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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

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1101 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302 (11th)
+1 303-444-3690
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: Step away from the Pearl Street Mall and escape to the Rio. Featuring a...
Step away from the Pearl Street Mall and escape to the Rio. Featuring a rooftop deck with spectacular mountain views - for a little weekend spirit every day of the week. The Boulder Rio is seriously good, whether you're bringing the family for dinner or just bringing your thirst for a good time.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Large groups
Scenic view
Reservations
Late Night

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Visitor rating
  • 31
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Decent, But Not Great

We ate dinner here midweek in Feb. First time back after a mediocre meal here 2 years ago. Having spent several hundred days in Mexico on business over the years, I have some standards by which to judge Mexican food. The Rio Grande food is average and seems aimed at the college crowd which... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Buzzy1
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Boulder, Colorado
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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110 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Boulder, Colorado
Top Contributor
363 reviews 363 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
218 helpful votes 218 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We ate dinner here midweek in Feb. First time back after a mediocre meal here 2 years ago. Having spent several hundred days in Mexico on business over the years, I have some standards by which to judge Mexican food. The Rio Grande food is average and seems aimed at the college crowd which filled the place on both our... More 

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La Jolla, California, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

the staff was wonderful.we were a large group and they were very acommodating. Great Margaritas and nice variety of Mexican dishes.

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Denver, Colorado
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Rio is just off Pearl St and has fresh, authentic Mexican fare. They are well known for their strong house Margaritas, and there is even a 3 drink limit! The roof top patio is great in the Spring, Summer and Fall but can get crowded during happy hour. We have never had anything that wasn't good there, but their... More 

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Kansas City, Missouri
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

Beautiful decor and a marvelous location don't change the fact that I've eaten this food at twenty other nice Mexican restaurants. Servers were friendly and service above average. It's good food and worth coming back to, but not really a place I'd search out.

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derek s, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Marc, Thank you for the review. I am glad the service and ambiance were great. Sorry to hear you were not as thrilled with the food. We have many unique item I would encourage you to try next time you are in town, like our Chile Rellenos or our Texas style Enchiladas. We also do not use lard, which is... More 

Simcoe
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

As an out-of-towner, whenever I am visiting Denver area, my friends know to take me to Rio. It's become a favourite thing to look forward to during my visit. Relaxed casual atmosphere, albeit a bit noisy with the college crowd, that is also part of the fun of the place, a young energetic crowd full of life. They have a... More 

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derek s, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Simcoe, Thanks so much for the review! We really appreciate it. Derek More 

Columbus, Ohio
Senior Contributor
44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

I have been in search for good chile verde and finally found it. Also bought authentic tamales to go. Yeah! So happy. Small simple place but very comfortable, friendly but the most important point is that the food is delicious. Even the salsa is amazing. Without a doubt the most authentic mexican restaurant in Boulder.

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derek s, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Zoytt Thanks for the review! More 

somewhere
Top Contributor
136 reviews 136 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2014

Standard Mexican fare, nothing ground breaking or new here. Everything was good but not spectacular. We liked out margarittas better than our food. Can get a little busy on the weekends, but we didn't have to wait at 8pm on Sat. The dinning area could have been a little cleaner. Service was good, prices were ok but not great but... More 

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derek s, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. I am glad you enjoyed your visit. Parking is typically not an issue, there is a lot across the street on Walnut. I know you visited us during the lights of December parade which can make it tougher than normal to park. Thank you for the feedback about the dinning room, we will pay more... More 

Boulder
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I should have written sooner to say we did indeed try the restaurant again on two more recent occasions. The margaritas and service were great second time around, the food and service so much better. As locals we are glad we gave it another try. Will go back but probably not on a busy night. We enjoyed sitting on the... More 

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derek s, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for giving us a second chance. I am happy to hear that you had a great second experience. Hope to see you again soon. More 

Hershey, Pennsylvania
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Had a wonderful meal with family and a long lost friend at Rio Grande. The staff was helpful in holding a table and adjusting our reservation. We enjoyed the happy hour specials...the hot bean and cheese dip was wonderful, pepper poppers and lots of guacamole and chips while we enjoyed well made margaritas. The food was hot and flavorful and... More 

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derek s, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Robin, Thanks for the great review! We look forward to seeing you again soon. Derek More 

Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

Wow this was a great Mexican restaurant that was recommended to us from locals. The margaritas were great and we shared a meal and it was plenty for us. we sat on the roof patio it was a beautiful day.

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derek s, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed your meal and the great view. Look forward to seeing you on your next visit to Boulder. Thanks again Derek More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1101 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
    (11th)
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Boulder
  • Phone Number: +1 303-444-3690

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Scenic view

Description

Step away from the Pearl Street Mall and escape to the Rio. Featuring a rooftop deck with spectacular mountain views - for a little weekend spirit every day of the week. The Boulder Rio is seriously good, whether you're bringing the family for dinner or just bringing your thirst for a good time.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

Questions & Answers

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?