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El Rio Mexican Restaurant

11 Kern River Drive, Kernville, CA 93238
(760) 376-3246
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Ranked #8 of 12 restaurants in Kernville
Cuisines: Mexican
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91% Recommend
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Lafayette Hill, Pennsylvania
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76 reviews 76 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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207 reviews 207 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
121 helpful votes 121 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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Kernville, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

We go to El Rio quite often as it has both Mexican and American classic food choices. If authentic Mexican food is what you are craving or an awesome hamburger then El Rio is your place to try.

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Bodfish, California, United States
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82 reviews 82 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2012

No greeting, no welcome because the server was too busy talking on her cell phone. Just tossed down three menus in front of us. Finally she came back out to take our drink order - sans phone. This was not the first time we felt unwelcome by the server. Food was delicious!! Wonderful chicken taco! Would I go back -... More

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Wofford Heights, California, United States
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33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

I love Carnie Asada tacos. El Rios are the best I've had. The food is always good, the service is friendly and quick. Prices are good. We go almost every weekend and they are not too crowded on Holiday weekends. Nice family owned business.

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Bakersfield, California
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125 reviews 125 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2012

We stopped by for a quick bite while we were out and about and rafting the Kern. From the outside and looks like nothing special and the inside looks like a little hole in the wall. But from the first bite I seriously could not believe the amazingness of this tiny little restaurant. My enchilada sauce was so flavorful, and... More

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