Rio Grill

4.4
1934 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.
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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
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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, food, convenient location and easy parking.

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vipDave
Los Angeles
22 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Inventive Southwestern dishes served in an entertaining setting. The outdoor tables were very pleasant at night.

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JandJ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

There is a new menu as of this week. It is not extensive but everything we had was very delicious and well presented. The different sauces on each dish were the secret to their successes.

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swelldiner
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience4

The Rio Grill has obviously changed management . We are long- term regulars. We wer coming to celebrate a birthday. Was surprised that they no longer decorate table! It was a rainy Sun nite , so maybe this was second crew. But service was not friendly. After 1 hour no waiter came to take dessert choices. It was a school nite. We then just kept asking for a check. Finally after 10 mins , the waiter came and we asked for check. But then he said “ but isn’t this a birthday?” My daughter said yes so they brought a nice dessert with no extra spoons AND NO CHECK. Yo wait 20 mins after table cleared was weird on a not full evening. We also missed the complimentary bread service. No more sourdough! Now you must order an herb bread, which we didn’t because our main meals were being served. Overall not fun!

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Pete
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I miss the butcher paper on the tables and the crayons. All restaurants have table clothes. Rio Grill is intended to be more fun.

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CurtB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great……..always!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the restaurant I always miss when I am not in Carmel. The fire roasted artichoke is just spectacular every time. The salmon, the chicken, their burger…it’s all done so well, beautiful presentation and DELICIOUS!

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vipCal2015
Kiel & SH
31 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a gem tucked away in the Carmel Valley!! The luck was amazing as well as the grilled artichoke and bread bidding was yummy too!! Definitely check it out when on Carnel

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Susie
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We have been coming to Rio Grill for years. My parents have lived in Carmel over 50 years. We celebrated my moms birthday which was wonderful with rose petals on the table. Our service was very slow and no refills on water after asking twice.
The food was great. Wine very expensive more so than other restaurants in the area.

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Katalina
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Ahi salad was excellent as were the shoestring onion rings. I was a bit put off that they charged for bread. Also the ollaberry tart was ver disappointing for $10. Not many berries, very gelatinous and a lot of crust, not very good.

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mariaf
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food. Tim the waiter did a great job and chef is amazing. Thank you Eduardo C !

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vipGourmet
Los Angeles
415 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Artichoke as always was fabulous the skirt steak delicious Big disappointment was not the bread you have always had but rolls you now pay for and not as good. The tables in the bar are sticky even though they are cleaned. Please use butcher paper to cover them or something. We are out of towners and go here whenever we are visiting which is several times a year since you first opened

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jendr
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything really was wonderful, especially server and service. Love music was too, too loud which made the early part of meal uncomfortable- once music ended all was perfect. Music is reason for four stars, otherwise would be five

Rio Grill
Responded on October 18, 2021

Thank you for your review. We're glad you enjoyed the food and service, and appreciate the feedback about the music. We'll be sharing it to get even better at what we do. Hope to see you again soon!

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Tigre
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The meals were tasty but not memorable. Service was a bit slow on account of COVID limitations but very friendly and attentive. The Rio Grill is always a good go-to place for lunch.

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vipbobo
Dallas
13 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

B level food quality and service. Will explicitly upcharge if you ask for a drink “on the rocks.”

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always, lovely service. Chose outdoors, with our own propane heater
Delicious seasonal mojito. We shared calamari, onion stack, caprese,& fire roasted artichoke , each of which was delicious & came with a home made dipping sauce-even the ketchup. I had the halibut special, which was great. The others enjoyed prawns with pasta, stuffed poblano,&1/2 roasted chicken. We shared the ollallieberry cobbler & flourless chocolate cake-yummy!

Rio Grill
Responded on October 10, 2021

Thank you for the fantastic review. We're so happy you chose to dine with us and try so many of our fan favorites! We always do our best to keeps our "Rio Classics" on the menu while bringing in new additions with local and seasonal flavors to keep you excited. See you again soon!

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MaryF
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We've been enjoying Rio Grill for years. It's always fun, with good service and delicious, interesting food.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 10, 2021

Thank you!

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Regis
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our reservation was instantly honored, the waiter was polite and helpful. The food was outstanding.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 10, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful review! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

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vipChampagneLover
Central Coast
9 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a lovely staff! Thank you so much!!! Kathleen R

Rio Grill
Responded on October 10, 2021

Thank you!

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vipKristin
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

The food was not good at all

Stacked onion rings came as a "greasy hay stack"
The mushroom tamale was barely warm and mushy
And my wedge salad dressing was a vinaigrette blue cheese grayish color

I wouldn't recommend this place at all

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LaurenA
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

As always the food was excellent. The charred salad was delicious. Our server was attentive but didn’t hover. The hostess was always very welcoming.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 10, 2021

Thank you Lauren for the wonderful review!

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viptennisman35
Central Coast
29 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside seating had an ample number of heaters to keep the chill at bay. Our server was pleasant and efficient. Food was excellent. Salmon BLT was prepared perfectly as was the shrimp pasta entrée.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 10, 2021

Thank you! We hope to host you again soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Our party had three different choices from the dinner menu. Maybe it is just my personal taste, but the stuffed poblano chili did not have much flavor and too much quinoa. It came drowning in a bowl of red sauce that I had the waiter remove, perhaps that’s where the flavor was going to be. Some cheese would have added to the flavor.

