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El Rio Grande
El Rio Grande

El Rio Grande Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.arkrestaurants.com
  • Phone: (212) 867-0922
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 12:00pm - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday-Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday and Saturdays:4:00pm-11:00pm Brunch: 12:00pm - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Fermin Ramirez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Catering: No catering event is too small, we can customize an event for your needs.
  • Private Party Facilities: We can offer private events in various formats including sit-down meals, buffet or cocktail parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Diane Giovannone (212) 867-0922

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 3rd Avenue
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available after 7:00pm and there is a parking garage located directly under the restaurant on 3rd Avenue.
A word from El Rio Grande
Great Tex-Mex restaurant featuring the best margaritas in New York City as voted by City Search. Authentic Mexican cuisine with a flare for grilled fish. *Please note: Reservations are not available for outdoor seating. Thank you.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican / Southwestern
Diner Reviews
  • "The food was great, took a little while to get it but was worth the wait."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "El Rio Grande was recommended by a native New Yorker and it more than lived up to its reputation. Away from the tourist areas, the location gave a real sense of New York life with adorable brownstones and really clean streets. The outdoor dining was beautiful! We had lunch and shared an order of guacamole and a chicken quesadilla. Both were outstanding! The pomegranate margarita was also outstanding - not too strong or weak. The hostess and servers were very friendly and accommodating. This is a restaurant I will definitely be returning to!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Have been a customer since its inception and it continues to be one my favorate restaurants in my neighborhood. Food is excellent, as well as the service and ambience."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "Not a big fan of this restaurant. Service was good but I don't like frozen vegetables as part of any meal I eat. Tortillas hard as a rock and probably the worst Mexican food in Manhattan. The outdoor seating area is great but I would stick to just drinks and some tortilla chips. Even the salsa tasted like it was from a can. Sorry I could not be more positive."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "We had a large group of ~10 females for lunch time, service was good, food was good. I liked the chicken nachos the best."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "The bar food is pretty good - especially the jalapeno shrimp. Love the fact that happy hour begins at noon."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "Came here the other night with some friends after work. It was a great scene and really lively! The food was good, not great, but the ambiance made it worth it!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Great Mexican food! Also for those with gluten intolerance they have corn tortillas and will replace flour to corn on any dish!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "this is the second time we have eaten here - once inside during the winter and this time outside in the early evening. Everything was terrific. The food was great, the wait staff attentive and enthusiastic, just nice way to spend a Fathers Day dinner - we have not found any place in the neighborhood that matches the place."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Lets face it.. El Rio Grande is not for foodies or trendies.. but if you want good solid food and drink.. pleasant and efficient service and just a good time with a minimum of hassle or pretention.. I can't think of a better place the recommend.. sometimes you just want to have fun! the maragaritas are great.. not with organic tequila or handmade sea salt. just good old fashioned get a little buzz"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "After coming here a few times just for drinks at the bar I decided to try their food since the margaritas are good, though a little pricey. Had to wait a good 5-10 minutes for a hostess to even show up and help. When we did sit our waiter took forever to come to us and then he knocked over my full margarita all over me, which I was not holding against him until he charged me for the full margarita he knocked over and never replaced it. As far as food, the guac is good but all of the entrees people ordered at my table were sub par and over priced."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Used to drink margaritas with work friends, many Thurs nights in my twenties. We would often go to El Rio Grande only a few blocks from the office. Went back just recently after many years, for dinner with a girlfriend. The food was great, fresh guacamole delicious, service excellent (we loved our waitress!), and very generous portions. It was as good or better than I remembered. Only drawback, I'm old now. Had no patience for the loud bar scene. If you want a quiet meal, make sure to request the dining side, much quieter."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "Probably the best Tex-Mex food in NYC, consistently good with a wide variety of choices. Excellent and strong margaritas. Service was good and the delivery of the food was timely. Only negative is that they are like many, many NY restaurants and crammed way too many tables into a small space, making it crowded and noisy. When I made the reservation, i always ask for a quiet table with some leg room. Not sure you're going to get that here. Outside seating will help that. Been ther several times, always consistently good food and service."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Daughter and I went in @ 5:30 for dinner. Security guard wanted to card my daughter. Hostess saved us said, guard was mistaken. Guard continued to card people. I mentioned that we had reservations when the hostess came back near our table. She stated that our reservations were on the "other side at Mexico." I was clueless as I didn't recall seeing a different restaurant name when I made the reservations. Another hostess walked us through the kitchen to the other side and sat us down. Then when we got to the other side, one of the staff members assumed that we wanted to sit in "Dan's section." What? This was the most unorganized restaurant that I've ever been to in NYC. The food was good despite all of the hiccups."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "What's not to like, no complaints here, had a good experience. "
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "The food is always delicious and consistant. This is definitely one of my favorite places."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I'm a Texas transplant and absolutely love food -- so I would definitely recommend this place as a NY tex-mex option. The salsa was real salsa and not just pico. We ordered the jalapenos stuffed with shrimp and it was delicious. Also, the enchiladas had fajita meat inside; rather than shredded meat -- all great! The margaritas were tasty too. Blood orange was my favorite."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "went too far on the noise level question it was soooo noisy unable to enjoy the meal"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "BEEN HERE SEVERAL TIMES AND THE FOOD IS ALWAYS CONSISTENT, PLENTIFUL AND FRESHLY MADE. GREAT NEIGHBORHOOD RESTAURANT"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Food was delicious and drinks were superbly mixed!!"
