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Rio Grande Cafe

270 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1104
801-364-3302
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Ranked #337 of 1,213 restaurants in Salt Lake City
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Outdoor seating
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Overland Park, Kansas
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207 reviews 207 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

I was with two colleagues who both live in the area. One claimed this was the best Mexican restaurant in town, the other claimed it was another more well known restaurant a little ways away. We settled on this one because it was walking distance from my hotel. I had high expectations since at least one of us said it... More

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Ft. Lauderale, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Stopped off for early dinner after dropping family member at airport. Sketchy neighborhood but neat building (old train station). Hostess wanted to seat us next to large birthday group with yelling kids. We asked for another section and was given a very rude look. I asked if this was a problem as most of the restaurant was empty. She stated... More

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

We parked in front of restaurant and there were used needles in the gutter. Once we were inside, the surroundings were much better. The train on the ceiling with a woman folded into a taco kind of says it all. The food was fine - MIL liked the flan. I had the carnitas- which was moist and tasty.

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St. George, Utah
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101 reviews 101 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

The best part of the Rio Grande Cafe is the nostalgic atmosphere of the old rail station. Our waitress was very attentive and made sure our chips and salsa bowls were always full. She was also good at drink refills. The food was good, not too spicy, but enough flavor to satisfy our Mexican cravings. Take time to visit the... More

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Salt Lake City
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Rio Grande delivers again..from the bean dip to the smothered burritos..this place is great..only suggestion is to get the jukebox on auto play and the train should NEVER stop running..it's a hit for the regulars and those visiting for the first time

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I have dined here many times over the years. I don't eat meat, is I often order an entree and have them hold the meat and substitute black beans. When I do this at other restaurants, about half the time, I get the meat anyway and have to send it back. The Rio Grande always gets it right. I love... More

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Satl Lake City
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

This is one of those "go to" places that locals head for when they want Mexican fare and margaritas, and go back time and time again. Admittedly not the most authentic nor even the best, but always good, comfortable with old music playing on the juke box, and a nice place to hang with friends and family.

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Salt Lake City
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42 reviews 42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

I was thinking when we went here that it was going to be really good Mexican food, I was wrong. The flavor of the food was not there at all, the salsa tastes like it was out of the can. There are way better Mexican places than this one.

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Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

“Larry Y-not” 2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review Tasteless under cooked Dinner for all seven Diners. Outside windows showed Drug Dealers selling their wares in plain few of all . This used to be the #1 Mexican Diner in Salt Lake downtown This is Jodi, a manager here at the Rio. In... More

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SLC
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84 reviews 84 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2013

This is my go-to place for carnitas because the pork is tender and they serve a lot of it. The rice and beans are just okay. Tortilla chips are light and delicious; the salsa is extremely mild. It's fun to eat in the old train depot. There is a funky mix of modern art and an historic vibe. Many stay... More

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