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“Bar and restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Rio Aptos

Cafe Rio Aptos
131 Esplanade, Aptos, CA 95003-4501
+1 831-688-8917
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Ranked #18 of 64 Restaurants in Aptos
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $32
Cuisines: American, Bar, Seafood
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Local Favorite! Amazing views of the Monterey Bay, this restaurant has food for everyone...including Gluten Free Pastas, Steaks, Fresh Seafood, House made Desserts. You can also bring your tail wagging friend because the spacious heated patio is Dog friendly.
California
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Bar and restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2012

Excellent and knowledgeable staff. Varied menu. Meals were well cooked and presented.
Friendly bar and lighter food options available.

Visited October 2012
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Santa Cruz, California
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Cafe Rio - Aptos Calif”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Was taking my dog to the the beach and decided to on Aptos and lunch first. Cafe Rio was on my list. I haven't been there in years and knew there were new owners. I believe its the person who worked there as the manager.
The service was great, the prices high...........come on, $9.00 for calamari and strips not tubes.Its something that is on the menu anyways, calamari sandwich, so its not like its brought in just for the appetizer. So I guess what I'm getting at is, through in a few more strips to an order.
An appetizer of calamari, a side salad and a glass of wine came to $26.00. It wasn't bad, just expensive.
I try to be understanding about pricing. Food isn't the only expense an owner has.
All in all, I'm glad that they're back.
and your pooch is welcomed on the patio.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago, Illinois
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112 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Great break by the ocean”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

Stopped for a quick bite and a drink before meeting others for dinner elsewhere.
Had great ceviche $13. and good margaritas $8. I would do the same any time.
Great view from the patio.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rio del Mar, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“A local gem in Aptos”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

Great place for locals & vacationers w/indoor/bar seating & cozy patio, which is pet friendly.
Week night specials for $10. Fresh seafood & veggi selections. Ocean view.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Manhattan Beach, CA
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Nice to have Cafe Rio back the way it used to be”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2012

This is place is a iconic landmark in Aptos...located right on the beach at Rio Del Mar Beach. With the new owners - it is a warm welcome to have it back running like it used to be. After bad ownership the past few years, everyone was so sad to see it tank. But with new ownership, its back! Great food, great atmosphere. A must visit when in town. Cheers to the new owners!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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