Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 1525 Blake Street

    Denver, CO 80202

    Map & Directions
  • 303-623-5432

About Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Categories
  • Restaurants
  • Mexican Restaurants
  • Bars & Pubs
Details
  • $
  • Bar Scene
  • Carry Out
  • Cheap Eats
  • Date Spot
  • Family-Friendly Dining
  • Local Favorite
  • Lunch Spot
  • Outdoor Dining
Hours
M-W 11am-10pm, Th 11am-11pm, F-Sa 11am-midnight, Su 11am-10pm
Special Offer
Join us for tasty food and delicious margaritas!
Emails
  • denver@riograndemexican.com
Keywords
  • mexican food
  • best margaritas
  • restaurant in lodo
Products
  • Mexican Food
  • Margaritas
Specialties
  • Margaritas
  • Tequila
  • Sopapillas

Food

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Do you NEED tacos? Because this is where we can get a lot of variations and amazing tasting tacos! They certainly have that amazing Mexican flavors to the tee!

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★★★★★

Do you NEED tacos? Because this is where we can get a lot of variations and amazing tasting tacos! They certainly have that amazing Mexican flavors to the tee!

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If you LOVE Margaritas this is the place to come. They are AMAZING! ~BUT~ The food is not. I have tried a few things I can say are decent though. Try a chile relleno, extra crispy with a side of their green chile. The queso is pretty

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★★★★★

If you LOVE Margaritas this is the place to come. They are AMAZING! ~BUT~ The food is not. I have tried a few things I can say are decent though. Try a chile relleno, extra crispy with a side of their green chile. The queso is pretty

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A friend and I went to Rio Grande for a margarita; the margarita's are huge! Even the small ones. Great atmosphere, a little packed on Saturday nights, so if you want a table or seat at all get there early...

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★★★★☆

A friend and I went to Rio Grande for a margarita; the margarita's are huge! Even the small ones. Great atmosphere, a little packed on Saturday nights, so if you want a table or seat at all get there early...

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I started out loving this place in the 90's when i went to CU and still love it today. I always have loved their margs and queso. They recently added a new marg that you can call your own tequila, which suits me as my palliate has evolved a tequila connoisseur. This place is still a fun place to hang out before I head to an Avs game. Thanks Rio

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★★★★★

I started out loving this place in the 90's when i went to CU and still love it today. I always have loved their margs and queso. They recently added a new marg that you can call your own tequila, which suits me as my palliate has evolved a tequila connoisseur. This place is still a fun place to hang out before I head to an Avs game. Thanks Rio

Pros: Margs and Queso

Cons: Loud

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I was a Rio regular: I live in Denver, work downtown and bring friends and family here all of the time because of the good margaritas and food. However, I brought family from out of town for dinner on Saturday night and had the worst experience I have had at any Denver restaurant.

We showed up a little after 7:15pm and put our names in. The hostess told us it would be 45 minutes to an hour. We decided to wait outside since it was so crowded in the restaurant and we thought it would be more polite to keep out of the way. Around 8:00 or so we asked the hostess for an update on the time and she said (rudely) the original time frame she gave us was accurate so we expected to be seated in about 15 minutes. In the meantime, ropes were put up and people started lining up. After 8:15 one of us tried to go check again as it was cold outside but the doorman told us we could not go inside because they were at capacity. So he grudgingly went and asked and told us it was "still going to be awhile" with no explanation as to what "awhile" translated to as far as time...10 minutes, two hours? So apparently, the "original time frame" she promised was not close to being accurate.

While we were trying to figure out what to do, we saw two women try to go inside. One had already been inside but had not been given a card when she went to go meet the other woman. The rest of their party had been seated but again, because of fire code, they were told they would have to wait at the end of the line. Even though they had seats that should have been factored in to the total number of guests when they made their reservation. Based on the treatment of those guests, we determined that even if a table was available for us, we would have to wait in the long line.

After we had been waiting for about an hour and a half, we asked to talk to a manager. We waited for another ten minutes and no one ever came so we left.

Overall, The Rio is a busy place and it would probably be in the best interest of the owners to hire competent staff that are polite to the customers and realize that the name of their establishment is "Rio Grande Mexican RESTAURANT" not Bar. Do not fill your restaurant with people only coming there to drink at the bar when you have people waiting to actually eat there. As for me, I will now be visiting and recommending establishments with better service.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was a Rio regular: I live in Denver, work downtown and bring friends and family here all of the time because of the good margaritas and food. However, I brought family from out of town for dinner on Saturday night and had the worst experience I have had at any Denver restaurant.

We showed up a little after 7:15pm and put our names in. The hostess told us it would be 45 minutes to an hour. We decided to wait outside since it was so crowded in the restaurant and we thought it would be more polite to keep out of the way. Around 8:00 or so we asked the hostess for an update on the time and she said (rudely) the original time frame she gave us was accurate so we expected to be seated in about 15 minutes. In the meantime, ropes were put up and people started lining up. After 8:15 one of us tried to go check again as it was cold outside but the doorman told us we could not go inside because they were at capacity. So he grudgingly went and asked and told us it was "still going to be awhile" with no explanation as to what "awhile" translated to as far as time...10 minutes, two hours? So apparently, the "original time frame" she promised was not close to being accurate.

