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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KayCee
Tampa
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Have been going to El Rio Grande for more years than I remember. It is always a good time. I love their Mexican food so much, I have never yet even tried their Tex Mex. Their traditional Margaritas are heavenly! Nice hip crowd of various age brackets love it here. A little trivia: Liz Smith used to live in the upstairs apartments and loved to go to El Rio Grande!

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AnnSophieF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very Good food, especially guacamole that was prepared at the table and some sausage dish served in a pan!
Drinks were good, service food and price ok.

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vipstac
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great margaritas, food was Delicious, staff was great

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Te2018
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience all around

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vipharrietd
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the best in NYC...have been eating there for over 30 years and hope to for 30 more!

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vipGeneO
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Order took much longer than expected. Waiter explained our order was taken by a different waiter.

Service was attentive apart from the delay with our good.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good food, great service, lovely embience; recommend sitting outside once weather permits

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vipjgold
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This neighborhood favorite never fails. The food and the drinks were sensational. We did everything but lick the plates!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Love the margarita's here, nice and strong. Also on Tuesday's they have $5 taco specials!

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vipGoodreview
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2017
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Solid reliable Mexican. Great location. The service is really great. There is a reason this place has been open so long!

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vipObnoxious
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place... amazing food and great service ... the manager took my kids and let's them make their own desert....they loved it!!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The staff is the best!
it's always an enjoyable time.

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dgalef
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience3

El Rio Grande has a good vibe and a fine menu, but the actual food is lackluster: cardboard tortilla chips, salsa with an aftertaste, nachos that must've been soggy even before they hit the table, a chicken taco set that wasn't worth it, and a chorizo dish that didn't rise to the occasion. Nothing terrible, just not very good.

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ReinaFuente
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2017
Overall3food4service3ambience3

The food was definitely very good at El Rio Grande. My only complaint is that the restaurant should tell you that when you are seated outside, that you will be served in plastic cups. In my opinion the plastic cups killed the whole ambiance of the restaurant and the wonderful variety of mojitos they serve. It wasn't even nice plastic cups...they were cheap ones you use when having a family BBQ. (I wouldnt even use those cups for any event- FYI- Solo Cups do come in clear cups now) That was a sincere turn-off . Other than that, good place to have a casual outing with friends.

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ClaudiaD
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for an early dinner on a Monday. Sat in Mexico room. Quite nice. The other side of restaurant is Texas?! It was not crowded and service was great. Food we had was Enchilada combo and Conchonitas were very good. Large portions. Tasty. Cadillac Margaritas were great, and strong ! Would definitely go again.

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vipFineDiner3
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I have been coming here for decades. The food is delicious and fresh and the relish tray is fantadtic. Diane, the manager, is simply the best. She's warm and so welcoming. The Fajita Asada and enchiladas are sooooo good.....not to mention the frozen margaritas! It's a great place to dine.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best mexican food in nyc. Best margaritas anywhere!

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JKNorth
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

A nice find in Manhattan. It's in a commercial building with a terrific patio that's apparently very popular (it was raining the day we went, but it looked great). The food is typical American Tex Mex. The ingredients were fresh and tasty, particularly the tray of relishes. We took our kids there for an early dinner and by the time we left you could see the young 20-somethings from the neighbourhood coming out to be seen there. The service was top-notch, and the price was excellent for New York City. It's not a fancy restaurant, but for comfort and value it's terrific! I will definitely go back when I'm back in New York again.

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BetsyW
Louisville
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great dinner for tourists who didn't want a touristy place. Guacamole made table side was delicious starter. Atmosphere on patio perfect for a nice evening.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our preferred seating was easily accommodated. My strawberry margarita on the rocks was delicious and strong, I couldn't even finish it, though I wanted to! The steak nachos appetizer was awesome and chicken fajitas, steak tacos and vegetarian burrito were fantastic! You can eat healthy or not here, it's up to you!

