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Rio Grande Cafe

Southwestern
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4301 North Fairfax Drive, Ballston Commons Mall, Arlington, VA 22203-1627
703 528 3131
Today
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 21
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mexican with an atmosphere for the whole family

We have been here often with our son and his family. The grandkids love it. The food is good and the service is excellent. A good place to go with children.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
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Colorado Springs
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  • Families with children
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Colorado Springs
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51 reviews 51 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We have been here often with our son and his family. The grandkids love it. The food is good and the service is excellent. A good place to go with children.

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Great Falls, VA
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104 reviews 104 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Good menu. Good preparation. Good Service. Good value. It's not the kind of food that knocks your socks off, but it's good, prepared just so, and always tasty.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

For the last 14 years we have eaten at Rio Grande - Old location and the Current location . always the food has been fresh, tasty and delicious, generous portions. Great family Restaurant.

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Greece
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265 reviews 265 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

Highly recommended. Go. You won’t regret it. Well, this is an easy review to report. I give out 5-star ratings when merited to places across the world. And as we know, all 5-star ratings are not “equal”. The rating is relative to the place (e.g. city and country), type of food, and price/performance (price & quality) relative to the locale.... More 

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Churchton
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5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Ten years ago I retired from my job in Washington D.C. My wife and I had visited Rio Grande Cafe many times over the years and always found it to be a congenial, friendly restaurant with excellent food and great service. We haven't been there since, until yesterday. A friend came in to Wash.DC on business and asked us to... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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86 reviews 86 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Food was really only three and a half stars. Guacamole came on a plate with shredded cheese next to if and it mixed which was not great. Food was fine but nothing special. Chips great and the guava margarita was outstanding. I would go back there just for that!

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Texas
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66 reviews 66 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

We ate here once during our stay in Washington. The food was good but a little expensive. We had the beef/chicken fajita plate for one because we knew if would be enough for the both of us and it was! They serve you chips & salsa when you sit down. They also make you guacamole at your table if you... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great food, excellent service. Went with wife and kids. Everyone had tacos and loved them. Excellent guacamole too. Told the waitress we were in a hurry, and she really came through.

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Arkansas
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We arrived very hungry and left very full! We ordered the chicken and beef enchiladas. They were full of meat and the rice and beans were the best we have ever had. We were to full to order desert. Definitely a place to go out of the way for.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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62 reviews 62 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

My husband and I make Rio our Friday date night tradition. The queso dip is delicious, but the nachos with steak will make you happy. They are served with fresh jalapeño. We share the steak fajitas. The fajitas are made fresh in the store and are excellent.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4301 North Fairfax Drive, Ballston Commons Mall, Arlington, VA 22203-1627
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: 703 528 3131

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 11:30 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?