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Cafe Rio

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Fast Food
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1205 W Highway 40, Vernal, UT 84078-2981
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 11:00 pm
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food was great, the service was fast and the stagg was very friendly which was a nice change of pace for dining out!

Thank SaRene B
Boulder, CO, USA
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99 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This was my first experience at a Cafe Rio, and I was very impressed. The food was very fresh (especially the nice hot tortillas), and the pricing is reasonable.

Thank 3dvizwiz
Layton, Utah
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295 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 188 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

We came here with family who live in the area. I was happy that we didn't have a problem with service like on our previous visit. They were rolling out the new Green Chili Pork and they gave us a sample. It was good, but I still prefer the sweet. The dining room could have been better serviced and they... More 

Thank Go2theZoo
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for some fresh Mex, like a Chipotle, after weeks of travel eating pizza, burgers and pasta, when we found this place. The menu was extensive and confounded us at first (waaaay bigger than Chipotle's); the kitchen was messy and chaotic; the main cook who asked all the questions was practically indecipherable; they were out of salmon; but... More 

Thank zenasbee
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

Staff really work at keeping the lines down - they offered suggestions for meal combinations and were adaptable for children's food.

Thank Darryl H
Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Quick and fresh with full flavors. A bit loud but otherwise enjoyable. Loved the pulled pork with mild sauce.

Thank Nancy K
Murray, Utah
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102 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

This property meets or exceeds the standard of the Cafe Rio brand. Larger than most Cafe Rio's seating areas the quality of the food is excellent.

Thank KJBarnes0826
Gainesville, Florida
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

Consistently delicious food, lots of menu and topping options. Friendly and helpful staff. The fancier drink options (like the lemonades abs juices) were empty and staff did not refill since it was a Sunday evening. That's my only complaint, otherwise I would've given a higher rating.

Thank Jennifer A
Durango, Colorado
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51 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

It's not saying much, but this is probably about as good as you're going to find in Vernal! Cafe Rio (other than their Scottsdale location) always does a solid job with both food and service. Surprisingly, their salmon is excellent!

Thank MakaiTide
Howell, Michigan
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

This was my first time at a Cafe Rio. I had heard so much from friends who were from out west just how awesome this place is. I was excited to finally try it. I have to say, I probably won't eat at one again. Workers were not overly friendly, I felt super rushed, and workers seemed annoyed when we... More 

Thank kyttee

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Fast Food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
10:30 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1205 W Highway 40, Vernal, UT 84078-2981
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Vernal
  • Phone Number: 435-781-8100

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?