Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

★★★☆☆
  • 143 West Mountain Avenue

    Fort Collins, CO 80524

    Map & Directions
  • 970-224-5428

About Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Categories
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican Restaurants
  • Bars & Pubs
Details
  • $
  • Bar Scene
  • Cheap Eats
  • Dine At The Bar
  • Family-Friendly Dining
  • Group Dining
  • Local Favorite
Hours
M-W 11am-10pm, Th-Sa 11am-midnight, Su 11am-10pm (Happy Hour: Mon - Fri, 3-6pm)
Special Offer
Join us for tasty food and famous margaritas!
Emails
  • fortcollins@riograndemexican.com
Year Established
  • 1986
Keywords
  • mexican food
  • best margarita
Specialties
  • Margaritas
  • Tequila
  • Sopapillas

Food

Food
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Dinner
Happy Hour
Drinks
Lunch
Dessert
Brunch

Appetizers

    Salad

      Soup

        Burritos

          Nachos

            Fajitas

              Tacos

                Quesadillas

                  Rellenos

                    Enchiladas

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                      This is the place to go if you want a margarita and want to chill at the bar with some friends, chips, and salsa. Ordering any other food I really can't recommend. It is all quite boring and tasteless. Some people joke that all mexican food is pretty much the same. Well, the Rio Grande sadly reinforces that notion; and not in a good way.

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                      ★★★☆☆

                      This is the place to go if you want a margarita and want to chill at the bar with some friends, chips, and salsa. Ordering any other food I really can't recommend. It is all quite boring and tasteless. Some people joke that all mexican food is pretty much the same. Well, the Rio Grande sadly reinforces that notion; and not in a good way.

                      Pros: Good social hangout

                      Cons: So-so food

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                      I was there this saturday night with a couple of friends. We waited for almost 2 hours to even get seated. (was there at 7pm). Crazy! But finally left to go to another mexican restaurant. I dont know what your website is saying about good service and friendly people, but that is a lie. The service is very poor and the receptionist was very RUDE!!! This was the worst Mexican Restaurant I have ever been at. This place is packed and is a bunch of chaos! I wont be back!

                      0
                      ★☆☆☆☆

                      I was there this saturday night with a couple of friends. We waited for almost 2 hours to even get seated. (was there at 7pm). Crazy! But finally left to go to another mexican restaurant. I dont know what your website is saying about good service and friendly people, but that is a lie. The service is very poor and the receptionist was very RUDE!!! This was the worst Mexican Restaurant I have ever been at. This place is packed and is a bunch of chaos! I wont be back!

                      Pros: Nothing good to say about this Restaurant

                      Cons: Poor Service, Rude Recptionist, wait time, atmosphere!!!

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                      Food is alright at bestM pretty bland and boring. Margaritas are great though. They're pretty much the only reason I go there.

                      1
                      ★★★☆☆

                      Food is alright at bestM pretty bland and boring. Margaritas are great though. They're pretty much the only reason I go there.

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                      I just want to clear up a few things about the ol' Rio Grande. They DO NOT use everclear in their margaritas. They use the same thing as everyone else. Tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Second, they really aren't that good. Strong, Yes. Good, No. If you want something that actually tastes like a real margarita and not this sweet junk, then go for the agave martini! GOOD STUFF. The food is ok. It is quick and cheap tex-mex, but hey, you're drunk remember?

                      1
                      ★★☆☆☆

                      I just want to clear up a few things about the ol' Rio Grande. They DO NOT use everclear in their margaritas. They use the same thing as everyone else. Tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Second, they really aren't that good. Strong, Yes. Good, No. If you want something that actually tastes like a real margarita and not this sweet junk, then go for the agave martini! GOOD STUFF. The food is ok. It is quick and cheap tex-mex, but hey, you're drunk remember?

                      Pros: Fort Collins very own

                      Cons: Tex-Mex

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                      The food was mass produced and lackluster, I went with a stuffed up nose, and left in the same condition after all but drinking their salsa spiced about like ketchup. Not what I was expecting after so long time residents had raved about it. Long lines and OK margaritas.

                      3
                      ★★★☆☆

                      The food was mass produced and lackluster, I went with a stuffed up nose, and left in the same condition after all but drinking their salsa spiced about like ketchup. Not what I was expecting after so long time residents had raved about it. Long lines and OK margaritas.

