Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge: Authentic Mexican with a Modern Twist

The chic glass front windows open to a bustling view of the downtown scene. The stylish wood décor compliments a starlit ceiling with fiery orange and purple accents.  The waiter brings a mouth-watering Mexican dish to your table and begins to prepare fresh guacamole in front of you. As you take the first bite… wait. Mexican food? Guacamole? Surely this can’t be one of those “authentic Mexican restaurants” you sneak into for cheap margaritas and a taco or two after work. As soon as you walked in you had assumed you were in one of the classiest restaurants downtown…

Welcome to Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge. They’re the perfect addition to our upscale dining offerings on the Urban Card. They’re here to prove that authentic, delicious Mexican cuisine and trendy, cosmopolitan restaurants don’t have to be mutually exclusive. Get ready to have your horizons expanded.

The concept for Dos Rios was actually modeled after the owner’s favorite restaurant in Florida. When Dos Rios first opened in 2007, the reception was less than inviting. The combination of a classy, modern restaurant with a traditional Mexican menu had never been tried before in the area. But Dos Rios soon found its niche, and has since taken off in the short three years its called Des Moines home.

Part of its reason for success has been its dedication to serving nothing but all natural and fresh dishes. The menu features Jaliscan-inspired recipes. This interior Mexican state is often considered the heart of the country’s culture and cuisine. The Dos Rios chefs

honor this authentic flavor by using fresh, local produce, as well as their own sauces and spices. The meats are marinated a full 48 hours, then spit roasted another six to bring out the fullest flavors possible.

If that’s not enough for you, they have over a hundred types of tequila to choose from. That’s right. Over one hundred. If you haven’t had an expertly mixed Dos Rios Margarita yet, you’re missing out. They’ve been voted the best margaritas in the area by Cityview for the past two years. And if you’d like to become a tequila connissour, make sure to sign up for one of their famous “tequila dinners.” On these nights, a brand of tequila is chosen as the dinner’s sponsor. Then one of the restaurant’s tequila experts designs a four- or five- course meal to compliment the chosen cocktail, almost like a wine tasting. Make sure you place a reservation well in advance though, since these dinners are very popular!

Dos Rios is one of those restaurants that are comfortable in any situation. Whether you’re in the mood for a date-night dinner, a business outing or just a few cocktails before the night starts, Dos Rios provides the perfect modern atmosphere for the occasion (not to mention the delicious food and drinks and very reasonable prices). Don’t forget to bring your Urban Card to get 20% off your entire bill!

They’re located at 316 Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50309. Reservations can be made at 515-282-2995. Cantina hours are from 11am-10pm Monday through Thursday, 11am-11pm Friday and Saturday, and the bar is open from 11am-2am Monday through Saturday.

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2 Comments → “Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge: Authentic Mexican with a Modern Twist”

  1. Andrea Otteman 7 years ago  

    I used my card this past weekend and received FANTASTIC Savings.

  2. Katie Ketelsen 7 years ago  

    that is AWESOME Andrea! thank you so much for taking the time to shoot us a comment!

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