Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Lone Tree
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Lone Tree

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Lone Tree

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://riograndemexican.com/details/locations.aspx?id=1&loc=6
  • Phone: 3037994999x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Monday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Mexican
  • Executive Chef: William Herrera
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Sunday: Family Appreciation Night and Kids Eat Free


    Monday thru Friday: Happy Hour from 3-6pm with $3 tacos, $3 drafts, $3 appetizers and $1 off margaritas!


Getting there

  • Cross Street: Yosemite
  • Public Transit: Light rail stop on Lincoln is less than half a mile away.
    Light rail on County Line is one mile away.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Large parking lots surrounding the building
A word from Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Lone Tree
The Rio provides 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 is created in house everyday. We are known for our legendary margaritas and our festive atmosphere. We aim to create a family friendly environment and provide weekly entertainment for inexpensive social outings.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Lone Tree reviews from OpenTable diners
35 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.3
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelEnergetic
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (21)kid-friendly (16)great for outdoor dining (10)great for lunch (10)neighborhood gem (9)vibrant bar scene (7)late-night find (6)hot spot (6)special occasion (3)romantic (2)fit for foodies (2)notable wine list (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great place
    SherpasReviewVIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    One of my favorite Mexican restaurants in greater Denver.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Go to Place
    njdining
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    We enjoy eating at the Rio. You can eat fast if you are trying to make a movie or relax and enjoy a dinner with friends. The food is good and the margaritas are so tasty.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An Off Day For Them?
    Maximillian00VIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    This was my first visit here, but the reviews have been really solid. There is a varied margarita list including one that has fresh grapefruit juice added in. These drinks were really good. The house margarita was not the best, but it was still good. The atomic chili con queso was tasty, but I don't agree on the "atomic" aspect. Mildly spicy. The chili rellanos were great. I love when they use green chilis vs. Anaheim or poblano peppers, very cheesy and the spicy green chili sauce on top really enhanced the flavor. No refried beans at this restaurant, only black beans, but they gave me extra rice as a substitute. The only negative was slow service and they kept forgetting which table the food went to for us and the other diners.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awful service but great food
    CS0629
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    First off, I came in and said that I had a reservation for 10 people at 6:30 and they told me that I wasn't on the list. Then I found my reservation online and showed them and then they realized that half of the party was already there... We are a fun group who got together to celebrate our birthdays and our server seemed annoyed with us the entire time. We asked him to take a picture and he said when he had time; which is fine but we had to ask again an hour later. We had to ask for refills and he brought our checks when we weren't ready. We planned on hanging out and having drinks but felt pushed to leave. We would've left him extra money for taking up his tables but service was so bad that we tipped 20%.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Mex for Veggies
    TamDine99
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Even though I'm vegetarian they were able to accommodate me. The margaritas are a good value. The guacamole & entree (cheese enchiladas) were good. Don't touch the hot plate!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday Dinner
    katipearl
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I brought one of my friends here to celebrate her birthday. Not only did the wait staff go above and beyond to make our dinner fun, the food and margs were amazing!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our server was AWESOME!
    WoodyB
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Friendly, attentive, but NEVER pushy staff. They worked as a team. Busy evening, yet our food arrived in a timely manner, correctly prepared, with NO problems - and there were six of us! Good job!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Rio
    MBSB
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Yummy food. Great margs! Good night out with friends. Funny and friendly server.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great experience
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We came in to the Rio Grande with my in-laws. Great food, great drinks and an even better server. Thanks so much for a great experience. We will be back.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • KathyVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Enjoyed another date night with great service, food and drink.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Spinach enchilada with Zuchini
    HananVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Yummm, that Insalata was delicious! I am glad they are so generous with the spinach. Four iamb a spinach lover is something I like in my died every day. My friend had the fish tacos and mauled them down. With that I'm assuming they are great! I drink a Don Julio Anejo Coin Margarita. It was done perfectly! What are you waiting for? Go and get yourself some delicious Mexican food !
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not good this time
    JohnVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    We were a large party of 15, which we know is hard to serve. However the waiter was very cocky and disinterested in making us happy. It seemed that because we weren't getting any alcohol that we weren't important. The tables were sticky. The food was mediocre and dry. I have been there many times before and have had great service so hopefully this was a one time deal. A table behind us had a family that let their approximately 5 year old keep screaming throughout the entire dinner. The family just kept laughing and it seemed that they were friends of some of the workers. This was the worst experience at a restaurant I've had in a long time. I am sure that we weren't the only ones this evening
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Food
    Cuzindenver
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    I ordered the steak fajitas this time and the steak enchilada the previous visit. The meat was amazing both times with a great flavor exactly how I remembered. I normally don't order steak with Mexican food but will every time I visit Rio Grande. Also the salsa was amazing with the perfect "kick"!! Well worth the drive from Colorado Springs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Margs
    Kevin
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The Rio is a colorado institution. It's consistently tasty and the margaritas are better than most mexican restaurants. It's a very large restaurant, so it's great for groups and meeting up with people.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great first time experience
    Cuzindenver
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    From making the reservation to the customer service we experienced through out our dinner, our experience was wonderful. Our server Alex was amazing and very attentive to our needs. He is so great at his job and knows how to deal with the public!!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 152 reviews are from the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Lone Tree reviews archive.
  • Weird Reservation Policy
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    The food was good, the restaurant was somewhat loud and it was difficult to carry on a conversation. My only concern is that my mother called to make a reservation for 12 people and was told that they did not take reservations after 4pm. I then went online and was able to make the exact same reservation through opentable. The restaurant was also not very busy which lead us to not understand the policy of not taking phone reservations after 4pm.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not Very Good
    VVWDAWVIP
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    I used to be a fan of the margaritas at the Rio Grande in Boulder. But either their recipe has changed or I have changed, because I really didn't enjoy it. And the food went downhill from there. The Tortilla Soup was more like tomato vegetable soup with carrots and celery. The tomatillo salsa on my burrito was very bitter, probably because the tomatillos weren't ripe enough. My husband's steak burrito with the hot green chili was OK but not great. The only good things about the dining experience was that the waitress was very friendly and prompt, and the Open Table reservation was great to have because there was a huge waiting line when we arrived.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food
    FunnyNacho
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Good food and relaxed atmosphere! Wait staff is very helpful and takes care of the customer.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good taste, but weak presentation.
    Heath
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    I can't complain about the flavors, but we were hoping for a little more effort in presentation for the price point. I know it has a reputation for margaritas, but since we don't drink, there's no allure there. I'm not saying stay away. I'm not saying drop everything and go. Just a good meal and a fair price.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mother's Day Treat
    Foodiefave
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I had been to the Rio Grande for dinner with friends a couple of times so thought we'd try brunch/lunch for my family since the food was so great. I was very pleased to be able to make a reservation for 9 of us. The food was fantastic and the service was excellent. All of us will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I love my fajitas
    HananVIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Party of six and no one had any complaints. Service was great ! Hostess didn't know anything about OpenTable.com and was slightly on the Rude SIDE
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Happy Hour
    RBZLVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    We went during happy hour to check the place out for the first time. The food was pretty good, the drinks/margaritas were fairly average but everyone else seems to think they're amazing so we must be a minority. Service was a little on the poor side - they weren't very busy, but water didn't get refilled, an order had to be remade, and the items on the bill weren't priced according to the happy hour prices. I've seen them packed at dinner, so I'm a little worried to go back when they're that busy if the service when they're slow isn't amazing.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • corona light on tap
    kerriVIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    love that you now have corona light on tap -- so good as is everything else
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's the Rio, you go for the
    kwickone
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    It's the Rio, you go for the Margaritas and environment, not necessarily the food. That being said, all four of us had the Rio Salad, with varying meat toppings and dressings. We all LOVED it! I had the salad with the Shrimp option, but requested the "Diabla" preparation for the shrimp. It was AWESOME! Others had the 'smoked chicken' topping, which had a zesty green sauce that was great too. And of course the Mararitas (House with Rocks and Salt) were fantastic as always. All in all a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not the original...
    Fan4Bronco
