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Fuego Cocina & Tequileria - Permanently Closed

4.3
4.3
206 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Fuego Cocina y Tequileria is located in the Clarendon area of Arlington, Virginia. Contemporary furniture, decor and lighting fill the two floors available for dining. The bar features over one hundred different varieties of tequila, which helps create the delicious margaritas including the Amor Prohibido. Fuego Cocina y Tequileria offers complimentary chips and salsa as the perfect start to your meal. The menu at Fuego Cocina y Tequileria features authentic Mexican cuisine. Enjoy dishes such as the signature Fuego burger, enchiladas verde or any of the many kinds of tacos they offer from chicken to tongue. Visit for the happy hour specials or the special Sunday brunch.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

  • Phone number

    (571) 970-2180

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Chris Smith

  • Private party contact

    Darnell Howell: (202) 350-3084

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Cross street

    Fillmore Street

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in the Fillmore Street garage next door to the restaurant. We offer discounted parking for up to three hours. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    The closest metro stop is the Clarendon metro stop on the Orange line.

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

What 206 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.3
4.3 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  1. K

    Kristen

    Washington DC

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I'm so sad this restaurant is closed now. I hope it finds a new home!
  2. JP

    JeanPierre

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    My wife and I just found this gem of a restaurant. The problem is the day we ate there was the last day the restaurant was in business. We were told that they were closing because their lease ended and their landlord skyrocketed the rent.
  3. DC

    DCFoodies

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2016

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    Great food!
  4. LG

    LoveGoodFood

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2016

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    All the food was prepared ahead of time like a cheap Mexican restaurant and not of fresh quality. Service was poor - the hostess and waitress were fairly dismissive and acted like a overworked packed restaurant might do when hurrying customers through but it was not crowded. Then at the end when time for the bill ignored us. Very different from our experience last year when here.
  5. A

    Arl1234

    Washington DC

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I absolutely LOVE Fuego and highly recommend it. The food is always a delight and the service is stellar. We have a truly enjoyable experience every time and can't wait to get back.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2016

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The food was decent. Good amount of complimentary chips. Drinks were good. Service was quite slow initially, took 10-15 min to get just water served at the table.
  7. AC

    ACK1227

    Denver

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 27, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Food is tasty and great menu overall. Atmosphere is nice too. I didn't like the fact that our waitress was going to take away our unfinished appetizer plate just to "Make room" for our entrees. She should ask us if we are done first before trying to remove the plate.
  8. SB

    SuBD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2016

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    The food, drinks and ambiance was great, however the waiter sort of rushed us, brought the bill and we had not asked for it. We were planning to stay longer and order more drinks but her bringing the bill without asking if we wanted anything else and still had drinks on our glasses was not appropriate and made us change our mind about staying.
  9. GD

    GabrielleD

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I was overall very satisfied by my experience and would definitely mark this spot for encounter with my friends in the future.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2016

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food was very good. Love the brunch with starter, entree, dessert. $2 drinks are nice too. Chips and salsa were excellent. Really . . . a perfectly lovely restaurant.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    $19 brunch with $2 drinks! It was SO delicious, but we left feeling SO full. For what your get, great food and great service, it's totally worth it and one of the cheaper options in Clarendon!
  12. M

    Megan

    Washington DC

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place! Food is always great, the staff is nice, and the ambience is amazing!
  13. d

    diningindenver

    Denver

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    I like this place, have been here several time. However, I do find it inconsistent. Margaritas are good. The staff ranges from aloof to very friendly, so probably represents humans as a whole. But, I prefer friendly and welcoming if I am going to be a regular. I will likely go back, but won't rush back.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had a great time. Wish there was an elevator to the upstairs eating area.
  15. L

    Louise

    Washington DC

    92 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2016

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    Our meal started out great, good service and great apps and drinks. We have had our server before, he remembered us and we thought that we were in for a great time. However, after our mains arrived, our server deserted us. We finished eating without anyone asking if we were ok or if we needed anything. Someone other than our server got us more drinks, and then we were just left. We finished eating and day for at least 30 minutes with dirty plates and no service. We were pretty surprised as this was the first time this has happened after many visits. Very odd. The server did apologize as we were on our way out, but no accommodations were made on our bill. Very odd.
  16. LA

    LACEYV

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My foodie boyfriend and I came here for his birthday and he really enjoyed it! The drinks were very strong and the food was fresh and delicious. I'd come back!
  17. CB

    ChristalB

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was amazing ! The chips and salsa were fresh and had perfect seasoning . This was the best tres leches I have had in my life ! The ahi tacos had the most amazing spice . The shrimp and grilled pineapple were cooked perfectly .
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Over 100 tequilas!!!! Tuna tartar was made to perfection! I'm not a fan of Mexican food at all but I thoroughly enjoyed everything that hit the table. Amazing combination of presentation and perfect flavoring! The chef, Malcom I believe was his name, came out and greeted my business partner and myself. Restaurant week was explained perfectly, everyone was super helpful, our server seemed to be a little overwhelmed however her team mates help out perfectly. Definitely worth checking out even if it's not restaurant week! Great ambiance, great crowd, if it's the height of dinner rush upstairs will be really warm.because it's an open air kitchen.
  19. JK

    JihyeunK

    Washington DC

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    One of the best brunch deals you can find in Arlington! We got three courses for $19, and the brunch drinks were only $2. The portions were great as well. We got home really full, and we still had leftovers. There was some miscommunication in the kitchen, so our appetizer came really late. Also, it took the server at least 15 minutes to get our drink orders. The manager apologized and started serving us herself. She also put all of our mimosas (TOO sweet) on the house and gave us a free round of watermelon margaritas (VERY GOOD). We will definitely go back to the place!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy going to fuego. Food, drinks, and music are great!
  21. DW

