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“Consistently excellent food & service” 5 of 5 stars
Review of El Paso Cafe

El Paso Cafe
4235 N Pershing Dr, Arlington, VA 22203-3202
703-243-9811
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Ranked #114 of 660 Restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Consistently excellent food & service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2012

I've been to this place with teachers for an afternoon happy hour, with clients for consulting dinners, with my family for celebrations and with my husband for date nights. The service is always "just enough" (not interrupting us, but always there when you need it) and even when my kids have been LOCO (not eating, overtired, spilled water) they help us to make the meal great. There is enough space between tables that you can really talk to your companions, and they make birthdays extra special. (Once they brought my friend dessert and tequila shooters). The food is great and I 2nd the pupusa vote-bean and cheese is the best. Margaritas are delicious and if they are pre-mixed, I can't tell. Last visit was apps & margs with a friend and we had a great time on a Saturday night. Great value. Close to 66 & 50.

  • Visited November 2012
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Arlington, Virginia
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395 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
“Very authentic”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

Love the pupusas here and the chicken enchiladas. G. W. Bush ate here, and so they had to susped the chair he sat in off the ceiling because people kept trying to steal it. It's in the hood, but it's really good.

Visited November 2011
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 439 helpful votes
“Befriended some displaced Texans and asked where they found the best Tex/Mex place in the area and they brought me here.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2011

Service is spotty at times and heaven help you when they are really busy, but the food is worth it. You should try whatever you are in the mood for; the food is that good. I have been here many times and brought lots of friends... always enjoyed it. The Costillas (juicy rack of ribs) are to die for and one of my very favorites is the Carne Asada... Yum! But make sure that you save room for dessert... the Tres Leche cake is outrageous! My mistake is I love their chips and salsa so much I go through a basket before the food comes.

  • Visited February 2011
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Consistently good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2011

Dined with a colleague here for lunch. We've been trying different things on the menu, trying to find a bad dish--so far, no luck--they're all good. The three tacos are a bit juicy, but good nonetheless. The carne asada my colleague had made her lick her lips and clean her plate. The pollo asada is also good. About the only "bad" thing is the overuse of onions in the salsa that comes with the chips when you first sit down. Try this place--you won't be disappointed. Full bar. Parking can be a challenge depending on when you arrive. Menu: http://www.allmenus.com/va/arlington/277477-el-paso-cafe/menu/.

  • Visited July 2011
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“Authentic and tasty”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2010

Stopped by on a Sunday evening while staying at the Westin down the road. Live Mexican music added to the authentic atmosphere. Burritos were tasty and the Margaritas excellent. Recommended.

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