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                      This is an incredibly popular place on Mountain Avenue in Old Fort Collins. On a summer evening, there will be a line out the door. The best thing about the Rio, is its a fun place to meet friends. They have the absolute best frozen Margaritas and an endless basket of chips and salsa. The salsa is seasoned heavily with Cilantro and for me, this is addictive. But after the salsa and a couple of Maggie's, the rest is down hill. This is tex mex food which to me all tastes the same. Beans and Rice and Corn wraps. Yuck. If you have to eat a meal here, have a couple margaritas first and you won't care what you eat. But when I eat there, I stick with the Shrimp scure which is grilled. It's tasty but is served with the rice and beans which usually goes uneaten. The steak fajitas are also edible. But hey, stick with the margaritas and salsa and then head out to one of Downtown Fort Collins' better eateries.

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                      ★★★★☆

                      This is an incredibly popular place on Mountain Avenue in Old Fort Collins. On a summer evening, there will be a line out the door. The best thing about the Rio, is its a fun place to meet friends. They have the absolute best frozen Margaritas and an endless basket of chips and salsa. The salsa is seasoned heavily with Cilantro and for me, this is addictive. But after the salsa and a couple of Maggie's, the rest is down hill. This is tex mex food which to me all tastes the same. Beans and Rice and Corn wraps. Yuck. If you have to eat a meal here, have a couple margaritas first and you won't care what you eat. But when I eat there, I stick with the Shrimp scure which is grilled. It's tasty but is served with the rice and beans which usually goes uneaten. The steak fajitas are also edible. But hey, stick with the margaritas and salsa and then head out to one of Downtown Fort Collins' better eateries.

                      Pros: Great Margaritas, Great Salsa, Great Fun

                      Cons: Aweful food and service, Crowded and noisy

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                      Although they are a draw for their passable margaritas, the food is totally industrial. Orange cheeze, cheap ingredients and lackluster, bland dishes, this place is only good for socializing. That is, IF you can deal with the throngs of drunks. No thanks.

                      1
                      ★☆☆☆☆

                      Although they are a draw for their passable margaritas, the food is totally industrial. Orange cheeze, cheap ingredients and lackluster, bland dishes, this place is only good for socializing. That is, IF you can deal with the throngs of drunks. No thanks.

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                      I've been to Rio 3 times and hated every one of them! If you are hungry don't bother- I make better things drunk at 3 in the morning. It makes sense why they put everclear in their margs-you have to be wasted to not realize that the food, atmosphere and service are all horrible! p.s I have never known anyone that hasn't had a horrible hang over from here. Too bad they don't use that space for a truly enjoyable restaurant or club.

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                      ★☆☆☆☆

                      I've been to Rio 3 times and hated every one of them! If you are hungry don't bother- I make better things drunk at 3 in the morning. It makes sense why they put everclear in their margs-you have to be wasted to not realize that the food, atmosphere and service are all horrible! p.s I have never known anyone that hasn't had a horrible hang over from here. Too bad they don't use that space for a truly enjoyable restaurant or club.

                      Pros: ummmm-drawing a blank here

                      Cons: everything

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                      The margarita's are really the only thing going for this establishment and as was stated already, the food is average at best. The wait staff is well below average. Not much for kids menu. The long wait isn't really worth it if you?ve come to enjoy a good Mexican meal. If all you want to do is to tie a good on one then maybe it?s for you, but other than that I don't really care for it.

                      A much more improved and personable wait staff, improved food items across the board and this might be a place worth returning.

                      1
                      ★★☆☆☆

                      The margarita's are really the only thing going for this establishment and as was stated already, the food is average at best. The wait staff is well below average. Not much for kids menu. The long wait isn't really worth it if you?ve come to enjoy a good Mexican meal. If all you want to do is to tie a good on one then maybe it?s for you, but other than that I don't really care for it.

                      A much more improved and personable wait staff, improved food items across the board and this might be a place worth returning.

                      Pros: Margaritas

                      Cons: Service and food is below average

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                      Very fast service, excellent Tex/Mex flavors at a reasonable price, large servings, great margs! This restaurant is located in Old Town Fort Collins or in the midst of great downtown atmosphere in Denver on the way to the Pepsi Center or Coors Field

                      4
                      ★★★★☆

                      Very fast service, excellent Tex/Mex flavors at a reasonable price, large servings, great margs! This restaurant is located in Old Town Fort Collins or in the midst of great downtown atmosphere in Denver on the way to the Pepsi Center or Coors Field

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                      The most crowded place in Old Town Ft Collins, on the weekend. Long waits, get there early. So-so food with the 2-limit Margarita.. Upstairs ballroom is great for banquets and private gatherings. We always have a good time at the "Rio".

