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About Rio Grande - Denver

The Rio's mission: to provide sanctuary from the problems of the world while serving the best dang margaritas and Mexican food this side of the Rio Grande.


The Rio features Fresh Tex-Mex Cuisine created in house everyday. We are known for our legendary margaritas and our festive atmosphere. Located just steps from the free 16th Street mall shuttle and a few blocks from both the Pepsi Center and Coors Field. Cheers from the Rio, hope to see you soon!

1525 Blake St
Denver, CO 80202
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican, Mexican / Southwestern

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm;
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm;
Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm;
Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am;

Cross Street:
16th Street Mall

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 623-1611

Website:
http://www.riograndemexican.com/

Catering:
Please contact the Rio directly for further details on our catering options - we would love to cater your event! 303.623.1611 or denver@riograndemexican.com

Executive Chef:
Angel Ramirez

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Please contact the Rio directly for any special event information. 303.623.1611 or denver@riograndemexican.com

Private Dining

Seriously good Mexican food, legendary margaritas and the perfect private dining spot for your next event! We can host intimate gatherings for groups of 30 or large events for up to 200 people.

Rio Grande - Denver Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (9)
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Authentic (8)
Great for Outdoor Dining (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Bar Seating (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Good for Groups (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Spicy (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
People Watching (4)
Comfort Food (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Neighborhood Gem (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Business Meals (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Organic (1)
Kid-friendly (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Healthy (1)
Cozy (1)
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

The food is good, the margaritas are better, portions fill hungry people and you aren't over paying for presentation.

Tags: Business Meals, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great event for 8 people and we had 12 people. My only improvement would have been a table for 12 instead of 8 - we were so cramped we couldn’t tell who’s glass was who’s. Food and service were great.

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 (Denver)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We weren't seated until almost an hour AFTER our reservation.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Delicious Mexican cuisine. Great Margaritas and cold beer.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual, Fun, Bar Seating, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Spicy, Good for Birthdays, Great Beer
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Music was way too loud and took forever to get our food

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on November 18, 2017

High quality Mexican food, and, hands down, the best margaritas in town!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

My friends and I go to Rio at least once a year. They have great margs and food. The wait staff was very attentive which made our experience that much better!!!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 15, 2017

Food was great as usual, but the staff seemed to forget about my reservation. Had to wait for 35 minutes to be seated after the scheduled time of reservation. They also led us back and forth across the restaurant before we were finally seated.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Great margaritas and good Mexican food. Reservation got us in immediately dispite a 45 minute wait!

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Fun, Scenic View, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Spicy, Worth the Drive, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

As always, Rio was just what I needed. Thank you for your outstanding service, food, and drinks.

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 (Denver)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Good Service - Good Food! Can be family or business - great spot right in between Coors Field and Pepsi Center.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on September 16, 2017

Heard so much about this restaurant so I thiugh I would give it a try. The service was horrible! Our waitress seemed like she hated her job ignored what we asked for and never came to check on us. The smoked chicken tacos are amazing! disappointed! 😐

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Shrimp tacos were really good-big, flavorful shrimp. Not the small little ones. Queso was good also, although a bit of a small portion.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Good as always, Victoria made sure we had a great table and that is what keeps us coming back!!!

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on August 22, 2017

The food was average, good service, nice outdoor patio.

Tags: Casual, Quick Bite, Great for Outdoor Dining, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 20, 2017

A really good choice for a nice evening with a friend. The service was excellent. We ask for guacamole without onions and for substitutions on the main meal. They handled all request with no up charge.

Tags: People Watching, Happy Hour, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 18, 2017

Fabulous margaritas… Fun atmosphere… Fabulous food number one place for Mexican food! Love it!!

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Rio Grande is a fun place to hang out with really good food!

