Rio Grande - Denver

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$30 and under
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Mexican
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!
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Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Best margaritas I've ever had. Order house version, rocks/salt.

MS
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience2

The food was expensive for the portions, the hostess at the front was very rude, the music was extremely loud so you had to basically scream to talk to someone at your table.

S
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food. You don’t get a lot for how expensive it is. We waited a long time for our food. Music was too loud. Food was really good

K
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The young hostess was very rude. I asked for a table for 7 but thought maybe 5 and she said” is it 5 or 7(?)“ and made the table with a huge attitude. No reason for it. Service was slow but waitress was very nice.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

It was meh

C
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The server was great and food were good. The restaurant gave away our 7:15 reservation because my party of 5 arrived at 7:22. We sat at 7:45 at a cramped 4 top bar table

GD
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Excellent service and the food is everything you’d expect from a quality restaurant like Sushi Den.

AD
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved the food! Yum! Also I appreciated that you can order a mini margarita. Our server was so friendly and attentive. I’m so glad I went and look forward to going again sometime.

MM
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The margaritas are the best around town. Food is okay. Service was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing

RD
Denver
40 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The chili rellanos are terrific here. Sitting outside is a lot quieter on a night that the Pepsi Center is having an event.

OT
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to meet up with friends. Great food, service, and drinks. A little high on the price for Mexican food but, it was all tasty. My wife and I met up with our friends after walking for Uptown which was an easy walk (down hill from Capital Hill). We all enjoyed our dinners. Service was great and not pushy to get us out for the next group of people.

Gran lugar para reunirse con amigos. Buena comida, servicio y bebidas. Un poco alto en el precio de la comida mexicana, pero todo estaba delicioso. Mi esposa y yo nos encontramos con nuestros amigos después de caminar por Uptown, que fue una caminata fácil (cuesta abajo desde Capital Hill). Todos disfrutamos nuestras cenas. El servicio fue excelente y no agresivo para sacarnos para el próximo grupo de personas.

FH
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

It was a fun spot- a bit expensive for what it was...

t
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

we went during their happy hour - five people and the bill was under $100, and we were all quite full. Drinks included. The service was great - the food was awesome. Definitely recommend (especially for the happy hour!)

C
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a great place to meet up with friends for great margs and delicious Mexican food. Try the atomica salsa with your chips!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Server gave us the check before we could order our last margs.

J
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We. Come here 1 a moth at least as a group

CM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Food was very average. Nothing special what so ever. Service was average. Drinks were good and atmosphere was good.

I would not recommend this to a friend. There are plenty of Mexican/Latin/Central American fares around Denver that are much tastier. Oh well! Live and learn!

DG
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Excellent spot, will definitely be back. Best chile relleno I’ve ever had. Steal burrito is excellent too.

MR
Denver
35 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak and shrimp fajitas were amazing! The patio with beautiful

GH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Steak was well done when ordered medium. They just brought out a new steak and “Slid” it on my old plate.

d
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a large ground and were handled well. Everyone enjoyed their meal. My husband always gets the steak burrito and loves it.

J
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

GREAT FOOD! AMAZING SERVICE! BEEN HERE BEFORE BUT SOOOO MUCH BETTER THIS TIME

OT
Denver
118 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Please please please keep a version of the queso verduras on the menu. The current special version with poblano rajas is killer.

Special green salsa is bright and wonderful!

ST
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Our server forgot to bring my salad and brought my second glass of wine so late that I almost canceled it. I had tacos that were very small but good. My wife had quesadillas that were excellent and my daughter had stake fajitas that were great. Would recommend and would go again but wouldn't get tacos and would hope for a better server.

ST
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Waitress never brought more chips. Sauce for the chicken burrito was watery (green chili). Palisade peach special sopapilla was nothing special. Added about 1/4 peach.

We’ve been very pleased with Rio Grande, but not this time.

F
Los Angeles
67 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great happy hour! Varied menu. We had the taco specials! Lovely patio seating!

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I love the Rio! It’s a staple for Colorado tex mex food and this is the first place I’ll recommend. They’re known for their margaritas which hit the spot. Service can be exceptional or mediocre - it really varies. Usually we have great service. This most recent time the server was below average, forgetful and seemed like we were an inconvenience by simply ordering. It was strange. But overall, I can recommend the Rio for filling tex mex food!

OT
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience3

Went for a going away party for my friend. It was a Tuesday, so they were busy, which we assumed. And while our server was attentive getting our drinks, we rarely saw her after that. There were only two salads on the menu, and they are exactly the same with the exception of a change out of two ingredients. Both are a heaping bowl of iceberg, shredded carrots and a couple halved tomatoes. Then each either has tortilla strips or some nuts sprinkled on. The chips and guac were okay and drinks were fine. But when the bill came and it was over $150 for three of us, with only two drinks, it did not feel worth it.

KS
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Horrible service, food way too expensive. We ordered the 6 tacos for $20 and they barely had meat. The only good thing at this place are their margs but that's about it.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Went here for a bachelorette celebration. Staff was very friendly and accommodating. Food and drinks excellent as usual.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place!

DC
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had not been in a few years, and everything has improved!!! Will be back!!!

w
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I would def recommend this restaurant. The waiter was really good we had a quiet area

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Food and drinks were great. Service was really slow, which was a bummer because we were HUNGRY! but all and all had a great experience.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great place for Mexican food in Denver. It can get a little loud on the weekends. The food is excellent. This is one of my favorite places for Mexican food.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall3food5service3ambience5

The host was not very friendly.

KJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food was a good value and solid texmex cuisine. The margaritas were VERY good and our server was fantastic: attentive but not in the way, professional but friendly, and generally on top of the situation even though the restaurant was busy.

b
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We had a large group of 16. Reservation process was easy on Open Table, and they were ready for us early. Seating was very close together with different sized tables pushed together. Restaurant was not full ( Sunday afternoon), but our service was still slow. One go around each for drinks, food, then checks. No offer of drink refills or more chips, and no cleaning off of empty dishes until we were paying. Food was good, but merely adequate service will prevent me from returning when there are many other choices in downtown Denver.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great service and food!

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