Lauriol Plaza and Cactus Cantina Now Accepting Reservations

Lauriol Plaza Restaurant now accepts reservations online and over the phone
1835 18th Street, NW

From a press release:

“Lauriol Plaza featuring Mexican and Latin American cuisine and Cactus Cantina offering the best Tex-Mex have been popular restaurants in the Washington, DC metro area for nearly 30 years. In addition to offering delicious and authentic dishes, both restaurants will now accept call ahead and online reservations.

Reservations can easily be made online at each of the restaurant websites and through the reservation widget “Reserve Now.” Party size, date, and time can all be selected with a few easy clicks of the mouse. Guests can also make reservations by calling the restaurant and speaking with a host or hostess. For those guests who like to go out to dinner on a whim, both Lauriol Plaza and Cactus Cantina will continue to accept walk-ins as well. Lauriol Plaza is located at 1835 18th Street NW in Washington DC’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, directly west of the U Street Corridor. Cactus Cantina is located at 3300 Wisconsin Avenue NW in the Cleveland Park neighborhood. Both restaurants are open for brunch Sundays, lunch Monday through Saturday, and dinner Sunday through Saturday.”

Cactus Cantina Restaurant now takes reservations online and over the phone
3300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW

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  • ….and Maryland drivers let out a collective cheer! “Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!!!!!”
    Now stay the f#ck off the sidewalk. I’m walkin’ here.

  • Longtime residents, please tell me this: Was Cactus Cantina a destination of sorts at one time, or did they used to have good food? Because I’ve had some of the most dreadful meals ever at that place. They must own the building, because that space would’ve otherwise been taken over by a bank branch, law or real estate offices long ago. Same with Lauriol, but their food is slightly less awful and they’re at least within walking distance to some other, decent bars and restaurants.

    • Well it had very little competition back in the day, and in that area, still doesn’t have that much and is in a very affluent area. I think that is the secret to its sucess, certainly not its food. Where else are going to eat in the immediate area? 2 amys? Cafe Deluxe? That’s about it.

    • Cactus Cantina used to have great happy hours with half price beers and appetizers.

    • I think some of the appeal of Cactus Cantina is that it’s very kid-friendly.

  • Is it true that the owner of Lauriol Plaza is an immigrant to got his start in the industry as a dishwasher?

  • Thank goodness they didn’t also claim that Lauriol Plaza’s food counted as the “best” anything.

  • Funny how they are now accepting reservations, given there’s barely a wait anymore because everyone is going over to 14th Street now.

    • Are you kidding me? I’m no longer I customer, but I walk by the place all the time and it is almost always packed…sometimes so many waiting in line that I just give up and cross the street. I’d bet complaints by other businesses about the sidewalk congestion/crowd control caused the change.

  • I like Lauriol Plaza, and GASP! I live in DC too!

  • Long-time DC resident… I love Lauriol! So do my out of town guests, including my family from TEXAS. But a lot of them would hate our pretentious small plates places…

  • I am a long time DC resident and I like Lauriol Plaza too.

    • It’s not terrible. I think people like to hate on it because it’s huge and people still wait forever to get a table, in order to eat overpriced food that is good, but nothing special. Cactus Cantina, on the other hand, is pretty bad.

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