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Rio Grande - Denver, Denver, CO

Rio Grande - Denver

4.4
4.4
554 Reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Delicious Tex Mex and Margaritas - located in our brand new location near Coors Field and Union Station in LoDo! Now open for dine-in service as well as food and margs takeout. Whether you're coming in to unwind and dine with us, to have a drink, do some people-watching on our patio, bringing food home for the family or just grabbing some margs for a fun night at home, the Denver Rio is a delicious escape.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tex-Mex, Mexican, Unspecified
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (303) 623-5432
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Angel Ramirez
  • 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
  • Private party facilities
    Seriously good Mexican food, legendary margaritas and the perfect private dining spot for your next event! We can host intimate gatherings for groups of 30 or large events for up to 200 people.
  • Private party contact
    Sabrina Sandberg: (303) 623-5432
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / LoDo
  • Cross street
    16th Street Mall
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 554 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

554 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience at the Rio, as always. Love having the patio to enjoy dinner and drinks during COViD.

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  2. Warren

    Denver

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Have frequented the Rio for years. Recently during Covid I have been making reservations as I understand it makes it easier for restaurants to utilize limited seating. I also understand seating requests can not always be honored. On this visit I did make a request for a particular table indoors, or if not available a booth. When we arrived I stated we had made a reservation I also saw that the table we requested was occupied, which was fine. The young woman at the host stand surely was able to see the requests on her screen, but instead of acknowledging those requests mumbled she could seat us on the patio, or by way of pointing a table in the middle of the dining room. A person with any skills would have offered alternatives....I see you made a seating request, but we don't have those tables available right now, or those tables are not available at the moment, but you're welcome to wait. I also would be willing to bet that none of the people seated at any of the tables requested had made a reservation. If that was the case the front door should be looking ahead at reservations and hold one of the requested tables for a person who always makes a reservation, always keeps the reservation and arrives on time for that reservation. The way in which the situation was handled at the front desk tainted the entire experience. I also feel the service this visit was somewhat curt, which normally isn't the case. As I said earlier I've been coming to the Rio for years. We would drive from Denver to Fort Collins to eat there when they first opened. There have always been ups and downs with them over the years with food. Recently we primarily go to the Denver Rio. Over the past few years the food has often been over salted and generally inconsistent. One time it's great the next time not so much. The only thing that has always remained a constant are the Margaritas. All this aside In hopes of past experiences there we will continue to be patrons.

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  3. michellewest

    Denver

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great service and great food! Outdoor dining is a plus!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was good and everything we were expecting.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant inside was pretty empty but I think they were keeping everyone outside for the most part. Despite it being empty inside, business (service and kitchen) was pretty slow. We still enjoyed ourselves and loved our margaritas. I had 3 tacos and found myself still hungry after. Especially with how much tequila is in the margaritas (or what seems like it), I think they should offer sides with the tacos such as rice and beans just to make it more of a meal. Great to be outside and enjoy the evening, though.

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  6. AnthonyO

    Denver

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoyed the food and the staff at the Rio, the Rio is a great little oasis from the rest of Denver.

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  7. PAMELAE

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great place for happy hour, prices are reasonable & food was delicious.

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  8. Laura

    Denver

    18 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2020

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Great night out at the RIO. Same GREAT patio as always. Good food and drinks as usual there. They accepted the passport book before it expired (it expired on 7/31). Manager needed to fix the bill, and she did it and was nice about it. We'll be back.

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  9. joannac

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Margaritas are always amazing. Spinach enchiladas were the best. Salsa is fresh with just the right amount of spice.

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  10. DANAQ

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food. Awesome service. Awesome location. Always a favorite!!

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Rio Grande - Denver does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Rio Grande - Denver also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 623-5432.

Rio Grande - Denver is rated 4.4 stars by 554 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Rio Grande - Denver

1745 Wazee St, Denver, CO 80202

Additional information

  • Cross street
    16th Street Mall
  • Neighborhood
    Downtown / LoDo
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri 11:00 am–11:00 pm Sat 10:00 am–11:00 pm Sun 10:00 am–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Tex-Mex, Mexican, Unspecified
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Angel Ramirez
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (303) 623-5432
  • 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
  • Private party facilities
    Seriously good Mexican food, legendary margaritas and the perfect private dining spot for your next event! We can host intimate gatherings for groups of 30 or large events for up to 200 people.
  • Private party contact
    Sabrina Sandberg: (303) 623-5432
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