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.

El Rio BBQ-Bar


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Location and contact

Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Mexican, Bar, Barbecue
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Reviews (330)
Filter reviews
319 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Show reviews that mention
All reviews ribs half rack pulled pork sandwich potato salad french fries chilli tacos shrimp paso ancho buy tickets beautiful river local kids bus ride cuale river side dishes beer was cold portions are huge
Updating list...
What did you think of El Rio BBQ-Bar?
Click to rate
1 - 10 of 319 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago

We went with friends to this Texas meets Mexico BBQ happening. We showed up around 3. The huge outdoor space was fairly empty. We found a table near the little river and did a little wading watching the local kids swing from a rope. By...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Talldude51
Reviewed 1 week ago

El Rio BBQ is a unique spot in Paso Ancho near Puerto Vallarta. Located on a sandy riverside beach, El Rio is not just a restaurant but a great place to spend the afternoon, quaffing drinks, watching the local youth as they climb and then...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Robert A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent the late afternoon over dinner hour last week. We wanted to see Sylvie and her band play as we have done her walk to the cross hike a few times. It was a great afternoon! The BBQ was really good, hubby and I...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank brett2216
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Heard so much about their ribs, had to go and give it a try. Very disappointed. There was hardly any meat and what meat there was was dry. Friends order was mostly bbq bones. The coleslaw was lacking in flavour and the potato salad was...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Gwen112
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place makes fabulous bbq ribs, they are massive in size and are very yummy. Had the half rack, more than enough for 2 people. Right beside a river where people swim in. Should get reservations

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Phil K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

................if you love your ribs!!! What a great find, was recommended and taken by friends when staying in PV at a hotel down on the beach. We went a 3.00pm and grabbed a taxi (all drivers know it and it costs 100- 150 Pesos) When...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Kat N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great location on they river you can sit in the water and have a beer. The food is good with huge portions of ribs and a live band every day but Sunday

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Harley G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A group of six of us took the bus up to El Rio and what a great surprise to find a clean, fun restaurant! You purchase tickets to pay for what you are going to eat and drink - we purchased 700 pesos worth of...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Laurel B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Every year there is a Chili Cookoff held at El Rio BBQ. The event is for charity,the food is delicious, the live music is fantastic, and the atmosphere is fun filled! Nice people together for a great cause

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Jamesonmm
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went to El Rio BBQ as a group of six. Got there around 3 in the afternoon, some of the group went wading in the river. Lots of kids there wanting you to take their picture and then asking for money. When you arrived,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank CanadianDi_13
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 123 nearby hotels
Azteca Hotel
51 reviews
.96 miles away
Casa Cupula
613 reviews
.99 miles away
Blue Bay Club Puerto Vallarta
42 reviews
1.03 miles away
Hotel Hacienda de Vallarta Centro
104 reviews
1.03 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 1,258 nearby restaurants
Chenandos Restaurant
636 reviews
.90 miles away
245 reviews
.88 miles away
Cuale Paradise
274 reviews
.20 miles away
Red Cabbage Cafe
418 reviews
.73 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 683 nearby attractions
16 reviews
.91 miles away
Bay Breeze Spa
7 reviews
.38 miles away
The Fit Club
43 reviews
.78 miles away
BLONDIES Loft and Slush Bar
20 reviews
.90 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
February 25, 2019|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from sharpemitchell | Reviewed this property |
On their website you can find out who is playing. I beleive they finish playing at 5pm.
February 25, 2019|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Delsii | Reviewed this property |
Check out their web page and click on the "live music & events". It gives you details of who's playing and what days they play. 🙂
February 23, 2018|
AnswerShow all 12 answers
Response from Bigeeter | Reviewed this property |
No they do not accept credit cards. It is on the front page of their menu.
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing