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“Good clasic, clean Mexican joint.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Picante: The Real Taco

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Picante: The Real Taco
14511 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy, Ste B, Chantilly, VA 20151-1511
703-222-2323
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Ranked #10 of 130 restaurants in Chantilly
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Reservations
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44 reviews 44 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Good clasic, clean Mexican joint.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2012 via mobile

I was spending the night near the airport & stumbled upon this joint. We started with the Chile Con Queso - it was good, but not great. Next time I will go for the fundito instead. I ordered the Pollo en Molé. It was good and a little bit spicy. My friend ordered a Tortas and was surprised to see that it was a sandwich... But overall a good experience.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Hollywood, Maryland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Great way to end a visit to Air & Space Museum”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My husband and I spent the day at the Air & Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. We were in the mood for Mexican and did a quick Google search. Picante came up with decent reviews and was only 1.5 miles away. Was a bit tricky to get to and we were somewhat skeptical given it's in a strip mall, but we were hungry. Turned out to be a great decision. The service was prompt and courteous, the menu extensive and the prices reasonable. Went out of my comfort zone and ordered a house specialty sirloin platter. The meat had been marinated in lime, cylantro and salt. The flavors blended well, none overpowered and was very tender. Appreciated the white corn tortillas as well. For Mexican food in the Mid-Atlanitic region, this was top notch.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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95 reviews 95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 46 cities Reviews in 46 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Nice family restaurant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

We recently re-visited Picante, a nice strip mall family restaurant. My family likes this restaurant, which has good Mexican dishes at reasonable prices. I do agree with the sourpuss reviewer that said this is not the same as you find in the SW U.S., but it's pretty good for Northern Virginia. I once again had the Chipotle Steak Tips, with a nice Modelo Negro. I believe it was about $13, but that's about all you can spend here. Our tab for four adults and two kids (10/6) was $83, drinks included. This time (Weds night 7pm), we were immediately seated and served. Portions are large. The noise level was pretty low, with the large seating area half-filled. We like this restaurant and will continue to visit!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Westport
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9 reviews 9 reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Not bad for being in a strip mall.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

The food was good, just not what I expected. It didn't have the sides that we usually get in other Mexican restaurants.

Visited August 2012
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Virginia
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53 reviews 53 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“A consistent favorite for our family”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2012

A nice experience every time we visit. Picante is consistently provided a great experience in our 7+ years of experience, we've tried other Mexican places in the area, but we always come back to Picante. We really enjoy the food. The portion size usually always has us taking some home and the price is reasonable. The one thing we always get is the Queso dip. We recommend this place to all of our friends!

  • Visited June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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