I’m a regular here now. I’ve never been disappointed with anything I’ve eaten at El Golfo. The food is delicious and reasonably priced, the drinks are tasty and the service has always been friendly and helpful. There’s a family atmosphere here, as in you see a lot of whole families coming in to eat. It’s much more welcoming than the place next door, and the food is on a whole different level.

I feel like El Golfo deserves a lot more traffic, but because it’s kind of tucked away, probably too many people miss out. To help lure you in, they also have a lot of live music in the evenings, which is fun. This is not a ‘fancy’ place but it’s a perfect neighborhood restaurant with a large variety of well-made dishes.

The menu includes Tex-Mex, El Salvadoran and also a special vegetarian section, in addition to appetizers, soups, salads, etc. They also have a full bar and a nice brunch menu. Some of my favorite menu items include the pupusas, tamales, masitas de puerco, and shredded beef enchiladas. And I love their house-made complimentary salsa w/chips – it’s very much like what they serve at Guapo’s – pico de gallo-style.

Carolyn P.
Silver Spring, MD


Garlic shrimp appetizer was good to the last drop.
Surf & Turf was delicious and the sauces on the lobster and steak amazing.

Mala H.
Washington, DC


Try the fish tacos, they are awesome!  (NB: I asked for a substitution of corn tortillas instead of the whole wheat — a matter of taste of course).

I eat here regularly. Food is always presented beautifully.  The staff are authentically nice, not plastic phony smiles, just friendly and pleasant.  I always feel at home here.  I tend to not eat meat, mainly just fish, but I have to say the fish tacos just rocked. I went to a diner on Rockville Pike, popular place and all, but no comparison: El Golfo’s version was infinitely better.

Paul G.
Kensington, MD


I’ve been going to El Golfo on Wednesday nights since 2010.  The band is yeoman and the MC quite annoying, but it’s a very sweet place.  The service is competent.  The wait staff is friendly and attentive and not bothersome, which I appreciate.  I admire any place that has 4 vegan entrees, let alone a Mexican restaurant.  The food is good and served quickly.
I really go here for the music and the neighborhood feel.  People know me and say hello; including the aforementioned MC as well as the band members.  They make you feel welcome.
Last night a flautist joined the band, and the sound was terrific.
I’m amazed that more people haven’t discovered and frequent El Golfo.

Melissa M.
Reading, PA


It’s been a while since I’ve had dinner here, but this past Sunday my neighbor and I came here for brunch. Along with Latin dishes they do offer traditional breakfast items too. I ordered the French toast. I was surprised when it arrived and there were three huge pieces for only $4.00! It was perfectly browned and drizzled with honey. It was delicious! I will definitely be back for more, but their pancakes looked good too!

We also each ordered a Mexican hot chocolate. My friend couldn’t stop raving about it to our server. The cinnamon and rich creamy chocolate were a perfect combination.

I need to come back for dinner (their Acapulco Trout dish is delish). However, $7.00 for a filling breakfast is the key that will bring me back!

Libby F.
Silver Spring, MD

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