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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

1525 Blake St, Denver, CO 80202-1321 (Downtown)
303-623-5432
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Ranked #451 of 2,571 Restaurants in Denver
Price range: $1 - $25
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Mexican
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar scene, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: 16th Street Mall
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New York City, New York
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
Top Contributor
181 reviews 181 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
87 helpful votes 87 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
84 reviews 84 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 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
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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
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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 

Zurich
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98 reviews 98 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

We ate here on our last day in Denver before leaving for the airport. Obviously lunchtime during weekdays is a very busy time, but we managed to get a table straight away. Everyone else seemed to be drinking marguaritas by the bucket and having a great time :) We both had the lunch special, which is a salad and a... More 

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

Thank you for the kind review! I'm so pleased to hear you enjoyed your lunch visit. We look forward to seeing you the next time you're in the states - Prost! More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 via mobile

We arrived late for our reservation but were seated promptly. We told the waiter we had less than an hour before a show and he took charge. Everything we ordered came fast and delicious. Margaritas were great. Impressive performance considering how busy the restaurant was at 7 on Saturday.

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

Wonderful to hear & hope you enjoyed your show! We try to customize our service to each guest's needs. It's terrific to get feedback like this, and I will be sharing your review with our staff. Thanks very much for taking the time to post! More 

Edmonton, Canada
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195 reviews 195 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Arrived late (9 pm) in Denver and went to grab a bite. It was a Wed night and the first place we checked had already locked their doors. So we drove and came across Rio Grande. Their door was locked also, but as someone came out we snuck in and asked the bartender is we could still order. He checked... More 

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

I'm happy to hear about your great experience with us! We look forward to seeing you again the next time you're in the Mile High city. Your margaritas will be waiting! More 

Colorado Springs, Colorado
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88 reviews 88 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

After eating here, I'd read an article that this chain was looking to elevate its food to the level of its marguaritas. This clearly has not occurred. I was blown away at how quickly our entrees were served. Our dining companion said it was because the are all pre-made. My only guess is that he is correct. I'd enjoyed their... More 

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

Ed, I'm so sorry that your recent visit to the Rio was less than stellar. We do make all of our food to order and from scratch and have since the Rio opened its doors in 1986. I'm not sure what you ordered, but obviously it was not to your liking. If you do try us again in the future,... More 

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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 1 - 25
Cuisine: Mexican

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