Serves meat, vegan options available. Family-run casual Mexican restaurant. Menu marks the vegan items; some others may be veganized upon request. Uses ingredients like cashew crema, nopal, mushrooms, potatoes, and peppers. Open Mon 3:00pm-8:00pm, Tue-Thu 11:30am-8:00pm, Fri 11:30am-9:00pm, Sat 9:00am-9:00pm, Sun 9:00am-8:00pm.

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21 Reviews

First Review by cookiem


Points +668

05 Sep 2023

High end Mexican -- with separate vegan menu

Great service, friendly staff. They understand what it means to be vegan. The separate vegan menu has options for appetizers, mains, and the vegan flan for dessert. Highly recommend.

Updated from previous review on 2023-09-05

Pros: Separate vegan menu, Vegan flan!



Points +83

12 Aug 2023

great vegan options

vegan options are clearly labeled and the food is delicious! the website has the vegan menu laid out separately. prices are reasonable for quality of food!

i’ve had the vegan horchata and flan and they are both wonderful. i’ve had a few of their entrees like the enchiladas and they were great as well. they have 2 different kinds of beans as well as vegan cheese and different vegetable fillings of choice for entrees (mushroom, cactus, etc).

Pros: delicious food, clearly labeled vegan options, friendly staff


Points +264

13 Jul 2023

tasty, vegan and gf Mexican food

Cielo Rojo is amazing! Lots of options for vegan food and almost everything is gluten free for my best friend.


Points +35

24 May 2023

Very vegan friendly

I was blown away by the multitude of choices available for vegans. I’d say 50-60% of the menu is either vegan or can be requested to be made vegan.

I had an amazing mushroom enchiladas with cashew cream and more and I finished it off with vegan flan.

All around amazing experience. If you have non vegan friends and want to go out for where you can actually enjoy the options, this is a perfect place.

Updated from previous review on 2023-05-24

Pros: Lots of vegan dishes, Almost everything can be ordered vegan

Cons: Could be more flavorful


Points +1184

14 May 2023

Delicious vegweek meal

I appreciate that they participated in and had a vegweek special, the vegan flight. Everything was outstanding!


Points +113

07 May 2023

Pretty mid

Respectfully, the food had weak flavor and no spiciness in the salsa but it makes sense given the era . However, the presentation was really pretty and I respect the hard work of the chefs. I’m just disappointed and so are the non-vegans I went with. Service was great though and the staff were friendly

(I ordered a taco, quesadilla, and horchata btw)

Updated from previous review on 2023-05-07

Pros: Staff were hospitable

Cons: Expensive , Weak flavor


Points +907

17 Feb 2023

Separate vegan menu

The vegan quesadilla had real veggies. Loved the vegan flan. Service was good also

Pros: Great tasty choices

Cons: Small dine in


Points +188

09 Feb 2023

Ooooh so good

I’d heard about this place from a friend who raved about their tortas. Unfortunately, they’re only served on “Torta Thursdays”and at lunch, so it took me a while to have the chance to stop by. So glad I did. I ordered the vegan torta and the flavors were perfect. It had pickled jalapeños on it which some might find spicy, but I think it added just the right amount of heat. I would love to swing by and try other items another time.

Pros: Well marked vegan items, Super tasty, Fairly priced

Cons: Parking isn’t always convenient , Some items available only at specific times


Points +1155

31 Dec 2022


This restaurant is my red sky at night, it’s simply a delight. Warning: this place is always popping so make a resy. We didn’t but it’s ok we had a 40 min wait but there’s a lovely wine place across the street. Seating: we sat outside even though it’s December, it was a rather warm day, but they have outside heaters. Limited seating inside. Very popular take away spot it seemed. Foods: We started with agua fresca and horchata. 2 of my favorites and they did not disappoint, I wish I could’ve drank 2-3 more of them they were so delicious. Could do with less ice though. Then we got guacamole and tostadas, soooo creamy and good. We also got the 3 salsas with them, which is a must the árbol salsa I think is the best, it’s also this pretty orange color. I got the vegan blackened mushroom enchiladas and my partner got the vegan gorditas and a vegan quesadilla. My enchiladas were so rich and filling and I thought the gordita was a crunchy masterpiece. The quesadilla was a good quesadilla, not my favorite. We ended with the vegan flan which had a chunky but smooth texture, but the flavour was out of this world amazing!!! Go today, go tomorrow, Cielo Rojo is the spot.

