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300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046-3319
+1 703-533-0076
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Ranked #38 of 311 Restaurants in Falls Church
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $30
Hours:
Wed - Mon 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Latin, South American, Venezuelan
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Little Falls Street
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.
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Arlington, Virginia
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299 reviews 299 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
168 helpful votes 168 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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72 reviews 72 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
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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Shelby Township, Michigan
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I'm usually not very adventurous when it comes to dining, so when my wife suggested this place for Venezuelan food I was apprehensive... but what a pleasant surprise. This small eatery offered a cozy atmosphere and friendly service. The food was excellent, and the menu offered choices to satisfy even a picky eater such as myself. No problem getting a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

Food very good, service excellent, atmosphere nice, especially if it's warm and you can sit outside. The arepas are awesome. I had the chicken with rosada sauce with big chunks of chicken, wonderful tasting sauce, and great cornmeal cooked just right. If I went back, I would probably get two or three arepas as the main course. The rice and... More 

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Additional Information about La Caraquena

Address: 300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046-3319
Phone Number: +1 703-533-0076
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Falls Church
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
Average Prices: USD 20 - 30
Cuisine: Latin, South American, Venezuelan

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