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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 - 11:59 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu - Sat 11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Scenic view
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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  • 47
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 28
    Average
  • 15
    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
Fresh food, fast service - & tequila!

We celebrated my daughter's 21st birthday on a Thursday night - she got a free tequila shot and dessert! The margs were very good as usual and what Rio has come to be most known for. But don't discount the food! We had mahi tacos and a chicken and a pork burrito - the food was so noticeably... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
jkuczka
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Longmont, Colorado
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant is very quaint and beautiful. There is great service, the staff is very polite & the best part is the food is great! Authentic the way it should be, gracias por todo!

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

Thank you for the great review. Look forward to seeing you soon. More 

Longmont, Colorado
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57 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We celebrated my daughter's 21st birthday on a Thursday night - she got a free tequila shot and dessert! The margs were very good as usual and what Rio has come to be most known for. But don't discount the food! We had mahi tacos and a chicken and a pork burrito - the food was so noticeably fresh &... More 

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

Happy birthday and thank you so much for the review! More 

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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is great. They do free rooftop yoga (check schedule). Best veggie fajitas I have ever eaten. Staff is friendly and there is a huge parking garage right across the street.

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Thank Jennywithaflock
babesh
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went in on a Saturday and we were promptly seated in a full house and served some of the best margaritas we had had in a while. The service was so good, we got refills on the chips and salsa without asking. We both ordered the Chilie Rellanos, one each fried and baked. They were both delicious but my... More 

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Thank Carol H
derek s, Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you very much for your feedback, I am so pleased that you had such a wonderful experience. We are a 100% scratch kitchen and only get the freshest ingredients. We look forward to you dinning with us again. More 

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23 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had been out of the country and were dying for good Mexican and this place hit the spot. Our family was all adults so cannot comment on Children's food. If you are gluten free there are not many options for you as almost everything is made with flour even the tacos. I had the steak fajitas and it was... More 

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Thank ski414
derek s, Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the review! Just a heads up for next time you are in, we can modify most items to accommodate for a gluten free diet, just let your server know. We make wonderful homemade corn tortillas that are %100 gluten free that are a great substitute for flour tortillas. Thanks again Team Rio More 

Golden, Colorado
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25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

Stopped there after work on evening and was pleasantly surprised as how PERFECT the margaritas were....I would say the best I have ever had! We had a few items from the menu and they were good too. The restaurant is large as is the bar. Great spot in Boulder!

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

Thank you Ann, We appreciate the review! Hope to see you soon. More 

Naples, Florida
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

I love their margaritas, they are super strong but yummy. I have never been disappointed at the Rio and have been to multiple locations in Colorado. I highly recommend it.

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Boulder, Colorado
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36 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We enjoy the Mexican food. And we lived in New Mexico for years, so we have had everything in Mexican food. Good and bad. The margaritas I think are second only to the Shed in Santa Fe. The Rio will only serve you three and then you are cut off. This is for real and there is a reason. They... More 

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Thank Jim Y
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Usually go on thursdays because they have half price on margaritas (classic, strawberry and mango). Fun place!

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Thank Claudia D
Colorado
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

After going here for years, I ordered nachos for the first time. The waitperson should really warn you, especially when they see you plan on sharing them. I am not exaggerating when I say it consists of 8 chips, each chip has cheese melted on it, lying on a bed of shredded lettuce and some chopped tomatoes.. You would think... 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 20
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Families with children, 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 - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:59 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:59 pm

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