Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder

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$30 and under
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Mexican

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Delicious TexMex and Margaritas - located just off Boulder’s famous Pearl Street Mall! 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 rooftop patio, bringing food home for the family or just grabbing some margs for a fun night at home, the Boulder Rio is a safe and delicious escape.
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4.5
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4.6
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vipEliseG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall1food5service1ambience5

We waited 45 minutes to be sat at our table and they should have comp’d us with a drink or something and they didn’t! Not cool!😡

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PeggyPi
Chicago
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Date night on a CU move-in weekend - we expected to need earplugs but surprisingly were seated at a quiet corner booth! Perfect for conversation so quite the treat. Food was good - I ordered the steak fajitas - meat was in very large thick slices - would have preferred thinner slices but overall a good date night!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Murph was fantastic! Sat upstairs on the rooftop patio, food and drinks were great!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite for us when we are in town and it never disappoints

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HornFanDan
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Table and view were excellent, service was good, not great, food was not worth the price nor were the drinks (margaritas were smaller servings than we are accustomed to), and the bowl of chips was a mini-bowl, so with four at the table, you each got two chips before the bowl was empty. Don't take my word for it, we are from Houston originally and it is hard for us to find Mexican food we like outside of there. It did not help that we sat next to two obnoxiously loud parties that were doing shots, cussing at the top of their lungs and just making a ton of racket. I am glad it was the rooftop! I would go back there again just to sit on the roof, it is a beautiful setting. I was warned that the food was not the best part of the experience

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Sunny
Denver
24 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

love the roof top deck and so thankful they are still open with the pandemic....great food and atmosphere!

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vipApotheosis
Los Angeles
58 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall2food4service2ambience2

My girlfriend and her daughter were treated very poorly at the fron door. They told the hostess that they were meeting me and that I was already inside at my table. As they proceeded to walk inside the hostess rudely told them to go back outside and wait unti someone escorts them inside. Not only was it 97 degrees outside and in the direct sun, but they already told her I was at my table in the corner and could go there directly.

We sat in the corner table and were inundated with flies the entire time. Flies, really ? in a restaurant ?

It was pretty sad.

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KellyB
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was our sons 22nd birthday and The Rio is a perfect spot for that age group! We had a party of 6 so very affordable as well. Caylin totally deserves a big fat raise if you ask us! She was the bartender for the entire restaurant because several people did not show, plus she waited on us! Never did she falter nor remove her smile and kind upbeat attitude!!! We cannot give her enough praise!

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JustinG
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It’s a good spot. Mostly upset that I reserved a table, showed up 15 mins early, and they still sat us at the bar. Not sure if that’s on Rio Grande or Opentable.

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RichG
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rio Grande has always been a favorite of mine , but now I love it more than ever. It is the best Boulder dining experience in the COVID era. The Rio has lots of room to spread out including the roof deck which is awesome.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Drinks were horrible. Tried different margaritas and all were yucky. Tasted like gasoline. Tacos were cold. Waiter was okay. Had to ask/beg for everything-from napkins to salt. We were placed outside on roof which should have been awesome considering the COVID. Table from across the rooftop (large group) moved themselves and sat right next to us taking up two neighboring tables and the whole time they were jumping around hugging the waitress of their table who was wearing a tank top and no bra while serving. And up and down the entire time... very loud and NOT practicing social distancing which made us all uncomfortable. Nit sure what they all were doing... I’m all for having a good time but there was zero regard to anyone around them.

Food arrived and it was cold... the chips that came to the table were even cold and for four people we were given a condiment sized serving of salsa... which actually was fresh and good. Not sure why they ration it? So between the blasé attitude of the staff, and chef’s lack of attention to putting out decent food... we will definitely find another rooftop and not be back. Only leaving this to spare someone else the trouble of going there and maybe management will kick it up a notch.... BTW... a manager did offer to remake the tacos but we had been there long enough and didn’t see any reason for a do-over because it was sooo bad.

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DianneC
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Rio has always been one of my favorite places to dine and socialize with friends. We had wonderful service....he was friendly, attentive, professional, and very personable. The meals were excellent! I am impressed with the format The Rio has established during Covid 19. It will be a little more difficult once winter settles in (ugh) and outdoor seating is no longer available. Great place to eat!

