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Permanently Closed - La Caraquena Latin American Cuisine

653 reviews
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$30 and under
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Latin American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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This restaurant is permanently closed. At La Caraqueña, the taste of Latin America is alive in every dish. Chef and owner, Raul Claros, shares his heritage by combining over 20 years of family recipes with the authencity that comes from his travels through Latin America.
This is comfort food served in a relaxed atmosphere where our guests can experience the best in Latin American cuisine and culture.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Latin American, Venezuelan, South American
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday & Wednesday - Sunday 12:00pm - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday & Wednesday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(703) 533-0076
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Pay with OpenTable, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Raul A. Claros
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Cross street
Little Falls Street
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Parking details
Please park in the motel parking lot surrounding our restaurant.
Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.3  based on all time ratings
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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EdC2 (Washington DC)
1.0  Dined on March 4, 2017

This was my favorite restaurant but we were unable to go as they have closed down. Such a loss.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
1.0  Dined on February 22, 2017

This place has closed and is no longer in business - website still functions, but the place is closed.

vipGobbler (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 30, 2016

The cuisine is always high quality. I go for the quatro leches cake and its the only place I trust to deliver a perfect cake EVERY time! Try the fried arepas!

ChipfromFallsChurch (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 23, 2016

What a great restaurant!!! Small but not too noisy. Fabulous food !

OpenTable Diner (Seattle)
5.0  Dined on December 17, 2016

I can't believe this place closed!!!!!! This was one of the best Latin food places within miles, now we're going to have to find another restaurant with similar food and great Brazilian caipirinhas!

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

Pleasantly surprised. Tasty, reasonable portion size, great pricing. So much better than I expected. Was a repeat customer 3 years ago. Family liked it but I had been bored. Millennial niece recently relocated suggested we dine there. I said sure. Found expanded menu, attractive presentation and great flavor. Will be returning in much less than 3 years. A delight. Check out the food

DCDan (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 8, 2016

The arapas were really good. It's what they do best. Portions are a bit small but every bite has intense flavor.

bine (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on December 1, 2016

The food here is great. The owner/chef is usually around and he is super nice. Best Cachapas in the area, they are a must have.

vipsusan (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on December 1, 2016

Very friendly atmosphere and delicious! Really loved their platanos fritos paired with cheese and pico de gallo. Sweet and salty!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on November 26, 2016

My wife and I had dinner at La Caraquena Saturday and loved it. We're thrilled to have another date night option in the nearby area and one that feels more like a unique destination than pretty much any of the other options in our mostly sterile nearby food environment (other than Eden Center).

For those considering this, and observing some of the other apparently disgruntled diners and some of the reviews, I think it's important to note what this restaurant not - namely 5-star, white table cloth dining. If you want waiters to be instantly attentive to your every need and whim, go Downtown, but you'll be missing out.

The dining room is very small, but cozy (if you can overlook some mold on the ceiling tiles). Despite some pleasant background music, it is also refreshingly quiet so you can actually hear your companion.

There were only two waiters and one busboy, so service is slower than you'd expect at a 5 star restaurant, but that was largely a consequence of, and more than made up for by, how good the service was when you had their attention. When we asked about a bottle of wine, the waiter poured tastes and then said "Be honest. If it's not perfect, it's no problem and I'll get you something else. No charge." (Contrary to another reviewer's post, the prices are posted on the menu.) We also overheard them patiently describing to other diners items on the menu and giving recommendations.

Most importantly, the food was amazing. We shared an avocado salad, three arepas and yuca frita. They were all great, but JP's Favorite seemed aptly named.

The prices, while not dirt cheap, seemed imminently reasonable for the quality of the food/wine and the atmosphere/service.

Parking was easy with the motel parking lot right there, which is another nice feature for the area.

In short, if you're willing to exercise a little bit of patience for great food and service, you'll be well rewarded.