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 2023. I also share my perspective on the most overpriced menu item to avoid and share the monthly specials.


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


Menu ItemSize / QuantityPrice
Fire Grilled Salmon$13.49
Fire Grilled Steak Burrito$12.09
Fire Grilled Chicken Burrito$11.69
Pollo Asada Burrito$11.69
Rice & Beans Burrito$11.19
Sweet Pork Barbacoa Burrito$11.19
Chile Roasted Beef Burrito$11.19
Shredded Chicken Burrito$11.19
+ Sauce & Cheese on Top Enchilada Style Burrito+ $1
+ Sauce Only, No Cheese Enchilada Style Burrito+ $1
+ Cheese On Top Enchilada Style Burrito+ $1
+ Queso Style Enchilada Style Burrito+ $2.19


Menu ItemSize / QuantityPrice
Veggie Salad$11.59
Fire Grilled Salmon Salad$13.89
Fire Grilled Steak Salad$13.38
Fire Grilled Chicken Salad$12.59
Pork Barbacoa Salad$11.59
Chile Roasted Beef Salad$11.59
Shredded Chicken Salad$11.59
Pollo Asado Salad$12.59


Menu ItemSize / QuantityPrice
Shredded Chicken TacoA La Carte$4.59
Shredded Chicken TacoOne Entree$8.89
Shredded Chicken TacoTwo Entree$10.99
Chile Roast Beef TacoA La Carte$4.59
Chile Roast Beef TacoOne Entree$8.89
Chile Roast Beef TacoTwo Entree$10.99
Sweet Barbacoa Pork TacoA La Carte$4.59
Sweet Barbacoa Pork TacoOne Entree$8.89
Sweet Barbacoa Pork TacoTwo Entree$10.99
Fire Grilled Chicken TacoA La Carte$5.09
Fire Grilled Chicken TacoOne Entree$9.39
Fire Grilled Chicken TacoTwo Entree$11.49
Fire Grilled Steak TacoA La Carte$5.49
Fire Grilled Steak TacoOne Entree$9.79
Fire Grilled Steak TacoTwo Entree$11.89
Fire Grilled Salmon TacoA La Carte$5.74
Fire Grilled Salmon TacoOne Entree$10.04
Fire Grilled Salmon TacoTwo Entree$12.14
Pollo Asado TacoA La Carte$5.09
Pollo Asado TacoOne Entree$9.39
Pollo Asado TacoTwo Entree$11.49
Vegetarian TacoA La Carte$4.59
Vegetarian TacoOne Entree$8.89
Vegetarian TacoTwo Entree$10.99


Menu ItemSize / QuantityPrice
Fire Grilled Steak Quesadilla$13.28
Fire Grilled Salmon Quesadilla$13.79
Fire Grilled Chicken Quesadilla$12.49
Pollo Asado Quesadilla$12.49
Sweet Pork Barbacoa Quesadilla$11.49
Chile Roasted Beef Quesadilla$11.49
Shredded Chicken Quesadilla$11.49
Shredded Cheese Quesadilla$10.49


Menu ItemSize / QuantityPrice
Fire Grilled Salmon EnchiladaA La Carte$5.74
Fire Grilled Salmon EnchiladaOne Entree$10.04
Fire Grilled Salmon EnchiladaTwo Entree$12.14
Fire Grilled Steak EnchiladaA La Carte$5.49
Fire Grilled Steak EnchiladaOne Entree$9.79
Fire Grilled Steak EnchiladaTwo Entree$11.89
Fire Grilled Chicken EnchiladaA La Carte$5.09
Fire Grilled Chicken EnchiladaOne Entree$9.39
Fire Grilled Chicken EnchiladaTwo Entree$11.49
Pollo Asado EnchiladaA La Carte$5.09
Pollo Asado EnchiladaOne Entree$9.39
Pollo Asado EnchiladaTwo Entree$11.49
Cheese EnchiladaA La Carte$4.59
Cheese EnchiladaOne Entree$8.89
Cheese EnchiladaTwo Entree$10.99
Shredded Chicken EnchiladaA La Carte$4.59
Shredded Chicken EnchiladaOne Entree$8.89
Shredded Chicken EnchiladaTwo Entree$10.99
Sweet Barbacoa Pork EnchiladaA La Carte$4.59
Sweet Barbacoa Pork EnchiladaOne Entree$8.89
Sweet Barbacoa Pork EnchiladaTwo Entree$10.99
Chile Roast Beef EnchiladaA La Carte$4.59
Chile Roast Beef EnchiladaOne Entree$8.89
Chile Roast Beef EnchiladaTwo Entree$10.99


