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La Union Restaurant

Mexican, Salvadoran
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5517 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205-1119
703-522-0134
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • 18
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Still on the search for great Mexican

We ate at La Union on a busy Saturday night. The restaurant was packed and we grabbed the last open table. The waiter brought us the obligatory chips and salsa to start as he took our drink order. The chips and salsa were just OK. The salsa was very liquidy and hot. The chips were run of the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2014
AmyTravels720
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Alexandria, Virginia
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34 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Alexandria, Virginia
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

We ate at La Union on a busy Saturday night. The restaurant was packed and we grabbed the last open table. The waiter brought us the obligatory chips and salsa to start as he took our drink order. The chips and salsa were just OK. The salsa was very liquidy and hot. The chips were run of the mill. I... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

We love coming here to meet up with friends. Simple atmosphere but good food and selection. Waitstaff always friendly and welcoming. Very home-y. The soups on the weekends are interesting and delicious! My favorite dish are the sour cream chicken enchiladas!

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

La Union, is definitely one of the top three Mexican restaurants in Arlington. I wouldn't rate it as high if I was comparing it to Mexican restaurants in Texas, but for the DC metro it's hard to beat. The small restaurant was filled when we dined on a Friday night and the servers work as a team so you are... More 

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Boston, MA
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93 reviews 93 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

I never would have found this place were it not for previous TA reviews, and I'm glad I looked. Not really near anything in Arlington, but not too hard to get to if you have a car. The service was very good, the food was wonderful (enchilada trio and beef nachos), and the atmosphere was appropriately casual. Dinner for 2... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia, United States
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69 reviews 69 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

La Union is one of my favorite restaurants. The staff is always very friendly as they welcome you into the restaurant and take close care of you until you leave. The pork and cheese papusas are my favorite and I really enjoy the enchiladas too. During my last visit, I tried the sour cream chicken enchiladas for the first time... More 

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New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2013

I ordered two kinds of pupusa, a taco plate, and a Pilesner and couldn't finish. They don't do things small at La Union, and the service is amazing; casual but attentive.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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144 reviews 144 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Went to lunch at La Union with four co-workers. We had a fantastic lunch, it was enjoyed by all and rated highly by all. The menu was comprehensive; and the food was very good with generous portions. Most entrees in the $9-$12 range. The staff are fantastic.

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

You can't beat La Union for Mexican and Salvadorean within the city of Arlington. There are several places around, but nothing else even comes close. Nothing fancy here, but the staff is very friendly and accommodating, the food is fresh, authentic, and delicious, and it's inexpensive (by DC standards). Great service, highly recommended!

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Arlington, Virginia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

In an area with lots of first and second generation Latino immigrants, you've got to be good to survive and La Union is better than good. I had one of the house specialties, El Tipico, and my wife had the chicken enchiladas. Both were excellent. And I recommend the Pilsener, a Salvadoran lager. Service on a busy Saturday evening could... More 

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Top Contributor
171 reviews 171 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

Chose this on Tripadvisor, and weren't disappointed. A simple family/local cafe feel. Friendly helpful service, great selection. Food tasted great - definitely a keeper!

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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
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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