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Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill, Palm Springs, CA

Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

4.3
4.3
1152 Reviews
$30 and under
Mexican
Welcome to Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill, the Best of Mexico in the heart of Palm Springs. Chef Ernesto’s family-Inspired award winning authentic Mexican cuisine is handcrafted with the best ingredients and served in a vibrant space to enhance your dining experience. You’ll be charmed by the colorful and deliciously vibrant atmosphere and wowed by the culinary creation of Chef Ernesto’s cuisine. It is a magical combination of delicious fresh and flavorful ingredients with a philosophy of slow food preparation where everything is made to order. As a result you have a dining experience that excites and delights your senses. The place to be for Mexican food where food speaks to your palate. Voted “Best Mexican Restaurant and Best Margarita by Palm Springs Magazine.

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2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Hours of Operation
    Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (760) 537-1900
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    Catering Menu is available which also includes Party Platters to Go.
  • 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
  • Neighbourhood
    Palm Springs
  • Cross Street
    Baristo
  • Parking Details
    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.
  • Public Transit
    Located on Indian Canyon Drive.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,152 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Child-Friendly

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Good for groups

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert Cities

    Mexican

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Child-Friendly

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Good for groups

  • Palm Springs / Palm Desert

    Mexican

1,152 Reviews
  1. Seahusky

    Palm Springs

    145 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    145 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    had a nice visit and a good meal, two larger groups there so it was a little loud and noisy. special order done perfectly

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  2. Bruno

    Los Angeles

    60 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    60 reviews

    Dined on May 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and attentive service. The dining room is fun and festive.

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  3. Scottp

    Los Angeles

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a joy to share dinner with family and friends at Rio Azul! Our favorite spot for Mexican specialties in the valley! Great food, drinks and service, as well as a great value for the wallet! Dani and the crew always make us feel special.

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  4. Spanky

    Palm Springs

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on April 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love this place. Always excellent! It has been a go to place for several years. Albondigas soup the best I have ever had.

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  5. NWSkier

    Palm Springs

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rio Azul has some of the best Mexican food in the valley! The Poblano soup is the best I've ever enjoyed.

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  6. tonym

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great restaurant. Great staff, food and service. Friendly and comfortable

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food and fantastic music - a virtuoso harpist and guitar player. A wonderful evening on the outdoor patio!

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We set out on the patio. Very nice evening. We were there for happy hour! Great menu! Margarita’s were great and loved the chips and salsa. We both ordered the tacos and the were great. Plenty of meat and cheese and the tortillas were crispy. Would recommend going there 😊

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  9. ShannonS

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food! Fish tacos are the best available. Margaritas are a bit sweet but everything was great!

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  10. Suze

    Calgary

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    We stopped going a couple of years ago to Rio Azul - it had lost its sparkle and the service, comfort level and food seemed to have dropped to a dismal level. We decided to give it another try and I am happy we did. Everything was back to its high standard. We had an enjoyable evening with our daughter with good food, a great server and an enjoyable evening. If you’ve given up on Rio Azul post pandemic I encourage you to give it another try.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The food and service left something to be desired. The restaurant was less than half full yet our waitress rarely came by to check on us and refill chips. Not sure why.

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  12. JasonM

    Boise

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, clean restaurant. You should go it’s great

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Palm Springs

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was an epicurean delight!!! We’ve been coming to Rio Azul since they opened. It’s that place where the food is prepared ‘old school’ and the flavors are exceptional.

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  14. llouis2000

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    2.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Average Mexican food. Great choice of dishes. Service was good.

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  15. MsFoodie

    New York City

    34 reviews

    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were great! Highly recommend the burritos, enchiladas and fajitas

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  16. TravisS

    Palm Springs

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    This used to be our go-to Mexican restaurant here in Palm Springs. We enjoyed the food, the bar, and the staff. Things went awry about a year ago and we stopped going. Last night we decided to give it a try again and I'm happy to report the food was great and the service was fine. The main dining room is not quite the same, the booths have been replaced with tables and chairs so it's not quite as intimate or comfy as it used to be. But there's always the bar to dine at or the patio. We will continue to go back and hope the current trend there is the new Rio Azul!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    We came at near closing on a Sunday so our experience may not be the same as yours. With that said, the shrimp fajitas were excellent as was the guacamole and salsa.

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  18. TonyM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall a wonderful experience. $$$ but good given location in Palm Springs!

