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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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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • 30
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  • 20
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
what a Mexican restaurant should be

Cafeteria style seating. Fast service. The owner is always on duty, making sure everything goes perfectly. They get you seated fast, served fast, and out fast (if you want). No goofy costumes or Miriachi bands. Just great food, served hot.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
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Warrenton, VA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

My wife and I visited for a second time, and I must say the review rating dropped. The food was alright, large servings but not a lot of flavor to the food. We are at a 50/50 on try once again or avoid. It seemed most of the guest where drinking margaritas, but we did not order one.

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Warrenton, VA
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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Cafeteria style seating. Fast service. The owner is always on duty, making sure everything goes perfectly. They get you seated fast, served fast, and out fast (if you want). No goofy costumes or Miriachi bands. Just great food, served hot.

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Gainesville, Virginia
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89 reviews 89 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

It's hard to find a good mexican restaurant but El-Tio does it right. Ample seating and lively atmosphere make it great for families. The food choices and chips and salsa are great as well. You can't really go wrong with anything at the restaurant as I've never had a bad meal. For sit down Mexican, the place cannot be beat... More 

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Stafford, Virginia
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44 reviews 44 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

My wife and I stopped by El Tio Tex-Mex Grill in Gainesville, VA last weekend. We got there after 8:00 PM and the restaurant was very crowded, but they were able to seat us. That was a plus. The chips and salsa were very tasty and our meal choices were very good with the exception that the chicken in both... More 

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Warrenton, Virginia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

This place has another location in Falls Church that is seedy at best. The food at the Gainesville location is pretty good for americanized Mexican. The service was good as well. In my opinion spend another 15 minutes on 66 and go to Uncle Julio's Rio Grande Cafe if you want really good Mexican.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Always fresh ingredients and perfectly prepared. Great margaritas! Fair price for great food. Highly recommend.

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Louisiana
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19 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

I had the $14.95 chicken fajitas for supper. The chicken strips were very tender and tasty. They did not have much to go with it, except for the onions. There were one or two slices of green pepper. There was very little lettuce and no grated cheese. The rice and beans were nothing special and were small servings. The guacamole... More 

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Warrenton, Virginia
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Have been here a couple of times. The beef fajitas were very tasty and better than many Mexican restaurants in the area, but are a little more expensive ($16.95). My wife and I both ordered the Chicken Tortilla soup (7.95). It was okay, but lacking in substance. Very little chicken or vegetables. El Toro in Warrenton was much better soup... More 

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Northern VA
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105 reviews 105 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

Admittedly went on a Friday evening. The place was jammed-packed. The servers were polite but anxious to get you in and out. The four of us split an order of chicken nachos and the Nachos were good. The Salsa was very bland and thin. I ordered a Braised Pork dish named "Lechoncito Al Horno." I was a bit disappointed as... More 

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Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The food is always fabulous. The fajitas are very tasty. Our favorite is the Pollo ranchero for $11.95. Grilled chicken breast topped with sauteed zucchini, onions, tomatoes, white wine, and cream served with white rice, black beans and salad. El Tio has been able to hold their meal prices at a reasonable level, however the portions have shrunk a bit... 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?