Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Step away from the Pearl Street Mall and escape to the Rio – for a little weekend spirit every day of the week. The Boulder Rio is seriously good, whether you’re bringing the family for dinner or just bringing your thirst for a good time on our rooftop patio(rooftop reservations cannot be guaranteed).
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Rio has done a nice job managing re-opening. It's like being in an intentionally uncrowded restaurant. Not that weird. Employees energy was off the chart. They are glad to be back!

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StevenA
Denver
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

1st day the dining room was open since the "rona". Great job, great food!

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DannyS
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Other than an exceptionally long wait (gotta expect it, cuz the place is so popular, -always a fun time, without exception!

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vipGalenL
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

This was our first time to Rio Grande, and our first reaction was, “why in the hell haven’t we been her before?” This place has all the right stuff on the menu and the drinks were dialed. Love the vibrant bar and chatter of the place! Perfect for a Friday night date after a long week.

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KarenH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

All good except they first ran out of the featured taco (that was heavily marketed), then after waiting for an order of sopapilla, found out they ran out of those too at 6:30 pm. Frustrating.

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vipBoulderDave
Denver
43 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of our favorite Boulder destinations for Mexican fare. We actually got a last minute 7:30 Saturday reservation via Open Table. The hostess stand was PACKED!! Nonetheless, we got seated on time. Service was very attentive. Food was as spectacular as always!

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Wilkerson04
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. They seated us on time and the food was excellent. Will definitely go back!

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vipChuckK
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good food, drink, service and ambiance.

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LindaL
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great, friendly service. We were not rushed through our meal so our party enjoyed the evening. Loved the blood orange margarita. Food was fine.

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AdamB
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great margaritas. Excellent food. Always a good time!

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CraigH
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Very good food, great margaritas, great service. Kinda noisy and no special ambiance but I would definitely go back.

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vipDennaB
Denver
25 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The manager was extra special nice and went above and beyond to make our night special!

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vipAndrea11David
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The Rio as always. Great service , food and fun. Thanks David W.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had the tacos and they were very yummy and very filling!

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Jasmine2
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

Loud space. Nice server. Overpriced food but decent.

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vipTrish
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would absolutely recommend The Rio over and over again. It is our fav restaurant! Don't change a thing.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! Each staff member was energetic and willing to answer any and all questions. They truly made us feel at home. Highly recommend if you are thinking of dining out in Boulder.

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Kendall
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

Love going out here with friends for margaritas and apps. Wait staff will only check on you after you get your food, then not acknowledge you for 20 mins. Has happened a few times

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BonitaG
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall1food4service1ambience5

Food is always amazing, however our service was terrible. Out waiter had a several tables, plus a large table of about 30 people, plus ours(8). He was clearly overloaded. We had to track him down the entire evening and ask for everything. From appetizer plates, to salt and pepper, to more drinks. A dis-service to him to have him that overloaded. We love the Rio, but disappointing this visit for sure!

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vipHMathies
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow the Rio got a face lift! I clearly haven't been around Boulder lately but what a pleasant change! The seating is more comfortable, cozy, and oh man the food! What an improvement! I am sad that the margarita's have shrunk in size and are far less potent than they used to be, but on the plus side, no hangover! I will most certainly be back!

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vipReglr
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stephanie made us feel welcome and appreciated. New decor is great! Food seems even better than before. Love this place!

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vipAndrea11David
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food, drinks and atmosphere as always. David W

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Margs are always worth the visit.

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BrianS
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Nice restaurant. Seemed they were short staffed. So a manager had to handle our table. Food was good, but nothing exceptional about it. Ambiance was nice.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Rio has really gone downhill in the last couple of years but this last visit was not good. The food was bland (salsa, enchiladas) and the star of the show - the margaritas - were not very good. The margs have always been very good and nicely potent, but this time both I ordered were flat, too sour, and not strong at all.

They need to get back to basics and turn things around. I’m going on a break for a while and we’ll see if next time they’ve gotten their act back together.

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vipReglr
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The “New” Rio is better than ever! The decor, including a whole new bar, is a fantastic change and the food and drinks, and service, are as good as before... maybe better. My kids started at the Rio in high-chairs, now they take their own kids. I love it!

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vipRobertG
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Won’t go back.
Food and service marginal.
Very loud.
Cold

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Overall, our experience was good. Server was very friendly but had troubles keeping up with how busy it was. We had to pull him aside to get silverware and round of drinks.

Chips and salsa and queso great! Chili rellenos were very plain with hardly any sauce or seasoning. Would try something else if return.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our go-to date spot. Always love the margs and burritos!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Busy weekend in Boulder, got a table last minute.
Young crowd but not too crazy. We all had the tacos, which were good. Get 6 if you are hungry. The margs could use a little work

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Everyother
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Really miss the OLD layout and feel. Service seems to have gone downhill too.

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urbandiner
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Four friends had a fun dinner and lots of talk recently at The Rio. Our server was delightful, making sure we had everything we needed, carefully took our orders, took photos of us and came by often to check on us, but without hovering. The food (we all had different enchilada dinners) and the margaritas were delicious.
After eating our server came by but didn't hurry us out.

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TomW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Undistinguished is the best I can say. Many better options.

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vipMoeIsMe
Cincinnati
12 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend and I were went to the location near Pearl street when we were staying in Boulder. Food was awesome. Place was packed and we were seated in the bar area. I asked the waiter for a tequila suggestion to make me not hate tequila. Haha. He said the GM wanted to talk to us. He came over with a little tequila tasting for us and was super knowledgeable and picked out a few for us to try on the house. That’s amazing customer service!!

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vipBldrfoodies
Denver
34 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great food and location

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Unimpressed
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Good food good waiter what’s not to like!

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vipHappy
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Interesting interior and very basic food preparations. Expected a bit more overall finesse in a state with lots of great Mexican food.

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vipPaulaH
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food, service and lots of fun. Our favorite place.

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MollyB
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

This is a fun place for happy hour, and the renovations turned out great!

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AmyS
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2019
Overall2food4service2ambience4

When we arrived, the hostess said that we would have a 30 minute wait because the reservations we made through open table could not be honored - that the system could not tell that there were no reservations available - even though we received a confirmation. The hostess found a table for us sooner then they expected, which was great. But they must have been short staffed. It took 45 minutes to get our food and our waitress was swamped (Poor service but I don't blame her). I was taking friends out for my birthday and ended up feeling embarrassed by how late it got and how many issues we had. We liked the new decor and the food was good. Except that my husband's food came out cold and one of our guests got the wrong salad. We have been going to the Rio for years (since college) and I am sorry to say that we will not be in a hurry to go back.

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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 4.5 stars by 482 OpenTable diners.

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