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Tio's Tacos

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Mission Inn Blvd., Riverside, CA
Today
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • 5
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Even if you don't like Mexican Food, you have to visit this place to see the artwork!

We were staying up the street at the Mission Inn, and this is just a little off the beaten path of tourist type restaurants that you'll find nearby the Mission Inn; I found it while out for a morning jog, and had to stop to figure out what this bizarre looking place was - an art gallery, a museum... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 30, 2014
mike m
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Los Angeles, California
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Los Angeles, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

We were staying up the street at the Mission Inn, and this is just a little off the beaten path of tourist type restaurants that you'll find nearby the Mission Inn; I found it while out for a morning jog, and had to stop to figure out what this bizarre looking place was - an art gallery, a museum, the... More 

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California
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95 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014 via mobile

this restaurant is near the greyhound bus station. Outside, you will see all of these unusual adornments! I had a chille relent which was fresh and the tamales were hot and just made. The staff was very friendly and we still have leftovers in the fridge! We will definitely return to this authentic Mexican restaurant!

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Dana Point, California
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3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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272 reviews 272 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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54 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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79 helpful votes 79 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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209 reviews 209 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2013 via mobile

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mission Inn Blvd., Riverside, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Riverside

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
10:00 am - 12:00 am

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