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Rio Grande - Denver

4.4
4.4
557 Reviews
$30 and under
Tex-Mex
Delicious Tex Mex and Margaritas - located in our brand new location near Coors Field and Union Station in LoDo! Now open for dine-in service as well as food and margs takeout. Whether you're coming in to unwind and dine with us, to have a drink, do some people-watching on our patio, bringing food home for the family or just grabbing some margs for a fun night at home, the Denver Rio is a delicious escape.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Tex-Mex, Mexican, Unspecified

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (303) 623-5432

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Angel Ramirez

  • Catering

    Please contact the Rio directly for further details on our catering options - we would love to cater your event! 303.623.1611 or denver@riograndemexican.com

  • Private party facilities

    Seriously good Mexican food, legendary margaritas and the perfect private dining spot for your next event! We can host intimate gatherings for groups of 30 or large events for up to 200 people.

  • Private party contact

    Sabrina Sandberg: (303) 623-5432

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Cross street

    16th Street Mall

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 557 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience at the Rio, as always. Love having the patio to enjoy dinner and drinks during COViD.
  2. W

    Warren

    Denver

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2020

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Have frequented the Rio for years. Recently during Covid I have been making reservations as I understand it makes it easier for restaurants to utilize limited seating. I also understand seating requests can not always be honored. On this visit I did make a request for a particular table indoors, or if not available a booth. When we arrived I stated we had made a reservation I also saw that the table we requested was occupied, which was fine. The young woman at the host stand surely was able to see the requests on her screen, but instead of acknowledging those requests mumbled she could seat us on the patio, or by way of pointing a table in the middle of the dining room. A person with any skills would have offered alternatives....I see you made a seating request, but we don't have those tables available right now, or those tables are not available at the moment, but you're welcome to wait. I also would be willing to bet that none of the people seated at any of the tables requested had made a reservation. If that was the case the front door should be looking ahead at reservations and hold one of the requested tables for a person who always makes a reservation, always keeps the reservation and arrives on time for that reservation. The way in which the situation was handled at the front desk tainted the entire experience. I also feel the service this visit was somewhat curt, which normally isn't the case. As I said earlier I've been coming to the Rio for years. We would drive from Denver to Fort Collins to eat there when they first opened. There have always been ups and downs with them over the years with food. Recently we primarily go to the Denver Rio. Over the past few years the food has often been over salted and generally inconsistent. One time it's great the next time not so much. The only thing that has always remained a constant are the Margaritas. All this aside In hopes of past experiences there we will continue to be patrons.
  3. m

    michellewest

    Denver

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great service and great food! Outdoor dining is a plus!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was good and everything we were expecting.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 4, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The restaurant inside was pretty empty but I think they were keeping everyone outside for the most part. Despite it being empty inside, business (service and kitchen) was pretty slow. We still enjoyed ourselves and loved our margaritas. I had 3 tacos and found myself still hungry after. Especially with how much tequila is in the margaritas (or what seems like it), I think they should offer sides with the tacos such as rice and beans just to make it more of a meal. Great to be outside and enjoy the evening, though.
  6. AO

    AnthonyO

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really enjoyed the food and the staff at the Rio, the Rio is a great little oasis from the rest of Denver.
  7. PA

    PAMELAE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place for happy hour, prices are reasonable & food was delicious.
  8. L

    Lala

    Denver

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2020

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great night out at the RIO. Same GREAT patio as always. Good food and drinks as usual there. They accepted the passport book before it expired (it expired on 7/31). Manager needed to fix the bill, and she did it and was nice about it. We'll be back.
  9. j

    joannac

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2020

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Margaritas are always amazing. Spinach enchiladas were the best. Salsa is fresh with just the right amount of spice.
  10. DA

    DANAQ

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food. Awesome service. Awesome location. Always a favorite!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Good time!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I always enjoy dinner at the Rio Grande, the chili rellenos are my favorite. Walking in with a reservation only improves the experience!!
  13. TK

