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The Republic of the Rio Grande

4.4
4.4
117 Reviews
$30 and under
Steakhouse
A sumptuous, indoor-outdoor bar & grill serving Southwest menu, including steaks & pizza.

At the Republic of the Rio Grande, our attention to detail and the way we present a platter tells you that dining here is going to be special, no matter the occasion. We strive to create a sumptuous and exciting dining experience for all of our guests

Disclaimer: For Friday and Saturday reservations please call the restaurant directly. We recommend giving us up to a 24 hour notice if you would like to book with us due to possible low availability.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Southwest

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thursday: 11:000 AM to 11: 00 PM Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM Sunday: Closed

  • Phone number

    (956) 994-8385

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Neighborhood

    McAllen

  • Parking details

    None

  • Entertainment

    We featured live music on the patio from Wednesdays to Saturdays starting at 8:30 PM

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

What 117 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • McAllen

    Most Booked

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  1. B

    Billy525

    Dallas

    637 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    637 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Again, a fabulous dining experience here! Jesse, server, was attentive and kind. Guacamole was a tad bland, but salsa spiced it right up! Beef nachos weee outstanding, but enough for four people! I will definitely be back!
  2. B

    Billy525

    Dallas

    636 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    636 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Female manager greeted me warmly and made me feel most welcome. Server Jorge was fantastic, efficient, and very friendly. Enchiladas suites were incredible. I will be back tomorrow!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 27, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience3
    Host was rude about not wanting to add 2 extra seats on my reservation of 8, when there was so many available seating throughout the night. I requested outdoor but was seated inches from the live band which made it very uncomfortable for the guest seating on those seats. We decided to move the table ourselves 3 ft away from the band to make those who their chairs were touching the stage feel comfortable. After setting the table ourselves without any noise or inconvenience for the rest of the customers, we noticed that host or manager don’t know, was asking our server why we moved the table, instead of showing up at our table an address it and maybe apologize for the seating arrangement. Lastly, the kitchen forgot to make one of my guest food and was left with only taking the food to go. Despite this, food tasted very good.
  4. JV

    JoelV

    Corpus Christi

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    Have been previously and was great. Not this time. Ordered the citrus salad and did not have the ingredients stated in the menu. Service was very slow and was a party of eight not everyone got served at the same time. Two of the guests were served 20 minutes after the rest of the party. They only salads also but with Salmon in lieu of shrimp. The timing should be worked out. Would of had more drinks but service was so slow and sporadic that did not get a chance to order drinks and was glad I also ordered a water. I know restaurants are struggling to get help but you can explain the slight delay but the coordination and follow up should be better.
  5. TM

    TreciaM

    Atlanta

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    A good place for a cold drink and some delicious food. Large menu. There is something for everyone. Love the 80’s music.
  6. CA

    CARLOS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    The food ig good, but the service really they take long time to come back with drinks and is a lot of flies in the environment.Best regards
  7. TM

    TreciaM

    Atlanta

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Went with some friends. London,our server was very good. Funny. I hadn’t been here in at least ten years. All the food we ordered was very good. Liked it so much we are returning next week. The new manger was by our table several times to check on our order. Nice guy. P.S.- Love the 80’s music. Great songs.
  8. AM

    AdanM

    Austin

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The margarita selection is excellent and the steaks are worth another visit. The staff is friendly and attentive.
  9. I

    Irene

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Brilliant decision to go there. Perfect ambience, amazing service, very kind and attentive. Absolutely phenomenal steak!
  10. FP

    FranceneP

    Corpus Christi

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service, they are quick to attend to the customer needs. The selection on cocktails is always great as well.
  11. HB

    HinaB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service had a great time Will definitely go back there. They definitely take my party there again.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Cumpleaños
  13. AS

    AjitpalS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was nice place to get together in McAllen tx. I would love to go back to same restaurant when I come back to McAllen again
  14. DB

    DianeB

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent, music loud, and the manager came and talked to us.
  15. F

    Frank01

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good place an great service . Their was very minimal waiting time .
  16. B

    Billy525

    Dallas

    637 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    637 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved this place! Ate here back in the spring. Both food and service were excellent. Would return in a heartbeat!
  17. MG

    MariaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing experience, the food was great, our server was awesome!
  18. VI

    VicfromIllinois

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Second time at The Republic. Both times very enjoyable. Once inside and the second time outside. Will definitely go back. Highly recommended
  19. A

    Angi

    Houston

    40 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall2food5service3ambience2
    Expected a nicer place for the prices of the food. The food was great, the service was okay but NOT having a real fork to eat an expensive steak was terrible. I ordered a salad and they brought a different dressing, the waiter said they didn’t have the raspberry vinaigrette and that the menu is sometimes wrong. WTF after waiting 5 minutes for a PLASTIC fork we finally got to eat our food. Plastic fork? How does a restaurant “run” out of forks. I’m glad the food was good but there are way too many restaurants in town to go back here.
  20. TS

    TerryS

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside and everything was excellent!!! Would definitely recommend this restaurant. Great food and service.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding service and delicious food
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was very courteous and the food was amazing!
  23. TA

    TerryA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding; our server Ryan was fantastic, the relaxing ambiance was perfect for a conversation at the table, and the price was perfect. The menu gave the customer many delicious choices. This is one of my favorite places.
  24. J

    Jpaarvriaer

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Food was great, service could have been more attentive, not just from server but others, like greeters and management. Management very helpful when we couldn’t find our waiter. A smile at the front door can change a lot
  25. JG

    JohnG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, the food and drinks were delicious to say the least. Definitely would go again.
  26. JJ

    JaniceJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience3
    We got there a little earlier than our 5pm reservation so had to wait while they put our table together. (not a big deal) Our party ordered 4 rib steak sandwiches and one rib meal and one noodle meal. Steak sandwiches were good, cooked to a perfect medium. My french fries had a fishy taste, I thought maybe from the oil that could have been used for fish/shrimp. The person who had the rack of ribs commented that they were very tough and not fall off the bone and they were disappointed that they ordered them. Two in our party had mashed potatoes all dressed for a side and said they were very dry. The noodle dish comment was delicious. My husband and I come there often and truly enjoy it and haven't had these issues before. We brought our friends this time hoping for a wonderful review but instead told them to not take this as to how it always is. We know you can do better and hope on our next visit everything is back to the way we remember! Don't forget, the tip is added to your bill when 6 or more are in your party, even when you have separate billing.
  27. OG

    OGarcia

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a pleasant return, I had not been there in over 15 yrs. The food was great the appetizers were large enough and tasting to be the main coure, we like the Chiles Fritos and the Rib eye chicarrones . The waiter suggested a chicken and pasta meal that was not on the menu but it should be. Great tasting ! Thank you for making my wife's birthday a very enjoyable one. We will return soon.
  28. TS

    TerryS

    Kansas City

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Reservations were for 6:15 and we were seated as soon as we got there. Service by Javier was excellent along with the great tasting food. We would highly recommend it and will definitely go back.
  29. R

    Ronn

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    My wife ordered her steak "Medium" I repeated that to the waiter before he left to ensure he understood. When the meal was presented, the waiter left. When she cut her steak, it was "Rare". Not Medium but Rare. We didn't see the waiter for the rest of the meal. When the waiter returned with the bill, we asked him about the steak. His response was, he asked for the kitchen staff to cook the steak medium. I am not sure how that was suppose to address the situation ! Rio Grande was recommended to me, unfortunately we were disappointed.
  30. RK

    RodneyKC

    Kansas City

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was excellent and presented well, the staff was very attentive and we enjoyed our visit!
  31. OG

    OraliaG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Even though our waiter was a little awkward, I’m just going to assume that it was his first day. Other than that, the manager was very helpful in creating a really nice surprise for my husband‘s birthday. He even set us up with a better table given the occasion.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place with great food and drinks
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My lady and I enjoyed the time immensely and can not find anything remotely wrong with our experience. Thank you
  34. MM

    MelayneM

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Staff was very accommodating. Our out-of-town guests loved it.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2020

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    This visit was our first and will likely be our last. We opted to sit outside to enjoy the beautiful evening and the pretty patio. Unfortunately, this restaurant dates back to the mid 90s with regards to their smoking policies and still allows people to smoke while dining. We asked to be reseated twice. This appalls me. Strike 1. Our server then came and grabbed our drink and appetizer order. Although his service was fast, he missed the mark with personalization. He never introduced himself. Apparently they don’t have nightly specials either. If they do, we were never offered them. My margarita came and it was nothing spectacular. Strike 2. Our food came rather quickly, but my side dishes were cold. At this point I was just exhausted and quite frankly annoyed so I just ate my filet and took the rest to go. Strike 3. Hard pass. Experiences like this visit are why we rarely venture away from our favorite restaurant in the RGV.
  36. S

    Shalom

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    I made reservations online to come eat here last night on New Years Eve for our Anniversary. Food was decent, service was pretty bad. Being a manager at a fine dining restaurant, i guess im a little critical when I go eat at a nice restaurant. First off, when I arrived to meet my husband, our server didnt come around for a good 10 min. Then just asked if we were ready to order, i ordered a jalapeno marg, my husband ordered the hibiscus marg, a pizza and steak w chimichurri, I also ordered chips and guac, and water.. the chips and guac never came. I had to ask twice for water. When our food came, i asked for extra chimichurri, and our waiter says there is no more, when the steak had some. He barely checked up on us.. and never came by with the dessert presentation. After, he asked if we needed anything else for last call, when it wasn't quite last call yet. It wasn't the anniversary dinner I was hoping for, no dessert, didnt even offer... our service was mediocre. It was a tall skinny guy w glasses.. we just closed out tqb, and drank more at the bar. Bar tender and manager were really nice. Cheers'd to the New year out by the patio. Tab was pretty high, quality was alright. Service could improve a lot
  37. GC

    GabrielC

    Corpus Christi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food is as good as they say, the service too, I had the fire shrimp pasta (or something like that) and it was the best shrimp pasta I have had. Highly recommended, you won't regret it.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Corpus Christi

    26 reviews

    3.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2019

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The kind of place you could become a regular. Friendly staff, good food, in a setting that is relaxed but nice.
  39. GB

    GabrielB

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    We loved this restaurant. The service was amazing and the food was very nice too. I went there with some friends and we had a good time.
  40. AL

    ALANM

    Corpus Christi

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I tried taking your survey, but it is not user friendly. It kept jumping back to the first page. After typing for the 4th time I gave up. Restaurant was great. Sam, the waiter was great.

FAQs

The Republic of the Rio Grande offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (956) 994-8385.

The Republic of the Rio Grande is rated 4.4 stars by 117 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Republic of the Rio Grande

1411 S 10th St, McAllen, TX 78501

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    McAllen

  • Hours of operation

    Monday - Thursday: 11:000 AM to 11: 00 PM Friday & Saturday: 11:00 AM to 1:00 AM Sunday: Closed

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, Southwest

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Entertainment

    We featured live music on the patio from Wednesdays to Saturdays starting at 8:30 PM

  • Additional

    Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine

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