Fort Collins

Escape to the past, present and future of delicious Mexican food and drinks: the place where it all began – the Fort Collins Rio, right in the heart of Old Town. Locally owned and featuring what many say is the best patio in Old Town, the Fort Collins Rio has long had a spirit all its own.


143 W. Mountain Avenue
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Main: 970-224-5428
Email: fortcollins@

Erich Whisenhunt,
General Manager


  • OPEN at 10am on Sunday, May 8th for Mother's Day Brunch
  • Sun - Wed, 11a - close (closing time varies)
  • Thu - Sat, 11a - midnight
  • Happy Hour: Mon - Fri, 3 - 6p
  • Late Night Happy Hour: Thur, 9p - midnight
  • Brunch: Sat + Sun, 11a - 4p
  • JOIN US: Saturday, 18th for the Rio Three-O Block Party!


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Rio Grande - Ft. Collins (148765) Colorado Reservations

Online reservations available for groups of up to 8. Parties of 9 or more are managed by contacting the restaurant directly.

If an availability at your preferred time isn’t found on OpenTable, we suggest you call the restaurant at 970-224-5428 to take advantage of possible additional seating or last minute cancellations.


  • Cinco de Mayo Party (Thursday, May 5th): Enjoy $4 margaritas and live music from The Touch Monkeys in Rio's Agave Room! Starts at 8:30p.  We will be offering $5 off coupons for a safe ride home using Yellow Cab's Z-Trip app!

  • Happy Hour (Mon - Fri, 3-6p): $1 off Classic Rio Margs, Big Tex Margs, Ricky’s. $3 drafts, Tecate Cans, shots of Cuervo Cinge. $1 off small plates menu. $3 tacos.

  • Thursday Late Night Happy Hour (Thu, 9p - midnight): $4 Classic Rio Margs, $4 Half Quesadillas, $2 Cuervo shots

  • Salsa Dancing on Tuesdays. Salsa Sambrosa and Mile High Dance Productions bring Salsa Dancing to the Rio's Agave Room every Tuesday night! Lessons begin at 7:30 p.m., followed by open dance from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Entry is $5 per person and all levels are welcome.

  • 1st Tuesday of Every Month. Live music with the Manabi Salsa Band! Rio party with the Rio bar! Entry is $10 per person.

  • The Rio Gives Back - The Fort Collins Rio will donate 10% of sales each Monday to the Larimer County Food Bank!  Join us every Monday starting May 2nd through June 13th.  After 30 years, we owe it to our community for our success!

  • Party like it's 1986 - The inception of the Rio started on June 15th, 1986, and we are having a THROWBACK PARTY! Join us onWednesday, June 15th to Party like it's 1986.  Enjoy a throwback menu (with 1986 prices), and more!  Save the date and check back later for more info. 

  • The Rio Three-O Block Party! Come celebrate our 30th birthday with us on June 18th right outside the Fort Collins Rio on Mountain Avenue, between Mason Street and College Avenue.  Click HERE for more info about our 30th Anniversary.

Private Parties:

Memorably Good Times Start at the Rio’s Agave Room. The Agave Room is a beautiful historic ballroom right in downtown Fort Collins located on the second floor above The Rio. A local favorite, we are proud to host everything from intimate private parties to entire ballroom weddings. The Agave Room is the perfect event space for your next special occasion with accommodations for between 30 and 250 guests. Add in some seriously good Mexican food, fun, and margaritas, and your private event will be complete.

For information or to book a private event, please contact:

Melissa Peterson
Direct: 970-222-1593

Agave Room Event Brochure