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Mexicali Blues

2933 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201-3807
703-812-9352
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Ranked #374 of 683 restaurants in Arlington
Price range: $22 - $22
Hours:
Sun - Tue 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thu 10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Cuisines: Mexican, Salvadoran
Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
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Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
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English first
Washington DC
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57 reviews 57 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I can't remember how long I've been coming to Mexicali Blues - it has to be 15 years or more. Regardless, it occupies one of the prime spots in Clarendon and has been helping residents young and old stay fed, and happy with Tequila for as long as I can remember. What stands out about Mexicali is that it's a... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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108 reviews 108 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

The regular burros (not burritos) are huge, and the best I have had. They come wrapped up in aluminum foil - very practical for such a huge dish, and if you eat anything else you will want to take half of it home. I prefer the steak. The steak salad is topped with excellent grilled steak, another favorite. Fajitas are... More

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Holland, MI
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25 reviews 25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Was here for lunch and it was a quaint little place. The atmosphere was nice and food was good! We had a waiter who said he was new but he was very attentive and nice. We all loved the food.

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Arlington, Virginia
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115 reviews 115 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

I was here for happy hour the other night. We ordered charred chicken quesadillas and a large order of the nachos. They both were very good. I would go back to this place. Happy hour was buy one app get another free so that was good.

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 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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17 reviews 17 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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316 reviews 316 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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16 reviews 16 reviews
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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140 reviews 140 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 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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