Tuesday, October 6

Rubio's Coastal Grill - Cupertino

Rubio's Coastal Grill, well known for it's fish taco and coastal Mexican influenced seafood, opened a new location in Cupertino in early September. It is on De Anza Blvd. across from Noodles and Co which opened last year. The restaurant is in a plaza next to Boudin SF and Philz Coffee. Altogether Rubio's seems very fitting for this neighborhood.

The California based company has redesigned its interior and the Cupertino location, the first new restaurant the company has opened in 5 years, will be one of the first to showcase this redesign. I always love good seafood so let's dig in shall we?

($4.50) Sangria with mandarin orange pieces. 
Even though this was a bottled sangria and it tasted rather light, I still enjoyed it and was glad to have a light glass of alcohol with my meal.

A clean and bright counter dining area with exposed bulbs. Informational posters were displayed in store showing Rubio's sustainable sourcing policies and highlighting their fresh ingredients.

($8.99) Cilantro Lime Sea Bass in a bowl with pico de gallo, black beans, guacamole, and chipotle sauce on citrus rice
I enjoyed this limited time special dish. The cilantro lime sauce on the fish and the chipotle sauce on the rice was flavorful. Everything was well balanced and felt healthy. The sea bass was a tad overcooked, although nothing too bad.

($10.49) Cabo Plate with grilled shrimp burrito, The Original Fish Taco, chips and pinto beans

Classic Grilled Shrimp Burrito
This burrito with grilled shrimp in each bite, pinto beans, Mexican rice, and salsa was tasty. I'm not sure I would pay $8.29 for the burrito alone but in the Cabo plate, it's a good deal and made the whole plate filling but with a variety of flavors.

The Original Fish Taco
Normally this taco is $2.99 by itself. It contains a piece of battered fish with white sauce and cabbage. It's very good and the batter is crunchy and flavorful. On Tuesdays, the taco is $1.50 after 2:30PM. I would totally come back and eat a few.

What I really enjoyed was the wide selection of salsa and hot sauces at the condiment bar. Here's a sample of everything. On the left, at roughly the 9:00 and 11:00 positions are the two Diablo sauces which come in squeeze bottles. The red one is the spiciest but the green one is amazing! Definitely make sure you add some sauces to your dish.

($1.50 each) Churro
These were a little oily but came out nice and warm with cinnamon sugar goodness. Not a bad way to end the meal.

Rubio’s Coastal Grill
20688 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Cupertino, CA 95014 

Disclaimer: I received free vouchers to dine at Rubio's in Cupertino in exchange for a post. The opinions in this post are my own.

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