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Rio Grill
Rio Grill

Rio Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.riogrill.com
  • Phone: (831) 625-5436
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:30am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Southwest
  • Executive Chef: Cy Yontz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: At Rio Grill, we will provide an unforgettable experience and take care of all the details for your next event. With the newly refurbished Santa Fe Room and Chef Yontz’s fantastic food, we will accommodate all your personal and corporate event needs.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Rio Road
  • Public Transit: Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: The Rio Grill offers plenty of convenient parking.
A word from Rio Grill
Rio Grill, located in the Crossroads in Carmel, has been the place to meet friends, enjoy tasty, flavorful food and relax with a refreshing cocktail or glass of wine for over 28 Years.
Chef Yontz’ creative American dishes are some of the most flavorful, colorful and vibrant on the Monterey Peninsula and celebrate flavor in every mouthwatering bite!
In addition to the main dining room, Rio Grill has a comfortable lounge and full bar serving refreshing libations including the restaurant’s famous "Rio Rita.” The bar is lined with colorful caricatures of local faces and celebrities. Rio Grill's award-winning wine list features more than 160 labels featuring a ton of local wineries and an extensive selection available by the glass.
For more information on Rio Grill, please visit our website at www.riogrill.com. The restaurant opens for lunch every day at 11:30 and serves straight through until 10:00 PM. Rio also serves a great brunch on Sundays from 11:30 – 4:00PM.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerCalifornian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked 1000-Point Tables
Diner Reviews
  • "The pork shank was delicious!! I can't wait to go back and order that dish again with a delicious blood orange margarita!!!"
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Whenever I am in Carmel I always stop at Rio Grill for dinner. Food is delicious and staff efficient and welcoming."
    Dined on 7/23/2014
  • "Loved everything about Rio. Will go back when next in town."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "nice atmosphere, pleasant reception our food choices were both highly recommended by the server--the mahimahi tacos were hard/fried and skimpy----not soft--that should be noted on the menu--the ribs were good quality but MUCH too dry--no amount of extra sauce can remedy this possibilities are certainly there but improvement needs to occur"
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "The food and service were beyond approach. I would not determine the noise level as energetic, but rather extremely noisy. The tables are close together, so there is no privacy. Not being familiar with the area, I did not know it was located in a shopping plaza. Would not have made reservations there had I known. Also, would have liked to had a few local fish and seafood choices. Dress code is anything from not the best jeans to sport coats. Come as you are, I guess. Yes, I would recommend to others after I made them aware of the issues that made a difference to me. The server and the hostess were excellent, friendly and knowledgeable. BTW, the shopping plaza stores were not open at 8:00 p.m."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "Empanadas and chocolate torte were the highlights of the evening. Must orders. Spicy Mexican dishes are pretty good. Steaks need more seasoning and are overdone."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "My husband and I had dinner here on a Saturday night. It was extremely busy but we had reservations and only had to wait about 5 minutes for a table to open. Be sure to call ahead if you plan to go in the summer or on a weekend. I had the lobster ravioli which was spectacular. My husband had short ribs which he liked. This is our 4th or 5th time here and we still enjoy coming here. There's not much of a view because it is at the Crossroads Shopping Plaza. But don't overlook it when in Carmel. It is a special place."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was really good, the overall service was rather good as well, walking that fine line really well between constantly there and checking on us and giving us our privacy. We had a really nice evening and weren't disappointed with any of our menu choices. Tragically there was a downside though, when we first arrived the maître d' was rather swamped and she appeared rather stressed about the situation. Apparently a few of us with reservations all arrived right around the same time and there were a few takeout orders being completed at the same time, I agree that would be juggling quite a few things at the same time. However as she is the face of the restaurant, the first experience I had with them was less than great."
    Dined on 7/7/2014
  • "Great service; very noisy but staff is great and food is very good."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "A great place to return to. Ambience, decor, and wonderful food has taken us back over and over again"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Food way to spicy, without disclosing that on the menu items. The wine list was very good, with very good prices. Friendly service. Makes no sense to have exceptional wines with spicy foods, as the wine is all but neutralized."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Had a party of 9. We had a wonderful experience. Great restaurant with excellent services. Food was very good and seafood was very fresh. Will definitely go back there."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "I ordered the double pork chop, and it was great. My wife wanted fish, asked about the mahi mahi, but the waiter recommended the salmon. That was a mistake. It was farmed salmon, which would have been ok, but it was definitely not real fresh. Had a fishy smell and was mushy, not flaky. To his credit, the waiter took the item off our bill."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "Our server was so nice, but she was swamped. They just did not have enough help for a Friday night."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "As always, the Rio Grill offered a great selection of menu choices, lively atmosphere and good service."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Rio Grill was amazing. 12 of us, traveling on a birthday/golf trip, ate here two nights ago. The drinks were so good, food (to a person) was out-of-this-world, and the banana cake? ridiculous! Go there."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "We had all appetizers because they sounded so good - and they were. Service was excellent. Our table was cleared of dishes by whomever walked by and saw that there were dishes to take. Reasonably priced. There is no entree on the menu over $30. They provided a nice dessert for my husband for his birthday and decorated the table."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "Rio never fails to please. Vibrant atmosphere and flavorful food done and presented with their own personal flare."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Had a late dinner at Rio, the Baked Potato (loaded) soup was great, the Butter lettuce salad was great. The dressing was wonderful (a little kick to it) and all the tastes were just right. The empanadas were tasty, excellent avocado sauce. The service was nice, not too pushy or overbearing...great evening."
