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“The only thing Mexican about this restaurant is the name and that is its strong point.”
Review of Rio Cafe - CLOSED

Rio Cafe
Cuisines: Mexican
Dining options: Dinner
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner
Astoria oregon
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1,690 reviews
1,075 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 718 helpful votes
“The only thing Mexican about this restaurant is the name and that is its strong point.”
Reviewed 28 August 2013 via mobile

Ok guess what kind of restaurant is this? Or better what is it the owners want it to be? Maybe the answer is in the name. Maybe.
I guess I have never been to the exact part of Mexico this particular cuisine supposedly comes from. Probably south tex-Costco And the new improved cheaper zap
Microwave probably are from the very same region. Fortunately Mexico hasn't microwaves, at least in my experience they seem a little behind in zappery. And although Costco has discovered Mexico so probably tex-Costco will be in Mexico soon,
If not already. Lucky Mexicans!
Anyway not my favorite. Rather go on a 40 day fast and say I'd eaten there at the Rio again but actually will order and just stick with the ice water. Can't get that very easily in Mexico, so that would certainly go with the restaurants offerings . I have thrown out
my microwave and tossed it out into the garbage after the very first reports of unsafety of microwaves for purpose of human consumption by the American cancer institute.. Good thing to have these carcegenic toxic radiation zap our food in these restaurants though, it will certainly keep our over population under control, death by zap. I would
Recommend skip this and try another proven good well rated
restaraunt in Astoria. Many good ones available here, Plaza Jalisco very close and you won't be disappointed.

  • Visited August 2013
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Willemstad, Curacao
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Eat somewhere else”
Reviewed 23 July 2013 via mobile

Food is average, atmosphere is average, but service can be dramatically bi-polar.

The female owner is just as comfortable screaming loudly and cussing out customers as she is sweetly smiling at them.

There is better Mexican food and much healthier service to be found in Astoria.

  • Visited November 2012
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Thank T2SCrewmom
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Lewiston, Idaho
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65 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great service, average food”
Reviewed 20 July 2013

Little hole in the wall place. Nothing fancy. Had great 70's rock music going. Waitress was excellent. Food was ok. Not what I would call very authentic Mexican. Decent portions and good prices.

Visited July 2013
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Thank LMCG224
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Astoria, Oregon
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Once again, we are very satisfied eaters/customers!!”
Reviewed 21 June 2013

My husband and I drove from our home in Gresham, Oregon this afternoon. The first thing we always do upon getting into Astoria, is to come to the Rio Cafe, for a yummy, filling, dinner, and prices that are easy on the budget. Thanks to Julie and her staff for such a fun visit!

  • Visited June 2013
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Victoria, Canada
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30 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
Reviewed 28 December 2012

I loved the Rio Cafe. I'm not certain if the waitress was an owner but she certainly made us feel welcome. There was lots of options and the food was certainly plentiful. Later, I stopped at a store and mentioned to the clerk that I had dinner at the Rio and he said what nice people they were...so makes me feel even better giving them five stars.

Visited December 2012
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