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270 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1104
801-364-3302
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Ranked #346 of 1,231 Restaurants in Salt Lake City
Price range: $1 - $20
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
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating
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English first
Bedford, United Kingdom
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134 reviews 134 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

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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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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Salt Lake City, Utah
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

The setting in the old Rio Grande Station is great. The food is usually really good. Try the pork chimichanga. The service has been pretty slow as of late.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Our friends absolutely love this place! After going with them once we swore we wouldn't go again, but got roped into it a second time. I decided to order what my friend gets, since he loves it so much... A shrimp enchilada (what was I thinking!). It was a surprise... I did not expect celery and cocktail sauce in a... More 

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San Diego, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

In a historic Rio Grande train station, as such, has not changed since opening when it had the best Mexican in SLC, and still has the best Carnitas in the West.

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Entering the Rio Grand Cafe is like taking a time travel trip back to 1940. The cafe is in the former Rio Grande Train station and your mood goes to music of the Chattanooga cho-cho. The place is beautifully kept and has seats at both the nostalgic counter and at friendly cafe tables with good wait staff. Imagine original logos... More 

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Glendive, Montana
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67 reviews 67 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Very good Mexican food in the historic Denver and Rio Grande Western Railway former passenger station. If you like large portions of Mexican food, this is a place to visit while in SLC. (http://riograndeslc.myshopify.com/) - Info on Café. (http://utah.subwaynut.com/historic/salt_lake_rio_grande/index.php) - Info. on train station

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

Decided to eat here on our last night in Salt Lake as it was close to our hotel. The menu, service and quality of food exceeded our expectations as the cafe is rather tucked away compared to others. A lovely spot to sit outside to eat and a relaxed atmosphere with no pressure to rush as at many places. The... More 

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Fort Collins, Colorado
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4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

First, it always irks me when a restaurant has a "pint" listed on the menu but serves a 12oz pour. They never seem to understand what a pint means. I even asked beforehand and the waitress said "it's one of those over there". Rio Grande does this too; listing a pint but serving 12 ozs. Besides that the food was... More 

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Utah
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111 reviews 111 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We have been visiting this interesting restaurant since it opened in the old Rio Grande Railroad Depot in the mid-1970s. For a long time it was our go-to place for good Mexican food, an efficient and interesting waitstaff, a great jukebox, and good drinks. Portions used to be large and prices small--now it is the other way around. Recently four... 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 1 - 20
Cuisine: Southwestern, Mexican

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