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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
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.
The place was a little crowded when we got here but they were able to sit us right away. I figure service was going to be a little slow. I just didn't realize that it would be a lot slower. The food were ok and there's really nothing that stands out except their salsa.
Rio Azul is a favorite of ours and the place we usually go on a Friday night when we're in Palm Springs. We were there on the Friday of President's Day weekend. Although we had specifically reserved an indoor table, we still had to wait 20 minutes to be seated. I guess that is understandable given that it was raining and I'm sure they had to accommodate folks who would have otherwise been seated on the patio. The service was very good, and actually much better than on our last visit when we waited forever for our our food. Still, even with the unevenness of the service, we persist because we like the food here. My favorite is the carnitas, but others in our group prefer the enchilada suizas. Expect a wait and pass the time waiting with their skinny Margarita (fresh lime juice instead of sweet and sour mix) and then enjoy the food.
The only issue I had was that I was able to make an online reservation when they infact were booked. They called me morning of to cancel. Later to call and inform they'd had a cancellation. Worked in our favor as I had guests in from OC, spur of the moment. Ended up being a great morning, brunch and drag show. Food was amazing. Service was top of the line. Just should know when a business is booked so a reservation cannot be made.
We wanted to love it (and did at first). Nice people, nice atmosphere. The food was just okay, not outright horrible, but bland and a tad dry, without a lot of flavor. We were sad because we loved it when we arrived and wanted it to be our new spot in the desert for Mexican food.
I have always thought Rio Azul had the best Mexican food, but it was really off Saturday night. My carne asado burrito had very little meat and what it did have was tough and so salty my lips were glazed over half way through. The rest of the large tortilla was filled with rice and a few other ingredients. Definitely not worth the high cost. Also, with an open table reservation we were seated at a miniscule 2 top looking into the glaring fluorescent light of both the kitchen and bathroom, while 4 other groups of 2 were seated at 4 tops in the middle of the room. It will be a while before my return.
First time to Palm Springs and wanted quick bite with my 8 yo son.
Pros- friendly servers, really good fresh salsa, great food, fresh ingredients not too expensive and outdoor patio. I would have given a higher star for value but they charged $12 for a short glass margarita b/c I asked for Mezcal In lieu of house tequila.
Cons- bathroom toilet clogged and dark dated decor inside, patio is off busy street so kind of noisy.
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