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Cafe Rio

$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Fast food
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1205 W Highway 40, Vernal, UT 84078-2981
+1 435-781-8100
10:30 - 23:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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Greensboro, North Carolina, United States
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 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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112 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 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 24 July 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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53 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 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 17 July 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
Corvallis, Oregon
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98 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is a self-service restaurant (order at the counter) with a good menu. The food is average, not great but satisfactory. The prices seem reasonable for the area. The food is prepared in front of you (like Subway or Chipotle).

Thank bullwalk
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped at cafe rio on a long road trip with our twins. Unfortunately there is no changing table in the restroom. There is room for a changing table, and would make it much more family friendly if one were installed.

Thank Julia H
Prescott, Arizona
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79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Lots of locals here so expected good food and wasn't disappointed. Portions were large, food was fresh and tasty. A might over-priced, perhaps.

Thank Wendalyn S
St. George, Utah
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2016

First off, I love Mexican food. This is a place where you can get fast food Mexican food and I loved it. I been to several different Cafe Rio's and they all provided the same QUALITY of food. Quantity is not a problem there. Very easily accessible, located near the hotel we stayed at.

Thank Varnette L
Denver, Colorado
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64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

After a long day of driving, opted to walk to Cafe Rio for dinner. We have seen these around, but had never eaten at one before. The food was fresh and the staff attentive. Be aware that the portions may be bigger than what you are accustomed to. I ordered two enchiladas which was one enchilada too many. Large restaurant... More 


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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
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1205 W Highway 40, Vernal, UT 84078-2981
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Vernal
  • Phone Number: +1 435-781-8100

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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?