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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

1101 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
+1 303-444-3690
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Ranked #103 of 497 restaurants in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $1 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Wed 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thu 11:00 am - 10:30 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Mexican
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Good for: Large groups, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 11th
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.
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Golden, Colorado
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Was craving a new mexican experience, so decided to try the Rio Grande one night. This is NOT Mexican, but more of a Californian take on Tex/Mex....and wasn't even a good take on that. While walk by this place for sure when in the area.

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Houston, Texas
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19 reviews 19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Good food but nothing special. We came here for drinks the first night of the trip and the last day of the trip we came to try different appetizers. Good place for drinks especially on the night they do College Margarita Night; they are strong and cost $4. There are not many Mexican restaurants in Boulder CO so if you... More

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Boulder
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

If you eat at Rio Grande in Boulder often you know it is inconsistent. Tonight was one of those nights. Ordered simple cheese enchiladas but without onions and hubby got fajitas. Order came and my enchiladas had lots of onions and had to be sent back. His beer was luke warm. We sat outside. I am giving it 3 stars... More

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Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

We came here for a retirement party for a colleague. We started out on the roof, which has an incredible view, but had to move indoors when there was a thunderstorm. The restaurant was overheated and humid, and service was slow. I had a Mojito Rio, made with cucumber, and it was wonderful. Others in our party raved about the... More

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

I am so sorry to hear that your recent visit was so disappointing. We strive for fast attentive service, delicious food and an inviting atmosphere. I am sorry that we failed you on this evening. Our policy is a 100% guarantee on our food and drink, in the future please let us know if either did not meet your expectations... More

Highlands Ranch
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

You can't beat the roof for a great place to have your food. GORGEOUS views of the mountains. However, they cool it on a hot day and water can accumulate on the umbrellas and spill down on you, so choose your table carefully. The food was awesome!! Very fresh and well prepared. A bit pricy, but worth it.

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

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

Grand Rapids, Michigan
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014 via mobile

I loved the the braised pork tacos with slaw and grilled pineapple. The portion size was adequate, and the menu had several other unique options. Large seating area so a wait is unlikely.

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

Thanks for the review. I wanted to let you know that the pork tacos are also on our happy hour menu, which is available from 3-6pm Mon-Fri. Thanks again Derek More

Pa
Top Contributor
113 reviews 113 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

The fajitas are really, really good. And the margaritas are first class. Not the pre-mixed sour stuff you get everywhere else...we ordered regular margaritas with a light bit of strawberry and they were perfect. And the roof top deck is great! Looking forward to eating there again.

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

Thanks for the review, we really appreciate you taking the time. Look forward to seeing you soon. More

Boulder, Colorado
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Have been coming here probably at least once a month since they opened back in the 80's. Best margaritas in town, free chips & salsa, good service. The rooftop patio is great in the summer.

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

Thank you so much for the review. We are so proud to be your favorite place and part of the Boulder community. Thank you again Derek More

AZ
Top Contributor
207 reviews 207 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

We've been to several of the Rio Grande Restaurants in Colorado and always love the Margaritas. We dropped in for some happy hour drinks and appetizers. The five servers in the bar were busy standing together at the end of the bar talking. It was difficult to get served. We finally got our drinks and our server went right back... More

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

I wanted to apologize for the lack of service you received when you visited us. We strive for fast and attentive service and I am sorry that we failed you on this evening. I am glad you enjoyed your drinks and I wish we could have served you a second. We have address your service issue with our staff and... More

Boulder, Colorado
Top Contributor
228 reviews 228 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Have tried RIO for brunch and dinner. Service is VG. Food varies from fair to VG, depending on what you order. We have found their steak dishes to be VG. The flavor of the steak and the cooking are excellent. But it depends on what dish you get. The steak fajitas are highly recommended. The steak empanada is weak. It... 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 that you enjoyed the service and some of our food offerings. We take all reviews and feedback very seriously and will use your review to improve. Please try us again this summer and enjoy the rooftop. More

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