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Connie
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Roof top patio is a great place to enjoy being around other people, being in the center of Boulder while also having a view of the Flatirons. Our waitress, Katie, was very accomodating!

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TaylorB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience5

The food was ok, but the location and atmosphere were fantastic.

MS
MarieS
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cory was the best server!! We had a great time celebrating my friend's 28th bday!!

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vipLBL1834
Atlanta
6 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We had a great meal - love all of the outdoor spaces and our waiter, Murph was awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Average place, drinks taste good

KK
KatiaK
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Bright lights that shine into your eyes, food that has no flavor, and average service

JA
JudyA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite when my daughter comes in town to visit.

MP
MichelleP
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent food, drinks, service and atmosphere. Can't wait to go back.

KD
KDub
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great ambiance. Loud neighbors and cold food. Margaritas were great tho

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SusanF
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good no issues, always go, regular customers! Like the less crowds.

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ChuckG
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This was a relatively early lunch reservation. Clearly the kitchen was slow in getting ready. Our waitress who was great, kept checking on our order, finally it showed up. We are regular Rio patrons and will continue to recommend it.

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SerialDiner
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

The service here was atrocious - requests either took forever or were ignored altogether. 2/4 of our party thought the food was ‘okay’, while the other two very much disliked it. What gets me the most about the service is that they weren’t even busy - there may have been four other tables/parties in the whole restaurant.

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AnnieB
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food does not disappoint and dining outdoors was great! Friendly staff and great margs, too.

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Jackkk
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a wonderful meal. The service is great and the ambiance is very nice! I felt very safe and comfortable at this restaurant, they are doing a wonderful job keeping everything clean, safe, and friendly!

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

25 anniversary, its where we had our first date 1992!

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DaveH
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The Rio was great, as usual and our server was outstanding.

The tacos are EXTREMELY SMALL - I've never seen tortillas that tiny!

Unfortunately, and unavoidably the ambience suffered from the current pandemic situation. On the other hand, this was a much more enjoyable experience than being limited to take-out.

We'll be back!

IP
Im4Peace
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The rooftop was awesome. All the staff was very attentive. Only negative was ordering a cheese-free vegetable quesadilla and the waiter seemed offended. I have ordered this for years and he was the first to say, hmmm maybe you should order something else, this might be difficult for our kitchen staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas and the tacos were delish! Sat outside with our pup - next time we want to check out the roof!

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Gabraham
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

A fun place for drinks, great rooftop atmosphere, but the food was a bit bland and overpriced. Not horrible, just meh, though we liked the complimentary chips and salsa. The service was great up until we were seated, where we pretty much had to ask for everything (chips refills, we were left waterless on a hot day for a long time, and had we not flagged the waiter down we might never had enough water). Definitely felt like an afterthought or inconvenience for the waiter with every interraction. Not the end of the world and I get these things happen. Overall it was an average experience, and I suspect best for Happy Hour drinks.

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KimT
1 review
Dined on July 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great lunch with a beautiful view from the rooftop patio!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience4

Service was slow, took a while to get refills on chips and salsa. Had a dirty water glass, took 15 minutes to get a clean one.
Second time I’ve been since reopening up, service not as good as it was pre Covid. I’m a long time customer but service suffering right now!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and great atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

Service was good, staff was friendly, food is always good - We brought friends to the restaurant and I had made a special request for a table - They put 7 of us in a triangle shaped both in the back corner of the bar by the door to a service area- very disappointing

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Im4Peace
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rio is always a favorite! I was there to celebrate my best friend's birthday. I requested the rooftop and go it! Thanks, Rio of Boulder!

JH
JustinH
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best Marg on the planet (rocks salt). The Rio never disappoints

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Goodoldtimes
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience4

Customer service is very organized and service pretty quick.

JK
JoanneK
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

LOVE this place and so happy to be able to return...great food, great service, best margs/chips/salsa anywhere! And we *really* appreciate that they take this covid stuff seriously. We'll be back at least weekly!

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TraceyV
Denver
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our family loves going to the Rio. Whether we sit inside or outside, we always have a great experience. The drinks and food never disappoint. I would never hesitate to recommend the Rio to anyone for dining out.

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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 444-3690.

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder is rated 4.6 stars by 579 OpenTable diners.

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