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169 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 456-8432
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  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Quick service at lunch

Costa Vida is an average Tex-Mex restaurant. Nice shrimp entrees. The service is good, establishment is clean, food is good to above average. It is a good place to grab a quick bite, but it would not be my destination for a lingering lunch with friends.

3 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2014
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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Preston, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Tried here for dinner with the family. Inexplicably waited five minutes at the front of the queue whilst two servers shuffled tacos and wandered in and out of the back office. Finally we ordered, and were gruffly served food. The same order we'd had at a different establishment a few nights previous, seemed to cost $6 more at this one... More 

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Standish
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Visited here as we had eaten at a similar franchise the previous evening in RockSprings and enjoyed our food there enormously. Here a totally different story.Poor service from uninterested staff.The guy burned the tortillas and implied I was at fault.Sloppy service and the Manager was clearly there under sufferance. The whole Gateway place is a nightmare anyway with vagrants everywhere.... More 

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SLC, Utah
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

The food was bland and not much variety. I can't eat spicy, but my husband does, and even he said it wasn't that good. The only thing I have bought there and enjoyed is the caramel Flan. Will not return.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We were visiting Salt Lake City as tourists. We are originally from the Fairfax neighborhood of Los Angeles. I include that because it is helpful to know that we are used to a excellent customer service and food quality, so maybe our standards are high. We were not greeted upon entry to the restaurant. We had to ask for help.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Costa Vida is an average Tex-Mex restaurant. Nice shrimp entrees. The service is good, establishment is clean, food is good to above average. It is a good place to grab a quick bite, but it would not be my destination for a lingering lunch with friends.

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Costa Vida is Fresh Mexican fast food. It is very similar to Cafe Rio, but without the long lines. My wife and I actually like the tortilla shells better than Cafe Rio as they are not as heavy. We eat at a Costa Vida 2-3 times per month, and we've been to several locations. The food is consistently good at... More 

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Nomansland, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Really good value for money. Burritos are amazing, they hit the spot! :) We loved the Costa vida in Ogden too, you can sit and watch surfing at Iflow. Free refills are also a pleasure especially on a hot day. Britian should take a leaf outta there book for free refills. Yummy

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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2013

Seems like same format as Chipotle or Qdoba. Better value than either. Food served on foil pie plate, which I prefer to food tightly wrapped in foil. Generous portions and all around good value. I'd go back.

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salt lake city
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

very fresh and tasty food! fajitas and quesedillas very good. Atmosphere not that great, however. Good for families and reasonably priced.

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Salt Lake City, UT
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2013

This is one location of a chain of restaurants in the inter-mountain west. It is located in the south end of a shopping center called "The Gateway". They have validated parking. It is very near the Multiplex Theatres (which is why we went). Several years ago a local Mexican restaurant opened called Cafe Rio. It had a whole new approach... More 

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Address: 169 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone Number: (801) 456-8432
Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Salt Lake City

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  • Address: 169 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Salt Lake City
  • Phone Number: (801) 456-8432

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