Tio’s Tacos Restaurant

3948 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, California 92501 USA

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Opens Sat 10a
  • Independent
  • Credit Cards
    Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair
    Accessible
  • Outdoor
    Seating

“folk art hole in the wall”

Half art gallery, half taqueria, Tio’s Tacos Restaurant has been feeding hungry Californian’s delicious casual Mexican food, and beautifying the historic Downtown Riverside district for years. 

Created by owner and artist Martin Sanchez, Tio’s Tacos has one of the most unique atmosphere of pretty much any taqueria in the city. For over a decade Sanchez has been expanding the property to include his strange and wonderful art installations. While you eat you’ll be surrounded by re-purposed bicycle decorations, hand-made water fountains, gigantic statues, and folk art as far as the eyes can see. In fact, it would be easy to spend an hour just walking around the property peeping all the found object sculptures that Martin Sanchez has made over the years. 

Make sure to explore the path behind the building, which will take guests to a glass bottle chapel, murals, teepee fountains, gardens, rooftop exhibits, and art covering every inch of the property. 

The art isn’t the only thing that makes Tio’s Tacos great, however... the food it pretty much to die for, so make sure you come hungry. Carnitas burritos, Sopes de Cabeza, and a Michelada that is more like a meal than a drink. The menu has something for anyone, including pretty decent options for vegetarians, so don’t be afraid to pull up a seat, veggies! -Roadtrippers

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Reviewed by
cece.amezcua

  • 1 Review
  • 8 Helpful
February 25, 2014

This unique taco shop is full of Mexican folk art based on the Mexican state of Michigan. Food is amazing!! Awesome michilada's! And SOOO much to see!!

8 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
James Ortiz

  • 2 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 17, 2015
Rated 5.0

Recycled art heaven,good food too.

2 people found this review helpful

Reviewed by
Tatiana Danger

  • Road Warrior
  • 1,169 Reviews
  • 647 Helpful
February 20, 2016
Rated 4.0

If you're looking for a fun, folk-arty place to visit, with decent Mexican food, then you've come to the right place. Plan on spending time walking around and checking out the outdoor art and mosaics. All made from recycled and found materials. Location-wise it's right in downtown Riverside.

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Tio’s Tacos Restaurant

3948 Mission Inn Ave
Riverside, California
92501 USA

Hours

Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Independent
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Pet Friendly
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Outdoor Seating
  • No Wifi
  • Street Parking
  • Private Parking

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