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Rio Grande Cafe

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Mexican, Southwestern
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270 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1104
801-364-3302
Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 4:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating

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  • 13
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food in a cool building.

Good Mexican food set in a historic railroad terminal. The service is good and prices are reasonable. The only drawback is the location of the restaurant, which is near SLC's homeless shelters, consequently you may see panhandlers near.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 19, 2015
CJPOB
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Salt Lake City, Utah
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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West Point, Utah
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

If you are looking for good Mexican food this place never fails. I went there for lunch with my co workers. We were seated immediately even though it was very busy. Our drink orders were taken within a minute or two. Chips and salsa was at the table soon after. Our orders taken and food was at our table in... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

A great room with a lively juke box in an amazing rail road station. The menu is what I expect from good quality Cali Mex restaurants. I met friends there every Friday night for most of the 90's and it has not changed a bit.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Good Mexican food set in a historic railroad terminal. The service is good and prices are reasonable. The only drawback is the location of the restaurant, which is near SLC's homeless shelters, consequently you may see panhandlers near.

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Tooele, Utah
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55 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

We love their specials, but have to say this is the best place for us to get a great margarita. Love their chips and salsa as well

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Lansing, New York, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Nice to find a local hangout when traveling. Had the special - swordfish with a unique jicama salad on the side -- perfectly seasoned with cilantro and a bit of hot. Margarita's very good, setting inside historic. We enjoyed sitting outside on the patio.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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38 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

In 1910, this grand building was built to serve as a railway station for the Denver Rio Grande and Western Railroad. Today, part of the building is where the Rio Grande Cafe has made it's home for over 30 years. Fresh salsa and chips, hot food, and a wonderful assortment of delicious margaritas makes for a very nice - and... More 

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Lafayette, Louisiana
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20 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

I enjoyed sitting at the old fashioned counter and was well taken care of, in that I was alone. The food was good.

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Herriman, Utah
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

this place has great food. is totally relaxed and is in a really cool spot. go there and check it out.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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134 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

We wandered over to this place from the Homewood Suites, just across the road, one day last week whilst on holiday in SLC. It was about 8pm, prime dinner time for us but it's easy to forget Americans eat much earlier than us - the place was still open but was definitely not far from closing. Anyway, it's located in... More 

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Redford
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27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I’ve been there many a’time … at least once every ski trip … so that makes it close to 15 times or so. It’s in the old Rio Grande Terminal, which has a certain charm. The menu is way better than all of those “fast food” places … consistent with what I get in my home-town Mexican Restaurants that I... More 

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Additional Information about Rio Grande Cafe

Address: 270 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1104
Phone Number: 801-364-3302
Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Salt Lake City
Open Hours:
Sunday 4:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm  11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 2:30 pm  5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 270 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1104
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Salt Lake City
  • Phone Number: 801-364-3302

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
4:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?