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El Rio Mexican Restaurant

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11 Kern River Drive, Kernville, CA 93238
+1 760-376-3246
11:00 - 20:00
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Bakersfield, CA
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65 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This little place is right across from the river. It has a walk up counter or you can sit inside to eat. My husband got the ortega burger which was large. I got the mexcian pizza. Both were good and the price was reasonable. Much cheaper than some of the other Kernville restaurant options. Plus they have ice cream!

Thank Iamvonda
orange county
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240 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

Actually it's the ONLY Mexican restaurant in Kernville. Situated next to the Riverside park and the awesome Kern River, it's the perfect place to stop when you get the hankering for a crispy taco or as I ordered a monster sized carnitas chimichanga stuffed with the usual suspects. Two more mentions go out to the homemade chips and salsa which... More 

Thank ragsdad
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Four of us stopped in for dinner. The food was tasty. Not the best but definitely not the worst Mexican food we have had. The service was good and the server was accommodating and made us a special mango-strawberry Margarita which was not bad for the first try. Prices are fair and not out of line. The atmosphere was severely... More 

Thank Kim T
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31 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Always busy but the service is good. Food is not bad. Great $5 enchilada. Big Taco salad. Prices are very responsible. Clean.

Thank Jude S
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1 review
Reviewed 23 November 2016 via mobile

Everything we ever order is wonderful! We eat here about twive a month!! Service is excellent!! Carne asade, carnitas burritos are great chicken is great in eveverything! Cant go wrong with anything here!!

Thank Valerie F
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53 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 October 2016 via mobile

El Rio is a small Mexican restaurant across the street from the Kern river and Kernville park. The food was very enjoyable. They have a full bar. I ordered the shrimp fajitas and they were very good with large shrimp. I also had a couple of margaritas and they were nice as well. The waitress Sarah was very attentive and... More 

Thank Gary L
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 October 2016

Food was excellent and service was fast. I had the steak fajitas. The place looks like nothing on the outside but the food is great. Will be going back.

Thank Phil R
Avondale, Arizona
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016

good Mexican food, chili relleno, carnitas taco, and the beef tamale are excellent, read other reviews and they were correct. Grab you lunch and sit by the beautiful Kern River to enjoy

Thank David L
Bakersfield, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Been going here regularly for many years. It is small, but conveniently located. The servers are always friendly & treat us like friends or family. Everything is good, but the wonderful carnitas tacos are huge, & are enough for two people. They are worth the visit. El Rio also makes the best chile rellenos I have ever eaten. Always fresh... More 

Thank pjb422017
Mentone, California
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3 reviews
Reviewed 20 July 2016

The Chili Relleno was one of the best I have ever had! The waitress was very efficient. the place was super clean, and the food was the "cat's meow!"

Thank pastorfrog

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 Kern River Drive, Kernville, CA 93238
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Kernville
  • Phone Number: +1 760-376-3246

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