While we were trying to figure out what to do, we saw two women try to go inside. One had already been inside but had not been given a card when she went to go meet the other woman. The rest of their party had been seated but again, because of fire code, they were told they would have to wait at the end of the line. Even though they had seats that should have been factored in to the total number of guests when they made their reservation. Based on the treatment of those guests, we determined that even if a table was available for us, we would have to wait in the long line.

After we had been waiting for about an hour and a half, we asked to talk to a manager. We waited for another ten minutes and no one ever came so we left.

Overall, The Rio is a busy place and it would probably be in the best interest of the owners to hire competent staff that are polite to the customers and realize that the name of their establishment is "Rio Grande Mexican RESTAURANT" not Bar. Do not fill your restaurant with people only coming there to drink at the bar when you have people waiting to actually eat there. As for me, I will now be visiting and recommending establishments with better service.

Cons: Rude Doorman, Hostesses

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Pros: High quality

Cons: Too much food

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Best margaritas in Denver - hands down. The lunch menu is good considering this restaurant is best known for its marg's. I always get the chicken burrito with green chile (mild) because the hot salsa will melt your tongue.

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★★★★☆

Best margaritas in Denver - hands down. The lunch menu is good considering this restaurant is best known for its marg's. I always get the chicken burrito with green chile (mild) because the hot salsa will melt your tongue.

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The service was poor. If its not happy hour, the margs are 6.50 a peice. Although it was strong, it wasn't very big for the 6.50 charge! The chips and salsa were ok, but we only got a few big chips and then the rest were crumbs. Our water glasses remained empty. When we asked if we could special order something, the waitress acted like it was a huge hassle and didn't want to help. Its not easy having a special diet, and its not very comfortable when you are treated like a pain. We ordered the veggie fajitas. It consisted of a large strip of squash, a couple of tomatoes grilled (not sliced to make it easy to eat), a chunk of onion grilled (again not prepared to be able to eat), and a couple of other small things, and then some dry beans. They charged almost 13 bucks for that! We didnt even eat it, we sent it back, gulped the marg, and left. Doesn't seem like our experience was the norm, but never the less we wont be back. We were in lonetree, and we went to the sushi restaurant across the sidewalk. Great service and food there!

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★☆☆☆☆

The service was poor. If its not happy hour, the margs are 6.50 a peice. Although it was strong, it wasn't very big for the 6.50 charge! The chips and salsa were ok, but we only got a few big chips and then the rest were crumbs. Our water glasses remained empty. When we asked if we could special order something, the waitress acted like it was a huge hassle and didn't want to help. Its not easy having a special diet, and its not very comfortable when you are treated like a pain. We ordered the veggie fajitas. It consisted of a large strip of squash, a couple of tomatoes grilled (not sliced to make it easy to eat), a chunk of onion grilled (again not prepared to be able to eat), and a couple of other small things, and then some dry beans. They charged almost 13 bucks for that! We didnt even eat it, we sent it back, gulped the marg, and left. Doesn't seem like our experience was the norm, but never the less we wont be back. We were in lonetree, and we went to the sushi restaurant across the sidewalk. Great service and food there!

Pros: we didnt have to wait.

Cons: everything else.

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The Rio is still a great place to have a meal or a drink. the margaritas are known all over and they do pack the punch, though not quite as much as they used to. The nachos and all the other food is great.

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★★★★☆

The Rio is still a great place to have a meal or a drink. the margaritas are known all over and they do pack the punch, though not quite as much as they used to. The nachos and all the other food is great.

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Got f'd up after have a few of these puppies!!!!! strong ars margs and good chips and salsa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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★★★★★

Got f'd up after have a few of these puppies!!!!! strong ars margs and good chips and salsa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Pros: strong margs

Cons: line at the door

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The food is good, great salsa and hot/fresh chips! The drinks are great margaritas even for the person who doesn't like to drink however they are a little potent. Good food and fun place to eat!

4
★★★★☆

The food is good, great salsa and hot/fresh chips! The drinks are great margaritas even for the person who doesn't like to drink however they are a little potent. Good food and fun place to eat!

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The salsa is great and the chips are just the right thickness. They come out hot and fresh. The service is fast and the food very good. I tried the fajitas and was very impressed. It was way too much food for me to finish.

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★★★★☆

The salsa is great and the chips are just the right thickness. They come out hot and fresh. The service is fast and the food very good. I tried the fajitas and was very impressed. It was way too much food for me to finish.

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Sat on the patio for dinner and drinks and loved it. Now that the construction is done, it is perfect. Tasty margaritas, spicy good mexican food, and lots of entertaining people walking around. Try an agave martini, call your own tequila and sip away

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★★★★★

Sat on the patio for dinner and drinks and loved it. Now that the construction is done, it is perfect. Tasty margaritas, spicy good mexican food, and lots of entertaining people walking around. Try an agave martini, call your own tequila and sip away

Pros: Great people watching

Cons: always busy

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Fun place with a good atmosphere. Pretty good food, but truly excellent margaritas. Pretty crowded on the weekends but doable if you're there early or late.

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★★★★☆

Fun place with a good atmosphere. Pretty good food, but truly excellent margaritas. Pretty crowded on the weekends but doable if you're there early or late.

