I live just blocks from a Cafe Rio location so I’ve come to know the menu well. The restaurant has become a go-to on weekdays when we are in a pinch for a quick dinner after school that my kids will actually eat. In fact, I went there earlier this week to grab some quesadillas, a chicken tortilla soup and some chips, salsa and queso.

Here are the latest menu prices at Cafe Rio in 2024. I also share my perspective on the most overpriced menu item to avoid and share the monthly specials.


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Side Salad$2.29
Chips & Salsa$2.99
Chips & Chilli Con Queso$4.99
Chips & Fresh Guacamole$4.99
Tortilla soup$4.79


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Shredded Chicken Burrito$8.09
Chile Roasted Beef Burrito$8.09
Pork Barbacoa Burrito$8.09
Fire Grilled Chicken Burrito$9.09
Fire Grilled Steak Burrito$9.59
Fire Grilled Salmon Burrito$9.59
Beans Rice & Cheese Burrito$8.09


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Shredded Chicken Salad$8.59
Chile Roasted Beef Salad$8.59
Pork Barbacoa Salad$8.59
Fire Grilled Chicken Salad$9.59
Fire Grilled Steak Salad$10.09
Fire Grilled Salmon Salad$10.09
Veggie Salad$8.59


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Shredded Chicken Taco$5.99
Double Shredded Chicken Taco$7.99
Beef Taco$5.99
Double Beef Taco$7.99
Pork Taco$5.99
Double Pork Taco$7.99
Grilled Chicken Taco$6.49
Double Grill Chick Taco$8.99
Grilled Steak Taco$6.74
Double Steak Taco$9.49
Fire Grilled Salmon Taco$6.74
Double Fire Grilled Salmon Taco$9.49


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Shredded Chicken Enchilada$5.99
Double Shredded Chicken Enchilada$7.99
Beef Enchilada$5.99
Double Beef Enchilada$7.99
Pork Enchilada$5.99
Double Pork Enchilada$7.99
Grilled Chicken Enchilada$6.49
Double Grilled Chicken Enchilada$8.99
Grilled Steak Enchilada$6.74
Double Grilled Steak Enchilada$9.49
Cheese Enchilada$5.99
Double Cheese Enchilada$7.99


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Shredded Chicken Quesadilla$8.19
Chile Roasted Beef Quesadilla$8.19
Pork Barbacoa Quesadilla$8.19
Grilled Chicken Quesadilla$9.19
Grilled Steak Quesadilla$9.69
Shredded Cheese Quesadilla$7.19


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Shredded Chicken Nachos$8.59
Chile Roasted Beef Nachos$8.59
Pork Barbacoa Nachos$8.59
Grilled Chicken Nachos$9.59
Grilled Steak Nachos$10.09
Vegetarian Nachos$8.59


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Shredded Chicken Tostada$6.79
Chile Roasted Beef Tostada$6.79
Pork Barbacoa Tostada$6.79
Grilled Chicken Tostada$7.79
Grilled Steak Tostada$8.29
Grilled Salmon Tostada$8.29
Veggie Tostada$6.79

Ala Cart

MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Chicken, Beef or Pork Taco Ala Carte$2.89
Double Chicken, Beef or Pork Taco Ala Carte$5.58
Grilled Chicken Taco Ala Carte$3.39
Double Grilled Chicken Taco Ala Carte$6.58
Salmon or Grilled Steak Taco Ala Carte$3.64
Double Grilled Steak Taco Ala Carte$7.08
Chicken, Beef or Pork Enchilada Ala Carte$3.49
Double Chicken, Beef or Pork Enchilada Ala Carte$6.99
Grill Chicken Enchilada Ala Carte$3.99
Double Grill Chicken Enchilada Ala Carte$7.99
Grill Steak Enchilada Ala Carte$4.24
Double Grill Steak Enchilada Ala Carte$8.49
Cheese Enchilada Ala Carte$3.49
Double Cheese Enchilada Ala Carte$6.99

