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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
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/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 21
    Excellent
  • 16
    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
Most recent review
Best Mexican Resturant in Bethesda

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2015
MHMV
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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56 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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Cape Town, South Africa
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204 reviews 204 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
170 helpful votes 170 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
48 helpful votes 48 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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60 reviews 60 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 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
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
48 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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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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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, Outdoor seating
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

Questions & Answers

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