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Cowboy Cafe

$$ - $$$
Bar, American, Pub
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4792 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207-2528
+1 703-243-8010
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11:00 - 02:00
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Mon - Fri 11:00 - 02:00
Sat - Sun 09:00 - 02:00
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bethesda, md.
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747 reviews
558 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Really fun atmosphere and outstanding food. Local cuisine where the owners really care. The place is smallish in size so be prepared for a wait during busy times.

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Thank barymad
Province of Alajuela, Costa Rica
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57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 December 2016

I went there for Happy Hour on Dec 2. I ordered a Vesper martini, the bartender stated it's been a long time since she made one of those. She asked me what was in it. That was my first clue to change my drink order. I told her the ingredients. So she started out chilling the glass. I said to... More 

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Thank virgil802015
Arlington, Virginia
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69 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

My family and I have been coming here for our burger fix for many years. When sons are in town it is a must visit. The burgers are excellent as well as the choice of toppings. The beer draft selection is fine and they have a tasty IPA. This is a simple and small restaurant that has a well established... More 

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Thank Pablo G
Arlington, Virginia
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

They serve an incredible 1/2 lb hamburger that is done to perfection. The also have a double burger that is a fl lb of meat done exactly how you order it. On Tuesdays they have 1/2 price hamburgers. Get there early or later in the afternoon because the place fills quickly. Service is excellent. The price may seem high on... More 

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Thank Rick7211
Lockport, New York
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Don't blink or you will miss this little jem. We have visiting Arlington for 45 years and have passed this eatery hundreds of times. This time our children, who are residents of Arlington, took us there. We ate salads and burgers both of which were large and yummy. Our children take their children there at least once a week. It... More 

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Thank WesternNY66
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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334 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 January 2016

This is a favorite local place of mine. I usually come for the 50 cent wing nights on Wednesday. It is a kind of place where the locals come and the patrons seems to know each other. There is ample parking and overflow parking too. Not very big but the bartenders are pretty friendly. The food selections are standard American... More 

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Thank Sundncr
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2015 via mobile

Nothing fancy, just good food, good beer selection, good service and friendly atmosphere. The daily specials make for goid deals. Great place to unwind and get a delicious burger. And oh...Rhode sweet potato fries!

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Thank Nancy W
Canberra, Australia
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77 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 August 2015

You can always tell who are the foreign visitors to America - we're astonished at the sizes of breakfasts and amazed that people can eat them! Our hosts took us to Cowboy Cafe for breakfast this morning - great place for breakfast. My partner had the Cowboy Breakfast (giant-sized eggs, bacon, potatoes, pancakes) and I had the Breakfast Burrito (I... More 

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Thank JudyFromCanberra
Arlington, Virginia
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70 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2015

My wife and I have been here a few times now (including today, Sunday January 4th) and have always left satisfied! Like others have noted, this is a real dive bar on the bar side. There is also a more family-friendly section away from the bar and televisions. We've always had great service from the bartenders/servers despite their slow kitchen... More 

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Thank jpm0703
Kerrville, Texas
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92 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2014 via mobile

Yes, it is basically a dive, but serves very good food. The staff is great, the crowd is generally laid back, so,what more do,you need. It's also not as crowded for weekend brunch as other places, so I feel like I should keep the secret, but... A good choice for any meal if you want basic diner food, and they... More 

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Thank Stuart H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Cuisine
Bar, American, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 02:00
Monday
11:00 - 02:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
09:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4792 Lee Hwy, Arlington, VA 22207-2528
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-243-8010

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