Restaurants

Future of El Rey Tolteca in Ashburn is up in the air

The restaurant has been closed since the holidays.

The Mexican restaurant El Rey Tolteca in the Ashburn Village Shopping Center has been “temporarily” closed for months, and now it’s unclear if it will ever return.

The restaurant closed back at the holidays, with a sign on the door reading: “In response to COVID-19, El Rey Tolteca will temporarily close. We apologize for the inconvenience.” It’s been a tough time for restaurants and The Burn usually doesn’t report on temporary closures, but now there are signs the El Rey might not be coming back. First, the phone number has been disconnected. Even more telling, the landlord has listed the space as available for lease. The Ashburn location is still listed on the El Rey Tolteca website — there is a second location in Manassas. We tried calling that location for more information, but no one answered.

El Rey Tolteca opened in Ashburn Village back in March 2018 to much hoopla, with a mariachi band marching around and playing for guests. A look through the windows currently shows most of the furniture and fixtures appear to still be in place, so it’s possible a search is underway for a buyer or a new operator. Time will tell, so stay tuned.

12 Comments
  1. Josh 2 years ago
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    Let’s see. They’re in a terrible shopping center for restaurants. The food is good, not great. It’s expensive, and they nickle and dime customers. $1 for extra sour cream? No thanks. Every time I’ve been in there, it has been dead.

    • Martha 2 years ago
      Reply

      Yes, it was expensive and I wouldn’t say the food was even good. My daughter and I ate there once and we were very disappointed. .

  2. Josh 2 years ago
    Reply

    Let’s see. They’re in a terrible shopping center for restaurants. The food is good, not great. It’s expensive, and they nickle and dime customers. $1 for extra sour cream? No thanks. Every time I’ve been in there, it has been dead.

    • Martha 2 years ago
      Reply

      Yes, it was expensive and I wouldn’t say the food was even good. My daughter and I ate there once and we were very disappointed. .

  3. Josh 2 years ago
    Reply

    Let’s see. They’re in a terrible shopping center for restaurants. The food is good, not great. It’s expensive, and they nickle and dime customers. $1 for extra sour cream? No thanks. Every time I’ve been in there, it has been dead.

    • Martha 2 years ago
      Reply

      Yes, it was expensive and I wouldn’t say the food was even good. My daughter and I ate there once and we were very disappointed. .

  4. Daniel 2 years ago
    Reply

    They were a lot better than most every other non Texas based Mexican restaurant I have been to in this area. Its a shame that it didn’t catch on in this area as it really was better than most.

  5. Daniel 2 years ago
    Reply

    They were a lot better than most every other non Texas based Mexican restaurant I have been to in this area. Its a shame that it didn’t catch on in this area as it really was better than most.

  6. Daniel 2 years ago
    Reply

    They were a lot better than most every other non Texas based Mexican restaurant I have been to in this area. Its a shame that it didn’t catch on in this area as it really was better than most.

  7. Jill & Bruce 2 years ago
    Reply

    El Rey was one of our Friday, date night spots. We love the food, strong drinks, and singer guitarist. We sure do hope they return. We miss you!

    We supported them with curbside takeaway, and will continue to do that should they reopen.

  8. Jill & Bruce 2 years ago
    Reply

    El Rey was one of our Friday, date night spots. We love the food, strong drinks, and singer guitarist. We sure do hope they return. We miss you!

    We supported them with curbside takeaway, and will continue to do that should they reopen.

  9. Jill & Bruce 2 years ago
    Reply

    El Rey was one of our Friday, date night spots. We love the food, strong drinks, and singer guitarist. We sure do hope they return. We miss you!

    We supported them with curbside takeaway, and will continue to do that should they reopen.

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