by Sally W. on
I went there with a friend who knows her Dominican food, then again so do I a little!! And this is the worse Dominican food I ever had in my life and it is expensive. It is not worth it.
by Chelsie Hermens on
Goddamn great place to start your evening, with hella cheap well drinks and often some sort of beer special. Shuffleboard, pool table, huge back patio, good juke, and even a separate room for live music. Hot shit! And no pretense to trendy decor. It's like a rec room in which to hang out and drink, the rest of the world be damned. The Mission hipstard quotient increases as the evening gives way to night, however, and there may be a cover charge. At a divey joint like El Rio, I am generally averse to any form of cover charge unless the bands are guaranteed to rule; to date, though, the shows I've seen here have been unimpressive at best. My fault for not researching the bands in advance, I guess. Anyway, happy hour good. Nighttime events less good. Weekend nights questionable.
by joseph s. on
If you appreciate quality, then go elsewhere. The balls haven't been replaced since 1920, the floor in my apartment (circa 1890) is of better quality and more level than the lanes. Large video screens over every lane flashing 'psychedelic screen savers' (warning: those prone to epilepsy should look away) and multi-colored pins add to the circus-like and cheesy atmosphere. In a nod to oxymoronic policy, they have a 'dress code'. You can wear wife-beaters, cut-off shorts, and dirt-stained jeans (and be a stumbling drunk)...just don't think of wearing a baseball cap as bouncers with too much time on their hands will remind you incessantly to remove it. It can be fun with a group of friends but then again, that is much more about being with your friends than being at this place.