Tequila Rio

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168 Reviews
$31 to $50
Mexican
Tequila Rio: Mexican Cantina, is located in the CBS Building in Wethersfield, alongside its sister restaurant, River: A Waterfront Restaurant & Bar. When weather permits, diners will be seated literally feet from the bank of the Connecticut River, offering sweeping, panoramic, and unparalleled views. The menu was created by a well-known New York celebrity Mexican Chef and features authentic Mexican dishes.

Our mouthwatering meals include tacos, tostadas, quesadillas, grilled salmon, and filet mignon with chimichurri sauce. See the full menu here. We also offer a full cocktail menu and the best frozen margaritas in Connecticut.

Tequila Rio is becoming the go-to place when your appetite runs South of the Border.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 168 people are saying
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JessicaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Food wasn't great and the service was worse than that. Definitely won't be back. We didn't mind the pace (SLOW) because I was with a group of friends catching up, but we had to flag down our server every time we needed something, and drinks took FOREVER to get even though the (very small) restaurant was only about half full. Once we got our food we never saw her again until we flagged her down to get the bill. 3 in our group got quesadillas that they said we ok, but the rest of us were disappointed in the tacos and burritos. Traditional margaritas were pretty good (though I said no Triple Sec and the server just kept repeating back to me "no simple syrup"), but the flavored ones got a thumbs down. The only really highlight of the night were the chips and guac, both were great.

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johnm
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall3food4service5ambience3

limited menu tuna was exchanged to salmon beer order one on the menu didn't have had to order different beer
food good and presented nicely and seating a little crowded

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nonameplease
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Fahita and Burrito were very good. The Shrimp tacos were overcooked and a skimpy amount. Would have been nice to have a complimentary bowl of chips to have with drinks while waiting for the dinner as most Mexican restaurants do. Also, the sangria was tiny.

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vipJohnE
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice by the river with propane fire torches, decorated for Halloween! Food was delicious! Great margaritas too. Also had live music band duo

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vipleeleebean
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Who knew this place even existed, but I’m glad I found it. VERY good Mexican food. Margaritas are good too, but not as good as some of the local places nearby, hence the 4 stars. Yet, don’t let that deter you from trying this place. Outdoor dining right on the CT river with live bands on the weekend. Apparently there is indoor seating too (it’s in an office high rise), will need to try it out in the winter months. Fun and relaxed atmosphere!

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vipHeather
New England
15 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the CT River. Singer had a great voice and added to the ambiance of outdoor dining. Excellent food, but the margaritas lacked flavor.

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DalilaC
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

It's wasn't busy yet the waiter was inattentive to the point of being rude

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience5

Server greeted shortly after being seated and was very friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. 3 appetizers were ordered. Crab empanadas, chicken empanadas and quac/salsa. The chicken empanadas and quac/salsa arrived first. My friend waited until the crab empanadas were brought to the table to start. Upon taking a bite she immediately tasted crab. By shining a light we could see there was definitely some crab meat in the chicken empanadas. The server came back to check and immediately took away the plate to make it right. At this point the owner was walking through the tables and I did let her know about the cross contamination and she thanked us for letting her know and continued on her way to other tables. Having worked in the industry I would have expected her to immediately advise the kitchen of the error to ensure nobody got sick.

Entrees arrived, I had ordered the swordfish tacos but had been advised they were out of swordfish and would be subbing mahi mahi, my friend had ordered the shrimp tacos and the third had ordered quesadilla. The mahi-mahi was not blackened and cold when it came to the table as were the rice and beans sides. There was an overwhelming fishy smell which we realized was the shrimp, it was also cold but had a slimy texture of shrimp that had been thawed and then cooked and then allowed to get cold too long. Again the server took away the offending dish but at no time did the manager come over to apologize. We could actually see him at this point eating a taco in the food prep area.

All in all the setting and service are great but the food crossed from “not good” into “potentially harmful”. Will not be back.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
8 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful night for outdoor dining. We arrived before sunset and enjoyed the view of the river. Portable heaters made the temp perfect. The band was great and made the dinner more festive! Colin was our waiter and he rocked it! Drinks were great, and the food was awesome! Food all came out at the same time, was hot and delicious!!!! Fajitas, quesadillas , shrimp tacos and tuna. All excellent. Loved the variety of sauces on our chips as an app. Really really had a fabulous night. Restaurant owner stopped by as well. ☺️👍🏼👍🏼

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DiannaL
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience, music and food was great. Service was exceptional

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MattL
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience4

Steaks were so charred that almost half of it was not edible. Was really a let down considering the location and setting. Won’t be returning for a second round.

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DevinM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, a little pricier than we expected, but worth it

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Suzanne
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience5

Started with drinks and chips and quac. Everything was fine. Good came and it too was good. The only problem was the ratio of table size to plate size. The table was not big enough to accommodate the huge plates. They literally hung a third off the table. It was awkward. Server was ok not fantastic.

