Jose & BETTY 


Jose and Betty Reyes came to Washington, DC in the early 1980’s with a shared dream of settling down and building a new family life in the United States. The Reyes’ (Jose as a handyman and Betty as a Dishwasher) worked hard and carefully set their earnings aside because they had come to realize another shared dream--opening their own restaurant. Jose and Betty’s dream came true when, in 1982, they opened El Tamarindo in the city’s Adams Morgan neighborhood. 

Jose and Betty wanted to create a place where not only Adams Morgan residents but also visitors who were “just passing through” could experience an amazing family style sit-down meal with a Central American flare. With much hard work and the faithful help of family, friends and an amazing staff, they were able to make that happen. El Tamarindo quickly became one of the city’s “go to” places for the best Salvadoran and Mexican cuisine. The city’s longest standing Salvadoran/Mexican restaurant got a complete makeover in the Spring of 2016, and in 2017 Trip Advisor awarded El Tamarindo their coveted Certificate of Excellence. 

Our menu is built around affordably priced, authentic Salvadoran and Mexican fare and many of the sauces and marinades used in our dishes are made right here in our own kitchen. We also offer our guests a full-service bar, a catering service for private events, fundraisers and you can also set up a takeout or delivery order through GrubHub and place a catering order online. 

Join us for lunch, dinner or late night! Monday through Thursday from 11:00 am to 2:00 am and Friday 11:00 am to 5 am, Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 am, and Sunday 10:00 am to 2 am.


Enjoy a wonderful Central American meal in a comfortable atmosphere that feels like home.


All are welcome in the El Tamarindo family!

See you soon!

Contact Us

1785 Florida AVE NW Washington dc 20009

Monday to Thursday

11am - 10pm

Friday - sunday

11am - 11pm

ALL Pre-order

Mother's Day brunch kits

pick up starts at 9am

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