What: Colada Shop
Where: 1405 T Street, NW Washington, DC 20009
Time: M-F 5pm-7pm
N&HH Rating: 8.6/10
Go for: Beautifully Crafted Drinks and Empanadas
Don’t Go For: The Cheapest Happy Hour Around or Food Specials
Location 10/10:Colada Shop is located on T Street NW one block up from the Trader Joe’s on 14th Street (down the Street from Taqueria Nacional, check that review out if you haven’t yet). The closest metro station is the U Street Corridor and is between a 5-10 minute walk. There are ample bus lines that run adjacent to the location and you can quickly arrive by taking the 52,53,54,90,92,96 bus routes. If you plan on driving, street parking around 14th and T street is not too much of a hassle and should take you under 10 minutes to find a spot in walkable distance to the restaurant.
Drink Selection 7/10: For a café, there were surprisingly a lot more drink options than I was expecting. On top of the coffee and tea items they serve up, they also offer beers, wines, and specialty cocktails. I went for the Hotel Nacional, although it was small, the alcohol packed a punch and the presentation was beautiful.
Food Selection 8/10: The food offered at the Colada Shop can be described as your typical café food with a Cuban twist. They offer sandwiches, empanadas, pastries, and salads. My friend and I decided to be basic and only try the chicken as well as the spinach and cheese empanada that turned out to be delicious, so we will definitely be back to try sandwiches and desserts.
Price 8/10: The only thing that is discounted for a happy hour special are select cocktail drinks so you shouldn’t expect any food items to be cheaper than what is listed on the regular menu. It would be nice to have at least a few food items to be a bit cheaper during happy hour times to enjoy with drinks
Ambiance 9/10: The Colada Shop is small but the layout is able to accommodate many people. There is not a lot of indoor seating so I would advise you to go on a nice sunny day where you can utilize the outdoor patio.
Service 10/10: The staff was very friendly, while we were waiting for our items they engaged in conversation and when they told us to come back and see them again it felt extremely genuine