Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

143 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA

About Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant

4.3 / 5

from reviews

    DenvHer CO
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    March 26, 2024

    Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant is a staple in Colorado. I have been going to the location in Fort Collins since I was a little girl and have loved the restaurant since (the difference is now I get to imbibe in their famous margaritas)! We arrived at the restaurant and were seated in the main dining room. The aesthetic of the restaurant was that of a lively cantina; the place was packed, and everyone was having a good time. Our server Mark was stellar - he had great energy and was quick with service despite the busy restaurant. The General Manager was active on the restaurant floor, helping his staff and customers our entire meal. I started off our meal with The Classic Rio Marg made with a legendary mixture of tequila, salt and lime on the rocks. Nothing beats a Classic Rio Marg; each sip was fresh and crisp with the tequila balancing out the acidity of lime juice. The Chile Con Queso was made with a cheese blend and pico-de-gallo. This is my favorite queso in town - silky smooth with perfect cheesy taste. The Guacamole was made with pico-de-gallo, cilantro, & cotija cheese; it had a delicious punch of lime. The diced onions, tomatoes, and cilantro added crunch to the creamy guacamole. The Sauteed Chicken Enchiladas were made with Jack cheese & classic enchilada sauce. The tender & flavorful shredded chicken was stuffed in corn tortillas and smothered in sauce. The Steak Quesadilla was made with onion, serrano peppers, jack cheese, & Mexican spices. The crisp warm tortilla clung to plenty of melty jack cheese & grilled steak. The Crab & Shrimp Enchiladas were made with Atlantic red crab, shrimp, jack, and tomatillo sauce. The corn tortillas were generously filled with sweet seafood and coated in savory sauce. The Ahi Lettuce Wraps were a light, fresh seasonal offering. The cubed ahi tuna loaded the lettuce wraps with a nice citrus mandarin salsa. For dessert we had the Crispy Sopapilla made with tortilla dough, cinnamon, and sugar. The homemade sopapillas were dusted in cinnamon sugar and topped with cold, vanilla ice cream making for sweet bites. The fried, puffed dough was flakey and soft and stood out with a drizzle of honey.

    Chase H
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    January 23, 2024

    I was super excited to've come across this restaurant! Thankfully we were visiting during their Harvest Days menu and got to try the delicious [seasonal] Elote! I still think about that dish, well after the fact and is probably the best Elote I've had. It was grilled to perfection and the red chile sauce was so good! If you're lucky enough to be there during that menu be sure to grab some! We also got the Tortilla soup and some tacos which were equally amazing. If I'm ever in the area, I'll be sure to visit again and to try some new items 😋. And I rarely visit the same place twice, especially when I travel.

    Grace R-L
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    December 18, 2023

    Hosted an event here and they did a great job. Haven't tried to margaritas but I heard they are strong and delicious. The burrito bar was amazing; the chicken and steak was to die for and this place has the best salsa ever.

    LS Sheldon
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    May 01, 2024

    We popped in for an impromptu dinner with some friends and had a fabulous time. I like the fresh and innovative take on many classic Mexican dishes. The highlight for me was the chili relleno. I opted to have them put the sauce on the side, so it stayed crispy. This was a great option! Probably one of the best rellenos ever! Everyone else was happy with their dishes, and the drinks were terrific. Our server was friendly and helpful, and the prices were very reasonable.

    Elva Saint
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    May 21, 2023

    Sat on the patio and enjoyed not only the food but the atmosphere. Staff was attentive and courteous. Chips and salsa are always good. The tacos were by far the favorite with great flavor and deceptively filling.

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    143 W Mountain Ave, Fort Collins, CO 80524, USA
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