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La Union Restaurant

Mexican, Salvadoran, South American
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5517 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205-1119
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Local Jewel

I eat here three or four times a month. For El Salvadorian food, order off the appetizer menu. Excellent tamales, enchilada El Salvadorian, and pupusas. Staff is friendly and attentive. The tacos al carbon are quite good as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Alan S
Arlington, Virginia
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Arlington, Virginia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I eat here three or four times a month. For El Salvadorian food, order off the appetizer menu. Excellent tamales, enchilada El Salvadorian, and pupusas. Staff is friendly and attentive. The tacos al carbon are quite good as well.

Thank Alan S
Arlington, Virginia
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92 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant has the typical Tex-Mex offerings, but their real expertise is in the salvadorian dishes. We have enjoyed a number of the steak dishes and the whole fish. Also, the papusas are definitely worth a try. The restaurant is very casual and friendly.

Thank 50Continental_Drift
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

We'd been driving by La Union for years. Finally, on a "daddy choice" dinner out, I drove out family here for dinner. The short-lasted complaints of "I don't want to eat here" were quickly silenced by tasty food. My youngest had pupusas. They were very good. I had enchiladas, which were also very good. The prices were good as was... More 

Thank Superbowl-lions
Arlington. Va
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47 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

This is my go to place when I have a urge for Mexican or El Salvadorian food. All of the dishes I have tried have been excellent. Fresh ingredients well prepared and presented Service is prompt and efficient. I would give 5 stairs except the furnishings are a little tired. Great neighborhood place.

Thank brian m
Falls Church, Virginia
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90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015

We stopped in for a quick dinner the other evening. The decor isn't much to talk about the food is very good. I had the rib-eye steak with all the fixings; re-fried beans, rice, guacamole and plantains. My wife and son had the chicken fajitas. It was a generous portion and we enjoyed our meals. This is a real local... More 

Thank AlPesa_13
Washington DC Metro
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38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

This was my first visit to La Union, and it certainly won't be my last. Friends strongly recommended it, and I took them up on it. The first thing I noticed was the strong positive energy I was feeling. Happy families. Seniors. Couples. Friends. The restaurant was comfortably full, but we did not have to wait to be seated. I... More 

Thank Capital Culture
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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51 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

La Union is my neighborhood Salvadoran restaurant. It is one of our family's go to restaurants. It is solid, hon cooked Salvadoran food. It's like comfort food. This is a warm welcoming family owned and run restaurant.

Thank Alan Z
Frankfurt, Germany
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25 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

Went there on Saturday night. Easy to get a seat. Affordable prices. Very friendly service. Copa America (soccer) on two big screens. Nice atmosphere. Food was solid, though not amazing. Good all round experience.

Thank DMSC10
Arlington, Virginia
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

As Arlingtom becomes more crowded with obnoxious chain restaurants with loud decor, mechanical service, and mediocre food, La Union is that much more special. No you will not find bros hanging on a patio with brews. Instead you will get nice service with great Salvadorsan/Mexican food. Portions are spot on and prices are reasonable. And that's why I keep coming... More 

Thank David B
Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We have been going to La Union since we moved to Arlington in 2008. The food is amazing, not too expensive, and generally served quickly and with great service. Recently, prices have been going up and it can take a reservation if you have more than a few people dining together, but their carne asada is awesome!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5517 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205-1119
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: 703-522-0134

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican, Salvadoran, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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