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Cafe Rio

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1205 West Highway 40, Vernal, UT
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout

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  • Value
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Good food. Good prices

"Mexican-American" food was good. Large portions and the line was tolerable. Will return the next time we are in Vernal.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Andrew D
Cedar City, Utah
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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500 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 308 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stopped by here for lunch and had the typical Cafe Rio quality but a lot less people which was great for a change. Usually you go to Cafe Rio and you better expect some crazy lines and some luck in finding a set but not here. Small towns mean smaller lines I guess. We loved our little stop here.

Thank Pixtonian
Cedar City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

"Mexican-American" food was good. Large portions and the line was tolerable. Will return the next time we are in Vernal.

Thank Andrew D
Provo, Utah
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

A popular restaurant. Love to go there wherever we find it! It is located nextdoor to SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Marriott hotels in Vernal, UT.

Thank UtahMutti
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Unfortunately, the rice was not fully cooked so it was hard. Also, the enchiladas were not warmed through when they came out of the oven. Staff was very busy chatting with one another. The pinto beans were good, though.

Thank Jackie P
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

We had never eaten at this chain & happened to arrive on a Tuesday where everything on the menu is $5. My food was fresh and good. The tortillas are delicious.

Thank on2teaching
Clifton, New Jersey
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25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

I'm used to Chipolte's selection and this was way larger. So many types of main courses and so many extra ingredients, wow! Even the drinks - every kind of soda and other soft drinks with extra flavors by way of pump bottle such as vanilla, coconut, etc. I had the salad with all the toppings I like and it was... More 

Thank Bruce M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Service was done in Subway style. Very friendly staff which prepare the food right in front of you. Flavors where awesome and the price was wallet friendly!

Thank Guido O
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

Our summer hours are: Monday 10:30am-10pm Tuesday 10:30am-10pm Wednesday 10:30am-10pm Thursday 10:30am-11pm Friday 10:30am-11pm Saturday 10:30am-11pm Sunday 11am-10pm DAILY SPECIALS: Monday: chili rellanos Tuesday: coconut shrimp tacos with mango sauce or $5 Tuesday's which includes the pork chicken or beef burritos,salads, quesadillas and double taco meals. Wednesday: chicken tostadas Thursdays: chicken or pork tamales Fridays: fideo Saturday: mahi mahi or... More 

Thank Kim A
La Llagonne, France
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134 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

Of course, we are pretty sure that Cafe Rio won't pretend to serve gourmet cuisine. However, they are doing an honest job with serving good and fresh Mexican food made on order. We were served quite quickly as there was no queue when we came in. Quesadilla and shrimp salad were tasty. Quick and good dinner in Vernal !

Thank llagonne66
Layton, Utah
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

This staff has no idea how to run the restaurant. They get your order wrong, they mixup your order with other guests order, they charge you wrong, and on topof all this they take 10x longer to do all this than any other Cafe Rio I've ever been to. You also have to wait on basic items like chips and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1205 West Highway 40, Vernal, UT
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Vernal
  • Phone Number: 435-781-8100

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Mexican
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm

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