Guapo's - Fair Lakes

4.4
150 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
We believe a great dining experience begins with family. At our restaurants we combine great atmosphere with friendly staff and quality food. We hope the efforts of our family owned business reflect in the experience our guests have and make you feel right at home and part of our family.
The Rincon family arrived in Virginia in the late 1970’s. All four children graduated from Fairfax county schools and universities and continued to invest in their community. They believed that their businesses should provide opportunity and pride to demonstrate the dedication to their hometown and the metropolitan area. Now their children continue the same aspirations as their grandparents did when they arrived over 30 years ago.
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B
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic, as always!

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VA
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 4ambience 3

Didn’t bother to pay attention to my reservation -_-

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f
Richmond
74 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service, but a bit loud inside. Lots of screaming kids.

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BL
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food and service were both good. We appreciated being able to make a reservation

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D
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Very disappointing fajitas.

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OT
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

We had to sit at a bar table because it seemed like they didn’t have any tables available. Not sure why I made a reservation? They wanted us to wait for a table and did not even apologize.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and quality were all phenomenal.

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VH
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really liked the food and the servers were very nice. The food is a little pricey for Mexican but the quality was good. A bit noisy.

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RB
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Food was OK to good, the steak fajitas were tasty but needs more onion and peppers. The chicken chimichanga was only OK. Nothing particularly remarkable, overall not a good value. Not likely to return.

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Birmingham
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, customer service to the highest level, wonderful food and drinks. Best Mexican Restaurant in the area. I took my friend for her birthday because she wanted authentic Mexican food. She loved it, and called her husband to tell him that they needed to come back.

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SS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food is always good. Place is very busy during the holiday season as it is located in a shopping center.

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CE
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Good vibe, great freshly made tortillas, fresh guacamole but food is like a salt lick—way too salty and fairly mediocre all around. Margaritas from a mix...come on man.

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B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

While on the surface a Tex/Mex chain, Guapo's has a strong Peruvian influence that has kept us coming back. Traditional Tex/Mex is fine, but they have lomo saltado, steak with yuca, mariscos saltado, and an extensive ceviche menu. Having lived in Lima, we appreciate finding a nice restaurant that serves Peruvian food that goes beyond roasted chicken. When I asked for green hot sauce for my maricos saltado what showed up was the house labelled green sauce that was pretty much the authentic Peruvian cilantro-flavored hot sauce. Margarita was excellent, and service very friendly and efficient.

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JH
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guapos is our go to. Always good, always busy!

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server was fantastic as was the food. It was a great time all around

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Q
Washington DC
24 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

The amount of cheese on top of the Chile Rellenos was excessive and unnecessary. The other dishes were tasty but the cheese made the entree inedible. Very noisy, not helped by loud music. Although we like the Guapos in Shirlington, the Fair Lakes restaurant needs some management attention!

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AL
1 review
Dined on December 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Carlos, our server, was very good. He remembered us from our last visit and helped my wife her dietary restrictions. The food was good as well.

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CR
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Even though I made a reservation they still make me waited for more than 10 minutes. I reserved a table for 8 and we were all there and they still make us wait...

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KD
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Food is good, service is good too but its too loud., one cannot talk in the group.

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f
Richmond
74 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I adore the Ford and the ambiance here. Best Mexican food in the area, and the staff and management are phenomenol!

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EL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thank you!

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ML
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My favorite place. The best tamal de elote! It is so good! Carne Asade is great. I always get it.
Nice brunch also.

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JM
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place to relax and have a good meal. Tey it, you will like it.

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JF
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

One of our party did not get what they ordered. The food was on the cold side when served. We frequently go to this restaurant but lately the food quality has gone down. Probably won’t go back

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B
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Fair Lakes Guapo's is not the typical Tex-Mex chain restaurant we see too often. While the Tex-Mex food was fine, guacamole fresh tasting and chunky, steak for fajitas tender and flavorful and butterfly shrimp very tasty, it was the Peruvian twist that set it apart. There was a menu of several types of ceviche, and very authentic tasting lomo saltado, which is not Mexican but kind of the Peruvian national dish.

We went on a Saturday night and the place was packed, but we were seated right on time with our reservation and service was friendly and efficient. We could see a manager circulating constantly to make sure everyone was waited on properly. The food came amazingly fast with that crowd. A couple reasons it doesn't get 5 stars - "spicy" guacamole was not very spicy, and it is very loud - could have some more soft surfaces. In general a very pleasant experience and we will return.

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LJ
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for an early dinner w my 3 young kids, ages 6, 4, and 2. There was something delicious for the whole family. The staff was very friendly and helpful. We love going to Guapo’s.

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KW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

Service staff was too eager to clear the table and remove the Chips/Salsa and Gauc! We were still grazing after the meal. The restaurant was not busy, but staff was quick to deliver bill and head us out the door!

Other than that, food was delish!

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s
Washington DC
30 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Guapo's at Fair Lakes is always consistently good. Some of the best Mexican food in the area with a very comprehensive menu ranging from tacos to well prepared entrée dishes that will satisfy everyone. Excellent service all the time; we've never had a waiter that forgets us. And on this visit, we had no less than three birthday tributes by their roving band!

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SA
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is our new favorite Mexican restaurant in Northern Virginia. We made reservations and were seated immediately even though the dinner crowd was overflowing. We were promptly served. Our food (grilled chicken salad and a shrimp/crab fajita special) was flavorful and the portions were ample. Servers were pleasantly attentive throughout the meal. The best part? The price was more than reasonable for a restaurant located in an upscale suburb. Understand that this restaurant is loud and full of energy when crowded. Not a criticism, just a “heads up.”

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Richmond
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a reservation for 5 @7:30pm. Because we requested a specific server, the wait was longer than usual. Other than the long wait, everything else was great. We love the food quality and portions. Also those grande margaritas are awesome. We enjoy eating in Johnny’s section because he is friendly and remembers what we order.

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Our server, Roger, was extremely helpful in making his recommendations on the menu. Loved the food! Enjoyed fajitas!

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JB
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Mario the waiter was incredible. He was attentive, quick and friendly. Drinks were refreshing and enjoyable. Food came out hot and delicious. Made to order guacamole was the perfect appetizer.

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DM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Wally was great. He went out of his way to accommodate us. The food was great and we were served right away.

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SS
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Steak tacos were great. If you are looking for reasonably priced Mexican food, this is a good choice as there aren't a lot of good options in NoVA. Good chips and fresh salsa. This was probably the best experience I've had here - less crowded/noisy and better food and service. Our group of 4 had a great time.

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DM
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Small Tables packed so close patrons cant move or fit dishes and drinks on the table .poorserivice didn't help that at all. So loud cant hear yourself thi k much less talk. Ordered 20dollar medium steak fajitas.. over cooked pile of meat with no onions or peppers to speak of. And 2 totillasto put it on.horrible expperince... will never go back .best. part was getting out of t!!here!

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FS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

If you have food allergies, this is not the place to go. I had to send my food back twice (I was very specific about what to leave out, both before I ordered and after my food was again delivered incorrectly). Both my companions were done eating by the time I got my food. That being said, the food is great and the margaritas are the best.

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JF
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Best Mexican food in a Fairfax by far. The ceviche and fajitas are the bomb!

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BT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Wally was an excellent server! His recommendations were perfect!

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JK
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place to celebrate special occasions with friends and family. Great fodd and excellent service

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BG
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been eating at Guapo's since it opened and have NEVER been disappointed in any part of the experience.

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