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Mexican, Latin
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 11 May 2021 via mobile

My husband and I each had one of their slow-cooked pork dishes. Both were delicious and served quickly by a very friendly waiter. We will be back when we pass through Madras!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 2 May 2021 via mobile

We stopped on the way through Madras. The food was first class. We ordered the fish taco and enchilada/chimi combo. Both were delicious. Be sure to order the guacamole as well- it’s prepared at the table. Everything was very fresh and full of flavor. Great...service as well. Hopefully we’re driving through again sometime- we would definitely stop again.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 4 March 2021

Raul is the best. Great food. Great drinks Please go there. Lockdowns are waying heavy on this little restaurant. Take is awesome there.

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 15 August 2020 via mobile

This is sort of a casual place, almost a dive (everyone was on the patio on account of Covid-19). My wife ordered vegetarian enchiladas and I ordered carne asada. The chips & salsa were good. The veggie enchiladas were covered in a spinach cream sauce....She said they were good, but heavy in the corn 🌽 and light on tomatoes and zucchini. The carne asada was OK, but not prepared properly. The cut of beef is supposed to be low quality, but is also supposed to be marinated sufficiently long so that it becomes tender and tasty. In this case, it was neither tender nor tasty. Service was a little slow, but I suppose it can be attributed to a having a full house at prime time on a Friday night. Drinking water, with tax and tip, it was $39.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed 2 July 2020

Excellent shrimp with onions in a very tasty sauce. Chicken and chorizo tacos were the best I have ever tasted. Huge servings of both. House margarita was not special. Ordered the top one on the menu, which was 11.95, and very good. Servers did not...seemed trained to give great service. There always seemed some confusion about who was to help us, and they were not very busy. Waited a while for meal, but well worth the wait.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 24 June 2020

tried to have dinner there for our anniversary two friday nights ago. ate there in the past and did have some of the best mexican food in oregon. new owners-it is aall over. Ordered 2 margaritas without salt on the rim. Server appeared to be...a confused disinterested teenage boy. Twenty minutes later drinks appear with salt. One of the drinks didn't taste like it had any tequila in it. Tried to order their signature tableside guacamole-informed that they had no avocados. There is a thriftway market 2 blocks away. No avocado on a friday night at 6pm? At thirty minutes still no food. People at table next to us complaining about not receiving their dinners. Other patrons complaining. At 35 minutes our son;s plain cheese quesadilla, rice , no beans, arrives. Beans on the plate and it was a gloopy mess with melted cheese on the outside. Took one look at that and told our server we were leaving, Offered to pay for our drinks but owner came out and wouldn't take any money (correct thing to do). He said "we are only human and have only been here 2 months." If they can't make a plain simple dish that takes 5 minutes prep i hate to think what our more complex dishes would've looked like. Sad to write this but be forewarned that this is in no way the superb place it once was-it is a disaster. 50 minutes and no main dishes in a half full restaurant.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 14 June 2020 via mobile

Nice people providing terrific Mexican food...not only prepared with good ingredients and presented with class but with a friendly welcoming manner. Guacamole is prepared at table-side, seafood is tasty, mole out of thus world. We were so glad to see they resurfaced after the pandemic...and hopefully will survive and thrive. This restaurant is a must stop in Madras.More

Date of visit: June 2020
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Reviewed 6 February 2020

I'm Mexican-American and I can't say enough about the "gourmet" quality of the food at this small rural restaurant. Terrific, diverse menu choices, wonderful regional sauces and touches, fresh guacamole made in view at your table, most items entirely gluten-free (they are knowledgeable about that),...good vegetarian choices too, courteous and prompt service. A true find. We live about 3 hours away and make a point of going to Rio every time we are driving anywhere in the region near it.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed 13 January 2020

I am a local and have eaten here numerous times. Lost count after running out of fingers and toes. Best food, drinks and service for Mexican Cuisine in Madras hands down and maybe all of Central Oregon. Don't eat much in Bend or Redmond anymore...in regards to Mexican food since Rio's is that good! Yes I grew up eating Mexican food in San Jose, Tucson, and Sonora not to mention a few other places in the south. This is as authentic as it gets in a restaurant atmosphere. Not the same as at a family function but still the best in town. Realize that every region and family may cook a little different and palates vary among individuals. I have always had a great experience eating here at this establishment. Note: I read a few reviews out of curiosity and had to laugh at the two Kiwi's giving the only negative reviews. I've also lived in Australia and been to New Zealand. They know nothing about Mexican food so maybe they are fraudulent posts and simply jealous competitors. If not then Kiwi's swallow that plum stuck in your throat and maybe you could taste the food!More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Reviewed 20 November 2019

Food is great, as is the service. Nice margaritas. The table-side guacamole delicious. We will patronize Rio every visit to Madras.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Rio is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4