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El Rio Mexican Restaurant

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11 Kern River Drive, Kernville, CA 93238
+1 760-376-3246
11:00 - 20:00
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Always busy but the service is good. Food is not bad. Great $5 enchilada. Big Taco salad. Prices are very responsible. Clean.

Thank Jude S
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Everything we ever order is wonderful! We eat here about twive a month!! Service is excellent!! Carne asade, carnitas burritos are great chicken is great in eveverything! Cant go wrong with anything here!!

Thank Valerie F
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50 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

El Rio is a small Mexican restaurant across the street from the Kern river and Kernville park. The food was very enjoyable. They have a full bar. I ordered the shrimp fajitas and they were very good with large shrimp. I also had a couple of margaritas and they were nice as well. The waitress Sarah was very attentive and... More 

Thank Gary L
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

Food was excellent and service was fast. I had the steak fajitas. The place looks like nothing on the outside but the food is great. Will be going back.

Thank Phil R
Avondale, Arizona
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

good Mexican food, chili relleno, carnitas taco, and the beef tamale are excellent, read other reviews and they were correct. Grab you lunch and sit by the beautiful Kern River to enjoy

Thank David L
Bakersfield, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Been going here regularly for many years. It is small, but conveniently located. The servers are always friendly & treat us like friends or family. Everything is good, but the wonderful carnitas tacos are huge, & are enough for two people. They are worth the visit. El Rio also makes the best chile rellenos I have ever eaten. Always fresh... More 

Thank pjb422017
Mentone, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

The Chili Relleno was one of the best I have ever had! The waitress was very efficient. the place was super clean, and the food was the "cat's meow!"

Thank pastorfrog
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4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Every year we go up to Kernville and eat at El Rio, both the Mexican restaurant as well as the side that is the burger stand. Both are great and would recommend to others! We have young kids, too, and this is a place that works well with all ages. YUM!

Thank Shelly R
Moreno Valley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

We were looking for a Mexican joint and found this little gem across the street from the park, had the chile verde and it was pretty darn good they also serve beer and wine margaritas....ok ok they don't serve hard liquor. service was good.

Thank Clubchile
Stockton, CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this little spot across from the river and down from the Kernville Inn. We tried their shakes and their ice cream cones, then went back later for dinner! Really good Mexican food! Highly recommend them!

Thank WanaBinHawaii

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Kern River Drive, Kernville, CA 93238
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Kernville
  • Phone Number: +1 760-376-3246

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