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El Rio

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23 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37317
+1 423-496-1826
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Blairsville, Georgia
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99 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Ate lunch there today for the 1st time. We both had beef fajitas and they were excellent! So many places pile on the onions/peppers with a little beef. This was very well proportioned with just the right amount of everything. Service was superb! Restaurant very clean. Will definitely go back!

Thank frdallen
Phoenix, Arizona
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93 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

This used to be one of my favorites when visiting m in-laws, but our visit there last week was pretty bad. Service was TERRIBLE. Had to ask three times for a water, food was brought out and then just left on a tray at the table behind ours, wrong food items, etc. If the food had been awesome, that may... More 

Thank Marcellaphane
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 December 2016 via mobile

Very good food. Yummy Chile Rellenos with lots of cheese! My husband had the fajitas and he said they were good as well. Would love to go back when we visit the area again!

Thank Tina B
McCaysville, Georgia
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

While not a huge fan of Tex-Mex food, I do enjoy chips and salsa, burritos and taco salads. And this place offers these items and lots more and it's all good and affordable too. Dine in or carry out, either way you can't go wrong.

Thank David7478
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

We stopped and had lunch here while we were on a layover in town from the Blue Ridge Scenic Railway. The food, decor and prices were great!!

Thank Sarahlynn523
Copperhill, Tennessee
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

I went to El Rio Mexican restaurant in Copperhill tn recently and got a few Beef Burritos and the food was very good at a reasonable price. I highly recommend this place for your next Mexican meal.

Thank Zachary D
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

The food is pretty good. Not as consistent as I like.. Kind of hit or miss. This applies to the food and the service. I have had good experiences here as well as bad.

Thank Carrie C
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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58 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

As I said in my last review El Rio is recovering from a major referb. An entire new kitchen and interior was installed. The staffing is all new as the restaurant was closed for several months. The food and services are almost 5 star but not quite yet. If you are not satisfied do let your server know, they will... More 

Thank JMark133
Paris, Texas
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

Great food, excellent service! Just happened across it while on an excursion to Copperhill! The tamales were amazing. The green Verde sauce over enchiladas was to die for and not for the faint of heart! Wow! Combo plates for $7.75!

Thank Cindy W
Blue Ridge, Georgia
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

This place has been where my family has gone for Mexican food for ages! The service is good, the food is delicious, the atmosphere is welcoming and you always get served as quickly as possible!

1 Thank sally12987

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 23 Ocoee Street, Copperhill, TN 37317
  • Location: United States  >  Tennessee (TN)  >  Copperhill
  • Phone Number: +1 423-496-1826

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