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La Caraquena

300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046-3319
+1 703-533-0076
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good50%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible5%
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“arepas” (52 reviews)
“black beans” (7 reviews)
“plantains” (9 reviews)
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Latin, South American, Venezuelan
$$ - $$$
300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046-3319
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11 - 20 of 105 reviews

Reviewed May 11, 2016

Service was a bit slow, and the server brought the wrong wine on his first attempt, but it was Cinco de Mayo so I give a little credit for that. The food was delicious.

Thank Lisa R
Reviewed April 30, 2016

First, the mango margarita had real chunks in it and was fantastic! We went early on a Friday about 5:30 and got seated and greeted and served immediately. The place is in an old street motel and the inside shows it. However, the chef tempts...More

Thank Cingplaces
Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

I really liked this place. It's small and quaint and the food is really good. We shared 2 appetizers, which were both good. The Yucca tastes like French fries you dip them in a Dijon mayo sauce. Yum. I don't know the name of our...More

1  Thank Lyn B
Reviewed April 21, 2016 via mobile

Don't let the location fool you or steer you elsewhere! We enjoyed great Latin food and one of the best margaritas I've had in awhile. The smokey black beans are delicious and the service is great.

Thank NatSlat
Reviewed January 31, 2016

The place seemed disorganized. We arrived right on time for our 6:30 reservation for 2. We told the hostess that we had reservations. She told us she would be right back during which time two ladies came in behind us. When the hostess came back...More

Thank stbeachlover
Reviewed December 12, 2015

Boy what a great meal. I ate so much I was stuffed like I have not been in several years, and that was all from an appetizer and an entree. We did not even consider dessert. The house margaritas are excellent, and really everything we...More

Thank Publius-DC
Reviewed October 11, 2015

This place is outstanding! As for Arepas, I prefer JP'S Favorite, Peluda, and Carne Mechada in that order. The Fried Yuca was awesome. I tried my nephew's Pabellon Criolla and my niece's Pabellon Caballo, both delicious as ever. The Las Vegas Margarita makes you wanting...More

Thank DerrikAmmons
ElHambriento, Owner at La Caraquena, responded to this reviewResponded October 12, 2015

Wow! What kind words. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your full experience at La Caraquena. We look forward to having you back the next time you're in DC.

Reviewed September 28, 2015

I've read so many reviews that suggest a visit to La Caraquena is a kind of high risk, high reward type of thing that, after having dined there this weekend, decided to file my own review. I'd wanted to check out La Caraquena since I...More

Thank DrewShaw224
Reviewed September 28, 2015

As others have said, don't let the location fool you -- this restaurant is tucked inside a "not so hot" motel. It's very small so I'm guessing they can get very crowded at peak times. I was there on a Sunday evening with a group...More

Thank Jody C
Reviewed September 24, 2015

Delicious food and very friendly staff! All kinds of arepas and other Venezuelan dishes. Don't be put off by its location tucked in to the first floor of a small motel. Yes, Guy Fieri has been here - don't be put off by that either!

Thank SuzieDerkins1986
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Pat T
May 23, 2016|
Response from Kathleenabrown | Reviewed this property |
Absolutely NOT! Average dinners might be about $25. Including an entree and nice drink! So, it's very reasonable. Hope you enjoy. Kathleen
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM
5:30 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 300 W Broad St, Falls Church, VA 22046-3319
    (Little Falls Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Falls Church
  • Phone Number: +1 703-533-0076
  • E-mail
At La Caraquena, the taste of Latin America is alive in every dish. Chef and owner, Raul Claros, shares his heritage by combining over 20 years of family recipes with the authencity that comes from his travels through Latin America. This is comfort food served in a relaxed atmosphere where our guests can experience the best in Latin American cuisine and culture.
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