Don Churro Cafe
Don Churro Cafe

Don Churro Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.donchurrocafe.com/
  • Phone: 7033781211x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 11:00am - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 11:00am - 10:00pm; Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 1:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Latin American, South American
  • Executive Chef: Esteban Garces
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Cafe, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer delivery of catering for off-premise events, offering Latin America's best culinary creations, prepared for your home or office. Our Sales Staff can assist you with arranging all of your details for any event.
  • Entertainment: Live music on special occasions, like Valentine's Day, Mother's Day and other events throughout the year. Sign-up for our newsletter to receive information about specials, discounts, events and much more.

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Getting there

  • Cross Street: Route 50
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Plenty of parking spaces are available at the shopping center's public lot.
A word from Don Churro Cafe
Don Churro Café is a unique South American restaurant offering a perfect combination of traditional dishes, authentic flavors and Latin hospitality for the Washington Metropolitan Area.
Our menu is truly a blend of ethnic traditions that come from our mixture of culinary heritages from South America and Spain. Mainly, our menu celebrates artisanal cooking from the countries in the Andean region and reflects its amazingly rich and diverse cuisine such as Peruvian ceviche, Bolivian salteñas, Chilean empanadas, Spanish gambas al ajillo, Ecuadorian hornado, Colombian bandeja paisa and Venezuelan arepas to name a few. Our namesake churros (CHUR-OS), a delicious pastry filled with dulce de leche, nutella or served plain are one of the best in the world.
These unique and delicious dishes await you in a colorful and cozy environment decorated with Latin art. Buen Provecho!
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Don Churro Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
9 reviews since June 27, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (4)fit for foodies (3)kid-friendly (3)good for groups (1)great for lunch (1)Show More
  • Eh
    Diablita906
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    The saltenas and empanadas were good. Dinner itself was ok
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    All the different platters had a lot of great flavors. The Alfajor could have been less dry.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Food was fantastic, great service, nice place. Very enjoyable experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Menu
    FriarTuck
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We chose Don Churro because we wanted to experience some of the unique South American menu items. The food is the high light here. We enjoyed it and would come back when we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Jradway
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    The food was good, we had mad this reservation but when we arrived all the indoor tables were full. Not a huge issue but it would have been nice to know, we would have gone elsewhere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic south american selections
    restonresident
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Party of four, we all selected different menu items, and everything was delicious. The paella was especially good. Also try the "bowls." Hearty serving at a great price! Only drawback was that our server's English wasn't the best and we had a hard time communicating. This is understandable since a large portion of the clientele seems to speak Spanish.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Came to watch World Cup game
    Meme
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I was very disappointed to find that they no longer serve mote with the hornado. The service was decent. What was hard to get over was the dark screen that we got to watch the game on. Also, when we arrived, the game was in Spanish-perfectly understandable and welcomed considering it is a South American restaurant. However, during the game, the servers decided to mess with the channels, presumably since someone complained. When you go somewhere to watch a game, it is inexcusable that you would be changing channels in the middle of it, especially without talking to the patrons watching it. I thought that was insane. If the other people did not want to watch it in Spanish, maybe that should have gone elsewhere.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BBJonathan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great to watch the world cup games.! Big screen. They have special menu during the games. Food was ok, Bandeja Paisa a little bit overpriced for what you get but Overall we like it. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 1 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4
    • Ambiance2
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 98 reviews are from the Don Churro Cafe reviews archive.
  • Great lunch menu
    mrfixit0025
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    I've been a lunch regular at Don Churro's for almost 4 years, but this is the first time since the new lunch menu was incorporated. I really like the lunch bowl concept of picking a protein and vegetables along with rice and extras. Best of all, they are showing World Cup games on a projector.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great dinner menu
    mrfixit0025
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I've eaten at Don Churro's Café several times now since 2010 but this is the first time since they re-did the menu. The food was delicious as always but there is definitely a little more variety now. I look forward to coming back soon!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We've been to this restaurant
    NSowell
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    We've been to this restaurant multiple times, unfortunately the service this past weekend was not good. Appetizer came out with dinner and two of the dinners came after the other dinners came out. One of the dinners came out when the rest of the party was done eating. Desert also came out separately - we ordered churros with ice cream. The ice cream came out first and was almost melted by the time the churros came out. My dinner was luke warm as well.
