The year was 1997. The place, a little town in southern Utah called St. George. A lovely couple named Steve and Patricia Stanley started a restaurant called Cafe Rio Mexican Grill. Cafe Rio served authentic dishes derived from inspired recipes and traditional cooking of Northern Mexico’s Rio Grande region, Southern Texas, and New Mexico. Central to every bite was the belief that every ingredient must be fresh and made fresh to order. And you know what? People loved it. They couldn’t get enough of it. So much so, that one restaurant became six. In 2004, these six little restaurants caught the attention of a fine gentleman named Bob Nilsen. He purchased Cafe Rio from the Stanleys with the idea of spreading the love of making this fresh Mexican food to everyone in and around Utah and beyond. He made sure to keep the mantra of “fresh food, made fresh” at the very core of the brand. No freezers. No microwaves. Nothing premade. Our staff begins each day, bright and early, hand-squeezing limes, hand-scooping avocados, simmering sauces and preparing desserts. The crowds that line up at our eighty-five Cafe Rio locations today aren’t the only ones to take notice. We’ve won over 100 awards, from the Best of City Search and the Oxnard Salsa Festival to the Inc. 500 and the Alfred P. Sloan Award.
Joe H.( Mar 23, 2020 )
Fantastic service and the flavors were spot on today!
We always go with pork salads but I have tried other dishes and sauces too. BEST drink bar also... -
Vince L.( Nov 23, 2019 )
Came here after a Heats game for a little bite. ended up with the biggest salad I've ever gotten from any Cafe Rio. fed two of us easily. their salads are... -
Jonnita W.( Mar 1, 2020 )
First time visiting one of these locations. I was expecting a different type of sit down restaurant but walking in, reminded me of a chipotle atmosphere. I... -
Mar 3, 2020
first and foremost, nothing beats handmade tortillas made daily. Taco tuesday can get crowded but so worth it if you get there right before the lunch hour. and there is a daily managers special available daily. I love their fresh salsa and shredded chicken breast the most!
Jun 24, 2019
Came to Stockton for business and made a run to the ATM and this place was next door. I ask some people about 6 folks where was good? They said at once “Cafe Rio” and yeah it’s bomb food $5 manages special is awesome. Coming back tomorrow for Taco Tue after we meet our clients. Staff is awesome food is same STRAIGHT AWESOME!!
Jun 20, 2019
Food was good, I'll come back to eat again. They had a $5 2 taco managers special and best part is toddlers get a free small quesadilla! The mint lemonade was surprisingly delicious. Super great outside eating area
Dec 1, 2018
Friendly staff. Reasonable price for the portion you get. I like how they make the tortillas right in front where you can see. The portion seemed more than Chipotle which I like. Not too crowded when I went. We even got a great discount for the kids. Would go again.