Las Placitas Reopens on Eighth

The Hill's Iconic Latin American Restaurant opens at 1100 8th St. SE

Las Placitas new location on the 1100 block of Eighth Street SE. (Photo by Christine Rushton)

Las Placitas restaurant opened its doors Friday on the 1100 block of Eighth Street SE after relocating in September from two blicks north on Barrack’s Row. Owners and brothers Isidoro and Juan Ramon Amaya spent around $100,000 renovating the new site to serve their traditional Latin American food in a welcoming space that seats 50 inside and 38 on the expansive patio.

The brothers started the business on Capitol Hill in 1990. Isidoro Amaya said he loves the people that come to eat his food and is glad he can continue at their new location.  The menu includes El Salvadorean specialties, excellent steaks and seafood dishes and an array of Tex-Mex standards  

In May, the Amayas were confronted with a large hike in their rent and chose not to renew their lease on the 500 block of Eighth Street SE. The neighboring Matchbox restaurant took over the building and started renovations to expand their bar and seating.

“We’ve had loyal customers for the past 25 years and we didn’t want to just close and leave,” Isidoro said.

Las Placitas new site offers more parking with a public lot next door and street parking that doesn’t see as much traffic as further north on Barracks Row. 

“Customers are very happy that we are opening,” Isidoro said. “They’ve been waiting, they’ve been calling us. We look forward to having the same business we had before.”

Las Placitas is open daily from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. They close on Christmas Day and Thanksgiving Day. Here is their restaurant phone number: 202-543-3700