El Rio Grande

El Rio Grande

Mexican Restaurant and Bar$$$$
Murray Hill, New York
  • Stars
    The experts at Eater and The Corcoran Group recommend this place
    • Eater
    • The Corcoran Group
  • Stars
    This Mexican restaurant is famous for their margaritas. It's one of the most popular in the city!
  • Tips
    Monica C.
    "Margaritas are really good and very strong!"(11 Tips)
    Anthony D.
    "Steak nachos, blue caraco margaritas and great bartenders!"(82 Tips)
    Jag F.
    "Very Nice steak Fajitas and margaritas"(3 Tips)
    The Corcoran Group
    "One of our favorite Thursday Happy Hour spots when it's warm out."(11 Tips)
Tips and Reviews icon133 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • strong
  • happy hour
  • nachos
  • good for groups
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  • Eater
    EaterJuly 27, 2016
    This Murray Hill old-timer has two sides covering an entire city block, one called Mexico and the other, Texas. Each has its own expansive outdoor patio. Stick with fajitas and beer. Read more
  • Nakisha
    NakishaSeptember 17, 2013
    As a Cali girl, I'm picky about my Mexican & it's been hard to find good City spots but this place nails it! The steak quesadilla & enchiladas were delish! Blood orange margaritas esp. packed a punch!
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupSeptember 20, 2013
    One of our favorite Thursday Happy Hour spots when it's warm out. The outdoor patio gets very crowded, but it's always a great scene. The margaritas are strong, so be careful if having more than one!
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    Sophie OmnomMarch 13, 2018
    Strong margaritas in fun flavors and a fantastic happy hour. Incredibly busy, especially on the outdoor patio in the summer. Good mexican food if you do come to eat. Get the guacamole or nachos
  • Dana O.heart icon on user image
    Dana OMalleyJune 3, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Watch out for the margs! Just repeat this over and over as you walk in: "my limit is two" and you should make it out alive. And ask for Jimmy at the main bar - best bartender in NYC.
  • DoubleDeuceheart icon on user image
    DoubleDeuceDecember 25, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The margaritas here are known for getting you to black-out/brown-out after 1 or 2 or ??. Be aware. Be safe. Me, I went wild...and paid the price.
  • Erik C.
    Erik CintronSeptember 25, 2013
    Big Mexican restaurant in the city prices weren't bad considering we are in midtown. They had a decent happy hour. The food & portions were good. Outside dining & service was good. Drinks were strong!
  • Theresa R.heart icon on user image
    Theresa RoldanMay 26, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Margaritas are deliciously strong (go for frozen Mango!) and their nachos with meat and chili did not disappoint. A small plate was enough for 1.5 peeps.
  • Sarah J.heart icon on user image
    Sarah JaneDecember 8, 2018
    Wondering why this place doesn’t have better reviews!? Delicious food (guac & steak fajita nachos!), plus Margaritas that perfectly walk the line of “strong, but drinkable.”
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneSeptember 12, 2017
    Guacamole $17 and under seasoned. Good happy hour specials and plenty of seating but expect standard American Mexican food. Skip reconstituted yucca fries, vegetable empanadas & barely dressed nachos.
  • Daniel A.heart icon on user image
    Daniel AJuly 8, 2018
    My go-to spot for guacamole (I recommend medium) and the House margarita with ice. Enjoy!
  • Stephen K.
    Stephen KreickOctober 8, 2011
    Strong ass margaritas! Steak nachos are killer! Sing Duran Duran's Rio and get free dessert. After 2 margaritas you'll be singing the whole album!
  • Anthony D.heart icon on user image
    Anthony DAugust 18, 2014
    Best margaritas! I like to get there before the crowd, post up at the bar so I have my spot for my peeps
  • Shiri L.heart icon on user image
    Shiri LaraJanuary 7, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    One frozen margarita and you'll leave happy. Two frozen margaritas and you'll forget most anything.
  • Fatou B.
    Fatou BahJune 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Best margaritas in NYC. All you need are two & you will not remember your night!
  • Liza
    LizaSeptember 1, 2014
    guac guac guac I always get the guacamole from here. Expensive drinks and normally crowded but great outdoor space.
  • S A.
    S AMay 6, 2013
    The margaritas are awesome! I normally do not do frozen, but the frozen peach marg is great. As is the chicken quesadilla!
  • Mandy K.
    Mandy KirkendallDecember 15, 2012
    The spicy guac prepared tableside is ridic amazing. Do yourself a favor. So. Good.
  • Dang L.
    Dang LeAugust 14, 2014
    The other tips do not lie, the margaritas are indeed extremely strong! Gives you a nice buzz pretty quick. Decent food depending on which menu item you order.
  • Steve P.heart icon on user image
    Steve PessahAugust 6, 2016
    Been here 100+ times
    Margaritas and everything they make is amazing
  • Mike N.heart icon on user image
    Mike NickersonAugust 30, 2016
    Great happy hour deals (at the bar only) and excellent patio space that gets crowded quickly
  • Rose
    RoseMay 17, 2011
    Been going here for years, get the classic margaritas on the rocks, guacamole medium spice, steak nachos fo sho and my personal fav is the queso con pollo - SO YUMMY!!!!!
  • Corley S.heart icon on user image
    Corley StoneJanuary 24, 2015
    The margaritas are SO STRONG and SO GOOD!
  • Nikhita M.heart icon on user image
    Nikhita MahtaniMay 31, 2016
    Deadly margs, amazing outdoor patio situation. Cheap!
  • Monica C.heart icon on user image
    Monica CullenJanuary 17, 2015
    Margaritas are really good and very strong!
  • Anoop R.heart icon on user image
    Anoop RanganathAugust 19, 2014
    Margaritas in Solo cups and bowls of queso that may as well be buckets. What's not to love?
  • Ryanheart icon on user image
    RyanSeptember 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    There is a second bar/restaurant on the other side (37th).....huh??
  • Julianna E.heart icon on user image
    Julianna EspositoMarch 17, 2018
    Perfect for a night out with co-workers. Get the enchiladas!
  • Ameer I.heart icon on user image
    Ameer IcanNovember 25, 2015
    Staff, food and service is excellent. Will come again with Friend's.
  • Ira B.heart icon on user image
    Ira BFebruary 25, 2015
    I really wanted this place to be amazing but everything I saw, ate and drank made me say.. Meh. If you need a laid back spot for a group this might be ok.
  • Vinny M.heart icon on user image
    Vinny MeliMay 2, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The place is fantastic and the bartenders are the best. Margaritas are off the hook
  • Kevin S.heart icon on user image
    Kevin StewartAugust 20, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The best steak nachos you'll ever have. Hands down.
  • Ashley R.heart icon on user image
    Ashley RoseJuly 22, 2015
    Happy Hour for a blackout margarita with some chips and guacamole. Stand outside and people watch.
  • Jag F.heart icon on user image
    Jag FirerwalkerJune 28, 2015
    Super delicious. Very Nice steak Fajitas and margaritas
  • Daniel W.heart icon on user image
    Daniel WApril 16, 2016
    Good, but 2 margaritas and a corona, during happy hour, for 33$ is unacceptable, even in Manhattan.
  • Jasonheart icon on user image
    JasonSeptember 1, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Expensive happy hour but frozen margaritas on an outdoor patio in Murray hill is great in the summer
  • John H.
    John HymanSeptember 3, 2013
    Try the Blood Orange Margarita- amazing! And the outstanding guacamole!!!
  • Nina P.heart icon on user image
    Nina PaparattoJanuary 17, 2016
    Great margaritas after a stressful work week. Beware ... They are made with 151!
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    your entertainment guidesFebruary 24, 2011
    Great outdoor happy hour spot when the weather is nice. SUPER strong drinks. Try to Pomegranate Margarita, deliciousss
  • M. G. S.heart icon on user image
    M. G. StellaJuly 26, 2013
    Steak fajita nachos are to die for! Margueritas are lethal!
  • Matt .
    Matt 👀July 4, 2014
    Margaritas are deadly. So good but cut yourself off at 2 for sure!
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    thmJuly 14, 2015
    Food = no bueno but drinks are strong and will mess you all the way up.
  • Arunis
    ArunisJanuary 18, 2011
    Weekend brunch is great. Both the steak and eggs and salmon and eggs are suprisingly really well done.
  • Xian X.heart icon on user image
    Xian XianJuly 18, 2013
    Nom fish tacos!
  • Corey L.heart icon on user image
    Corey LevineMarch 9, 2018
    The margaritas are dangerous and great 👍🏼
  • Anthony D.heart icon on user image
    Anthony DetryMay 24, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Steak nachos, blue caraco margaritas and great bartenders!
  • Thomas N.
    Thomas NoeMay 21, 2011
    Make sure to call ahead and ask if they have the green sauce (not guacamole). They run out of tomatillios and can't always make the sauce.
  • Simply R.
    Simply RubiaJune 3, 2012
    This place has great food, especially the steak tacos and pomegranate margaritas
  • Ami H.
    Ami H.September 1, 2023
    Rumored to have Ninfa's (Houston-style) green salsa
  • Randall N.heart icon on user image
    Randall NovalAugust 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    2 bachelorette parties and more hoochies than you can handle in a single night. Next margarita please!
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