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$5 - $21
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Mexican, American, Southwestern, Bar
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed May 24, 2021

I enjoyed my first Bar J Chili Parlor meal in 1984 and ate at it quite frequently in the 80s. Every visit to Northern Virginia since has always included a stop at the Bar J, but not sure if future visits will. While the food...is as good as I remember, the service has definitely gone down hill and during this visit the bartender had absolutely no idea what he/she was doing. Ordering off their own "drink menu" - both drinks ordered were absolutely terrible and they were not consumed. The bright point is that they were not charged either. However, the wait for undrinkable cocktails was over 20 minutes which is unacceptable. Still love the Mexican Hot Burrito - and this time around it was as good as it always was, although it could have been a bit hotter (temperature wise). Again, it just may have been a lack of actual "service" that caused the meal to be on the cooler side than normal.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed February 13, 2021 via mobile

Extremely disappointing restaurant. The location and setting is very nice. The food is simply terrible. The ingredients weren’t fresh or high quality and the recipes were just plain bad. We ordered mostly the texmex dishes and nothing was satisfying. I really wanted to like it...but it just isn’t good.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed August 3, 2020

My family and I visited Bar J on a sunny Sunday afternoon looking foward to a cool beverage and a nice meal to celebrate my birthday. We waited at the hostess stand for about 15 min before we were seated. There were only 2 tables...occupied and maybe 7-8 open (all in their outdoor space), so we couldn't really understand the wait and speculated maybe there was a lack of staff due to the covid problem. There was one person who dawdled around half-heartedly wiping tables (but paid us no attention either before or after we were seated). Once we were finally seated, we again waited 10-15 minutes for someone to take an order. Again we speculated on why service was so slow but after someone from our party returned from the bathroom, he explained why...there were 8 or 9 people sitting around tables playing on their phones! They were sitting there when he went to the rest room and had not moved by the time he came back. Out visit to Bar J was highly disappointing. Other than one young lady who moved with purpose and seemed to be working hard to serve her tables, service from the rest of the staff could not have been worse.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed February 17, 2020 via mobile

My friend got the cheeseburger and I got the Pollo loco. Both were tasty! service was good. They have a waterfront patio.. Which we couldn't enjoy because it was too cold.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed May 22, 2019 via mobile

We had lunch here and the weather was nice so we sat outside. The view of the water is pretty good and we were even visited by some ducklings. We tried the nachos supreme and a chili dog. The dog itself is very tasty and...has some very nice mustard on the bun. It is topped with very good chili and onion. We added the cheddar cheese as well but I think it would be better with the cheese sauce used on the nachos. The nachos were also very good and have spiced ground beef, onion, and scallions. They have a good selection of beers on tap to boot. Service was outstanding and we will definitely be back.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed May 7, 2019 via mobile

We had a group lunch, great Mexican type food and fantastic drinks outside on the Occoquacon River, beautiful view.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed February 5, 2019

My husband and I went here a few weeks ago for the first time and it was nice. The food was good and the prices were reasonable. The service was also very good. The atmosphere was nice. I would dine here again.

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 30, 2019

When I first moved to the Ft Belvoir area, Bar-J was located on US Rte 1 in Lorton and was a great place to get exceptional food for lunch at a reasonable price. They moved a few times, but never saw the success as their...Lorton location. From what I understand, the original owner's daughter is running the place in Occoquan. All I can say is the food is as good (if not better) than it was years ago. The portion size was exceptional, the service was attentive (but not smothering), and the quality of the food served exceeded expectations. The lettuce and tomatoes on my Chimichanga were crisp, fresh. My wife's dinner (an off the menu special for vegetarians: a baked potato with vegetarian chili) was outstanding, and my brother-in-law's 'wet burrito' (beef burrito with cheese sauce) was tasty and more than he could eat. Our server was friendly and attentive. All-in-all, I would recommend this place to anyone who enjoys Tex-Mex food. Although it is located a bit far to come here for lunch from work, I will find a way to add it to my routine.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed January 14, 2019

Good food not great. Service was just okay. If you like chili and / or chili mac this is a good place for you. We stop at Bar J while exploring the town of Occoquan.

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed December 28, 2018

Bar J was our hangout years ago when it was in Woodbridge. They closed for a long time but it's awesome to see them back up and running in a cleaner, friendlier environment. This is the perfect place for some good, hot chili. During the...summer, sit outside right on the river. Pokemon Go Trainers can catch plenty of Magikarp here!More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

If you like chili and / or chili mac this is the place for you. Bar J is a nice place to grab some lunch while exploring the town of Occoquan.Chili is the star at Bar Js but hot dogs burgers and other favorites are...also available.Grab a cold beer and chili dog before you continue on your adventure through Occoquan.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed November 8, 2018

The rebirth of this Lorton/Occoquan dive as a true chili parlor is a delight! Clean & Bright, friendly service and a great value. There's a unique and wonderful flavor to the chili here that brings me back, often. If you really want a taste treat,...order a Mexican Hot, but schedule an appointment with your doctor first, Or better yet, bring her along! They have hamburgers, hot dogs and things made with chicken. All good, but a Mexican Hot smothered in cheese is memorable.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed September 30, 2018

Delicious food in neat restaurant with outside fun area for friends & families. Love Occoquan and this joint is right on the water under the bridge.

Date of visit: January 2018
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Reviewed September 26, 2018

I had heard about this place for years. I gave it a try. It was very nice and intimate. The food was good.

Date of visit: September 2018
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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

Just enjoyed a wonderful experience with my friends! Great service and food! The view outside is Beautiful! I highly recommend this place!

Date of visit: September 2018
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Bar J Chili Parlor is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4