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Rio Grill

4.5
1136 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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  • Creative Cuisine
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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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Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Southwest
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Brunch
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Daily 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
Happy Hour
Mon–Fri, Sun 4:00 pm–6:30 pm
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Phone number
(831) 625-5436
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Eduardo Coronel
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Rio Road
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Parking details
The Rio Grill offers plenty of convenient parking.
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Public transit
Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.
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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.
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Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

At Rio Grill, we will provide a memorable experience and take care of all the details for your next event. From the rehearsal dinner, to the wedding reception, Rio Grill is Carmel’s best restaurant for a special occasion.

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What 1136 People Are Saying
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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Out of town guests with young children. The welcome was warm and the table was festive. They were prepared for young children. Couldn’t have been better!

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Good service, great pecan salad and tasty entrees. the paella was great. Hostess welcoming.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Very nice restaurant with amazing food and excellent service. Try the duck breast for dinner, pork shank and short ribs were the favorites! Waiters were very attentive and food was prepared in style. Great location worth a visit!

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

We always eat at the Rio when we come down to Carmel. I always get the ribs— my guilty pleasure — and in twenty years I’ve never been disappointed before. Not sure what happened, but hope it was just a bad night and not a new chief who doesn’t have the knack.

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Nice atmosphere and good variety in the menu

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Our group of four elderly, local foodies thoroughly enjoyed the creative menu and the delicious food that was well served from it. We had a great time sharing samples all the way through dessert. Only the boisterous table of local geezers nearby made it hard to have a conversation. The artichoke, as ever, was delicious--we shared it.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

We have a tradition of eating at Rio Grill for our anniversary each year. But we find good excuses to come back for other occasions (like, that we haven't been there for a while). This time, I had the pork shank and my sweetheart had the pork chop. The seasonings for these two dishes were quite different and equally delicious. The sauces that are with the entrees are distinctive and complex but can be appreciated without thinking about the subtleties. Our server was excellent: attention without being obvious. When making the reservation, I was asked what the occasion was and mentioned it was our anniversary. When we got to our table the paper cover was decorated with a big red-crayoned heart and crinkled paper strips in bright colors. Such a nice touch!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Rio Grill is a gem if your looking for great food with a lively atmosphere. The place is always busy but the wait is worth it.

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5.0Dined on March 22, 2018

When staying at the Highlands Inn we always come to this restaurant for a fabulous dinner. Excellent service, delicious food, fair prices on most wines. The grilled artichoke is a favorite!

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3.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The overall meal was good. The service could have been better as it was lacking.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

I like Rio Grill but I wish it was more consistent. Last time our food was just ok. This time paella and shrimp pasta were better, more together. The bar is awfully loud, people shrieking at tables, and there was food all over the floor (the table next to us reported it was onion rings). Still, many of the Carmel restaurants have issues and we will be back.

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2.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The service was ok—they tried. The food was terrible. We had diver scallops and prawns for $35 and the were inedible—smelled strongly of dead fish. They did credit the bill so they are trying. We were there 30 days ago and had Paella—same thing only worse. They offer very fancy dishes for a grill and the chef has no idea what he is doing. We won’t go back—they should go back to a grill menu —burgers; ribs , steaks and a few Mexican dishes—. If they offer any seafood, it better be fresh—not that hard to do.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Delightful dining: excellent food, great atmosphere!

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great food. The duck tamale was amazing. The Chinese Chicken Salad was unique and highly flavorful. Go here.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Our food was outstanding and one of the best waiters ever!!! Love Rio Grill.

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

All 4 of us loved the diverse menu and fabulous flavors

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Andrew is a great waiter and A GOOD AMBASTOR FOR THE RIO RILL.

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3.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Our family has enjoyed and loved Rio for well over 10 years. This visit however will probably be the last. The service was great as always, but the food arrived cold for all but one of us. The kids quesadilla arrived with the cheese not melted. None of us were happy with our meals, it was very disappointing.

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3.0Dined on March 1, 2018

My sea bass was dry and not warm. The sides were very small--I was looking forward to the grits and got about 3 bites. Part of our party ordered the mixed grill for $35 and got tiny little portions on a large plate--at the end he said he was still hungry. We probably won't go there again--not a good value.

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4.0Dined on February 26, 2018

Met all my expectations. Food and Service were great.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Mother’s 85th birthday Carmel celebration! Great time!! Just as we remembered it!! Loved short ribs and pork chop!!

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Love the mussels

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Always a delicious supper

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5.0Dined on February 20, 2018

Great food

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5.0Dined on February 19, 2018

Really enjoyed our lunch. Our server, Aaron, was great!

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4.0Dined on February 19, 2018

We had a very nice dinner, a sirloin steak special and a half rack of baby back pork ribs between the two of us, plus a side of "cowboy beans" and starting with a shared wedge salad. All were well prepared and tasty. The cowboy beans were a treat -- pinto beans in a spicy barbecue sauce with a generous amount of burnt ends from the grilled ribs. Also a great dessert -- a crisp version of an ice cream sandwich with plenty of chocolate sauce. Altogether, very nice.

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4.0Dined on February 18, 2018

great staff and food..the wine list is complete and with local wines...very nice

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2018

Wonderful service on a very busy night. Hostess was jammed, but understanding and helpful. Waiter was also excellent. The paella was tasty, potato skins the same, and as I mentioned, the service was outstanding.

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3.0Dined on February 17, 2018

we usually have a good experience at the Rio Grill. they were clearly understaffed that evening; waitress disappeared for long periods of time and she focused on a party of 12 next to us. it is a good place for lunch but will no longer go for dinner.

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4.0Dined on February 17, 2018

I had the seafood special, barramundi fish. It was cooked perfect. Came with roasted potatoes and asparagus, which were nothing special but tasty. My friend had the skirt steak which was also cooked perfect with a hardy serving of wonderful vegetables. Both meals, especially the steak, we're very good portions.I recommend the ice cream sandwich for dessert. It was easily enough for 2 and delightful! Our service was excellent. Will definetly go back.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service and food for a valentines dinner!

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

it's great for celebrity watching.. the artichoke appetizer was to die for.. the kitchen was able to serve the skirt steak that was off the menu. fabulous.. and the dessert..beautifully plated.

our waiter was the best.. it was a special meal.. and on valentines..

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3.0Dined on February 10, 2018

It's fine. Decent food. Friendly and decent service. $19 a glass champagne came out flat, sent it back, and second glass came out completely flat too. Was told it was freshly opened bottle, I'm pretty sure it was just the first topped off in the hopes a few bubbles would appear. Below the reputation of the restaurant.

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Rio Grill is always a great ! We had a fabulous time there during AT&T. Service is always impeccable and the selection of delicious items offered will allow anybody to find something to their liking! Well done!

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5.0Dined on February 9, 2018

Rio knows how to take care of you and their food is always so good!

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5.0Dined on February 7, 2018

While food was very good, it took a bit longer to get our food than expected.

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4.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Food was excellent and wait staff very attentive. Crowded that night so noise level was a bit high but overall a very nice meal.

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5.0Dined on February 5, 2018

The salmon was divine. Service very good. Atmosphere relaxed and inviting.

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5.0Dined on February 3, 2018

Celebrating 2 birthdays and an engagement. Had a great time. Chris the server was very good.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

I haven’t been there in years!! It was so much better than I remember! Plan to bring others with me next time. Best potato skins, ever!

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