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169 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101
(801) 456-8432
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Dining options: Seating, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Excellent food & service

The food was great & the service excellent. The employees were very friendly, kind & explained how to order something nice it was our first time there. This place was very under rated! Will recommend if you are in the area, specially near the planetarium & the Vivint arena!

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 28, 2015
jmcusmc1
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Grand Prairie, Texas
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Grand Prairie, Texas
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

The food was great & the service excellent. The employees were very friendly, kind & explained how to order something nice it was our first time there. This place was very under rated! Will recommend if you are in the area, specially near the planetarium & the Vivint arena!

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Thank jmcusmc1
Preston, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

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, United Kingdom
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75 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

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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2 Thank SteveStandish
SLC, Utah
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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Thank WolfMama
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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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Thank J B
Salt Lake City, Utah
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45 reviews
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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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Thank kkline4970
Salt Lake City, Utah
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95 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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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Thank hrosencpa
Nomansland, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
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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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Thank Sid J
Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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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Thank LostinTransit10
salt lake city
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43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
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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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  • 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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