Food

Our 10 Favorite Margaritas Around DC

Say yes to these frozen, fruity, and pouched versions.

Photograph of Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita courtesy of Gringos & Mariachis.

Planning on downing a few in honor of National Margarita Day? Here are some of our favorite places to lift a salt-rimmed glass.

Frozen

Mi Vida

Photograph of frozen margarita by Rey Lopez.
Photograph by Rey Lopez.

Mango margs are usually too sweet. Not this one—it’s balanced out by ginger, passionfruit, and a chili-salt rim. 98 District Sq., SW.

Fish Taco

The slushy lime margarita at this quartet of suburban takeout spots makes it worth sticking around and getting a table. Locations in Tysons, Bethesda, and Cabin John.

Salt-Air

Oyamel

Photograph of Salt-Air margarita by Rey Lopez.
Photograph by Rey Lopez.

This modernist take—it’s from a José Andrés restaurant, after all—comes topped with a cloud of salty foam. 401 Seventh St., NW.

Cucumber-Jalapeño

Gringos & Mariachis

Photograph of Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita courtesy of Gringos & Mariachis.
Photograph of Cucumber-Jalapeño Margarita courtesy of Gringos & Mariachis.

Cukes and tequila don’t sound like an obvious pairing, but this concoction is super-refreshing. 4928 Cordell Ave., Bethesda; 12435 Park Potomac Ave., Potomac.

Lime

Taqueria el Poblano

Photograph of lime margarita courtesy of Taqueria El Poblano.
Photograph courtesy of Taqueria El Poblano.

When you want just the basics—fresh-squeezed lime juice, tequila, rocks, salt—for under ten bucks.  2401 Columbia Pike, Arlington; 2503-A N. Harrison St., Arlington; 2400-B Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria.

Hibiscus

Tico

Photograph of hibiscus margarita by Scott Suchman.
Photograph by Scott Suchman

Fruity and floral but deceptively potent. Also: $7 at happy hour, Wednesday through Friday. 1926 14th St., NW.

Beer

Republic Cantina

Half frozen marg’, half easy drinking Modelo ($6 at daily happy hour). Also great: the habanero-spiked spicy margarita. 43 N St., NW.

Pouched

Capo Deli 

These Italian delis are home to the unofficial pandemic cocktail, the Fauci Pouchy. But it has an even better to-go cocktail: a passionfruit/mango margarita. 715 Florida Ave., NW; 2000 Pennsylvania Ave., NW.

Mezcal

Destino

The La Cosecha Mexican spot puts a smoky spin on the drink with its mezcal-fueled Mayahuel, served with a chili-salt rim. 1280 Fourth St., NE.

Extra-Smooth

Woodmont Grill

A memorable margarita at an all-American restaurant that’s part of the Hillstone chain? We were surprised, too. But the housemade sour mix helps the ultra-frothy shaken drink goes down very easy. 7715 Woodmont Ave., Bethesda.

This article appeared in the May 2018 issue of Washingtonian and has been updated.

Ann Limpert
Executive Food Editor/Critic

Ann Limpert joined Washingtonian in late 2003. She was previously an editorial assistant at Entertainment Weekly and a cook in New York restaurant kitchens, and she is a graduate of the Institute of Culinary Education. She lives in Logan Circle.