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  19. FOODIEFORLIFE

    Palm Springs

    109 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    109 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My favorite Mexican restaurant in Palm Springs. Best service ever, food delicious and the owners are amazing!! You won't be disappointed.

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  20. healthyeater10

    Minneapolis

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We ate outside on a Friday night and had the most delicious dinners. Sizzling Fajitas, cheese quesadilla, and tacos. All was served quickly. It's such a cute spot and we always enjoy eating at Rio Azul.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The. Food. Is. Incredible. Get the nachos, with chorizo. You won’t regret it.

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  22. DonN

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The only problem I had was arriving to find that all of the main dining room booths had been removed. Totally changed the ambience of the space and it to me cheapened the aesthetic of the restaurant. The food was good as always, the service was good. The table was for four people but seemed tight and constricted, as well as a fan blowing against my back from the doorway behind me.

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  23. Romy

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    Good food and moderately priced, but Service was overwhelmed by large party.

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  24. Rave

    Palm Springs

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    really a great Cadillac margarita and the mole is amazing. the quac needed a little salt for our taste but it was delicious none the less.

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Mexican food in Palm Springs! Growing up with recipes from my grandparents, I appreciate good Mexican restaurants. This one does not disappoint!!

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  26. AnnM

    San Diego

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I had the best tortilla chicken soup. Everything we ate was excellent and very tasty. We will be going back!

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    London

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    60.00 margarita pitches expensive food not really that great of food wouldn’t go back

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  28. Foodie7

    St. Louis

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Everyone in our group was pretty satisfied except this reviewer. The tacos were great, the burritos were enjoyed. My dish arrived incorrectly but once I could get my server back, she took care of it quickly. I did not like my dish at all. It was awful. It was a shrimp enchilada floating in a sloppy sauce that I could not scrape aside. The best thing about my dish was the refried beans. It was a shame. I can't recommend this restaurant but it was one of those times that I just ordered poorly and I want to repeat that everyone else enjoyed their dishes. You win some, you lose some. There was live music which was fun.

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  29. Nesepp

    Seattle

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 1
    The food was good, but not great. The ambience was low. The service was pleasant and reasonably efficient. I would not discourage anyone from going, but I personally would search for someplace else.

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  30. KeeG

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Found this place while on vacation. Service is awesome. Food is so good. Love the margaritas. Definitely get the guacamole. Highly recommend. 

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  31. Rave

    Palm Springs

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    my first visit but absolutely not my last! service was prompt and courteous the cafillac margaritas were delicious don’t skip the tableside guacamole enchilada all around the table were delicious but the mole was the superstar. can’t wait to go back

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were so well cared for on a special girls night out! The service was a 10/10 and the staff was so pleasant and knowledgeable, plus the food and drinks were great! Highly recommended!

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  33. CheriG

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing calamari tacos and tamarindo margaritas! Definitely recommend!

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  34. TamraL

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wanted to try here since the new owners took over…. It was ok… nothing memorable

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  35. LEAPER

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Every time we are in Palm Springs, we always visit Rio Azul. Great food, nice staff, and a very good value!

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  36. StevenO

    Palm Springs

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love Rio Azul. Try the calamari tacos. You won’t be disappointed.

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  37. MarciaA

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing. Tamarindo margaritas tasted so good. Exceptional service.

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  38. kemeva

    San Francisco

    112 reviews

    5.0

    112 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always great food, margaritas and service! There were 10 of us and everyone had a great time and absolutely loved their food! Rio Azul is a special family owned restaurant that is one of our favorite spots in Palm Springs.

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  39. Adnil

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The drinks, food and service are always excellent at Rio Azul. On Thursdays and Sundays, there is a fantastic harpist to listen to - he's incredible. The decor is authentic, but a little modest. We've been eating here for years and always love it. Great chips and salsa, and the Cadillac margarita and Tacos Calimares are also great.

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  40. Jason

    Miami - Dade

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing food and service! Can’t wait to come back to this gem!

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FAQs

Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (760) 537-1900.

Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill is rated 4.3 stars by 1152 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 p.m.


Booked 1 time today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Rio Azul Mexican Bar & Grill

350 S. Indian Canyon Dr., Palm Springs, CA 92262

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street
    Baristo
  • Neighbourhood
    Palm Springs
  • Hours of Operation
    Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Mexican, Contemporary Mexican
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress Code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking Details
    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.
  • Public Transit
    Located on Indian Canyon Drive.
  • Payment Options
    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (760) 537-1900
  • Catering
    Catering Menu is available which also includes Party Platters to Go.
  • 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
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