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El Rio Mexican Restaurant

11 Kern River Drive, Kernville, CA 93238
+1 760-376-3246
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Overview
  • Excellent44%
  • Very good38%
  • Average15%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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11:00 AM - 8:00 PM Hours
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11 Kern River Drive, Kernville, CA 93238
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Reviewed 11 August 2018

El Rio is located opposite the Kern River Park, close to the Shell station. It is a small restaurant with about 8 tables inside, but also has an outside, walkup order area (like Costco) where the same items are available as on the inside. There...More

Thank Charlotte H
Reviewed 4 May 2018 via mobile

There is nothing inviting about this place. The waitress was scattered, she took our order with a bottle if cleaner in her hand. The food was ok, but nothing special.

Thank Mary S
Reviewed 27 April 2018

This Mexican Restaurant facing the park overlooking the Kern River downtown was typical of our favorite restaurant at home. It seemed to specialize in takeout food, but also had a nice little dining area. We ate dinner here, with our typical cheese enchiladas, rice, beans,...More

Thank bsimosd
Reviewed 27 February 2018

The dinner was OK, really. I had a burrito; my wife had enchiladas. Nothing too special ... and that's the problem. Nothing. Too. Special. No reason to return, unless you're stuck in Kernville & are tired of the other offerings.

Thank rrrun
Reviewed 26 February 2018

El Rio is tiny, and that is what is awesome about it. Its cozy, the food is quick and it is family owned. You can expect quality food at a great price. If you want to feel like a local take a seat and allow...More

Thank FreshFace_Disciple
Reviewed 9 September 2017

Great food, great service and good value. Always consistent and great casual dining. Good for families and can accommodate groups. Great location.

Thank SharonS2355
Reviewed 3 September 2017 via mobile

We found this by accident, and very pleased w/ dinner.cost was not too high, clean,fast,worth the wait,then you can go next door & have a root beer float for desert. Best place in town, don't miss it while your on vacation. We go every year...More

Thank Thekern1957
Reviewed 17 August 2017

They have great Mexican Food and American Food. I especially love their Carnitas Wet Burrito. Staff is always friendly and service is quick.

Thank Sierra S
Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

Went here for lunch. I would rate it as average. If you're having a craving for Mexican food it will suffice but it's nothing to write home about. Very small and can be packed on a weekend from tourists staying in the area. Just because...More

Thank Gary L
Reviewed 3 July 2017

We stopped here after a warm day of rafting. Perfect place to grab a treat on the way out of town. They have a walk up stand serving shakes and malts, ice cream and shaved ice. Perfect spot right across from a park and the...More

Thank vacationman18
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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