Pros: location, margaritas, social scene

Cons: parking, too crowded during prime times

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I love to sit on their patio and have a marg after work. Consruction next door still irritates me, It looks like it's coming to an end just in time for summer. I wish they opened earlier during the day, who closes between lunch and dinner downtown?

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★★★★☆

I love to sit on their patio and have a marg after work. Consruction next door still irritates me, It looks like it's coming to an end just in time for summer. I wish they opened earlier during the day, who closes between lunch and dinner downtown?

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I'm new to Denver and my freinds took me the Rio to start the night off. Wow was it the altitude or the margs but I had a good buzz after 2. Lots of cute girls to look at as well! Definatly the place to start your night off.

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★★★★☆

I'm new to Denver and my freinds took me the Rio to start the night off. Wow was it the altitude or the margs but I had a good buzz after 2. Lots of cute girls to look at as well! Definatly the place to start your night off.

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Do flying rouches make buzzing sounds? H-ya they do. Can you find them in Colorado? Apparently....And I saw my first one at the Rio in downtown Denver!!!! This was Mexi Restaurant has my favorite weekend starting point for strong drinks and good looking people...but since the night of May 17th, 2008 I refuse to go there. I planned my friend's bachelorette party on this night. We went to the Rio @ 9pm and of course waited for an hour and a half for a table. That part didnt bother us because we were used to the weekend wait. The horrible, embarassing, and disgusting part of that night was the huge 4 inch flying rouch we had seen flying out of the kitchen and into the dining room. The 10 person table next to us noticed it first and screamed (even the guys freaked out). They told the busser who ran and informed the manager on that night. Customers were screaming and some were getting up and leaving. We were trying to cancel our 12 person order but our server was no where to be found. After 10 mins a busser came to the back with a broom and smashed it against the wall. (This was in front of 50 customers) I was so embarassed for ever bring my best friend to such a disgusting establishment. We tried to find our server many times before our food came out. He finally came to our table after our food had been sitting there for 20 mins. He explained that he was embarassed by the problem and refused to come back to his tables until it was taken care of. He also told us that the rouch problem had been going on for a couple and the exterminator
had came 3 times without getting rid of the problem completely. I love this restaurant and honestly was sad about the rouches. Flying rouches are more commonly found in Texas and southern states......that is why I am so bothered. I just wanted to share my experience. To all those who work there, I feel so sorry for you. I hope the Rio takes care of this problem soon. The patio is my favorite in all of downtown.

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★☆☆☆☆

Do flying rouches make buzzing sounds? H-ya they do. Can you find them in Colorado? Apparently....And I saw my first one at the Rio in downtown Denver!!!! This was Mexi Restaurant has my favorite weekend starting point for strong drinks and good looking people...but since the night of May 17th, 2008 I refuse to go there. I planned my friend's bachelorette party on this night. We went to the Rio @ 9pm and of course waited for an hour and a half for a table. That part didnt bother us because we were used to the weekend wait. The horrible, embarassing, and disgusting part of that night was the huge 4 inch flying rouch we had seen flying out of the kitchen and into the dining room. The 10 person table next to us noticed it first and screamed (even the guys freaked out). They told the busser who ran and informed the manager on that night. Customers were screaming and some were getting up and leaving. We were trying to cancel our 12 person order but our server was no where to be found. After 10 mins a busser came to the back with a broom and smashed it against the wall. (This was in front of 50 customers) I was so embarassed for ever bring my best friend to such a disgusting establishment. We tried to find our server many times before our food came out. He finally came to our table after our food had been sitting there for 20 mins. He explained that he was embarassed by the problem and refused to come back to his tables until it was taken care of. He also told us that the rouch problem had been going on for a couple and the exterminator
had came 3 times without getting rid of the problem completely. I love this restaurant and honestly was sad about the rouches. Flying rouches are more commonly found in Texas and southern states......that is why I am so bothered. I just wanted to share my experience. To all those who work there, I feel so sorry for you. I hope the Rio takes care of this problem soon. The patio is my favorite in all of downtown.

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We had a blast this past Cinco de Mayo at The Rio. They love to have fun and it shows. Have you tried the smoked chicken tacos, they are GREAT! Love the patio, the laid-back staff, and all the people. They do it right.

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We had a blast this past Cinco de Mayo at The Rio. They love to have fun and it shows. Have you tried the smoked chicken tacos, they are GREAT! Love the patio, the laid-back staff, and all the people. They do it right.

Pros: Great food, amazing margs

Cons: sometimes a long wait

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I've been a fan of the Rio for years - I love their guacamole, but it will be a frosty day in hades before I ever set foot in there again. This past Friday, a group of us went there for some drinks and dinner. While the Margaritas were yummy, what happened as we were being led to our dinner table was completely disgusting. The hostess was about 3 steps ahead of me (the rest of my party was behind me,) and I watched in horror as she lept forward and stomped on something scurrying across the floor just next to our table. Thinking that my eyes had to be deceiving me, I asked her what it was that she just stepped on, and she matter-of-factly stated what it was and then said "Don't worry, I'll sweep it up." And she threw our menus on the table, went into the kitchen for a broom and dustpan, and returned to sweep it up and dumped it in the kitchen garbage. I was astonished. Not wanting to alarm those I was dining with, I said nothing (which I'm kicking myself for in hindsight.) It was very evident to me why they have this issue - we were seated with a clear view in to the kitchen, and it was absolutely filthy - chips and food remnants covered the floor. The food was okay, but not as good as it's been in past visits. I'd rather go across the street to d'Corazon and enjoy a much better meal from a cleaner kitchen. I'm telling everyone who will listen what I witnessed in the Rio.

