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Cafe Del Rio

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, American, Southwestern
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394 S C, Virginia City, NV 89440
+1 775-847-5151
11:30 - 20:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 10:00 - 19:00
Wed - Sat 11:30 - 20:00
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Sacramento, California
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5 reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Café is very charming and waitress was with minimal help. Still she had a marvelous smile and took good care of our large group.

Thank para4uresearch
Reno, Nevada
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Consistently good food for more than 10 years! Preparation is outstanding. If you are not into Mexican food, try their burger. Best in town.

Thank VoiDaVi
Reno, Nevada
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you're lucky enough to be there on a day they have Gospel fried chicken you'll fall in love. Their enchiladas, tostada, BBQ quesadilla and burritos are excellent too.

Thank nankilian
Roseville, California
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517 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's the Wandering Yank here. Mrs. Yank and I took a day trip to Virginia City, a place we'd been to a number of times but not for maybe 10 years. On earlier visits, I don't recall it being exactly a gourmand's paradise, so of course I checked TA for lunch suggestions. Cafe del Rio came up as #2, and... More 

Thank Mark M
orange county
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215 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

When we decided to revisit Virginia City the top item on our "to do" list was to have the Gospel Fried Chicken dinner at Café Del Rio. It's been two years, but I haven't forgotten that awesome meal. It's only served on Sunday and Wednesday so we were in luck, leaving Lone Pine early Sunday morning we were sure to... More 

Thank ragsdad
Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

We were looking for something local to do for lunch while visiting Virginia City. We finally decided to try the food at Cafe Del Rio and were pleasantly surprised by the food selections and the great service. We visited around 1 PM on a Friday in early October and did not have to wait for a table at all. The... More 

Thank jim954
White Deer, Texas
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

We were in the Lake Tahoe area and we were going to Virginia City. I looked on trip advisor for a good place to eat. We were meeting friends from Reno and it was a great place. The food ( gospel chicken and chocolate creme brûlée) was great. The service was awesome.

Thank Cheryl L
Gardnerville, Nevada, United States
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

I make a yearly trip to Virginia City and Cafe Del Rio is the "must do" thing on my list each year! The menu is full of interesting choices, the food is consistently wonderful and the portions are generous. It's a short walk up the main street, but you'll appreciate the walk afterward as it will justify your having completely... More 

Thank Leslie W
Park City, Utah
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Great prime rib and fast/friendly service - even on a busy/sell-out Saturday night. We will be back!

Thank Chobby
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146 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

The Caesar Salad with steak was quite possibly the very best I've ever eaten. Even the croutons were incredible. We were luck y and got there about 10 min. before opening so no wait but it filled up fast. Also, the house margaritas are delicious and large. Deserves to be #1! My friend had the Chili Relleno and it was... More 

Thank Ted L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, American, Southwestern
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Seating
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 19:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 394 S C, Virginia City, NV 89440
  • Location: United States  >  Nevada (NV)  >  Virginia City
  • Phone Number: +1 775-847-5151

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