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Rio Grande - Denver
Rio Grande - Denver

Rio Grande - Denver Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.riograndemexican.com
  • Email: denver@riograndemexican.com
  • Phone: (303) 623-1611
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
    Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
    Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am;
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern
  • Executive Chef: Angel Ramirez
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Please contact the Rio directly for further details on our catering options - we would love to cater your event! 303.623.1611 or denver@riograndemexican.com
  • Special Events & Promotions: Please contact the Rio directly for any special event information. 303.623.1611 or denver@riograndemexican.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 16th Street Mall
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Rio Grande - Denver
The Rio's mission: to provide sanctuary from the problems of the world while serving the best dang margaritas and Mexican food this side of the Rio Grande.

Fresh Tex-Mex Cuisine created in house everyday. We are known for our legendary margaritas and our festive atmosphere. Located just steps from the free 16th Street mall shuttle and a few blocks from both the Pepsi Center and Coors Field. Cheers!Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "The Rio is turning into one of my favorite places. The food is consistently good and I love the mango margaritas. Offering a mini margarita is so smart, thank you for doing that! I will be back here many many more times!"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Good food and atmosphere. Made reservations on line, table was ready, great server then to Pepsi Center for a concert. Perfect location between our hotel and the event center."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Great Fajitas and margaritas! Lively bar scene during happy hour, we arrived for dinner with a reservation and the place was full. Glad we booked ahead of time! Nice place one block off 16th street mall."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "A Denver institution. The service is always excellent & the food is solid. Can get crowded at popular times. The patio in spring/summer/fall is the place to be."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "We went to The Rio for drinks and food before the Avs vs. Blackhawks hockey game. The service needed to be fast for us to make the puck drop and fortunately it was! The drinks were delicious and the waiter was very nice. I think the food is good, but nothing extraordinary. Really enjoyed the energetic atmosphere and the nice staff."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "The food was unimpressive, especially considering the reviews I read when deciding to dine there. I made reservations and still had to wait when my group arrived. The margaritas were small and decent but not great. My flautas were over-fried and the portions were small. Our waiter didn't provide us with enough water and was inattenetive. Our wait for food was an hour long. Our chips and salsa were not replenished, nor were our drinks."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "This is by far, the best Tex-Mex Restaurant in CO...and we're from Texas. Additionially, our server deserves a "Good Samaritan" award after he ran outside to deliver our childrens' 3 iPads left behind. Thank you for being delicious, kid friendly and honest."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Good food, not to pricey. Margiritas is what this place is known for. Had a couple with dinner. Service was great only complaint is that I wasn't asked which fajita plate I wanted. I would have ordered the larger plate. The restrauant has a nice feel, typical Mexican restrauant decorated but not overly done or tacky. Extremely loud. I could not hear the people across the table from me, but I could definitely hear the table of intoxicated hipsters 4 tables away."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I love the Rio! Tequila shrimp tacos and a strawberry margarita hit the spot!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Service was poor since the restaurant was overcrowded and understaffed. The water they served was tap water at room temperature...no water bottles are sold. I usually visit Rio Grande in Highlands Ranch which is a lot better...better atmosphere and service. This time, however, I met with some friends at this location due to other plans we had the city afterwards."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "I hadn't been in awhile and realized (again) that I come for the margs, not the food."
    Dined on 1/19/2014
  • "Delicious mango margaritas, tamales, and pork burrito. Our group was very satisfied with our meals and the service. We will be back!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "I had a wonderful time at to. Food and margaritas were outstanding! Had a reservation that didn't seem to matter much still had to wait a long time for a table even though there were open ones. Overall a good experience though."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had a great meal and enjoyed the margaritas. Our waiter was very friendly and the food came out quick. The chips and queso are wonderful."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We made a reservation through open table and got in within a few minutes of our reservation. It was very busy and the crowd was energetic. The tacos were fantastic and the margaritas were outstanding. Will bring friends next time!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Picked it for New Year's Eve as a date place. It is noisy in the front room, but the margaritas are worth it. The guacamole is one of the best in Colorado. They have a room in the back that is less noisy, but it is not open until after 5 pm. We also go to the park meadows location, but Blake street is more fun. Food is good at both places. Servers are friendly and knowledgeable. The women at the check in desk also represent the restaurant well. The Rio Salad with grilled shrimp is my favorite."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We had a large group meet here for dinner to celebrate a birthday. Our table was ready, service was fast, friendly, and attentive, food as always was delicious. And without even asking, the birthday girl got a special drink. We'll definitely come here again! Loved it."
    Dined on 12/18/2013
  • "Ate in the bar area, waitress was quite distracted...had to ask for everything she never asked us."
    Dined on 12/14/2013
  • "Great place and promot service. Margaritas just as good as always!"
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "The Rio has long been one of our favorites for great margaritas and Mexican food. Initially we were seated upstairs this time and did not like the ambiance at all. It was too loud and crowded. We waited to be re-seated downstairs and it was worth the extra wait! If making reservations through their website means you'll be seated upstairs, I highly recommend just getting there and putting your name in and waiting! As usual, though, it was a great place, with great food & great service!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Good food, but kinda noisy. We took my parents to dinner and it was too cold to sit on the patio outside so we had to yell a bit to be heard. The salsa and chips are excellent, served warm and the homemade tortillas were wonderful."
    Dined on 10/17/2013
  • "I've had two groups at the Rio Grande this month for dinner. Everyone enjoyed the margaritas and the food. They have great quacamole and queso to get the group started too. I look forward to sitting on the patio some time, but both groups were large enough that they seated us upstairs. The service was great. The only downside - upstairs can get very noisy, especially when several groups are up there celebrating, so it can be a challege to hear people talking. The group enjoyed and the price was reasonable."
    Dined on 8/17/2013