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El Rio Mexican Restaurant

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11 Kern River Drive, Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-3246
Today
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Pricey

Pricey take out Mexican food. $10 for a chile relleno, beans & rice. $5 for a taco (crispy shell from a box). Most of their food is good/decent but it's hard to get past the high prices. You can eat there (just a few tables) but still doesn't justify the prices. Just a handful of restaurants... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Terri V
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Corona, California
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Corona, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Pricey take out Mexican food. $10 for a chile relleno, beans & rice. $5 for a taco (crispy shell from a box). Most of their food is good/decent but it's hard to get past the high prices. You can eat there (just a few tables) but still doesn't justify the prices. Just a handful of restaurants in this little town... More 

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WOFFORD HEIGHTS
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We love this restaurant, the staff is friendly, the food is quick to come after ordering, and always hot and tasty! You will enjoy the view of the river as well. Outside they have a window for to-go orders and yummy ice cream.

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oak hills, ca
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

food was very good.dining atmosphere not so hot. service was good, a little pricey but they took out the other Mexican joint in town

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Kernville, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We've never had a bad meal here. From the chips to the last bite, everything is delicious and the service is always good. Not fancy but it's a great place to eat.

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Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
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89 reviews 89 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

I ate here during a recent trip and was happy I did. Delicious fresh authentic Mexican food. Good portions and service. If I ever am in the area again I would come back here for sure!

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Caliente, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2014

El Rio Restaurant Number 2 is now closed! That was the one in Lake Isabella. Their original location, over by Riverside Park in Kernville is still open, and very good, though a little pricey.

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64 reviews 64 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013 via mobile

What could be nicer on a hot Kern County day than an ice cream cone down by the riverside. Sweet, courteous young lady at the walk-up window hustled up 3 cones. We walked across the street and enjoyed the Kern. Great way to close out a fine day in the Kern River Valley.

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Bakersfield, Ca
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58 reviews 58 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

El Rio has to be the best Mexican restaurant in Kern County. I wish they would come to Bakersfield as we can't seem to find anything that compares to El Rio. The King Burrito is hands down the best burrito we have ever eaten. We have looked all over Bakersfield for something similar and there just isn't. The king burrito... More 

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Bakersfield, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

After 2 hrs of tubing we decided on this place in town. The food was fresh and tasty. I got a chicken taco salad and others in my group ordered burritos. There is a lot of fried food on the menu but fresh items can be found. They were also open to our need to tweak menu items. The prices... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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282 reviews 282 reviews
189 restaurant reviews
159 helpful votes 159 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

This is the second time we have eaten at El Rio in the past year, but the first time reviewing it. We stopped for lunch on the late side. The ground beef tacos were just what I was looking for and the rice and beans were good as well. My husband had the carne asada tacos and was pleased with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 11 Kern River Drive, Kernville, CA 93238
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Kernville
  • Phone Number: (760) 376-3246

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?