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Cafe Rio Blanco

148 Laurens Street, Aiken, SC
(803) 643-7075
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Ranked #17 of 135 restaurants in Aiken
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Cuisines: Cuban
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout
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English first
Aiken, South Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Good food, run by a nice family, but it exists only in memory. Casualty of the times. Too bad. It lent some nice diversity to the town's offerings.

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Aiken, South Carolina
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Cafe Rio Blanco went out of business some time in the spring of 2013 after several years of struggling to keep the doors open. (The review form wouldn't let me enter a visit date prior to May 2013.) There wasn't a lot of atmosphere but the food was great.

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Aiken, South Carolina, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Closed even though food was very good the market was limited and the economy in the dumps. Too bad, it was the only really Cuban restaurant in town.

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Augusta, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2013

This restaurant has permanently closed and is for rent as of 30 May 2013. I'm not sure how to report that on here.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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59 reviews 59 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2013

We decided to check this place out on a Friday night because we had heard some good things about it. We got the yuca fries (incredible with the dipping sauce), cuban sandwiches, and i got the white bean soup. When I tasted that soup, it was like I was transported back to my Grandma's kitchen table. The beans were cooked... More

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Munster, Indiana
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104 reviews 104 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

Wow what a surprise. Not only was everything really good, but not pricey either. Great for lunch. We got the White Wine Chicken with sides, and mango shake and cafe con leche. They have Paella night on Saturday. Definitely coming back at another time for that

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2013 via mobile

In Aiken for the Masters, and picked up the review for this restaurant from trip advisor before we left Australia. What a fantastic meal, don't get a lot of Cuban in Australia and what a shame because the food was sensational. Great service even though they were busy, a little slow with the meal but they let us know they... More

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Indiana
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28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013

I call this a "hole in the wall" but I mean that in a very positive way. Some of the best meals I've had have been in little "hole in the wall" places. The food here was very tasty and the folks very friendly. Casual, comfortable and delicious!

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Aiken, SC
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Very tasty food, and nice folks. I'd like to see them serve white meat with the chicken. The beans and rice, and the plantains are very good. The table service is kind of different. You order at the counter, then sit down, and they bring it to you.

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Ormond Beach, Florida
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Of all places, I never thought that I would turn into a Cuban food lover....in AIKEN, SC. The best part about this place is that it is small, simple, friendly and ggoooooodd!!! I will be in Aiken tomorrow for Thanksgiving and this place is on my list. See you soon!

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