Permanently Closed - Rojo Mexican Grill - Downtown

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$30 and under
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Mexican
This restaurant is permanently closed. Located on historic Nicollet Mall, Rojo Mexican Grill serves new culinary creations and many traditional dishes, such as quesadillas, tacos and enchiladas, but with bold new flavors or in unique presentations. Ingredients, such as the tortillas, guacamole, and salsas, are made fresh from scratch each day. And Rojo uses special proprietary blends of Mexican spices to create the unique recipes.
The stylish restaurant seats more than 280 guests and was designed to evoke traditional Mexican décor, but with a modern influence. Warm woods and soft red upholstery are offset by accents of leather, stone and steel. The dining room offers traditional table service and a generous view of the kitchen where diners can watch food prepared throughout the process. Three centrally located tables are dedicated to preparing hand-rolled tortillas, fresh guacamole and salsa in full view each day.

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RG
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We arrived at 4:10 and the restaurant was closed. Hours listed indicated they should have been open. Are they even still in business? We walked next door to Barrio and had a lovely meal there.

OT
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food! (I order the beef enchiladas with green sauce) and service. Waitress was very attentive. Did have to wait long for our food to arrive. Excellent complimentary chips and salsa while we waited.

D
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Food and atmosphere was good. Service wasn't great and we received our meals before we received our cocktails which was disappointing. We would have had more drinks, but the first round came so late.

RB
Minneapolis
54 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Fun to be downtown on the mall. Food was okay but not like I had craved at Rojo in past. Service was excellent. Drinks were good.

WK
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside. Food, service, and atmosphere was excellent. Arrived 15 minutes before reservation and were promptly seated and waited on. Waitress was very good and kept checking with us to see how the food was and if we needed additional beverages or dessert. Overall excellent experience.

OT
Minneapolis
7 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, they were quite busy. I ordered the house specialty, the waitress said it was somewhat spicy, I didn't think it was as spicy as the salsa(mild to medium) that came with the chips.

RC
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Good overall but expensive for a portion that was small compared with a normal Mexican restaurant. Got home and was hungry two hours later, Drinks are good but use too much ice in the margarita and gives you almost little liquid in the drink!

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall2food3service1ambience4

It was busy but the server did a horrible job of recognizing we were seated before others who were getting attended to.

TC
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food and the service was very good. It was super loud, but I think that's to be expected at happy hour time on a Friday - just wasn't conducive to our meal that night.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall2food5service2ambience5

Service was horrible. Drinks were so strong it was like a shot each time you took a sip.

B
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Great food, poor service. Incredibly loud music.

JV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was perfect; except our waiter seemed to be a bit overwhelmed with the amount of tables he was assigned to that our order was forgotten about.

A
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

the nachos I had were bland and terrible.

the quantity was huge, but the flavor was not there

N
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Over all it was an okay experience. Made reservations, when we checked in with the hostess she offered the rooftop, great! Little did we know it was limited food and drink menu when we were seated. It would have been nice if we were told that up front. The food was eatable, drinks were drinkable but not like the main dining or other Rojo restaurants.

BR
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience4

The service was not that great. We pointed this out to the managers and they seemed very nice but then initial service we received was very lack luster and continued even after getting a new server.

KS
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We had to ask twice for chips and salsa, which was met with a bit of sass. Our meal came before our starter. One of the dishes listed avocado but came without.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Alex was incredibly nice. Best place in town!

j
Minneapolis
28 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were excellent! I would recommend for a lunch outing. The tacos had a lot of flavor and were very filling.

TR
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Service was horrible! Host did not smile or say hello - "just how many"? Once seated we had 2 people come by, the first was after 5 minutes to clear the table we were sat at. The next person our waiter waked by and asked if our table was wiped off, no hello, how are you.. I went to the host stand after 20 minutes of sitting at our table not even with water - she said she would send someone right over..4 minutes pass we received flatware - still no hello or water...we left went to the place next door, was greeted with a smile, sat, cocktail order taken and $300.00 later we walked out happy.

JS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, food was good

B
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience3

After many good experiences at the West End Rojo location, I was disappointed with the experience at the Downtown restaurant. It was evident that the location was rushed to open its doors; the host staff didn't know the table numbers, the serving staff was overwhelmed by the downtown lunch rush, and the food and beverages were disappointing at best. The restaurant location is an odd choice, seeing as it is right next door to another established Mexican restaurant, Barrio. I'm unlikely to return to this Rojo location in the future.

