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Rio Grande Cafe

4301 North Fairfax Drive, Ballston Commons Mall, Arlington, VA 22203-1627
703 528 3131
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Ranked #94 of 680 Restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: Southwestern
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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English first
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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81 reviews 81 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 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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59 reviews 59 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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49 reviews 49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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Washington, DC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The chips and salsa are superb! The steak fajitas for one can easily feed two and are out of this world.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2013

Excellent food & service. I recommend this restaurant for casual or professional gatherings. It's a block away from the metro so it is easily accessible. A must!

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New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

Family outings to Uncle Julio's Rio Grande are always fun. Great, standard Mexican fare, good drinks, nice beer selection. It can get a little noisy, but it is perfect for large groups who want to enjoy good food and good times. Tip for families with children: ask for a ball of tortilla dough for added fun!

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Osprey, Florida
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107 reviews 107 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

See my review for Uncle Julio's. Not sure why this is listed as if it is two different restaurants! The food was bland, and the waiter was as disoriented as they come. Kept asking us if we wanted more chips, and we kept telling him no! Got our order mixed up, too. Bad night, all in all.

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Arlington, Virginia
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93 reviews 93 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

We came for dinner early on Sunday evening so there was no wait for a table both inside and outside (great weather!) though the large space was buzzing with activity. And you don’t have to feed the parking meters on Arlington streets Sunday. I have no idea how "authentic" this food is, but it sure is fresh and tasty. The... More

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