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“Gourmet South of the Border” 4 of 5 stars
Review of El Nopalito Grill

El Nopalito Grill
2259 Bel Pre Rd. (Layhill Rd.), Silver Spring, MD 20906
301-598-1736
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Ranked #155 of 323 Restaurants in Silver Spring
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: Mexican
Good for: Families with children
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Good for: Families with children
Vienna, Virginia
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119 reviews 119 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Gourmet South of the Border”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

El Napolito is a well respected upscale, gourmet Mexican Restaurant hiding in a non-descript, Silver Spring strip mall. Everything you would expect of a Mexican place but taken up a notch. They also serve some traditional dishes that your standard chain locations don't even try to pull off such as chili relleno and tamales. You can tell the ingredients are top grade. The only disappointment was one of our party felt the chicken enchiladas were too cheese laden. Service was proper if not a tad perfunctory but I think the staff was nervous that we were lingering and they appeared to have a big party coming in. Well worth the trip if you want Mexican with game. The price is right too

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Washington DC
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Not so mexican”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

I have eaten here twice and neither time have been truly impressed. I mean there is nothing special about the food that would make it stand out. Being that its in my neighborhood I want to see it do well, but the food was just plain. Spice it up ! Get some atmosphere for gods sake!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Urbana, MD
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“No spice request did not register”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013

El Nopalito is usually a nicel restaurant. On our last visit, we ordered with the request that there be no spice and lo sodium. For whatever reason, that request was ignored. When we explained to the waitress why we couldn't eat, she replied with "Oh yeah, the regular chef isn't in." You'd think that the manager would have come over, since the place was not too busy. That did not happen.

Visited April 2013
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SILVER SPRING, MD
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“Company for Dinner”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2012

If you like sharing your dinner with roaches, this is the place to go. We were seated in a booth and not just one roach but many appeared. We called to the wait staff and they were unconcerned. We finally made such a scene that they did come over, grabbed one of our napkins and started flinging the roaches. They did move us to the middle of the room for the remainder of our meal. Who could eat after that. I reported them to the Health Department who made an on site visit and attempted to help them with their infestation problem. Not much was done aparently, because another customer after that visit experienced the same problem--ROACHES.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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69 reviews 69 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
“It was okay.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2012

The duck tamales are amazing. Everything else I have tried on the menu has just been okay. Last time the beans were unpleasantly burned in flavor, so I have a feeling it will be our last trip, since it's surrounded by so many other Mexican options.

Visited October 2012
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