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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Great Food as Always..Enjoyed my Pork Chop with the Blue cheese Butter and Mushrooms
Yummy..we all enjoyed Everything.
Service Was Great 👍
Best sea bass I ever had. With bison hash. Omg. Even good the next day for lunch!
Unbelievable. The food and service was over the top.
Food doesn’t disappoint! Great flavors, cooked perfectly, the bread pudding was awesome.
Excellent knowledgeable and friendly service. Good food, some imaginative sides, mains could be better. Good wine choices and great advice. First class cocktails.
Food is always good and waiter very efficient
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.
Our waitstaff was fantastic. The food was delicious.
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
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.
Great dinner, great waitress!!!
Fabulous meal as always. Fried calamari, artichoke, chinese chicken salad and great bread. Never disappoints
Everything but the desserts. Nothing like they were before.
Always delicious food, most dishes spicy and all flavorful. I have never had a bad dish here. Good drinks too.
Always great food and friendly service. The grilled artichokes and deviled eggs aps are awesome.
So nice to have respectful and honest service
The food was fresh and very delicious
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.
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
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
The service and the food was above average. First time customer but will definitely return when back in Carmel.
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!
Food was excellent? Service was great. From the time you walk in the door, you are treated as family and friends
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.
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.
Excellent service at bar and table. Alexis is a friendly, professional excellent hostess, they are lucky to have her
Updated menu with original interesting tasty offerings!
The restaurant is very noisy.....other than that, the experience is wonderful!
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.
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.
Fun atmosphere, jovial patrons, excellent food.
Yum, yum, yum! Food and wine was excellent and the service was exceptional!
Consistently excellent. Interesting flavors and twists on dishes. Love the ambiance and art work (sculptures).
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.
it was a special dinner for my daughter and the food was Awesome.
Waiter was marginal at best, trying to maximize ticket cost. Not very attentive.
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.
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.
A family favorite. The food seems to have improved - a new chef? But always great. The addition of bread plates really helps!