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Mexicali Blues

Mexican, Salvadoran, South American
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2933 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201-3807
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Good for drinks

This place is good for drinks when the weather is nice. I wouldn't bother having dinner here though.

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
Airlie L
Arlington, Virginia
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  • Families with children
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Good happy hour specials. The house margarita on the rocks was delicious! The chips and guacamole/salsa were also tasty.

Thank Sabrina E
Arlington, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This place is good for drinks when the weather is nice. I wouldn't bother having dinner here though.

Thank Airlie L
Arlington, Virginia
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207 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Expanded from the original size. Indoor and outdoor seating. A variety of appetizer and entrée selections - not many vegetarian options. Servings are hearty portions. Beer selection. Daily food specials. Happy hour specials.

Thank 150nightsperyr
Gurgaon, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Went for a quick lunch the other day. But neither the fish tacos nor the shrimp over rice were anything distinctive.

Thank Avijit R
Washington, DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

In the mood for some good solid Mexican-Salvadoran food? Maybe it’s Thursday night and you want to meet friends for some margaritas, guacamole and people watching? If you’re in Clarendon, you need to try Mexicali. This casual restaurant simply serves great delicious food and drinks. I often order the carne asada (they do great meats) but for this visit ordered... More 

Thank Bucketlisters202
Decatur, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Went here with friends currently living in DC. Had the tacos (chicken, steak, shredded beef). Gotta say the beef was the best. The beans and rice were also very good complements to the meal. Got a lot of food considering it was not very expensive.

Thank edsbs
Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

The traditional burrito is on special on Tuesdays and you can wash it down with a special on Coronas. Good weather makes for a crowded sidewalk seating area with a great view of the sidewalk from the inside in the winter.

Thank NovackTravelGuy
Abuja, Nigeria
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187 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 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 

Thank Karen C
Arlington, Virginia
2 reviews
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 

Thank ljthompson87
Washington DC
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93 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 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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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, South American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children


Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
10:30 am - 11:30 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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