Rio Grill

4.6
1624 Reviews
$30 and under
Californian
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 38 Years.
Chef Eduardo Coronel’s 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 by Wine Director, Gabe de la Vega, features more than 250 labels featuring a ton of local wineries and an extensive selection available by the glass. The restaurant opens for lunch daily at 11:30-4pm & dinner nightly from 4pm-7:30pm.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 1624 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.4
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTony
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mussels are excellent with the special fries and dipping sauce

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CaroleeK
Tahoe
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Smoked chicken is outstanding. Server nick was attentive

Rio Grill
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful review! We're happy you enjoyed our world famous smoked chicken. Both the dish and your server Nick have been staples in our restaurant for many years. We look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon.

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vipDonG
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Food was not prepared to our specifications, service was horrible. Waiter was inattentive and rude. it was freezing outside and heaters weren’t working. I have enjoyed going to this restaurant for many years but based on tonight’s experience, I will not return (at least until the pandemic is over.

Rio Grill
Responded 3 days ago

Hi Don, I have sent you a private message to learn more about your experience. We value our guests' feedback and are always looking for ways to improve. Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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JamieP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

A nice outdoor dining experience. Service was so-so

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Jeremy
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first time eating out as a family in over a year. Rio Grill did not disappoint. Both kids ate everything in front of them and the wait staff was very friendly and helpful, we will definitely be back.

Rio Grill
Responded 10 hours ago

Thankyou you for the (5) Star review, we do have a unique kids menu that they do seem to enjoy. we look forwrrd to your next visit!

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Lynne
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Rio Grill has a really good cover outdoor dining setup - the warmers worked well and we were very comfortable. It was busy on a Saturday night and the service was still really good. The chef came out and made sure we were enjoying our dinner. The food was excellent.

Rio Grill
Responded 3 days ago

Lynne, thank you for your review. We're happy you enjoyed our outdoor dining space. We've put in a lot of work to make it as comfortable as possible, even on chilly Carmel evenings. Chef loves to come out and check in with the guests enjoying his creativity, and he's always such a joy to speak with! We look forward to welcoming you back soon.

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StevenL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

We had a very nice time. Excellent service outdoors, warm heaters. Very friendly and attentive staff. My only complaint was that the rib entre was a little tough.

Rio Grill
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for the wonderful review Steven. We're happy you enjoyed the service and our warm heaters! We hope to see you again soon.

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ValerieK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The Rio Grill has been our "Go to " Restaurant for years. It is consistently very very good. The fish is fresh and the food is interesting without being weird. It's always been my favorite restaurant here on the peninsula. and I've lived here since Rio Grill opened..

Rio Grill
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you, Valerie, for making us one of your favorite spots to visit on the peninsula! If you keep coming, we'll keep serving our creative fish dishes for your enjoyment. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Valentine day

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norar
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice quiet atmosphere. Food was really good. I ordered the chicken salad and my boyfriend the works burger. Waitress and host were friendly and professional. Eventhough it was Valentines..the host tried to accommodate walk ins. Would definitely recommend this place.

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AELara
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had a very nice Valentines Day dinner date. Nice outdoor dining setting due to the pandemic but it was comfortable and the heater provided warmth. The service was excellent as well as the Valentines Day menu items which my date and I ordered. The wait staff was friendly and provided excellent service. The drinks appetizers and entrees were delicious and arrived in a timely fashion. I would recommend the Rio Grill to anyone.

Rio Grill
Responded 3 days ago

Thank you for spending your Valentine's Day with us here at Rio! We appreciate the kind words about our new outdoor dining space, the warmth, food, and service. Please come back and enjoy them all again sometime soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Diego
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Valentine’s Day

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vipolfrox
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In the age of masks and social distancing, Rio Grill does an amazing job in all categories!!

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ElliotK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service. Very professional and a totally positive and wonderful experience. Staff was very attentive. This is especially good amid considering this Covid mess. It was outdoor seating. We had a heat tower next to us and we were totally comfortable temperature wise. As it is outdoors and its winter time we did get a few rain drops on us but it would not have been an issue unless there was a cloud burst. We will DEFINITELY be back to this fine establishment to enjoy great food, drink and service.

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BobD
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We are locals and Rio Grill is one of our Carmel favorites. It is under new ownership, and has only improved with the energy of the new owners. For Covid, they have set up one of the better patio dining experiences in the area. Before Covid, we enjoyed lunch in the bar or in the dining room. This place is always full of locals which says something.

Rio Grill
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Bob, Thank you for your 5 star review! We are thrilled you enjoyed our outdoor patio as we worked hard on it! Our locals have always taken care of us, and we constantly strive to do the same. Come back and see us soon. Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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LexA
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the setup. Excellent customer service from the staff!

Rio Grill
Responded 2 days ago

Hi Lex, Thank you for taking the time to review us. Customer service is our middle name! We are so glad you enjoyed your experience with us. See you again soon.

