Rio Grande - Denver

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506 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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88% of people would recommend it to a friend
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TimW
Denver
5 reviews
Dined 5 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful. Great to dine on Rio opening day

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KrisC
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time and great food!

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vipKeljo
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience3

Very Loud! Food was marginal at best especially for the inflated prices. Drinks were watery and gross. Very un rio margs.

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vipRoxanneE
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food; excellent service; excellent margs!

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viprandyd
Denver
21 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I have been to Rio Grande several times and they have been good experiences. My recent dinner was not up to par. Service was slow, our order got lost, and food was cold. It was a very busy night, but it is always busy on a Saturday. Must have been an off night. I will continue to go to Rio Grande. It is a good place.

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JudyL
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress had great ability to describe the various food items we had questions on and she was exactly right about it!! I tried something I may not have tried without her input and it was delicious!

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vipSteveggie
Dallas
12 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

In town for a concert, we actually booked this restaurant by mistake (meant to book at a Mexican place we had eaten at on our last trip to Denver) but decided to give it a try and we're glad we did. The chile rellenos lived up to the hype in other reviews, the guacamole was fresh and delicious and a VERY generous serving, and the margaritas were really good. We love hot salsa and the Atomica did the trick! Prices are very reasonable considering the quality of the food and the large portions. It was cold outside but we had a window table and the patio looked very inviting - we'll remember that if we return to Denver in a warmer season.

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Miguelito
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience3

Food was great, their famous Margs sneak up on you. Server forgot we were there for the last 20-30 minutes.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and margaritas.

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crowmadam
Milwaukee
4 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great place to eat. Best Margaritas in town.

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KrisC
Denver
4 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

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vipTom59
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipBATMANN
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
7 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The server was very attentive! Meal prep was outstanding

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LorenS
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic, as always!

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KarenD
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Miami
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and excellent food!!

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DrTodd
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

Poor service, food came soggy.

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vipgdmoon
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

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

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MeganS
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.

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Sadie
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

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Kelly
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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall2food1service3ambience2

It was meh

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Christopher
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

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GDIV
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.

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vipArunD
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.

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MichelleM
Denver
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was amazing

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vipRDMEK
Denver
43 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.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
38 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.

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FullHouse
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

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

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tomk
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!)

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vipCopagirlz
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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

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

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Joshual
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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ColeM
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!

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Rio Grande - Denver does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Rio Grande - Denver also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 623-1611.

Rio Grande - Denver is rated 4.5 stars by 506 OpenTable diners.

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