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  • The service was WONDERFUL
    DIN09
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    The service was WONDERFUL and the dessert was amazing! Food was just delicious - had the chicken soup(Caldo de pollo) and potato pancakes (Papa rellena) and Chicken sandwich (Sánduche de pollo saltado) and Combination plate (Bandeja Paisa). It was a lot of food - but delicious - the dessert Churros Rellenos (nutella) was to die for...had the house Chardonnay and Cabernet - good assortment of bottled beer. My only knock is that it was a little bit loud - but it was Saturday night at dinner time and was quieting down as we left at around 8:30 - the ambiance is great - comfortable seating, good lighting, nice music. Great mix of customers - lots of couples, but we sat next to a big (well behaved) group with kids. We will return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!! Great service!!
    Vero
    Dined on 3/20/2014
    Great food!! Great service!! It was great to eat Ecuadorian food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Latin cuisine at its best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    This spot is my absolute favorite place for specialties of Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and more. The food is fresh and always perfectly prepared and presented. Because of that, this is not a place you go to for a quick bite. Plan to stay awhile and enjoy their sangria. I recommend the "tostones con todo"and "arroz con pollo", but everything I have had has been delicious. Don't let the strip mall exterior fool you - this is a great spot for a nice date and an adventurous palate.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent dishes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    We went for Valentine's Day. Don Churro is a refreshing local place not afraid to introduce different dishes. Many dishes were very tasty and artfully presented. Wait staff experienced with dishes and made good recommendations. We will definitely come back to try out more tapas and regular dishes. The musicians were talented and
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent lunch
    mrfixit0025
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    I had lunch with a couple of former co-workers and we enjoyed our meals very much. The lunch menu is great!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Treasure
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    I passed this place all the time - never realized it was in this strip mall. Small spot - blink & you'll miss it. Food was fantastic. Service is excellent. I will definitely be frequenting & bringing any guest who visits...
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had Empanadas, Pulled Pork
    tablarasa
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    Had Empanadas, Pulled Pork Sandwich and Churros w/Dulce de Leche. All were delicious. The staff was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow, what a hidden gem
    mbaak
    Dined on 11/3/2013
    If you like food - come here! My mother and I were delighted. The food was fresh, truly authentic, and beautifully presented. The staff was pleasant and accommodating. They were running some native specials for El Dia de los Muertos. Some of the Chilean dishes rivaled the quality of those we've had done in Chile, the pisco sour was beautifully done with frothy egg white (although the cinnamon addition was curious - maybe that's a Peruvian custom?), and there were some delightful surprises in the tapas we chose. I doubt you can go wrong in ordering here. Very close to Dulles airport - and I will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place!
    MNMs
    Dined on 9/28/2013
    Great food, great people. It makes you feel like you could fall in love.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What a find!
    Vah9001
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    This place didn't look like much from the outside- just a storefront in a strip mall. But once inside it was charming with delicious food, great service, and warm ambiance. We shared a platter of crisp empanadas- each one from a different country's cuisine (I believe Colombian, Argentinian, and Ecuadorean). They were the lightest and crispest empanadas I'd ever had, and delicious. I had a lovely shrimp dish, and my friend had pork. For dessert we naturally had churros- filled with caramel and nutella goodness. I definitely would go here again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service with a Spanish Lesson
    Terrell
    Dined on 9/21/2013
    We've come to this restaurant as a couple and the group. Service is always outstanding. Food - muy rico. Gracias por todos! T
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Change Of Pace
    Vern
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    We enjoyed our meal at this restaurant. The food was good and it came out quickly. The ambience leaves a little to be desired, but it's a cafe, not a fancy restaurant so who cares as long as the food is good. They have a very good selection of Latin American dishes and everything we tried was delicious. We'll be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wonderful neighborhood restaurant
    businessluncher
    Dined on 8/4/2013
    we had a wonderful experience at Don Churro. The servers were very knowledgeable about how the dishes where prepared, which was important as we needed gluten free dishes. The dishes were fresh and delicious. I particularly loved the potato soup. nice to see a variety of dishes from Colombia and Ecuador to sample.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting, different South
    noname
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Interesting, different South American food. Server's English not great. We ordered a bunch of tapas and wanted to know in what order they would come from the kitchen. But he didn't understand and it was awkward.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant and a Gem.