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KyleN
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, and location. Perfect night out!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

Our whole experience was terrible! It took over an hour to come out after We placed our order! All the food was cold and we had to send it back to the kitchen and have them remake our orders again! The best they were willing to do was offered the table around of drinks and the house, and that was still unacceptable. We will never dine in there again!

Tequila Rio
Responded on September 3, 2021

I am truly sorry that you had a bad experience; it is not who we are.

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Teacher4
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

The food portions were good and I enjoyed my meal. The server çould have more attentive with our needs, i.e. water or drinks. The burritos should probably have been served with rice and beans. The drinks tasted more like a juice than an adult drink.

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RobyneG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful location, yummy food and great margaritas! Service was friendly and fast.

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viplindaS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Nice enough out on the river and there was some acoustic music which was nice - but the food is just not good.

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GinaG
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Loved the atmosphere and our waiter was great but we were shocked when we got the bill. We ordered the queso app for $6 but when the bill came, they also charged us $4 for chips which was not stated on the menu. You would think that an order of queso would include chips. The chicken fajitas were excellent and the sangria was delicious.

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AnnieB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful venue and atmosphere, wonderful service!

Tequila Rio
Responded on September 3, 2021

Thanks Annie, reviews like yours make our staff (and us) feel great. Please come back very soon!

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Wilma
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food is amazing, drinks were delicious. Band made it really fun. Outstanding value. Good scenery. Hostess even came around with bug repellent wipes as sun set, though we didn't feel any bugs.

Tequila Rio
Responded on September 3, 2021

Thank you for your very kind review! We hope we will see you again very soon.

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vipKenK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Musician was awesome as was the meal

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AnneD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An enjoyable evening and delicious food for our group of 10. Area was nicely shaded by trees at 05:00 pm.

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AngieF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great night out, food was good, nice ambiance, only glitch was not sure how to find the place. Had to go through the river restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Good food with great view!

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vipRosieb52
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

For a place with tequila in its name they had some of the worst margaritas I’ve ever tasted. The waiter informed us that we couldn’t order top shelf margaritas because the only margaritas they had were premade. The food was mediocre.

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LizP
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

The food was blah, margaritas too small for the price, and since when is a virgin margarita the same price as one with alcohol? We appreciated the insect repellant wipes.

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JohnV
New England
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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Youann
New England
9 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

The location is beautiful. The setting near the large Hartford river could not be nicer for outdoor eating. Unfortunately, the food was disappointing.

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PeteC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, cocktails, music, Thomas (our server) and the views were all absolutely SPECTACULAR!

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NorthshoreKid
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I know the margs are great but try a La Paloma Ultima; they are truly to die for! All of the food was very tasty! TR is a must try.

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CharlestheFirst
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Make sure you have the Mango Habanero Margarita! They are wonderful! All the dishes (at least the ones I have had) are really marvelous! Go tonight!

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Padster
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for an early dinner on an absolutely perfect weather day. The views of the river were really great. Had a couple of margs to start with some guacamole and crab empanadas which were outstanding! The Oaxacan steak and pork carnitas tacos were next and totally delish. Finished with Tres Leches Cake, yum!

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TanieshaW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were the only customers at that time but our server was friendly and gracious. She answered all our questions about the menu and even encouraged us to enjoy the environment. It was super hot outside on the patio but we loved it. She provided us with extra water and told the kids to take walks on the grass to keep them occupied. The food was tasty. Large portions so we all could share. Couple minor issues; there were no crunchy tacos (the kids were a little disappointed), the purple soft taco was way too soft the entire taco fell apart when o picked it up to take the first bite and the crab emapanadas were not tasty. Otherwise the outdoor waterfront location made up for everything.

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LinDee
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

App menu small, plus 2 items not available which made is smaller. Food was good but not exceptional. Thought prices were high considering the food choices. Menu is very limited but I guess expected since their kitchen is a tent outside the eating area. Mosquitos were out of control but that is to be expected with all the rain lately and being by the river.

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AwashFrench
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience3

The site is very pretty. Unfortunately the service was very, very slow - We had a reservation at 7:00 pm and we were served at 8:30 pm ... When at last the meal arrived it was cold. We had only one desire, to leave that place with our dishes ... and to run away from the mosquitoes of which we are full of bites today

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NancyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The setting is just beautiful and the drinks are yummy. They were short staffed in the kitchen but they let us know that right from the start so we weren't anxious. The waitstaff was attentive and friendly. We really appreciated that the manager came around and asked how things were. We REALLY appreciated the bug repellant wipes as the sun went down.

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TN1212
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So nice to eat outside- food was excellent

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TAC4
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food1service4ambience5

Wait staff was great; food was decidedly not. Tacos cold and dry.

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TheOldManandTheSea
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best weather day of the year! The view of the river and everything about the place is great. Food and drink worthy of the setting! GO!

FAQs

Tequila Rio offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (860) 477-3344.

Tequila Rio is rated 4 stars by 168 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.