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El Tio Tex-Mex Grill

7527 Linton Hall Rd, Gainesville, VA 20155
703-753-0826‎
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Ranked #2 of 69 restaurants in Gainesville
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Reservations
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- Jul 3, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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Winchester, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

The Washington metropolitan area has 2 great Mexican restaurants, Guapo's in Fair Lakes and El Tio in Gainesville. You can order most anything and it is very good. I like a spinach enchilada and they are hard to find, even harder made with good fresh spinach, and they have them. They are also very clean. Try them!

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38 reviews 38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We visited this place about a year ago and really enjoyed it so this year we decided to try it again --we were once again impressed by the quality of service and food. We have family in the area and this is always the place we want to go. My favorite thing is the homemade salsa that comes with the... More

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Gainesville, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

This is a great Mexican restaurant. Chips and salsa are great. Had a strawberry margarita and they didn't skimp on the alcohol. What I like most about this restaurant is the service! Your glass doesn't go empty, and anything that you ask for is quickly brought to the table. Food is very good and the atmosphere is loud and friendly.

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Gainesville, Virginia
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is my favorite Mexican restaurant. The food is authentic and wonderful, not your standard mexican fare at all. They go to special effort to create and serve attractive and delicious mexican food. The service is consistently great, atmosphere is authentic, margaritas are amazing:-) Yum, I'm getting hungry just thinking about this place. It is always crowded there and most... More

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Gainesville, Virginia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

El Tio gives Gainesvillians the chance to enjoy authentic Tex-Mex food without driving into the city or its close-in suburbs. The service is friendly and efficient,the drinks---spelled Margaritas--- are large and tasty, and the chips and salsa are great. For entrees, we normally stick with tacos, enchiladas or chimichangas which come with rice and refried beans. The portions are on... More

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Alexandria
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141 reviews 141 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
251 helpful votes 251 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

Went here last night with my date and we had a great time. The chis and salsa were delicious. They also have a great cheese dip, that I also loved. We had the steak fajitas and the quesadilla. It was delicious. I love Mexican food and this was sooo good. The reason that I it was not five stars was... More

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Haymarket, Virginia
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This is where we go for Mexican food close to home. The service is excellent, prices moderate and food fresh and delicious. I usually get chicken fajitas but have never seen anything that doesn't look good. I usually go with a large group of at least 8 and the service is always great. One thing to watch out for is... More

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Bellevue, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I have eaten at many Mexican restaurants and this one take the prize. The food is authentic and the service top notch. The margaritas are a bit expensive but they are so so good. I generally have a combination platter of chile relleno, cheese or chicken enchilada and a tamale. Helpings are huge and well presented.

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Elizabethton, Tennessee, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013 via mobile

This is absolutely one of the best Mexican Restaurants we have eaten at! The salsa & guacamole were yummy & main dishes were so wonderful! I got chicken Acapulco that had a fresh cilantro relish that was so good! My husband got the chicken burito platter and loved it! The service was great! We were traveling thru the area having... More

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Happy Creek, VA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2013

We've driven past this place for months and finally on a Friday night after work we decided to give it a try. Right off the bat this place was hopping but we were seated immediately. Our drink order was taken pronto and brought out very quickly with some chips and salsa. Beers were extremely cold, the salsa was fresh and... More

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