Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

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773 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Welcome to Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill, the Best of Mexico in the heart of Palm Springs. Chef Ernesto’s family-Inspired award winning authentic Mexican cuisine is handcrafted with the best ingredients and served in a vibrant space to enhance your dining experience. You’ll be charmed by the colorful and deliciously vibrant atmosphere and wowed by the culinary creation of Chef Ernesto’s cuisine. It is a magical combination of delicious fresh and flavorful ingredients with a philosophy of slow food preparation where everything is made to order. As a result you have a dining experience that excites and delights your senses. The place to be for Mexican food where food speaks to your palate. Voted “Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Margarita by Palm Springs Life Readers!

We are now selling tickets online for our DESERT DIVAS DRAG BRUNCH at www.rioazulpalmsprings.com. Please click the drag brunch tab and scroll down to purchase tickets.
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MollyB
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They had a great happy hour menu. We loved the guacamole and the ceviche.

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Jenny
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were amazed how fast our food arrived. Delightful service and excellent Mole chicken enchiladas. We will be back on our next trip!

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was awesome we had a really good time and thank you to the servers for being so attentive definitely we will be going back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food!!! We all loved our entrees. The only downfall is you have to pay to refill your chips and salsa. But other than that highly recommend!

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stevieb
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

First time visit and seated in their outdoor patio. Seating/table distances were adequate. Menu is online with a great selection of happy hour and dinner items. Staff and server very pleasant, brought chips/salsa right away. I chose the conchinita pibil over the chili verde this visit and was not disappointed. Very flavorful pork dish and highly recommended! Will try the green chili next visit! Great margaritas for happy hour before 6pm. Well worth the visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another Epicurean delight.....

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Lynnie
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Service was good. Ambience is too dark. Food is okay. Choices are limited -not much flexibility. No Ranch dressing. Have to pay extra if you want more chips and salsa. There are plenty of Mexican restaurants that I enjoy more.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cochinita Pibil *chef's kiss*

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vipWendyL
Orange County
7 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved this place! Delicious Dodd and great cocktails.

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CamiloA
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Our fits experience was that the food is very overpriced for the actual quality. Carnitas are very dry and presentation is lacking, one of our dinner friends thought they were hash browns. The mole enchiladas are decent but not outstanding for $16.95 enchiladas! We are still curious to try the chorizo enchiladas though and the calamari appetizer was good. I do need to try the tacos, there is a lot more to try (the Parilladas sound really good but then so did the carnitas) but we usually judge a restaurant based on our favorite dishes and those didn't pass but it doesn't mean there aren't other good things on the menu. We may try again at a happy hour time. I think this place would probably work better for the happy hour specials, which is more in line with the quality you are getting. I give this a 72 out of 100, or 3 stars for this first visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas!

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
2 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, awesome staff, enjoyed our meal!

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AlanZ
Palm Springs
30 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dinner at Rio Azul. The food is our favorite Mexican food in Palm Springs. The Cadillac margaritas are a great value. The service is excellent. You can’t go wrong at RA. Temperature check at the door. Tables spaced well apart.

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vipJoshSF
Palm Springs
32 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience3

The problem here is that they aren’t Covid organized. They were unclear on arrival on how to access a menu (no paper menu, no QR code) so we just went to their website. Turns out pricing is way different by about 25% (higher). Previous time here about 3 months ago they mishandled social distancing and sanitation for take out. Food is pretty good. Service was friendly. I have to wonder about overall protocol so won’t be back soon. There’s a better casual Mexican restaurant in the north part of town that knows what they’re doing.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Good food and Drink.

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vipAdnil
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Food and drinks are great; more authentic than other local Mexican food restaurants. The service is very kind, thorough, accurate and gracious. The Cadillac margarita is epic !

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vipbohand
San Francisco
48 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rio was amazing as always. The salsa negra is the most amazing thing ever.

