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Costa Vida

Mexican, Fast food, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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169 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1181
+1 801-456-8432
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Little Rock, Arkansas
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 September 2016

Great Mexican food limited to the more popular items, made fast as you watch/order. Employees are friendly and helpful.

Thank Richard F
Grand Prairie, Texas
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2015 via mobile

The food was great & the service excellent. The employees were very friendly, kind & explained how to order something nice it was our first time there. This place was very under rated! Will recommend if you are in the area, specially near the planetarium & the Vivint arena!

Thank jmcusmc1
Preston, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 July 2015 via mobile

Tried here for dinner with the family. Inexplicably waited five minutes at the front of the queue whilst two servers shuffled tacos and wandered in and out of the back office. Finally we ordered, and were gruffly served food. The same order we'd had at a different establishment a few nights previous, seemed to cost $6 more at this one... More 

2 Thank Joanna C
Standish, United Kingdom
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183 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 273 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 July 2015

Visited here as we had eaten at a similar franchise the previous evening in RockSprings and enjoyed our food there enormously. Here a totally different story.Poor service from uninterested staff.The guy burned the tortillas and implied I was at fault.Sloppy service and the Manager was clearly there under sufferance. The whole Gateway place is a nightmare anyway with vagrants everywhere.... More 

2 Thank Steve M
SLC, Utah
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 June 2015

The food was bland and not much variety. I can't eat spicy, but my husband does, and even he said it wasn't that good. The only thing I have bought there and enjoyed is the caramel Flan. Will not return.

Thank WolfMama
1 review
Reviewed 25 July 2014 via mobile

We were visiting Salt Lake City as tourists. We are originally from the Fairfax neighborhood of Los Angeles. I include that because it is helpful to know that we are used to a excellent customer service and food quality, so maybe our standards are high. We were not greeted upon entry to the restaurant. We had to ask for help.... More 

Thank J B
Salt Lake City, Utah
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Costa Vida is an average Tex-Mex restaurant. Nice shrimp entrees. The service is good, establishment is clean, food is good to above average. It is a good place to grab a quick bite, but it would not be my destination for a lingering lunch with friends.

Thank kkline4970
Salt Lake City, Utah
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143 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2014

Costa Vida is Fresh Mexican fast food. It is very similar to Cafe Rio, but without the long lines. My wife and I actually like the tortilla shells better than Cafe Rio as they are not as heavy. We eat at a Costa Vida 2-3 times per month, and we've been to several locations. The food is consistently good at... More 

Thank hrosencpa
Nomansland, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2013

Really good value for money. Burritos are amazing, they hit the spot! :) We loved the Costa vida in Ogden too, you can sit and watch surfing at Iflow. Free refills are also a pleasure especially on a hot day. Britian should take a leaf outta there book for free refills. Yummy

Thank Sid J
Portland, Oregon
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86 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2013

Seems like same format as Chipotle or Qdoba. Better value than either. Food served on foil pie plate, which I prefer to food tightly wrapped in foil. Generous portions and all around good value. I'd go back.

Thank LostinTransit10

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Fast food, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 169 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1181
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Salt Lake City
  • Phone Number: +1 801-456-8432

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