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★☆☆☆☆

I've been a fan of the Rio for years - I love their guacamole, but it will be a frosty day in hades before I ever set foot in there again. This past Friday, a group of us went there for some drinks and dinner. While the Margaritas were yummy, what happened as we were being led to our dinner table was completely disgusting. The hostess was about 3 steps ahead of me (the rest of my party was behind me,) and I watched in horror as she lept forward and stomped on something scurrying across the floor just next to our table. Thinking that my eyes had to be deceiving me, I asked her what it was that she just stepped on, and she matter-of-factly stated what it was and then said "Don't worry, I'll sweep it up." And she threw our menus on the table, went into the kitchen for a broom and dustpan, and returned to sweep it up and dumped it in the kitchen garbage. I was astonished. Not wanting to alarm those I was dining with, I said nothing (which I'm kicking myself for in hindsight.) It was very evident to me why they have this issue - we were seated with a clear view in to the kitchen, and it was absolutely filthy - chips and food remnants covered the floor. The food was okay, but not as good as it's been in past visits. I'd rather go across the street to d'Corazon and enjoy a much better meal from a cleaner kitchen. I'm telling everyone who will listen what I witnessed in the Rio.

Pros: margaritas

Cons: ambiance, service, cleanliness, wait for a table

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I'm in my late 20's and if I want to start a night downtown, it's usually here. I'll never eat their food because it truly sux ace, but their margs are decent and do get you pretty hammered. It's crowded at night and closes at 11:00pm. Yah, that's right 11:00. Which also is pretty ghey. I wouldn't go here for anything other than happy hour drinks, or drinks to start off a night.

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★★★☆☆

I'm in my late 20's and if I want to start a night downtown, it's usually here. I'll never eat their food because it truly sux ace, but their margs are decent and do get you pretty hammered. It's crowded at night and closes at 11:00pm. Yah, that's right 11:00. Which also is pretty ghey. I wouldn't go here for anything other than happy hour drinks, or drinks to start off a night.

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I been noticing for awhile that the margaritas have become much less potent while the prices continue to increase. The food is also getting worse - I ordered the special; pork quesidallias this week and was given super spicy chicken version. Someone else ordered the chille rellanos only to find them inedible due to the fact that the peppers were of the spiciest version imaginable - although no mention of that was included in the menu description. The queso had the consistency of water and was pretty bland.
Service was also pretty bad - our waiter told me that indeed it was pork - even though every other person at our table tried it and agreed it was chicken.
This used to be a really fun place with great drinks. It's sad that they think they can just keep cutting back and no one will notice.

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★★☆☆☆

I been noticing for awhile that the margaritas have become much less potent while the prices continue to increase. The food is also getting worse - I ordered the special; pork quesidallias this week and was given super spicy chicken version. Someone else ordered the chille rellanos only to find them inedible due to the fact that the peppers were of the spiciest version imaginable - although no mention of that was included in the menu description. The queso had the consistency of water and was pretty bland.
Service was also pretty bad - our waiter told me that indeed it was pork - even though every other person at our table tried it and agreed it was chicken.
This used to be a really fun place with great drinks. It's sad that they think they can just keep cutting back and no one will notice.

Pros: good salsa

Cons: weak margaritas, bad food, bad service

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we were seat with in a few minutes, on a saturday night, the temperture of the food was warm at best. the service was great and the management was great too. No ground beef. All steak or chicken.

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★★★☆☆

we were seat with in a few minutes, on a saturday night, the temperture of the food was warm at best. the service was great and the management was great too. No ground beef. All steak or chicken.

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Stong margs get the job done. Very pleased with the Mahi mahi tacos. Crowded with 20's making the rounds, loud but it's LoDo on a Friday night.. what else would you expect.

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★★★★☆

Stong margs get the job done. Very pleased with the Mahi mahi tacos. Crowded with 20's making the rounds, loud but it's LoDo on a Friday night.. what else would you expect.

Pros: Fun atmosphere, great people watching, strong drinks

Cons: rude waitstaff and host

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You'd think with something this busy and with the reviews I read before I went, at least the restaurant would rank up there in some category -- well, I'm trying to think, which one? It was a normal, crowded Friday night, and we had 8 people. Called ahead, no prob. Seated after everyone got there, no prob. That's where the fun ended. High prices for substandard food. Margaritas (whether or not it's true about the pure grain alcohol) were mediocre, and the wait staff acted as if they didn't care because the joint was popular anyway, so why bother? I opted for a lighter order of a guacamole chulapa, which normally would have been stuffed tortilla with guac, cheese, etc. inside or on top - maybe somewhere else it would have come with a side of beans - but it was nothing but a flat taco-like tortilla mounded with lots of shredded lettuce, a sprinkling of cheese, a small scattering of a chopped tomato slice, and a scoop of guac as small as a coffee measure. The ladies' restroom was absolutely filthy at 8:30. And the noise was greater than any I've experienced - the louder, the more fun, right? Not! Yelling at the person next to you to talk has become passe and unenjoyable. Go for a Corona and eat at the one across the street, if you want to make believe you're having fun because it's noisy. Maybe the restroom will be decent because it hasn't been used since the lunch crowd.

