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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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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  • 37
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 25
    Average
  • 13
    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
Fun & Relaxing on the Rooftop

Stopped in for lunch after a hike. Lots of options. Portion sizes are generous. The burritos are loaded with meat and the salas quesadilla combo options are great...large salad! Margaritas are fantastic.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Holland, Michigan
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Stopped for lunch after a hike near the flat irons. Sat on top on a beautiful day. Service was great and food was very good.

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Holland, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Stopped in for lunch after a hike. Lots of options. Portion sizes are generous. The burritos are loaded with meat and the salas quesadilla combo options are great...large salad! Margaritas are fantastic.

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Denver
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

Right in the Boulder Mall, always great Margs, tap beer, and food with a flare. Maybe a little more pricey than some of the lesser places, but the atmosphere, staff and taste is well worth it. It gets busy after 530 so call ahead or plan for an incredible Marg at the bar while you wait.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This seems like quite a hotspot for a wide range of reasons. There's plenty of room which brings in quite a lot of people. The food and drinks were well done and pleasing, and the atmosphere was casual yet fun.

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Denver, Colorado
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

I have lived in Boulder for 8 years heard a lot about the Rio for cocktails but went there last night for dinner. Not what I expected at all. Very small menu so I expected it to be good. Well it took 10 mins to get a water another 20 mins for a beer. The food we just OK mine... More 

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Pekin, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

We had hoped to eat in the rooftop but it was raining. The inside atmosphere was lively and device was good. We had four in our group and all of us were happy with our food and drinks. I would eat here again.

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Boulder, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

There isn't a better way to spend lunch than on the roof of the Rio, sipping on some margs. The fountain seems to spit at you if you are close to it, but it does help beat the heat, along with the misters.

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Dubuque,IA
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We enjoyed the food there and the fact that they made a point of seating us away from large noisy groups of younger people but unfortunately our waitress took our drink orders and forgot to come back. We had to ask another staff member to find her for us and she never explained or apologized even though we knew she... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Two Boulder locals recommended Rio Grande. Three of us on June 7 were immediately seated on this warm day on the covered patio adjacent to Walnut, although we were offered the roof deck. Immediate service [restaurant was not crowded]. We all ordered different choices. I had a house margarita: strong, on the rocks, but smooth and the perfect balance of... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Rio is always buzzing! High energy and tasty Mexican cuisine. Now that the weather is terrific and warm in Boulder, I suggest going upstairs to the rooftop deck. Happy hours are fun and it gets crowded but the service remains excellent.

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Additional Information about Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Address: 1101 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
Phone Number: +1 303-444-3690
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Boulder
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
Average Prices: USD 20
Cuisine: Mexican

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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 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

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