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KathleenT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ate outside on beautiful patio.
Outstanding music for entertainment.
We celebrated my husband’s 80th
birthday 🥳.
He was extremely pleased.
Rio Grill is one of our very favorite restaurants and we’ve been coming here for years.
THE BEST!!!!!

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CatherineS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Rio Grill has done incredible job of "outdoor seating". Food excellent, service exemplary, such difficult times, handled with such expertise. We were delighted.

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vipSassystoltz
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great flavors. Great service. Will definitely go back

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RobertS
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great to be eating out. Staff went above and beyond normal service, as per usual for this place.

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vipCatherineM
Atlanta
20 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Service was a bit slow... our app took so long it was delivered with the entrees (prob a kitchen issue not necessarily server). Took 15-20 mins to get our check.

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vipTony
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Making the best of outdoor dining with heaters and just very good food and service

Rio Grill
Responded on February 10, 2021

Hi Tony, thank you for your 5 star review! We have done our best to adapt during these times and we are so thrilled you enjoyed your experience. Our patio awaits your next visit! -Gabe, General Manager

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allanc
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Well done outside dining at our favorite Carmel restaurant

Rio Grill
Responded on February 10, 2021

We are honored to be your favorite restaurant in Carmel! Thank you. We look forward to seeing you again on our patio! -Gabe, General Manager

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SteveS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great. Service and food hard to beat.

Rio Grill
Responded on February 10, 2021

Hi Steve, thank you so much for you 5 star review! We certainly appreciate your feedback and look forward to delivering another incredible experience for you soon. Come back and see us! -Gabe, General Manager

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LindaD
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, our lunch at Rio was excellent. So sad that no more outdoor dining will be available for a while as it will be missed. Special thanks to Sparticus and Elbert for the outstanding service. I sincerely hope that the government will give assistance to this and other local businesses to keep them open and their employees working. I look forward to the time when we can again go to and enjoy the Rio Grill.

Rio Grill
Responded on January 19, 2021

Hi Linda, Thank you for your 5 star review. We certainly miss being able to take care of our customers on our outdoor patio as well. I'm so glad to hear your visit was made special by Spartacus & Elbert! We can't wait to see you again. -Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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vipGolfers4ever
San Francisco
44 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food great as always - calamari and salmon BLT. Decadent desserts! Warm and friendly service. Dined outside on patio with overhead heaters keeping us comfortable. Almost forgot the blood orange margaritas. My fav!!!!

Rio Grill
Responded on January 19, 2021

Can't forget our blood orange margaritas! (They're one of our favorites too). We wish we could serve you again on our patio, but until then we do offer take out every day! Thank you for your 5 star review. We look forward to seeing you soon. Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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WilliamM
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Considering we had to dine outdoors everything went smoothly and was delicious with attentive service.

Rio Grill
Responded on January 19, 2021

Hi William, I am glad to hear you had a pleasant experience with us on our outdoor patio. Thank you for your review, and we look forward to seeing you again soon! Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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Peppy
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice patio--you don't feel you are sitting in the street. So sorry everyone has to close up--not fair!

Rio Grill
Responded on January 19, 2021

Hi Peppy, Thank you for your review. We wanted to create an intimate setting on our patio, unlike any other. Though we are sad the patio is closed for now, we do offer take out every day from 11:30-7:30pm. Come back and see us soon! Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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richard
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience2

We have been to the Rio Grill many times. It's the best restaurant on the Monterey Peninsula. We had lunch and the food, as usual, was excellent as was the service. There when we needed them but not hovering. Of course we ate outside but at least we weren't out on the street or in a parking lot. You can sometimes get a table for lunch without a reservation but you always need one for dinner. At dinner, if you need to you can get two heaters-one on a pole above you and one blowing warm air around your feet.

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vipScottS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love dining at Rio Grill. The food is delicious, and the service was excellent.

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vipSK71
Central Coast
12 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Fantastic Southwestern cuisine as always. Rio has really done a great job crafting their outdoor dining area, well-spaced, plenty of heaters, very comfortable. So long as the County allows, we'll be back as often as we can.

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MichaelT
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Food and service were excellent. Becauseof health orders, we had to sit outside ad we froze!!!!!

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LindaB
Central Coast
14 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service was excellent. The food was great as usual. Went for lunch, so it wasn’t that cold and the heaters made it more than comfortable. Sat on the parking lot side, containered hedge plants separated us from the cars. The hot cider and bread pudding made the afternoon perfect.

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CindyH
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Somewhat expensive, but understandable during Covid!

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food and cocktails

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vipJULIA
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice patio. Excellent social distancing. Friendly waiter. Music too loud

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vipOpenTable Diner
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful and the adherence to public health guidelines was impeccable. Britney was a great server.

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Fussydiner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always great, large patio for outdoor dining.

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JosephS
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The meal was great. Had to dine outdoors. They did a fine job. Good food, good ambiance. Fine place to dine.

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MelihO
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Before or during pandemic, Rio Grill is always a great place to have dinner. We have been eating there for more than 20 years and food was as good as ever.

FAQs

Rio Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 625-5436.

Rio Grill is rated 4.6 stars by 1624 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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