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El Rio

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23 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37317
423-496-1826
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Food was bland at best!

Had given the place a couple of times and have been un-impressed. Serve is usually somewhat slow and not very attentive, food is way too bland even for Mexican. Guess you can survive that way if you are they only game in town. But now they have competition with Habanero's opening across the street... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
mike s
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Odessa, Florida
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Odessa, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Had given the place a couple of times and have been un-impressed. Serve is usually somewhat slow and not very attentive, food is way too bland even for Mexican. Guess you can survive that way if you are they only game in town. But now they have competition with Habanero's opening across the street, so it will be interesting. Do... More 

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Winter Haven
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

We took the Blue Ridge Scenic Rail and this town was a stop over for lunch and shopping. Trip Advisor showed it had a 4.5 star rating so we stopped in. Waitress couldn't have been more rude and was extremely sarcastic when my husband asked a question. From the beginning it was bad. We asked for unsweetened tea and diet... More 

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Copperhill, Tennessee
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

Food is good. The chips are cold sometimes and they are very stingy with the cheese on the cheese nachos i have ordered. I have had to ask twice for more cheese after they brought them out. Other than these two issues the food is good.

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Hobart, IN
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81 reviews 81 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I've eaten here a lot, since it's the closest to me. Prices are okay, not too overpriced. More times than not the service is bad. I complain more than I compliment this restaurant. There are other Mexican restaurants in the nearby town that are better. Atmosphere is good though. The biggest complaint is that if you order something with the... More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Sometimes the food is really good, sometimes it isn't. A lot of times you get poor service. They don't slow down to listen so they get your order wrong a lot and will tell you that you are wrong and they are right. I wouldn't say I will not go back, but isn't my #1 choice.

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Glenview, Illinois
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64 reviews 64 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

The place we were staying for our white water rafting trip suggested this place. I have to say it was amazing food probably one of the best Mexican restaurant I have ever been to. It was so yummy and very low priced for someone from Chicago. Service seemed a bit slow but they were very busy and 2 stories for... More 

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Abbeville, Georgia
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

We came over on the BRSR earlier in the week and decided to make a return trip for a little more antiquing. This place was packed when everyone was there from the train so we had ate somewhere else. Seeing as it was not a train day when we returned their was hardly anyone there except for a few tables... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Not many places to choose from in this area but El Rio has fresh made authentic Mexican food and cold beer on tap. Good service, too!!

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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Great atmosphere, pleasant staff. We will definitely go back soon! The cheese dip was awesome and the fahitas:)

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McDonough, Georgia
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343 reviews 343 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
108 helpful votes 108 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Enjoyed the food and atmosphere. The restaurant sits 1 story above the street level so you can people watch while you enjoy your food. We stopped here on a visit to blue ridge and took the train ride to this town.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 23 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37317
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Copperhill
  • Phone Number: 423-496-1826

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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