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Mexican, Latin
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Reviewed 2 June 2021

this resteraunt did not offer inside dinning. I forgot what my wife had but she said it was so-so. I had the beef burrito which I did not care for at all. College students would love this one

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 10 April 2021

Dining room closed due to Covid but the food is just as good as ever. I always stop here when I am in town to visit. Try the carnitas. Best I have ever had

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 7 January 2021

If your in the area for long and use their Wifi, they'll start turning off their Wifi as soon as you show up.

Date of visit: January 2021
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Reviewed 2 August 2020

the place was BUSY long line and somewhat of a wait. they have a variety menu. I ordered the chicken taquitos w/ flour tortillas and they were pleasantly enjoyable. their a la carte tacos were big portion. they also have ice cream, you can get...it on a cone or cup, shakes and Hawaiian shaved flavored ice. the entire time we were there there was a line. it looks like its a locals go to spot.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 26 July 2020 via mobile

We ordered to go, my husband ordered the green chili wet burrito and I the carne asada nachos. My husband said the burrito was really good, I unfortunately was super disappointed with my nachos. The nacho chips themselves were soggy and we had no other...choice but to use a fork to eat what I/we could. They put beans on the nachos, should've asked for no beans and no pico, the chips were super thin and very bland, the sour cream taseted off, the guacamole was ok and the carne asada was very much full of fat and not really much actual meat. Very disappointed with my meal.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed 1 November 2019 via mobile

And so is everything else! Super fresh food, all prepared while you wait munching on homemade tortilla chips and good salsa. We all had a great meal and very friendly service. Will definitely return for more.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed 13 July 2019

Great food. Always stop here when visiting Kernville. Love their carnitas. Service was average but she was also working the walk up window. My whole family loves this place

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

We order our food and walk across the park and eat on the rocks at the Kern River. Typical Mexican menu, with delicious food cooked to order. You can also dine inside, but who wants to? This restaurant is at the end of Riverside Park,...so a beautiful walk awaits!More

Date of visit: November 2017
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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...is also outside seating available for these walkups. Most of these seats have a Riverpark view. The menu has the usual Mexican food items, combo specials include rice and beans and average around $10. Many a la carte items (tacos, burritos, enchiladas, chile rellenos) average from $4-9. Non alcoholic beverages around $2.50. My shredded beef burrito, which was part of the combo was exceptional. Unlike most shredded beef which is brown, stringy, overcooked and has lost all flavor, this one was reddish and tasted delicious... almost like pastrami.The rice was good, but I have had better refried beans.The burrito was covered in a mole type enchilada sauce which was not your typical out of the can sauce and really complemented the yummy shredded beef. My son's carne asada burrito for $8.50 was both big and good. They have shakes and malts outside for around $4, but we were too full to sample these. The waitress took my order within 5 minutes, and brought our dinner in an additional 15. Go if you are craving good Mexican food at reasonable prices, with efficient service.More

Date of visit: August 2018
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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.

Date of visit: May 2018
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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,...and a side of guacamole and chips. The excellent food and friendly service made us feel right at home! This was a family-run operation, and they seemed to know most of the customers.More

Date of visit: April 2018
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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.

Date of visit: February 2018
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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...the conversations to flow, I can assure you that you wont be disappointed. At the river, walking distance from all shopping.More

Date of visit: January 2018
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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.

Date of visit: September 2017
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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...lunch & dinner.More

Date of visit: July 2017
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El Rio Mexican Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3