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Cafe Rio
Seafood Restaurant$$
Today 3:00 – 9:00 pm
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131 Esplanade Aptos, CA 95003
131 EsplanadeUSCaliforniaAptos95003
$$Seafood Restaurant, American RestaurantToday 3:00 – 9:00 pm
Monday 3:00 – 9:00 pmTuesday 3:00 – 9:00 pmWednesday 3:00 – 9:00 pmThursday 3:00 – 9:00 pmFriday 3:00 – 9:00 pmSaturday 3:00 – 9:00 pmSunday 3:00 – 9:00 pm
The Original Cafe Rio is back! We are so excited to be serving up great drinks and food for our friends in Rio Del Mar once again.
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Elevated seafood dishes served in a convivial bistro with a dog-friendly patio & ocean views.- Google
"Get the sand dabs or clams if you like seafood."
"Great specials !! Wonderful service."
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Crysann Crysann
3 months ago
Greatly surprised on April 3, 2015! When Café Rio changed ownership a few years back, the menu had been changed and we did not like the food at all. We had not been back for at least 5 years. We took a chance, a friend of ours let us know that the original menu from early 2000's was BACK! I ordered the salmon my husband ordered the seafood pasta dish, and both were cooked to perfection. Turns out the original restaurant manager took over the restaurant and brought back all of our favorite items on the menu! We used to eat there at least 3 times a month, so we are glad to have a great restaurant so close to our home in Seascape.
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Jason Freidenfelds
11 months ago
Bad mixed drinks, lame food (e.g., limp calamari), slow service, and expensive to boot. Walk a little further for much better stuff.
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Suzanne Frey
2 years ago
Great dinner specials (you might need to order 2 of them -- they're small in portion size); nice patio, dog-friendly, across from the beach. Good quality food.
A Google User
4 years ago
Stopped in at the The Rio Cafe for drinks and lunch. Wonderful relaxing atmosphere, attentive service and excellent on the bar & food. Very nice!
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Suzanne Wood
10 months ago
Great specials !! Wonderful service. Their new chef is fantastic. Never had a bad experience, my husband and I go there often. Highly recommend Cafe Rio for great food and service.
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Dasha Cherepennikova
2 years ago
Back to being excellent!! This place had different ownership for awhile and sucked, but it's back to the old menu and great quality! Get the sand dabs or clams if you like seafood. The burger (only available for lunch) is excellent. Friendly service and neighborhood feel.
A Google User
3 years ago
History Established in 1979 Cafe Rio, on the beach in Rio Del Mar, California, earned its fine reputation with exceptionally fresh seafood and great service. Established in 1979, the Original Cafe Rio has a long tradition as a local favorite, where many memorable dinners have been served and numerous salutations have been made. This summer, new owner Jeanne Harrison, who managed the Cafe Rio for 20+ years, brought the Cafe Rio back with its original menu, added some delicious new menu choices, and reestablished the emphases on attentive service that made this restaurant so successful. With this being said, we hope you enjoy your experience and thank you for coming! Meet the Business Owner: Queenie H. Jeanne recently purchased Cafe Rio and opened in June of 2011. She used to be the manager for the original owner Pat Duggan for 20+ years and now she calls it her own!
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A Google User
7 years ago
I had the wort dining experience of my life at Cafe Rio. The food was marginable given the cost and the service was awful. The new owners of this reteraunt were rude and mean to our party even after spening over $300. I will never ever go back to Cafe Rio. After looking at the reviews at many other websites, I can see my dining experience was not much different than others have had. Anyone that had been to the old Cafe Rio would not be happy to return since the ownership changed earlier this year. Avoid this place like the plague and ignore any reviews prior to February when the new owner took over.
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Response from the owner - 3 years ago
This review was from the prior restaurant. We, the new owners, have taken pride in restoring this treasured restaurant to a place for loyal patrons to call home. Our food is of the freshest catch and our service is next none. Please come visit us and experience the New Cafe Rio. See you soon.


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