                      Can't say enough about the ownership and their involvement in the community.

                      5
                      ★★★★★

                      The most crowded place in Old Town Ft Collins, on the weekend. Long waits, get there early. So-so food with the 2-limit Margarita.. Upstairs ballroom is great for banquets and private gatherings. We always have a good time at the "Rio".

                      Can't say enough about the ownership and their involvement in the community.

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                      I agree with the previous reviewers...Though the margaritas are excellent, the only food that is very good are the chips and salsa. The rest of the food on the menu is either too oily or just plain not very good. The Rio shuts down for a siesta at about 2:00 and doesn't open again until dinner time which is odd to me. The wait for lunch or dinner is always at least 30-60 minutes long. If you love margaritas this is the place to go but don't expect too much with the food.

                      1
                      ★★☆☆☆

                      I agree with the previous reviewers...Though the margaritas are excellent, the only food that is very good are the chips and salsa. The rest of the food on the menu is either too oily or just plain not very good. The Rio shuts down for a siesta at about 2:00 and doesn't open again until dinner time which is odd to me. The wait for lunch or dinner is always at least 30-60 minutes long. If you love margaritas this is the place to go but don't expect too much with the food.

                      Pros: Great margaritas and salsa

                      Cons: Wait time for a table and food is so-so

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                      Wow this place is awesome. They have really good food, a fun enviroment and the best margaritas in the world. A GREAT PLACE

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                      ★★★★★

                      Wow this place is awesome. They have really good food, a fun enviroment and the best margaritas in the world. A GREAT PLACE

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                      The only food worth eating here is the queso and steak tacos, stay away from the rest! The margs are okay, they do get you drunk with a limit of three. The service SUCKS!!! I have never been treated so bad at a restaurant. This is not a place to take the family for dinner. The Rio is so loud, crouded, and full of rude, foul mouth drunks.

                      1
                      ★★☆☆☆

                      The only food worth eating here is the queso and steak tacos, stay away from the rest! The margs are okay, they do get you drunk with a limit of three. The service SUCKS!!! I have never been treated so bad at a restaurant. This is not a place to take the family for dinner. The Rio is so loud, crouded, and full of rude, foul mouth drunks.

                      Pros: Margs, Queso, Steak Tacos

                      Cons: Service, Drunks, Food

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                      The Rio was packed on a Thursday evening as I recall it was for a lunch crowd 10 years ago. With wood floors and large rooms and a boisterous crowd it's noisy. But the margaritas and salsa are really good. One margarita probably equalled two or three at another place!

                      The food was good but nothing too out of the ordinary. The torilla soup was very spicy. But food and drinks aside, the service was really awful. Our server served the wrong meal to my friend and instead of apologizing simply said "I think this is better.". That's really not what you want to hear!

                      Would I go back? Yea, but at least I'd know what to expect.

                      1
                      ★★★☆☆

                      The Rio was packed on a Thursday evening as I recall it was for a lunch crowd 10 years ago. With wood floors and large rooms and a boisterous crowd it's noisy. But the margaritas and salsa are really good. One margarita probably equalled two or three at another place!

                      The food was good but nothing too out of the ordinary. The torilla soup was very spicy. But food and drinks aside, the service was really awful. Our server served the wrong meal to my friend and instead of apologizing simply said "I think this is better.". That's really not what you want to hear!

                      Would I go back? Yea, but at least I'd know what to expect.

                      Pros: Good Margaritas, Good Salsa, Fun Atmosphere

                      Cons: , Noise Level, Crowded

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                      This is the most overrated restaraunt in Fort Collins. The food is mediocre at best and the Margarita's (good as they may be) do not make up for the poor quality Tex-Mex. It is certainly not worth the 40 minute wait that people regularly put up with. If you do go there, the salsa is good and the Marg's are good, but avoid the rest of the menu.

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                      ★★★☆☆

                      This is the most overrated restaraunt in Fort Collins. The food is mediocre at best and the Margarita's (good as they may be) do not make up for the poor quality Tex-Mex. It is certainly not worth the 40 minute wait that people regularly put up with. If you do go there, the salsa is good and the Marg's are good, but avoid the rest of the menu.

                      Message from Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

                      Located in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins, the Rio holds the past, present, and future of delicious Mexican food, famous margaritas, and drinks. Locally owned and featuring what many say is the best patio in Old Town, the Fort Collins Rio has long had a spirit all its own.

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