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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

1101 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302-5116
+1 303-444-3690
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Overview
  • Excellent30%
  • Very good38%
  • Average21%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“fajitas” (14 reviews)
“margarita's” (5 reviews)
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CUISINES
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
1101 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302-5116
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1 - 10 of 221 reviews

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Location: downtown Boulder Parking: street parking Atmosphere: inside it's festive and cheerful & outside on the patio is AMAZING with fantastic views and well appointed patio space Staff: good Menu: traditional Drinks: great margarita Meal: guac and chicken quesadilla is great Prices: moderate Visit Again:...More

Thank Nicole P
Derek S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the amazing review. See you again soon.

Reviewed 19 September 2017

This was a disappointing place. I had grilled steak quesadillas. They tasted tired. My husband had grilled steak burrito. He thought his food was bland. The highlight of this meal was the margarita I had: Barrel-Aged Big Tex.That was delicious. Service was mixed. The hostess...More

Thank Sukibot
Derek S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review. Glad the enjoyed the margaritas and service.

Reviewed 13 September 2017 via mobile

What's better than a menu of mouth-watering deliciousness? Enjoying all that deliciousness with a stunning view of the Rocky Mountain. We dined on shrimp tacos that burst with fresh, crisp flavor; chicken quesadillas; and steak tacos with perfectly grilled meat. We would've ordered more but...More

Thank Robyn P
Derek S, Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Robyn, Thanks for the great review! We really appreciate you taking the time.

Reviewed 11 September 2017

Ordered a large guacamole as an app. They only gave us the same small bowl of chips everybody gets with the salsa. Half of the guacamole (my favorite part) went to waste even though we paid for it. There were 4 of us and lots...More

Thank 19,067
Derek S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Sorry to hear that you did not get a refill on chips. We typically give guests as much chips and salsa as they desire for free. I apologize that did not happen on your first visit. Hope you give us another chance next time you...More

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for a rooftop drink. The bar area was crowded, but we managed to snag a table. They have irrigation valves above that were dripping on our table. After a little maneuvering we were able to avoid the splattering on the table. Service...More

Thank Amy Z
Derek S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the review. Glad you enjoy the rooftop patio and margaritas.

Reviewed 16 August 2017

We have to eat here every time we come to Boulder. Our server was attentive and the food and drinks came out quick. Everything thing was as you would want it and the tradition will continue next year with our Colorado vacation. Make it your...More

Thank Dennis W
Derek S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Thanks so much for the great review! See you next time you are in town.

Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

We reserved a space for our family reunion of 42 people for an early dinner on a Saturday night. The management staff was great to work with before the dinner and they called to confirm the day of the dinner. The wait staff was friendly,...More

Thank kmxander
Derek S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Thanks so much for the great review! We loved hosting your group.

Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

We initially went here for the rooftop seating, which looked awesome, but it was a super long wait we decided to eat indoors. Service was decent, friendly but now amazing. Food was good, everyone seemed to enjoy what they got. Their salsa is top notch,...More

Thank KJRKM
Derek S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Thanks for the review. Glad everyone enjoyed their food. Sorry for the confusion but we do chips and salsa refills by request only, sorry that was not communicated. Hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed 4 August 2017

Our dinner party was split in this review--half family liked their dinners and the other half did not--it did not help that the waitress was not attentive and did not seem to care to serve us either--shame because I will not go back to this...More

Thank flamingoChicago
Derek S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Sorry to hear that the service was off the day you visited. I can assure you that is not the norm. Hope you will give us another chance next time you are in boulder.

Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

Lots of Margarita choices and they are good! Friendly place and lively bar scene. But pace yourself.

Thank Donna W
Derek S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 24 August 2017

Pacing yourself is definitely good advice at the Rio. Thanks for the review.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$20
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1101 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302-5116
    (11th)
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Boulder
  • Phone Number: +1 303-444-3690
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Description
Step away from the Pearl Street Mall and escape to the Rio. Featuring a rooftop deck with spectacular mountain views - for a little weekend spirit every day of the week. The Boulder Rio is seriously good, whether you're bringing the family for dinner or just bringing your thirst for a good time.
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