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“What a crazy place! Good food, great drinks.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Tio's Taco Restaurant

Tio's Taco Restaurant
3948 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA
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Ranked #23 of 616 restaurants in Riverside
Cuisines: Mexican
Description: This place is a piece of art! They have artwork and sculptures made of recycled matterials surrounding the restaurant. This is a trip advisor must!
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Description: This place is a piece of art! They have artwork and sculptures made of recycled matterials surrounding the restaurant. This is a trip advisor must!
Charleston, South Carolina
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113 reviews 113 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 48 cities Reviews in 48 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“What a crazy place! Good food, great drinks.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012 via mobile

The atmosphere and wonderful fruit drinks make this place. The good is above average while the crazy art and unbelievable fruit drinks take it over the top.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Riverside, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“An Unsung Landmark”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2012

Not only as is the food "authentic" (take it from a "Gringo" who has sworn off Mexico), but the folk-art is beyond compare. Don't be fooled by the small, quaint store-front taco stand exterior... order something and then walk around and enjoy the grounds... you'll be rewarded.

Visited April 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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37 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 54 cities Reviews in 54 cities
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
“A MUST SEE”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2011

This place is as much an art museum as it is a resturant. It is hard to describe. I call it eco-art. There is an acre of 'stuff' to see. BRING A CAMERA! The food looks yummy too. A true must see if you are in the area. It will be an unforgetable experience. We stayed at Americas Best value Inn just across the street. When we saw this place we said "What the ....is that?" Next time we will plan to eat here as well.

Visited December 2011
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Riverside, California
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5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
“Great place to look, not good food”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

This is a two part review. Tio's takes up the entire front of the block. The actual restaurant only is on the corner. Martin Sanchez the owner uses recycling to the extreme to make something unique. The walkways and walls are covered in kitschy art work made with what normally would be trash. The food on the other hand is pricey and not very good. Come to look around, have a refreshing drink and eat somewhere else.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Riverside, Ca
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“unique in it's decor”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2011

Tio's Taco although not a great Mexican restaurant is worth at least one visit to experience it delightful decor.

  • Visited July 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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