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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Lone Tree
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Lone Tree
  • Address:
    9535 Park Meadows Dr
    Lone Tree, CO 80124
    Neighborhood:
    Highlands Ranch / Lone Tree / Parker
  • Cuisine:
    Mexican
    Price: $30 and under

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Lone Tree Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://riograndemexican.com/details/locations.aspx?id=1&loc=6
  • Phone: (303) 799-4999
  • 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: David Molina
  • 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, $5 appetizers and $1 off margaritas!


    This location offers discount Movie Tickets to Local United Artist Theaters ($7)

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.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMexican
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
  • Diners' Choice WinnerKid Friendly
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "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!!"
    Dined on 6/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Good food and relaxed atmosphere! Wait staff is very helpful and takes care of the customer."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "love that you now have corona light on tap -- so good as is everything else"
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "enjoyed dinner as usual - service was better than ever"
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "the crab and shrimp enchiladas are the best - fresh and tasty"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Good food, good service, fairly standard Mexican menu, reasonably priced"
    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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "loved the shrimp and crab enchiladas -- taste great every time!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and Rio margs as always!"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    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!"
    Dined on 1/17/2014
  • "Great place too eat and the margaritas are the bomb!!!!"
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "Great margarita's and queso. Entree's were average in taste and over priced"
    Dined on 12/29/2013
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/26/2013
  • "Try the fajitas! We've had chicken, steak, and shrimp and have not been disappointed!"
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "They have great Margaritas, but the food is terrible"
    Dined on 11/29/2013
  • "The GM Susan greeted us at the door, reviewed our group needs, introduced us to our server. VERY professional and showed a caring attitude. We felt very welcome at the Rio. Will certainly place the Rio Grand on our go to place for any meal."
    Dined on 11/24/2013
  • "The food and wait service were great, but the women at the front acted as though we didn't have a reservation. We waited for over 20 minutes before getting seated. It was very busy but the wait made me think that they did not know about the reservation."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I love this place so much, except for one thing. I used open table to make a reservation. When we walked in, we were told they had to clear 6 tables. After waiting almost 20 minutes, my husband walked over and asked how long the wait was if we had reservations. They immediately sat us which makes me think they had forgotten about us. Otherwise food and service was great!!"
    Dined on 11/8/2013
  • "Our family had left the movie theater and used open table to find somewhere nearby with tables available for us to get into for dinner. We walked in before making a reservation and were told they had zero tables until 30min later. I tried to speak with my husband to make the reservation and with stress after being hungry and 2 kids arguing, the hostess staff laughed at us so we left. I made a reservation and went right back in 15 min and suddenly they were ready to seat us while at least 6 other families were waiting or told they would have to wait 90 min for a table. The manager was apologetic but the staff acted defensive. I believe this restaurant was rude and had poor service to actually serve the people who were choosing to go there."
    Dined on 10/13/2013
  • "Food unfortunately not very good. Margarita's are tasty but very strong, make sure you have a designated driver."
    Dined on 10/5/2013
  • "This was a dismal Friday night out dining experience. Have eaten at the Ft. Collins location and thought it was pretty good. Lonetree, not so much. Waitperson was very good....prompt, friendly and very apologetic for everything that come, or didn't come out of the kitchen. We will NOT be returning."
    Dined on 9/27/2013
  • "A big thanks to Rio Grande - Lone Tree, CO!! The weather changed our plans very last minute for our triplets 13th birthday party - I called to request a change to the reservation time for 12 and they were so nice about it and took care of it no problem. They told me they are used to large parties and it was an easy change for them. Thanks again!!"
    Dined on 8/30/2013
  • "We've been going to the Rio for years. The food is healthier and the margaritas are terrific. The waiters are great to deal with, too. Naturally you have favorites, so when making reservations we try to get the ones we know."
    Dined on 8/31/2013
  • "There is no Mexica food served here. Do not believe the selection titles. The only claim to fame is serving Margaritas so strong that only 3 are allowed per person. We also noticed that the staff appears to be cleansed of any potential for employing anyone who might have a hispanic heritage."
    Dined on 8/16/2013
  • "Food was very good, get a lot, might consider sharing, check with server. Large open restaurant area so noise level is high. There is outdoor dining and although we ate inside the restaurant is in a shopping center so there might not be a lot of cars passing by."
    Dined on 8/17/2013
  • "a nice mexican restaurant - great for groups and afterwork gatherings. Service was attentive and the appetizers were delicious and plentiful."
    Dined on 8/6/2013