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El Tio Tex-Mex Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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7527 Linton Hall Rd, Gainesville, VA 20155-2972
+1 703-753-0826
11:00 - 22:00
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Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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141 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our friends took us to this restaurant as a pre-trip surprise. The food was very good and the service was fast.

Thank Deborah S
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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243 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Their known for the frozen margarita's and sangria, which never dissappoint. The food menu is decent, not overly sized and the food is fresh and prepared well. We've enjoyed different dishes during each of our visits and always liked our choices. The staff is very courteous and pleasant. Their item pricing is a bit on the high side, but the... More 

Thank cooffwego
Knoxville, TN
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ate here based on the TripAdvisor reviews and we're not disappointed. The chips and salsa were great, and the dishes we ordered (fajita and tacos) were excellent as well. Servers and management were attentive too. Would definitely recommend.

Thank truebluesnoopy
Gainesville, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

My wife and I eat at this restaurant usually one or two times per month, The food is great, the service is excellent; I would recommend this restaurant to any lover of Mexican food. My favorite in the area.

Thank erminiben
Gainesville, Virginia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 14 March 2017 via mobile

Had dinner with the family. The food was very fresh and tasty. The owner's son Oscar was very attentive. I had chicken fajita and it was delicious. I will deffenately visit again.

Thank Jack K
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18 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I have enjoyed El Tio for years. I've spent several years in San Antonio and know what small "Mom & Pop" Mexican restaurants are like. My rule of thumb is "If a good dinner plate costs more than $12 you're probably in the wrong place." El Tio isn't exactly a Mom & Pop joint but it has... More 

Thank NOVAVol02
Gainesville, Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

We visit El Tio at least once a month. The Sampler Platter appetizer is a favorite, as is the Buster con Camarones. Oscar the Manager is a wonderful host. We always ask that Jose Chavez be our server.

Thank courtney3931
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

Good quality Mexican food at reasonable prices. Has a separate bar and dinning area, as well as a small outdoor dining section.

Thank Ry J
Front Royal, Virginia
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Went with friends . Nothing fancy but food was good and quick . If not happy the manager takes care to make sure your happy. Definitely be back

Thank 196YellowRose
Kibworth Beauchamp, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Been here a few times. It's the best of the Tex Mex spots in the area by far. The staff is friendly and attentive, the food is tasty and the variety of tequila and beer offered is good. We like the spinach quesadillas, fish tacos, tacos pastor, fajitas, chicken mole, and guacamole, which is prepared fresh, table side per your... More 

Thank rustard s

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7527 Linton Hall Rd, Gainesville, VA 20155-2972
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Prince William County  >  Gainesville
  • Phone Number: +1 703-753-0826

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