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El Rincon Tropical

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4300 Holland Road, South Plaza Shopping Center #21, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
757-463-0003
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Today
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good, Authentic food

I was pleasantly surprised with my first experience @ El Rincon. I had read the reviews of others, but I experienced no odd billing practices or charges that were not appropriate. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The food is fabulous. It was just like the meals I experienced at my... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2013
Kelli M
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Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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  • Families with children
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English first
Chesapeake, Virginia
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Bought a groupon to try this place. The food was okay. I had the mofongo. I was so excited to have authentic Puertorican food and was very disappointed with my dry mofongo. I also had cheese flan for dessert which tasted like plain vanilla flan. The prices are inflated. Our bill was $14.00 which included two drinks and an $8... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We purchased a groupon for this and as the other reviewers had stated you need to check your bill. Sure enough it was inflated with,20% gratuity, tax on the whole value. Two teas with groupon cost us 17.00. Manger was augmentative. As for the food, very bland no flavor at all with either of our meals. There are do many... More 

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Norfolk, Virginia, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2013

I was pleasantly surprised with my first experience @ El Rincon. I had read the reviews of others, but I experienced no odd billing practices or charges that were not appropriate. The staff are very friendly and knowledgeable. The food is fabulous. It was just like the meals I experienced at my Friend's home when visiting PR. I have returned... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I like a previous person bought a groupon for me and my wife to have a good dinner. The food and service was great. Ordered 4 margaritas since the food was free so why not....right. Got the bill and for 4 margaritas our bill was $47 which included a $12 gratuity for two people and damn near $7 in tax....so... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013 via mobile

Purchased a groupon and since there was high ratings on Yelp, decided to give it a try. First of all, food was good. I wasn't over the moon with mine but it had nice flavors (I had the Bistec encebollado). My husband LOVED his meal (carne fritz de cerdo) and would return to this establishment had it not been for... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012 via mobile

The food is authentic and delicious and the staff is friendly (and willing to recommend/explain traditional dishes). I recommend the empanadas and the traditional dish of pork with rice and beans. The atmosphere is simple, leaning to a quiet family-friendly sports bar.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2012

have dined there for many years...the new owners are just as great as the previous ones....great food, especially the rice & bean dishes

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

If you ask me what my favorite sandwich is, I say "The Cuban". El Rincon Tropical does have the best one in the surrounding cities, but it lacks 2 things...1 the pickle should be Kosher dill slices, not hamburger dills. 2 the pork should have been soaked in PR pork sauce(mojo). But, it is a cute, quaint little restaurant. The... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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50 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Great marinated pork and Cuban sandwiches. Modest prices. Little atmosphere.

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Virginia Beach
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2012

There is not a single vegetarian dish on the menu! They prepared for me a small salad of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes and green olives and priced it at $12! The appetizer sampler was disappointing, the service even more so. Wouldn't recomment it!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4300 Holland Road, South Plaza Shopping Center #21, Virginia Beach, VA 23452
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Virginia Beach
  • Phone Number: 757-463-0003

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
  • Cuisine: Puerto Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?