Rio Grande - Denver

4.5
419 reviews
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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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CM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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.

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G
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
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......

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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RB
Denver
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff there was incredibly helpful and hospitable.

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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.

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JG
Denver
3 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.

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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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PG
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 1ambience 5

It was busy and took awhile to get drinks, but the waitress did come by a few times to apologize that the bar was backed up. Drinks and food were great—will definitely come again!

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AS
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 1

We made reservations for 530. Had a play to go to at buell @ 730, thought that would be enough time but didn’t have food at 7 and we could not risk missing our play so had to leave without being served. Spent 15 minutes trying to track down a manager to speak with and no one could seem to find one. Awful experience to say the least.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great time

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BK
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I know this place has been slinging margs and food for years in a great location. If you want strong drinks go here. If you want good Mexican food go to D'Corazon across the street or La Loma across from the Brown Palace.

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B
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Kate is the best god damned server that I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. They are a SERVICE. WIZARD. Perfectly attuned to my every whim and desire, delightfully charming, and a snappy dresser.


PROMOTE. HER. NOW. SELL THE RESTAURANT TO HER.

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A
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Food was not hot. Second time I have had this happen

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s
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I have been to both Rio Denver and Boulder over the years. We had a reservation, but still had to wait about 30 minutes. The receptionist was not overly friendly. Our waiter was good though! And the food fairly good. I have to say though, I remember the house margaritas being a bit better and stronger. Thus
the 2 drink limit. I had two and no reason for a limit as they were not strong at all.

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

Went here for brunch on cinco de Mayo 2019. Place was really packed. Luckily I thought of making a reservation thru open table. We had to wait a cpl of minutes in order to get an outside table but that wasn’t a big deal. Went by quick! Margaritas were really good! So we’re the tacos. There are a lot of choices for Mexican food but this seemed to be the best. I stayed across the street for my trip and this place was constantly packed!

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

We arrived right at our reservation time and the hostess was a little catty says, "well there are people ahead of you..." we were the only ones in the lobby and there were open tables everywhere. We waited 20 minutes after our scheduled time to be seated at the the table we pointed out that was open when we first arrived. The server was very friendly but obviously over worked as everything took a long time. The food was just ok but the margs make it worth it.

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EJ
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Tasty tacos

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E
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The restaurant is one of our favorite! It was a Friday and it felt more like a bar than a restaurant because of the noise. I just know I’ll probably try a different night next time.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

It was so loud we couldn’t hear ourselves speak. Service was okay although lengthy delays between drinks.

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KL
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

I would recommend it but it has gotten very expensive. Food and margueritas are still good though.

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Columbus
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Second time I have made a reservation and had to wait 20 minutes for a table. If you make a reservation on a Friday or Saturday expect to wait 20 minutes after your time.

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New England
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a fantastic place! In from out of town and went on a Friday night. Very young crowd all seemingly enjoying themselves. How can you not?
The food and beverages were all excellent. We sat in the bar area and had a terrific time.
Too bad there isn’t a location in the Boston area!

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k
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the Rio! Amazing steak burrito with queso over the top!!!!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and margaritas were absolutely delicious. It was a bit loud, but that’s was part of the excitement! Great service!

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Denver
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 1service 1ambience 1

Food was not good and the hostesses were incredibly rude. Also our waitress was fine for a real long time towards the end.

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RE
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Green Chili Rellenos - Medium Hot - Go for it - Guacamole is always the test of a great Mexican restaurant, it Rio Grande passes with flying colors - Packed for Opening Day of the Colorado Rockies, but everyone happy and upbeat - Looking forward to my next visit

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SK
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our large party (8) was seated promptly, the server was friendly and attentive and the food was good. I appreciated the number of vegetarian options available.

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S
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great food, great service. A bit loud. During the summer months you can sit outside, noise level is better.

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RP
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome place. Food was great along with the drinks. Service was excellent

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s
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 2service 4ambience 4

Awesome place, the margs make it all worth it. Food, as usual is good but not the best... but maybe it's hard to make mexican food as good as the margs. The margin between taco bell and the best mexican ever is pretty slim. So maybe it is really good and I'm just being cliche and trite. I will go there again soon though, I tell you what.

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AR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

I would definitely recommend Rio Grande to a friend, but this location doesn’t have anything on the Rio Grande in Greeley. If you are willing to make the drive go to Greeley, you won’t regret it.

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JS
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Rio was delicious and so much fun for a birthday group on Saturday night. Maggie was an outstanding server who took such good care of our large group. The food was yummy and the margs are fantastic!

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RG
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Usually enjoy the Rio but this was not a good food (overdone carnitas) or service night (sparodic). Drink (Agave Martini) was good. Had better times and hopefully next time will be better!

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LS
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and the margarita's were very good and the service was top notch even though the resturant was vary busy. The only drawback was that the noise level was very high.

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MC
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waiter was GREAT!!! He had a table of rowdy people who were ready to be loud and party and dealt with us in a very professional manner. He went above and beyond in helping us get amazing deals, get our giant food orders correctly distributed, knew it was my birthday and asked how we could celebrate (free sopapillas!!!). AMAZING first time at Rio Grande!!!

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RW
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and the waitress was very friendly and made sure everything got to us in a timely manner.

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OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

Food was super . Noise level too loud

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DB
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent night out !! Our server, Katy, was outstanding. Very attentive, prompt and informative with regards to menu suggestions. Food was great. A bit on the noisy side, but overall, an awesome experience.

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RK
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved it again. One of my favorite Denver restaurants was, again, up to the challenge!

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HR
Philadelphia
61 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food good service, and good margaritas

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