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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 #115 of 683 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
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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Falls Church, Virginia
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41 reviews 41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Williamsburg, Virginia
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85 reviews 85 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Excellent service, very good food, great staff, one of the fastest and best tex-mex I have found in a long time. Very kid and family friendly. Fast, hot food.

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Sunderland, Maryland
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52 reviews 52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

Great food, great service, great atmosphere, what else is there? The only drawback is the music is pretty loud and the conversations to speak above it are worse. They validate parking in the underground garage but, the spaces are pretty tight. We visited on a Friday night, called ahead for a 6:00pm arrival and were seated in minutes upon our... More

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