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El Tio Tex-Mex Grill

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7527 Linton Hall Rd, Gainesville, VA 20155
703-753-0826‎
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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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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 12
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very fresh Mexican restaurant!

Not only is the service outstanding here, the food is exceptionally tasty. Have only been there for lunch, but have never been disappointed. There is outdoor seating on the terrace. The ambiance is quiet, but festive. The attentive service is impressive. Chips and fresh salsa arrive... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Jeanne Maria H
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Brookeville, Maryland, United States
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Virginia
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39 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Typical Mexican fare with an expansive menu including lots of combos. Tortilla chips are fresh and the salsa is mild. Happy hour is only at the bar. There is some outdoor seating now. Service is usually very friendly and the food comes out very fast. Most entrees are in the $11-16 range.

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Brookeville, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Not only is the service outstanding here, the food is exceptionally tasty. Have only been there for lunch, but have never been disappointed. There is outdoor seating on the terrace. The ambiance is quiet, but festive. The attentive service is impressive. Chips and fresh salsa arrive immediately after being seated.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Great tomales, great beans and rice, great chimichangas, great kids meals, and I love the chips and salsa. Everything we've ever ordered here was excellent. The service is usually fast and good as well, though there is one server, a short older lady, who rolls her eyes and let's out sighs of annoyance when you ask for something. Otherwise the... More 

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Northern Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015 via mobile

The burritos and enchiladas are good. The chips are good as well, but I didn't care for the salsa, it is too chunky for my liking, but my wife loves it. The service is fast and the food delivered was accurate to our order. Not the best Mexican food around but still very good ( give El Vacaro in Haymarket... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Came to the restaurant based on reviews from trip advisor, and uh.. nope- doesn't live up to the hype. It was overpriced(12 dollars for guacamole, 20 dollars for chicken/shrimp fajitas- 3 shrimp, 5 small pieces of chicken). Not a fan of this place at all. The reviews that brought me here must have been written by the staff.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 via mobile

Love El Tio! Food is quick and delicious. A locals favorite. Daily happy hour from 3-7 with great deals on margaritas and food selections! Sits hidden in a strip mall, but don't let that deter you, great place to stop for authentic Mexican food!

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Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015

Having lived in California and Texas, I am a bit of a Tex-Mex snob, and I can tell you, this is the best in our area! The margaritas are out of this world, and the fajitas are fantastic. They have a great Happy Hour. I've rarely been there during lunch and dinner when it wasn't pleasantly busy- a testament to... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

El Tio is excellent. We have enjoyed the restaurant since it opened, since before it expanded, and have never been disappointed. It is family-owned. The food quality is consistently superb. The staff is friendly. Do yourself a favor and try the tacos al carbon - they marinate their steak overnight and it is amazingly tasty. If you order the yummy... More 

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washington dc
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Best Margaritas in town. Not to mention the welcoming staff. The owners are always there to welcome you!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

I visited this restaurant with a friend of mine who had been raving about it and was pleasantly surprised at the quality and authenticity of the food and flavor. I have to admit, I was in a rather "boring" mood and ordered a chicken quesadilla, but the guacamole and pico de gallo served with it were as fresh tasting as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7527 Linton Hall Rd, Gainesville, VA 20155
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Prince William County  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: 703-753-0826‎

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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?