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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
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We've been coming for years. We should get seats with our names :) Food is always consistently good!!! I always get steak fajitas my husband eats everything on the menu. Kids love it too. Great service, clean dining area. Bathrooms always clean. Love El Tio!!

Thank cikimonkey
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been going here for years and it is by far our favorite Mexican food anywhere. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because their drink prices are through the roof. $12-15 for a magarita??? Seriously we often will choose to eat somewhere else just because of that fact alone. Otherwise always great service and food.

Thank 318cmd
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

The food is always delicious. Comes out quick and hot, never had a mistake on an order. Staff goes above and beyond to make the customer happy.

Thank Helen B
Nokesville, Virginia
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

The specials that the owners run here are amazing. They have some imaginative Mexican dishes. I will definitely be coming back.

Thank Joseph A
Elma, New York
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Arrived for a wedding and wanted dinner and drinks. Had margaritas--not bad. Ordered the chimmichanga hadn't had one in years. Not what I remembered but still good. The chips were fabulous-so thin and crispy. The staff were friendly and the food came out quickly.

Thank ssharpp1
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

El Tio's is our number one place for Tex/Mex. We have tried chain restaurants, other Mexican and Tex/Mex places, yet always comment on how El Tio's is better. Not only is the food amazing (if you like spicy, ask for their special homemade tiny side of green habanero sauce), but the service is too. All the staff are helpful and... More 

Thank LottsFlyaway
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Number one pick for a restaurant for Thursday evenings. Thirsty Thursdays at El Tios is at great place to enjoy a half price margarita. Between 3 and 7 in the bar area they serve several appetizers at a discounted price along with drink specials everyday. Great place for dining and special occasions.

Thank Robert O
Gainesville, Virginia
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13 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Tex Mex is always different where ever you go, which is a good thing. This is not my fav, but the food is good, and nicely redone restaurant, and has excellent service and Margarita's! It is definitely worth a visit.

Thank Michael C
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Cute quaint place with great food and drinks. The hours are perfect (stays open late on the weekends). This place also delivers, which is awesome.

Thank Tiffani T
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016 via mobile

I am whit-ican and from Texas so I know about good Mexican food. I have been in NOVA for over 6 years and can count the places I've found on one hand where I found good Mexican food. This is def. one of them. Service is great. The chips and salsa are some of the best around. The margaritas are... More 

Thank Samuel P

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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, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
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?