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Rio Grande Cafe

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4301 North Fairfax Drive, Ballston Commons Mall, Arlington, VA 22203-1627
703 528 3131
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11:00 am - 10:30 pm
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations

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  • 22
    Excellent
  • 20
    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
Good Mexican

Uncle Julios is a local chain; all of them have consistently good Mexican themed food that I go back for again and again.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
JCW703
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Arlington, Virginia
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  • Families with children
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Arlington, Virginia
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198 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Uncle Julios is a local chain; all of them have consistently good Mexican themed food that I go back for again and again.

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bethesda, md
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The Ballston location is as good as the one in Bethesda that I frequent. The happy hour deals, outdoor seating options as well as huge indoor seating make this a good destination in the area. The food is good and their chips and salsa are worth the trip alone!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Great food, homemade dipping chips. Ambiance perfect. YaDa YaDa, On and on. This is to fulfill the requirement to use at least 100 characters minimum.

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Colorado Springs
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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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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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Thailand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 216 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?