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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.riograndemexican.com/boulder
  • Email: bouOT@riograndemexican.com
  • Phone: (303) 444-3690
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
    Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 11th
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder
Step away from the Pearl Street Mall and escape to the Rio – for a little weekend spirit every day of the week. The Boulder Rio is seriously good, whether you’re bringing the family for dinner or just bringing your thirst for a good time on our rooftop patio.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerHot Spot
Diner Reviews
  • "We frequent the Rio quite often and love them - they're one of our top favorites which is why we planned to have a birthday dinner here for my twin stepsons turning 20. The service was super slow this time (and we kept running out of water) and then in spite of calling ahead and letting them know about the birthdays (they do a little special something for bdays) they totally forgot about it :( This visit was just 'off' - an unfortunate thing for a bday celebration. We'll go back though because they're usually awesome."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "After living in the Boulder area for years I decided to check out The Rio based on numerous recommendations. I was so disappointed! I have had great margaritas with fresh lime juice, no mix and great tequila and The Rio margarita just wasn't 'it'. All you could taste was tequila and if that's what is considered a "great" margarita well I disagree. The salsa tasted like pureed tomatoes, no spice or flavor and the chips were stale. My steak tacos were bland and don't get me started on the rice and beans. Again, flavorless. It was one of the few times I could not wait for dinner to be over. Disappointed and really wanted to love having a good margarita place with good food locally instead of having to wait to fly to AZ to get it."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "The Rio is differently one of our favorite spots to go for birthdays or other events. they are so accomodating with taking reservations for our big groups and having the table ready and set to go when we arrive. Our waitress this time was spot on with no mistakes and always being there to refresh our salsas or drinks as needed."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Fun spot when you want to be surrounded by lots of happy people, impeccable service, great margs, and yummy food ... what more can you ask for?"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "I celebrated my bday in this restaurant and the staff was really nice. Our waiter was very helpful and patient with our large group. They even helped us with the cake we brought! A great experience."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "I brought my wife and 8 year old son for dinner here. Food was very good and the service was good as well. Kids menu had a nice selection and the margaritas were outstanding. We will for sure go back again."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We have been to the Rio many times over the years. Our last two visits were a disappointment. The food was only okay. This time we noticed that our glasses were 3/4 full of ice when we finished our margaritas, so we suspect they are trying to cut corners by serving less drink and more ice. One thing we were always able to count on at the Rio was a really good margarita. There are lots of choices for Mexican food in Boulder now, so I'm not sure we'll be back."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Rio Grande was somewhere my girlfriend and I had never gone before. We decided on this place because we both like Mexican food, and the food was great! She got a tostada and I got a smothered burrito. The best part of it all was that they were very accommodating to my Gluten Free diet and they even had a special paragraph in their menu about it. It is nice to see the awareness some restaurants have about food allergies. I really appreciated it! The only thing was that it was quite loud. I didn't realize the type of energy that was going to be at this place. Since it was Valentines Day and our Anniversary, I was expecting to go somewhere quieter. However, after getting used to the noise levels and energy, it still was a great date!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Out for a family dinner - all adult children and friends. Waiter was fun and attentive. Food was very good as usual - just a fun time all around."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "Great restaurant known for their margaritas, tequila selection and energetic ambiance. This place never fails to be a good time no matter if I'm meeting someone for a quick drink, celebrating a birthday or just want some yummy spicy green chili."
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "The food was almost as good as the margaritas. The service was very attentive, even though the place was full."
    Dined on 1/16/2014
  • "Great restaurant. Great years ago when I went to CU and now I've made my son a devotee great food."
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Very delicious! So glad it's back. The new location is a bit small, tables are close together and if it's cold out make sure you are not seated near the front. Otherwise worth every penny."
    Dined on 2/22/2013
  • "good food, good margs, roof is great (in warm weather), good salsa choices."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "Nice green chile to smother a burrito I'll have to return for a bowl and a salad."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "If you like noise, mediocre food, happening scene, rocket-speed dining, you should choose the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in Boulder. When ordering dinner, you can expect to get your food in 3 minutes. Then it's over. Table-turning is name of the game these days. Margaritas and food not extraordinary any more. If your goal is a Boulder "hot spot," this is it. Otherwise, there are many better places to eat and drink."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "3rd time I've been here. I loved how potent the margaritas use to be, but this time they seemed real tame...for the price, I want to feel that buzz!! I thought the portion size was just okay for the price and would like beans/rice with my entrée to make it go farther. I was still a bit hungry after my measly burrito. Still, I like this place and the food is good."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Great grilled veg fajitas - fresh and hot ingredients!"
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "Though the drinks are terrific (try the Big Tex Marg!), our party was delighted with our food. Three thumbs up for the spinach enchiladas!"
    Dined on 11/3/2013
  • "Great Pork Burrito's smothered in green chile sauce. My favorite here. Margs a great too."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "An amazing visit to a Boulder classic on Saturday afternoon. It was 90+ degrees, and we really wanted to sit on the roof, but wondered if that was such a good idea in the heat. We got to the top and looked out over the roof at the large water feature, umbrella'd tables, Flatirons views and water mist floating out of tubes all over and under the umbrellas on the tables. The table we chose was amazingly comfortable. We didn't feel wet or hot--worked just like an evaporative cooler should, that mist. The food was fresh mexican, spicy for those who like hot (me), and a large margarita menu. A burrito and two Don Julio margs later, we sat, mouths happy, looking at the beautiful end-of-summer sky and foothills backdrop."
    Dined on 9/7/2013
  • "Great Margaritas. Food was very good and service was fast and friendly."
    Dined on 7/19/2013