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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
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60 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed June 2, 2016 via mobile

Went here cause we stumbled on to it hunting for dinner. Very surprised and impressed with the food. Sunday night mariachi band was a boon! Food was very well done Tex Mex fare.

Thank sunshineandbiscuit
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed May 24, 2016

Lots of fun to be had with margaritas, coronas and mariachi. The food is pretty average but the atmosphere more than makes up for it. My husband threw my birthday party there and it was a ton of fun.

Thank MLF123
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed May 21, 2016

Whenever I'm in the mood for a margarita and Tex-Mex food, El Paso Cafe is where I go! I think El Paso Cafe just celebrated it's 25th anniversary in Arlington, which is a good indication of how popular and GOOD is this restaurant. I always start my meal with a margarita -- they have a nice variety of tequilas and... More 

Thank ArlGal
Stafford, Virginia
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84 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed May 18, 2016

Although this was my first time here, it won't be my last. I recently went here with my family ( 3 of us) on a Friday. We got there while happy hour was going on (3-6 pm) and we were promptly seated. Not very long after that our waitress came with a large basket of nachos and salsa. We ordered... More 

Thank hokiesluv2travel
New Concord, Kentucky
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244 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

El Paso Cafe is very special It offers very authentic Mexican cuisine - fabulous food and great customer service. Friday dinners are fun with live band. Great for couples, friends and family. Enjoy!

Thank Alan B
Fairfax, Virginia
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405 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed April 20, 2016

They have about 100 different tequilas, food that melts in your mouth and is the best place for Tex Mex in DC by a mile. It is not fancy food, just good food with great flavor. The menu is what you expect and want from a Tex Mex place and you will not be disappointed..

Thank majiksea
Key West, Florida
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162 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2016 via mobile

Took our seven person family there, four adults and three boys. All enjoyed themselves: plenty of chips & salsa. There was chocolate milk for the kids while the adults drank margaritas. By the pitcher it was a good deal. Goat cheese enchiladas, golden chimichanga and mixed fajitas were all good helpings and of excellent taste. Kids said their duo tacos,... More 

Thank Yacht1999
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed March 16, 2016

I'm not gonna claim this is Mexican fine-dining - it's guilt-pleasure tex mex and fits the bill very well for that. I really like the salsa which is unlimited, it keeps me coming back. Their tamales are also fantastic. The rest is just OK but you get huge portions and a pretty cool atmosphere. I like going for lunch because... More 

Thank Ben E
Arlington, VA
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159 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed March 11, 2016

My wife and I visit this restaurant occasionally and always find it to be a pleasant dining experience. The menu is extensive with both Mexican and Central American dishes and I have ordered from across the menu and have never been disappointed. The service is friendly and prompt and they have an wonderful list of great Margaritas. This evening I... More 

Thank Eckynpat
Long Island, New York
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

Ate sizzling fajitas, had a great night, everything was very tasty, chips and dips very good, service was friendly and helpful.

Thank BritishButler

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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
Dining on a budget, Families with children, 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?