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About Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

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 take reservations for our Sunday Desert Divas Drag Brunch, Hosted by Vanity Halston. Doors Open at 10 AM, Shows at 11 AM & 1:30 PM; Reservations required by calling (760) 992-5641

350 S. Indian Canyon Dr.
Palm Springs, CA 92262
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm
Sun 10:00 am–9:00 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–7:00 pm
Fri–Sun 2:00 pm–6:00 pm

Cross Street:
Baristo

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(760) 992-5641

Website:
http://www.rioazulpalmsprings.com/

Catering:
Catering Menu is available which also includes Party Platters to Go.

Parking Details:
Parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, in front of the restaurant on Indian Canyon Drive or in the parking garage across the street off Baristo.

Public Transit:
Located on Indian Canyon Drive.

Executive Chef:
Ernesto Gastelum

Private Party Facilities:
The main dining room is available for groups and private dining up to 80 people. New outside patio can seat 48 people.

Private Party Contact:
Daniela Saenz: (760) 992-5641

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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91% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (23)
Good for Groups (16)
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Good for a Date (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Authentic (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (10)
Special Occasion (10)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Bar Seating (9)
Sunday Lunch (8)
Spicy (7)
Cozy (5)
Handcrafted Cocktails (5)
Live Music (5)
People Watching (5)
Happy Hour (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good for Anniversaries (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined 5 days ago

WE had a lovely birthday dinner. And a couple of margaritas too.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Romantic
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·Dined on January 14, 2018

Sunday Drag Brunch is great fun. The "girls" are hilarious.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Phoenix)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was okay. Flavor of the 4 dishes we ordered was pretty bland.
Our waiter was very nice.
With all the options for dining in the area. we will not return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Lack of staff was Apparent, Food was so so at best

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Orange County)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Our server handled our big party amazingly well, she was fantastic!

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

The Dessert Diva Drag brunch was fantastic!!! Thankyou

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (Seattle)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Went for the Sunday Drag Brunch, great show. good value and great bottomless Mimosas for only $10.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Really poor service and mediocre food.

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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and fun atmosphere. Reasonable prices. Happy hour in the bar is very laid back and you have to try the chicken tacos and steak fajitas.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I've had it with Rio Azul. The food is good but the service is uneven. We frequently dine here on Friday nights but after three mediocre visits, we're not going back. At least on Friday nights.

On our most recent visit we arrived before our reservation time and informed them our group of six was now three. That usually frees-up a 2-top for another party. We still had to wait 15 minutes for our table. Once seated, we waited another 15 minutes for our waitress to appear. By then, we were ready to give her our complete order. 45 minutes later, we had been told our food was on its way, she told them to put a rush on it, they dropped it. I finally went to the hostess station but the manager was not there and the hostess was on the phone. Another waiter was there and when I told him the problem he said he'd look into it. A few minutes later he reported that our food would be out in five minutes. Of course, when it arrived, the side dishes were room temp and we had to ask for fresh side dishes. By the time they arrived, we were half-way through our entrees.

To the waitress' credit, she did apologize and comped our order of guacamole and drinks (two iced teas. Probably $15). Having experienced long delays on our previous two visits we have decided that we are not going back for a while and when we do, it won't be on a Friday night. It appears that the kitchen cannot keep-up with the crowd on Friday nights. On a slower night it might be ok.

Tags: Casual
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 (Anchorage)·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was great and the margaritas were delicious! We tried this restaurant on our trip to Palm Springs and would definitely go there again! The food and service were outstanding!

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Our first visit to Rio Azul, but we will definitely be back. I'm from San Antonio, TX so I generally am sort of a Mexican food snob, but I was impressed. The salsa was fresh, just right amount of heat not heavy handed with the cilantro and delicious, the chips hot crisp and lightly salted. The entrees were all fresh, hot and delicious as well. One of our party had a chicken fajita salad, with lovely grilled tomatoes atop the greens, one had a combo plate with corn tamale, chile relleno and a mini carnita burrito. I enjoyed the shrimp rellenos, which are delectable bacon wrapped shrimp stuffed with jalapeno and topped with ranchero sauce. All were delicious. Only one issue was the very bland flour tortillas served with my meal. I just skipped them for more of the great chips.

Our server Rocio was delightful and efficient. She was great. A pleasant surprise was the very talented harpist playing music during our meal. We will be back for sure.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We love it ! The food is nice and spicy and they have a nice selection of good tequilas. Thank you we will be back !

