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El Rio Grande

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Mexican, , Latin
160 E 38th St, New York City, NY 10016-2651
+1 212-867-0922
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good38%
  • Average12%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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“guacamole” (14 reviews)
“fajitas” (8 reviews)
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Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
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160 E 38th St, New York City, NY 10016-2651
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great service, great food, great atmosphere... loved the fresh Guacamole! You can eat inside or outside.

Thank JJ_MarPR
Reviewed 8 April 2018 via mobile

The food was very good, and the service was excellent. For downtown, the prices were not bad at all, and the portions were solid. The atmosphere was more like a hotel ballroom than a restaurant. I would definitely recommend.

Thank MikeP1515
Reviewed 22 March 2018

You can get burritos and tacos anywhere. This is the only place where I was able to order the following: 1, Nachos de fajita - I would call this dish steak nachos. Perfectly prepared steak cube on a nacho chip. 2. Hot chicken - It...More

Thank kh957
Reviewed 4 March 2018

My coworkers and I ate at El Rio Grande on a rainy Thursday evening. The mood in the restaurant was congenial and the server attentive. The food was wonderful! I had seafood enchiladas, with rice and beans in a mole sauce with sangria. My coworker...More

Thank robino472
Reviewed 4 March 2018

my wife and i had dinner there last night. we shared the southwestern salad- very good composed salad along with some ahi tuna. i had a salmon special - crusted with pumpkin seeds on a bed of mashed corn and spinach, with a tomatillo pesto...More

Thank jklugmn
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Popular place on 3rd. Service very good and friendly. We all tried a different dish, all were good. Missed the option to order a normal size guacamole, they only had a huge portion which was just too big for one person. Overall good place

Thank Juelsvej
Reviewed 30 January 2018

Really, we've been eating here for 30 years and the margaritas are still the best, the fajitas the tastiest and the staff as cool as ever. How many other restaurants can you say that about after three decades? We live in Southern California now with...More

1  Thank Arthur M
Reviewed 22 October 2017 via mobile

Found this restaurant via trip advisor as it was close to our hotel. We were not disappointed by this very tasty Mexican. Lovely margaritas . Service very good . Would definitely recommend

Thank kirstyb42
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Came to el rio on Labor Day for the first time. And was very impressed I was seated outdoors at my request. At first only a few customers then out of the sky a busy rush blew in, and all outside seating was full. My...More

Thank ChrisH1221
Reviewed 3 September 2017

Visited again after a long break. Always felt like going back and I wasn't disappointed. Had the Pork,, and colleague had a steak. both well cooked and the Margarita, as usual with the kick. Could have had some more but it was during working hours....More

Thank devinewise
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 35
Mexican, Southwestern, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 E 38th St, New York City, NY 10016-2651
    (3rd Avenue)
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-867-0922
  • E-mail
Great Tex-Mex restaurant featuring the best margaritas in New York City as voted by City Search. Authentic Mexican cuisine with a flare for grilled fish. *Please note: Reservations are not available for outdoor seating. Thank you.
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