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Mexicali Blues

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Mexican, Salvadoran, South American
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2933 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201-3807
+1 703-812-9352
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Today
10:30 - 23:30
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Hours:
Sun - Tue 11:00 - 22:00
Wed 11:00 - 23:30
Thu 10:30 - 23:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 02:00
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Washington DC
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435 reviews
291 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Mexicali Blues sits on a corner just below the Clarendon Metro Stop and comes off a little funky/colorful compared to many other local and national chain restaurants in the neighborhood. We like funky/colorful, so we gave it a try for late lunch last week. Happy we did. The enchiladas and chile rellenos were first rate. Big plus was that they... More 

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Thank BlueNWashington
Virginia
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111 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Popular corner restaurant. More Salvadoran than Mexican. Food is really very good, freshly made. Tacos and Papusas are the favorite choices. Outside dining when weather is good.

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Thank Milliemarie46
Arlington, va
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41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The food here is authentic Mexican cuisine, while also offering some Salvadorian choices. The quality is good, with decent portion sizes. We've been a few times, but I feel as go the Clarendon rents, so do the menu prices... it's gotten a bit expensive for Mexican (3 tacos for $15). Our service was a bit off on this night... everyone... More 

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Thank Strubes
Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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307 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

Stantard starters; Guacamole, Nachos, platantos fritos, yuca chicharron, quesadilla, queso dip, "crunchy chile onion rings". Meals styles : 1. Salads, veg, chicken, meat, shrimp 2 .the big fat Burro 3. Salvadorian 4. Mexicali speciality tacos 5. traditional mexican tacos 6. Mexican plates 7. brunch every day 11- 3 Big drink menu, lots of tequila.

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Thank Pepperjackm
Wilmington, North Carolina
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340 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

Had dinner twice here in the past few days. Both times were very good. Service was friendly and attentive and everything we had was quite good. Loved the papusas and the steak salad was quite good. Definitely recommend!

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Thank GuyfromILMNC
Richmond, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Great drink specials and street views. Good for people watching. My burrito was good, big portion. The service was bad...waited forever for everything but we were having a good time so we didn't mind. Kid friendly.

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Thank RSMAURY
Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

This is another excellent venue in Clarendon, just a couple blocks from the Metro. The food is excellent and plentiful. The owner makes three different hot sauces that you should ask for when you order. A couple of the bring real heat but all three are very tasty. Burritos are discounted on Tuesdays so come then and try them out.... More 

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Thank Ken H
Florida
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141 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

The burritos were very tasty. They are really large enough to split between two people depending on your appetite. They give free chips and salsa as does with most Mexican restaurants. Wait staff was so so. They also have outside seating along Wilson Avenue. The margaritas are spot on.

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Thank PeghandleMike
Arlington, Virginia
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179 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 June 2016

Service was initially slow but got better as time went on. Burrito's were delicious. Salsa was very good.

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1 Thank michael c
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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305 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

The bar opened a few years ago, where the old and popular ice cream store used to be. It was my favorite ice cream place. But, the bar is a good substitute. The bar tender was pretty good and gave generous shots of tequila. The food is pretty good and prices are reasonable. Also, it located on a popular strip... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 22 - USD 22
Cuisine
Mexican, Salvadoran, South American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 23:30
Thursday
10:30 - 23:30
Friday
11:00 - 02:00
Saturday
11:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2933 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22201-3807
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-812-9352

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