Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

4.3
679 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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Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
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!!

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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.

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M
San Francisco
9 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.

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

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

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

Friendly staff and yummy food!

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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.

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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.

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p
Orange County
26 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.

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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!! 😀

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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.

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

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

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

Joyful service. Authentic Mexican food. Excellent value.

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

Great meal!!!!

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

The enchilada suizas was delicious.

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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

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

excellent quality food and attentive wait staff al fresco.

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San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

While disappointed we were not able to dine outside, the service and food was great as always.

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Kansas City
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food at reasonable prices. Able to accommodate large groups.

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KN
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner was delicious! We went with two other friends, and had a great time!!!

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OC
Palm Springs
56 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the best Mexican food in Palm Springs. The staff is super friendly and the drinks are strong too. Try the combination with (the cutest) mini burrito if your eating lighter. Haha. You’ll love it.

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Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Rio Azul with a larger group for a work celebration event. The food was amazing as was the service. They also had someone playing the harp live who was fantastic. I’d definitely recommend this place to anyone looking for a great night out and delicious Mexican food.

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BD
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Camarones rellenos is fabulous!!!

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CJ
Chicago
14 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

When my daughter and I arrived for our specified indoor reservation, we were led to a table in an outdoor seating area right next to a busy street. When I questioned them about it, I was told that if we wanted to eat inside, we would have to wait for an hour. They did not seem to care that they had confirmed indoor seating. As it was 7 on a Saturday, we ate outside and returned home frozen. The good food and mediocre service did not make up for it.

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MJ
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food, service, and ambiance was great! We would not have found this place if not for Open Table. We would go here again!

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R
Minneapolis
44 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved our waiter, food, and had fun time. Will come back again.

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S
Los Angeles
38 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another terrific dinner at Rio Azul! I recommend it to anyone visiting Palm Springs.

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Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Friendly staff and very good Mexican food

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Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Good food & very friendly, nice outdoor area, relaxed!

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New England
1 review
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was amazing. Service was lacking, hard to find server. Portions were great. Prices were perfect!

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Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food and service

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M
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Staff was very friendly. The guacamole was made tableside and the margaritas was tasty. There were guys alternating playing a harp. I would certainly return.

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PL
San Diego
28 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Rio Azul! Whenever we come to Palm Springs, this restaurant is a must. Tonight we enjoyed a lovely evening on the patio.

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LL
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great value and service. You can be rushed if you let them but they are happy to go at the pace you desire. Get the table side guacamole and the house specials.

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l
Vancouver
10 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been returning, again and again, during our trips to Pal

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OT
Palm Springs
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Busy place. Tight quarters. Predictable and flavourful food. Slightly above family dining experience. Plastic water cups and margarita “glasses”. Margarita was basically cheap tequila on ice. Fair value for the price. I would eat here again.

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M
Seattle
16 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is the second time we have been there in less than a week. I had their house special Camarones Rellenos, stuffed shrimp. It is so fabulous. Their margaritas are huge and very tasty. The fresh made at your table guacamole is excellent. My husband had two different entres both good.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our first visit to Rio Azul and we’re looking forward to returning. I will order the Poblano Sopa again— been thinking about it ever since our meal! Delicious and unique. This restaurant is a great find in Palm Springs.

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SS
London
21 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

failed to acknowledge open table reservation and open table accused me of not going to the restaurant.

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CF
Palm Springs
19 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best food served by the most friendly wait staff anyway. Consistently our go to place in Palm Springs. No other Mexican restaurant compares. We call it “gourmet Mexican food.” A must place to try. Guaranteed to impress.

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