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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - 64 Reviews - 1525 Blake St, Denver, CO - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (303) 623-5432

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO
Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant - Denver, CO

Reviews

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Best

I started out loving this place in the 90's when i went to CU and still love it today. I always have loved their margs and queso. They recently added a new marg that you can cal...

Worst

I been noticing for awhile that the margaritas have become much less potent while the prices continue to increase. The food is also getting worse - I ordered the special; pork qu...

Best Margaritas ANYWHERE~BUT... 8/11/2011

If you LOVE Margaritas this is the place to come. They are AMAZING! ~BUT~ The food is not. I have tried a few things I can say are decent though. Try a chile relleno, extra crispy with a side of their green chile. The queso is pretty good if you mix some of the salsa in it. The beef on the nachos is always tough. Cheese enchildas are ok. They do have the BEST sopapillas I have ever had. They come covering a dinner plate and are crispy not doughy. Don't forget to drizzle with honey. Just go for those margaritas and you won't care about the food. more

I Love this Place 2/27/2010

I started out loving this place in the 90's when i went to CU and still love it today. I always have loved their margs and queso. They recently added a new marg that you can call your own tequila, which suits me as my palliate has evolved a tequila connoisseur. This place is still a fun place to hang out before I head to an Avs game. Thanks Rio Pros: Margs and Queso Cons: Loud more

Very Disappointed 1/26/2010

I was a Rio regular: I live in Denver, work downtown and bring friends and family here all of the time because of the good margaritas and food. However, I brought family from out of town for dinner on Saturday night and had the worst experience I have had at any Denver restaurant. Cons: Rude Doorman, Hostesses more

Usually five stars, but not this time... 4/6/2009

Walk downtown and look around. If you are paying attention, you will find restaurants lined up and down... more

Usually five stars, but not this time... 4/6/2009

Stan Provided by Partner
Walk downtown and look around. If you are paying attention, you will find restaurants lined up and down almost every block. There are many places... more

Love this kimd of food!! 3/25/2009

Th people were so kjhfasgasfglfblagbrlagflbvlabvlarvalrvblevblavblavbalvblsrghlawrfglabhvlavblahbvclh Pros: High quality Cons: Too much food more

blah! 1/15/2009

The service was poor. If its not happy hour, the margs are 6.50 a peice. Although it was strong, it wasn't very big for the 6.50 charge! The chips and salsa were ok, but we only got a few big chips and then the rest were crumbs. Our water glasses remained empty. When we asked if we could special order something, the waitress acted like it was a huge hassle and didn't want to help. Its not easy having a special diet, and its not very comfortable when you are treated like a pain. We ordered the veggie fajitas. It consisted of a large strip of squash, a couple of tomatoes grilled (not sliced to make it easy to eat), a chunk of onion grilled (again not prepared to be able to eat), and a couple of other small things, and then some dry beans. They charged almost 13 bucks for that! We didnt even eat it, we sent it back, gulped the marg, and left. Doesn't seem like our experience was the norm, but never the less we wont be back. We were in lonetree, and we went to the sushi restaurant across the sidewalk. Great service and food there! Pros: we didnt have to wait. Cons: everything else. more

wow 11/19/2008

Got f'd up after have a few of these puppies!!!!! strong ars margs and good chips and salsa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Pros: strong margs Cons: line at the door more

Best outdoor patio and good people watching 8/21/2008

Sat on the patio for dinner and drinks and loved it. Now that the construction is done, it is perfect. Tasty margaritas, spicy good mexican food, and lots of entertaining people walking around. Try an agave martini, call your own tequila and sip away Pros: Great people watching Cons: always busy more

Excellent Margaritas! 8/16/2008

Fun place with a good atmosphere. Pretty good food, but truly excellent margaritas. Pretty crowded on the weekends but doable if you're there early or late. Pros: location, margaritas, social scene Cons: parking, too crowded during prime times more

Good place to start the night out 6/3/2008

I'm new to Denver and my freinds took me the Rio to start the night off. Wow was it the altitude or the margs but I had a good buzz after 2. Lots of cute girls to look at as well! Definatly the place to start your night off. more

patio in lodo 6/3/2008

I love to sit on their patio and have a marg after work. Consruction next door still irritates me, It looks like it's coming to an end just in time for summer. I wish they opened earlier during the day, who closes between lunch and dinner downtown? more

Flying Rouches.........not a joke!! 5/31/2008

Do flying rouches make buzzing sounds? H-ya they do. Can you find them in Colorado? Apparently....And I saw my first one at the Rio in downtown Denver!!!! This was Mexi Restaurant has my favorite weekend starting point for strong drinks and good looking people...but since the night of May 17th, 2008 I refuse to go there. I planned my friend's bachelorette party on this night. We went to the Rio @ 9pm and of course waited for an hour and a half for a table. That part didnt bother us because we were used to the weekend wait. The horrible, embarassing, and disgusting part of that night was the huge 4 inch flying rouch we had seen flying out of the kitchen and into the dining room. The 10 person table next to us noticed it first and screamed (even the guys freaked out). They told the busser who ran and informed the manager on that night. Customers were screaming and some were getting up and leaving. We were trying to cancel our 12 person order but our server was no where to be found. After 10 mins a busser came to the back with a broom and smashed it against the wall. (This was in front of 50 customers) I was so embarassed for ever bring my best friend to such a disgusting establishment. We tried to find our server many times before our food came out. He finally came to our table after our food had been sitting there for 20 mins. He explained that he was embarassed by the problem and refused to come back to his tables until it was taken care of. He also told us that the rouch problem had been going on for a couple and the exterminator more

Start your night out right 5/7/2008

We had a blast this past Cinco de Mayo at The Rio. They love to have fun and it shows. Have you tried the smoked chicken tacos, they are GREAT! Love the patio, the laid-back staff, and all the people. They do it right. Pros: Great food, amazing margs Cons: sometimes a long wait more

Absolutely unacceptable 4/30/2008

I've been a fan of the Rio for years - I love their guacamole, but it will be a frosty day in hades before I ever set foot in there again. This past Friday, a group of us went there for some drinks and dinner. While the Margaritas were yummy, what happened as we were being led to our dinner table was completely disgusting. The hostess was about 3 steps ahead of me (the rest of my party was behind me,) and I watched in horror as she lept forward and stomped on something scurrying across the floor just next to our table. Thinking that my eyes had to be deceiving me, I asked her what it was that she just stepped on, and she matter-of-factly stated what it was and then said ""Don't worry, I'll sweep it up."" And she threw our menus on the table, went into the kitchen for a broom and dustpan, and returned to sweep it up and dumped it in the kitchen garbage. I was astonished. Not wanting to alarm those I was dining with, I said nothing (which I'm kicking myself for in hindsight.) It was very evident to me why they have this issue - we were seated with a clear view in to the kitchen, and it was absolutely filthy - chips and food remnants covered the floor. The food was okay, but not as good as it's been in past visits. I'd rather go across the street to d'Corazon and enjoy a much better meal from a cleaner kitchen. I'm telling everyone who will listen what I witnessed in the Rio. Pros: margaritas Cons: ambiance, service, cleanliness, wait for a table more

So-So 1/24/2008

I'm in my late 20's and if I want to start a night downtown, it's usually here. I'll never eat their food because it truly sux ace, but their margs are decent and do get you pretty hammered. It's crowded at night and closes at 11:00pm. Yah, that's right 11:00. Which also is pretty ghey. I wouldn't go here for anything other than happy hour drinks, or drinks to start off a night. more

EXCELLENT! 10/8/2007

We went to Rio Grande the night of the 2007 Rockies vs Phillies playoff game. It was very busy but we got... more

EXCELLENT! 10/8/2007

Craig Provided by Partner
We went to Rio Grande the night of the 2007 Rockies vs Phillies playoff game. It was very busy but we got in quick and were well attended to by Dou... more

Steady Decline 1/24/2007

I been noticing for awhile that the margaritas have become much less potent while the prices continue to increase. The food is also getting worse - I ordered the special; pork quesidallias this week and was given super spicy chicken version. Someone else ordered the chille rellanos only to find them inedible due to the fact that the peppers were of the spiciest version imaginable - although no mention of that was included in the menu description. The queso had the consistency of water and was pretty bland. Pros: good salsa Cons: weak margaritas, bad food, bad service more

great customer service 1/6/2007

we were seat with in a few minutes, on a saturday night, the temperture of the food was warm at best. the service was great and the management was great too. No ground beef. All steak or chicken. more
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  • From its downtown location adjacent to the 16th Street Mall and Pepsi Center, the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant has become a staple stop on any visit to LoDo Denver. Visit the renovated upstairs bar, "Rio Cantina," to watch your favorite team on the many TVs.

    This Denver Mexcian restaurant has prided itself on fresh food, award-winning margaritas, and an energetic, casual atmosphere for over 20 years. Outdoor dining on the patio is divine, but patrons of all ages can enjoy traditional Mexican music, tasteful decor, and a diverse menu in any of the dining spaces. Don't forget to book your next event with us.

    Happy Hour is Mon-Thur with $2.75 mini margaritas, $1 off select imports, and $5 appetizers like guacamole ensalada, chile con queso and empanadas.

    Fun for family and friends is found at the premier Denver Mexican restaurant, the Rio Grande.

Editorial

  • In Short
    This wildly popular place usually has a line of people waiting for a table or patio spot. Luckily it's ok to order appetizers and margaritas at the bar and check out the social...

  • 6/8/2006 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Sun-Wed-11am-10pm Thur-Sat-11am-10:30pm
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa, American Express, Discover
  • Neighborhoods:

    Union Station, Northwest Denver, LoDo
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