    TonyK

    Denver

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    love the menu upgrades - service was excellent and efficient
  14. M

    Mads

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2020

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very good dining service with a great outdoor patio that is perfect in the summer with misters to keep you cool in the warm summer sun!
  15. PS

    PaolaS

    Denver

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sat on the patio and enjoyed a couple of Manberry margs! Always a great time.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Just moved to Colorado from Texas, and for mexican food out here it was pretty good. Wish the cilantro chicken had more cilantro taste, but otherwise the margaritas tasted just like home.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love everything about the Rio the margs the food and the service all top notch !
  18. SS

    SueS

    Charleston

    13 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The food and atmosphere was good and clean. We each enjoyed our dish.
  19. J

    Jennifet

    Denver

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on July 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Don't miss out on the margaritas and patio. It's a perfect combination.
  20. LB

    LadyBugNess

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yummy as always. How can you go wrong with tacos and margaritas?
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Coming back next weekend!
  22. CP

    CaseyP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great margaritas and food! Ask for Damon, he's the best!
  23. a

    adenverrealtor

    Denver

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great place to grab Magaritas and chips for happy hour, features a large outdoor patio with plenty of space.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our waitress was awesome! She has really short brown hair, tell her she rocks!
  25. K

    Keelyshea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was great, we love the salsa and margs and the service !
  26. AB

    AbigailB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 4, 2020

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I got the shrimp/lobster enchiladas and they didn't really have any flavor. We ordered an appetizer an entree and a few drinks and it was $100- nice place but way over priced.
  27. CB

    ChristinaB

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place!! With the pandemic happening, they have gone out of their way to welcome customers. Food and service is always excellent. Definitely must try the margaritas.
  28. KM

    KatieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience. We did call ahead for a reservation and still had to wait for about 15 or 20 mins but that was okay.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great margaritas! I see why they’re called the best in town now. Food was also authentic tasting and great service.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was a rockstar.
  31. CF

    CharlesF

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Freshest margaritas in Denver! They aren’t afraid to cook the chicken well done for their fajitas (if you ask). Service is always awesome. Downtown Denver and Boulder locations.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2020

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Best patio for chips and margaritas in Denver
  33. AB

    AlexisB

    Denver

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great outdoor space with a fountain. The tables are placed well away from each other for social distancing. The food is tasty and a good value for being right downtown.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere. Wonderful service. Very accommodating.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best margs in LoDo! Highly recommend
  36. CB

    ChristinaB

    Denver

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of my favorite places to eat! Everyone is always friendly. Food is excellent and the margaritas are so yummy!!
  37. AS

    AlexS

    Denver

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Clean and delicious
  38. DB

    DavidB

    Denver

    8 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2020

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We sat for an hour before we had our food order taken :/
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great to be back!
  40. GV

    GeriV

    Denver

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We love Rio. Happy in-restaurant dining is back.

FAQs

Rio Grande - Denver does offer delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. Rio Grande - Denver also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (303) 623-5432.

Rio Grande - Denver is rated 4.4 stars by 557 OpenTable diners.

Not available on OpenTable

Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

If you like, we'll notify you by email if this restaurant joins.


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Additional information

  • Cross street

    16th Street Mall

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown / LoDo

  • Hours of operation

    Mon, Tue, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Wed, Thu 11:00 am–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Tex-Mex, Mexican, Unspecified

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Angel Ramirez

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (303) 623-5432

  • Catering

    Please contact the Rio directly for further details on our catering options - we would love to cater your event! 303.623.1611 or denver@riograndemexican.com

  • Private party facilities

    Seriously good Mexican food, legendary margaritas and the perfect private dining spot for your next event! We can host intimate gatherings for groups of 30 or large events for up to 200 people.

  • Private party contact

    Sabrina Sandberg: (303) 623-5432

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