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For 2
Date
Thu, 1/18
Time
7:00 PM
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Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

4.4
473 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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 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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
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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
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Phone number
(760) 992-5641
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Ernesto Gastelum
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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.
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Private party contact
Daniela Saenz: (760) 992-5641
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Catering
Catering Menu is available which also includes Party Platters to Go.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Baristo
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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.
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Public transit
Located on Indian Canyon Drive.
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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
What 473 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
food
4.4
service
4.1
ambience
4.2
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KenN (Palm Springs)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

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

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined 4 days ago

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Phoenix)
3.0
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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ScottP920 (New York Area)
2.0
Dined on January 5, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner (Orange County)
5.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

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

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

The Dessert Diva Drag brunch was fantastic!!! Thankyou

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CathJoll (Seattle)
4.0
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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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
1.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Really poor service and mediocre food.

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
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.

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vipJoeS (Los Angeles)
3.0
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.

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