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Cafe Rio

3025 E 3300 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84109-2107
(801) 463-7250
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Ranked #93 of 1,211 restaurants in Salt Lake City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Takeout
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Collierville, Tennessee
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a large eat in and carry out restaurant. Food selection was a very good the food tasted great. the price is a little on the high side, but not out of line for the quality and quantity of food.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014

I despise Cafe Rio. Every item tastes like cilantro and lime. The lines are always ridiculously long at busy hours. The portions are huge and the place seems dirty and unsanitary to me. I think people who go to CR are fools

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Salt Lake City, Utah
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2014

But on the few occasions I have visited the Cafe Rio at different locations, the food was always average, nothing great and over priced. The worst is the Cafe Rio located in the Salt Lake Airport. Many more options with better food, portions and prices.

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Salt Lake City
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

This is the best Mexican in Utah. You order and watch your food being prepared from fresh wholesome ingredients. Be sure to try their famous shredded pork...in any dish. The food is prepared fast and is very economical. Don't leave town without trying Café Rio. There are many locations.

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Murray, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Our go-to restaurant for Mexican...better than the authentic kind. The chile rellenos are amazing...sweet, savory, indulgent. But our family favorite is the pork tostada. The chips and salsa are simple but just right.

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Salt Lake City
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

LOVE the pork babaqua salad! Great place for friends family- Dine in or take out-- it can be a bit noisy for deep conversations when restaurant is busy

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New Mexico
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30 reviews 30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Sure it's not authentic Mexican food, but it's just yummy. We love the sweet pork salads! Love that we can customize our salad or burrito in line and get just what we feel like.

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Murrray (SLC), United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Decent Mexican semi-"fast" (walk the serving line) food with no distinction (referred to by "some" of us locals as "Mo-Mex" food :-) )

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salt lake city
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56 reviews 56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you have the chance to try the Chile Rellenos, you really should. They are delicious and filled with lots of pulled pork. My new favorite when I go to Cafe rio. The burrito is also yummy, and we like it enchilada style. You really can't go wrong with any meal you try at cafe rio. They also have a... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

The formula at Cafe Rio is not too different from Chipotle-- but the place is bigger, and has more of a sit down feel to it. The quality of the food and the freshness of the ingredients coupled with low prices make this place excellent value-- especially if you're hungry as the portions are sizable.

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