Kid’s Menu

MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Meat Quesadilla (540-710 Calories)
Choice of shredded pork, beef, or chicken.
Grilled chicken available for an additional cost.
Cheese Quesadilla (460-590 Calories)$4.39


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Famous Tres Leches$4.69
Fresh Lime Pie$4.69


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Rice or Beans$1.00
Meat (Beef, Chicken or Pork)$2.00
Grilled Chicken$2.50
Grilled Steak or Salmon$3.00
Queso8 oz.$2.50
Guacamole1 oz.$1.19
Guacamole8 oz.$2.50
Sour Cream$0.59
Pico de Gallo$0.95
Pico de GalloPint$5.99
Side of Salsa$0.95
Salsa FrescaPint$5.99
Tortilla2 Tortillas$0.99
Side Salad$2.29
Chip Strips$1.00
Cilantro Lime2 oz.$0.50
Cilantro Lime4 oz.$1.00
Cilantro LimePint$5.99
Tomatillo Ranch2 oz.$0.50
Tomatillo Ranch4 oz.$1.00
Tomatillo RanchPint$5.99
Mild Sauce Tomatillo2 oz.$0.50
Medium Sauce Green Chile2 oz.$0.50
Hot Sauce Red Chile2 oz.$0.50

Drink Bar

MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Coke, Diet Coke, Caffeine Free Diet Coke, Sprite, Barqs Root Beer, Minute Maid Lemonade, Dr Pepper, Diet Dr PepperRegular 20 oz.$2.79
Large 30 oz.$2.99
Bottled Water$2.79


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Burrito (611-1250 Calories)
Choose: 1. Protein 2. Black or Pinto Beans 3. Sauce (Mild, Med., Hot, Hotter)
Enchilada Style (Baked with Cheese & Sauce) Add $1.00
Queso Style (Baked with Queso Cheese on Top) Add $2.19
Salad (795-1875 Calories)
Choose: 1. Protein 2. Black or Pinto Beans 3. Sauce (Creamy Tomatillo Dressing or Cilantro Lime Vinaigrette)
Tostada (399-1120 Calories)
Choose: 1. Protein 2. Black or Pinto Beans
Nachos (399-1120 Calories)$11.59
Quesadilla (534-1045 Calories)
Choose: 1. Protein 2. Sauce (Mild, Med., Hot, Hotter)
Tacos (321-1195 Calories)
Choose: 1. Protein 2. Black or Pinto Beans

Taco and Enchilada Protein Options

MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Sweet Pork Barbacoa
Shredded Chicken Breast
Chile Roast Beef
Rice & Beans
Fire Grilled Chicken$0.50 Additional Charge
Pollo Asada$0.50 Additional Charge
Fire Grilled Steak$0.90 Additional Charge


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Sweet Pork Barbacoa
Shredded Chicken Breast
Chile Roast Beef
Fire Grilled ChickenAdd $1.00
Add .50 For Single Item
Fire Grilled SteakAdd $1.79
Add .90 For Single Item

Enchilada Style Burrito Options

MenuSize / QuantityPrice
No Enchilada Style$0.00
Sauce & Cheese On Top$1.00
Sauce Only, No Cheese$1.00
Cheese On Top$1.00
Queso Style$2.19


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Chips & Salsa$3.99
Guacamole & Chips$5.99
Queso & Chips$6.19
Tortilla Soup$5.99

Add More Sauce on the Side

MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Mild - Roasted Tomatillo4 oz.$1.00
Medium - Hatch Green Chile4 oz.$1.00
Hot - Roasted Red Chile4 oz.$1.00
Hotter - Fire-Roasted Habanero4 oz.$1.00


