Rio Grande - Ft. Collins

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Visit the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant in the heart of historic Old Town Fort Collins for our legendary margaritas and delicious Tex-Mex cuisine.
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NP
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall2food3service4ambience1

We made a reso and requested a booth, but were put in a table in the middle of the walkway and a booth sat open right next to us for most of our meal. That was really disappointing since we were celebrating a big anniversary that night and had people in from out of town.

NL
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My reservation was necessary on this very busy night! Nevertheless, the meal arrived in a timely fashion and was delicious! Was a great choice for a friends night out.

MG
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 5 with baby, and they gave us plenty of space. They also put us in a corner, which I appreciated so our baby wouldn't bother anyone if he decided to cry. Server was polite and open to offering suggestions when asked. Great time and on par with how Rio usually is.

SS
Saskatoon
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great fun atmosphere. The best margaritas and great Mexican fare. A favourite place when visiting Fort Collins, CO.

KD
Denver
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the best restaurant in Fort Collins - best tequila drinks, good food, amazing patio. Good for families, couples, large groups or small.

J
Chicago
166 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat at a booth in the bar for late lunch and happy hour. Mark and Luke were our bartender/server team. They are awesome. Best food, best margaritas and hands down the best service.

i
Seattle
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

This place was packed, so I'm glad I had a reservation. There was a long wait, so service was not overly speedy. Servers were friendly, upbeat, and handled my bill quickly at the table when I was done.

JG
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE RIO GRANDE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. We were there to celebrate a 45th anniversary, and Rio was what we wanted. Certainly not let down. Good food, good service, and good company.

RB
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall2food1service1ambience3

When our tacos were served cold we told the waitress and she said, "If you want, I can go put them under the heat lamp to warm them up". Without good food and well trained servers, what else can a quality restaurant offer?

l
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I took my girlfriend on a date here and it was a blast. Our server was amazing and the food was great!

d
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I have been coming to the Rio since 1981! When it was the little tiny place on College Ave and it is always where I like taking friends and family visiting from out of town. Which was the case on Saturday, my brother and his wife were visiting, first time in FC., her first time in CO! And MY first time ever being disappointed with the service! We got seated quite promptly, which was very nice! Hosting staff was great! Then after we got sat we literally waited about 8-10 min for water and chips, and then about another 7-10 for our server! Once he got there and took our drink order we waiting a long time for drinks to come as well. I kept telling my brother how "its never like this!" , "I've never waited this long...."! and such. Lastly, we requested more water 3x and on the 3rd time we finally got it. Food was great...love the street tacos.

KS
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Was wonderful guy and atmosphere - was PACKED inside hire more waiters

F
Kansas City
7 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service.

GP
Denver
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food excellent but the noise level is a killer. Would give the restaurant 5 stars on everything if the noise level wasn't so out of control.

J
Denver
44 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Always enjoy Rio and we did again this time. One thing that bothered us, we had made an opentable reservation. When we arrived at the restaurant the front desk person seemed puzzled about the reservation after I gave her the name but seated us and we had our usual good meal. I received a note from Opentable that the rio reported me as a no show on the reservation. It was cleared up that we did show, but the Rio needs to make sure they acknowledge reservations since I take showing up as a serious responsibility unless we cancel.

OT
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Love the patio, great ambiance

N
Denver
29 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

This is what passes for ordinary Mexican food in northern Colorado and for many it is an institution. That said, the food is ordinary-definitely better than just ok, the portion sizes overly large, the chips bulk-bought. They attempt to make it Tex-Mex, but it really isn't, not much spice to things. I love northern New Mexico Mexican food (red chili, carne asada and such), but there is nothing of that sort to choose from. The margaritas are very good. Sadly, many consider this the best Mexican food in town...Ft Collins considers itself a "foodie" town in certain aspects, but given the popularity of this place, it shows we really have mediocre food tastes. This place is nothing special, but it is probably the best choice for Mexican food in town and there are plenty of poor choices when it comes to Mexican food.

LR
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the Rio! It is consistently perfect!!! We are coming again on June 6 with out of town relatives❤️

TH
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place for great margs and memories. Love the Rio!!!

SL
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We went to celebrate our sons graduation. They seated us fast and we had great service.

W
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re back come to the video since it opened. Separately and then together. Our first dinner date was at the Rio 31 years ago. So we know what to expect. The drinks are always good and we have our favorites on the menu.

And we sat on the patio which is great. Our waiter was especially attentive. I was quite surprised. Good job.

OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother’s Day was amazing on the back patio.

OT
Fayetteville
1 review
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Good food. Recommended

LK
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never had a bad visit to the Rio! The drinks are delicious, the food is yummy and no matter how hoppin', and it almost always seems to be hoppin', the wait staff is friendly, fast and efficient. It's easy to see why The Rio is a FoCo favorite.

r
Denver
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Service is always great, however, on last visit, food was late and tacos were cold.

B
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We sat outside is why I gave it a quiet rating. I enjoy going to the RIo.

JK
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place! Great food, amazing margs, and wonderful people. We'll be back (but it's pretty darned noisy!)

D
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best Mexican food we have had in a long time! Great margaritas too! Excellent service. Will plan to stop in next time we are in Ft Collins.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time celebrating my daughter’s birthday!

SB
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I enjoyed my experience at your restaurant. We came on Tuesday and took advantage of early specials. The food was good and served quickly. Our waitress was friendly and good and we will be coming back.

EB
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Happening place on a Friday night! Great food and fast service considering the place was packed. Best margs in town!

L
Denver
58 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great happy hour menu! No wonder it's a Fort Collins tradition...

EG
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Rio makes the absolutely best Chile Rellenos and chips and salsa. Wait servers were excellent, especially with my rambunctious grand daughter. The manager (Chris) came over to table and was genuinely interested in our opinion about the food, service, etc. Very good experience! Thank you

R
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience1

Food was terrible the queso was just Velveeta that had been sitting in a crockpot. The restaurant was filthy. My husband and I decided to leave after we had the queso. Table was wobbly and our drinks spilled.

KW
Denver
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience2

I really miss the way the RIO use to be. The new plates, service, food, is not as good as it was. The server was ok, but nothing like the service I have had for the past 20+ years. The Rio has been a favorite of mine for years and it was great the way it was. I hope the owners consider going back to tradition.

KB
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience3

I love that Rio offers vegetarian options, especially their Tortilla Soup. We would have waited over an hour for a table had we not reserved ahead through Open Table. Service was attentive and food was good, but the seats are a little worn (my friend’s was ripped and scratching her legs) and the set up makes it very hard to hear your table mates. I will definitely return on a less busy evening.

HE
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We went to the Rio for Great Plates. We always enjoy the margaritas there, and the Great Plates deal was great. Our waitress, Julie, was fantastic too!

JB
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

They ran out of tequila!

E
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

My only complaint is that we had specifically reserved a booth. Even though they had obviously sat two booths just prior to our arrival, we had to sit at a table. It appeared that they just forgor that we had asked for a booth.

JB
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sydney is an awesome waitress
Enjoyed dining at The Rio since it opened

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