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In 2007, we opened Casa Oaxaca in Washington, D.C., a traditional restaurant that brings the flavors and colors of Mexico to the capital city of U.S. Our main objective is to give Washingtonians a better exposure to the richness and diversity of Mexican cuisine. The team is headed by Mexican Chef Alfio Blangiardo and Karen Barroso and Rolando Juárez, both born and raised in Arlington VA. They decided to honor their Mexican roots by featuring the greatest culinary traditions from the southern state of Oaxaca.

At Casa Oaxaca, you will enjoy a unique combination of authentic ingredients featured in original appetizers, entrees, desserts and drinks. We bring you a complete cultural experience; we want you to feel at home through the warmth and hospitality of our staff.

Oaxaca is one of Mexico's 31 states and it is located in the Southern region. Along the state, you can find archaeological sites, colonial cities and beautiful beaches. It is such a diverse region populated by different ethnic groups such as the Zapotec and Mixtec peoples. Great part of the traditions and heritage of Oaxaca come for them and can be appreciated through the art craft, the festivities, the colors in the streets, the flavors in the markets, etc. Oaxaca is Mexico!

The integration of pre Hispanic traditions with the Spanish heritage from colonial times is well represented in the food you find in Oaxaca. One of the most representative dishes from the area is Mole, which is considered an authentic handcraft due to the complex elaboration process as well as the number of ingredients included. The word mole comes from nahuatl language and means, sauce. At Casa Oaxaca, moles are our specialty and we have six types that you will be able to taste with chicken, beef, seafood or tortillas.

Corn, chiles, beans, mescal, tequila, huitlacoche among others, are versatile ingredients that enable us to satisfy our costumers cravings for Mexican food. Do not hesitate, visit us and get ready to enjoy a complete cultural experience!

Business Hours

  • Tuesday - Thursday, Sunday: 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Friday - Saturday: 5:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Editorial Reviews

DC Ethnic Restaurants: Cinco de Mayo at Casa Oaxaca
Jenny Small, Examiner DC | May 4, 2010

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, DC locals can celebrate at Kalorama neighborhood restaurant Casa Oaxaca. While most Americans erroneously believe, Cinco de Mayo is a celebration of Mexico's independence from Spain, the day actually represents Mexico's win against French forces at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. While many Cinco de Mayo celebrations consist of margaritas and tex-mex, Casa Oaxaca offers some more traditional cuisine from Puebla's neighboring state of Oaxaca.

Casa Oaxaca - A Different South of the Border
Tom Sietsema, washingtonpost.com | July 1, 2007

Requesting a margarita in a Mexican restaurant is standard operating procedure for many diners. Hearing the question, "What kind of tequila would you like?" and getting a choice of nearly 20 different brands of firewater is an uncommon follow-up. Happily, that's the norm at the freshly minted Casa Oaxaca (say "wa-HA-ka"), whose owners promised a menu that would steer clear of cliches and shine a light on a region in Mexico known for its good taste.



  • Attire: Casual
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Average Price ( Per Person ): Under $20
  • Family Restaurant: Yes
  • Alcoholic Beverages: Full Bar, Specialty: Tequila
  • Carry Out: Yes
  • Outside Seating: No
  • Wheelchair Accessible: Information Not Available
  • Has TV: Information Not Available
  • Takes Reservations: Yes
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Credit Cards: Visa, MasterCard, American Express

Restaurant ID: 375

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