Pros: Separate vegan menu, Reasonable pricing, The agua fresca

Cons: Long wait , Limited seating


Points +311

11 Dec 2022

Great find in Takoma Park

They have a separate vegan menu making ordering a breeze. I had the flautas, enchiladas and margarita and everything was amazing, especially the flautas.


Points +2390

22 May 2022

Best Mexican in the DMV!

Mushroom tacos were my favorite! The cold brew horchata is to die for.


Points +307

23 Feb 2022


I absolutely LOVE this restaurant. Can’t give 5 stars because they’re not 100% vegan, if they were they’d definitely get 5 from me. They have several vegan appetizers and entrees and they are all delicious! They even have vegan horchata and flan! They have indoor and outdoor (heated) seating.

Pros: Lots of vegan options.


Points +1016

30 Aug 2021

Great Mexican food

Really delicious and creative food, with fresh ingredients. Especially great for takeout and the food is consistently packed well and travels well.


Points +2116

18 Aug 2021

Fabulous Mexican Food

This restaurant is very vegan-friendly and offers delicious, upscale Mexican food. Covered outside seating and a good reservations system. Friendly staff.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Good service, Great atmosphere


Points +824

27 Apr 2021

Awesome food

Awesome food! Lots of vegan options, marked in the menu. My favorite is the quesadilla and the tortas (tortas sadly only available on Thursday lunch), but there are many delicious things on the menu.

They also label gluten-free items in the menu.

If you’re willing to park on a residential street and walk a few minutes, you can typically find parking. Also not a far walk from metro.

They’re currently only open for outdoor seating and to-go orders.


Points +809

10 Jan 2021

Fresh and authentic

First time trying this place out and WOW I have been missing out! Incredibly delicious food. Tried the chilaquiles, papas raja quesadilla, and maduros. I want to try everything else now!

Pros: Delicious, Lots of vegan options

Cons: Parking


Points +46

11 Nov 2020

So good, went twice

We loved the food so much wen went back a second time in less that two weeks. The food came out fresh and fast. And the margarita was delicious.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Outdoor seating with heaters , Great cocktails


Points +693

04 Aug 2020

Drunken mushroom enchiladas

I ordered a lot of vegan items on the menu to try them and they were all delicious! Gordita, drunken mushroom enchiladas, nopales, huarache... and there are many more I haven’t tried yet.

Pros: Many vegan options, Cashew cream, Fresh ingredients


Points +211

01 Dec 2019

Soooo gooooood

Amazingly delicious and beautiful. Can’t wait to go back.

Pros: Delicious vegan tacos


Points +15

28 Sep 2019

Delicious authentic Mexican food with lot’s of vegan options

They have really yummy authentic Mexican food with a lot of vegan options. You can get vegan flan made out of cashews that’s delicious, vegan ‘works’ on tacos w/cashew cream, vegan chilaquiles for brunch, vegan tacos, gorditas, nopales tostadas.

Pros: Lots of vegan options, Delicious, Authentic Mexican

Cons: Not fully vegan


Points +5837

21 May 2019

Great authentic taco shop

This place is an adorable edition to the Takoma Park food scene, from a couple with culinary experience in San Francisco... so, you can believe there are some legit vegan items. Many items are vegetarian and easily veganized with the vegan "works" option of cashew cream and guacamole on them for an additional charge. They keep it authentic, so there's no tofu or meat substitute.

What can you order? Depends on if you're there for lunch, dinner or brunch. There are tacos and quesadillas with 3 different fillings - drunken mushroom, nopales and potatoes with poblano peppers. There are also appetizers and salads, including guacamole. The tortillas and chips are made from scratch here, in a mix of blue and yellow corn. They have brunch items like Gorditas and chilaquiles, as well as the stew pozole. There are a million drinks to float your fancy. Finally, they even have cashew-based vegan flan, one of two dessert items. Great vegan choices in a not 100% vegan restaurant.

The flavors are delightful and fresh, with the right kick of spice. The folks who opened this place have paid their culinary dues and created this restaurant out of love, but clearly with a talent and flair for great food - not letting us veg*ns be second class diners. Love this place!

Be careful if you go - it is small and gets super busy. Also, the portions are just the right size- not too big and not too small. They're what you should be eating. However, if you're really hungry, you'll probably want more food than just a couple tacos.

Pros: Veganize so many items, Vegan and vegetarian markings/ knowledge of menu, Flavors are wonderful

Cons: Not 100% vegan

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