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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 - 12:00 am
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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

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Visitor rating
  • 31
    Excellent
  • 43
    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
Great food

Food, margaritas, and service were fantastic. Some of the best we have had and we are from the southwest so eat/drink a lot of both. Restaurant was noisy but many Mexican restaurants are.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 16, 2015
Susan K
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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111 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
96 reviews 96 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Food, margaritas, and service were fantastic. Some of the best we have had and we are from the southwest so eat/drink a lot of both. Restaurant was noisy but many Mexican restaurants are.

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Boulder, Colorado
Top Contributor
378 reviews 378 reviews
196 restaurant reviews
232 helpful votes 232 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

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
5 helpful votes 5 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 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
26 reviews 26 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
89 helpful votes 89 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
35 reviews 35 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
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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 

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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

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