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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Mexican, Bar, Barbecue
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Live Music
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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...More

Date of visit: March 2020
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...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 18, 2020

Set in the hills this bbq place is a surprise. A beautiful setting backed on to a river valley. Good food and entertainment. A little out of the way but worth finding.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 12, 2020 via mobile

This is my second visit to El Rio, and I had so much fun! They feature a large menu, and the entertainment was awesome, an Elvis impersonator !

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed March 9, 2020

We had a wonderful lunch at El Rio BBQ. Set on the Rio Cuale, the scenery and atmosphere were wonderful beside the river with a huge cliff on the other side. Ribs were great.

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020

We went a couple of times. Once on a Sunday and again on a Thursday. The band on the Sunday was really good and the place was quite quiet. Food was ok and the service was fine. When we went on a Thursday the place...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 6, 2020

Fabulous outdoor venue with lots of seating, right on the Rio Cuale. You'll kids running through I their bathing suits to jump in the river and play. Some of the adult patrons as well will take a dip. Best BBQ with massive beef ribs, BBQ...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

The food, especially the ribs are very good. The service is top notch. The staff attentive and helpful. My only complaint is the price. For a small 1/4 rack order its about $18 cdn. That's insane. A Dos Equis that I can buy for 12...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

First visit to El Rio. Unexpected surprise to have live music “The Zippers” playing to a large audience of expats! Great classics and the crowd was engaged. We sat at the back so we could converse and enjoy the beauty of the Cuale River. Good...More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 4, 2020

I ate here Feb. 22 for their Mardi Gras menu. It was genuine Louisiana/Cajun style food. The ribs looked and smelled delicious, but I was unable to try them, as I was sampling so much other stuff. The owner and wait staff were friendly and...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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March 6, 2020|
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Response from Travelgonecrazy | Reviewed this property |
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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February 12, 2020|
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Response from JoelH618 | Reviewed this property |
Cash only.
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February 12, 2020|
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Response from cravethewave | Reviewed this property |
You don't say what hotel you are staying at, but I am assuming you will have to get into town either by bus or cab to catch the 04 bus to Paso Ancho. You can catch the R-04 bus, on its way to Paso Ancho and El Rio BBQ, is... More
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