Cafe Rio Menu Prices

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Café Rio is a chain of fast-casual restaurants serving up fresh Mexican and Tex-Mex flavors. Known for its dedication to fresh, handmade, never frozen food and generous portions, its menu covers all the Mexican classics. Featuring friendly staff and tons of ways to customize your order, its no wonder it’s a popular place to sit in or take out.

Demand for this casual but flavorful eatery has stretched the chain into more than ten states. Owned currently by a team of experienced big names in the fast-food industry and marketing experts, their presence more than quadrupled. While a majority of their locations are primarily in the west, the chain is pushing eastward.

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Appetizers

Side Salad$2.29
Chips & Salsa$2.99
Chips & Chilli Con Queso$4.99
Chips & Fresh Guacamole$4.99
Tortilla soup$4.79

Burritos

Chicken Breast Burrito$7.79
Chile Roasted Beef Burrito$7.79
Pork Barbacoa Burrito$7.79
Fire Grilled Chicken Burrito$8.79
Fire Grilled Steak Burrito$9.29
Fire Grilled Salmon Burrito$9.29
Beans Rice & Cheese Burrito$7.79

Salads

Chicken Breast Salad$8.49
Chile Roasted Beef Salad$8.49
Pork Barbacoa Salad$8.49
Fire Grilled Chicken Salad$9.49
Fire Grilled Steak Salad$9.99
Salmon Salad$9.99
Veggie Salad$8.49

Tacos

Chicken Taco$5.99
Double Chicken Taco$7.99
Beef Taco$5.99
Double Beef Taco$7.99
Pork Taco$5.99
Double Pork Taco$7.99
Grilled Chicken Taco$6.49
Double Grill Chick Taco$8.99
Grilled Steak Taco$6.79
Double Steak Taco$9.49
Fire Grilled Salmon Taco$6.79
Double Fire Grilled Salmon Taco$9.49
Double Coconut Shrimp Taco$8.99

Enchiladas

Chicken Enchilada$5.99
Double Chicken Enchilada$7.99
Beef Enchilada$5.99
Double Beef Enchilada$7.99
Pork Enchilada$5.99
Double Pork Enchilada$7.99
Grilled Chicken Enchilada$6.49
Double Grilled Chicken Enchilada$8.99
Grilled Steak Enchilada$6.79
Double Grilled Steak Enchilada$9.49
Cheese Enchilada$5.99
Double Cheese Enchilada$7.99

Quesadillas

Chicken Breast Quesadilla$7.99
Chile Roasted Beef Quesadilla$7.99
Pork Barbacoa Quesadilla$7.99
Grilled Chicken Quesadilla$8.99
Grilled Steak Quesadilla$9.49
Shredded Cheese Quesadilla$6.99

Nachos

Chicken Breast Nachos$8.59
Chile Roasted Beef Nachos$8.59
Pork Barbacoa Nachos$8.59
Grilled Chicken Nachos$9.59
Grilled Steak Nachos$10.09
Vegetarian Nachos$8.59

Tostadas

Chicken Breast Tostada$6.49
Chile Roasted Beef Tostada$6.49
Pork Barbacoa Tostada$6.49
Grilled Chicken Tostada$7.49
Grilled Steak Tostada$7.99
Grilled Salmon Tostada$7.99
Veggie Tostada$6.49

Ala Cart

Chicken, Beef or Pork Taco Ala Carte$2.79
Double Chicken, Beef or Pork Taco Ala Carte$5.58
Grilled Chicken Taco Ala Carte$3.49
Double Grilled Chicken Taco Ala Carte$6.58
Salmon or Grilled Steak Taco Ala Carte$3.79
Double Grilled Steak Taco Ala Carte$7.08
Chicken, Beef or Pork Enchilada Ala Carte$3.49
Double Chicken, Beef or Pork Enchilada Ala Carte$6.99
Grill Chicken Enchilada Ala Carte$3.99
Double Grill Chicken Enchilada Ala Carte$7.99
Grill Steak Enchilada Ala Carte$4.29
Double Grill Steak Enchilada Ala Carte$8.49
Cheese Enchilada Ala Carte$3.49
Double Cheese Enchilada Ala Carte$6.99

