CORTEZ is a Mexican restaurant and rooftop bar in the historical Shaw neighborhood of Washington, DC. Known for its Baja-focused interior restaurant décor, spacious rooftop bar, lite Mexican cuisine, bottomless mimosa brunch, and multiple event spaces, CORTEZ has quickly become one of the most popular hospitality venues in our nation’s capital.

We are very passionate about the guest experience, creative drinks, the freshest food, design, décor,and creating a fun atmosphere that you will want to come back to!


CORTEZ offers one of DC’s best happy hours on Wednesday through Friday from 5pm to 7pm. On Wednesdays, we offer Tecate and Pacifico beers for $3. On Thursdays, we offer any three tacos for $9. On Fridays, we offer our world famous Balandra Bowl for $12. From Wednesday through Friday at happy hour, we also offer all beers for $5 and our frozen margarita for $8. On Fridays and Saturdays after 10pm, we offer our late night special of a Tecate or Pacifico beer plus a shot of El Jimador tequila for $10.


CORTEZ is one of the premier Washington, D.C. event venues. We regularly host birthday, engagement, graduation, alumni, after-party, and other small to large sized events at CORTEZ. We love hosting events! The minimum size for an event at CORTEZ is 10 people. Unlike a lot of DC venues, CORTEZ does not charge room rental fees. Depending on the time of year and day/night of the week, we also normally do not charge minimum spends. If you are interested in hosting an event at CORTEZ, please email us at We are looking forward to hosting you!

CORTEZ Restaurant & Rooftop Bar opened in 2018. CORTEZ is owned and operated by RJS Companies, locally owned bar/restaurant group. Our sister venue is TAKODA Restaurant & Beer Garden.

Frequently asked questions

  • CORTEZ takes reservations for groups of 8 people or more.

  • We now offer our FULL menu on both floors.

  • Yes, a cake or cupcakes is fine. We recommend bringing in your own plates and cutlery.

  • We 8 high top tables on our roof and they are first come, first served.

  • No, unless they are a child. If they are a child, they are allowed to attend with their parents. We have plenty of high chairs for children. We are very welcoming to families!

  • Unfortunately, not.

  • Unfortunately, not.