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Mexicali Blues

2933 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201-3807
703-812-9352
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Ranked #405 of 653 restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $22 - $22
Cuisines: Mexican, Salvadoran
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
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37% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

We were seated directly in front of the restrooms. That made my experience unappetizing to start with. Someone would open the door to the restroom and I would get a view of a man urinating. I guess I should be happy that's all I saw. The restaurant was packed and moving was not an option. The place was poorly managed... More

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Tampa, Florida
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Had a solo dinner at the bar - lengua, carbon, & pastor taco combo - excellent! The salsa selection was good (and with a couple of hot ones), and the beer was cold. Service was attentive and prompt even though the bar was relatively busy, and the food came out hot. I'll be back next time I'm in town.

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Washington, DC
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270 reviews 270 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

We stopped coming here after a bad experience two years ago, but we returned for another try. Our waiter was fine, but the kitchen was annoyingly slow and the place wasn't crowded at all. The food, however, was quite good. A breakfast melagne of potatoes, eggs, cheese, and more was hot and very nicely spiced. A pork dish was worth... More

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Washington DC
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55 reviews 55 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2013

The food is OK but definitely not worth another visit. It is prepared and then cooked to order. The refried beans were acceptable as was the rice (I usually never eat the rice but it was moist and flavorful). I tried 4 dishes. The Salvadorian pupusas was the best but that is not saying much. All of the insides of... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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15 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

Has a lot of specialty drinks and pretty authentic Mexican food. They don't serve chips like most Mexican restaurants do. It used to be one of my favorites but I haven't been there in a while. They're pupusas are a good bargain dish and they're Sangrias are also good

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washington, dc
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127 reviews 127 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013 via mobile

During both of two recent trips to this restaurant, the service was slow to the point of being frustrating. Perhaps it's a symptom of sitting outside, but the service was consistently slow through the entire ordering, eating, paying experience. We waited for awhile to place our orders and then again for the food to arrive. The waiter was only rarely... More

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Michigan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2013

We visited this restaurant on a trip to Washington, DC, with some friends who had been looking forward to coming here. We waited for about 45 minutes for a table, once we were led to the seating area, we found out why, there are only about 10 tables total. I had an average mango margarita while we waited. Once seated,... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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511 reviews 511 reviews
292 restaurant reviews
213 helpful votes 213 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013 via mobile

We love coming here - great food, great atmosphere. Margaritas are great, chips and salsa rock, and the carnitas are da bomb. We come here any chance we get and can't wait to get back!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Very average mexican cuisine. Went with a few friends and waited quite a long time for our entrees. Not exactly the friendliest servers, either. Interior of restaurant is cute but very small.

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Herndon, VA
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

I ordered their special which was grilled chicken with rice, beans, and flour tortillas. The chicken was grilled perfectly. The chip sauce was homemade. Everything was high quality. Service was friendly.

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