Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

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723 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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k
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the margaritas and authentic Mexican flavor

F
Palm Springs
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service are consistently very good!

VB
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoy every experience at Rio Azul. The staff is friendly, helpful, and takes great care of the customers. The food is excellent and we highly recommend it

AC
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fourth time here and the food is always excellent ! The service is warm and friendly and they were terrific at handling the busy pride weekend rush - great experience !

f
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Food is okay at best... service is non-existent... parking hard to find

GU
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The music was too loud. Singer was too loud. Could barely hear each other talk.

LH
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always

GM
Palm Springs
12 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We used to love Rio Azul. But every time we've gone recently it's been mediocre. The drinks were bland, the food was bland.... I don't know. Maybe it was an off night.

AL
Palm Springs
3 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! Great chips and salsa too!

RB
Indonesia
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Best mex restaurant in the desert !!

RB
Indonesia
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience1

Fantastic Mexican Food. Would recommend to all visiting Palm Springs. Skip the other Mex restaurant on the strip the one with water misters and greenery
.. Rio Azul.is so much better.

AK
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food1service5ambience2

The food was not very good. Multiple people in my party got sick.

k
San Francisco
69 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great margaritas and fajitas! We love Rosey💕💕💕

OT
Adelaide / SA
15 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very nice. Good service, very good food.

MA
Palm Springs
6 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Rio Azul is definitely the better place for Mexican food in Palm Springs. Great varied menu and really good margaritas. The service is a bit overkill with too many people checking in on you. I guess that’s better than no attention, but they could dial it back. Having said that, I still go at least once when I’m in Palm Springs.

b
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great staff. Always friendly and accommodating. Great prices and tasty food!!

JS
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Mexican food that is convenient in a great downtown Palm Springs location.

E
San Francisco
54 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pretty darn good Mexican food. Cadillac Marg was a bit disappointing. Great service.

MC
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall2food3service3ambience3

Horrible margarita. Mediocre restaurant in ambiance and cleanliness. Desert didn’t use real whipped cream. Also in all mediocre.

SV
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great down home food and quality
Great service

OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Never disappoints. Food is always delish.

PD
Palm Springs
14 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
36 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience1

bad food. good vibe

GU
Palm Springs
21 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
24 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

C
Palm Springs
24 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always delish!

RM
San Antonio
12 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

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

W
Palm Springs
28 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

s
Chicago
33 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

MA
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

F
Vancouver
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
14 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good quality ingredients so always great tasting food!

KC
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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
24 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JW
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent service & great food!

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