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vipjgold
New York Area
81 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, the food and service at Rio Grande were excellent!! I've been a diner here for many, many years and the level of quality and flavors never falters. This time, it was a pleasant evening weather-wise and we ate outside. Could not have been more perfect. The south (Mexican) terrace is lovely and away from city noise and traffic. My dinner companion was a friend who lives in Westchester. Rio Grande has become her 'go to' restaurant when she is in NYC (which is often). The best!!

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KevinR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed early dinner Saturday with wife and kids. Margaritas, tableside Guacamole, queso dip and our entrees were excellent as was the service.

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vipValueFood
Phoenix
34 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reserved through Open Table, and in the reservation description, told them of our plans to see a Broadway show later that night. The staff actually paid attention to the reservation note, and did everything they could, to get us out the door on time. Truly, great customer service, care, and concern.

Their food was the best Latin food in the city. At first, when we tried Latin food at Grand Central, we believed it just wasn't as good as it was in Arizona. El Rio Grande however, put that notion to rest! They made me believe in Mexican food again, in NYC.

The tables are dressed beautifully, with white linens, and the views from the windows are vast. When we're back in NYC, we will go again. Outstanding experience.

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viplisa
New England
35 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

went for Sunday brunch and the choices were good. Huevos rancheros were great as were the sweet rolls that came with our orders

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JackieC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Live Rio! Food and drinks are great! Steak nachos and steak fajitas are GREAT! I keep going back and also recommend to friends 😊

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vipDonK
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My dog an I love this restaurant, Food good, drinks fine service consistant

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StephenH
Raleigh
15 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2017
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The Texas side is more energetic than the Mexico side. If you are looking for a semi-quiet dinner, try Mexico. If you like the energetic bar-scene, can't beat Texas.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My niece graduated from college

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viponedimple
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Since the day El Rio Grande opened it has remained to be an excellent restaurant. The food has remained fabulous. Love this place!

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Court
New England
2 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Always a good spot. Love the guacamole and margaritas!

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Out4dinner
Cincinnati
19 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was my first time back at Rio Grande since 1988. It's longetivity speaks for itself. We were on the Mexico side and the food and margueritas were as fantastic as I remembered .... and it's fun to walk through the kitchen from the Mexico side to the Texas side!

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vipYvonne
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

El Rio Grande never disappoints. Has been in the neighborhood forever! Food is very good and the frozen margaritas are even better :)

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vipGiaS
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great Drinks +great food = Great Fun with Friends. We had a great time as always at this tried and true tex-mex restaurant!

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vipSandraS
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always my fave when Im in town. One of few restaurants that has been around as long as I can remember.

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donnie
London
14 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2017
Overall4food5service4ambience3

El Rio Grande was a bit too fancy and anonymous for a Mexican restaurant. The tables were much too close together. You have a feeling of having no privacy what-so-ever, and anyone trying to pass your table bumped into your chair or the table in the process. The restaurant was far too loud to carry on a normal conversation. The food on the other hand was well prepared. Everything tasted fresh. We did have the impression that we were being rushed in and out.

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vipFineDiner3
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I love this place.! We get the best treatment and the food is delicious! We've been going here for decades. My husband loved the chimichurri sauce. I had chicken enchiladas and they were superb. Don't forget to ask for the relish tray. Then there are the frozen margaritas which taste fantastic. You get a choice of different flavored ones too.

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LynnSmallBites
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Although the space is very tight, my friends and I had a delicious meal and a great time. Our waitress was very attentive, the margaritas were good and strong and I loved my shrimp quesadillas and avocado fries! Reservations are definitely recommended.

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vipPJNYC
New York Area
67 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great time with good food. Staff were all pleasant and accommodating.

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GlenB
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Was the easy choice for a good neighborhood restaurant for a Sunday brunch as it is dependable, accommodating, kid friendly, good value and great steak nachos. Right accross the street.

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MaryJo
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Loved it. Great food and great Margheritas! Can't wait to go back.

FAQs

El Rio Grande offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 867-0922.

El Rio Grande is rated 4.2 stars by 328 OpenTable diners.