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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 - 11:00 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, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 59
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 4
    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
Best Mexican in Gainesville, Great staff and Qucik service

I have now been going here for years and have had many different items on the menu and have yet to find something I did not care for. My favorite are the enchiladas and my wife's are the fajita's. They always have at least 3 Mexican beers on tap and now also carry some local craft beer. They are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
edwardr736
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Gainesville, Virginia
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Gainesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I have now been going here for years and have had many different items on the menu and have yet to find something I did not care for. My favorite are the enchiladas and my wife's are the fajita's. They always have at least 3 Mexican beers on tap and now also carry some local craft beer. They are more... More 

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Thank edwardr736
Warrenton, Virginia
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Just spent most of the morning on the porcelain throne after eating here last night. The Tres Leches was definitely off and I should have never had the second bite. Our main courses were just okay, not great Tex-Mex food. The service was excellent, but the speed at which the food comes out makes one think of cafeteria. However, the... More 

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Thank Donna A
Nokesville, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is our go-to place for Mexican. The staff is friendly and they are fairly quick in getting the food out. We have not tried out the bar, but it is a pretty busy place on the regular.

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Thank MelAli17
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been eating at El Tio for quite a few years. It is the measuring stick by which I judge every other Mexican restaurant. I recently moved from the area and really miss El Tio!! The steak enchiladas are my favorite and are always moist, tender and delicious. Can't wait until I'm in town again!!!

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Thank luziana64
washington dc
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've never liked strip mall restaurants but in Gainesville, it is what it is. This little place had tons of character and super friendly and surprisingly fast service. Loved the warm homemade chips and watching the lady make homemade tortillas in the back. Will definitely be back. Good margaritas too!

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Thank abunchofheather
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

It's a little expensive, but this is the best place to eat in Gainesville. Get the steak burrito. I don't know what they marinate their steak in, but it's awesome. Armondo (the uncle) and Oscar will take great care of you

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Thank Chris C
Gainesville, Virginia
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to a bridal shower there a few months back as the bride was a major fan of the restaurant. It was my first time and the food was very good. Will go again.

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Thank texazsam
Gainesville, Virginia
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168 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant is located in a strip mall so it is not very large. Friday night the place was packed, line out the door. All the staff is very friendly and attentive. The menu is large with many choices. They make their guacamole right at your table. All the food items we received your served quickly and fresh but all... More 

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Thank FrequentTraveler1225
Haymarket, Virginia
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

We've been dining at El Tio for 8 years and love it. We initially missed the small, intimate dining room when they expanded and we thought maybe the service dropped off a bit, but they grew into their size. And now they've added the fresh flour tortilla maker and improved it again.

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Thank Jon M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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110 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

After dining at El Tio for years I wrote a rather harsh review last May. Last night we returned and I am delighted that things are much improved. The chips and salsa are great. I have the camarone a la plancha (shrimp). Unlike our previous visit, the service was fantastic! We never had to ask for anything....and it was a... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?