Rio Grande - Denver

4.5
453 reviews
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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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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KS
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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 4 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place!

DC
Denver
21 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

w
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on August 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

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
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The host was not very friendly.

KJ
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and food!

OT
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I don’t know about the noise level being “energetic”, it was extremely loud. Other than not being able to hear each other speak, the food was good.

OT
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, drinks were great, service was solid. Will probably go there again.

RC
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

Wasn't served drinks and walked out after 20 minutes.

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Bachelorette night out

OT
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

I love this place, especially in the summer on the patio. Marinated steak burrito with a margarita never gets old.

v
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was great, margaritas were good and the crab and shrimp enchiladas were excellent. The fries rellenos need a bit of work as they were too doughy.

D
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The cooking service space adjacent to outside patio doors is dirty. Scary! There isn’t a door on it. It is a very busy restaurant but the level of cleanliness (e.g. floors around table was dirty with crayons on the floor.)

We ordered 2 a la cart tacos. Both were tiny, dry but expensive. Enchiladas were delicious. Our waiter was nice but he had trouble bringing bar drinks in a reasonable time. I guess the bar was backed up.

We love the decor and location. Please notify them to clean up the place.

AW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food!!! Easy to get to from Union Station too!

C
New Mexico
31 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food as always... noisy but so is everywhere else.

TR
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our brunch at Rio very much. The food was great and as always so were the margaritas. Our server was very nice and did a great job. It was not just a Fathers day celebration but also we were celebrating our son's 17th birthday. Thank you

5
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great!

H
Des Moines
27 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The moment we walked in were welcome with a smile.

We all absolutely loved our experience at Rio Grande. Everyone in our group (15 of us) had something different and every one of us said our meals were great. The service was quick and very friendly. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a delicious meal.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

They held a reservation for us when we were caught in traffic, nice staff, great food and margaritas!

AH
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Come for the great margs, fun atmosphere, and excellent chips and queso!

DA
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My friends and I had a great time. Food came to our table luke warm not hot. Kind of a disappointment.

TB
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for lunch before a Rockies game. Great service and the food was wonderful. Definitely recommend if you are in the neighborhood. Book ahead on game day, as they are very busy

MB
Houston
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great drink prices and an extensive tequila menu. The queso and quesadillas were great; the tacos with either shrimp or beef needed some work. But great atmosphere and crowd and fairly affordable shot prices.

CB
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

It was a Friday night before the Wicked play. Made a reservation online in the Lyft ride on the way there for 6pm. Called at 5:57pm to let them know Blake St was closed because of the Rockies game and we had to detour which put us 9 min late to the restaurant. No problem, they hold the reservation for 15 min. Finally got there at 6:12pm. Not only did we get seated tight away, but we were able to sit on the patio! Food was excellent!

HS
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing. I always have a fantastic experience at the Rio. It never disappoints.

CM
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Rio Grande is a fun, happening place. It’s usually pretty crowded so the people watching is good. I find the staff to be friendly and the food to be fine. I’ve eaten there between five and ten times over the years and each dish I’ve had has been very eatable but you won’t be writing home about it.

I’ll continue to go there.

EM
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 2

The hostess acted bothered when I checked in. After we were seated, I received a notification from Open Table that I missed my reservation. Clearly she did not properly check us in. The waitress didn't ask my friend if she wanted her drink blended but brought it blended. When my friend told her that she preferred it on the rocks, she took it back but charged her for both the blended and drink on the rocks. Someone else delivered our food and then we were never checked on again. We had to flag the waitress down to get our check after sitting with no food or drinks for over 30 minutes.

BP
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was amazing food and it showed me that not all platter food is boring. It was great and I saw my whole family there, thank you!

CM
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 5

The hostesses were very friendly, the savory food was great but the server was terrible (super slow and inattentive) and the sopapilla was cold and sad and took forever to come out. We probably won’t be back here because the service was bad.

G
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

My first visit there, I celebrated Mother’s Day and my daughters birthday.....The food was delicious but Margarita I had was a little strong I couldn’t finish it.....Otherwise it was an awesome visit......

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Great place to go for Mexican food while in Denver. Good food, pleasant and efficient staff. Would definitely recommend this place.

RB
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff there was incredibly helpful and hospitable.

JG
1 review
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They have great margaritas and are fun place to go with friends. Wouldn't recommend taking friends you want to catch up with as it is fairly loud.

JG
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

The architecture was cool. Service was good. The food was just so so. Not really flavorful and the tacos we had were dry. The queso just tasted like melted velveeta. It's worth a trip but wouldn't say its worth a second one.

M
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service was great but it was way to loud. Very hard to hear each other

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