Kids Menu

Kids Chicken Quesadilla Meal$3.99
Kids Beef Quesadilla Meal$3.99
Kids Port Quesadilla Meal$3.99
Kids Grill Chicken Quesadilla Meal$4.99
Kids Grill Steak Quesadilla Meal$5.49
Kids Cheese Quesadilla Meal$3.29
Kids Chicken Quesadilla$3.59
Kids Beef Quesadilla$3.59
Kids Pork Quesadilla$3.59
Kids Grill Chicken Quesadilla$4.59
Kids Grill Steak Quesadilla$5.09
Kids Cheese Quesadilla$0.99

Desserts

Famous Tres Leches$3.99
Fresh Lime Pie$3.99
Chocolate Flan$3.99
Coconut Flan$3.99

Sides

Rice or Beans$1.00
Meat (Beef, Chicken or Pork)$2.00
Grilled Chicken$2.50
Grilled Steak or Salmon$3.00
Queso4 oz.$1.25
Queso8 oz.$2.50
Guacamole1 oz.$1.19
Guacamole8 oz.$2.50
Sour Cream$0.59
Pico de Gallo$0.95
Pico de GalloPint$5.99
Salsa Fresca$0.95
Tortilla$0.99
Cheese$1.00
Side Salad$2.29
Chip Strips$1.00
Cilantro Lime2 oz.$0.50
Cilantro Lime4 oz.$1.00
Cilantro LimePint$5.99
Tomatillo Ranch2 oz.$0.50
Tomatillo Ranch4 oz.$1.00
Tomatillo RanchPint$5.99
Mild Sauce Tomatillo2 oz.$0.50
Medium Sauce Green Chile2 oz.$0.50
Hot Sauce Red Chile2 oz.$0.50

Beverage

SodaRegular$2.19
SodaLarge$2.29
Bottled Water$2.19
Mexican Coke$2.19
Apple Beer$2.19

History

Café Rio was started by Steve and Patricia Stanley in the small town of St. George, Utah with recipes inspired by the cuisine around the Rio Grande Valley, and years of love and care, their one restaurant grew to six locations across the state. In late 2004 it was purchased by Bob Nilsen, whose resume already included working and improving sales for other major fast food chains, and his team of businessmen.

In six years, Bob Nilsen and his team grew those six locations into over forty locations in seven states, and then later into more than seventy locations in over ten states. Over the years they’ve gained many accolades for their food including multiple local awards for best burrito and a few for fastest growing company.

There are a lot of fast-casual Mexican restaurants, but there are a few key things that set Café Rio apart. First is their unbridled enthusiasm for fresh food, very, very fresh food. They pride themselves on having no freezers or microwaves on the premises of any of their restaurants, something other restaurants cannot claim.

Perhaps their success is in part due to that commitment to not ever serving old, stale food. In fact they claim to juice at least a thousand limes a day, every day, by hand, and that each item that is served was made that day, in house. Each year Americans grow more and more conscious of the origins of the food they eat, and care more about how its made, and this bodes well for Café Rio.

Review

Every item on the menu is bursting with flavor. It is immediately obvious that their dedication to authentic Southwestern cuisine has not lessened. The menu includes all the staples of any good Mexican restaurant: burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, tostadas, and chips and salsa. The menu is also economical, with all meals costing less than $10.

Children are also welcome, and have dedicated menu items at about half the price of their grown-up equivalents. It’s not just for take out, though. The interior of the restaurant is painted rich warm tones and the décor is immediately recognizable as Southwestern and Latin-inspired. The staff is welcoming and even higher up on the chain of command, a fun and festive attitude is clearly important.

Award after award has proved the food is good, so they’ve responded to the demand and now offer catering services. You can order their “Nacho Bar,” “Taco Fiesta,” or “Enchilada Party” or one of their many other options, and the Mexican flavors made fresh daily can come to you. Catering is very reasonably priced at about $10 per person.

The wait time is about average, but while your waiting you’re enticed by the aromas of cilantro, and lime, and you can watch tortillas be hand made in front of you. For cheese lovers, you can also have your meal “Enchilada Style,” which means a heaping helping of extra sauce and melted cheese.

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