Guapo's - Fair Lakes

4.5
126 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.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Comfort Food
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Hours of operation
Monday - Thursday: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday: 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Phone number
(703) 818-0022
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Additional
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine
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B
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
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 6 days ago
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
22 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
13 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
19 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
1 review
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
4 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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AW
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Chicken Tamale ordered - little to no shredded chicken and the tamales were soggy.

Rice was plain tasting.

Margaritas tasted like lime aid

Beautiful location though.

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S
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I eat here about every other month. I think they have fantastic food. The only problem is that I frequently feel rushed, though not by the primary server. This restaurant thrives on their quick turn-over rate. It's remarkable how quickly the food gets to the table. The primary server (Layne) was terrific. The secondary servers that clean the table of plates, etc. however are grabbing plates, reaching across other guests when giving/getting plates instead of serving you right beside you. No joke...I had just picked up a tortilla chip from the basket and was dipping it in the salsa, and one of the guys took the rest of the chips and the salsa away. Recap: food, reception, and primary server excellent; secondary servers kind of annoying.

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CC
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guapos continues to provide great customer service. The food is always good and the resturant is run well. It does get crowded so, get a reservation if you can. Always consitant with food and service.

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S
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

It was a nice dinner, would go back for something casual

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RR
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Guapo's was great and was easy to set up a reservation online. Raul was amazing very kind, helpful, and on top of everything. Definitely would like to have him serve us whenever we go to Guapo's in the future.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 4

Not sure what happened tonight but service was the worst. I waited 15 min to get my drink, no one came to bring more chips and the food took forever to come out. We one here all of the time but tonight it was not good.

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Richmond
8 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Plenty of thin, crispy totilla chips to munch on and a very nice fresh salsa to accompany; the drinks menu is varied and there are plenty of appetizers to share. The Mexican fare is rather bland, with the Fajitas being the star of our selections. The service was friendly and attentive!

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s
Washington DC
23 reviews
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Guapo's at Fair Lakes is an excellent family restaurant. The food is always fresh, homemade tortillas, and they never stint on serving you a meal with all the trimmings like guacamole, sour cream, etc. with every meal. Their fajitas are a bargain and you can order for one. Sunday Brunch menu is also a crowd pleaser. Unless you do a reservation, be prepared to wait a bit around dinner time. But it is worth a wait,

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BW
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We all enjoyed our dinner. Service was fast, efficient, and friendly. My parents come here often and really like Guapos.

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TG
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We've been going to Guapos for years, primarily at the Shirlington location. Our 9 year old son LOVES Guapos. We now prefer the Fairfax location, which is better ventilated and has very similar but also different and interesting drink and food options options. We also love Christian who was a server at Shirlington but moved to Fairfax. He provides excellent service! We are big fans!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistent excellent service and food. Our favorite Mexican restaurant!

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Baltimore
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sat is before our reservation time and the food was great! Will be back again for sure.

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R
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The sound level was high, but we had a great meal. Monica was an excellent member of your wait staff.

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MP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service and food as always. One of my favorites in Northern Virginia! Definitely worth it to make a reservation on Open Table. This place gets packed quick! Awesome margaritas!

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for a Fathers lunch, fantastic food, great service. Overall a great experience . Would definitely recommend

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J
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 2

Although we had a reservation, via Open Table, we still waited 30 minutes for our table. The place was busy, but it seems that our reservation was worthless.

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OT
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Not consistent with the last time we had dinner there. The service left almost as much to be desired as the food.

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TG
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was our first time at the Fairfax Guapos. We'd liked the Guapos in Shirlington (which, in the past, we visited weekly) and may like this one even more! Nice ambiance, a bit more modern, excellent service. If you go, try to sit at one of Christian's tables! He's been our favorite server since my now 9 year old was a toddler, and he's now at Fairfax!

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MP
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Some of the best Mexican food you can find. The food is flavorful and authentic. Family friendly but also great for dates or girls night out. Margaritas are delicious. The staff is attentive and FAST!

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OT
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service is awesome! Great servers with great customer service !!

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DL
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Best margaritas around in a fun atmosphere. Extremely great customer service; wait staff is superb. Food is good too!

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B
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, Fantastic in every way!

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a very nice dinner for my wife’s birthday. The food and the service was just great. My family loves Guapos!!

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MT
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

As always guapos has great service, and their margaritas are outstanding and the staff is very friendly and courteous

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