We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
New! Find and book your ideal hotel on TripAdvisor — and get the lowest prices

Rio Grande Grill

$$ - $$$
Mexican, American, Southwestern, Barbecue
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
417 W van Buren Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550-6451
+1 956-423-1817
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 15:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

39 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 39: English reviews
San Benito, Texas
Level Contributor
28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really nice place for a comfortable lunch with good artisan entertainment. We enjoyed the brisket sandwich and Tortilla soup. Both top notch. Numerous craft beers available. Short hours only open during lunch. Highly suggest Rio Grande Grill for an excellent lunch before heading to Jackson street for some shopping.

Thank sharonregan
Port Isabel, Texas
Level Contributor
37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rio Grande Grill is a small BBQ and Mexican restaurant in downtown Harlingen. It has a pleasant atmosphere, and is a good place to grab a quick lunch. I ordered the brisket plate. (The meats are sold by weight.) I was not impressed by the presentation (see photo), but the brisket was good. (Not exceptional or very good, but good,... More 

Thank Dennis K
Naples, Florida
Level Contributor
9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My favorite item on the menu is Fish Taco's but everything is great here... it's down home grill... great place to meet friends and get a quick bite to eat.

Thank webetraveling2
Harlingen, Texas
Level Contributor
63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

If you live or visit Harlingen, you must visit Rio Grande Grill. We ordered the Pulled Pork and Smoked Sausage sandwiches. Both sandwiches had a generous portion of meat which was served on a toasted bun with something like a cilantro pesto and a tangy BBQ sauce plus homemade pickles. Both sauces were very tasty. RGG has a selection of... More 

Thank Vickie A
Level Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Impressed, good little secret for Harlingen. Finally, asked for extra spicy salsa n they delivered. Nice atmosphere, owners personally involved. Always good thing.

Thank S.Edward H
San Antonio, Texas
Level Contributor
81 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The owner took our order and was helpful with recommendations. He's young, friendly and enthusiastic. The fish tacos on corn tortilla were just right. As others have mentioned, this isn't a fancy place. It's a funky and friendly place with great food.

Thank Shelly S
Harlingen, Texas
Level Contributor
7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Brisket tacos are excellent! Great atmosphere - embraces the local flavor and the menu is just the right size. Whether you want seafood, Tex Mex, barbecue or a combination of all three, you can't go wrong.

Thank kmckinney90
Harlingen, Texas
Level Contributor
21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Rio Grande Grill does excellent Tortilla soup , fish tacos and just about everything is yummy . Nice people , good food ! Not a fancy place but who cares when the food is so good . They close at 3 pm .

Thank southerntexasgirl
Level Contributor
111 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016

leI hadn't been here for quite a while and I was not sure what to expect, I was first a bit shocked with the high prices relative to barbecue places in our part of the world. Then I became aware of my wife trying to come to some decision andI discovered that they were out of bread and buns at... More 

1 Thank oldjudge
Brownsville, Texas
Level Contributor
4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

Arrive early to this small artful place. Order from the blackboard menu but better yet ask for recommendations or daily specials. We had BBQ tacos, sliced moist brisket sandwich and pulled pork sandwich. All excellent. But we will be back for their shrimp, smoked fried chicken, brisket enchiladas, and other specials. Enjoy:)

Thank Jackie L

Travellers who viewed Rio Grande Grill also viewed

Harlingen, Texas Gulf Coast
Harlingen, Texas Gulf Coast
Harlingen, Texas Gulf Coast
Harlingen, Texas Gulf Coast
Harlingen, Texas Gulf Coast

Been to Rio Grande Grill? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, American, Southwestern, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 417 W van Buren Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550-6451
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Harlingen
  • Phone Number: +1 956-423-1817

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Rio Grande Grill and other visitors
1 question
Ask a question
Questions? Get answers from Rio Grande Grill staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?