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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Mexican Restaurant$$$$
LoDo, Denver
90 Tips and reviews
  • margaritas
  • tacos
  • happy hour
  • 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.
    Alicia BartschAugust 16, 2016
    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.
  • 🌸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.
  • 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.
  • Griffin T.
    The lunch combo with a quesadilla and a cup of green chili is your safest bet for food.
  • 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, 2016
    Great Mexican food, you can only order two margaritas because they're so strong!
  • 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!!!)
  • Scott S.
    Scott S.February 21, 2012
    The spinach enchilada makes a nice light lunch. Always perfect, as are the margaritas.
  • Kaila S.
    Kaila SchleuNovember 12, 2013
    Shrimp tacos or guacamole tostadas. If you have more than two margaritas, you will be drunk.
  • Laura K.
    Laura KeyJune 25, 2011
    Order 3 mini margarita's all different flavors....YUMMY! The chips and salsa are my favorite
  • Ultressa D.
    Ultressa DiamondAugust 30, 2016
    VEGGIE QUESADILLAS ARE SO GOOD! Ask to have MEGAN as your server, she is GREAT!
  • Rommy S.
    Rommy SandhuAugust 6, 2014
    Big Tex margarita is delicious. Chicken fajitas are tasty, too.
  • Rob H.
    Rob HooftSeptember 19, 2016
    Acoustics inside are loud. Sit outside if you want to hear anything during (or after) the meal....
  • Miles M.
    Miles MatthiasNovember 23, 2013
    One of our favorite places. Get a margarita, queso, and steak fajitas. Amazing.
  • Ray
    RayMay 17, 2013
    One Rio Margarita and I'm tossed. Good value. Of course j haven't eaten since breakfast soooo.
  • Chloe S.
    Chloe SavannahApril 21, 2013
    I had the spinach enchiladas and a strawberry rocks margarita. Completely satisfied :)
  • 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.
  • Natalie
    NatalieNovember 13, 2015
    They have a pretty good quesadilla and absolutely delicious margaritas.
  • kyla s.
    kyla scheickOctober 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    the 'manberry' margarita is the best. Its a mix of strawberry and mango.
  • Erin G.
    Erin GMarch 7, 2015
    Noteworthy Margs, especially the specialty options!
  • Christine L.
    The margaritas are BOMB! I love this place so much.
  • Rebecca F.
    Rebecca FrenchOctober 30, 2012
    Obviously, you HAVE to order a Rio Margarita on the rocks with salt. Their specialty!
  • 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!
  • Denver Westword
    Denver WestwordSeptember 6, 2013
    Come sample Rio Grande at Westword Dish on September 22 at Sculpture Park. To purchase tickets, visit!
  • 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.
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MontanoJanuary 22, 2012
    Huevos ranchero after a hangover rocks! Best kept secret in LoDo! $6.95!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler MounseyNovember 7, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You come for the margaritas and stay for the margaritas.
  • Mariyah D.
    Mariyah DanaJanuary 21, 2014
    Got to hangout with my bday twin again!!! Yay
  • Vain-Xavier L.
    Vain-Xavier LangJuly 29, 2012
    Steak Tacos are GREAT. And musttt get a Strawberry Margarita. Get sugar instead of salt!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • Jason A.
    Jason AAugust 27, 2014
    Their Margs are phenomenal
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Art G.
    Art GumkeMarch 28, 2014
    You definitely come here for the margaritas not the food.
  • Dave K.
    Dave KDecember 10, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The upstairs bathroom has a giant mirror in front of the urinal. It's weird.
  • Nathan S.
    Nathan SauserJanuary 25, 2013
    Best margs in town. Limit 3!
  • D. G.
    D. G.June 28, 2015
    I like the margaritas
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan KenneyFebruary 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Most definitely go to Rio Grande. Get the steak tacos and do not second guess it.
  • DenverHappyHour
    DenverHappyHourJuly 17, 2010
    Food: $5 guacamole, chili con keso Drink: $2.75 mini margaritaMon-Thu 3pm-6pm
  • Nate R.
    Nate RostonMarch 29, 2013
    Don't get the chile rellenos!!! Raw on the inside!
  • Garth E.
    Garth EnglundDecember 8, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Marg on the rocks. Just do it.
  • Christian H.
    Christian HinckleSeptember 23, 2014
    The drinks are really good.
  • Christine S.
    Christine SulloJune 10, 2010
    Stop by for happy hour (Monday - Thursday from 3-6pm) for food and drink specials Read more
  • Ashley S.
    Classy bathrooms and delicious margaritas!
  • Natalie
    NatalieJune 27, 2016
    People don't really go here for the food do they? It's not bad but their margaritas are certainly better. Three margarita maximum.
  • Matt D.
    Matt DicksonApril 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food and awesome margs.
  • Molly L.
    Molly LynnJuly 4, 2009
    last call is 11pm - even on Friday night. grab a margarita though and u can sit and stay!
  • True Kustom B.
    I love the Rio Margs and Atomica salsa
  • kristin s.
    kristin steeleJune 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Check out the new extended patio, open seating!
  • Mickey S.
    Mickey SalvaMarch 1, 2016
    Margaritas are good. Nachos were terrible
  • Joey G.
    Joey GuyJuly 1, 2013
    Get the steak nachos!!!
  • Abby W.
    Abby WilsonOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Great place to host a party!
  • Chris A.
    Chris ArnesonMay 19, 2012
    The steak quesadilla tastes like a cheeseburger. Or I'm just drunk.
  • Mike S.
    Mike SmithJuly 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Smothered steak burrito - best in town.
  • Ashley H.
    Ashley HaegerOctober 18, 2010
    Awesome margaritas!! And queso :)
  • Ashley S.
    They keep the chips and salsa coming!
  • Jaymi W.
    Jaymi WatchornApril 19, 2012
    Best shrimp tacos everrrrrrrrr
  • Kevin D.
    Kevin DoranAugust 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    If you see me here buy me a margarita and I will drink it
  • Briar S.
    Briar SangiulianoApril 22, 2010
    Get the strawberry lite marg! Frozen no salt!
  • Briar S.
    Briar SangiulianoApril 22, 2010
    Get the Strawberry Lite- frozen, no salt!
  • Jason M.
    Jason McArdleFebruary 12, 2012
    If you are trying to get hammered start here
  • Tom C.
    Tom CalFebruary 14
    The service here sucks and the good is average. Margs are all they got going
  • Mark K.
    Mark KunkelFebruary 25, 2015
  • Mike F.
    Mike FarrisNovember 24, 2012
    Margarittas by the littas
  • Ethan H.
    Ethan HolubFebruary 11, 2012
    So very good
  • Sonja K.
    Sonja KjelstromNovember 22, 2011
    Killer Margaritas.
  • Brian B.
    Brian BouquetMarch 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Frozen margs aren't just for chicks...bahahah
  • o s.
    o shortOctober 11, 2010
    Nachos suck but the rest of the food is bitchin
  • DeShaun L.
    DeShaun LaChronMarch 31, 2010
    Drink 3 Margaritas...
  • Michael R.
    Michael RoseJuly 18, 2012
    Don't go here on a schedule. They're slow.
  • Jessica C.
    Jessica CaldwellApril 9, 2010
    Margaritas anyone?
  • 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!
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