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El Paso Cafe

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4235 N Pershing Dr, Arlington, VA 22203-3202
703-243-9811
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • 13
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  • 4
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Consistently good

They bill themselves as Tex-Mex, but I consider them CA-Mex. Born in LA... Their service is very good on details. Excellent Rellenos and Margaritas.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 15, 2014
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Arlington, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

They bill themselves as Tex-Mex, but I consider them CA-Mex. Born in LA... Their service is very good on details. Excellent Rellenos and Margaritas.

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Leland, North Carolina
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276 reviews 276 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

This restaurant was recommended, and I can see why. Two of us had seafood entrees, and both were very good. My seafood in cream sauce consisted of shrimp, scallops, and calamari. The seafood was tasty and tender, not overlooked. My husband had an enchilada special of the day, and it was delicious. Our service was excellent. We will be back,... More 

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

I enjoy eating tex-mex style food but I got very upset every time I went to uncle julio's because of the food quality and the price. El Paso has reasonably priced food and great drinks. The skinny margartia is excellent as well as the guacamole. Service is sometimes slow but I don't mind because my margarita is ususally refilled plenty... More 

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Falls Church, Virginia
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141 reviews 141 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Decent food but nothing stands out. Nothing wrong with it but it just doesn't do it for me. The decor needs a serious update, too much gaudy stuff on the walls. Staff is nice but service is inconsistent. Food is good but nothing stands out. Sorry, I don't get the ratings this one gets.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The food was excellent, margaritas were delicious and the service was great. This was our favorite meal on our visit to Arlington!

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Morris Plains, New Jersey
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70 reviews 70 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

We went there on a Friday and this place was jam packed but the wait was only about 15 minutes at 7:30. I highly recommend that you make reservations. The tortillas and the sauce were very good. PUpusa was excellent. We ordered the chicken fajita and shared it and we still could not finish it. They had a ton of... More 

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Alexandria, VA
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648 reviews 648 reviews
310 restaurant reviews
386 helpful votes 386 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This is the place to go in Northern Virginia for excellent Central American ethnic cuisine. A friend and I had fajitas (pronounced fah-hee-tas). Each of us had steak and shrimp. Very delicious and served piping hot! The sides were brown rice and beans. The service is prompt, friendly and efficient. The restaurant keeps music going so if you are hard... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Decor is cheesy but hands down the best Salvadorian/Mexican food in Arlington. Excellent pupusas. Very affordable.

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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Wife and I arrived at peak traffic time: Sunday 7:00 p.m. Yes, kitchen was backed up, but I give props to our waitress, who apologized and gave us a time estimate of food arrival. Ambience was like a Mexican TGIF, albeit with distasteful severed heads of deer interspersed on the walls. We ordered from the good selection of vegetarian plates... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Good food, good service, reasonably priced. We always look forward to a visit. They have a full-service bar and on occasion music. My only reservation is that it's very small and sometimes difficult to get a table.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4235 N Pershing Dr, Arlington, VA 22203-3202
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: 703-243-9811

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
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 - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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