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Rio Grande Cafe

Southwestern, Mexican
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4301 Fairfax Dr, Ballston Commons Mall, Arlington, VA 22203-1627
703 528 3131
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 10:30 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 11:30 pm
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2016

Fun atmosphere for a Mexican Restaurant. Food was better than average. Drink are big. Went with another family and shared apps and dinner.

Thank Cynsu1
Puget Sound, Washington
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163 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

Intended to have a margarita, but went for a "Swirl" instead -- delicious blend of margarita and sangria. Nachos were great and so was the service. A little bit pricey, though.

Thank azzure
Far Hills, New Jersey
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59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Love the fajitas Jalisco - the chips and tortillas are fresh. Guac and salsa fresh. Great tex mex. can get loud but always worth the visit.

Thank smithsinlondon
Khartoum, Sudan
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319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Uncle Julios is a local chain; all of them have consistently good Mexican themed food that I go back for again and again.

Thank JCW703
bethesda, md
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435 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

The Ballston location is as good as the one in Bethesda that I frequent. The happy hour deals, outdoor seating options as well as huge indoor seating make this a good destination in the area. The food is good and their chips and salsa are worth the trip alone!

Thank tikidream
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Great food, homemade dipping chips. Ambiance perfect. YaDa YaDa, On and on. This is to fulfill the requirement to use at least 100 characters minimum.

Thank George S
Colorado Springs
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70 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We have been here often with our son and his family. The grandkids love it. The food is good and the service is excellent. A good place to go with children.

Thank CoRussianvisitor9
Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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177 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

Good menu. Good preparation. Good Service. Good value. It's not the kind of food that knocks your socks off, but it's good, prepared just so, and always tasty.

Thank JohnBGreatFallsVa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

For the last 14 years we have eaten at Rio Grande - Old location and the Current location . always the food has been fresh, tasty and delicious, generous portions. Great family Restaurant.

Thank MHMV
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294 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 296 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Highly recommended. Go. You won’t regret it. Well, this is an easy review to report. I give out 5-star ratings when merited to places across the world. And as we know, all 5-star ratings are not “equal”. The rating is relative to the place (e.g. city and country), type of food, and price/performance (price & quality) relative to the locale.... More 

Thank RoverTreks

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Southwestern, Mexican
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
11:00 am - 11:30 pm
10:00 am - 11:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4301 Fairfax Dr, Ballston Commons Mall, Arlington, VA 22203-1627
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: 703 528 3131

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