Guapo's - Fair Lakes

4.5
166 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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OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Only downside was the table size being small for the large plates you get, and it's a tad cramped and hard to order food. Otherwise the food itself was awesome.

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PG
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

We love that place..food and service are always consistently top shelf. The Tequila Shrimp is an amazing dish, great Flan. Prices are a bit high, but what’s to expect in Northeren VA if it’s good.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and friendly atmosphere

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They were very accommodating for our large party. The service was excellent and everyone enjoyed their drinks and meals! They even sang and impromptu happy birthday to someone in our party!

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Really really really loud other than that, was good!

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PR
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fun time at Guapos! The food is great and the service is the best around.

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JH
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Been going for years. Always love it. But this time my food was cool. Not warm or hot. Kept it anyway.

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JA
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cuisine, service, and overall experience were excellent. Noise level is high, but the other pros far outweigh this con.

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HG
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. The hostess was very welcoming and guided our large party that straggled in to our table. Our table was positioned against the back wall which provided a great location for a large party. Our waiter, Rahul, was very efficient and provided great service for our group. Thanks for making our celebration easy and fun.

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MS
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, and friendly staff. We always enjoy our visit.

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F
Pittsburgh
97 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great and very attentive. Food was very good , a bit under seasoned! Salsa is amazing!

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T
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Mexican food in Virginia. Order the Guapo's Superior. The shrimp is amazing.

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B
Washington DC
41 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our OpenTable reservation was honored within a few minutes upon our arrival. The food was plentiful and very good. The service was attentive but toward the end was a but hurried, like they wanted to get our table turned over. The worst experience was the noise - we will try next time to either come early or late (our reservations was for 6:30 on Saturday) - hoping that this will result in better dining experience

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A
Richmond
7 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I had a reservation for Feb 1, 2019 and we were very happy with the service and the amount of food we were given during our dinner.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, busy, festive environment.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always awesome. Chicken quesadilla and the largest frozen Marg

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B
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
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
84 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
6 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
3 reviews
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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OT
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
27 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 21, 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
6 reviews
Dined on December 14, 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 13, 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 8, 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
2 reviews
Dined on December 7, 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
84 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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