    DanielleW

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Went for a small work happy hour. Food was good, service was quick and music was great.
  22. Z

    Zahav

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The margaritas were delicious and so were the chicken fajitas. I definitely want to come back to try out their brunch special sometime!
  23. SH

    SHLegal

    Washington DC

    24 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    My whole family loves Mexican-Central American style food; this is a great pick for those who love the ingredients, but want something more sophisticated in the preparation.
  24. DC

    DCgourmet

    Washington DC

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2016

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    This is a fun spot with high-quality Mexican cuisine, great menu and excellent service. They make a big deal about doing everything in house and that comes through in the great flavors. Outstanding tequila choices and great margaritas. We went with a group of 8 to celebrate a special occasion and everyone was happy.
  25. KS

    KathyS

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2016

    overall3food4service2ambience3
    Food was very good, service was lacking. We were there early on Friday evening so bar was hopping. Upstairs was quiet as a tomb. Good news to that is our food arrived quickly. Highly recommend the prickly pear margarita!
  26. D

    Dcfoodie

    Richmond

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2016

    overall5food5service3ambience3
    Brunch food is amazing, especially the guac and churros!
  27. L

    Linda

    New Mexico

    82 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    82 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    The food was very good--the queso fundido, tacos, and posole were excellent. The taco condiments were disappointing--the sauce described as a spicy habanero (yellow) was less spicy than the salsa... But at least the chips and salsa were tasty and plentiful.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Craving tacos so they had to be good since it was a Mexican restaurants. Tacos were not memorable (they were okay) but not spectacular seasoned. The mussels on the appetizer menu was awesome and blew our expectations. They were yummy and you receive a pretty good amount for the price. Drinks were okay but not consistent. Ordered two mojitos but it appeared as if the added too much simple syrup on our second round. Most of the seating is upstairs (going up three flights of stairs) since the bar is downstairs. Overall nice ambience.
  29. M

    Meem

    Washington DC

    60 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2016

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Good food, although it seems to be slipping. The service was slow and not very attentive, also inconsistent with past experiences. Disappointing but we're not going to give up.
  30. SC

    SusanC

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My family and I had a lovely dinner at Fuego recently. Everyone liked his or her dish. I had the sea bass, which was excellent. The margaritas were very good too. We sat at a round table for six, which accommodated all of us nicely and was sized to allow for easy talking between and among everyone.
  31. n

    nycfoodie

    Washington DC

    126 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2016

    overall3food3service3ambience1
    Uncomfortable temperature in the restaurant made the entire dining experience unpleasant. Everything else was OK. THEY NEED A BETTER AC!
  32. BS

    BrendaS

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2016

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Went to Fuego with some friends because we were in the mood for Mexican food. We made our OpenTable reservation about 2 hours in advance of arriving at the restaurant. When we got there we were about 30 minutes early and the restaurant was only half. The hostess coldly informed us that she would not be able to seat us until our reservation time and had us stand in the foyer for the next 20 minutes or so as no one else arrived at the restaurant. Overall the food was fine, par for the course Mexican food, but I wouldn't go back because of the service when checking in.
  33. LC

    LaurC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2016

    overall3food5service2ambience4
    Absolutely love the food here. The kitchen is also super attentive to people with dietary restrictions.
  34. L

    Laura

    Washington DC

    126 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    126 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2016

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We were a group of 6 meeting up after a bridal shower with some of the relatives. One of us was 80 and nothing was said about an elevator which would have been helpful. Waiter even said something like "well, you didn't ask". Hm, not the best response... Anyway, we had an enjoyable time after that. Has it lost some of its luster? We got a reservation on Saturday , but we contacted them that afternoon, didn't used to be that easy. Didn't seem as vibrant.
  35. p

    patiopreferred

    Phoenix

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2016

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    we had a great brunch and will be returning to celebrate father's day
  36. m

    mozan86

    Richmond

    26 reviews

    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2016

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    Nothing really special with the food. Service was standard. Won't go back.
  37. WC

    WashingtonCrunch

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2016

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Brunch on Saturday. They open at 11, but i would recommend coming a little later.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2016

    overall3food5service1ambience2
    Brunch food on Sunday is excellent when it actually arrives. Sunday service is spotty at best.
  39. p

    penny

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place never disappoints. It is my go-to brunch spot and is always amazing. The service is great, food consistently yummy and I never feel rushed, even when it is crowded. Try the fuego mary!!
  40. JC

    JillC

    Wilmington

    10 reviews

    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2016

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    I've been to this restaurant before & I will chalk this experience up to it being a busier than normal night. Drinks took a long time to arrive, we were offered someone else's drinks & food was disappointing. The drinks were the highlight of the night, very good. The ambience was not great - it was so loud you nearly had to yell to have a conversation. Service was "eh", we were told things were moving slow because it was Cinco de Mayo & it was just the way it was - not even a courtesy apology. Not sure if I will return after this experience.

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Fuego Cocina & Tequileria - Permanently Closed is rated 4.3 stars by 206 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Fillmore Street

  • Neighborhood

    Arlington

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Dinner: Sunday & Monday: 5:30pm - 9:00pm Tuesday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Mexican

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available in the Fillmore Street garage next door to the restaurant. We offer discounted parking for up to three hours. Street parking is also available.

  • Public transit

    The closest metro stop is the Clarendon metro stop on the Orange line.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Chris Smith

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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