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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: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, 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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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 46
    Very good
  • 24
    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
Rooftop is the perfect place for a happy hour marg!

I come here for the margaritas and the rooftop views! The food is okay, but the drinks are delicious. Happy hour is the best bang for your buck too, so aim to be there by 6pm! If you're a fruity person (I have an extensive love for "cheerleader" beer), be sure to try the man-berry marg. It's a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 8, 2015
Ashton S
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Boulder, Colorado
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Scenic view
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116 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Johnston, Rhode Island, United States
Top Contributor
129 reviews 129 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Sitting at the bar is always an experience and it's up to the bartenders to make it a good one. We sat for a while without ever being greeted and then finally one of the two on duty took notice. The vibe was off on this day but it didn't make us stay long. We decided to get one drink... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

I come here for the margaritas and the rooftop views! The food is okay, but the drinks are delicious. Happy hour is the best bang for your buck too, so aim to be there by 6pm! If you're a fruity person (I have an extensive love for "cheerleader" beer), be sure to try the man-berry marg. It's a wonderful mix... More 

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Darien, Connecticut
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47 reviews 47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Locals know this place for its margaritas, which are potent, accompanied by appetizers. Food is pretty average but the convenience to the University of Colorado attracts a young crowd and it's a good place to have a cocktail.

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Denver, Colorado
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

We recently ate here two nights in a row while attending a conference in Boulder. My husband and I ordered the same thing the second night that we did the first because we enjoyed it so much. I got the chicken burrito with green chile sauce and my husband ordered the braised pork burrito with green chile sauce, also. Their... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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33 reviews 33 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

The menu isn't too terribly extensive. I ordered the veggie fajitas that came with grilled squash, mushrooms, and tomato (in addition to lettuce, guac, tomatoes, sour cream, etc). The portions were large and the food was good. The beans weren't seasoned very well though. I would return. The waiter was very attentive and refilled the free chips and salsa when... More 

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Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 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
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449 reviews 449 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
262 helpful votes 262 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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18 reviews 18 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
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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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 

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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?