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La Caraquena

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Latin, South American, Venezuelan
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300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046-3319 (Little Falls Street)
+1 703-533-0076
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Today
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Wed - Mon 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: At La Caraquena, the taste of Latin America is alive in every dish. Chef...
At La Caraquena, the taste of Latin America is alive in every dish. Chef and owner, Raul Claros, shares his heritage by combining over 20 years of family recipes with the authencity that comes from his travels through Latin America. This is comfort food served in a relaxed atmosphere where our guests can experience the best in Latin American cuisine and culture.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Outdoor seating

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  • 24
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  • 38
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
It's tiny, so make your reservations first

This is a hometown restaurant for me. The food is superb, though a favorite meal for me is an arepa, side of corn salad and quatro leches cake. (Yes, quatro). A quick caution - you are allowed to park anywhere in the motel lot, but DO NOT park in the Chipotle/Starbucks lot. They tow with a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
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Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Outdoor seating
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is a hometown restaurant for me. The food is superb, though a favorite meal for me is an arepa, side of corn salad and quatro leches cake. (Yes, quatro). A quick caution - you are allowed to park anywhere in the motel lot, but DO NOT park in the Chipotle/Starbucks lot. They tow with a vengeance.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

This is the kind if place where you expect to get a screaming deal. You don't because it is priced as a regular restaurant, but the meat was exceptional as was the cabbage salad. A fun change but don't expect any deals just because it's in a creepy motel environment.

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Arlington, Virginia
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308 reviews 308 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
176 helpful votes 176 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

La Caraquena is located in a scary motel complex that looks like it would be the perfect setting for a slasher movie. Once you get inside the restaurant, though, you find that it's a nice, cozy (only about 20 tables) and inviting place with new furnishings, a wood decor and even throw pillows on the upholstered benches, and a Latin... More 

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Pensacola, Florida
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

My Venezuelan friend has frequented this place since before they became well known, and she invited me to try arepas the with her. Food was amazingly delicious (grilled arepas sifrinas, y arepas domino, guava and passionfruit juices, yucca fries, tres Leches cake and quesillo) but prices were kind of high. .. $9 for one arepa? And the waitress was argumentative,... More 

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Charleston, West Virginia
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77 reviews 77 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

They have a nice variety of food. I tried one of their Peluda Arepas--so tasty and flavorful-- and a bowl of the Sopa de Mani--which was equally as flavorful in a different way. I would love to have the opportunity to go back. It is just a little pricey but well worth making the effort and spending the money. My... More 

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Caracas, Venezuela
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20 reviews 20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

This restaurant has good food, specialty Venezuelan arepas, these are like bread you can eat them along or filled with anything you want; they are similar the savadorean's pupusas. The only thing is the average price for each arepa filled is around $8; I consider that this price is extremely high considering the price to buy a package of dough... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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60 reviews 60 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

This little restaurant is a hidden treasure in Falls Church. Attached to a motel you don't think to give this place a second though. You know the old adage, "Don't judge a book by its cover", this is further evidence you have to look deeper. Amazing AREPAS and the pulled beef was outstanding. I WILL definitely be bacK - margaritas,... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The are pas are the sizable if palate,warn and crunchy corn meal overflowing with filling. One and a salad would made a fine lunch. Very interesting food in the heart of downtown.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We have eaten in here once for lunch and it was good. Very recently we had the not so bright idea to get take out from here for dinner. While the food was absolutely amazing, we were definitely very frustrated by the petite portions (c'mon chef - it's mostly chicken, beans & rice ... Not filet mignon or lobster) on... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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6 reviews 6 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We ate here on a weeknight so it wasn't as busy. If you want to go on the weekend then you should definitely make a reservation. Service was pretty good, though I believe much of that had to do with the fact that it wasn't packed. We had just watched the re-air of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives so we decided... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046-3319
    (Little Falls Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Falls Church
  • Phone Number: +1 703-533-0076

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
  • Cuisine: Latin, South American, Venezuelan

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Outdoor seating

Description

At La Caraquena, the taste of Latin America is alive in every dish. Chef and owner, Raul Claros, shares his heritage by combining over 20 years of family recipes with the authencity that comes from his travels through Latin America. This is comfort food served in a relaxed atmosphere where our guests can experience the best in Latin American cuisine and culture.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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