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“Awesome restaurant but NOT when the mariachi band is playing!” 4 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 #130 of 643 Restaurants in Arlington
Cuisines: Mexican, Spanish
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
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14 reviews
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“Awesome restaurant but NOT when the mariachi band is playing!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2013 via mobile

This is the BEST Tex-Mex n Virginia but I dont enjoy dining with the band playing. We've called in the past to double check but didn't this visit. Lesson learned! Please go to this establishment but know you may not be able to have a conversation
This restaurant gets all 5s without the band

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Scotland
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
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“Best Margaritas in the East”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

The food is very good, the atmosphere friendly but it's the margaritas that keep us going back time and again. El Paso has a pretty standard menu and always produces excellent quality dishes in portions large enough that we've never needed dessert. The drinks menu isn't huge but everything we've tried has been excellent, from the draught beers to the magnificent margaritas.

Best Mexican I know in Virginia.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Frankfurt, Germany
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55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“still love it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

I had not been here for several years after moving of the country, but returned and the food is still good! The chips and salsa are great, and everything I have ever ordered has been as expected and delicious. Service is friendly and fast and prices are about average for the area.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Arlington, VA
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99 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
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“Local Place, Just What You Need”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is a local spot with a small-town, small-place vibe to it. You'll like it. Servers friendly, professional & prompt. The drinks are good. It's noisy when busy, you'll have to speak with a raised voice so your dining companion can hear you, but it's not deafening like some places. Prices are about right for Arlington, not crazy Clarendon pricing. Parking is in their lot or across the street. Food: fajita was good, crispy shell beef tacos were excellent. Pork tamal app was very good. Chips & salsa, the salsa is very good.

Recommended.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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“Outstanding Tex-Mex”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We've been to dozens of Tex-Mex and Mexican restaurants in the DC metro area. We love this food genre and it's definitely our preferred choice when dining out. We had heard positive reviews about El Paso Cafe from friends and co-workers. We had also heard that former President Bush (the 43rd) had visited El Paso Cafe multiple times while in Washington and said it was on par with best Tex-Mex restaurants in his native Texas.

We went to El Paso Cafe on an early Sunday afternoon in January. There were very few patrons, with only three tables occupied. The staff told us to sit anywhere we like. We chose a table with easy viewing of the two TV's on site. One TV had on the NFL playoffs, while the other had soccer on with FC Barcelona featuring Lionel Messi, so we were more than satisfied from that standpoint.

Our server came over promptly to take our order. We ordered veggie fajitas and fish tacos. Both dishes were outstanding! The fish was very tender and plentiful. The vegetables for the fajita were cooked to perfection. The rice was fantastic. I did find the black beans a tad too creamy/mushy, but that is minor. They still tasted very good as well. We also ordered a house margarita on the rocks which was tasty. The staff was very cordial and made us feel welcome. El Paso Cafe is great. We are already planning our next visit!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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