J
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a mid-size group over the lunch hour and they were very accommodating. It has great space for larger groups. Food was excellent.

CW
Tucson
3 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Server was nice. They charge per glass of ice tea which is a little odd. Food was presented nice but not overly flavorful

J
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

One of the glasses was not clean, it had debris in it from someone else previous drink. One of us ordered the Hickory Burger and the bun had mold on the bottom. The restaurant did comp the burger, but I felt the entire meal should have been comp'd. I will NOT be returning to Randle's.

GF
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great time watching the Super Bowl. Plenty of TV views from all seats.

RL
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience4

Arrived at restaurant, couldn't find reservation. Got seated In a 95% empty restaurant at 5.45 pm., on a Saturday night. Service was very good, but most food items were small portions, high prices, and at best poor quality food. Would have sent some items back to the kitchen, but we were having fun talking to each other. Soda cost was $3.50 plus tax and tip. Cocktails were great tasting at $10+ each. When leaving at 7.50 pm, the restaurant was still 60% empty. Needing a new head cheft, lower prices and a good or great promotion, otherwise I can guarantee Mr. Randle' restaurant will be short lived!

OT
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, great food, great service

OT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very slow to get us drinks & the restaurant was relatively empty so not sure why. Food was mediocre but our server was very nice.

SV
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food & atmosphere. Will go back.

H
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had some pre new year's eve appetizers and drinks here. Food was very good and service was friendly. Only disappointment is bringing main entre barely after delivering soup. It made a clutter on the table and is just not good service. Great place to watch sports.

n
Chicago
31 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall3food3service1ambience3

The food was average. The specialty drinks were either unavailable or not that great. The service was terrible - very slow and inattentive. We were not in a hurry, but drinks would come out 10 minutes apart for people when ordered at the same time. Appetizers arrived without plates or silverware. This place is just average.

PC
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good food and service. Could have done without the blaring trivia night contest.

DJ
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Four of us ate dinner at Randle's before the NCAA volleyball championship. The location was great & everyone liked their food. The menu has a variety but not a huge menu so it's not overwhelming to make a choice. The noise level could be reduced by turning the TV volumes off, since there are a number of TV screens so why have the volume up on any of them. That would make it easier to visit. We could hear each other OK but I think if our group size had been more than just 4, it would have been difficult to converse. We loved that they took reservations and we were able to be seated immediately after our arrival. We were there in the winter but it should be noted that they have a lot of outdoor seating in the summer. It's an easy walk to many of the sports, music, & theater venues in Minneapolis.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This was such a great place, the food was soooo good! It’s also a great place to go watch games.

JA
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience4

The food was very good, and the atmosphere nice as well. Our server was ALWAYS in a hurry, and the place was not busy. This does not suggest we were ignored, but simply paid little attention at best. My wife is gluten free. Options are extremely limited. Likely would not return because of this.

M
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Chicken tortilla soup and kale coleslaw were amazing. Would go back just for that. My daughter ate my leftover ahi tuna sandwich and wanted to get one herself ASAP.

JW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience3

First course consisted of fried cheese curds which took an inordinate amount of time to be served, about 35 minutes. Granted, the place was very busy with customers. Quite tasty, though, once they arrived, and not at all greasy. My wife had the grilled cheese and arugula sandwich, and I opted for the seared tuna sandwich. Both were very good but again, took an inordinate amount of time to arrive, about 45 minutes. Cocktails were spot on: the Manhattan and the Cosmopolitan.

Overall food: A-
Overall service: C
Overall ambience: Place was loud as hell.

LJ
Minneapolis
10 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I met a friend for happy hour. It was our first time at Randle's.
We shared four appetizers. The food was really good, drinks too.
Jeremy was our waiter and took good care of us.
Fun atmosphere. Great place for watching sports!
We'll be back.

S
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at Randle’s watching sports & catching up with friends! Shout out to Jeremy for the great service!

J
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

We were called 1 1/2 hours before our reservation and told that they can't full-fill our reservation and it snuck into the Open Table system as available but were then told the restaurant had booked a group event and they would not honor our reservation. Our group does not believe that that is the case. We will not dine there again or even attempt to.