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El Rio BBQ-Bar

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Felipe Angeles 245 | Paso Ancho, Puerto Vallarta 48373, Mexico
+52 322 222 2510
12:00 - 19:00
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Tue - Sun 12:00 - 19:00
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Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Always wonderful entertainment and the ribs are delicious! A great place to go with friends for an afternoon. Entertainment goes from 4:00-6:30pm

Thank Shelly E
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Ribs were outstanding! We went with our friends from Ontario and even the bus trip out there was an adventure. Live music, we were all dancing. The band was great, a guy on guitar and a little Scottish guy. Prices were really good, and the service, sometimes confusing was still good. Only four stars as I had one issue which... More 

Thank Chris R
Harrisonville, Missouri
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our second time to El Rio BBQ. We are here two years ago and like it so much we returned on our second visit to Puerto Vallarta. Food is very good and huge portions. We orders two meals with sides and couldn't even come close to finishing them. We should have gotten one and shared! Ribs are excellent!... More 

1 Thank StephStackhouse
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622 reviews
401 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 244 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Taken there by friends. Sort of out of the way as cab driver had to ask 2 other cabbies how to find it. Brilliant bank on Wednesday afternoon 4-6pm, place closes at 7pm. Great setting in gorge where you can swin in crystal clear river. Demographic of patrons was over 65/70 ageing hippy Americans and Canadians, all having a great... More 

Thank emelian
Portland, Oregon
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66 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great place to sort of get out of town without going too far. There is something for everyone. A small river swimming hole, lounge chairs by the river, great food and drinks and live music in the late afternoon. And they have a mean mango margarita. I think the Ribs are required.......

Thank Elzbieta G
Green Bay, Wisconsin
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Return visit to EL Rio, once again above expectations, couldn't remember how much we ate last time so over ordered this year... lmao. Eyes were bigger than stomach, 1/2 rack could have been enough for wife AND I.... Once again thank you Kurt and staff for the excellent service and entertainment. We'll be back again..

Thank Chezywonder
Winnipeg, Canada
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have been wanting to get to El Rio for years. We made it this year and was surprised how close it actually was to PV. We caught a #4 bus right across from Los Muertos brewing. It was only about a 15 or 20 minute ride. On arrival it was a very nice setting. There was a river where... More 

1 Thank wndnns
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282 reviews
198 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

What a great find. Fantastic ribs in a stunning setting. We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. The appetizers and ribs were world class and the service was top notch.

Thank Craig L
Saskatoon, Canada
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's definitely an interesting ride to this place, It's hidden in the mountains and the location is just perfect. It's well taken care of and clean. You really feel like you're in nature. The service is friendly a speedy. They have live entertainment which was fantastic and very good! I did not eat the ribs but our table did order... More 

Thank WhitneyStob
Tequila, Jalisco, Mexico
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 March 2017

Hands-down the best BBQ ribs I have had in 20 years in Mexico. The location on the river is a great change of scene and pace from the beach. While the service is about what you'd expect at a coastal Mexican restaurant, the owner Kurt is an excellent house and super nice guy. Will be back soon!

Thank ExperienceTequila

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Bar, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
12:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Felipe Angeles 245 | Paso Ancho, Puerto Vallarta 48373, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Jalisco  >  Puerto Vallarta
  • Phone Number: +52 322 222 2510

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?