Tags: Hot Spot, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Casual
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 (Dallas)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Rio Denver NEVER disappoints. Period! We no longer live in CO but whenever we are back we always make a point to eat and drink margs at Rio!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Super Busy when we went but our waiter was great - kept updating us and we were comfortable he would get to us shortly. Since we were celebrating a birthday, we were in no hurry and enjoyed the atmosphere and great weather outside. Food was good and margaritas - well outstanding just about sums them up!

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, Happy Hour, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Good for Birthdays
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 (Columbus)·Dined on August 6, 2017

Really a bar with food, the patio is nice, set up for a bar scene

Tags: Bar Seating
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

The food,service, and drinks were awesome...they had us upstairs off to the side...the seating was a tad weird and the lights were bright...the noise level in the next room was a tad loud and they must have been having a huge group party because it was packed. But where we were was good...it took a bit of maneuvering to get out and to the bathroom, but otherwise it was really good. I would go back.

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 2, 2017

I usually love The Rio. First, they sat us way in the back when there were plenty of tables in the front where all the natural light is. The place wasn't busy at all. I had the crab and shrimp enchiladas--they were just ok. The drinks took a very long time to arrive. We all had margs or beer. It was just ok, the whole experience.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 1, 2017

Excellent across the board

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on July 31, 2017

If you like it spicy, try the salsa atomica. Good food, service, and relaxed ambiance. Good for small children.

Tags: Comfort Food, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Spicy, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Made a reservation through OpenTable and the hostesses claimed they couldn't find it, but when my date arrived they called her by my name- so it must have been in the system. They gave me the option of sitting at a tiny table right by the entrance or behind a storage rack full of tequila. Needless to say both were unacceptable and unless I am on the patio I will find somewhere else to spend my money. I think the service was poor on this occasion.
I have had better service in the past, let's hope this was a hiccup.
Also, Limiting customers to 3 of their margaritas is a cute marketing ploy, but if they enforce it on a 220lb bodybuilder such as myself, I have to call shenanigans - they are no where near as strong as they claim. I wouldn't want more than 4 anyway, they're not that great.

Tags: Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (San Antonio)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Liked the food, atmosphere and service. Good above average Mexican food.

Tags: Casual, Good for Groups
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Cassidy provided excellent service completing a wonderful meal!

Tags: Fun, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 8, 2017

My son food was burnt so we asked our waitress to return it.

Tags: Organic, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Gluten Free Options, Happy Hour, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 7, 2017

We celebrated my son's birthday. Everything was great, except our server, Caitlin. She was grumpy, abrupt, and rude. She definitely put a damper on our party:/

Tags: Local Ingredients, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We had a double birthday party for a 30th and 40 the birthday before heading to the Pepsi center for Cirque de soliel. Ben was our amazing server and his awesome and prompt service made this event seamless and so memorable. Thanks to all the staff at the Rio for making this a night to remember for us all.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Special Occasion
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vip
 (St. Louis)·Dined on June 26, 2017

They didn't register my Open Table reservation. It took almost 39 minutes to get someone to take our order. They must have been short-staffed that day. Food and margaritas were - as always - very good.

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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on June 23, 2017

Victoria treated us well, food was good and service was fine.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Very busy. Make a reservation when possible

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 (Anchorage)·Dined on May 28, 2017

My brother moved here two years ago and this place is the first Mexican restaurant we've found that's actually good! Very happy with the meal. We went after the Rockies game so it was busy but we only waited 3 minutes or so to be seated

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Birthday. Lots of fun with good service!

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on May 15, 2017

Victoria always takes great care of us and the food has gotten better the last few times we have been. The lunch combo is a great deal and has great flavor.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Good food, but the drinks were pretty amazing!

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 (Denver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

I hosted my sisters 21st birthday here. I had a reservation for 8 and was shown right to our table.

Our server was wonderful (younger guy with shaggy brown hair- serving upstairs-Saturday, May 15). I have served at various different places so notice when servers really know what they are doing- and he did. He kept waters and drinks filled and was right on key with timing with food!

The Rio has space upstairs if you are looking for more private events or larger reservations!

Tags: Good for Groups, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The food and service was just okay, nothing amazing.

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