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La Union Restaurant

Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American, Central American
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5517 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205-1119
+1 703-522-0134
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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125 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A small, family-owned gem that has a wide variety of Central American entrees. Margaritas are reasonably priced, although a little too sweet (for my taste); parking is very limited; and you may arrive only to learn there is a huge event going on or that the restaurant is closed altogether for an event. So have a Plan B.

Thank Dabarton
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

This is a fantastic place for Tex-mex and Salvadorean food. Try the pork and cheese papusas! The fajitas and lomo saltado are also excellent, as is everything else I've tried. Friendly and fast service, reasonable prices -- all the locals go here, for good reason. My family and I go regularly.

1 Thank robertbY9454NT
Arlington, Virginia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

What a surprise! Pupusas to start, exceptional marinated ribeye tex-mex style, and coconut-crusted fried ice cream to finish, with margaritas, of course... MUST save room for their unique fried ice cream. One of those special combinations of just great food and great staff makes it well worth a drive. Our new tex-mex place!

1 Thank MarkInArlington
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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80 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 November 2016

The food is great. Their guacamole is fresh with a little tomato & onion & comes in several sizes with chips that are very good, thin, crispy, fresh & not greasy. Their salsa is good served gratis with chips with lunch & dinner. Our favorite is their pupusas (sort of a large fat white corn tortilla), specifically revuelta - mixed... More 

Thank viaggiareconpoco
Arlington, VA
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211 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

Had a great lunch at this place, the food was fresh and authentic and the service very friendly. It's located in a bit of a divey looking shopping strip, but it has great food. I had the carne asada and it was tender and cooked perfectly. The rice was fluffy and flavorful. And the Coronas washed everything down perfectly!

Thank tropicalfan
Arlington, Virginia
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186 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2016

Upon arriving I noticed that I was the only non-Spanish speaking patron--this was a good sign. The Carne Asada was absolutely delicious. The marinade they use before grilling is out of this world. It came with a small salad with a few ripe avocado slices and a nice tangy dressing as well as perfectly cooked rice. The complimentary tortilla chips... More 

Thank Mary G
Arlington, Virginia
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2015

I eat here three or four times a month. For El Salvadorian food, order off the appetizer menu. Excellent tamales, enchilada El Salvadorian, and pupusas. Staff is friendly and attentive. The tacos al carbon are quite good as well.

Thank Alan S
Arlington, Virginia
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122 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2015

This restaurant has the typical Tex-Mex offerings, but their real expertise is in the salvadorian dishes. We have enjoyed a number of the steak dishes and the whole fish. Also, the papusas are definitely worth a try. The restaurant is very casual and friendly.

Thank 50Continental_Drift
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2015 via mobile

We'd been driving by La Union for years. Finally, on a "daddy choice" dinner out, I drove out family here for dinner. The short-lasted complaints of "I don't want to eat here" were quickly silenced by tasty food. My youngest had pupusas. They were very good. I had enchiladas, which were also very good. The prices were good as was... More 

Thank Superbowl-lions
Arlington. Va
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79 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

This is my go to place when I have a urge for Mexican or El Salvadorian food. All of the dishes I have tried have been excellent. Fresh ingredients well prepared and presented Service is prompt and efficient. I would give 5 stairs except the furnishings are a little tired. Great neighborhood place.

Thank brian m

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Mexican, Latin, Spanish, Salvadoran, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5517 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22205-1119
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 703-522-0134

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?