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Tacos El Costalilla

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7863 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306-7825
+1 703-704-9088
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Alexandria, Virginia
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90 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped by for lunch this week. Had three tacos (asado, pastor, and carnitas) along with beans and rice. Awesome as always. Took a picture his time. Cheers all!

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Thank sa39561
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We always stop here when we pick up grandchildren. Its clean, fast, and you order just what you want a la carte. Kids love their quesadillas. I love tostadas de ceviche. Tamales are good too!

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Thank TutuAhmadia
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61 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

Stopped in based on reviews. Ordered the chicken quesadillas and Carne as adams. Almost no chicken in the quesadillas. The bistec was seasoned ok, but was overcooked and dry. Rice was bland, no onion, peppers or corn, and the refried beans were bland and runny. We won't return.

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Thank Tim S
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Popped in for some authentic tacos for lunch. Very good, but probably not quite as good as no. 2 on the Yelp list... Big lunch for 2 for $20. Great salsa bar with pickled peppers. Worth it just for that.

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Thank Graeme S
Manama, Bahrain
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016 via mobile

This place is the real deal. Having lived in Mexico City for a few years, I can certainly tell you this food is authentic! The posole and the sopes are my favorite. If you go during non peak hours they will make your quesadilla with corn masa and fry it for you...absolutely delicious!!!

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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Had fantastic Sopas in a restaurant that took me back to Mexico! Soaps are fried Tortillas topped with black bean, chicken, lettuce and sour cream. I used the mild pico de gallo and fresh cilantro to top Sopas. DELICIOUS! There was a salad bar with lots of toppings for the food. We went there for lunch and could have tried... More 

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Thank linart7
Arlington, Virginia
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2015

Big flavors - the sopes were really, really good. The tacos, too. Will have to go back to try the other things on the menu.

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Thank Paul E
Urbandale, Iowa, United States
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2015

The steak tacos were great. Not a fancy place, service was good. Food was very good. Much better than any chain Mexican, and you get a lot of food for a good price.

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Thank Meg A
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34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 March 2015

This unassuming little taco joint is well worth the visit! The food is very authentic, much like you would find on the Texas border. We love the tacos al pastor, carne asada, and carnitas. If they have empanadas available make you to get one to finish off your meal!

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Thank Tracey L G
Capitol Heights, Maryland
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014 via mobile

If you knew a place like this existed- you could never in good conscious eat Taco Bell or Chipotle tacos (and I love Chipotle) again! There is no comparison. Fresh, hot, and reasonably priced. The hot sauce is TRULY hot so beware if you are a lightweight, but it's awesome. I had the spicy pork, sauced beef, and chicken tacos.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican
Meals
Lunch
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7863 Richmond Hwy, Alexandria, VA 22306-7825
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Alexandria>  > Old Town
  • Neighbourhood: Old Town
  • Phone Number: +1 703-704-9088

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