Rio Grill

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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. The restaurant opens for lunch M-F at 11:30-4pm with brunch on Sat & Sun from 11:30 – 3pm. Dinner nightly from 4pm-9:30pm with Happy Hour M-F & Sun 4pm - 6:00pm!
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JP
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Food as Always..Enjoyed my Pork Chop with the Blue cheese Butter and Mushrooms
Yummy..we all enjoyed Everything.
Service Was Great đź‘Ť

G
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best sea bass I ever had. With bison hash. Omg. Even good the next day for lunch!

AR
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Unbelievable. The food and service was over the top.

SS
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food doesn’t disappoint! Great flavors, cooked perfectly, the bread pudding was awesome.

T
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent knowledgeable and friendly service. Good food, some imaginative sides, mains could be better. Good wine choices and great advice. First class cocktails.

OT
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food is always good and waiter very efficient

P
Phoenix
24 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Service was slow. I had to ask twice to have my water glass refilled. Pork chop was just okay. My husband’s $40 steak was quite well done and he ordered it medium well. This is a place I would expect to get it right. Also, the last three times we have come here they have been out of artichokes. Isn’t this artichoke country? I’d recommend this place for lunch, not dinner.

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our waitstaff was fantastic. The food was delicious.

BS
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was absolutely delicious, waitress was personable but also gave us our own space. They set up rose petals in a red heart drawn on the table for our anniversary. Would 100% go back and recommend to everyone, there is no way to be disappointed there

k
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rio Grill is one of our favorites that we visit every time we are in the area. They just do it right...food, service, ambiance and most importantly their interaction with customers is sincere.

C
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dinner, great waitress!!!

G
Los Angeles
316 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal as always. Fried calamari, artichoke, chinese chicken salad and great bread. Never disappoints

AK
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything but the desserts. Nothing like they were before.

E
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Always delicious food, most dishes spicy and all flavorful. I have never had a bad dish here. Good drinks too.

OT
Phoenix
26 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and friendly service. The grilled artichokes and deviled eggs aps are awesome.

LA
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So nice to have respectful and honest service
The food was fresh and very delicious

y
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The steak salad, which I always get, wasn’t as good as usual. It was a lot of lettuce and not much of anything else. A lot less steak than it usually comes with.

SB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Chinese Chicken Salad ever! My friend had the flank steak salad and it was delicious. Great wine selection and a really fun place for a girls lunch

R
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Rio Grill is our "go to" place at the crossroads. The artichoke
is to die for. They accomodated our dinner request for a lunch
menu salad. Quite nice. great memories not disappointed. Andrew

T
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always accommodating

SG
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The service and the food was above average. First time customer but will definitely return when back in Carmel.

CO
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience. I took my parents and a friend there before an event, and they were amazing. The food is consistently good there and the staff is very friendly. The head chef even came out to meet us and tell us how he made his mushroom soup. Keep up the good work!

HL
Central Coast
37 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was excellent? Service was great. From the time you walk in the door, you are treated as family and friends

W
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My wife and I have been eating at the Rio Grill for at least 15 years whenever we're in Carmel. Though our dietary preferences have changed over time, we've always found things on the menu to satisfy them. In all the times we've been there, we've never been disappointed.

c
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good

j
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite lunch spots when I'm in the area. Tried the artichoke bisque special this time around, very good. Can't wait until I'm next in Carmel for my next meal.

OT
Sacramento
3 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service at bar and table. Alexis is a friendly, professional excellent hostess, they are lucky to have her

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Updated menu with original interesting tasty offerings!
Excellent service!!

c
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The restaurant is very noisy.....other than that, the experience is wonderful!

PK
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

Several parties, walk ins, were seated before us, even though we had reservations. Wait staff was not very attentive. Food and wine were overpriced but the food was good.

SF
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Manager/ Floor Manager was exceptional. She had a wonderful attitude and set up a special table for us replete with a hand written message. Augustin was wonderful. I am very particular and was thoroughly impressed.

2
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fun atmosphere, jovial patrons, excellent food.

R
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yum, yum, yum! Food and wine was excellent and the service was exceptional!

d
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently excellent. Interesting flavors and twists on dishes. Love the ambiance and art work (sculptures).

C
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on July 14, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

This is a very pleasant restaurant with good service and a well run establishment. The food was fresh and well-prepared, if a little bland, which one doesn’t expect with Mexican-inflected food. (A choice if a spicier salsa would be appreciated). My one criticism would be the music—a quiet backround conducive to conversation would improve the atmosphere.

OT
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

it was a special dinner for my daughter and the food was Awesome.

OT
Dallas
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 3

Waiter was marginal at best, trying to maximize ticket cost. Not very attentive.

D
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Wide selection of delicious dishes

Two of us ordered the pasta special, one ordered the pork chop, our fourth selected the grilled prawns. The pasta special was tasty, but not visually appealing. Squash blossoms had wilted into obscurity. Red pepper pasta was pleasantly spiced, chicken tinga was okay. Pork chop was succulent and tender, served with vibrant green beans. The prawns were good, but the penne were nothing special. Good desserts, teeny cobbler, but a nice slice of well-made chocolate cake. Got the pork jolly rancheros to go for friends who declared them “amazing.” Bread pudding also a hit.

S
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall very good. We all enjoyed ourselves, the food is always enhanced when you're having fun. Service was excellent. We love the Monday night half-price wine.

k
Hawaii
15 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A family favorite. The food seems to have improved - a new chef? But always great. The addition of bread plates really helps!

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