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Spicy, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Fabulous evening as always. It wasn't too busy when we were in, the food and service were fantastic. Just love the fresh guacamole made at our table can definitely recommend.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Rio Azul is always our "go to" Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs. A unique non-Baja style menu which seem to be all around. Check it out. The bar is a great place for happy hour apps and drinks if you just want something quick or small. Otherwise, the main restaurant is great for a sit down meal.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on December 9, 2017

The best Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We were pumped about the Drag Queen Brunch but upon arrival it was evident that it was just a tightly packed room with a blaring speaker and wildly underwhelming food. A majority of our group swore they were “Bridesmaided” after gastro troubles throughout the day. The performances were definitely entertaining, but bloodies should atleast have a celery stalk if nothing else. $16 for a quesadilla is essentially a crime. Actaully, a chicken quesadilla that tasted like pork was definitely a crime on my stomach.

Tags: People Watching, Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Music
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 27, 2017

Portions were huge and lots of different items on menu so good for a large crowd since there is something for everyone but best part was live harp player- seriously- we all loved it. Not what I would have thought for live music in Mexican restaurant but he was definite highlight of evening.

Tags: Good for Groups, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 26, 2017

So so food and atmosphere. Lackluster service. Food was too long under the heat lamp.

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Sorry food took far too long to be served
Chimmy was cold and did not taste good
Service was pleasant but very slow

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 22, 2017

Rio Azul is our go-to venue for delicious, authentic Mexican cuisine when we visit Palm Springs. Fresh, lively flavors, generous portions, and outstanding margaritas, all served with huge smiles by a welcoming, efficient staff. Great ambience that keeps us coming back.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Fantastic service and amazing flavors. We’ll be back for sure!

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 (Calgary)·Dined on November 20, 2017

We had a wonderful meal again! The biggest issue was an drunken and rude man sitting next to us. He harassed the staff and security should have told him to leave.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 20, 2017

Can’t beat a seat out on the patio, not to mention the retried beans and jalapeño margaritas!

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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Guacamole made at the table to order. WOW! My new favorite Mexican place in Palm Springs. Service was also very friendly and great!

Tags: Fun
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 (Toronto)·Dined on November 13, 2017

We were greeted warmly by the hostess and seated immediately. Our waitress Raylee was very welcoming and patient with us as it us a huge menu and we wanted to explore all our options. We choose a grill for two that was a great sampler of many of the items on the menu. It was delicious. I would absolutely recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants excellent Mexican food.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

We thoroughly enjoyed the diva drag brunch. The food was great as was the show

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Live Music, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on November 11, 2017

A great place (except for the three loud bachelorette parties constantly come loaning about something—not their fault, though)

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Our go to for friends get togethers! Always great food, drinks and friendly staff!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Casual, Bar Seating, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Authentic
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 (Portland)·Dined on October 30, 2017

The food was great but the traditional fresh margaritas were not good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great show!!!
fantastic drag queen show and entertainment.
Great food and Great service!!!

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Special Occasion
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 (Orange County)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Just a terrible overall experience. It all started off with even when having an advanced reservation we were place at a two seat table to the back entrance to the kitchen. Seeing a lot of in and out traffic of that area, we asked to be moved. Where did they move us? We were reseated to a table at the front entrance of the kitchen with even more traffic. At that point I just said "whatever, let's eat. What happens next, the house margaritas are basically just all margarita mix. For a respected Mexican restaurant I would expect a true mix made at the time the drink is being made and not a pre made commercial mix. Next a chicken bone in the enchilada. A 1.5 inch sharp pointed bone. It was pointed out to our waiter, he took the bone back to the kitchen and we didn't see him again until we got the bill. Just ridiculous. No customer service at all. After all of that it's even hard to say how the food tasted with such a bad experience tainting the entire dinner.

Tags: Spicy
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 27, 2017

Inexpensive Mexican Food. Service was good. Could use some pointers on ambiance, dimmer lights would be nice.

Tags: Live Music, Bar Seating, Casual
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

We were there for the Drag Queen Brunch show. The entertainment was great and we’d go back for that but unfortunately the food and drinks were a drag

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The drag show brunch on Sunday was a blast! Great price and food too! I would highly recommend it!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 21, 2017

While not necessarily the best known Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs, it is the best. Authentic food, great margaritas and a friendly atmosphere. The food is well prepared and the sauces are very good, regardless of what you order. We love going there.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy, Casual
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Rio Azul is a predictably great place to go for any occasion. The food is good, and most of the portions are generous. The staff is one of the most friendly in Palm Springs, and they are always respectful and most accommodating. Highly recommended! Sit on the patio, if weather permits.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Some of the best fajitas my wife and I have ever had.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Authentic meal with great service.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Drag Queen show was so fun and entertaining. We all enjoyed the show and the food. My tacos were perfect and the chips and salsa were amazing. Great deal on Sunday brunch drinks too. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Fun, Seasonal, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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