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★★☆☆☆

You'd think with something this busy and with the reviews I read before I went, at least the restaurant would rank up there in some category -- well, I'm trying to think, which one? It was a normal, crowded Friday night, and we had 8 people. Called ahead, no prob. Seated after everyone got there, no prob. That's where the fun ended. High prices for substandard food. Margaritas (whether or not it's true about the pure grain alcohol) were mediocre, and the wait staff acted as if they didn't care because the joint was popular anyway, so why bother? I opted for a lighter order of a guacamole chulapa, which normally would have been stuffed tortilla with guac, cheese, etc. inside or on top - maybe somewhere else it would have come with a side of beans - but it was nothing but a flat taco-like tortilla mounded with lots of shredded lettuce, a sprinkling of cheese, a small scattering of a chopped tomato slice, and a scoop of guac as small as a coffee measure. The ladies' restroom was absolutely filthy at 8:30. And the noise was greater than any I've experienced - the louder, the more fun, right? Not! Yelling at the person next to you to talk has become passe and unenjoyable. Go for a Corona and eat at the one across the street, if you want to make believe you're having fun because it's noisy. Maybe the restroom will be decent because it hasn't been used since the lunch crowd.

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Being a seasoned drinker, my friend and I decided to get dinner and drinks. We decided we would show them 3 drink minimum!!! After eating a huge dinner and drinking margaritas with dinner, we walked out of there hammered!!! It was so awesome. We ate drank and defineately got out fill for around 50 bucks. Totally lively restaurant and lots of fun. Not a quiet atmosphere if that is what you are looking for.

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★★★★☆

Being a seasoned drinker, my friend and I decided to get dinner and drinks. We decided we would show them 3 drink minimum!!! After eating a huge dinner and drinking margaritas with dinner, we walked out of there hammered!!! It was so awesome. We ate drank and defineately got out fill for around 50 bucks. Totally lively restaurant and lots of fun. Not a quiet atmosphere if that is what you are looking for.

Pros: Awesome margaritas.

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Rio Grande is a great place to go for margaritas and a lively atmosphere. Unfortunately, what comes along with the lively atmosphere are lines to get in and a very loud restaurant. If you're in the right mood, Rio Grande is a great place to go for delicious margaritas and chips with queso.

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★★★★☆

Rio Grande is a great place to go for margaritas and a lively atmosphere. Unfortunately, what comes along with the lively atmosphere are lines to get in and a very loud restaurant. If you're in the right mood, Rio Grande is a great place to go for delicious margaritas and chips with queso.

Pros: great margaritas, free chips and salsa, delicious queso

Cons: waiting in line, loud atmosphere, a little expensive

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Rio is one of my favorite lunch places! Good food and good margs. Great for group work lunches!

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★★★★★

Rio is one of my favorite lunch places! Good food and good margs. Great for group work lunches!

Pros: Downtown, Food, Margs

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We recently went here and overall would not recomend this restaurant. The service was great and the ambience was very "mexican" but the food was awful and way overpriced. They had excellent margaritas but the overall experience was something to be remembered and forgotten. We had six (6) people in our party and three (3) were children and we still walked paying $75.00 with tip and the kids meals were free. Two (2) of us drank one (1) margarita each. If you want to spend a lot of money on awful food that is overpriced go here.

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★★☆☆☆

We recently went here and overall would not recomend this restaurant. The service was great and the ambience was very "mexican" but the food was awful and way overpriced. They had excellent margaritas but the overall experience was something to be remembered and forgotten. We had six (6) people in our party and three (3) were children and we still walked paying $75.00 with tip and the kids meals were free. Two (2) of us drank one (1) margarita each. If you want to spend a lot of money on awful food that is overpriced go here.

Pros: great margaritas, good ambience, nice wait staff

Cons: overpriced, bad tasting food

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The margaritas and food are very over rated. They cater to a drunk college crowd, so I guess you need to be wasted in order to enjoy it. I know there is always a line to get into this place, but there are so many other good mexican restaurants with great margaritas so unless you are looking to meet someone, I don't recommend this place.

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★★☆☆☆

The margaritas and food are very over rated. They cater to a drunk college crowd, so I guess you need to be wasted in order to enjoy it. I know there is always a line to get into this place, but there are so many other good mexican restaurants with great margaritas so unless you are looking to meet someone, I don't recommend this place.

Cons: parking, crowded, no flavor

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After a wonderful meal and marguaritas (WHEW!) at the one in Ft. Collins awhile back, we were pleased to hear there was one in Denver. We can't judge the lines and smoke, since we have only gone at lunch time. The food has always been excellent, and we've tried something different each time. The queso enchiladas are awesome and a bargain from the lunch menu. Service has been fast and friendly every time. The quacamole is spectacular and the chips and salsa are among the best in Denver. I'll take this food over Blue Bonnets any day!

2
★★★★★

After a wonderful meal and marguaritas (WHEW!) at the one in Ft. Collins awhile back, we were pleased to hear there was one in Denver. We can't judge the lines and smoke, since we have only gone at lunch time. The food has always been excellent, and we've tried something different each time. The queso enchiladas are awesome and a bargain from the lunch menu. Service has been fast and friendly every time. The quacamole is spectacular and the chips and salsa are among the best in Denver. I'll take this food over Blue Bonnets any day!

Pros: Food, Service, Value

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The RIO serves white trash maragaritas. The only reason folks like the margs is because the use pure grain alcohol in them to get you so drunk you cannot remember how horrible the marg actually tasted. The RIO will not serve you a top shelf marg. They will not even make you a Patron marg. They have 1 type of marg which they mix in a big bucket with nasty Jose Cuervo tequila.

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★☆☆☆☆

The RIO serves white trash maragaritas. The only reason folks like the margs is because the use pure grain alcohol in them to get you so drunk you cannot remember how horrible the marg actually tasted. The RIO will not serve you a top shelf marg. They will not even make you a Patron marg. They have 1 type of marg which they mix in a big bucket with nasty Jose Cuervo tequila.

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The food was pretty decent, the service staff super great, the margaritas were ungodly bad.

The atmosphere, 'scenery' is great - overall a great place - just drink something different!

2
★★★★☆

The food was pretty decent, the service staff super great, the margaritas were ungodly bad.

The atmosphere, 'scenery' is great - overall a great place - just drink something different!

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I love The Rio! Their margaritas are truly spectacular! The best I've had! Be careful though, because they will creep up on you! The food is pretty good, but most people come here for the margs. Chips and salsa are yummy. P.S. On the weekends there is a line just to get in!

2
★★★★★

I love The Rio! Their margaritas are truly spectacular! The best I've had! Be careful though, because they will creep up on you! The food is pretty good, but most people come here for the margs. Chips and salsa are yummy. P.S. On the weekends there is a line just to get in!

Pros: uh, hi the Margs!, Da Margs, Dos Margaritas!

Cons: crowded on the weeken, food is okay

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Outstanding Margs...without using expensive ingrediants. Anybody can get a great marg with top shelf stuff. The Rio uses Cuevo Gold (an average tequila) and produces the best house marg around...strong and balanced, not too sweet like most bar margs. The Rio has recently added top-shelf tequilas and other marg flavors to the list. The food is average, but the Salsa is great and the Queso del Mar is outstanding!!! Loud and friendly atmosphere with young attractive croud. Forget the dinner wait...hang at the bar. I've been to the Ft. Collins, Boulder, Denver and Greely locations (liked Boulder the best), but have not tried the newest location in Parkview...yet. Great happy hour place!!

2
★★★★★

Outstanding Margs...without using expensive ingrediants. Anybody can get a great marg with top shelf stuff. The Rio uses Cuevo Gold (an average tequila) and produces the best house marg around...strong and balanced, not too sweet like most bar margs. The Rio has recently added top-shelf tequilas and other marg flavors to the list. The food is average, but the Salsa is great and the Queso del Mar is outstanding!!! Loud and friendly atmosphere with young attractive croud. Forget the dinner wait...hang at the bar. I've been to the Ft. Collins, Boulder, Denver and Greely locations (liked Boulder the best), but have not tried the newest location in Parkview...yet. Great happy hour place!!

Pros: Margs, Croud, Salsa

Cons: Wait

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The margaritas are certainly potent, but good? Any margarita made with Jose Cuervo tequila is substandard at best. Ever notice that Mexcians don't drink Jose Cuervo tequila?

The food is very good, however. The Camerones ala Diabla are awesome if you like that dish.

The place can be very busy, so if you are worried about good service make sure you tip extra well for the first round - and then continue to tip well. (Hint: this means above 15%). Servers remember good tippers.

2
★★★★☆

The margaritas are certainly potent, but good? Any margarita made with Jose Cuervo tequila is substandard at best. Ever notice that Mexcians don't drink Jose Cuervo tequila?

The food is very good, however. The Camerones ala Diabla are awesome if you like that dish.

The place can be very busy, so if you are worried about good service make sure you tip extra well for the first round - and then continue to tip well. (Hint: this means above 15%). Servers remember good tippers.

Pros: Food, Potent Margs

Cons: Jose Cuervo Margs

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They have very good margaritas, but also have very good food. It seems that they are packed most of the time with people looking to "see and be seen" but in the off hours it is a comfortable place to get good mexican food.

2
★★★★☆

They have very good margaritas, but also have very good food. It seems that they are packed most of the time with people looking to "see and be seen" but in the off hours it is a comfortable place to get good mexican food.

Pros: good, service

Cons: , parking

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The Margaritias here are great! If other reviews say different they area competitor who is trying to throw you off - The food is good mexican - not too tex-mex, Not Denvers' best Mexican but far from the worst - actually quite good (and I am a niative of Solo Colo) - I highly reccommend the Rio!!!

2
★★★★★

The Margaritias here are great! If other reviews say different they area competitor who is trying to throw you off - The food is good mexican - not too tex-mex, Not Denvers' best Mexican but far from the worst - actually quite good (and I am a niative of Solo Colo) - I highly reccommend the Rio!!!

Pros: Margs, Loacation, Food

Cons: , Service sometimes slo

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I have had a few great margs in my day ( mostly in Santa Fe & Toas) and quite a few decent ones throughout the Denver area. When I heard that the Rio ( Denver) had "great" ones I was excited to try one. I have never been more disapointed. For starters for anyone who enjoys good tequila, you won't find it here. the best tequila they had was Cuervo Gold. You have got to be kidding! Ceurvo is gold because they add coloring to it not because it is aged like most gold tequilas . I like a marg w/a kick but After doing a little research into why the Rio's margs are so potent I was told that they put everclear in the mix. No wonder they taste so bad. The taste is heavy on alcohol (grain alcohol) and salt and and not much else.

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★★☆☆☆

I have had a few great margs in my day ( mostly in Santa Fe & Toas) and quite a few decent ones throughout the Denver area. When I heard that the Rio ( Denver) had "great" ones I was excited to try one. I have never been more disapointed. For starters for anyone who enjoys good tequila, you won't find it here. the best tequila they had was Cuervo Gold. You have got to be kidding! Ceurvo is gold because they add coloring to it not because it is aged like most gold tequilas . I like a marg w/a kick but After doing a little research into why the Rio's margs are so potent I was told that they put everclear in the mix. No wonder they taste so bad. The taste is heavy on alcohol (grain alcohol) and salt and and not much else.

Pros: none that I found

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The service is average, so is the food. BUT THE MARGARITAS-- Holy cow, if you like margs go here! I do not understand why this place closes between lunch and dinner (Like 2-5pm) even on weekends!! That is inconvenient for someone in the mood for a mid-day marg on a Saturday afternoon when the kids are are at grandma's. This place is PACKED come FRI AND SAT by 6-8 pm! I like the one in Boulder better.

2
★★★★☆

The service is average, so is the food. BUT THE MARGARITAS-- Holy cow, if you like margs go here! I do not understand why this place closes between lunch and dinner (Like 2-5pm) even on weekends!! That is inconvenient for someone in the mood for a mid-day marg on a Saturday afternoon when the kids are are at grandma's. This place is PACKED come FRI AND SAT by 6-8 pm! I like the one in Boulder better.

Pros: GREAT MARGS, GREAT MARGARITAS, GREAT MARGARHITAS

Cons: CLOSED MID DAY, CROWED, SERVICE

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Great margaritas as everyone in Colorado knows, but the service (especially hostesses) leaves much to be desired. Some of the staff members (especially hostesses) act as if the customer owes them something. They tend to forget that although their restaurant is very popular, they still must treat their customers right! p.s. One of the best salsas in town too!

2
★★★★☆

Great margaritas as everyone in Colorado knows, but the service (especially hostesses) leaves much to be desired. Some of the staff members (especially hostesses) act as if the customer owes them something. They tend to forget that although their restaurant is very popular, they still must treat their customers right! p.s. One of the best salsas in town too!

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Althought the Rio's in the college town are better ( suggest Boulder) it is always fun to go grab a margarita after work. They are amazing and very strong ( stronger in the college towns) I highly recommend the quesadillas and the sopapillas. Great place to start the night!

2
★★★★★

Althought the Rio's in the college town are better ( suggest Boulder) it is always fun to go grab a margarita after work. They are amazing and very strong ( stronger in the college towns) I highly recommend the quesadillas and the sopapillas. Great place to start the night!

Pros: Excellent Margs, Great Food

Cons: Long Wait, No Music

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This place has the best margaritas on the planet!!! they are addicting and I have never found any marg to compare with these. Its truly amazing, if you develop a taste for them, nothing else will satisfy!

2
★★★★★

This place has the best margaritas on the planet!!! they are addicting and I have never found any marg to compare with these. Its truly amazing, if you develop a taste for them, nothing else will satisfy!

Pros: Great Margs, Fresh Food(very good), Good value

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WORST MARGARITAS IN TOWN!!!!!! Their "top-shelf" tequila is Jose Cuervo Gold. They should start serving good tequila, but you just cant make a good margaritas with bottom-shelf tequila, and NO restaurant other than the Rio considers Jose Cuervo Gold to be anything but bottom-shelf tequila.

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★☆☆☆☆

WORST MARGARITAS IN TOWN!!!!!! Their "top-shelf" tequila is Jose Cuervo Gold. They should start serving good tequila, but you just cant make a good margaritas with bottom-shelf tequila, and NO restaurant other than the Rio considers Jose Cuervo Gold to be anything but bottom-shelf tequila.

Pros: NONE

Cons: Jose Cuervo, Jose Cuervo, Jose Cuervo

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I used to go to the Rio in Boulder, and hands down they had the strongest margaritas ever! They tasted great and you were cut off at 3, thats how potent they are. Wish I could replicate the recipe, the rumor was that htey were mixed 24 hours prior to serving, allowing a little fermentation to happen.

2
★★★★☆

I used to go to the Rio in Boulder, and hands down they had the strongest margaritas ever! They tasted great and you were cut off at 3, thats how potent they are. Wish I could replicate the recipe, the rumor was that htey were mixed 24 hours prior to serving, allowing a little fermentation to happen.