    skyy
    Dined on 7/21/2013
    Great restaurant and a Gem. I am very picky about my food and found that this is an authentic Latin American cuisine. The staff were wonderful and the food was great. Delicious meal. We took my parents out for their 50 wedding anniversary and they were well taken care of and made a fuss over.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Ceviche
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2013
    A friend and I had dinner here on a Monday night. The food was delicious and the staff could not have been friendlier. We arrived for an early dinner and our cocktails were at Happy Hour prices. Wouold defintaley recommend.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Well worth a try
    OmenxVIP
    Dined on 7/2/2013
    I was totally surprised by the quality and presentation of our meal. The atmosphere has a flavor of a local restaurant and is not overly fancy or high end, while it is not fast food or quick meal establishment. The Menu offered many South American dishes which our server was happy to explain, share, and made some excellent recomendations. Well worth the try if you want something great while trying some excellent South American dishes. Our lunch was moderately priced and well worth the visit. My next visit will be for dinner...
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice
    WinningVIP
    Dined on 6/9/2013
    I've been here a few times and the food is really good. I was pleased.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and obliging service
    KenB9
    Dined on 5/23/2013
    Each dish was freshly and especially prepared. Rosaria, our waitress, was very accomodating and encouraged us to try tasty dishes from every South American country. Our Australian friends were very impressed by this eclectic mix of food (especially the ceviche!)--all from their own hemisphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was delicious. My
    WinningVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2013
    The food was delicious. My waiter was excellent. BUT The hostess or maybe she was an assistant manager she was not professional. I am eating my food. She is given the phone right above my head where I am eating. She has a conversation on the phone with someone. So while I have my food in my hand she tries to take my plate while my sandwich is in my mouth. I just look at her like really? She attempted twice. this is because she is not even focusing on the customer she is focusing on the telephone call. She apoligizes and walks away. That type of behavior is unaceptable and rude. No one should be so unprofessional no matter how small your business is. other than that it was nice. She was just rude.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • Nothing special
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 5/5/2013
    Went there after reading the high reviews. Having been to South America I was expecting something different from what I received. Food was bland and over cooked. The service was lacking, only 3 other tables being served and each had their own wait staff. Just wasn't what I expected, disappointed.
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  • The atmosphere was nice, great
    CybizwifeVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2013
    The atmosphere was nice, great for lunch crowds. My dish had clams, squid and mussels which were chewy. The food was on the bland side. The waitress mixed up the sauces : the mild one was actually the spicy one. It's a good thing I like spicy but it did catch me by surprise.
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    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Tour South America
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2013
    You can visit virtually every country in South America through Don Churro's menu. Great food and a fun place for lunch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food was really good.
    WinningVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2013
    The food was really good. The place was clean, staff pleasant. Prices were not bad at all. I would recommend this place and I look forward to returning. I didn't realize it was there.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Worth Trying
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    A little apprehensive after reading some of the reviews but glad I gave Don Churro's a chance. This restaurant really shines in comparison to other South American Restaurants in the northern Virginia area and in the same price range- both the service and food (taste/presentation) were very good. I had cevice (de pescado peruano), an empanada (saltena boliviana), churrasco ecuatoriano as my entree, guanabana juice (really good!) and the churros locos for desert (probably the least impressive dish of them all). A little pricey but if you are in the area give it a shot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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  • We had a good meal overall
    YumYumVIP
    Dined on 3/24/2013
    We had a good meal overall as the Peruvian Chicken special was fantastic. We also had a couple of small plates which were just ok. Many of their options are made with a lot of potatoes and not super falvorful. The Peruvian chicken dish is the opposite as extremely flavorful and comes with rice, vegetables, and a small salad. Good beer selection as well
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  • Enjoyed it a lot
    PadrePatriot
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Great meal, friendly service, Manager took extra time to check on us knowing it was our first time and even brought us a free sample to taste something.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Enjoyed the meal and will
    PadrePatriot
    Dined on 3/16/2013
    Enjoyed the meal and will definitely go back. The waitress was a little clueless about some things but the manager answered our questions and made sure we had a great experience.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was very good and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    Service was very good and with the right amoint of attention. Our food was prepared quickly and seasoned just right, with lots of flavor. My wife and I enjoyed our meals. We will return again soon.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate