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 - Tuesday CLOSED
Wednesday - Thursday 5-9 pm
Friday - Saturday 11 am - 10 pm
Sunday 11 am - 9 pm
$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/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill Ratings and Reviews
Went to brunch but was unable to get a t ...
Went to brunch but was unable to get a table in the dining room for "Drag Brunch". So we sat in the bar. Thank God! The dining room was really loud with a bunch of women screaming. Was very hard to talk in the bar area. Food was very good but $14.99 for Huevos Rancheros is very high. I assume the pricing is to help supplement the cost of the show. I understand that, but if you are not there for the show, why being charged the same price. If you are looking for a VERY LOUD time, I recommend this. Will go back to Rio for dinner. Margaritas were excellent!
The food was really good but the service ...
The food was really good but the service was kind of slow and there was a nail sticking out on the chair that the bride-to-be was sitting in, and she pricked her finger and bled a little. When we told the waitress she switched out the chairs and offered a band aid but we asked if she knew about the nail and she said yes. Why would you leave a chair out on the floor knowing it had a nail sticking out? Salsa was very hot and spicy at request.
My husband and I came here for our anniv ...
My husband and I came here for our anniversary. I ordered a 2 item custom meal, and chose to have the chile relleno and a pork tamale. The chile relleno was delicious with its perfectly melted cheese and topped off with a yummy tangy green sauce. The pork tamale was amazing with its finely spiced pork and perfectly moist dough. My husband had the chimichanga which he said was great. We topped off our dinner with sopapillas that were drizzled in honey and had a side of icecream. If we're ever in Palm Springs, we'd definitely come back!
It's the best Mexican restaurant in Palm ...
It's the best Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs. The food is authentic and there is a lot on the menu to choose from. Although this time I thought the carnitas were overcooked a little and dry. Usually they are very good. I will try them again next visit. As always, the service is very good. I will go back.
The male host with blonde/bleached hair ...
The male host with blonde/bleached hair was really rude when we checked in for our reservation. He said there were only tables in the bar area available. When I questioned that, they sat us in the dining area. For the 90 minutes we were there, there were at least 6 other tables including a booth that were never seated. Hmmmmmm. Maybe he had a bad day. Either way, he was really rude ...despite that uncomfortable encounter, this remains our favorite Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs. The food was exceptional as always and he wait staff is so nice.
I was in Palm Springs looking for a good ...
I was in Palm Springs looking for a good Mexican restaurant, and found this restaurant on OpenTable. I checked reviews online and most were very good. I am very happy with my dinner at Rio Azul. The food was excellent, the service was very good, and it was a perfect backdrop for dinner with an old friend.
Rio Azul is our favorite Mexican Restaur ...
Rio Azul is our favorite Mexican Restaurant. They make incredible margaritas and their chips and salsa are wonderful. I tend to order the carnitas chimichanga every time I go because they are so good. My niece ordered the shrimp chimichanga and she raved about it. The only thing we were disappointed in was that my niece's husband ordered a dinner salad and instead of serving it first, the waiter brought it with the main dinner. All-in-all it was a great dinner and my niece said they are definitely going back during their stay in Palm Springs.
we had a wonderful experience, starting ...
we had a wonderful experience, starting with our host who was friendly and efficient. Our server was on top of everything the entire evening. Our food was brought our fairly quickly and it was delicious. I would definitely recommend Rio to everyone.
Rio Azul had a great variety of options available for their participation in Restaurant Week. My friend and I chose options that sounded different from their usual menu selections. Everything was wonderfully delicious.
Our server, Daniela, was particularly friendly and always checked on us if we needed anything. Her support staff was also very friendly and timely with things as needed.
Overall, an extremely enjoyable evening.
kinda ho-hum....nothing exciting to say
tables weren't cleared fast. got brought over to our table only to be told, whoops, it's not ready...it's not like it's a huge place.....things seemed chaotic. Food was ok...nothing exciting....average Mexican food. asked for spicier salsa...it wasn't really that much spicier than the regular.i
The food was average. The servers were p ...
The food was average. The servers were pleasant but it took a long time to get our food. The ambiance was the stereo-typical Mexican wall art.
Some people love this place - I'm not sure why. I see no reason to return.
Memorial Day weekend
Love their food. But they seemed to not be able to handle a big weekend. We waited 1 hour for our food to arrive. That's a lot of chips and salsa. So we were full by the time food arrived. This has happened before on holiday. They need to up their game and plan for this
Once again an amazing dinner for the six ...
Once again an amazing dinner for the six of us. Each and every one of us wanted to lick our plates, but we all know that is not only proper but good manners must prevail.
Therefore, if your looking for the BEST Mexican Food in Palm Springs, made to order with fresh ingredients this is your place.
Service is exceptional, friendly, fun and 5 stars!!
Drag me to brunch!!!
I reserved a table for 8 ahead of time for the 11:30 am time slot on Sunday. Just in time for the drag queen show! When we got there, they sat us right away. Our whole party wasn't even there yet and they weren't bothered by that. It's a great place for a large party, we saw so many large parties seated.
We were there celebrating a bday and it was a perfect ending to our long weekend. All brunch items were only $15 and EVERYONE enjoyed their plate, all that Mexican food was necessary to soak up the champagne from the bottomless mimosas!! Bottomless mimosas for only $10 and they're ACTUALLY bottomless. They came around to refill before you even saw the bottom of the glass. And the queens were all FABULOUS! They put on a great, hilarious show. We had a great time. Definitely bring plenty of singles for the ladies, they love the tips!
Drag Me to Brunch Sundays - So Fun!!!
We went to Rio Azul for the Sunday brunch drag show and it was AWESOME. The ladies are so funny and talented, the show was electric! The food and drinks were very good and the whole experience was wonderful -- and a bargain!
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