Rio Grande - Denver
Rio Grande - Denver

Rio Grande - Denver

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.riograndemexican.com/
  • Phone: 3036231611x
  • 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 / Southwestern, Mexican
  • 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: 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!
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Rio Grande - Denver reviews from OpenTable diners
17 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (11)good for groups (9)great for lunch (9)neighborhood gem (7)vibrant bar scene (5)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (4)special occasion (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (1)fit for foodies (1)Show More
  • helpful staff
    baseballfan
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was my third trip to this Rio. The food is consistently better than your average Mexican and the staff is always so helpful and accommodating. We always seem to bring a group of friends with us, and they always fit us in and make us feel welcome. No request puts them off.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just a nice dinner
    Kingcrabcrazy
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Everything was good. The margaritas were a bit salty but strong.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    dinnerinportland
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Whenever I am in Colorado I come to one of the Rio locations...with family, friends, anyone who will join me. The food is consistently very good and I always enjoy myself.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just okay today
    downtowndinerVIP
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Sat on the patio, got splashed by the fountain and the salsa BURNED!!!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks are great, anything else not
    TryNewRestaurants
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    Overall I would say it was okay. Service needs help though. The host and hostest were great, but not only our server but others seemed annoyed to be helping diners. Ours especially. The drinks were great, which is why we went there (it was recommended). The prickly pear margarita was awesome.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific Group Dinner Spot
    blastr2
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Had 11 people coming in from out of town for dinner. This restaurant was great -- with a comfortable and friendly ambiance, and delicious food. The wait persons were fast, friendly, and helpful. The cook was extra flexible, as one person was vegan (and they received a special dish just for them). Highly recommend for a fun and tasty evening out with business colleagues and/or friends!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service needs a tune up
    downtowndinerVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This one server always seems to forget us when we go. This time we had a big party and it was quite noticeable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 10 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 39 reviews are from the Rio Grande - Denver reviews archive.
  • rip-the-lip
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    Stay away from the house marg. the lime mixer they use was awful, other drinks we had and food very good. Great place to eat before a ballgame.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AVOID THIS PLACE
    Coyote4ever
    Dined on 5/12/2014
    IGNORE HYPE & AVOID THIS PLACE. Food has been terrible on multiple visits. Mgmt & Hostess always have attitude & treat u like it is a privilege for them to accommodate you. If u r 10-15 min late, u will be "removed" from reservation system. This place makes all of its money off of "commercial mix" margaritas served in volume on the patio. If you want to wait 1/2 - 1 hour to sit on a patio and have a few overpriced drinks, this is the place as long as you can tolerate staff w/ attitude. However, if you want good service, good Mexican food and no attitude, go to D'Corazon across the street, Tamayo one block away or La Loma. Too bad because the patio could be a great draw and other Rio restaurants are good. Maybe they just need new management.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Mexican Food and Drinks
    jeannie
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Everything on the menu is delicious...we have tried several things and are never disappointed!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • not the same Rio Grande
    baseballfan
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We made reservations for this restaurant before a baseball game then learned it is part of the "chain" of the same name. We were happily surprised that the food service and atmosphere were all so much better than the other Rio Grande we'd been to. So even though it is a chain, it doesn't have a chain feel. Loved the weekend brunch options on the menu. Sat indoors, but the huge doors to the patio were open so we felt like we were outside but without the street noise or the sun in our face. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Margaritas
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Outstanding Margaritas. Fun atmosphere. I had Tequila Shrimp, which was really good. My friend had Chili Rellenos, also good.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great time!
    froggie1013VIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner and a concert
    Mutt
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Mexican food and hot spot!
    JanetVIP
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rio Grande
    Dave
    Dined on 3/19/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner Before Avs Game
    Carey
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exceptionally unimpressed
    blegh
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Tex-Mex and Margaritas in CO.
    TheTexas5
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food for a margarita place
    Djhall55
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So yummy!
    Karliefoodie
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    I love the Rio! Tequila shrimp tacos and a strawberry margarita hit the spot!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was poor since the
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    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.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I hadn't been in awhile and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/19/2014
    I hadn't been in awhile and realized (again) that I come for the margs, not the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great meal and enjoyed
    Bryan
    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.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Years Eve
    NYEdiner
    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!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy new year's eve
    ihearteric5
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go or the food, put up with noise.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    froggie1013VIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Delicious mango margaritas, tamales, and pork burrito. Our group was very satisfied with our meals and the service. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for a party
    birthdaygirl
    Dined on 12/18/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Ate in the bar area, waitress was quite distracted...had to ask for everything she never asked us.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place and promot service.
    Remy
    Dined on 11/20/2013
    Great place and promot service. Margaritas just as good as always!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rio Grande Denver
    LBeek
    Dined on 10/26/2013
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great homemade tortillas
    ElGrego
    Dined on 10/17/2013
    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.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dining with Friends!
    Rockinbb
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    This is a great place to have dinner just before a show in Denver! They were friendly, efficient and the food was very tasty. They even had the perfect portion size.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Margaritas!
    LPCS
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Our first time at Rio. We had a group of 10. We made reservations via open table and our table was ready and ontime! Most of our group had been before. The margaritas are very good! A little loud for my liking. Waitress was pretty good. Had to ask a couple of times where our drinks were. The food was great. Guacamole was okay. We will definitely be coming back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ouch! Caliente! NOT!
    moejoeVIP
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Ordered the Fajitas. Was expecting a sizzling juicy plate but got lukewarm and semi dried out chicken. Waiter said they don't serve it sizzling but would bring me out a hotter plate after I picked up the lukewarm chicken in my hands for him. Next plate was just as poor. The waiter could only apologize. Don't order the Fajitas. You'll be disappointed.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • lunch before Priscilla, Queen
    susalu
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    MeT some friends here for lunch before Sunday matinee at DCPA. Great salsa and margaritas. Would do it again.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the Rio
    Karat
    Dined on 9/14/2013
    Food and drinks were great. Our server was cute and fun, the hostess was rude and ignored us for a while when we got in, but everything else was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Early Dinner
    AfterPricillia
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    We went in earlier than our reservation and they got us in right a way. The food was good but the server needed a lot of help. Don't know if he was new or not but was kind of "all over the place". Was not impress with him at all. I would go back because there wasn't anything wrong with the food or location that was good. Friendly staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    Here fro Georgia. Recommended by my son. Great fresh Mexican!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.