seat many many people, I would say they handeled with great dignity and style.
I would recommend everyone to try it. A very good mexican food place.
The setting of Lauriol Plaza is very nice, but as far as the quality of food, it is okay. Maybe, because I am a native Texan I realize that the food served here was not authentic or maybe just needed improvement. But on the flip side, I didn't have to wait for seating and they were quite full, nor did I have to wait long for my plate. They moved swiftly.
The air at Lauriol Plaza is filled with excitement and the place is usually packed. The staff is nice but can be abrasive at times. The drinks are decent and could stand a bit more professional effort put into them to help this restaurant become one of the better locations in D.C. The food is barely average and needs much improvement. I for example in one of my visits ordered Paella which turned out to be awful the rice was very hard still and the entire dish was extremely watery. On another occasion we found a hair in one of the dishes and were told by the waiter that they had no one in the restaurant with long hair. Meanwhile the manager stood there with hair down passed her shoulder. This restaurant is great for hanging with friends and chatting over diner and drinks but is lacking in many categories.
It's unfortunate that this restaurant is seen as such a shining star in Washington DC, when it really is only average. The food is unimaginative and mediocre. The service ranges from below average to fine. It is a nice place to go and meet friends, or take out of town visitors. The atmosphere is nice, and I can only assume that is what the other reviewers are really ranking. Having lived in California for 2 decades, and worked in Texas many times, I can say that this is just an average place for latin flavors.
Located in upper Dupond Circle area, Lauriol Plaza is house in a huge loft style building with lots of windows and a rooftop that permits seating all year round.
LP is always hopping, specially on the weekends were it is literally filled to capacity. Often times the wait times are beyond one hour, but it is a wait that is worth the patience. LP doesn't take reservations, but you can always kill some time at their bar, savoring their large array of alcoholic beverages, such as mojitos, margaritas or mango-ritas,or Sangria. The pitchers are about $24 a pop, but they do contain a strong kick of liquor, so its well worth your money. They also have a vas selections of tequila shots, cervezas, and an extent list of wines.
The food, is a mix of your classic Tex-Mex faves, Spanish and Cuban specialties. In fact you will be able to find, Fajitas and Paella on the same menu, or even the so delicious Peruvian Lomo Saltado. Portions tend to be quite huge so it is a good idea to actually split an appetizer and entry with your partner/s in crime.
Some other dishes I've tried and have enjoyed are the Brazilian Salad wich comes devinely loaded with chicken or beef or a combo. The fajitas are fantastic too. You pretty much cannot go wrong with anything in the menu. At least I have never heard anyone be unhappy.
Service is very friendly and attentive, even during the busiest of times.
Overall Rating=9.5 This has become one of my favorite summer spots, their mojitos are extremely addictive and they will have you knocked off your socks in no time.
Food is usually excellent but service can be lackluster at times. I've been going to LP for so many years but I find service to be hit or miss (one was so rude I almost stopped going). Overall, excellent fajitas, atmosphere and margaritas to die for!
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