MenuSize / QuantityPrice
Chicken Tortilla Soup (385-785 Calories)$5.99
Chips & Salsa
Family Style. Serves 4-6. (1350 Calories)
Guac (1690 Calories)$5.99
Queso (1650 Calories)$6.19
Two 6” Tortillas (140-340 Calories)
$ .99
Side of Queso (216-458 Calories)$3.19
Made fresh daily. (50 Calories)
Made fresh daily. (81-162 Calories)
2 oz.$ .50
4 oz.$1.00

Monthly Specials 

Each month Cafe Rio rolls out a different special that’s a limited-time item. These monthly specials can be ordered each day of the week through the month. In the month of October, it’s shrimp month. Back in September, the monthly special was salmon.

Coconut Shrimp Tacos or Baja Shrimp Tacos

  • Two taco entree: $13.29
  • One taco entree: $10.04
  • A la Carte taco: $5.74
Cafe Rio menu

The Cafe Rio drive-thru menu.

Explore the Daily Deals 

Discover weekly deals at Cafe Rio, offering savings on four days a week.

  • Tuesday: Grab a taco with shredded chicken, beef, or pork at just $2.49. Want a complete meal? Add rice, beans, and a drink for just $3.00 more.
  • Wednesday: Enjoy a Tostada & Drink combo at $9.69. Choose from shredded chicken, beef, or pork for this offer.
  • Thursday: Relish the Coconut Shrimp Tacos (2 pieces) at $13.29, served with rice, beans, and a tangy mango salsa. Note: This special rotates monthly, so stay tuned for fresh flavors!
  • Saturday: Dive into Baja Citrus Shrimp Tacos (2 pieces) for $13.29, complemented with rice, beans, and a creamy tomatillo dressing.

The Most Overpriced Menu Item at Cafe Rio?

Most menu items at Cafe Rio are fairly priced. But there’s one item that I think is way overpriced and that’s the Cheese Quesadilla. I ordered two cheese quesadilla’s for $10.49 each or $20.98 total.

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I attempted to order the quesadillas A la carte. Previously, you could order a la carte items at a discounted rate compared to entrees. However, it doesn’t seem like this is an option at Cafe Rio any longer. I asked the employee if there was an a la carte option, but it wasn’t an option on the menu and the employee wasn’t sure what I was talking about.

Cafe Rio bill

My Cafe Rio bill with 2 cheese quesadillas as proof.

As a result, I paid more than $20 for two cheese quesadillas would have cost me less than $2 to make myself at home. To boot, the order came without any sides like beans since I requested a la carte. I only realized this when I got home. Never again will I order the cheese quesadillas. Instead, I’ll be opting for the Kids Cheese Quesadilla for only $4.39. Surprisingly, the kids size Quesadilla isn’t much smaller than the adult size.

My Rio Rewards Program

If you’d like to earn free food at Cafe Rio, joining the My Rio Rewards loyalty program is the best option. For every dollar you spend, you earn a point. Accumulate 100 points, and you’ll receive a $10 reward. This is like getting 10% off every menu item with each visit. On top of the rewards points, you’ll also get a $5 coupon for your birthday.

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What Sauces and Salsas are Available at Cafe Rio? 

  • Mild Roasted Tomatillo: A gentle blend of roasted tomatillos offering a subtle tangy flavor without the heat. This is my families favorite.
  • Medium Hatch Green Chile: A moderately spicy salsa made from the distinctively flavored Hatch green chilies, providing a balanced kick.
  • Hot Roasted Fire Chile: A fiery blend of roasted chilies delivering a bold, spicy punch to the palate. This one is my personal favorite since I prefer a bit of heat.
  • Hotter Fire Roasted Habanero: An intense, searing heat stemming from the famously spicy habanero pepper, intensified by a fire-roasting process.

In case you’re wondering, my favorite order at Cafe Rio is the Chips + Salsa + Queso order for $6.19. The queso in particular is some of the best I’ve had at a chain restaurant. If you can get a fresh batch, you’ll be in for a real treat.