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Rio Grande Grill

$$ - $$$
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
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417 W van Buren Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550-6451
+1 956-423-1817
11:00 - 15:00
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Kansas City, Missouri
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The brisket and pulled-pork were perfected smoked. Had the Suiza enchilada with brisket with a tomatillo sauce. Also, pulled-pork enchilada with a smoked poblano pepper sauce which was excellent. Served with charro beans and rice. Small, intimate, somewhat eclectic atmosphere. Owners were on-site. Service excellent. Helped with our selections. Prices moderate.

Thank SlbKCMO
Harlingen, Texas
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2017

I usually don't do reviews. In this case I feel compelled to however. These people at Rio Grande Grill do not understand barbecue. Worse, they don't understand the people who love barbecue. It reminds me of that other terrible barbecue joint BAR-BE-CUTE located on 10th street in McAllen. Both these places skimp on the meat. I remember when Rio Grande... More 

Thank out42c
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Found this little gem on yelp.... stopped in for lunch on our way back to the airport... Best meal we had all week... sad they were out of the brisket but the flying pig tacos hit the spot... Got a little taste of tex mex !!!

Thank Jlacey622
San Benito, Texas
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Really nice place for a comfortable lunch with good artisan entertainment. We enjoyed the brisket sandwich and Tortilla soup. Both top notch. Numerous craft beers available. Short hours only open during lunch. Highly suggest Rio Grande Grill for an excellent lunch before heading to Jackson street for some shopping.

Thank sharonregan
Port Isabel, Texas
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37 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Rio Grande Grill is a small BBQ and Mexican restaurant in downtown Harlingen. It has a pleasant atmosphere, and is a good place to grab a quick lunch. I ordered the brisket plate. (The meats are sold by weight.) I was not impressed by the presentation (see photo), but the brisket was good. (Not exceptional or very good, but good,... More 

Thank Dennis K
Naples, Florida
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

My favorite item on the menu is Fish Taco's but everything is great here... it's down home grill... great place to meet friends and get a quick bite to eat.

Thank webetraveling2
Harlingen, Texas
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63 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

If you live or visit Harlingen, you must visit Rio Grande Grill. We ordered the Pulled Pork and Smoked Sausage sandwiches. Both sandwiches had a generous portion of meat which was served on a toasted bun with something like a cilantro pesto and a tangy BBQ sauce plus homemade pickles. Both sauces were very tasty. RGG has a selection of... More 

Thank Vickie A
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

Impressed, good little secret for Harlingen. Finally, asked for extra spicy salsa n they delivered. Nice atmosphere, owners personally involved. Always good thing.

Thank S.Edward H
San Antonio, Texas
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86 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The owner took our order and was helpful with recommendations. He's young, friendly and enthusiastic. The fish tacos on corn tortilla were just right. As others have mentioned, this isn't a fancy place. It's a funky and friendly place with great food.

Thank Shelly S
Harlingen, Texas
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Brisket tacos are excellent! Great atmosphere - embraces the local flavor and the menu is just the right size. Whether you want seafood, Tex Mex, barbecue or a combination of all three, you can't go wrong.

Thank kmckinney90

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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 of 5 bubbles
American, Southwestern, Barbecue
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 417 W van Buren Ave, Harlingen, TX 78550-6451
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Texas Gulf Coast  >  Harlingen
  • Phone Number: +1 956-423-1817

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?