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“Wonderful Experience” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Rio Grande

Rio Grande
Ranked #209 of 536 Restaurants in Paphos
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $12 - $30
Cuisines: Mexican, Steakhouse, Grill
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Good for: Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Only the finest meats and freshest vegetables, which come straight from the market, find their way into our kitchen.Once there, they are cooked with care to bring out the true flavors of Mexican cuisine.Our extensive menu offers a wide selection of dishes ranging from traditional to modern recipes, appealing to all tastes.
London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Wonderful Experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2013

Gave us a welcome 20% discount for visiting more than once. Food and ambience fabulous. Made us feel very welcome and visited many times on our holiday. Well recommended!

Visited October 2013
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English first
Great Yarmouth, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Not Greek but a great Mexican!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 13, 2013

We thought we would give this Mexican a try as we had been eating Greek and Italian for most of the 2 weeks. We were not disappointed. Service was great, food was good, place was clean and modern. For 3 courses, a bottle of wine and beers to 65 euros so good value too. I would recommend this place for a little change.

Visited September 2013
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1 Thank Smiggy43
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Very nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2013 via mobile

First trip to the mexican, with only me as a mexican fan, i was very pleased. The chilli appeared lovely and we were impressed that they gave a choice in temp, i had the chicken fajitas which were gorg. Staff were helpful, my only comment which can be taken two ways is that the food was very quick to arrive making it appear that it was all pre cooked and just bunged in the microwave to warm it up. Oh n you may not need a starter as the portions are huge. Would deffo return again another year.

  • Visited September 2013
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1 Thank rosierose773
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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64 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2013

We went to the Rio Grande for several meals over a 10 day period. The service is very very friendly, the food is excellent and a good choice (but only go if you are hungry as the portions are big), the whole place is beautifully clean and we could'nt fault it. The spare ribs are the best I think they breed their pigs with dinosaurs as they are huge and the sauce is awesome. Overall a brilliant place to eat, highly recommend a visit. The price is good value too.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Julie D
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Newcastle, England
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99 reviews
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“PUZZLINGLY POOR”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

As we like Mexican food, my wife and I made a point of trying Rio Grande. We went quite early in the evening and were almost their only customers. Nevertheless, we still waited for the best part of an hour for our food. My fillet steak was just about OK but my wife's T-bone steak was so tough as to be inedible. The service was pretty poor with the staff disinterested in us. We just left with a promise never to return.

As it happens, Rio Grande is so next door to The Bay that you could step over the low wall between them in a trice and, once in The Bay, you will find really top notch food and a friendly service that will draw you back repeatedly. Also, The Bay seems to have a reputation for being expensive just because of its slightly more 'restaurant' look yet our experience was that there is no difference at all between the cost of eating well in The Bay or poorly in Rio Grande. By the way, one reviewer comments on the paucity of Mexican restaurants in Paphos (Rio Grande is the only one in Coral Bay) but there is another place on the main road into Kato Paphos, on the left as you approach Paphos, but, sadly, we found that to be little better than Rio Grande.

One other puzzle is that Rio Grande is owned by the same group of businessmen who operate The Romantica in Paphos. The Romantica has been one our absolute favourite places to eat in Cyprus for some years so how is it that these two, sister, restaurants can be so different?

Other reviewers have said nice things about Rio Grande so perhaps we just had an unfortunate experience; anyone can have an 'off night', but we still won't return.

  • Visited September 2013
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