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Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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143 West Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524-2822
+1 970-224-5428
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11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Wed 11:00 - 22:00
Thu - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Loveland, Colorado
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whenever I can, I'll lunch at Rio; their special (soup or salad and a half quesadilla) is yummy; I can never finish it, so I take the salad home, along with whatever chips and salsa remain. This time, I noticed three other women dining alone. Our server, Lily, was attentive without being a pest. Only quibble today: the salsa was... More 

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Thank Laurie G
Susan O, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

What a great way to start our day Laurie - with such a kind and generous review. I will be sure to pass along your compliments to Lily and the team. Thanks for your feedback on the dressing - we adjust our recipes day by day to account for the heat level variation of our produce. We're on it! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Met some friends for dinner. We were seated promptly on a Thursday night. Food was good but the Margaritas were better!!

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Thank wbratt
Susan O, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We're pretty partial to our delicious margaritas too! Hope you see you again soon. More 

Pierre
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

We had Sunday lunch for 4. The menu seemed about right. Plenty of choices all on one page. We all had something different. Everyone was pleased with portions and taste. Service was very friendly and timely. Good variety of adult beverages. A peasant experience.

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Thank Brian L
Susan O, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks Brian - so glad you and your group had such a nice time. I will be sure to pass your compliments along to our Sunday crew! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

I have been going to the Rio forever it seems, the food has gotten better as well as the portions. This place is very noisy but the margaritas make it worth it

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Thank bmarzonie
Susan O, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

So great to hear your feedback - we have worked so hard to improve our food offering to match the popularity of our classic margaritas. More 

Colorado
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

We went to The Rio tonight and had a wonderful meal. We split a happy hour appetizer - Chicken Flutitas ($4) - that was enough for a meal for one of us. My wife had the Grilled Steak Quesadilla, and I had a Chicken Burrito. Both of these were perfect. The steak tasted like it was perfectly cooked on a... More 

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Thank BillandBonnie
Susan O, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

You guys made me hungry just reading your review! So glad you had such a good experience. We are very proud of our scratch kitchen and all the time, effort and care our team put into our menu. Thank you! More 

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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Muy excellente margaritas!! Always busy, though, so plan ahead. Lively, loud atmosphere, but not obnoxious!

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Thank Holly M
Susan O, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed your margaritas Holly. We've been rocking that original marg recipe for over 30 years now! Hope to see you again soon - and don't forget, we do take reservations now so planning ahead is easier than ever. More 

Spanish Fork, Utah
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98 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

The hotel recommended the restaurant, we were very surprised with the variety and menu items. Place was clean and friendly wait staff. Prices reasonable, the burrito was excellent

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Thank phyllis a
Susan O, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

We're so glad you got to visit with us during your recent visit to FoCo Phyllis! Thank you for your nice review. More 

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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

The Rio arrived in Colorado about the same time as my husband and I did. We discovered it soon after. Even after all this time it is never boring. Great service, margaritas that never disappoint, yummy food and service with a smile. Other than the fact that it is so popular it is sometimes not easy to get seated, it's... More 

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Thank Lezlee O
Susan O, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Wow! You're what we would call a raving fan!! Thanks so much for your loyalty after all these years - the Rio wouldn't be still going strong after 30 years if it wasn't for folks like you. See you again soon! More 

Fort Collins, Colorado
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55 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

Food is just average Mexican fare. The place is ALWAYS packed and you'll die of starvation before you get a table and food anyway. The drinks are good though and that's what keeps people coming here.

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Thank snubbosass
Susan O, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Our classic Rio marg has certainly been popular for over 30 years now, and yes, we can get very busy, but don't forget you can call ahead now for a reservation. Hope to see you again soon! More 

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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Can be busy but well worth the wait. Delicious food in general but the guacamole is absolutely wonderful!

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Thank Rosie M
Susan O, General Manager at Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Rosie! There really is nothing better than great guacamole, right?! Thanks for taking the time to review the Rio. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:30
Saturday
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 143 West Mountain Avenue, Fort Collins, CO 80524-2822
  • Location: United States  >  Colorado (CO)  >  Fort Collins
  • Phone Number: +1 970-224-5428

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?