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“Ice cream at the park!”

El Rio Mexican Restaurant
Ranked #8 of 15 Restaurants in Kernville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mexican
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Level 6 Contributor
237 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Ice cream at the park!”
Reviewed 3 September 2013 via mobile

What could be nicer on a hot Kern County day than an ice cream cone down by the riverside. Sweet, courteous young lady at the walk-up window hustled up 3 cones. We walked across the street and enjoyed the Kern. Great way to close out a fine day in the Kern River Valley.

  • Visited September 2013
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Bakersfield, Ca
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
“Look forward to El Rio everytime were up in Kernville!”
Reviewed 29 July 2013

El Rio has to be the best Mexican restaurant in Kern County. I wish they would come to Bakersfield as we can't seem to find anything that compares to El Rio. The King Burrito is hands down the best burrito we have ever eaten. We have looked all over Bakersfield for something similar and there just isn't. The king burrito is large enough to share with 2-3 people but we don't ever do that because you can eat half and save the rest for the next day and it is just as good reheated. The king burrito is made with pork, chicken and shredded beef inside. If your ever visiting Kernville you must try El Rio and the king burrito you won't be disappointed. As soon as it cools down we are headed up to get our king burrito fix.

  • Visited October 2012
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Bakersfield, California
Level 5 Contributor
91 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Hit the Spot”
Reviewed 23 July 2013

After 2 hrs of tubing we decided on this place in town. The food was fresh and tasty. I got a chicken taco salad and others in my group ordered burritos. There is a lot of fried food on the menu but fresh items can be found. They were also open to our need to tweak menu items. The prices were reasonable. The service was a bit slow.

Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
Level 6 Contributor
477 reviews
325 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 209 helpful votes
“Dine Inside or Outside”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

This is the second time we have eaten at El Rio in the past year, but the first time reviewing it. We stopped for lunch on the late side. The ground beef tacos were just what I was looking for and the rice and beans were good as well. My husband had the carne asada tacos and was pleased with them. The waitress was a little distracted, which was strange since there were not many customers at 3 p.m., but once she hit her stride she was generous with the chip and salsa refills as well as drink refills. You can dine inside where there are two small areas available or order at a takeout window in front and eat outside or take your food with you. We came back later in the day to order some shaved ice and a root beer freeze from the takeout window. The takeout window was quite busy on the 100 degree plus day filling orders for ice cream and shakes. Very convenient location in downtown Kernville across from the river and park. Good value.

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank CacheOn
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Kernville, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
“Authentic Choice”
Reviewed 20 April 2013

We go to El Rio quite often as it has both Mexican and American classic food choices. If authentic Mexican food is what you are craving or an awesome hamburger then El Rio is your place to try.

Visited April 2013
Thank Carla T
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