Menu ItemSize / QuantityPrice
Fire Grilled Salmon Nachos$13.89
Fire Grilled Steak Nachos$13.38
Fire Grilled Chicken Nachos$12.59
Pollo Asado Nachos$12.59
Shredded Chicken Nachos$11.59
Sweet Barbacoa Pork Nachos$11.59
Chile Roast Beef Nachos$11.59
Vegetarian Nachos$11.59


Menu ItemSize / QuantityPrice
Fire Grilled Salmon Tostada$11.89
Fire Grilled Steak Tostada$11.38
Fire Grilled Chicken Tostada$10.59
Pollo Asado Tostada$10.59
Shredded Chicken Tostada$9.59
Sweet Barbacoa Pork Tostada$9.59
Chile Roast Beef Tostada$9.59
Vegetarian Tostada$9.59

Kids Menu

Kids meals come with a choice of black, pinto beans or rice. You also get tortilla chips and kid’s soda.

  • Meat Quesadilla (Shredded pork, beef, or chicken. Grilled chicken available at additional cost.): $4.69
  • Cheese Quesadilla: $4.39


Menu ItemSize / QuantityPrice
Fresh Lime Pie$4.69
Famous Tres Leches$4.69


Menu ItemSize / QuantityPrice
Creamy Tomatillo Dressing2 oz$0.50
Creamy Tomatillo Dressing4 oz$1.00
Creamy Tomatillo DressingPint$5.99
Lime Vinaigrette Dressing2 oz$0.50
Lime Vinaigrette Dressing4 oz$1.00
Lime Vinaigrette DressingPint$5.99
Side Guacamole2 oz$1.59
Pico de GalloAppetizer$5.99
Side Pico de Gallo2 oz$0.95
Salsa FrescaAppetizer$5.99
Side Salsa Fresca2 oz$0.95
Side Sour Cream2 oz$0.59
Side Flour Tortilla$0.99
Side Wheat Tortilla$0.99
Side Corn Tortilla$0.99
Side Chip Strips$1.50
Side Rice$1.50
Black Beans1lb$6.99
Side Black Beans$1.50
Pinto Beans1lb$6.99
Side Pinto Beans$1.50
Side Pollo Asado$2.50
Side Shredded Chicken Breast$2.00
Side Shredded Beef$2.00
Side Sweet Pork Barbacoa$2.00
Side Fire-Grilled Chicken$2.50
Side Fire-Grilled Steak$3.29
1lb of Pollo AsadoFeeds 3 - 5 people$19.19
1lb of Shredded Chicken BreastFeeds 3 - 5 people$17.19
1lb of Shredded BeefFeeds 3 - 5 people$17.19
1lb of Sweet Pork BarbacoaFeeds 3 - 5 people$17.19
1lb of Fire-Grilled ChickenFeeds 3 - 5 people$19.19
1lb of Fire-Grilled SteakFeeds 3 - 5 people$20.19
Side Cotija Cheese$1.00
Side Jack Cheese$1.50
Queso8 oz$3.19

Drink Bar

  • Regular Soft Drink (20 oz.): $2.79
  • Large Soft Drink (30 oz.): $2.99
  • Bottled Water (Dasani): $2.79

Drink Options: Coke, Diet Coke, Caffeine Free Diet Coke, Sprite, Barqs Root Beer, Minute Maid Lemonade, Dr Pepper, Diet Dr Pepper, Horchata, Mint Limeade.

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.