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About Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill
Welcome to Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill. Rio Azul is not your typical Mexican Restaurant. They are Palm Springs only choice for traditional Mexican Cuisine, handcrafted with the best ingredients and served fresh and flavorful! The unique menu is certain to have something for every palate.
Prepare to be charmed by the colorful and deliciously vibrant atmosphere and wowed by the culinary creations of Executive Chef Ernesto Gastelum. Chef Gastelum’s cuisine is a magical combination of delicious fresh ingredients, and a philosophy of slow food preparation where everything is made to order and freshly prepared. As a result you have a dining experience that excites and delights your senses. Relax in our beautiful setting while Chef Gastelum and his team perfectly prepare your meal.
Voted Best Mexican Restaurant 2012 & 2014 by Palm Springs Life Readers & Best Margarita 2013 & 2015!!!
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday 4-9 pm
Friday - Saturday 11 am - 10 pm
Sunday 11 am - 9 pm
Monday - Thursday 4-7 pm
Friday - Sunday 2-6 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
Catering Menu is available which also includes Party Platters to Go.
Parking is available in the parking lot adjacent to the restaurant, in front of the restaurant on Indian Canyon Drive or in the parking garage across the street off Baristo.
Located on Indian Canyon Drive.
Private Party Facilities:
The main dining room is available for groups and private dining up to 80 people. New outside patio can seat 48 people.
Private Party Contact:
Daniela Saenz: (760) 992-5641
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill Ratings and Reviews
Rio Azul is always one of the highlights of our visits to Palm Springs, and this time was no exception. Marvelous margaritas, impeccable made-to-order guacamole, and main courses which seem to be made with an extra helping of love from the kitchen, all served with courtesy and efficiency, at surprisingly gentle prices.
We went here to celebrate my Mothers Day. They had a huge, very loud private party going on in the main room, off Indian Canyon. Regular diners were placed in the bar area. Parking is very limited. Drinks were so-so. Tableside guacamole was very good. My chili relleno was undercooked. Service was good and attentive, until we needed the check, and couldn't find our waiter,as we had theater tickets nearby. We live in the Coachella Valley and had never been here before, so this was overall, a disappointment.
Nothing really to recommend the place. It was just okay. Had the carnitas fajitas for2. Portion was really small for the price. Only 3 corn tortillas were brought with it, had to ask for more,recieved 3 more. House margarita was terrible. Tableside prepared guacamole was not worth the price and lacked flavor. Since we are not from the area, I have to believe there are better Mexican joints to go to.
Margarita was horrible. It was supposed to be a Cadillac and it was one of the worth margaritas I ever tastes. The food was Just okay. Nothing to write home about. Salsa didn't have any taste and was not spicy hot. Fresh guacamole at the table was way over priced. Fresh but not very much of it. Extremely disappointed with this restaurant. Visiting Palm Springs and this was the worst restaurant we visited.
Last time we were here, about a year ago, we were crazy for the food. This time, not so much. Shrimp Diabalo was very good, but the Poblano Rellanos with carnitas-not good. They used some strange ground pork for the carnitas which was NOT how it was a year ago. Then it was the usual chuncks of pork, deep fried and crispy delicious. This time, poor! We were very disappointed. But the margaritas ("Skinny" large was great) are excellent and the service is so considerate, we accepted that maybe the chef had changed or something. Not sure we will go back. Sorry to see it change...
Overall dining was a good experience but the service left more to be desired. They forgot one of our drinks, took a very long time to bring water to the table or even place our order for food. We were on the corner of the patio so it also made it difficult to get the attention of the staff when we wanted anything.
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