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Cafe Rio Aptos

€€ - €€€American, Seafood,
131 Esplanade, Aptos, CA 95003-4501
+1 831-688-8917
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Overview
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good41%
  • Average23%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“sand dabs” (19 reviews)
“polenta” (8 reviews)
“opah” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Seafood, Bar, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
€€ - €€€
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
131 Esplanade, Aptos, CA 95003-4501
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1 - 10 of 113 reviews

Reviewed 4 October 2017

The food was nicely prepared and service was pleasant. The wine list was good, as one would expect in California. The sand dabs served on a bed of gorgonzola-infused polenta was excellent!

Thank willwiseman
Reviewed 26 August 2017

Located at Rio Del Mar beach this is a great place for a quick weeknight bite. They have a special each night for ten dollars. For that you get a different entree depending on the day and a glass of house wine. We usually go...More

Thank don g
Reviewed 10 July 2017

This upscale eating place is locate right off the Rio Del Mar State beach and has plenty of seating space both inside and outside. The seafood cuisines are absolute delight. Also, very nice ambiance and nice collection of beverages. I will recommend this to anyone...More

Thank subh27
Reviewed 3 July 2017 via mobile

If you're staying in the area, I would go to this place if what you're looking for is convinience. Somewhere you can walk to that's right by the beach. Everything we had was just ok, nothing memorable that we would keep going back for. The...More

Thank JeepneyGirl
Reviewed 26 June 2017

Haven't been to cafe Rio in years. We were in Capitola shopping and my wife ask if we could go to Cafe Rio for dinner. It was around 5:00 so we went. No problem parking and no problem getting a tadle. Ordered a cocktail appetizers...More

Thank Mark L
Reviewed 4 May 2017

Right on Rio Del Mar Beach with great seafood & service, we always make sure to hit this spot at couple times while we are in town visiting family. One visit we have appetizers and drinks on their outside patio, and another fr dinner. Food...More

Thank jenniferpJ9729PF
Reviewed 3 May 2017 via mobile

May 2, 2017-Went with family, I ordered the nightly pasta special which was a seafood ravioli in a white wine, garlic and butter sauce topped with fresh prawns, pieces of salmon and swordfish with sprinkles of sundried tomatoes. Excellent! My husband had the Opa fish...More

Thank Crystal S
Reviewed 1 May 2017

Expensive area, but location next to a public beach is mainly for low spending tourists and locals who walk on the beach for free, and so this rstaurant struggles to find a place in the community.

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 20 April 2017 via mobile

We decided to have a business meeting on a Monday night. Figured it would be a nice spot for dinner. Most of the dinners were okay. The risotto was severely undercooked which is not like this restaurant. The special of the day, Cioppino, I understand...More

Thank Andrea K
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Larger than a “café”, this modern dining spot has great ocean views. There is a good variety on the menu that specializes in seafood. We had the sand dabs and a fish special that night, opah, from Hawaii. Both were fixed perfectly. The wait staff...More

Thank casilva54
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Margaret D
21 December 2016|
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Response from Jeanne H | Property representative |
We open at 3:00 for cocktail and bar food and dinner starts at 5:00. If you call we take reservation anytime of day. Thank you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$9 - US$32
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
15:00 - 21:00
Monday
15:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
15:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
15:00 - 21:00
Thursday
15:00 - 21:00
Friday
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:30
Saturday
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 131 Esplanade, Aptos, CA 95003-4501
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: +1 831-688-8917
  • E-mail
Description
Local Favorite! Amazing views of the Monterey Bay, this restaurant has food for everyone...including Gluten Free Pastas, Steaks, Fresh Seafood, House made Desserts. You can also bring your tail wagging friend because the spacious heated patio is Dog friendly.
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