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CVChristina
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The famous Artichoke was not as good as it used to be. Salads and onion rings were good. The marinated Skirt Steak was a table favorite! The desserts were all unbelievably amazing! We brought our own wine so can’t comment on bar service. The service was good, and the place was fun with great local energy.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 10, 2021

Thank you for the great review. We're glad you enjoyed everything. Our chef has kept a close eye on the artichokes this year to provide the best quality available. We'll share your feedback and continue to work with our purveyors to deliver the artichoke you've been use to in the past. Hope to see you again soon!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a beautiful day so we ate outside. I had the Salmon BLT sandwich. What a delicious surprise. I decided to take a friend next week just so I can order it again!

Rio Grill
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi, We've had some great weather recently and we are thrilled to hear you enjoyed lunch on our al fresco patio! Thank you and we will see you next week! Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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vipScottS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been coming to Rio Grill since the 80’s. They’ve been amazingly consistent throughout the years. They never fail to deliver.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi Scott, Your support means everything to us, thank you! We can't wait to serve you again. Cheers, Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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Carol
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place for drinks and appetizers or for dinner!

Rio Grill
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi Carol, Thank you for your review! Come back and see us again soon. Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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AllanR
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Very loud restaurant. Hard to have a good conversation.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi Allan, I'm sorry to hear you were unable to fully enjoy your visit due to the volume in the restaurant. While we can't always control the noise level, we do strive to offer every guest a great experience. Please let us know next time and we may be able to accommodate a quieter area. Thank you, Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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viptime2dine
Central Coast
25 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

THIS USED TO BE A FANTASTIC GO TO RESTAURANT. HOWEVER, SINCE TONY TOLLNER SOLD HIS RESTAURANTS, QUALITY, TASTE, AND SERVICE HAVE SUFFERED. JUST TRY AND SEE IF YOU MIGHT AGREE. A VERY BAD LUNCH EXPERIENCE.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi, We're normally known for our exceptional attention to detail, and we regret we missed the mark. I've sent you a direct message to learn more about your recent visit. I look forward to your reply. Thank you, Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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vipChampagneLover
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food was wonderful the staff was amazingly accommodating and this is absolutely my favorite go to restaurant for many many occasions thank you very much

Rio Grill
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hi, Thank you so much for your 5 star review! We are honored to be your go to spot! Thank you!

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vipnone
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had a last minute birthday dinner there last nite and it was so great! The table had rose petals on it; the service was great; the food was great; birthday desert was great. We had a lovely time! We lived here many years ago and always loved coming to Rio Grill, and I'm so glad to see everything is still top notch! Gold stars to the hostess and our server.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hi, We love creating memorable experience for our guests and we are thrilled to hear you had a special experience. Thank you for your support!

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Bogie
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Birthday dinner for two friends. Great meal. Like the fact it was not so crowded on a Monday evening.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hi Bogie, Thank you for your review and we look forward to making your next visit a 5 star experience!

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EricO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best risotto I’ve ever had and other dishes were excellent, too. Only negative is the noise level is pretty high and inside seating was too close for Covid.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi Eric, We love that you enjoyed our risotto! Thank you for your feedback. Our guests' experience is important to us and we value your comments. Thank you, Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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BarbaraD
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always the best service in town. Food always exceeds expectations.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi Barbara, It was our pleasure to serve you! Thank you for your support, Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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Elgat
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We have been dining at Rio Grill over the past 10years. Food is always consistent.
Grill artichoke and the calamari our favorite appetizers. The fresh fish is always outstanding with added pizzazz of flavors. Ribs are also our go to selection with a nice smoky flavor.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 1, 2021

Hi Elgat, Thank you for your support over the last 10 years, it means the world to us! I'm so glad we continue to offer you such a consistent experience. Come back and see us again soon!

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ErinHH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was prompt and friendly. Food was perfect. Highly recommend Artichoke and Smoked Chicken. Wines by the glass were fun and suited menu perfectly.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi Erin, Thank you so much for your review! Glad you had a wonderful experience and we look forward to your next visit. Cheers, Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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vip2travelers
Palm Springs
18 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointed that the restaurant stopped serving food at 8 PM. Despite appearances, Carmel is not a retirement community!

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vipDavidR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and prompt, professional service.

Rio Grill
Responded on September 21, 2021

We appreciated your continued patronage David and look forward to providing you with the consistency you've come to expect at Rio Grill.

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vipCole
Nashville
35 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated within minutes of our arrival. We were soon greeted warmly by Kat (Cat?). She made great suggestions for drinks and the meal. She made us feel so relaxed and we were laughing like old friends in no time. We had the Charred Romaine Heart and Basket of House-Made Herb-Truffle Bread with Maple-Chipotle Butter. The salad was so flavorful, and the bread was warm and tasty with the butter - don't skip the butter. I had the Atlantic Salmon and it was delicious! Kat said, "The Chipotle-Lime Vinaigrette with the salmon is everything to me", and she was correct (so good!). My husband had the Surf & Turf Special and had no regrets. We had the cheesecake and apple bread pudding for dessert, and they were a perfect ending for a perfect meal. We will definitely return to Rio Grill the next time were in Monterey.

Rio Grill
Responded on October 5, 2021

Hi Cole, It's great to hear you had such an excellent visit. Kat is beloved by all she serves and will be thrilled to hear how she positively impacted your experience. Come back and visit us again soon! Thank you, Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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TominCA
San Diego
33 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Rio Grill continues to be one of our favorites. We had a party of 7 on a Friday evening. We had an outdoor reservation but they were able to move us inside because the outside as a little too cool and breezy. The group enjoyed shirt steaks, shrimp pasta and ribs. The service was a little slower than normal probably because of staffing shortages. Rio Grill is still one of the best stops on the Peninsula.

FAQs

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

Rio Grill is rated 4.4 stars by 1934 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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