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Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
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Mexican, Bar, Barbecue
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed May 9, 2021 via mobile

Open air and tables well spaced. Food is good and the service has improved greatly. Very good Live music 6 days a week. Awesome location. Good price on buckets of beer. Marg's pack a punch.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed March 27, 2021

Wow! If You like 70's 80's rock and roll music outside in a canyon, like ribs and meat dishes by the river this is the place to be on a Saturday afternoon. I had jalapeno cream cheese and pulled pork for starter. My wife had...half roasted chicken for meal and I had pork ribs. The band playing was just amazing. All of us had a great time. The owner came to see us at the end of supper to thank us. Great atmosphere great place to enjoy a day out. El Rio bbq place not to miss in beautiful Puerto Vallarta.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 21, 2021 via mobile

Boy this place is a diamond in the rough! The ribs the ribs so good and such a huge order ! They had to have the best jalapeño poppers ever wrapped in bacon delicious !! Also had the watermelon and jicama salad sooooo refreshing and...tasty! To top it off they have live music with the band called The Zippers! They so rocked very laid back 70’s appeal so much fun! Will make this place one of our go to places to visit each time we come down!!More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed March 7, 2021

Everything about this place is excellent -- food, margaritas, the setting, the music, and the walk to get there if you so choose. Follow the Rio Cuale up into the mountains, the walk is flat and cool on a hot day, less than an hour...walk from el Centro or the Romance Zone, about an hour from 5 de Diciembre. Live music each day at 3p. Wade or swim in the river. Their fun menu includes pork belly bites, BBQ ribs, plus. Walk back to Puerta Vallarta or take an inexpensive Uber or cab. Family friendly.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed March 7, 2021 via mobile

This was our first visit of the season and, I think, our first time on a Thursday. The Zippers were playing good old rock and roll music and put on a really good show. The menu is more extensive than we recall. We had dinner...plans so only tried several of the appetizers including the jalapeño poppers, lettuce wraps with chicken and the carne tacos. All were delicious! Service was excellent. Prices are very reasonable. Cash only. Outstanding location. All in all, a great afternoon. We’re looking forward to returning.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed December 19, 2020 via mobile

Enjoyed excellent and plentiful ribs, along with Cadillac margaritas and well grilled wings! Bob and Gilberto added great music! Wonderful way to spend a Friday afternoon next to the river!

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed November 22, 2020

Ate here on a Tuesday. The band, Las Mambas, were playing. We each had the ribs. Our meals were excellent, the band was very good, the setting is really good. Will definitely go back there.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed October 30, 2020

We recently visited El Rio BBQ and had a great time. Many of the locals were swimming in the river. Bob and Gilberto were playing some great music. The food was very good and we will certainly return on our next visit to PV.

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed April 4, 2020

My family visited here on St Patrick's Day, and we arrived when they opened at noon. We chose chairs near the river where we could sit with our feet in the sand. There were a number of different servers and some spoke more English than...others. We enjoyed several buckets of beer and cocktails while we spent some time swimming in the river. For lunch, we got an order of two jalapenos (one stuffed with cheese and one stuffed with pulled pork). Both were very good. We also ordered the chips with salsa and guacamole which we really enjoyed. For lunch, my wife and I split the pork burrito. It had lots of meat and cheese inside, but was a bit unusual since it also had some cabbage in it. Others in my family had the pulled pork sandwich which looked really good. An all woman rock band (Black Mamba) played at 2 pm which we all really enjoyed.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 30, 2020 via mobile

We heard about El Rio BBQ-Bar, then read the reviews and decided we had to check it out while vacationing in Puerto Vallarta. Unfortunately we arrived there just after opening due to our previous excursion being cancelled due to Covid-19. This place doesn’t get popping...till at least 3pm and we were there at 11:30am. However, that just meant we had the place to ourselves. Great service and awesome food. I’m a foodie and we love to eat as a family. I make BBQ at home and of like to try BBQ restaurants often being disappointed. However, this place delivered. I had the ribs, my wife had chicken burrito and my son had the beef burger and fries. Wow, all of it was great. The ribs were huge and flavourful, the homemade sauce was very good as well. My wife loved the burrito and thought the guacamole was some of the best she’s ever had. My son apologized to me in advanced and declared it was the best burger he’d ever had (he loves my cooking). I couldn’t get upset, it was really good. Well seasoned and those bums were awesome. It’s situated right by a very clear river that you can swim in and later in the day a live band plays. Highly recommend!!!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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I don’t know you’d have to ask before ordering. Try calling first.. Note* However, from what I’ve experience in the states and internationally typicaliy most restaurants don’t over 6 parties or more.
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Frequently Asked Questions about El Rio BBQ-Bar

Yes, El Rio BBQ-Bar offers takeout services.

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El Rio BBQ-Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5