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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

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Downtown
Mexican
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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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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  • 54
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Rio is great

One of our "go to" Mexican restaurants. Cheese or chicken enchiladas are really good. Kind of loud but food is very good.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 27, 2015
Izzy99999
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Denver, Colorado
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
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English first
Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

One of our "go to" Mexican restaurants. Cheese or chicken enchiladas are really good. Kind of loud but food is very good.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

We all loved their margeritas, & the food was great. Got a discount when they missed one of the orders slightly.

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Jeff V, Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

We really appreciate you taking the time to review the Rio. We are looking forward to seeing you again, glad you had such a great experience! More 

London, United Kingdom
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52 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Great downtown spot. In a historic building with excellent patio. Food and margaritas are fab. Make a booking on open table if you plan a weekend visit or the wait could be long.

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Jeff V, Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for your review! I love our patio too! Did you get the chance to try our new bar on the patio? A really great way to enjoy some Colorado sun downtown! See you next time! More 

Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We live in downtown and have gone to this location a couple of times. Each time we went, we were met with lackluster service and not very good food...but, for some reason, our 16 year old likes this restaurant. Today, we were in the area and our son said he wanted to eat here. We walked in and my husband... More 

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Jeff V, Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Sorry to hear of your experience at the host stand. I have no excuse for what happened to you and your son. Sorry to hear that we used to be his favorite spot. I hope you will accept my deepest apology and give us another chance to both serve you and win your son back over as a Rio faithful.... More 

Denver, Colorado
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84 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Living in Denver, we frequent The Rio. Iis fun place to sit on the patio and enjoy a margarita with friends. Happy hour is from 3-6 pm and the delicious margaritas are $1 off. Chips and salsa are complementary. The nachos are good, but not your normal stacked high plate of goodness, the first time we ordered them, they arrived... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

Wanted to enjoy a nice afternoon on the patio at the rio however they put up misters which are more like sprinklers. There was water pooling on chairs and puddles on the floor. We asked if they could be turned down and the answer was no. Unfortunately with the breeze the spray was everywhere and couldn't be avoided no matter... More 

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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

Everything we had was fresh! Loved the atmosphere and the margaritas were excellent. They have specials too so the bill was reasonable.

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Brisbane, Australia
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59 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

The Rio Grande, with it's large patio and famous margarita's is very popular with the under 40's and even more so with the University crowd on weekends. The American style Mexican tacos and enchilada's are okay and taste actually good after a margarita or two. But in fairness to other restaurants, with award winning chefs and varied menu the Rio... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

Loved this place! Everything we had was tasty, the drinks were great and the service was fantastic. Liked it so much, went back two days later.

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Denver, Colorado
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

As a native Texan, I love TexMex and this place does it well. The food is outstanding, all fresh and well prepared. I have had fajitas and have had enchiladas, both of which were excellent. Their Margarita's are wonderful, all made with premium tequila. Highly recommend!

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Additional Information about Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Address: 1525 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202-1321
Phone Number: 303-623-5432
Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Denver>  > Downtown
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
Average Prices: USD 25
Cuisine: Mexican

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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 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?