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Rio Grande Mexican Cantina

Certificate of Excellence
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
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1356 Carrollton Pike, Beside Interstate. Next to Subway & Red Roof Inn, Hillsville, VA
+1 276-728-0909
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 11:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Rio Grande is the very best of many Mexican restaurants from Hillsville through Galax. The atmosphere is delightful and the staff are all so friendly and fast. Daily specials make this our restaurant of choice in this area. Outstanding service and prices are good. No better place to eat in the area.

Thank Shastalou
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Simple but really good and great prices. Quick service, very friendly. Not much to see on the outside, we got a recommendation from a local and gave it a try. Taco's are only $1 on Tuesdays.

Thank auctiontravel
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Great food, great service, we showed up and were the only ones. Taco Tuesday, Taco's are $1, really good food!

Thank Daryl H
Elkton, Maryland
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221 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Surprised. In the middle of nowhere we struck Mexican gold! My Texas born wife is a tough Mexican food critic. On a scale of 1-10 - she rated our lunch an 8. Tasty. 3 Pork tacos 3 Carne asade tacos Shrimp meal Terrific chips & salsa $36 with tip for 4 adults Bathroom needed some TLC.

Thank Mpfisher
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

We always go here when passing through. If you like Mexican food, you have to go here. My fajita was FRESH vegetables, fresh salsas, guacamole, pico de galo, Barritos were yum, enchiladas are great. I usually am disappointed eating at restaurants, but not here! The people are real nice too!

Thank R B
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101 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Our hotel recommended this and we are happy they did. It's a stone's throw from the interstate ramp and the many hotels in the area. The food was good. I had enchiladas with salsa verde but it would have benefited from a bit of guacamole and/or sour cream. The chips and salsa were above average, but not spicy enough for... More 

Thank Sarasota F
Blacksburg, Virginia
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 September 2016 via mobile

Hubs and I eat here at least once a month! On my last visit, I ordered the carnitas plate...OMG! It was fabulous! I highly recommend this item. Hubs orders the Pollo Santa Fe and is always pleased with his choice but we fought over my carnitas during our last visit! Lol! Service is attentive and drinks are great! We have... More 

Thank Gigi312
Safety Harbor, Florida
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

Everything is homemade even the tortilla chips. Food was very tasty with large portions and small price. I had tacos and my husband had the Tex-mex burrito. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. Staff was very friendly. The restaurant itself was old and somewhat dingy but we would definitely recommend it.

Thank Barbara B
Cresco, Pennsylvania, United States
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49 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

We arrived in the area late so got to the restaurant about 1/2 hour before it closed. The staff was welcoming and friendly. The food was outstanding! The guacamole was outstanding. The soup was worth the wait (we were warned it would take about 10 minutes). Our group of six all got something different and each was delicious. Two of... More 

Thank Jead619
Weston Lakes, United States
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27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

My husband and I ate there again last week. I did verify which foods have the Goya seasoning,(which first ingredient is MSG) it is the ground beef, chicken, and rice. I avoided all. I had the guacamole and cheese enchiladas. There were good but I really wanted the chicken enchiladas. It seems that the restaurant located neat I-77 is the... More 

Thank Sharon D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Television
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1356 Carrollton Pike, Beside Interstate. Next to Subway & Red Roof Inn, Hillsville, VA
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Hillsville
  • Phone Number: +1 276-728-0909

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?