Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

4.4
702 reviews
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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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PD
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

LOVE! Great people, good food as always, this is a regular hangout!

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, service, strong drinks. Great value for what you get! Quality mexican food is hard to come by in PS but this was well worth it!

b
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always exceptional food and incredible service. I especially love and crave the salsa negra.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

bad food. good vibe

GU
Palm Springs
20 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is always great. Staff is friendly. Sometimes food takes a bit long to come out. Musician frankly can sometimes be irritating.

D
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service fantastic! BUT being July in Palm Springs the average daytime temp is about 105. The day we visited it was 110. The restaurant was hot as hell!

All the positives aside I will not be back if the place is this hot again...Either fix your AC or close for the summer it was agony.

OT
Anchorage
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great tasting food as always. Friendly staff and excellent service.

C
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delish!

RM
San Antonio
8 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Awesome food and atmosphere! Highly recommend for Tex-Mex lovers.

W
Palm Springs
26 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place! Always get the salsa negra! Please instal some cooling fans on your patio for the summer.

s
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Carla is an excellent, friendly and attentive waitress . . .

MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and ambiance. Enjoyed my Oaxaca Tamal and amazing margarita.

F
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server Trey was fantastic! Food was delicious and authentic. We love everything from the chips and salsa, margarita flight, shrimp cerviche and beef enchiladas!

LH
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good quality ingredients so always great tasting food!

KC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved everything about Azul! The awesome fresh, warm tortilla chips, the salsa, the Mango Margaritas (were amazing!!!), the shrimp fajitas. Rosie, our server was awesome and so attentive. Would love to come back next time we’re in Palm Springs.

AM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Was a good place. Small restaurant overall. Several large groups were there, so it was a bit noisy. My first time there so not sure if this is a regular occurrence. Food was good. Although I ordered two chicken tacos but did not realize they were basically the size of street tacos. So the price was a bit high for which was basically two street tacos and rice. But I would likely go back to try it again.

C
Palm Springs
22 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! The Enchiladas Del Mar are the bomb!
Friendly staff & good drinks. I recommend!

JW
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent service and food, and not noisy even on Saturday evening. At first we thought there was a trio playing; turns out it was a very talented guy playing the harp (you don’t see that in very many Mexican restaurants!). My only complaint is that the house margarita was a little weak.

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent service & great food!

B
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We have been regular patrons at this restaurant for a long time. We have always enjoyed the meals and excellent table service. However on this occasion it was different. We noticed a different beverage list with price changes and changes to the dinner menu. We ordered the table side guacamole, which was very salty and a smaller portion served on a small oily flour tortilla. The tortilla chips were too salty and very oily with clumps of chips stuck together and when pulling them apart cooking oil dripped out. The entrees arrived just warm and not sizzling on hot plates as in the past. The enchiladas were floating in oil and the refried beans and Spanish rice were smaller portions. I think we will be looking for another Mexican restaurant in the valley.

h
Seattle
29 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Disappointed...very average Mexican food. Service was very good.

AB
Palm Springs
36 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

This dinner we sat in the bar. The main dining room had live music we didn’t know about till we were leaving. They make guacamole table side - best in the valley. Enchiladas was average. Good service. One of the better Mexican restaurants in Palm Springs

OT
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Jade welcomed us right when we walked in and accommodated our needs to be by a television to watch the game. The food came fast and everyone was so polite. I will always recommend Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill to all my friends and colleagues. Thank you for making our experience great!! Special thanks to Jade too...what a great host!!

CF
New England
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 1

Average and unimaginative food.
The drag brunch show was classless and pathetic.
The talentless performers cared only to extract money from patrons in the quickest way possible.
Server was kind and well disposed.
The location has an air of grubbiness about it.
All rather sad.

OT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a group of 8 on a Saturday night. Everybody really liked their food, a few favorites of the table were the Rio Azul Ensalada, the Fajita Ensalada, the Enchiladas Vegetales, and the Chimichanga. The salsa served with the chips was also really good! They had a good variety on the menu, and offered healthier options, as well as vegetarian. It took longer than expected to get our food, but the restaurant was packed and the chips and margaritas kept us busy while we waited. I would recommend and go back.

m
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Great harp player and outside seating. Lovely place

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Philadelphia
55 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was fabulous and very affordable. Definitely well worth a visit!

OT
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Friendly staff and yummy food!

DF
Dallas
14 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Food starts out great with excellent chips and salsa. Our meals were also very good. Margaritas were generous but average at best, mix was off a bit. Comfortable booths, authentic service. Recommended.

JE
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

THE PLACE WAS NICE AND CLEAN. GREAT ATMOSPHERE AND GOOD SERVICE. THE FOOD WAS GOOD, AUTHENTIC AND NOT AMERICANIZED. IT IS WAY BETTER THAN LAS CONSUELO'S WHICH IS A TOURIST TRAP FOR PEOPLE WHO DON'T KNOW WHAT REAL MEXICAN FOOD IS. WE WILL GO AGAIN.

p
Orange County
28 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

I made a reservation for 6. We were visiting from out of town and we picked the restaurant based on reviews from open table. I am not sure if the hostess was having a bad night but she was so rude and when I said something about her attitude she said you can sit at table 10 or leave all because I asked if it was possible to sit outside. Then when she heard I wanted to see the manager and after we were seated at table 10 actually they moved us because the table was too tight I would have left but we had someone who was diabetic and had to eat.our food server was very kind and helpful.?the food was average and it came out warm not hot. I will never go back or recommend this establishment to anyone and to anyone who will listen.

OT
Palm Springs
13 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We love this place. Food is excellent great margaritas and staff is very attentive.

CG
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had the best waitress ever! She was super attentive and we couldn’t have asked for a better experience on our vacation to Palm Springs!! 😀

DS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Yes. It is a great place with very good Mexican food. Not the cheapest but we have enjoyed our meals there.

B
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

FANTASTIC! The best Mexican food restaurant in the entire Palm Springs area.

M
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Joyful service. Authentic Mexican food. Excellent value.

OT
Calgary
2 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal!!!!

DJ
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The enchilada suizas was delicious.

SS
Portland
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

Plates were very hot and food was cold
Presentation fair
Outdoor seating on Main Street
Very noisy

s
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent quality food and attentive wait staff al fresco.

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