Rio Grande Cafe

(801) 364-3302

270 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT | Directions   84101

40.763152 -111.904186

Open Hours

Mon-Thurs: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5pm-9:00pmFri & Sat: 11:30am-2:30pm & 5pm-10:00pmSun: 4pm-9pm

 
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Neighborhoods: Rio Grande

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From The Owners of Rio Grande Cafe

Kids love the decorations, grown-ups love the margaritas--a great combination for family dining.

Menu
Tortilla Chips And Salsa, Blue Corn Ships And Salsa, Bean Dip And Chips, Guacamole And Chips, Quesadilla, Quesadilla With Chicken, Nachos, Blue Chip Nachos, Small Blue Chip Nachos, Super Nachos... more

Reviews for Rio Grande Cafe

Recommends
11 months ago

I've been coming here for years and it just keeps getting better and better. Hot, fresh food, impeccable service, and the best margarita I've ever had. Their top shelf margarita is TOO DIE FOR! Most of the staff knows me by name and has my order in the computer by the time I sit down. How can you beat that? Really just a great local hangout!

Recommends
3.0
over a year ago

I have been going to Rio Grande for over 25 years, took my twin daughters there when they were little girls all the time on Mom's golf night and other times..

I am wondering what is going on there - in the past couple of years... Seems the food has changed/, the food was good... But, was not as good as used to be. The Pork Enchaladas have changed, sauce not the same, and well, the pork seemed more grisseley and even disappointing... I truely wonder if there has been a change in ownership or Chefs or what is going on...

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

over priced bad food – i have been coming to the rio grande for over 30 years and last night 4/27/2012 was the worst food ever I will never return. it is another place the mexicant employees/cooks have ruined.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Worst FOOD EVER! – I went to lunch with my husband and I order tacos. I could not even pick up the tacos.. they were so soggy and I was very disappointed. ratings FAIL!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Rio always the best – I worked at the Rio 1983-1985. This was and is the best basic Mexican I have had. The Taco Lady was there then and the counter. We had great times and anyone with any imagination will always have great time there. The Kharma is top-notch. I give em a 5.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

The best around – The Rio has it all. Great margaritas. Hot enchiladas. And friendly food servers.

Don't miss out!

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

Rio Cafe -worst in world – I've never blogged or even wished ill will to a restaurant like this. This place doesnt deserve to be in existence. The meats were runny and my wife ran to spit out the pork barbacoa after taking a bite. I thought, 'no way can it be that bad'. Well..I tried it, pouring on a bit of the golden habenero hot sauce, it brought back some college nastalgia, of the taste when you're drunk throwing up the burrito you thought would sober you up. If that's not enough to keep you from eating here.....I humbly apologize.

ratings should one lower than eh.

Recommends
5.0
over a year ago

Fast, Hot, Good – The Rio Grande Cafe has got all the basics of a good restaurant. The food comes out hot, it's reasonably priced, and you don't have to wait all night for it.

They don't serve much in the way of mole or thick sauces, but you'll leave with a full stomach guaranteed.

Staff is flexible with alterations to the menu (i.e. if you'd like a cream sauce instead of a tomato based sauce).

I've been eating there for 22 years--they've been open 27--and i still love it.

Doesn't Recommend
1.0
over a year ago

It was as bad as they said it would be – Bad, bad, bad. Bad service, bad food, bad parking. I'm normally not a "whiner" but if this review can save one person from eating horrible beans and rice and an enchilada that was closer to Italian cooking than Mexican then I'll whine away.

The service was basic. No refills on the chips, even though two other people joined our party after we were seated and the original bowl of chips almost gone.

I couldn't even finish my food, not because I was full but because it was awful. The people who prepared it should get a new recipe, PRONTO!

I won't go back and I certainly won't recommend it to anyone. I wish I had read the reviews online before I went. I probably could have gone to the homeless shelter down the street and had a tastier meal.

Doesn't Recommend
2.0
over a year ago

Mediocre At Best – I keep wanting to like this place, because it is local and located in a great old building, but it has always disappointed. The food is average at best, and overpriced. My last lunch order was a Rio Grande Salad - composed of wilted greens, an unripe tomato, and dry mushrooms. I had to cut the cartilage off of the chicken in salad. The fajitas and enchiladas are equally bad. Won't be going back.

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