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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

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Downtown
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1525 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202-1321 (16th Street Mall)
303-623-5432
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Good for:
Casual Dining
Bar scene
Large groups

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 54
    Very good
  • 33
    Average
  • 12
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Decent food and drinks, but nothing stellar

Based on reviews, I expected a lot more of this place. Chips and salsa were cold and relatively poor quality - always a decent gauge for the rest of the experience. I got the chicken burrito and left a bit disappointed. While it was average, it was nothing I would stop back for. The margaritas were... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
ckassotis
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Columbia, Missouri
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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152 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Columbia, Missouri
Top Contributor
185 reviews 185 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Based on reviews, I expected a lot more of this place. Chips and salsa were cold and relatively poor quality - always a decent gauge for the rest of the experience. I got the chicken burrito and left a bit disappointed. While it was average, it was nothing I would stop back for. The margaritas were highly recommended, but I... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

I'm just going to echo what many others have said. The food is not that good, its good chain Mexican food from the 90s. Ground beef, red sauce, combination plates..... But the margaritas are tasty, and strong enough to make the limit of 3 seem reasonable. So maybe just stop in, get an appetizer and drinks and hop up the... More 

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Julie S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to post a review on the Rio! I think you may have gotten our food confused with D'Corazon which is right across the street, as we do not serve ground beef or combo plates. We do have the dangerously delicious Limit 3 Margs though! I recommend trying our smoked chicken tacos or veggie fajitas... More 

Westminster, Colorado
Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

I came here for happy hour with a group of 7. We were seated promptly and were waited on by several pleasant staff members. It took almost 30 minutes for our first round of drinks to appear though! After that little hiccup the rest of the evening went smoothly. The classic margarita was just ok - a little bit less... More 

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Julie S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the review Ruby! I've shared your comments with our management team so we can be sure to learn from them. We've made some adjustments to our bar staffing to ensure our drinks are delivered much more quickly than what you experienced. We hope to see you again soon! More 

Denver, Colorado
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75 reviews 75 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

We were disappointed in the food and margaritas. For $8 I was served one guacamole tostado with a single dollop of guacamole. The house margarita was small and lacked much flavor. Of the four entrees ordered the only one that was good was the chimichanga. It was very crowded with a long wait for a table. With so many choices... More 

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Julie S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so sorry to hear about your disappointment with your recent visit, although we don't serve chimichangas so I am wondering if you may have confused us with another establishment. If you do visit again, please your server will be happy to make menu recommendations tailored to your exact taste. Our aim is 100% guest satisfaction, so let us know... More 

New York City, New York
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This restaurant has a scenic outdoor area for those wishing to eat or just drink and enjoy being outside in downtown Denver. Went here while in Denver for business and was not disappointed. The margaritas were great, and the food was decent. Go here for the atmosphere.

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Julie S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

I'm so excited to hear you enjoyed your time at the Rio in LoDo! Good news for you the next time you're visiting Denver: we are expanding our Patio this season and by April it should be twice as big. Hope to see you soon! More 

Columbus, Ohio
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234 reviews 234 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This place had a rep of being one of the best places in Denver to get a marg and it did not disappoint! Food and service were also good

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Julie S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for taking the time to post a review Scott! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit to the Mile High City. Cheers! More 

Arvada, Colorado
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We visit here regularly. ...especially during Colorado Rockies games so we can vouch on their consistency. Their margaritas are excellent but their food is basic and is definitely not the best Mexican food around Denver. Go here for the margaritas but expect the food to simply cure hunger pains.

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Julie S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much for sharing your margarita love! I bet our scratch kitchen could still change your mind about our food though. Next time you're in for cocktails ask your server for some recommendations geared toward your particular taste - or stop by for happy hour when some of our fantastic tacos are just $3! Hope to see you soon. More 

Minneapolis
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

The service and atmosphere are the BEST. This restaurant is always a staple for me, anytime I'm in Denver. The flautitas and queso are must-have for appetizers, and pick any burrito for dinner. The margaritas are limited to 3 I think, and they don't "taste" strong, but they are!

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Julie S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much! Both for taking the time to post a review & for stopping in whenever you are in town. We are grateful for our fantastic customers & look forward to seeing you again the next time you're in Denver! More 

San Antonio, Texas
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

If you want to eat Mexican food,i would recommend some where else.The food quality was below average.The food came out cold,no taste.Would not go back there.

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Julie S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

I am so sorry about your disappointing visit to the Rio when you were in Denver. We pride ourselves on serving flavorful and hot food from our scratch kitchen, and we obviously failed on this for you. I'm confident that if you did stop by the next time you were in the Mile High city, we could guarantee you a... More 

Denver, CO
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

We arrived for a late dinner on Thursday night. After being sat at a table with menus and water we waited. There were only 4 of us but our waitress decided to wait us out. Rather than just take our order and serve us, she waited over 20 minutes and than asked us what we wanted. By the time we... More 

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Julie S, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

I am terribly sorry about the unacceptable service, or lack thereof, on your recent visit to the LoDo Rio. I will be following up with the staff in question to ensure this never occurs again to any of our valued guests. Should you wish to give us another chance to do better in the future, I am confident you will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1525 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202-1321
    (16th Street Mall)
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 303-623-5432

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 25
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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?