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About Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder

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 can not be guaranteed).

1101 Walnut St.
Boulder, CO 80302
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Mexican

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Daily: 11:00am - 4:00pm
Dinner: Sunday - Wednesday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:30pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am
Brunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Cross Street:
11th

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(303) 444-3690

Website:
http://www.riograndemexican.com/boulder

Private Party Facilities:
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, “Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulde” can accommodate all your special event needs.

Private Party Contact:
Private Event Coordinator: (855) 564-0445

Additional:
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, View, Weekend Brunch

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.1

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (17)
Good for Groups (13)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
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Fun (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Neighborhood Gem (8)
Good for Birthdays (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Comfort Food (6)
Good for a Date (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Special Occasion (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
People Watching (5)
Scenic View (5)
Spicy (5)
Authentic (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Hot Spot (4)
Fit for Foodies (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Tapas (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Good for Anniversaries (1)
Business Meals (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Romantic (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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 (Denver)·Dined 3 days ago

Food and service was wonderful! We had a great dinner there.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Great for Lunch, Spicy
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 (Portland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 29, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, People Watching, Casual, Spicy
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

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!

Tags: Afternoon Coffee
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Went for a birthday celebration. The staff was friendly and accommodating, the food and drinks was good and the prices were great!

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on October 12, 2017

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.

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 (Denver)·Dined on October 11, 2017

I thought the guacamole was relatively tasteless. Otherwise the food was fine.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Late-night Find
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Food good. Service poor. Had reservations but still had to wait. Service slow

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

CU Family weekend, so restaurant was crowded and noisy. We had a good time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Loved how the band stopped in to play a bit after the parade! Had a great time.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, People Watching, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, Tapas, Casual
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·Dined on October 5, 2017

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.

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on October 1, 2017

As usual, Rio is great! Great service and food and margaritas! This is our go to place in Boulder and Denver.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 24, 2017

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.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 20, 2017

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.

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·Dined on September 18, 2017

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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on September 8, 2017

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!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Tapas, People Watching, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, Scenic View, Good for a Date, Happy Hour
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on August 25, 2017

Never disappoints!!!!

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 21, 2017

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.

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·Dined on August 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Vibrant Bar Scene, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 15, 2017

The Rio is a great place for a casual meal with friends. Food is good, margs are great, and the ambiance is awesome. Enjoy!

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 (Denver)·Dined on August 13, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 10, 2017

Rio is a solid go to place for good tex mex and outstanding marks.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

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!

Tags: Scenic View, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Great Margaritas & queso, as always. The food is decent- not the best Mexican food, but still more than good enough for a group gathering. So glad they have kept the tradition of free chips & salsa when so many places have started charging.

Tags: Good for Birthdays
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 25, 2017

Hosted business colleagues from out of state, the service was great, food was amazing and the rooftop views left a lasting impression on my peers. Atmosphere was fun but still allowed us to conduct business conversations. Love the Rio!

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Spicy, Scenic View
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 25, 2017

7/24/17.
Great Margs. Always fun and lively. Love the fact that we can use "open table". We go often.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 16, 2017

We had to wait one hour to get our meal after ordering. 3 tables near is that were seated after us were served before us.

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 (Denver)·Dined on July 16, 2017

Took our grand kids there before a Shakespeare performance at Mary Ripon Theater. Food was very tasty--even for the kids.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on July 7, 2017

The food was very bland. Everything had the same boring flavor

Tags: Scenic View, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 16, 2017

Food was much better than we had experienced prior to this visit...excellent service with a charming yet professional young woman. We had 2 friends from France who really enjoyed the Margaritas and the food. Recent visit to the Flagstaff House was not half as good!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fun, Late-night Find, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 13, 2017

We went for dinner on a Tuesday that wasn't too busy and were able to sit out on the rooftop with its spectacular view of downtown and the Flatirons. Service is a little slow, but friendly. Other patrons can get pretty noisy, exuberant, let's say. The food was good, not spectacular but there's probably something for everyone.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Excellent margaritas (house specialty); not too sweet. Great queso and chips. Zippy salsa. Try the spinach enchaladas. Service attentive, but not too pushy or hovering. Great time before a concert.

Tags: Spicy, Healthy, Happy Hour
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Chicken quesadilla hardly had any chicken, steak burrito was over salted, guacamole tostad shell was burnt. This is the 2ns time in 1 month we went back, figuring the last time we went was an off night. No, the food has gone downhill. We have been going to the RIO for 15 years. Their child and salsa & margs are great, but pass on the food.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Food was great - server seemed a little overwhelmed and got a few things wrong.

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 3, 2017

The steak nachos are my go-to item. They are dee-lish. They typically come out a little cool--I think they are made first and then are waiting on the other food items.

Service is hit or miss at Rio. Sometimes we get great service and sometimes it is 10 minutes before the waitstaff arrive

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 (Denver)·Dined on June 1, 2017

We always love the Rio and it's our go to restaurant for good quick service, good food and fun!

Tags: Great Beer, People Watching, Good for a Date, Spicy, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 20, 2017

A good time was had by all on the birthday celebration. Our table was out in the 'garage' area which is a nice substitute for the rooftop (it was not quite warm enough that day) as it has an outdoor feel. The Rio's margs still live up to their reputation after all these years.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Authentic, People Watching, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fun, Great for Outdoor Dining, Scenic View, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Casual
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 17, 2017

I've been coming to the Rio for 20 years - never disappointed!

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