Rio Grande - Denver

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Delicious TexMex and Margaritas - located halfway between The Pepsi Center and Coors Field in LoDo! Now open for limited dine-in service as well as food and margs takeout. Whether you're coming in to unwind and dine with us, to have a drink on our gorgeous patio, bringing food home for the family or just grabbing some margs for a fun night at home, the Denver Rio is a safe and delicious escape.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.5
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at the Rio, as always. Love having the patio to enjoy dinner and drinks during COViD.

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Warren
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Have frequented the Rio for years. Recently during Covid I have been making reservations as I understand it makes it easier for restaurants to utilize limited seating. I also understand seating requests can not always be honored. On this visit I did make a request for a particular table indoors, or if not available a booth. When we arrived I stated we had made a reservation I also saw that the table we requested was occupied, which was fine. The young woman at the host stand surely was able to see the requests on her screen, but instead of acknowledging those requests mumbled she could seat us on the patio, or by way of pointing a table in the middle of the dining room. A person with any skills would have offered alternatives....I see you made a seating request, but we don't have those tables available right now, or those tables are not available at the moment, but you're welcome to wait. I also would be willing to bet that none of the people seated at any of the tables requested had made a reservation. If that was the case the front door should be looking ahead at reservations and hold one of the requested tables for a person who always makes a reservation, always keeps the reservation and arrives on time for that reservation. The way in which the situation was handled at the front desk tainted the entire experience. I also feel the service this visit was somewhat curt, which normally isn't the case. As I said earlier I've been coming to the Rio for years. We would drive from Denver to Fort Collins to eat there when they first opened. There have always been ups and downs with them over the years with food. Recently we primarily go to the Denver Rio. Over the past few years the food has often been over salted and generally inconsistent. One time it's great the next time not so much. The only thing that has always remained a constant are the Margaritas. All this aside In hopes of past experiences there we will continue to be patrons.

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vipmichellewest
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great service and great food! Outdoor dining is a plus!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

It was good and everything we were expecting.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

The restaurant inside was pretty empty but I think they were keeping everyone outside for the most part. Despite it being empty inside, business (service and kitchen) was pretty slow. We still enjoyed ourselves and loved our margaritas. I had 3 tacos and found myself still hungry after. Especially with how much tequila is in the margaritas (or what seems like it), I think they should offer sides with the tacos such as rice and beans just to make it more of a meal. Great to be outside and enjoy the evening, though.

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AnthonyO
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and the staff at the Rio, the Rio is a great little oasis from the rest of Denver.

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PAMELAE
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place for happy hour, prices are reasonable & food was delicious.

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Lala
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Great night out at the RIO. Same GREAT patio as always. Good food and drinks as usual there. They accepted the passport book before it expired (it expired on 7/31). Manager needed to fix the bill, and she did it and was nice about it. We'll be back.

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joannac
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Margaritas are always amazing. Spinach enchiladas were the best. Salsa is fresh with just the right amount of spice.

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DANAQ
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food. Awesome service. Awesome location. Always a favorite!!

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OpenTable Diner
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good time!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I always enjoy dinner at the Rio Grande, the chili rellenos are my favorite. Walking in with a reservation only improves the experience!!

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TonyK
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

love the menu upgrades - service was excellent and efficient

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Mads
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good dining service with a great outdoor patio that is perfect in the summer with misters to keep you cool in the warm summer sun!

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PaolaS
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sat on the patio and enjoyed a couple of Manberry margs! Always a great time.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Just moved to Colorado from Texas, and for mexican food out here it was pretty good. Wish the cilantro chicken had more cilantro taste, but otherwise the margaritas tasted just like home.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love everything about the Rio the margs the food and the service all top notch !

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SueS
Charleston
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The food and atmosphere was good and clean. We each enjoyed our dish.

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vipJennifet
Denver
102 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Don't miss out on the margaritas and patio. It's a perfect combination.

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LadyBugNess
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Yummy as always. How can you go wrong with tacos and margaritas?

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Coming back next weekend!

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CaseyP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas and food! Ask for Damon, he's the best!

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vipadenverrealtor
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great place to grab Magaritas and chips for happy hour, features a large outdoor patio with plenty of space.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was awesome! She has really short brown hair, tell her she rocks!

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Keelyshea
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great, we love the salsa and margs and the service !

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AbigailB
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

I got the shrimp/lobster enchiladas and they didn't really have any flavor. We ordered an appetizer an entree and a few drinks and it was $100- nice place but way over priced.

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ChristinaB
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place!! With the pandemic happening, they have gone out of their way to welcome customers. Food and service is always excellent. Definitely must try the margaritas.

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KatieM
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience. We did call ahead for a reservation and still had to wait for about 15 or 20 mins but that was okay.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
20 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas! I see why they’re called the best in town now. Food was also authentic tasting and great service.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was a rockstar.

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CharlesF
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Freshest margaritas in Denver! They aren’t afraid to cook the chicken well done for their fajitas (if you ask). Service is always awesome. Downtown Denver and Boulder locations.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Best patio for chips and margaritas in Denver

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vipOpenTable Diner
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor space with a fountain. The tables are placed well away from each other for social distancing. The food is tasty and a good value for being right downtown.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere. Wonderful service. Very accommodating.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best margs in LoDo! Highly recommend

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ChristinaB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite places to eat! Everyone is always friendly. Food is excellent and the margaritas are so yummy!!

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AlexS
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clean and delicious

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vipDavidB
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall2food3service2ambience4

We sat for an hour before we had our food order taken :/

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to be back!

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vipGeriV
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Rio. Happy in-restaurant dining is back.

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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) 623-5432.

Rio Grande - Denver is rated 4.7 stars by 568 OpenTable diners.

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