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Tio's Tacos

Mission Inn Blvd., Riverside, CA
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Ranked #95 of 618 Restaurants in Riverside
Cuisines: Mexican
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English first
Dana Point, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

Loved the flautas! Super long line, since the food is so good, but we got to the register surprisingly fast. And the food was at our table in record time. A+ restaurant!

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Ashland, Oregon
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226 reviews 226 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

This amazing restaurant is fun to see, but the food is average. This is the second time we have been here, and the food hasn't improved.

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Riverside, California
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2013

What is up with all the " best food ever" " great ambiance" is this the first time you people have been let out of your house! Its trash turned into objects. The place is filthy. The food is gross. Ordered Huevos Rancheros what I got was two eggs over easy with beans and rice. Also ordered a Michelada served... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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75 reviews 75 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

Mosaic junk art is my favorite medium, and Tio's is a junk art haven. The beer bottle walls are amazing, the tiled tables are beautiful, and there is even a monkey tree full of monkey stuffed animals. My carnitas taco was great, and my enchilada was unlike anything I ever had before. The flavored fruit drinks are really what makes... More

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Ashland, Oregon
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226 reviews 226 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2013

Tio's Tacos is a funky restaurant whose owner never discards anything, rather makes it into yard art. You must see it to believe it. The refried beans and rice were tasty and not greasy. However, the fish in my tacos was burned to a crisp, and they still served it! If we ever go back, we will not order fish... More

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Top Contributor
186 reviews 186 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

Even if you don't eat here, if you're a fan of quirky & at times, bawdy folk art, spend an hour or so wandering around the grounds; something unique at every twist & turn! You order your food, are given a number & choose where you want to sit.....the food choices run the gamut of Mexican food; we had a... More

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California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013

tios is one of those places you must experience when visiting Riverside. But there are a few things to keep in mind. You don't come here for an elegant dining experience, you come for a strange dining experience and for good Mexican food. There are many strange,unique and innappropriate pieces of artwork made out of trash. There is also just... More

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Redlands, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

You don't even have to eat. Just enjoy the art. Wander around for hours and you still won't see it all. It's so amazing. However, I do like the food, and the agua fresca is the best I ever had. So many flavors to choose from. This is one of the most interesting places in the Inland Empire.

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Arroyo Grande, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013

This was my second attempt to try their tacos. I thought I would give them a second chance. Well, my experience was the same as the first; the tacos are not good. The meat is okay but the tortillas are either poor quality or heated in a microwave or oven instead of a grill. They fall apart immediately and you... More

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Grand Terrace
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54 reviews 54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

This is basically a fast food taco joint with a twist. It is a converted house that has a lot of modernistic art all around the place, parking lot, courtyard and trees. The art is very unique and worth the trip just to see it. It is not far from the Mission Inn and you can have dinner there and... More

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