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El Tio Tex-Mex Grill

7527 Linton Hall Rd, Gainesville, VA 20155-2972
+1 703-753-0826
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good33%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (30 reviews)
“chips and salsa” (18 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
7527 Linton Hall Rd, Gainesville, VA 20155-2972
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Forget the chain restaurants, El Tio leaves them in their bowl of so-so salsa. The El Tio cantina is smaller and not in a trendy location but once inside, you will forget all that. Their frozen margaritas put the chain establishments to shame. They are...More

Thank 180susanms
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is tucked away in an older shopping center away from the more crowded areas. The food is good, typical Mexican fare. I've eaten there a number of times and have never had a bad experience. I recommend it.

Thank Rich L
Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

Their prices are around Uncle Julio’s level, but not as good of food. The meat is good quality. The guacamole was just good, not excellent. The waiter worked hard as there was a large party ahead of us. He kept our drinks filled. The salsa...More

Thank DKMommy
Reviewed 6 June 2018

This area does not have many Tex-Mex restaurants so it is great to have El Tio. I really like the food even though I think it is a little expensive. The staff is attentive. My sister and I were there for dinner and asked for...More

Thank Peggy M
Reviewed 14 May 2018

We decided to try El Tio Tex-Mex Grill for an early dinner. We arrived around 500Pm and snagged a table for two. By 6:00pm folks were out the door waiting for a table. In spite of how busy they had been all day, the service...More

Thank Nashna
Reviewed 9 May 2018

Went on Cinco de Mayo. The place was already crowded at 4:00 pm. This is a large and noisy place - not for a romantic dinner. I ordered the combo that included a tamale, chili relleno, and enchilada - very good, but not spicy at...More

Thank r0nbr
Reviewed 25 April 2018 via mobile

Almost as good as Joe Ts in Fort Worth. Salsa is good and homemade tortillas are soft and chewy. Love it. Best Mexican in the area. Order the ribeye fajitas! Easy parking. Plenty of seats and a nice bar. Good place to eat and enjoy...More

Thank spierce64
Reviewed 20 April 2018

My friend and I wanted nachos, and this place was close to my daughter’s home and had on line ordering, so we decided to give it a try. We ordered cheese nachos which included cheese, beans, guacamole, sour cream and pick, under the appetizer heading...More

Thank Rose M
Reviewed 1 March 2018 via mobile

Went with friends; chips are soooo thin you can barely get any salsa on them as they break instantly. Salsa served in TINY bowls so again, it’s a struggle. Had their chicken Fajitas. Dry, over cooked chicken and barely any onions/peppers on the hot plate....More

Thank Virginia59
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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

My husband and I dine here several times a year and the food and service is consistently great. The margaritas are always delicious too. Would recommend El-Tio any day of the week over a chain Tex-Mex.

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31 December 2014|
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Response from Gary H | Reviewed this property |
I have no idea,
31 December 2014|
Response from P2first | Reviewed this property |
I believe they have corn based tortillas and several veggie dishes. If you have a gluten sensitivity than it would be difficult for them not to cross contaminate. I have eaten their and avoided the chips and dairy when I... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
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: 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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