I cannot believe that this place has all these great reviews. I go to San Antonio all the way from Dallas and have the worst Mexican food I have ever had. Here is what they call Enchiladas:
Stuff a tortilla with boiled chicken. Open can of cheap enchilada sauce. Pour.
Soup: Same as above (maybe skip the tortilla).
It was really that bad. I would rather eat at Taco Cabana than here.
Please avoid. Absolutely terrible.
best cheese enchiladas. I love RIO RIO....the food is great! i live in houston,tx. and at times i find myself driving the 2 hours just to eat there with some friends. my favorite over there is "the enchiladas de la casa". it comes with two cheese enchildas, refried beans, salad, and rice. the scenary is beautiful. i mean c'mon, its the riverwalk we are talking about. the only thing i dont quite like is the service at times. the waiters tend to be slow. but the FOOD...is excellent. :) i just went there yesterday!!!
An unhappy customre. I live in San Antonio and took my Nephew and his family from out of town, it was the worst and most embarrasing experince I have had. We asked to sit outside they sat us as far in as you can get, by the restrooms, when we told the person seating us we wanted outside they told us, WHATEVER! We waited 20 min no one helped us we were leaving and I wanted a refund for my drink the manager told me he did not have time for me and called the Park Rangers, he would not tell me his name or phone # of the establishment, I will never go back and I will tell everyone about my lousy experince, I was with family and for the $$ we were going to spend, I expect to be treated much better!
Remember the three "Ps"--platters of food, patio dining and pigeons..
At the Riverwalk's Rio Rio Cantina, diners have almost as many options of places to sit as they do meals from which to choose. The cantina has a couple of indoor dining rooms, a bar, two patios that overlook the Riverwalk and even a few tables right on the river. The patios appear to be the most popular, but when eating there, be on the lookout for an adroit gang of pigeons that seem to be ever-hovering.
Prices at Rio Rio Cantina would be considered moderate if the portions were served on a plate rather than on a platter. Considering the amounts, this food is cheap. Rio Rio goes beyond Texas-sized and into family-style dining for one. You've been warned, so come hungry--or do your part to keep the pigeons fat and happy. Menu standouts include all enchilada plates, camarones Yucateco (spicy shrimp in Corona beer sauce) and the elusive chimichanga.
Don't kid yourself. Don't kid yourself, the food only vaguely resembles Mexican cuisine. That doesn't, however, mean that you can't enjoy the varied menu, festive atmosphere, wonderful location, and reasonable prices. Relax and enjoy.
Very Good. Nearly all of the restaurants along the Riverwalk are above average, or else they would not stay in business very long. Diregard the previous rater who called it "not real Mexican food." If you want "real," go to Mexico. If you want food that is safe to eat in a clean environment, eat in the US and accept the fact that restaurants are allowed some variability. Rio Rio is a very good restaurant that serves large portions of well-prepared, imaginative "Mexican" food. The prices are very afordable. They also have vegetarian entres. Excellent value for money.
Gourmet Mexican Style. This popular restaurant that sits off the river downtown San Antonio comes alive on weekends. Its romantic setting includes river boats, tourist, and plenty of mexican culture. The delicious food completes an enjoyable day or night out. Their specialties range from tender chicken/beef fajitas to luscious enchiladas to nachos a la carte. The aroma alone fills the air with what awaits your fill. There may be awhile wait but its well worth it. Parking is just around back for convenience, too.
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