Definitely get a reservation beforehand. We were seated right away and although the restaurant was crowded, loud, and a little chaotic our small double date group had a great time. Our margaritas were great, food arrived within 10mins of ordering, the food wasn't spectacular but very good, our server was very cheerful and attentive. Overall, we had a nice time and can't wait to sit out on the rooftop patio in the summer!
This is our favorite low key restaurant in Boulder. We love Mexican food and the Rio uses nice fresh ingredients. They have the best salsa! Great crab and shrimp enchiladas .
Had to wait a bit to order, but after that, the rest of the service was great. Always a pleasure to go to Rio for delicious Mexican food!
My family has been to the Rio Grande several times to celebrate birthdays. This was our worst experience and will probably not be returning. First, there was a problem locating our reservation. Then we asked for more chips which were never brought and two of the meals were wrong. The food wasn't as tasty as I remember it being. Since we live over 20 miles from the restaurant, it's unlikely that we'll be returning.
Valentine's Day, very fun
The hostess graciously accepted our request to be seated away from the door and put us in a great spot. Our waiter Mark was very fun and interesting and on top of our requests. Food was excellent. One of the best meals/times we've had!
Good gluten free choices. Very tasty food. Prices are a bit high but to be expected for the quality and location. Go there, you will not be disappointed.
Taylor was our server and she did great. Chips and Salsa were on point. As was atomica salsa. Had enchiladas, one steak, one spinach. Were delicious. Walked out of there stuffed for a very reasonable price. Sat in the garage. New table tops looked great and tables are self leveling now, so no wobble. Great experience.
I really like this place, but had a disappointing experience two nights ago, mostly due to our female server. The server didn't take the order correctly, I ordered a 1/2 shrimp and 1/2 veggie fajitas--she place the order as shrimp with added vegetables (there is a difference in content and price). The fajitas were served without any of the accompanying garnishes---cheese, guac, pico, sour creme--which made for a rather uninspired meal. She didn't refill coffee nor salsa until asked. After the food was served (by others) she essentially stopped checking our table. The margaritas--manberry and agave--were great.
Nice. Good visit with good friends and not rushed.
Food and drink were great as usual. Service was was disappointing - disappeared for long periods of time and had to have a correction on the bill as it was inaccurate.
I love the Rio even more now that I know I can make a reservation. Been going for years. Love the food and especially the margaritas -- especially the mini ones! Awesome roof top dining, and lots of great indoor spaces as well. One of my top five places to dine in Boulder.
Food was great as well as the service. Took our out-of-town New York family there for good Mexican food. Mango/Strawberry margarita's are awesome.
Food and service was wonderful! We had a great dinner there.
was crazy busy after the game last Saturday. We made a reservation and still had to wait a bit...not that big a deal. It was just so overcrowded it was claustrophobic. I can't imagine being a waiter and trying to get around like that. We tried to order more drinks to go with our dinner and never received. Think the bar was totally overwhelmed. The waiter was doing the best he could with the situation. I think bar orders for diners should be a priority.
Not the best Mexican food we’ve had. Too bad. Waiter was great on a very busy night. Really loud - impossible to talk to our table of 5 without yelling.
Great experience. Have been a couple times. This occasion was on a busy weekend so service was slow, but experience was fun! Filled with a lot of college students and alum to make it feel like a real college town. Food was superb as usual. Will return!
The food is just ok. Not bad, but not great, either. The service is always friendly, but it always seems to be a bit of a chore to get the correct and complete order. Whether it's forgetting a drink, an extra side of sour cream, or enough chips for the table, it just never seems to be right the first time. Net-net, not a bad experience, but not great.
We had a group of 8 people.
Our food was cold!!!! My fajitas were not even grilling when they brought it to my table!! Same story with my friends food.. her chips for the nachos were burnt and she couldn't eat it. We asked the waitress to bring us a well done meat and the attitude was just not the best. We even told him in the end of the night how frustrated it was to pay almost 200 for burnt food
I will NOT COME HERE AGAIN!
Went for a birthday celebration. The staff was friendly and accommodating, the food and drinks was good and the prices were great!
Service was good, but the other aspects of the meal were underwhelming.
Service: Our server Katie was terrific -- friendly, helpful, knowledgeable.
Drinks: I used to love the classic Rio marg, but this time it just tasted of citric acid (think lemonade powder). The Agave Martini was better, if a little strange. My husband ordered red wine. They only have two on the menu, and they were out of one of them (how does that even happen?!).
Food: The Queso was bland. My spinach enchiladas were fine, nothing to write home about. The burrito had very little chicken and the "fajita vegetables " inside were still crunchy, not having been grilled enough to even cook through.
Bottom line: We won't be coming back any time soon.
I thought the guacamole was relatively tasteless. Otherwise the food was fine.
Food good. Service poor. Had reservations but still had to wait. Service slow
Would have had a better experience had we not been placed at a table near the kitchen door, with lots of traffic behind us, and half of us looking at the wall :(. I should have known better, and had requested a table near the windows.
CU Family weekend, so restaurant was crowded and noisy. We had a good time.
Loved how the band stopped in to play a bit after the parade! Had a great time.
The Rio always has, and always will have some of the best margaritas around. The bar and atmosphere are fun, and the rooftop deck is great. The food is okay, but the margs are what keep people coming back.
As usual, Rio is great! Great service and food and margaritas! This is our go to place in Boulder and Denver.
The services was not good, very disappointed considering we go to Rio so often. We had friends with us and slow service absent mindedness and just annoying.
Power was out for downtown Boulder so the restaurant was closed. OpenTable would not let me cancel the Rez and make a new one somewhere else.
I found Rio to be a pleasant place. It wasnt the greatest in terms of service and ambianc but if you are just looking for a place for lunch that wont break the bank this is a good option.
My family and I always enjoy eating here! The food is great and the view is so nice! So far they have been consistent with their food. We are never disappointed! My guys order smothered burritos with beef. The beef is tender and the queso is just right! I order the grilled chicken salad because I like the grilled chicken. The margaritas are always good! So many to choose from. You won't be disappointed!
We went for lunch on Eclipse day to enjoy the roof top view. The place was packed but we got a reservation and in spite of the packed roof, we got a great table, had great food/drinks, and excellent service.
Always a hit! Great food and the Flatiron views from the rooftop can't be beat! The service is great too! We can't wait to go back!
The Rio is a great place for a casual meal with friends. Food is good, margs are great, and the ambiance is awesome. Enjoy!
We had a reservation on a busy Saturday night. We waited 45 minutes past our reservation to be seated (in the world's busiest restaurant entrance) and then another 30 to place an order once seated. The food was good but expensive for Mexican food. We paid $50 for enchiladas, a quesadilla and 2 drinks. They need to train their wait staff on entering orders in their computer so that the bill can be split at the end of the night. Won't be back, there are better places in Boulder to get dinner.
Rio is a solid go to place for good tex mex and outstanding marks.
We started our bachelorette party weekend here for lunch this past Saturday! Great place! We sat on the roof top patio with 7 of us. Had plenty of room and the food was great!