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Cafe Rio Aptos

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131 Esplanade, Aptos, CA 95003-4501
+1 831-688-8917
15:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 15:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 15:00 - 21:30
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Aptos, California
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306 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We eat here about 3-4 times per year. Tonight ---Three star food, four star service, 4 1/2 stars for the nice location. Their food can be hit or miss. Tonight it was just average. My veggies were cold, the fish was slightly overlooked. That said, my wife's chicken was very good. Their wine list is reasonable.

Thank soifdawg
Huntington Beach, California
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424 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We went here for a special birthday dinner with 7 people. Our server wasn't attentive and we had to flag her down several times. Two of us were surprised how small the swordfish portions were- more like a lunch size. Salads or soup were ala carte. Evidently the sand dabs are good but we weren't impressed with the food nor... More 

Thank Loves2TravelALOT_11
Watsonville, California
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317 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

The food is very good here. Nice choice of appetizers , salads & entrees. Beet & Goat cheese salad with pecans is wonderful. A bit costly ($16) but easy to split as it is big. I had salmon & ahi poke ( appetizer) for my entree. Delicious! Sand Dabs always well done here. Fish special was Opah with orange -... More 

Thank Kerryloves2travel
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75 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Margaritas were perfect. Loved the hummus appetizer and grilled artichoke. Ocean just across the street. They also have a dinner happy hour on the patio. Full dinner and glass of wine for 10$

Thank ScottsdaleSchnoodle
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

We had an amazingly good meal here this weekend - went with group of friends and all of us were very pleased. 3 of us got the sand dabs and the portions were very generous and the gorgonzola polenta was outstanding! Would definitely recommend! The patio right across from the Rio del Mar beach is very comfy and heated and... More 

Thank Maggie N
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We had a wonderful time on the patio and with great service. Definitely recommend to others! Great atmosphere.

Thank Anne F
Sacramento, California
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I enjoyed a few meals here this week while visiting Aptos. The first time I stopped in I was solo and just returning from a long hike. I sat in the nice outdoor patio and enjoyed a delicious Margarita and an order of raw oysters which were fresh and delicious. On Sunday evening I returned with a large group of... More 

Thank Patriziadalucca
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016

I have been eating at Cafe Rio for over 10 years and they never disappoint. You can always count on an excellent meal in a great location.

Thank Delrae J
Fremont, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

The wild caught swordfish was melt -in -your mouth and the couscous side dish, asparagus and sauces were equally delicious. Our server, John, was attentive, fun and informative. My only criticism: The local,lavender infused gin was tasty but I would recommend offering a choice of tonic water since whatever the bar was using that night was flat. Bad to mediocre... More 

Thank woodzy216
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76 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016 via mobile

Good service but the pizza lags in taste. Location is pretty good. Go for a snack and sit a little bit outside.

Thank 79j_rgw

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$9 - US$32
American, Bar, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Bar Scene
Open Hours
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:00
15:00 - 21:30
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
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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