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vipIntownDweller
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

There are better option around Palm Springs to consider. Rio Azul fell short of the reviews on this site.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall2food3service3ambience3

The food was ok, but was very disappointed in the margaritas. They were super expensive and tasted horrible. The regular Cadillac version was $11, but when upgraded to a reposado tequila they charged $18! And that was for a small drink! And someone in our party wanted mezcal and they charged $20, again for a small drink! If the drinks had tasted awesome maybe the price wouldn’t have bothered us so much. Really questioning if we will return.

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vipGary
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

This restaurant has the atmosphere of a family-run, neighborhood establishment. It's not fancy, but the food is OK and the service is friendly. When I dined there (for dinner), they had a Mexican harpist - quite unusual for me. He played and sang Mexican tunes. His technique and sound were like that of a guitarist - but on a harp. That added a warm and unique touch to the experience. Prices are reasonable. Wines are very basic.

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vipSweetcin
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely, servers were great, harpist was a surprise & great!!!!

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JimF
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for casual dining. Food was better than your typical Amercanized Mexican food.

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vipDandJS
New England
95 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our GO TO Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs. We’ve never been disappointed here.

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vipdatenightdiner
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience2

The food and margarita's were great. The food is a big step above the regular stuff you get. We were there on a Sunday evening and it was busy so the service was not the quickest, but the staff was great. You can tell that the food was not premade. The wait was worth it.

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vipFoodiekraken
Puerto Vallarta
44 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They are so friendly and the food is delish. Slightly expensive for TexMex, but they can be because of the location. BIG MENU. Lots of choices.

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GlobalGirl
Washington DC
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Pretty ordinary food. Everything needs up dating.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was friendly and on top of it. Delicious Margaritas and some of the best enchiladas I’ve had (country wide)! Order the enchiladas poblanos - amazing!!

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vipConorP
Calgary
11 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My family really enjoyed our meal. The food was very fresh and tasted great. We would visit on our next Palm Springs visit.

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vipFrequentDiner
Palm Springs
456 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A "step up" from your usual Mexican restaurant experience. VERY warm and friendly staff, good service, and lots of food and drink from which to choose! There are MANY Mexican restaurants in the Coachella Valley, but this one provides just the right mix of good food, a festive atmosphere, a fun bar, and an environment that's great for a date or the whole family.

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vipgaelforce
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience3

Waited 20 mins for a drink after we arrived. Food arrived before drinks. Asked for a second drink, which never arrived and had to ask to have it removed from check. Poor service and average food.

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vipMarkDenver
Denver
46 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Great food and fantastic margs...what more can you ask for!

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PatG
Ottawa
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was quite good. Very busy, so service was slow. Our table for two was like an afterthought- stuck in an area that should have been an aisle, busy route for servers. I ordered a beer shortly after being seated but it never came. By the time the waitress finally checked with us, I told her not to bother. We probably would have been better off in the bar side instead of the dining room. There was a knife and fork on the floor near us that was never picked up. A waiter dropped a fork and kicked it the last few feet into the kitchen area. Two large groups of diners seemed to occupy the attention of most of the staff.

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MarciaA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Authentic food and great service. Great Cadillac margarita and chili mango margarita.

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RonP
Las Vegas
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

All 4 of us were very pleased. The service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great atmosphere. The food was awesome. Had a party of 14 and they were very accommodating. Really great time overall.

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vipHappypuppy
Vancouver
37 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience4

Loved the patio and terrific service. Sadly worst chicken tacos ever. Why would you put them under a heat lamp or burner? Cheese melted into oily mess, chicken dried out and texture was totally off. Gross.

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OpenTable Diner
Palm Springs
4 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service!

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vipCarlF
Palm Springs
27 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wanted to share our love for Rio Azul with out of town guests. The evening was such fun and the food, as always outstanding. Everyone enjoyed themselves and our guests were so glad that we went there. When you have out of town guests be sure to introduce them to Rio Azul.

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Localsenior
Phoenix
3 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience3

My food was great. Some others liked theirs. My friend had a horrible meal - tortilla with a whole lot of onions and some grizzly chicken. We told the manager and she didn't care. We have come here for 3 years in a row. Next year we will find another place,

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Roscoe
Edmonton
14 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food, excellent service. It was an awesome place to have dinner st.

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Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 992-5641.

Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 773 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.

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