Dos Rios Cantina and Tequila Lounge works hard to make a classy impression. A lot of thought and effort goes into making this restaurant a success. Just look at the interior design. True, you can’t eat interior design, but as I will repeat many times in this blog, a restaurant is more than just food–it must also offer prompt and efficient service, good ambiance, a workable location, and a host of other ingredients in addition to great food in order to achieve greatness. One thing that stands out at Dos Rios is the interior design and its integration with the architecture. This displays some boldness that I wish other restaurants would try. It obviously cost some dough. As for the style, this is Mid-Century Modern done with a sophisticated, sleek look — and executed successfully. Take a bit of ’58 Havana, mix it with some ’65 Vegas, and finish it off with some Miles van der Rohe glass and you can start to get the picture.
Other than ordering some margaritas with lunch, I’ve not really tried the bar. But the margaritas are excellent, made with fresh fruit and agave nectar. As for service, I have had the best luck during the work week than on weekends. The regular wait staff that works during the lunch hour is very professional and experienced.
Dos Rios also serves a full line of Mexican style dishes and the ones that I’ve tried are all good. I’ve even brought more than one out of town business group to Dos Rios for lunch or dinner. There is something for everyone on the menu.
316 Court Ave.
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
•Monday – Thursday
•Friday & Saturday
•Monday – Saturday