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El Paso Cafe

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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4235 N Pershing Dr, Arlington, VA 22203-3202
+1 703-243-9811
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Arlington, Virginia
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Amazing food! really tasty and great customer service! We love the chicken fajitas, carne asada, carne encebollada, mango margaritas and coconut flan so far. Will defenetly go back and try new options!

Thank Alejandra S
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017

Don't think that they had a bad day today - this place is awful. Fajitas - $17 Chicken = pre-cooked, thrown on a sizzling plate, arrived cold and super dry Beans = straight out of a can; arrived cold Guacamole has that familiar store-bought texture that screams "thickener"; they threw in some fresh onions to fool those who don't know... More 

Thank Izzi_Stevens
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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174 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017 via mobile

Six of us m/f with varied appetites. No disappointments. Efficient service, large portions of good food, round tables available. One large room. Great local vibe but noisy for easy cross table conversation. Could become the go-to place!

Thank buschal
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Very nice place to spend an evening, excellent food and superb service. The location is perfect and in the real Mexican style.

Thank Marco M
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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173 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

Usually bustling and packed at night but great for a late lunch after a movie. Terrific taco salad after enjoying their distinctive smoky salsa and tasty guac. Dear wife had enchiladas but we've been coming here for years and its all good. Right off Glebe Road in Buckingham but you have to scramble for evening parking competing with the crowds... More 

Thank DC196
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016

Friendly, Great Service. Good Food- always fresh and hot. I get their Vegetarian Fajitas, and a few Skinny Margarita's on the Rocks with no Salt" Get Here early evening. Be mindful of Parking. specific Enjoy!

Thank Sexydreaaa
Tucson, Arizona
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1,027 reviews
328 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 685 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

Very easy to find at Pershing x Glebe, plenty of parking spaces on either corner, bus 41 stops just in front. When you think of Mexican food you may fear too many carbs with burritos & tacos but here they have many healthy options: the spinach salad for example with avocado, red onion, small black beans and very well grilled... More 

Thank TravelingCat22
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70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016 via mobile

Have been to the El Paso Cafe many times over the years. All their entrees are great. Margaritas are not exceptional and a little expensive. The cafe is well staffed by people who could care less about the quality of service. Parking is very limited. For that reason - and because there are now better choices in the area -... More 

Thank Dabarton
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

My wife (the Mexican food junkie) and I tried El Paso Cafe early on a Friday evening. Service was poor throughout the meal. The chips are not fresh tasting and the salsa is ok at best (spicy, but no depth of flavor). The queso was nothing to write home about. My wife had beef tacos al carbon and the meat... More 

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Springfield, Virginia
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90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

First time eating at El Paso and we really liked it. Pros: good food; cheap; friendly staff; food prepared fresh (not pre made); good drinks Cons: long wait for dinner to be served; small parking lot. Info: recommended by friends who eat here regularly, we enjoyed the food and atmosphere. We were more surprised by how cheap the meal was!... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Television, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4235 N Pershing Dr, Arlington, VA 22203-3202
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-243-9811

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