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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
12:00 - 19:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 19:00
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Wellsville, Kansas
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77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

El Rio is a fun place, great atmosphere, music, and people. Dance, drink. Just order your food early as service can be slow on Friday nights. Been four times this year. Really enjoyed the Tina Turner tribute show and meal. Best Key Lime Pie!!! The owner is really listening to his customers and strives to please.

Thank Grandma47
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Beautiful! Atmosphere was great! Although the restaurant was full the service was excellent! The waiters were friendly and efficient. Definitely want to go back!

Thank Helena H
dubuque, iowa
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145 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We took a taxi from zona romantica to El Rio, 100 pesos. Lots to look @ on the way there. Setting is beautiful. Hubby and I shared a half rack, side of coleslaw, french fries and potato salad. Portions are huge...this was too much did for us. Ribs were good but not the best we've had. Nice smoky flavor, we... More 

Thank summer14u
Winnipeg Beach
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Took the bus from downtown which was an adventure in itself but lots of fun. Food was good although the ribs, while flavourful, were quite tough. Great entertainment, good setting and good service. Wear a hat/sunscreen as not all seating has umbrellas.

Thank Patricia G
Vancouver, Washington
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago 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 4 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 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 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 1 week ago

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.

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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, Groups, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, View
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?