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1101 Walnut St, Boulder, CO | Directions 8030240.016808 -105.280777
Sunday - Wednesday 11am -10pm
Thursday - Saturday 11am-10:30pm
Neighborhoods: Central Boulder, Downtown
Margaritas, of course. – I am not from Boulder and was taken here by my friend and wow. I am now Rio obsessed. Their margaritas really are as amazing as they and everyone else says, and the food was fantastic. It's a really fun place to eat and get ridiculous, haha. If I lived there, it would be a bit dangerous for me...
The 'LAST PLACE' in Boulder to eat – Unfortunately, I have eaten at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant 3 times. Each time was worse than the last. I don't know how it stays in business. On my second and third visits I tried to convince my friends to choose another restaurant (Boulder has MANY) but they wanted to try this one. The wait staff seemed to be waiting for other jobs and ignored every table they had. We had to get up to find them to ask for more water. After a 45 min. wait, our food arrived with the appetizers and everything was OLD and COLD. I see from the reviews that some enjoy the ambiance but, you can't eat the decor. This restaurant is the first place I have ever left less than a 20% gratuity - the service WAS that bad. Yes, we did tell the management of the poor service and food quality but they had obviously heard it many times before and did nothing other than a quick, "Sorry about that." Save yourself the unsavory experience and dine elsewhere!
I am so sorry, this review was meant for Centro on Pearl Street. – I don't ever do this and I created an account just to write this review. I would have to say this was the worst meal I have ever had. The service from the waitstaff was good but the manager was far from it. My visit here a year ago was an exceptional one, so when family from all over the states came for my younger sisters wedding (she is 27), they wanted to visit boulder. I did not hesitate to recommend Rio for a nice dinner. To my surprise the food was aweful (2 of my nieces actually cried) and when the manager came by to see if everything was good I told him "honostley, the food is horrible". He walked away without ANY RESPONSE nor did he try to make things right with us. Hmmm.. so why even ask if you did not get an answer you should be ready for. I was super embarrased I brought in a party of 15, they are lucky I even gave them one star. If you want great food and great service in Boulder, go to Frasca! Your $400.00 will be well worth it there.
Poor management and service – Had an awful experience on Sep 15th . We chose rooftop seating as the day was nice but the service was beyond poor. We waited for 20 minutes in the hot sun and finally had to flag a server to get us water. The hostess did ask the couple of servers on the rooftop to attend to our table but we were ignored. Noone took our order . Finally we got up to leave and thought we would talk to the manager on the way out. She was a witch from hell. Instead of apologizing for the poor service she made excuses as to how busy she was and could not get to the rooftop and there were other things that took priority. She didnot care that we were leaving neither did the other servers. Shame on the management . Cannot even talk about the food or the drinks as we were not given a chance to sample those.
Terrible service, good salsa – The Rio has really gone down hill. Today, in for a late lunch, the server, while nice, brought out soup (appetizer) with the actual entrees. The Rio is notorious for bad timing. The green chili (which I ordered the regular kind, not the hot kind) that smothered the chicken enchiladas was so spicy it was inedible. After over ten minutes of waiting for the server to come over and take it away, she tried to argue with me that it was not the hot kind. The manager then stopped by, explained that they had "extra hot green chilis" delivered and were trying to warn people before ordering. Clearly, I did not receive this warning. I was so over it that I passed on a comped entree the manager offered (their enchilada sauce is way to tex-mex), and gave me a $5 gift card. Whatever.
If you just want a marg and chips & salsa - stop by the Rio. Otherwise, if you are hungry for authentic Mexican food, stop by Rincon del Sol, Sol Azteca or Casa Alvarez.
Margaritas, Sangrias, House Margarita, salted, surgar, iced, on the rocks.
This place is where to go for margaritas. The food is average, getting better but you go to this place for the Margaritas. They have a 3 Margarita limit for a reason, the house is plesantly strong. I recently ate there and they had expanded their menu, their homemade Flan was quite good. Oh must warn you, don't order the sopopeias. Not worth it.
Average Mexican - Decent Margs – The Rio is hyped a little more than it is worth, still a good choice for a weekday lunch. Decent happy hour deals, service is inattentive and indifferent. Margaritas are okay, I've had better and worse - but they will sneak up on you, hence the 3 drink limit.
Great margaritas, OK food, mediocre service – I really enjoyed the margaritas! They aren't syrupy-sweet and they tasted great. I originally tried to order a different mixed drink, but our waiter claimed that they only have beer, wine, and tequila. The food was good, but nothing unusual or outstanding. The service was kind of slow. We were there on a weeknight and it wasn't that busy. We were hoping to order dessert, but when our waiter finally dropped the bill off, he just dropped it and ran, so we paid and left.
Good food and great margaritas keep this Tex-Mex joint hoppin'. – In Short
The floors are concrete, but elegant chandeliers hang here and there. Tables--often sticky from the last group's margaritas--are hand-painted with Mexican folk designs. This Tex-Mex place remains popular because of its beloved margaritas. Mini or maxi, frozen or on the rocks. But there's also free chips and salsa and sizzling beef, chicken or vegetarian fajitas with guacamole. It's all tasty, fresh and filling.
The best margaritas ever! And good food too... – All the rave reviews about the margaritas are correct--I have never had better! All of them (house, frozen, frozen strawberry) are excellent. Try a "strawberry light" if you want strawberry flavor without overdoing it (mixed with regular frozen). As for the food, I am a vegetarian and LOVE this place! The bean/cheese burrito is only $6.95 and is definitely filling (ask for it baked, or the cheese won't be melted). Their chile rellenos are good as well. They have excellent veggie green chile, which is rare. And the nachos...mmm! Some food prices are high, but most are very reasonable. Overall, a great place.
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