Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

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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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Cochinita Pibil *chef's kiss*

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vipWendyL
Orange County
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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
29 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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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
46 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
34 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
94 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
10 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
450 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
11 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
25 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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vipCarlF
Palm Springs
25 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Rio Azul and are regulars there; dining there 2 or 3 times a month. The food is top notch and the staff is exceptionally warm and friendly. We were there this time to celebrate our friend, Sharon, 80th birthday. We always take our out of town guests there. We love Rio Azul.

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JoeD
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

As always the best crab enchiladas, salsa Negra , chips and salsa can’t eat just one basket.
The Cadillac margaritas are the bomb.

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PamelaG
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food was delicious as always.

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vipLorraine
Palm Springs
88 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a great time at Rio Azul. The harp player was amazing. Food and service were excellent. This is our favorite Mexican food restaurant.

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vipSweetman
Minneapolis
66 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good Americanized Mexican food. Much better than the other downtown Mexican restaurants. We will be back!

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vipRusty23
Seattle
4 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was the second time we’ve eaten here, and both times we’ve had outstanding food and service. We ordered the guacamole, which was made table side and was delicious. I had enchiladas with mole sauce and it was probably the best I’ve ever had anywhere. My wife had a burrito and that was delicious too. We’ll definitely eat at Rio Azul again the next time we’re in Palm Springs!

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vipHope4suninAK
Anchorage
45 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rio Azul is the best!!!! We go there every time we are in Palm Springs and it never disappoints. Our server was amazing and the margaritas are so good! We will continue to visit and recommend it over other restaurants in Palm Springs.

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AlexG
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Just busy busy night

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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 765 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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