Delicious Tex Mex and Margaritas - in our completely renovated restaurant located in the heart of Old Town Fort Collins! Now open for dine-in service as well as food and margs takeout. Whether you're coming in to unwind and dine with us, bringing food home for the family or just grabbing some margs for a fun night at home, the Fort Collins Rio is a delicious escape.
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Margaritas ONLY, please

This is the Energizer Bunny of Fort Collins Restaurants. It just goes on and on and on... Unfortunately, you will get better Mexican (or Tex-Mex) food just about anywhere. Most seems like Stouffer's frozen entrees with canned vegetables and rice courtesy of a junior high cafeteria. The Rio survives on tradition and margaritas. Period. Now that Fort Collins is moving into a much more interesting restaurant age, the Rio has been left behind. Interestingly, though, the owners have opened El Monte and it is everything the Rio is not. Sleek, sophisticated- and wonderful food. Highly recommended!



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Good margs, mediocre food at best

This is the place to go if you want a margarita and want to chill at the bar with some friends, chips, and salsa. Ordering any other food I really can't recommend. It is all quite boring and tasteless. Some people joke that all mexican food is pretty much the same. Well, the Rio Grande sadly reinforces that notion; and not in a good way.



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No, to this Restaurant!

I was there this saturday night with a couple of friends. We waited for almost 2 hours to even get seated. (was there at 7pm). Crazy! But finally left to go to another mexican restaurant. I dont know what your website is saying about good service and friendly people, but that is a lie. The service is very poor and the receptionist was very RUDE!!! This was the worst Mexican Restaurant I have ever been at. This place is packed and is a bunch of chaos! I wont be back!



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Lets get some things straight here

I just want to clear up a few things about the ol' Rio Grande. They DO NOT use everclear in their margaritas. They use the same thing as everyone else. Tequila, triple sec, and lime juice. Second, they really aren't that good. Strong, Yes. Good, No. If you want something that actually tastes like a real margarita and not this sweet junk, then go for the agave martini! GOOD STUFF. The food is ok. It is quick and cheap tex-mex, but hey, you're drunk remember?



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The Best Maggies and Salsa

This is an incredibly popular place on Mountain Avenue in Old Fort Collins. On a summer evening, there will be a line out the door. The best thing about the Rio, is its a fun place to meet friends. They have the absolute best frozen Margaritas and an endless basket of chips and salsa. The salsa is seasoned heavily with Cilantro and for me, this is addictive. But after the salsa and a couple of Maggie's, the rest is down hill. This is tex mex food which to me all tastes the same. Beans and Rice and Corn wraps. Yuck. If you have to eat a meal here, have a couple margaritas first and you won't care what you eat. But when I eat there, I stick with the Shrimp scure which is grilled. It's tasty but is served with the rice and beans which usually goes uneaten. The steak fajitas are also edible. But hey, stick with the margaritas and salsa and then head out to one of Downtown Fort Collins' better eateries.



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the best!

the margs are absoutely top notch! and so are the crowds. fun fun fun! i also think the food is miles beyond any mexican food i've had, save a couple of fine joints in vegas. this is THE place for a great time and great foods, best salads ever too.



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are you kiddding me?

I've been to Rio 3 times and hated every one of them! If you are hungry don't bother- I make better things drunk at 3 in the morning. It makes sense why they put everclear in their margs-you have to be wasted to not realize that the food, atmosphere and service are all horrible! p.s I have never known anyone that hasn't had a horrible hang over from here. Too bad they don't use that space for a truly enjoyable restaurant or club.



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Could be greatly improved on

The margarita's are really the only thing going for this establishment and as was stated already, the food is average at best. The wait staff is well below average. Not much for kids menu. The long wait isn't really worth it if you?ve come to enjoy a good Mexican meal. If all you want to do is to tie a good on one then maybe it?s for you, but other than that I don't really care for it.

A much more improved and personable wait staff, improved food items across the board and this might be a place worth returning.



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Good margs, not so good food

I agree with the previous reviewers...Though the margaritas are excellent, the only food that is very good are the chips and salsa. The rest of the food on the menu is either too oily or just plain not very good. The Rio shuts down for a siesta at about 2:00 and doesn't open again until dinner time which is odd to me. The wait for lunch or dinner is always at least 30-60 minutes long. If you love margaritas this is the place to go but don't expect too much with the food.



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Rio Grande

I do not understand the hype. Are the margs from a mix? I know they are strong.



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Wow this place is awesome. They have really good food, a fun enviroment and the best margaritas in the world. A GREAT PLACE



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A place to get a buzz.

The only food worth eating here is the queso and steak tacos, stay away from the rest! The margs are okay, they do get you drunk with a limit of three. The service SUCKS!!! I have never been treated so bad at a restaurant. This is not a place to take the family for dinner. The Rio is so loud, crouded, and full of rude, foul mouth drunks.



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Go For The Margaritas And Salsa

The Rio was packed on a Thursday evening as I recall it was for a lunch crowd 10 years ago. With wood floors and large rooms and a boisterous crowd it's noisy. But the margaritas and salsa are really good. One margarita probably equalled two or three at another place!

The food was good but nothing too out of the ordinary. The torilla soup was very spicy. But food and drinks aside, the service was really awful. Our server served the wrong meal to my friend and instead of apologizing simply said ""I think this is better."". That's really not what you want to hear!

Would I go back? Yea, but at least I'd know what to expect.



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This is the most overrated restaraunt in Fort Collins. The food is mediocre at best and the Margarita's (good as they may be) do not make up for the poor quality Tex-Mex. It is certainly not worth the 40 minute wait that people regularly put up with. If you do go there, the salsa is good and the Marg's are good, but avoid the rest of the menu.

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Regular Hours
Mon - Wed:
Thu - Sat:
Payment method
amex, discover, all major credit cards
Price Range
Downtown Fort Collins
Mexican Restaurants, Banquet Halls & Reception Facilities, Bar & Grills, Bars, Caterers, Family Style Restaurants, Mexican & Latin American Grocery Stores, Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Taverns
Other Information

Parking: Street, Free

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Family: Yes

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Mexican, Latin American

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: Tequila, Sopapillas, Margaritas

Price Range : Average

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