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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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  • 44
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 3
    Poor
  • 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
Great Food, Fun Place

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!

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 24, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 30 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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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

Best Mexican Food in Gainesville area Bar None! Best Mexican Food in Gainesville area Bar None! Best Mexican Food in Gainesville area Bar None! Best Mexican Food in Gainesville area Bar None!

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Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I've written 3 reviews for this place, the 1st time I gave it 3 stars, then went back a few times and upped it to 4 stars. Since my last review, I've went back an additional 3 times as it has become my favorite place to eat. This will be my last review on El-Tio because we've been 6 times... More 

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Gainesville, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Our couples golf group meets every Sunday in the summer, playing 9 holes of golf and then meets for dinner at a neighborhood restaurant, El Tio's is one of the groups favorite places to meet. Great food and service.

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Bristow, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

As someone who grew up in Texas, I have a fondness for and knowledge of Tex-Mex cuisine. Unfortunately, my current home of Northern Virginia for the most part is a Tex-Mex food wasteland, with very few decent Tex-Mex restaurants in the region. But "gracias a Dios," for the past several years we have had El Tío Tex-Mex Grill in Gainesville,... More 

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Additional Information about El Tio Tex-Mex Grill

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

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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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