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Cafe Rio

Mexican, Southwestern
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2816 King Ave W, Billings, MT 59102-6432
+1 406-373-7000
10:30 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 10:30 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 23:00
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Powell, Wyoming
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

The accent is on the quality of the food, which is tops. Yes, you get your food in what looks like a dog's dish, and you have to carry it to the table yourself. Oh, well, no tip to leave here. GREAT Mexican food!!! I lived in Mexico for a year, and yes, this is the American, sort of Tex-Mex... More 

Thank susantant
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195 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

Café Rio is okay, but it isn't great, in my opinion. I have eaten here several times, mostly by my wife's insistence. I had a steak quesadilla which tasted fine, but was pretty greasy. My wife wanted street tacos with corn tortillas, but there were no corn tortillas at that time...they were making flour tortillas...so much for the needs of... More 

Thank Michael E
Newburgh, Indiana
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83 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

We were passing through Billings on a family vacation to Yellowstone. Many western-state friends have raved about Cafe Rio so we tried it. We experienced the absolute, without a doubt, WORST employee interaction here in our lives. The man adding toppings etc to the dishes started out just grumpy and unpleasant but by the time it was my husband's turn,... More 

2 Thank Heather H
Gillette, Wyoming
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

I always stop here when I'm in Billings! I love the tomatillo cilantro dressing on the salad. They offer free cheese quesadillas for kids, which is awesome...although two staff members thought meat could be included on them, so I ordered a steak one for my son. The cashier informed me the free ones are cheese only and then spoke poorly... More 

Thank abbyleigh85
Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

It was my first time at cafe rio, i really enjoyed it. Had good food and good service. The only thing that could have been better was the juices they make, they were out of all of them and they didn't have anyone to make more.

1 Thank ahappyguest10
Billings, Montana
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2016 via mobile

Went for lunch today. I love the food here at Cage Rio is always good. However the staff seems to have been a little less enthusiastic then usual. I would recommend this place though it's great.

1 Thank Karen H
Belgrade, Montana
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160 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

They were very accommodating to my specific wants for my meal. Food was very delicious and portions were good sized. Friendly staff and nice atmosphere.

Thank LeethalBiker
Seattle, Washington
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108 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 March 2016

Ok, here's the deal: I want to like this place. I really do, but their service just makes it impossible. I postponed reviewing it until I could give it a fair review based on multiple visits. I've now been here 4 times over the past year and have no choice but to report on what I've found. Their service is... More 

1 Thank onewickedb
Billings, Montana
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74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 March 2016

Tortillas made in front of you, large burritos, and a great taco salad, the staff has a special welcome for new customes so be sure to let them know your a new customer

Thank bobmccrea
Cody wyoming
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

We had been wanting to try this place every time we are up in billings but the Raking lot was small and no parking so we always went else where... Today we tried it! Delicious! Sweet pork burrito! Way too much food... Perfectly seasoned fresh and hot... Not too spicey but enough? Kid friendly, seating is odd, ordering Mir sorta... More 

Thank shellyneff

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 23:00
10:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2816 King Ave W, Billings, MT 59102-6432
  • Location: United States  >  Montana (MT)  >  Billings
  • Phone Number: +1 406-373-7000
Newly opened

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?