Southwestern cuisine at Rio Adobe in Cupertino, CA

I have in the past, raved about a wonderful Cal-Mex restaurant I frequent in Cupertino, Aqui. Just across Aqui is an excellent southwestern place called Rio Adobe. Unlike Aqui which is a local chain with multiple locations, Rio Adobe is a one location only setup that serves sumptuous Mexican fare. I have a fondness for Mexican fare and Rio Adobe satisfies it to a great extent.

This afternoon, I made a trip to the place. It had been a few months since my previous trip when I had the blue corn quesedilla special. I was greeted by a whole new set of specials, each one tantalizing. More appetizing was the fact that three of the four things they were offering as specials were vegetarian. I was famished and ordered a soup and a quesedilla. From my past experience, I knew that I had over ordered. Adobe’s lunch platters are big and filling. But I was up for the challenge. While we waited for our food to arrive, we were treated to some tortilla chips and many of 8 wonderful salsas they offered in their salsa bar. The salsas were fresh and tasty.

The corn soup arrived as did my smoked gouda quesedilla. On a winter afternoon, I cant tell you how much I enjoyed the fare. The corn soup was flavorful with nice bits of roasted corn floating in the soup. The smoked gouda cheese quesedilla rocked- especilly with the chipotle aioli on the side. I had a feast for the senses. I walked out, fully satisfied and vowing to come back more often.

Back at work, someone asked me how different it was from Aqui’s. Aqui’s offers healthy, organic fare which is flavorful but on a milder side. Portions are extremely well thought out and the food is almost always local, in season and fresh fare. Rio Adobe offers interesting takes on typical Mexican fare. Their food is not necessarily in small portions or for the health conscious. But the tradeoff is that one gets a much stronger taste and flavor- especially to the liking of people used to strong and spicy food. Both of them offer excellent fare for the southwest/Mexican/Cal-Mex lover.


Ambiance: 7.5/10. Nice looking place. A tad small and can feel claustrophobic but nothing that would deter a hungry person.

Service: 8.5/10. I have always been treated to excellent service and I am not a regular customer.

Food: 9/10. Outstanding in my opinion. Love it.

Price: 8/10. About the same as most lunch places. 7-9 bucks will get you a good plate of food.

Restroom: N/A

Overall: 8.75/10. Love the place. Definitely worth a trip.