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!!!
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: 7609925641x
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
Everything was perfect. Our waiter,Este ...
Everything was perfect. Our waiter,Esteban was very helpful in selecting the house specialties that were cooked to perfection using family recipes. We had a seafood dish and pork tamale that were delicious. Not your typical Mexican restaurant. A cut above for sure.
Unfortunately our server was buried and ...
Unfortunately our server was buried and after two hours we simply asked the manager to pack up our food and we would take it to go. We were on the patio and despite available servers inside (Who were mulling around the host stand in plain eyesight ) there was only one server who unsuccessfully tried to manage all tables outside . Only one of our dishes actually came out after about an hour and a half and there were three of us This is my first negative posted review and I am hopeful the business responds with better training and increased guest satisfaction. Marguaritas and chips were delicious.
The kids meal was a great deal at $5, it ...
The kids meal was a great deal at $5, it was a lot of food. The kids really enjoyed the harp music! So soothing and sweet. The regular meals were a bit overpriced. Handmade guacamole was surprisingly bland. Overall it was an ok experience made much better by the harpist.
We've been to Rio Azul many times, takin ...
We've been to Rio Azul many times, taking friends and recommending it to others. There was a noticeable price increase on both food and beverages this visit. The restaurant certainly didn't require reservations and the food was lukewarm and average. Don't know what happened in the past 5months, but we won't be back. Servers were wonderful!
Unimpressed with service and quality of ...
Unimpressed with service and quality of food. Carnitas was minced and mushed on my plate. No chunks of pork. The guacamole had a bunch of stuff it on and still managed to have no flavor. The service we got (party of 13) was horrendous.
Busy night. They tried but service was t ...
Busy night. They tried but service was terrible. I knew walking in. Because before I gave my name a guy was complaining they weren't being edited on. It took a half hour before anyone cane to our table to ask for drinks.
We have been to Rio Azul a few times now ...
We have been to Rio Azul a few times now and have always had a good time. The restaurant was very busy because of events in Palm Springs. The restaurant is very popular and always a great place to eat with either a couple or larger groups.
The food was very good and felt authenti ...
The food was very good and felt authentic. We sat out on the patio and it was quite nice; despite being right up against the street. The fountain helps mask the car sounds. The only improvement I'd suggest is making the fresh table side guacamole more flavorful. It was quite bland. Perhaps more salt or other spices. We found we had to add salt or mix in salsa to give it more flavor. The serving size was amazing though and our server did a great job of making it!
nice location, we ate outside in side pa ...
nice location, we ate outside in side patio...music was VERY loud....and a bit frantic.....very upbeat!!! but couldn't have nice conversation when he was playing. probably better inside. food was good....served quickly and hot.....waiter was nice guy, but forgot about us after food was served and took 10 minutes to present bill after table was cleared......service could be improved.
but, we would go back....give them 2nd chance....and eat inside if entertainment is there!!!!
We really enjoyed our first meal at Rio ...
We really enjoyed our first meal at Rio Azul, so close to downtown Palm Springs. The food was truly excellent. We tried the ceviche tosadas for appetizer, the house margaritas, the albondigas soup and the chile verde. It was all so delicious, and as I am a true fan of chile verde, I can say that theirs is one of the best I've ever tried. The pork was tender and delectable, with very little fat, and the verde sauce/gravy was simply superb. It had the perfect combination of tomatillos, spices and cilantro. Yummy!! The albondigas (meatball) soup was also really good, with a great tangy/spicy flavor and really big, firm meatballs. The table salsa was also very good, but could've used used some more pepper heat for my taste. Still scarfed it up, though!
I really wish we had a great Mexican restaurant like this near San Jose, but we just don't seem to.
We were there on a Sunday evening and they had live music as well. The artist was a gifted harpist, who could truly get all over his instrument. Yes, a harp! The guy was fantastic!!
Check this place out next time you are out in the Coachella Valley.
Rio Azul is one of the best Mexican rest ...
Rio Azul is one of the best Mexican restaurants in Palm Springs. The food is tastier and fresher than other Mexican restaurants in the city. The margaritas are very good too. The service is always excellent too. We will keep coming back!
We came here Sunday for the drag brunch. ...
We came here Sunday for the drag brunch. The show was so much fun. The food was excellent.
Our server was Danielle she was wonderful. The rest of the staff was great to. Very good service. We will definitely be back.
Rio Azul is the best Mexican restaurant ...
Rio Azul is the best Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs. There are some awesome items to select from on the menu. This visit was no exception. The service was outstanding and the food was great. I recommend ordering one of their specialties. You won't be disappointed.
Brought friends over because we needed o ...
Brought friends over because we needed our weekly fix of Rio Azul. As always greeted with simile faces and everyone was in a wonderful mood.
Our server was Daniela Dickerson who was lots of fun and just knew how to bring out the cocktails and food like a conductor of a symphony. Timing is everything!! By the way, the cocktails were strong!! Thank you Daniela!!
We all, as usual ate everything on our plates. Short of licking them, but the food was tasty, presented well, good portions and all in all another successful evening at the authentic Mexican Restaurant.
Very good restaurant with authentic Mexi ...
Very good restaurant with authentic Mexican food but even if you are not a fan of Mexican cuisine, they were very accommodating to prepare the food without the spices. I would highly recommend it and the service was great.
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