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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder

4.4
340 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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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).
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Wed, Sun 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
Thu–Sat 4:00 pm–12:00 am
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Phone number
(303) 444-3690
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Private party facilities
Whether celebrating a special occasion with family and friends or hosting a corporate event, “Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Boulder” can accommodate all your special event needs.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (855) 564-0445
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Catering
The Rio offers various catering options for your corporate or private event. For pricing and details please call 303-444-3690 or e-mail us at boulder@riograndemexican.com
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
11th and Walnut
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Parking details
There is a parking garage directly South of our Building right off 11th and Walnut as well. Free parking on Holidays and the weekend.
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 340 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
4.3
food
4.4
service
4.2
ambience
4.3
value
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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PatriciaV 
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

Thank you,
P. Vigil

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine's Day, very fun

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NancyH (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

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!

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Shaun (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

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.

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vipFoodiefan (Denver)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

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.

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vipLynn (Denver)
3.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

Nice. Good visit with good friends and not rushed.

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bbnboulder (Denver)
4.0  Dined on January 19, 2018

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.

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PickyEater (Denver)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 2018

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.

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AB123 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on November 17, 2017

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

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vipovercrowded (Portland)
3.0  Dined on November 11, 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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vipLocal (Phoenix)
3.0  Dined on October 28, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
5.0  Dined on October 27, 2017

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!

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on October 22, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on October 21, 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!

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OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on October 13, 2017

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

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vipBoulderJanet (Denver)
3.0  Dined on October 11, 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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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
3.0  Dined on October 10, 2017

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

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vipAMC1 (Philadelphia)
4.0  Dined on October 8, 2017

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

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GoodEater (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

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EstesRN (Denver)
4.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  Dined on October 6, 2017

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

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KatG (Denver)
3.0  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.

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Bolderite (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on September 30, 2017

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

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vipOpenTable Diner (Denver)
2.0  Dined on September 23, 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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vipdlev (Las Vegas)
3.0  Dined on September 19, 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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CasualEater (Denver)
4.0  Dined on September 17, 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.

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OpenTable Diner (Denver)
5.0  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!

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MarkW (Atlanta)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2017

Never disappoints!!!!

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