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Rio Del Mar

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9067 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003-4001
+1 831-662-8795
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Santa Cruz
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

Casual dining, with a balcony outside the back overlooking a creek (or at least the gorge where the creek runs). Good food & beverages.

Thank Sid569
Gilroy, California
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31 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

Easily accessible off Hwy1. This is my husband and my favorite place to meet for lunch. I love the chimichanga. I used to come here once a week, 25 years ago with my grandma. I loved the food then, and I still do now.

Thank IslandGirlMick
Rio del Mar, California
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58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

It appears that you are showing the inside of the Cafe Rio, not Rio Del Mar which is where it is located. Just sayin'.

Thank Richard D
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 2 May 2016

The food was good and the staff attentive and friendly. Outdoor seating available and plenty of indoor seating as well. Great tasting food with several gluten free options as well.

Thank Ken S
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015 via mobile

Always a favorite dinner spot on the beach lost several stars last week. The usually excellent seafood & skilled preparation failed on all fronts. Overlooked, under seasoned, Sand Dabs ( a house specialty) were returned, uneaten, to the kitchen. Terribly disappointed. The waitress was very apologetic (it certainly wasn't her fault), and attempted to get approval to "comp" the meal.... More 

Thank nswvg
Santa Cruz, California
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52 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2015

I' ve been to this place a couple of times. This is a small family restaurant with a nice outdoor deck facing the creek. It's not expensive, the food is ok. Last time we had two waitresses, the first one was very nice and the second one was a bit stressed out. In general the service has always been ok... More 

Thank 72traveler408
Santa Cruz, California
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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2015 via mobile

This beach is ithe middle of a 7-mile sandy stretch of coast with views of Pleasure Point to the right and the Monterey Peninsula on the Left and a big expanse of the Bay inbetween. You can often see whales migrating north, otters paddling around, dolphins cavorting through the waves and huge lines pelicans gliding in formation just inches above... More 

Thank Judith B
Watsonville, California
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330 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2014

HAve been coming to Rio since I was small - great beach. Nice place to walk and get some exercise along path to cement ship & Seacliff ,too. Please, Please stay away from the lagoon like water that forms. Do not let your kids play in it! Locals know better- bird droppings & run off make it unsafe. Head to... More 

Thank Kerryloves2travel
Carson City, Nevada
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305 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2014

I have Mexican food in hundreds of places in Mexico and thousands in the US. This is by far the best. I suppose would say something like.... "Their mix of spices and fresh ingredients leads to and excellent excitement of ones pallet". Yep is was excellent. The Chile Relleno was wonderful as where the tacos and salsa.

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Santa Clara, California
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399 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2014

Dropped in for dinner. Sol Cerveza in a chilled mug...not bad on a hot late afternoon! :) Best part of this dinner! Guacamole was good, beans and rice average but good service. Would come back on a hot afternoon to sit outside by the creek in the back with another SOL. :-)

Thank Squeekie

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Reservations, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9067 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003-4001
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: +1 831-662-8795

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