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El Paso Cafe

Mexican, Spanish
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 14
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
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
Great neighborhood Mexican restaurant

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 23, 2014
Rita O
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Arlington, Virginia
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 restaurant reviews
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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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Alexandria, Virginia
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168 reviews 168 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014 via mobile

Mexican food isn't done any better in Arlington than at the El Paso Cafe. Few of the dishes would be recommended by one's dietician but all that I have sampled have been delicious despite being calorie laden. Portion size is generous and prices are reasonable. Don't be tempted to fill-up on the bottom-less basket of tortilla chips that are brought... More 

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Denton, Texas
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45 reviews 45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

I've been here twice, and I'll keep coming back. Nice to have an authentic tex-mex taste. Both times my meals were delivered quickly, and were very tasty. I like my food a little spicier, but their level of spice probably appeals to a wider audience in the Northeast. It is busy, and the draft beer seems expensive, but the food... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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128 reviews 128 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

Colorful decorations and atmosphere with wait staff laughing and joking among themselves and enjoying glimpses of football on the flat screen. All this without dropping a beat regarding service. They look like they love their jobs and they are an asset to this restaurant. We came for an earlyish dinner thinking the parking lot may not accommodate us later. No... More 

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52 reviews 52 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

The El Paso Cafe bills itself as a Mexican restaurant; it's not. The food is actually Central American. Having said that, the service is always good; the food is always fresh and well-prepared and the portions are fair-sized. Dining here is a nice, predictable experience; not stellar, but always good, for what it is.

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Arlington, Virginia
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114 reviews 114 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2013

This used to be a sleepy tanqueria with a reasonable priced menu with the standards for Mexican fare. Mariachis used to play one night a week. I guess they are trying to expand their market and so the menu is much larger now, prices have gone up, and they have tequilia tastings weekly. We were sad (for us, but happy... More 

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Derby, Kansas
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52 reviews 52 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

El Paso Cafe is an institution in the Buckingham neighborhood. Just south of the Glebe/Pershing intersection, it is known for its authentic food and atmosphere. The wait staff is attentive and efficient, weaving between tables packed close together to accommodate the large parties that frequent the cafe, especially on weekends. I always get one of the soups, beef or chicken,... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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133 reviews 133 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013 via mobile

We went on a weeknight, wasn't very crowded. Our food came out quickly and it was hot. Our waiter was okay, we had to ask for refills, silverware, etc. I prefer to go elsewhere.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

This is the BEST Tex-Mex n Virginia but I dont enjoy dining with the band playing. We've called in the past to double check but didn't this visit. Lesson learned! Please go to this establishment but know you may not be able to have a conversation This restaurant gets all 5s without the band

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Scotland
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24 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The food is very good, the atmosphere friendly but it's the margaritas that keep us going back time and again. El Paso has a pretty standard menu and always produces excellent quality dishes in portions large enough that we've never needed dessert. The drinks menu isn't huge but everything we've tried has been excellent, from the draught beers to the... More 

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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, Spanish
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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