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El Rio BBQ-Bar

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$$ - $$$
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Felipe Angeles 245 | Paso Ancho, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
+52 322 222 2510
Tue - Sun 12:00 - 19:00
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Vancouver, Washington
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Just up the river Rio Caule from downtown Puerto Vallarta you will find one of the best rib restaurants I have ever been to. Hours are late afternoon to early evening. Good local music most every day. This is a great short destination to experience just outside of Puerto Vallarta. Take a cab there and ride the bus back. The... More 

Thank Brian B
Unity, Canada
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We went with a large group, service was good, ribs were excellent, a 1/2 order was too much for the 2 of us. The burgers are awful. They had a band playing and the floor was full at 4 P.M.

Thank teron_con
West Kelowna, Canada
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144 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went on a Friday. Bob and Gilberto put on a good show.. There was a problem finding our reservation when we first arrived. They put together some tables to seat some, but not all, of our group of 13. These were way out on the side, with no view of the stage. My wife wandered through the very large crowd,... More 

Thank CedricGnome
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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58 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Go early make a day of it. Bring your beach gear and chill by the river or play some beanbag toss. There house bands started at 4pm all week long and tribute bands on the weekend closed monday. Annual chili cook-off is February 25th. Don't be afraid to speak up if you don't get your drink pronto but this is... More 

Thank toonietom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Great fun on a Friday afternoon. The live entertainment and food are top notch. The wait staff are really great. We have been a few times and will go again. The location is out of the way from mainstream PV, but well worth the effort to get there. The menu is extensive and we have not been disappointed. A great... More 

Thank Craig G
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Very good bbq pork sandwich. Waited between 2-1/2 hours for the food. Received the food after our friends had eaten and left and after the entertainment had concluded. This is the second of three times at El Rio that the service was poor.

1 Thank kmbsts
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely love this place in the hills beyond Puerto Vallarta. This was my second visit, and it really is a hidden treasure. The food is amazing especially the bbq ribs. We spent all afternoon here, and the service was great to start off with, but did get a little slow. But this was to be expected on a Friday evening,... More 

1 Thank Matt R
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The BBQ ribs where big , thick , tender and delicious . The 1\2 order was more than enough for both the wife and myself . We went with a group of 12 people and everyone except the one who had a burger agreed it was fantastic, ( the burger couldn't be eaten) .Also the live music was incredible .The... More 

1 Thank Brad T
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Found this place with a group of friends on my birthday through word of mouth with the locals. What a great location. It's located in Paso Ancho on the Rio Cuale and is a world away from the typical downtown scene. We went on a theme night with Brian Neale doing a tribute to Jimmy Buffet. They also had a... More 

Thank Greg V
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This was first time coming to this restaurant but I was impressed as they would allow me to bring my dog. For a set price it included dinner and dessert and entertainment by an impersonator. This evening is was to be Neil Diamond. The venue is large, outdoors with numerous tables and chairs. The waiters quickly take drink orders and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Bar, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Felipe Angeles 245 | Paso Ancho, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Jalisco  >  Puerto Vallarta
  • Phone Number: +52 322 222 2510

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?