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La Caraquena

300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046-3319
+1 703-533-0076
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Ranked #37 of 309 restaurants in Falls Church
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $20 - $30
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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McLean VA
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112 reviews 112 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2011

This was an unexpected find. It's part of a dreary motel (You park in the motel parking lot) but the food is really terrific. Very fresh ingredients, very well cooked, in a nice casual atmosphere. There are some reviews claiming it is overpriced, but I thought it was quite reasonable given the quality of the food. Powerful Caipirinhas too!

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Davis, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2011

I have eaten here at least 6 times in the last 2 years. Don't let the next-to-a-motel location fool you--the food here is delicious and the service very friendly. The pabellon is the best item on the menu. Arepas are a good lunch, or dinner if you aren't too hungry. Fried yucca and the spicy accompaniments are a nice appetizer.... More

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Arnold, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2011

The food is pretty good, but we spent over $60 (with tax and tip) for lunch for three people who drank water and skipped desserts. The prices are outrageous. The place is small and dingy. The food is the high point and the service was pretty good, but again, I could get a nice dinner for over $20 a person.... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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133 reviews 133 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2011

I'd discovered Venezuelan food recently on a trip to Bonaire, and enjoyed the Arepas (corn cake sandwiches) there, so it was a real treat to find them again so close to home. We shared an appetizer of deep-fried cheese, kind of like egg rolls, only with a wonderful pure cheese center, served with a mustard sauce and jalapeno relish. Highly... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2011 via mobile

Love the food. Great small local, feeling. Best margaritas ever

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Palo Alto, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2011

If I could give zero stars, I would. After excellent word-of-mouth, I was excited to try La Caraquena. Too bad I never got the chance. (1) I called at 8:45 PM on a Saturday to place a take-out order. "Sorry," the hostess said, "we don't do take-out on the weekends because we're too busy." This should have been my first... More

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Arlington, VA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2011

I had wanted to go to this small restaurant for quite a while. Finally decided to go with my two adult daughters tonight - sat outside on this beautiful summer evening. Friendly and attentive service (at first) added to the experience. We loved our food: JP's favorite arepas (tender, well-seasoned beef with sauteed onions), El Sabroso (chicken sandwich with fresh... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2011

The food is fresh, beaufiful and delicious. The salads are particularly good if you're minding your calories - my favorites are the avocado or the papaya salads. The sandwiches are great but usually messy. Ask for extra napkins. I have yet to be disappointed on my many viists here.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2011

First, yes, it's in a motor lodge style motel. That's why we didn't try it for a long time. Our mistake. The ambiance is warm and cozy inside. Okay, as to all of you complaining about the slow service.... Don't go here if you aren't prepared to chat with your dining companions at length. It's a charming place, but, yes,... More

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Annandale, Virginia
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66 reviews 66 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2010

This was my second time at La Caraquena. My friend and I went there after it was featured on Diners, Dives, and Drive Inns (DD&D). This show has generated business for the owner. They open for only a few hours for lunch then reopen at 5:30 p.m. (check the hours before going). We found this out the hard way when... More

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