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“Good food and lots of it”

Rio Sabinas Southwestern Grill
Ranked #57 of 360 Restaurants in Billings
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican
Description: New; located in Shilo Crossing
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Description: New; located in Shilo Crossing
Reviewed March 8, 2013

Although we have dined here before, this is my first review of this restaurant. We arrived at about 6:30 on a week night and were seated immediately. Our server brought us chips and dips, she quickly got us our drink order. After an appropriate amount of time she returned for our food order. Two of our party had questions about the fare, which she confidently and as it proved, correctly answered. Dinner arrived about the time we finished our drinks. The food was very good, spicy without taking your head off and the portions were more than adequate. The beans served on the side were very good, the rice was just OK, but maybe that's just me.

We were left to enjoy our meal, our server checked back with us but was never intrusive, I wish I remembered her name, she was very competent, friendly and personable.

All in all, it was a great experience and I know we will be back.
Note: this restaurant is owned by the same folks as the Rib and Chop House, and the music is just as LOUD.

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Thank Tom W
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

Went back to Rio Sabinas, mainly because of its proximity to Shiloh 14 movie theater. Had a much better experience than on our first visit. Great guacamole, yummy ahi tostadas and fish tacos. Service was impeccable and very fast. Our young server was very nice and had a genuine smile on her face. Seating was much better, in a different area of the restaurant. I guess you can eat there without having to watch sports on TV.
Will be back.

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Thank Renata008
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

We had a group of 12 celebrating a birthday dinner. Very, very disappointed. Meat in beef and pork tacos was way too salty - one of our group couldn't eat hers. The sauce on the burrito was hardened on the plate when served. The meat in the flautas was hard - couldn't even bite into it. And to top it all off - BEWARE if you ask for cheese to go with the fajitas (all other mex restaurants serve it with the entre) they will charge you extra. They also charge extra for a very small container of pico de gallo - almost $2 extra!! Unfortunately, they don't bother telling you it would be an extra charge either. It feels like the owners of this restaurant want to "take" every penny they can from their customers. We will not be returning. There are plenty of other restaurants in Billings MT with with far better quality of food AND they don't charge extra for small containers of condiments.

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Thank Austin113
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Reviewed February 24, 2013

It's been some time since we visited Rio Sabinas. My wife, who likes nothing hotter than salt, was fearful and our previous trip, she found that Rio didn't offer an all-corn tortilla (she's gluten intolerant.) Happily, that's changed and she was able to order a pork enchilada which she actually enjoyed! The fresh jalapeno was found in the garnish, so she was able to remove it and found it mild enough for her rather limited palate.

I had the Yellowstone burito in a braised beef. It was nearly the size of a football and extremely tasty. It had a mild bite and with a bit of additional hot sauce, was quite enjoyable.

Sadly, they've replaced their mango-habenero salsa with a pineapple-habenero salsa. The waitress was sure we were mistaken when we requested the mango and apparently the kitchen also is new enough that they don't remember it. The pineapple was actually very good and had an appropriate bite--in addition, they didn't charge for the pineapple. We feel certain that this was a way to cut some cost and it's acceptable.

We didn't see many other areas where the quality had changed and the huge portions certainly haven't. Service was very good, food was hot, tasty and huge portions. One oddity--a bottle of Negra Modelo was actually less expensive than a pint draw of Bozone Amber. Not a complaint, just very unusual to see a draw of a local ale cost more than a bottle of an import. Perhaps it was a happy hour special or perhaps just unusual pricing. Either way, prices were reasonable. Two meals, two beers, chips & salsa. $31. We left happy.

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Thank Robert D
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Reviewed February 9, 2013

We had dinner here on a busy Friday night. Sat in restaurant area and could hear music from the bar at reasonabe levels. Menu has all the southwestern classics, and food arrived quickly with good service. Our waiter checked back several times-- and really wanted to be helpful. Happy hour is until 20h00 (i think), and they have good deals on drinks. The restaurant area was noticably less crowded already by 20h00. Good quality food-- and nice presentations. Medium price level for Billings.

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Thank jenabaintheworld
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