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "It's hard to find a place that really knows how to make a great margarita. The jalapeno one was amazing! Food was great, service was excellent."
    Dined on 2/6/2014
  • "Okay, this place is GREAT! Not only can you get yummy mexican food but you get the best Margaritas in town!!! Seriously, but BEWARE don't have too many or you wont remember getting home...lol so yummy and so dangerous!"
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "We have been coming to Rio Grande consistently since moving to the City. Our most recent dinner experience was on New Years Eve 2013 (which was a fabulous meal and great way to end the year!!). The margaritas are so fun and the food is exceptional mexican fare!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "When we arrived we were given a bowl of nachos with a selection of salsas,.When we were finished we were given a refill, thank god we didn't order starters,we would never have been able for dinner! The group at the table next to us ordered guacamole which the server made at their table, it looked so delicious I wished I had ordered it! We all (party of 4) ordered beef dishes: enchilada, burrito, skirt steak, tacos, and the beef literally melted in our mouths! It was so good! I had such an enjoyable meal I would highly recommend this restaurant,and the next time I am in Manhattan I will definitely be stopping by for some guacamole! Ps: when we got the bill there was no charge for the nachos and dips!"
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "An excellent margarita and 4-5 star Mexican food. Service was excellent and very friendly. A great spot for any occasion. Very family friendly as well."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "Excellent reasonably priced Mexican food. The guacamole is a must, it's a tad expensive but you get a large portion and it's outstanding. Frozen margaritas also very good with many choices of flavors. My date and I both had enchiladas which were very good (she had seafood, I had steak)."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Great Mexican spot located near grand central. One Margarita is enough! They could work on the decor a bit more."
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "Had a lovely dinner here. Great flavored margaritas and delicious fresh-made guacamole. Service was fast and courteous, food was excellent."
    Dined on 11/18/2013
  • "This is our neighborhood Mexican place. The food and drinks are always good. The atmosphere is loud/lively."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "been going to el rio grande for over 20 years and its always great...love the drinks food...miss the green dip with the chips..."
    Dined on 11/1/2013
  • "And that just about says it all! My server was very good also."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "the food is slightly above average but the drinks are great. however, recently someone told me that the margs used to be $5 and now the price has doubled. they're still worth it, in my opinion. fun spot."
    Dined on 10/4/2013
  • "Been going here since it opened. Just easy, consistant and good."
    Dined on 10/3/2013
  • "Had an excellent fresh fish lunch special. Very good value. Attentive staff. Good light and decor. Half empty for a mid-week lunch, which somehow made it less fun"
    Dined on 9/25/2013
  • "i know this place has been around for a long time but i can't imagine how. In addition to the food and rinks being barely edible/drinkable (literally, we barely ate our guacamole, chicken mole, shrimp fajita or drank our cadillac margarita or cabarnet - and we're not that fussy!), the ambiance was horrible. It seemed as if they had shoved in 1/3 more tables than the space was meant to handle to the point that wait staff and other patrons were constantly bumping into our chairs and everyone had difficulty making their way through the room. One of the worst dining experiences we've ever head in NYC - and we're natives!"
    Dined on 9/16/2013
  • "As always, food was fabulous and the margaritas are the best in the city !! Ole!!"
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "took very good care of me for my gluten free meal... corn nachos.. delicious"
    Dined on 9/12/2013
  • "It's been 25 years since my wife and I lived in Manhattan. We enjoyed El Rio Grande at least twice monthly when we did. They food was always very good, they had traditional and innovative menu choices, and offered a superb list of various fresh margaritas. Guess what- nothing has changed! My wife and I booked an reservation there while in Manhattan for a few days and had a terrific dinner. And the guacamole was the best we have had in a long, long time. Must Have: the shrimp stuffed jalapenos are outstanding, and the tableside prepared guacamole is made how you like it. In a city with an every changing restaurant it's great to see the quality and execution of El Rio grande hasn't been diminished."
    Dined on 8/28/2013
  • "Famous for their margaritas and its no surprise why. With a bunch of different flavors to choose from even if you're not much of a margarita fan you'll fall in love with it here. Outdoor seating allows for both a happy hour loud feel as well as a more quieter appeal on the other side of the restaurant (although you do have to walk through the kitchen to get there but hey! At least you knew it was clean) We just got an appetizer but it came out fast and was delicious. If you go though you must get one of their premium margaritas, but make sure you keep it to two or under because they are wonderfully strong."
    Dined on 7/26/2013
  • "The food was decent. We had a nice lunch. We were not wow-ed by anything."
    Dined on 7/26/2013