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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
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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
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Outdoor seating

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 11
    Excellent
  • 19
    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, outdoor seating

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
Sharon A
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Lansing, New York, United States
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Outdoor seating
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45 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Lansing, New York, United States
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 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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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
Top Contributor
134 reviews 134 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 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 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
7 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
Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Southwestern

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating
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

Questions & Answers

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Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?