Rio Grande - Denver

4.6
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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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OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and margaritas.

c
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience1

We made a reservation because and got seated right away during the busiest hour. Water, salsa and chips were brought immediately and our cup/bowl never ran dry. The noise level was so extreme we could barely communicate our order to the waiter. I typically think it’s weird for a couple to sit on the same side of a booth but this was the first time I understood the need for it, if we wanted to have any conversation at all. The house margarita on the rocks is one of the best margaritas I’ve ever had, we drank two and ate quickly. The steak and portobello fajitas were fantastic, but a little light on the veg. Chili con queso w/chorizo was thick and creamy, stellar food at a fairly steep, yet worth it price.

OT
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place to eat. Best Margaritas in town.

KC
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great time and enjoy the food. The margaritas are just icing on the cake

T
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great service and amazing margs and guac a definite cut above normal Tex mex

BA
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best margaritas in Denver for sure - a Colorado classic in any of their locations

OT
Houston
5 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner for a bachelorette party before going out. Yummy margs!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was very attentive! Meal prep was outstanding

LS
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The staff was so accommodating as my guest was 45 minutes late but I was seating at the time of my reservation and I was able to munch on nachos and sip on a margarita until the guest showed. Great drinks, food, and excellent service.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, as always!

KD
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Busy night, but we got seated right away because of our OpenTable reservation. We loved the baked chile rellano stuffed with veggies, and also the pork burrito. But I was sorry to see that the menu no longer carries the grilled fish taco plate - it was a nice option for those of us trying to eat healthy.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food!!

DT
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Absolutely nothing special, completely ordinary, everything is ok. Service was very good, food was just typical Tex mex. Nice place to have a drink, and enjoy friends that's all.

OT
Key West
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Poor service, food came soggy.

g
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
2 reviews
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
30 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
41 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
37 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
36 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steak and shrimp fajitas were amazing! The patio with beautiful

GH
Denver
4 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
123 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.

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