We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
All 498 Boulder Restaurants

Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

1101 Walnut St, Boulder, CO 80302
+1 303-444-3690
Improve this listing
Reserve with OpenTable
Ranked #103 of 498 Restaurants in Boulder
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $1 - $20
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
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
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.
Write a Review

100 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • German first
  • Any
English first
Topeka, Kansas
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014 NEW

This restaurant is located about a block off of the main area of the Pearl Street walking mall. It is casual and friendly. We were seated in an area that was not directly on the sidewalk, but was in an open window area that looks like it used to be an overhead garage door entrance. We got fresh air, and... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
131 reviews 131 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Very large restaurant, with a small rooftop communal dining area. We were lucky that a table opened up as we walked onto the roof. Servers bring a pitcher of water to each table and salsa. Food was very good, atmosphere and people were very nice. The view of the mountains and city of Boulder is great! If I am ever... More

Was this review helpful? Yes
Denver, CO
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I've been going here for many years!!! I know a good marg and these are THE BEST!!! Great chips and salsa too and a fantastic Happy Hour!!! Try the fried Jalapenos!!! Wowzer!!! So good!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Springfield, Missouri
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

I have been here a couple of times on business dinners. Such a fun place to eat. Very attentive wait staff and the food is decent. It will not be the best Mexican food you have ever eaten, but drink a couple of their house margaritas and you won't care!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sutherland, Nebraska
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

Should've followed the reviews and not went in but one of the staff came outside and said it was good so we tried it, nope not impressed at all.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Golden, Colorado
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Houston, Texas
20 reviews 20 reviews
16 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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

Was this review helpful? Yes
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
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
derek s, Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

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

Travelers who viewed Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant also viewed


Been to Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Do you own or manage Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing