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Rio Grande Cafe

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Mexican, Southwestern
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270 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1104
+1 801-364-3302
04:00 - 21:00
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Sun 04:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Boise, Idaho
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3 reviews
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Very good meal! Four of us all ordered something different, and we were all very happy with our choices. Will look forward to going back when we are in town again!

Thank 505Debbie
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166 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

I was disappointed to find very few gluten-free options on the menu. Our server was kind enough to detail what was possible, but then would say "it only has a little bit of gluten in this" which made it very confusing to remember what I could and couldn't order.

Thank Jessica T
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017 via mobile

After some debate about going due to grimly crowded homeless shelter nearby (enter from 300 South, NOT 200 South), we easily found a spot in the well lit and free parking lot and went inside where we found the same warm wood paneled atmosphere we remembered and helpful, upbeat staff. Waiter recommended Carnitas and the Halibut tacos, which we decided... More 

Thank David B
Stanley, Idaho
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

Happened in to this little cafe as it was close to my hotel. Parking is on the street and easy to get a spot. I ordered a cheese enchilada and the PLATTER came filled with the enchilada, beans and rice, covered with melted cheese. The platter was so so hot and kept the food hot for a long time. Some... More 

1 Thank Linda B
Salt Lake City, Utah
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2016

American-Mex a pleasant old cafe in a historic train station serving translated Mexican food. I don't need authentic to enjoy good food and I'm happy with what they serve. I could eat their salsa by the spoonful and nice ambiance.

Thank Memo46
Salt Lake City, Utah
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

I love this place, I only wish they would move locations. Sadly, due to the out of control homeless population in SLC- shelter directly across the street- it is no longer safe to even park and walk inside for a great meal. You will be surrounded by frightening homeless people on drugs or dealers themselves. I really hope they will... More 

Thank mdcftripad1
Topock, Arizona
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53 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 October 2016

Went with our family for dinner. Very long wait to get in and then another long wait to get our food which was barely warm. Not sure we will return here. Seems to have gone downhill as well in quality of food.

Thank Wendy W
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97 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Had a quick lunch here since it's close to the hotel. Food came fast...oddly fast. The refried beans were burned to the plate around the edges, suggests microwaved to me. Won't be back.

Thank Sean H
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248 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 June 2016

It has been many years since we have visited but I am happy I returned. The location is a bit of a rough neighborhood but don't let that dissuade you. Tasty bean dip appetizer.

Thank nmbiela
Hayden, Alabama
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 May 2016

We ate here twice during our stay. The food and staff were awesome. Very large portions of food. Some of the best salsa we've ever eaten. Yes, if we're ever back in Salt Lake City we will eat here again.

Thank Lisa W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 20
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
04:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 270 S Rio Grande St, Salt Lake City, UT 84101-1104
  • Location: United States  >  Utah (UT)  >  Salt Lake City
  • Phone Number: +1 801-364-3302

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