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Although getting a table at the Rio can take upwards of two hours on a weekend evening, the fun atmosphere and great drinks (plus incredible guac) make the wait just a bit more bearable. The seating policy is insane--you stand outside in line to put your name on the list (usually 30-45 minutes) and then you wait in the very smokey and crowded bar for a table. Even if you're planning on just drinks at the bar, you have to wait in line. If some of your party arrives first and is able to put their name on the list, you can't be seated until everyone is at least in line. If your friends are in line you can't pull them inside even though part of the group is already inside. Weekend waits are crazy, but for a good Rio experience (e.g. no lines) do weeknight happy hours.

2
★★★★☆

Although getting a table at the Rio can take upwards of two hours on a weekend evening, the fun atmosphere and great drinks (plus incredible guac) make the wait just a bit more bearable. The seating policy is insane--you stand outside in line to put your name on the list (usually 30-45 minutes) and then you wait in the very smokey and crowded bar for a table. Even if you're planning on just drinks at the bar, you have to wait in line. If some of your party arrives first and is able to put their name on the list, you can't be seated until everyone is at least in line. If your friends are in line you can't pull them inside even though part of the group is already inside. Weekend waits are crazy, but for a good Rio experience (e.g. no lines) do weeknight happy hours.

Pros: Great drinks, decent food, fun atmosphere

Cons: no reservations, long lines, smokey

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Rio Grande has the BEST Margaritas you'll EVER drink!! MUST try them.

2
★★★★★

Rio Grande has the BEST Margaritas you'll EVER drink!! MUST try them.

Pros: Price is reasonable, Excellent Margaritas, Food is good

Cons: Definitely crowded

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The enchiladas were the best that i've ever had, the chips and salsa were also great. The cuban style black beans and the rice were so good as well, that i've decided to come back to Denver next summer to eat at Rio Grande again, well that's not the only reason, but its a plus! P.S. I live in Michigan, if that tells you anything about the lengths i'll go to get more of this great food.

2
★★★★★

The enchiladas were the best that i've ever had, the chips and salsa were also great. The cuban style black beans and the rice were so good as well, that i've decided to come back to Denver next summer to eat at Rio Grande again, well that's not the only reason, but its a plus! P.S. I live in Michigan, if that tells you anything about the lengths i'll go to get more of this great food.

Pros: Location, Not a Long Wait

Cons: Loud, Smokey

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Yuck.. It took a long time for us to be seated because the place was packed.. The margarita arrived warm, with hardly any ice in it at all and had too much salt. its also very strong on the alcohol which is good if you plan to get drunk, but its not very flavorful and the strong taste dulled my taste buds.. which i guess I wasn't missing much because the green chile was awful and the red chile was totally bland. Both of them were watery. The only thing I liked were the tortillas which were nicely chewey, the quacamole was chunky and fresh, and the sopapillas were light and fluffy. otherwise, the food and the whole experience was terrible..

1
★★☆☆☆

Yuck.. It took a long time for us to be seated because the place was packed.. The margarita arrived warm, with hardly any ice in it at all and had too much salt. its also very strong on the alcohol which is good if you plan to get drunk, but its not very flavorful and the strong taste dulled my taste buds.. which i guess I wasn't missing much because the green chile was awful and the red chile was totally bland. Both of them were watery. The only thing I liked were the tortillas which were nicely chewey, the quacamole was chunky and fresh, and the sopapillas were light and fluffy. otherwise, the food and the whole experience was terrible..

Pros: 4 the popular crowd

Cons: way too loud

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In the quest for an acceptable fajita- beef, chicken or shrimp, I have found my spot. Rio has some of the best fajitas in town. The menu offers many of the standard fare, and trendy people like me go there to chat with the pretty people. I enjoy being great looking and I look even better guzzling a perfect marg, eating a shrimp fajita and smoking a clove cigarette. I love this place. See you there!!!

2
★★★★★

In the quest for an acceptable fajita- beef, chicken or shrimp, I have found my spot. Rio has some of the best fajitas in town. The menu offers many of the standard fare, and trendy people like me go there to chat with the pretty people. I enjoy being great looking and I look even better guzzling a perfect marg, eating a shrimp fajita and smoking a clove cigarette. I love this place. See you there!!!

Pros: Pretty people, Fajitas, Margs

Cons: Some ugly people, bad parking, no cig machine

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Rio is all about the Margarita's, pure and simple! These marg's are not "Americanized" with sour mix like everywhere else you go. Just tequila, lime juice, and triple sec in a potent combo. The notion that other restaurants make margarita's like these is erroneous, because they don't! These marg's are meant to get you juiced, and as most people would testify, they do! Great "pre-party" hang out.

2
★★★★☆

Rio is all about the Margarita's, pure and simple! These marg's are not "Americanized" with sour mix like everywhere else you go. Just tequila, lime juice, and triple sec in a potent combo. The notion that other restaurants make margarita's like these is erroneous, because they don't! These marg's are meant to get you juiced, and as most people would testify, they do! Great "pre-party" hang out.

Pros: Margarita's

Cons: decor

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Located halfway between The Pepsi Center and Coors Field in LoDo, the Denver Rio is the perfect place to get your night started. So grab a seat in Denver’s number one neighborhood for fun, whether you’re people watching, enjoying the scenery, or keeping up with your favorite sports teams on the televisions in our bar.

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