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The Rio is a great restaurant which started in Fort Collins. The original still has the best atmosphere and the best patio. However, the best part of dining at the Rio is still available in Lone Tree...the margaritas. Still the best I've ever had. The food is good but you don't really go for the food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great service!
    kerriVIP
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    enjoyed dinner as usual - service was better than ever
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Rio Grande Sad Day
    M155Y
    Dined on 3/1/2014
    I was very disappointed with my visit to the Rio this time. It was so loud in the place that you could barely have a conversation with the person sitting next to you. Our waiter acted like he was out for a Sunday stroll, there was no hustle in his step at all. At one point he left my drink sitting on a tray so that he could go attend to another table. Then when the food came out he forgot to ring in one of my friends orders, so she had to wait for her food while the rest of us started to eat ours. The water jugs at the table were never refilled for our entire visit nor did the waiter ask if we would like to have them refilled. I will say that the food was very delicious and enjoyable however, that was the only enjoyable part of my visit.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • love the enchiladas
    kerriVIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    the crab and shrimp enchiladas are the best - fresh and tasty
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • If you are a "newbie" to the
    IzzyVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    If you are a "newbie" to the area finding this location can be tricky. We were seated right away (4 children & myself), unfortunately we were seated next to a table of young drinking adults (and more people showed up as we were eating and crammed us in at the table). The staff should be able to use better judgement in family seating vs tables of drinking. The waiter took 15 minutes to approach and mentioned he was filling in for our assigned waiter. The chile con queso was bland and the salsa was watery. The food was just ok. The kids ordered nachos and there was more lettuce on the plate than any meat, chip, cheese, or beans! I ordered the enchiladas verde - which barely had any verde and was dry. We won't be revisiting this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rio Grande Park Meadows
    Jives
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Good food, good service, fairly standard Mexican menu, reasonably priced
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I was able to make a reservation
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    I was able to make a reservation and was seated on time. The hostess was great, the food was great and my service was good. I would definitely recommend the Rio Grande Restaurant to friends.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, late-night find, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for Date Night
    kerriVIP
    Dined on 2/8/2014
    loved the shrimp and crab enchiladas -- taste great every time!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible service
    LisaVIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    First we sat at a table in the bar and no one waited on us. So we decided to go to our table. We must have been invisible because a lot of waiters came by our table but no one acknowledge us. So after about 15 minutes we got up and left. We told the manager what happened and all she did was make excuses for the servers. Never going back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Another fun night
    KathyVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and Rio margs as always!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome Food & Drinks!
    Chris
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    We have been to Rio Grande many times and always have excellent food and delicious margaritas! Will be back again soon too!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Let's face it...it's the margaritas
    ikiru
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    If you don't know by now, Rio Grande has great margaritas. That is really the reason to go here. There are a few really good items on the menu, but most of the food is mediocre, especially compared to other Mexican restaurants in Denver. I find their appetizers to be better than their main dishes. Overall, a great place to go if you want to hang with friends, snack, and drink some great margaritas. But if you want a really good Mexican dinner, you can do better.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place too eat and the
    hammer31
    Dined on 1/10/2014
    Great place too eat and the margaritas are the bomb!!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pleasant Surprise
    Helios11
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    Best chile relleno I've had in a long time. We visited Rio Grande before going to a movie right next door, just because it was convenient. The food turned out to be exceptional. Good fajitas, and they offer discounts to movie tickets if you purchase through them. I will return for sure.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • stick with margaritas and queso
    famnight
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Great margarita's and queso. Entree's were average in taste and over priced
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Open Table - Really?
    DukeDenver
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    Open Table should discontinue its association with this restaurant. Our reservation, made 7 hours before the seating, was not honored. Our table was not ready for 20 minutes after our reserved time. When seated, our table still had rice and other gunk still on it. Food was passable for Mexican, but clearly not the caliber of Open Table restaurants. The green chili covering my burrito was a poor excuse, lacking flavor and appeared more like a starchy, flour based goop with a tinge of green coloring added. Service improved after a complaint to the manager, and a 50% discount for our troubles -- neither will bring us back to this place. Lone Tree deserves better.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate