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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
LoDo, Denver
88 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • Mexican food
  • tacos
  • big tex
  • manberry
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  • Anne M.
    Anne MarieMarch 16, 2012
    Did you know this place has a 3-Margarita maximum? That's how strong and delicious. My suggestion: after a long day of classes...walk on over from campus and enjoy the happy hour here.
  • Abbie S.
    Abbie SietsemaMarch 15, 2012
    Since they've expanded their outdoor patio, there is much more room! Check this place out on a nice day, walk there if you can so you can have their maximum 3 marg's.
  • Alicia B.
    Margarita wasn't too strong, but the outdoor patio, wait staff, and food were absolutely amazing!! I had the pork taco with a side of quac, so delicious!
  • Esther
    EstherJune 13, 2012
    The food and margs are good. The patio is nice when the weather is decent. The service from both the bar and waitstaff was very slow. We were checked on less than 2 times an hour.
  • Breezy P.
    Breezy PApril 14, 2012
    Try the Man Berry Marg. then tell them how stupid it is to name their patio a separate name (Black Crow) and not to mention its not even open on a nice day.
  • Emily T.
    Emily TaylorAugust 22, 2013
    Big Tex Marg all the way. REALLY fast food, even friendlier service. And sit in Cereta's section!! She's an absolute doll!!
  • eric
    ericNovember 10, 2013
    My tip for the Rio. If you want to eat dinner with your family DO NOT GO ON THE WEEKEND. Strong margaritas and so-so food turn this place into Jersey Shore after 10 p.m. Choose the right time 4 u.
  • Aaron K.
    Aaron KastenJanuary 30, 2012
    Ask for salsa atomica with your chips, then mix it with the regular salsa, it's spicy deliciousness.
  • Scott C.
    Scott CarnahanSeptember 29, 2011
    If you have 3 margaritas and want more, close your tab and open another they will sell you 3 more.
  • 🌸Michele M.
    🌸Michele May🌸August 5, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I like the fish tacos with creme fraiche, but generally the food is not nearly as good as the margaritas and the atmosphere.
  • BJ D.
    BJ DyerDecember 23, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    We are huge fans of the bowl of green chile, with huge chunks of chicken breast and just the right amount of spicy heat.
  • Chloe S.
    Chloe SavannahApril 21, 2013
    I had the spinach enchiladas and a strawberry rocks margarita. Completely satisfied :)
  • Scott S.
    Scott S.February 21, 2012
    The spinach enchilada makes a nice light lunch. Always perfect, as are the margaritas.
  • Jean-Paul JP G.
    Jean-Paul JP GudkaJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    ask for the Tacos al Carbon "old school", my favorite! (it's not on the menu anymore!!!)
  • Jake L.
    Jake LittletonMay 2, 2013
    They sell the tacos à la carte during happy hour for $3-3.50. The smoked chicken rocked!
  • Jordan W.
    Jordan WhiteMarch 12
    Great Mexican food, you can only order two margaritas because they're so strong!
  • Laura K.
    Laura KeyJune 25, 2011
    Order 3 mini margarita's all different flavors....YUMMY! The chips and salsa are my favorite
  • Ultressa D.
    VEGGIE QUESADILLAS ARE SO GOOD! Ask to have MEGAN as your server, she is GREAT!
  • Kaila S.
    Kaila SchleuNovember 12, 2013
    Shrimp tacos or guacamole tostadas. If you have more than two margaritas, you will be drunk.
  • Rommy S.
    Rommy SandhuAugust 6, 2014
    Big Tex margarita is delicious. Chicken fajitas are tasty, too.
  • Miles M.
    Miles MatthiasNovember 23, 2013
    One of our favorite places. Get a margarita, queso, and steak fajitas. Amazing.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HooftSeptember 19
    Acoustics inside are loud. Sit outside if you want to hear anything during (or after) the meal....
  • Ray
    RayMay 17, 2013
    One Rio Margarita and I'm tossed. Good value. Of course j haven't eaten since breakfast soooo.
  • Travis
    TravisOctober 19, 2011
    Queso Verduras. Not on the menu but the best queso I've ever had anywhere.
  • Ana
    AnaApril 24, 2010
    Order your limit of 3 from the bar, then get a table and get another 3 from the server...and don't drink the rest of the won't need it. ha.
  • kyla s.
    kyla scheickOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the 'manberry' margarita is the best. Its a mix of strawberry and mango.
  • Vain-Xavier L.
    Vain-Xavier LangJuly 29, 2012
    Steak Tacos are GREAT. And musttt get a Strawberry Margarita. Get sugar instead of salt!
  • Erin G.
    Erin GMarch 7, 2015
    Noteworthy Margs, especially the specialty options!
  • Alison S.
    Alison SelbyAugust 19, 2011
    Margaritas so strong they cut you off at 3! If you don't leave with a buzz it's your own fault!
  • Jen M.
    Jen MSeptember 14, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit outside on the patio + drink the margs. The atmosphere is better then the food here.
  • Colorado B.
    Colorado BuckeyeApril 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone knows you get the best margs here and very potent! Mahi fish tacos is one of my favs.
  • Natalie
    NatalieNovember 13, 2015
    They have a pretty good quesadilla and absolutely delicious margaritas.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MontanoJanuary 22, 2012
    Huevos ranchero after a hangover rocks! Best kept secret in LoDo! $6.95!
  • Denver Westword
    Denver WestwordSeptember 6, 2013
    Come sample Rio Grande at Westword Dish on September 22 at Sculpture Park. To purchase tickets, visit!
  • Colorado B.
    Colorado BuckeyeApril 24, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Everyone knows the margs here are the best and potent! Mahi fish tacos are one of my favs.
  • Jamie T.
    Jamie T.August 23, 2010
    Sit on the patio and drink a lime marg on the rocks. you won't regret it. also - the food is good too!
  • Nick L.
    Nick LaraFebruary 23, 2014
    Amazing food, strong drinks - I APPROVE!
  • Manda P.
    Manda ProsMarch 29, 2014
    Good beer is cheap during happy hour. Don't get the queso though.
  • Mariyah D.
    Mariyah DanaJanuary 21, 2014
    Got to hangout with my bday twin again!!! Yay
  • Rebecca F.
    Rebecca FrenchOctober 30, 2012
    Obviously, you HAVE to order a Rio Margarita on the rocks with salt. Their specialty!
  • Michael O.
    Michael O'NealMarch 25, 2011
    The margs next door at wahoos are better. And stronger. But hot chips and salsa are a nice touch.
  • Alexandre MOAH O.
    Alexandre MOAH OgataApril 27, 2012
    Good food... Great patio to drink margaritas
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MounseyNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You come for the margaritas and stay for the margaritas.
  • WW St.
    WW St.March 15, 2012
    We know you have tried the Margaritas...but try pairing that with their Mahi tacos! Read more
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 29, 2014
    Check out Rio Grande as seen on Drinking Made Easy Read more
  • Gabe H.
    Gabe HesseFebruary 11, 2012
    If you like the feeling of being on a boat drink 3 margaritas here!
  • Jackie
    JackieJune 27, 2013
    Stay for the drink leave because of rude staff. I could of ordered three more margaritas but he never came back. What a shame.
  • Jason A.
    Jason AAugust 27, 2014
    Their Margs are phenomenal
  • Jaime M.
    Jaime ManzanaresJuly 20, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    ManBerry Rita is the bomb! Love the Guac Tostada too!
  • Stefan D.
    Stefan D.August 11, 2015
    The margaritas are always a good choice.
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