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Mexican >Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant
1525 Blake St, Denver, CO | Directions 8020239.750125 -104.999945
Neighborhoods: Union Station, LoDo, Northwest Denver
Flying Rouches.........not a joke!! – Do flying rouches make buzzing sounds? H-ya they do. Can you find them in Colorado? Apparently....And I saw my first one at the Rio in downtown Denver!!!! This was Mexi Restaurant has my favorite weekend starting point for strong drinks and good looking people...but since the night of May 17th, 2008 I refuse to go there. I planned my friend's bachelorette party on this night. We went to the Rio @ 9pm and of course waited for an hour and a half for a table. That part didnt bother us because we were used to the weekend wait. The horrible, embarassing, and disgusting part of that night was the huge 4 inch flying rouch we had seen flying out of the kitchen and into the dining room. The 10 person table next to us noticed it first and screamed (even the guys freaked out). They told the busser who ran and informed the manager on that night. Customers were screaming and some were getting up and leaving. We were trying to cancel our 12 person order but our server was no where to be found. After 10 mins a busser came to the back with a broom and smashed it against the wall. (This was in front of 50 customers) I was so embarassed for ever bring my best friend to such a disgusting establishment. We tried to find our server many times before our food came out. He finally came to our table after our food had been sitting there for 20 mins. He explained that he was embarassed by the problem and refused to come back to his tables until it was taken care of. He also told us that the rouch problem had been going on for a couple and the exterminator
had came 3 times without getting rid of the problem completely. I love this restaurant and honestly was sad about the rouches. Flying rouches are more commonly found in Texas and southern states......that is why I am so bothered. I just wanted to share my experience. To all those who work there, I feel so sorry for you. I hope the Rio takes care of this problem soon. The patio is my favorite in all of downtown.
Start your night out right – We had a blast this past Cinco de Mayo at The Rio. They love to have fun and it shows. Have you tried the smoked chicken tacos, they are GREAT! Love the patio, the laid-back staff, and all the people. They do it right.
Absolutely unacceptable – I've been a fan of the Rio for years - I love their guacamole, but it will be a frosty day in hades before I ever set foot in there again. This past Friday, a group of us went there for some drinks and dinner. While the Margaritas were yummy, what happened as we were being led to our dinner table was completely disgusting. The hostess was about 3 steps ahead of me (the rest of my party was behind me,) and I watched in horror as she lept forward and stomped on something scurrying across the floor just next to our table. Thinking that my eyes had to be deceiving me, I asked her what it was that she just stepped on, and she matter-of-factly stated what it was and then said "Don't worry, I'll sweep it up." And she threw our menus on the table, went into the kitchen for a broom and dustpan, and returned to sweep it up and dumped it in the kitchen garbage. I was astonished. Not wanting to alarm those I was dining with, I said nothing (which I'm kicking myself for in hindsight.) It was very evident to me why they have this issue - we were seated with a clear view in to the kitchen, and it was absolutely filthy - chips and food remnants covered the floor. The food was okay, but not as good as it's been in past visits. I'd rather go across the street to d'Corazon and enjoy a much better meal from a cleaner kitchen. I'm telling everyone who will listen what I witnessed in the Rio.
So-So – I'm in my late 20's and if I want to start a night downtown, it's usually here. I'll never eat their food because it truly sux ace, but their margs are decent and do get you pretty hammered. It's crowded at night and closes at 11:00pm. Yah, that's right 11:00. Which also is pretty ghey. I wouldn't go here for anything other than happy hour drinks, or drinks to start off a night.
Steady Decline – I been noticing for awhile that the margaritas have become much less potent while the prices continue to increase. The food is also getting worse - I ordered the special; pork quesidallias this week and was given super spicy chicken version. Someone else ordered the chille rellanos only to find them inedible due to the fact that the peppers were of the spiciest version imaginable - although no mention of that was included in the menu description. The queso had the consistency of water and was pretty bland.
Service was also pretty bad - our waiter told me that indeed it was pork - even though every other person at our table tried it and agreed it was chicken.
This used to be a really fun place with great drinks. It's sad that they think they can just keep cutting back and no one will notice.
great customer service – we were seat with in a few minutes, on a saturday night, the temperture of the food was warm at best. the service was great and the management was great too. No ground beef. All steak or chicken.
Good start to a Friday night. – Stong margs get the job done. Very pleased with the Mahi mahi tacos. Crowded with 20's making the rounds, loud but it's LoDo on a Friday night.. what else would you expect.
No, way Jose! – You'd think with something this busy and with the reviews I read before I went, at least the restaurant would rank up there in some category -- well, I'm trying to think, which one? It was a normal, crowded Friday night, and we had 8 people. Called ahead, no prob. Seated after everyone got there, no prob. That's where the fun ended. High prices for substandard food. Margaritas (whether or not it's true about the pure grain alcohol) were mediocre, and the wait staff acted as if they didn't care because the joint was popular anyway, so why bother? I opted for a lighter order of a guacamole chulapa, which normally would have been stuffed tortilla with guac, cheese, etc. inside or on top - maybe somewhere else it would have come with a side of beans - but it was nothing but a flat taco-like tortilla mounded with lots of shredded lettuce, a sprinkling of cheese, a small scattering of a chopped tomato slice, and a scoop of guac as small as a coffee measure. The ladies' restroom was absolutely filthy at 8:30. And the noise was greater than any I've experienced - the louder, the more fun, right? Not! Yelling at the person next to you to talk has become passe and unenjoyable. Go for a Corona and eat at the one across the street, if you want to make believe you're having fun because it's noisy. Maybe the restroom will be decent because it hasn't been used since the lunch crowd.
3 limit margaritas for a reason!! – Being a seasoned drinker, my friend and I decided to get dinner and drinks. We decided we would show them 3 drink minimum!!! After eating a huge dinner and drinking margaritas with dinner, we walked out of there hammered!!! It was so awesome. We ate drank and defineately got out fill for around 50 bucks. Totally lively restaurant and lots of fun. Not a quiet atmosphere if that is what you are looking for.
Food takes a backseat to the potent margaritas and the crowd that loves them. – In Short
This wildly popular place usually has a line of people waiting for a table or patio spot. Luckily it's ok to order appetizers and margaritas at the bar and check out the social scene during the wait. The restaurant is all about margaritas: Big or small, frozen or on the rocks. They're deceptively potent; so there's a three-margarita limit. For dining, fajitas hit the table sizzling and queso dip is good to the last drop.
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