El Rey

$$ • Mexican, Beer Gardens

919 U St NW, Washington
(202) 506-6418


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Reviews for El Rey

El Rey is one of the best places to grab a drink and some Mexican food in the U Street Corridor. If it's not obvious, El Rey is located in the gayborhood so you know the drinks are going to be good/strong. They have one of the best happy hours in D.C. (M-Th 5-7PM, F 12-3PM). The Friday early happy hour is one of the best things ever especially for the lucky ones who get out of work early that day. As far as food, I had a carne asada taco and a quesadilla after downing a $3 cold...read full review

BEST FOOD! One of my favorite DC spots. Drinks are strong, easy bar service and lots of seating. Can get a bit crowded on busy days. Only negative, the bouncers tend to be really unfriendly. Can’t believe the ownership let’s them treat patrons the way they do sometimes.

Had it not been so cold, I would have given this 3 stars. I thought my tacos al pastor (with corn tortillas) were quite good. Everyone in my group that ordered anything not containing al pastor, didn't like their dishes. Multiple overhead heaters were not working so it was freezing and a portion of the tables weren't being used because of the cold. In true bar fashion, you either open a tab or you pay for your food when you order it--it is just strange because you are seated with...read full review

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Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday 5 - 8PM
Friday 5 - 8PM
Saturday 12 - 8PM
Sunday 12 - 8PM

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