    Dined on 6/10/2014
  • "Glad we had a dinner reservation! Ordered and enjoyed the wedge salad and crab cakes for a light meal. Every table was full in the dining rom and bar."
    Dined on 6/9/2014
  • "I like how the menu and the specials are constantly changing. The only downside to the dynamic menu is once my friend had the Mac n cheese lunch which was outstanding. But I've never seen it again. When it comes back I'm definitely going to have it."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "Went on a Friday night, when the noise level was oppressive, due to large groups celebrating birthdays and graduations in early June. Food is quite good. However, the prices of wine by the glass or the bottle were way to high! We have dined at many other restaurants in Carmel over the years and none of them charge these high wine prices. And options for wines by the glass were very limited. Pretty adjoining rooms are available for private parties."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "what a treat... the quality food, the diverse/original menu, the excellent service... will they deliver to s. florida"
    Dined on 6/1/2014
  • "When traveling it was very helpful to get the reviews of other diners. But I could hardly believe all the ravings. Low and behold, they were right! Delish food, a very charming staff, and wonderful atmosphere. Well Done!"
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Three of us had lunch. The food was excellent and the service was good. The only problem was the noise level. It was very difficult to have a conversation at our table. We would all look forward to dining there again."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "Solid food value great whether smoked or bbq. Artichoke present the best great wine list"
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Rio Grill never ceases to amaze. The grilled artichoke was awesom, better than what we bought at Pezzini Farm market on the way back. Portions were awesome, took some back to the Motel. Motel gave a 15% discount which made it even more special for a dinner. Well recommended for price and excellent cuisine. "
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Booked for Sunday evening before Memorial Day, just as well as the place was packed. However the staff were not phased by this and provided excellent table service, good margarita, wine and great food.First time at Rio Grille, unfortunately only on holiday here so unlikely to be able to return soon."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "We love Rio! We've been going for years and never disappoints."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Really good, friendly service......food very good."
    Dined on 5/22/2014
  • "We had a wonderful dinner at the Rio Grill. The food and service was first rate. I would certainly return again."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "We made a reservation and was given a dark table in the back, with plenty of bright tables in front. We asked to be moved and were crammed into a small table. It was a poor experience. There were many tables open and few for two - so they put us in a very small cramped corner when there were several options, to give us a larger table. Bad experience. The reservation thru Open Table meant nothing."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Met with business associates for lunch. Good food, good service, comfortable table and attractive interior decor. We have lunch here often and it is consistently good."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "All four of us appreciated the amount of information on the ingredients in the food, as well as the way they were cooked. It was done in a way that was cordial and added to the dinning experience."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "My mother's day experience started when we arrived and were made to wait in the bar area for 45 minutes even though the restaurant did not look that busy. We brought our own wine (a good bottle) and we could tell the waiter was not pleased when he made comments about retail vs. the wines the restaurant ordered....not really his business since we were charged a $20 corkage fee. Ordered the New York steak at $38 only to find that it was tasteless and tough, not to mention overcooked. At this point, we just wanted to get out of there since the waiter never returned to ask how our meal was."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "Great food with interesting presentation and reasonable portions (not too much food). There's a great wine selection to complement the food. Wish they had more beers available on tap, though. We dine here roughly once per month. Service is always prompt w/o being smothering. The conversation at the tables alway seems lively, but there's ample space between tables, so you don't feel a part of them. It can get a bit noisy when there are large groups present; but there are several seating areas, should that be a problem. Reservations are essential on the weekend and during the week they're still a good idea. Try it. You will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Rio Grill did not disappoint after a long abscence. Service from Gabe was excellent in every way. Food was delicious, both regular menu (crispy pork shank) and specials (stuffed mushrooms appetizer and lobster raviolis). Beautiful and fun decor added to the ambience for a festive birthday celebration and Rio Grill even provided the confetti. We will be back!"
    Dined on 5/7/2014
  • "The poblano pepper was a great combination of flavors and spice. Nice to have a tasty vegetarian option"
    Dined on 5/1/2014
  • "Get the artichoke. Plenty of options. Everyone enjoyed their meal. Wine list was reasonable compared to other restaurants in the area. "
    Dined on 4/27/2014
  • "We were visiting from out of state to run the Big Sur Marathon. We needed to find a gluten free menu and found that Rio Grill had several items. The food at Rio Grill was very tasty and also gave us a few items to choose from. It was a wonderful dinner."
    Dined on 4/27/2014