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Mexicali Blues

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Mexican, Salvadoran
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2933 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201-3807
703-812-9352
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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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
Good for:
Families with children
Outdoor seating

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Visitor rating
  • 4
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 13
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Surprisingly good; will be returning

I met a friend here for lunch. My expectations weren't high, mainly because it is advertised as serving two different types of cuisine - Mexican and Salvadorian. My expectations were blown away. The food was great! I ordered from the Salvadorian specialties - a pork & cheese papusa and Juana's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 30, 2015
Karen C
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Arlington, Virginia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Outdoor seating
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Arlington, Virginia
Top Contributor
104 reviews 104 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

I met a friend here for lunch. My expectations weren't high, mainly because it is advertised as serving two different types of cuisine - Mexican and Salvadorian. My expectations were blown away. The food was great! I ordered from the Salvadorian specialties - a pork & cheese papusa and Juana's tamal with chicken. Both were very good and inexpensive. The... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Went Friday night with a large group. Hostess did a great job making room for us. we sat in the back corner near the bar which was perfect for our gathering- separate enough so everyone could get to know each other and socialize without interruptions or annoying other guests but near enough to receive great attention from the waitstaff. Our... More 

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Washington DC
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86 reviews 86 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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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127 reviews 127 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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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36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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133 reviews 133 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 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
27 reviews 27 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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353 reviews 353 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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81 reviews 81 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2933 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201-3807
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: 703-812-9352

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 22 - 22
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Salvadoran

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Outdoor seating
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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