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El Rio BBQ-Bar

Calle Felipe Angeles 245 | Paso Ancho, Puerto Vallarta 48373, Mexico
+52 322 222 2510
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good27%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“ribs” (122 reviews)
“half rack” (4 reviews)
“potato salad” (7 reviews)
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Mexican, Bar, Barbecue
$$ - $$$
Calle Felipe Angeles 245 | Paso Ancho, Puerto Vallarta 48373, Mexico
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1 - 10 of 220 reviews

Reviewed 29 July 2017

Unfortunately this wonderful eatery closes for off-season (May-Sept) and I can not wait for Oct. for it to reopen. Massive seating on the Rio Cuale, with the best BBQ I have had, great bar, live music (bands) begin 4:00PM, and service excellent. All this at...More

Thank lovetodineFlorida
Reviewed 7 May 2017

El Rio is becoming one of the "mainstays" of Puerto Vallarta. El Rio is just completing 6 years of the best entertainment, scenic view and preparing the best BBQ ribs in PV. Bob and Gilberto, the Geckos and Sylvia are just a few of the...More

Thank chemanaly
Reviewed 28 April 2017

I enjoyed a brief stop here at the end of a Horseback Riding Tour with Juan from Ranch Riders - it's very close to his place. Altho I did not have a full meal I was enticed by the aromas coming from the smokers and...More

Thank Randy H
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Get out of town for a couple of hours and enjoy good food in a great setting. Had the ribs, jicama and watermelon salad and beans. All were good. The ribs are very large, 1/2 rack was too much for the two of us but...More

Thank gregg w
Reviewed 23 April 2017 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
Reviewed 17 April 2017

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...More

Thank Chris R
Reviewed 10 April 2017

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...More

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Reviewed 8 April 2017

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....More

Thank emelian
Reviewed 5 April 2017

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...More

Thank Elzbieta G
Reviewed 29 March 2017 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...More

Thank Chezywonder
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1 August 2016|
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Response from GaleAS | Reviewed this property |
When you get into Puerto Vallarta go to Guadalajara Drugstore. Across the street you catch the route 4 blue bus to Paso Ancho. That is where El Rio is. Just keep asking directions. Everyone is helpful. The El Rio... More
21 March 2016|
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Response from WileyFrench | Reviewed this property |
We actually walked to El Rio - took about an hour and a bit, and was really interesting going through parts of PV, into colonia Buenos Aires, then colonia Paso Ancho which is where the restaurant is. If you put in your... More
nancy d
29 December 2015|
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Response from morecatspls | Reviewed this property |
We just grab a cab. Be sure to have the address on you in case the driver is not familiar with the place.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
View, Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
12:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle Felipe Angeles 245 | Paso Ancho, Puerto Vallarta 48373, Mexico
  • Location: Mexico  >  Jalisco  >  Puerto Vallarta
  • Phone Number: +52 322 222 2510
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