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About Rio Grill

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 - 6:30pm!

101 Crossroads Boulevard
Carmel, CA 93923
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Southwest

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

Cross Street:
Rio Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 625-5436

Website:
http://www.riogrill.com/

Parking Details:
The Rio Grill offers plenty of convenient parking.

Public Transit:
Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Cy Yontz

Additional:
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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.

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.

Rio Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.4

service

4.4

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (30)
Good for Birthdays (22)
Good for a Date (20)
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Casual (19)
Special Occasion (19)
Fun (18)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Happy Hour (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Business Meals (16)
Great for Lunch (15)
Worth the Drive (14)
Good for Anniversaries (14)
Bar Seating (12)
Hot Spot (12)
Comfort Food (11)
Good for Groups (11)
Local Ingredients (10)
Vibrant Bar Scene (10)
Authentic (9)
Cozy (9)
Romantic (9)
Spicy (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Healthy (6)
People Watching (6)
Seasonal (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Tapas (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Pre/post Theatre (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Vegan (2)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 8, 2018

Enjoyed the ambiance.
Very fun and creative. A bit too cold however. They could have turned the heat up a bit.
Food good. Flavor combinations perhaps a bit strange or off . Too many unusual flavors combined -not so good . Tacos and beans both had too many mideastern flavors that did not jive with a traditional Mexican or southwestern flavor. One different spice might have been okay but this had several that set it waaaay off from 'Mexican' flavors anticipated.
Perhaps just not a nice blend of flavors. Too much garlic.
The brisket sliders were tasty. Could have been a bit juicier. Meat a bit dry. Wines very good.
Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Grigio - both nice.
Waters attentive and pleasant making the dining experience much nicer.
biggest issue that the restaurant was tooo cold.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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 (Seattle)·Dined on January 7, 2018

The amount of food provided for the cost was conspicuously minimal. On the list of items for "bigger" kids on the kids' menu was a burger listed as 1/4 pound, for $8 - fair enough. What was delivered was a slider...the diameter of the burger was barely more than a Reese's peanut butter cup, and the burger must have weight about 2 oz. You just can't charge $8 for a basic burger that even a child can eat in 3 bites.

The adult meals were similarly poor values for the cost.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 7, 2018

Always a great meal at Rio Grill. It’s been our go-to place when we are in the Monterey Bay Area for at least a few decades! We love the lively, warm and welcoming atmosphere, great artwork and Southwest theme, and reliably delicious food! We always recommend it to friends, family, and whoever asks.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 4, 2018

Rio Grill holds a place dear to my heart when I get hungry for Adobe walls and chile. The wine list is overpriced IMHO, and I have enjoyed the empanadas for years. Their food is a good value and well presented.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Happy Hour
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·Dined on January 2, 2018

We were given a window table in quieter area of restaurant and staff had decorated table with confetti since we had scheduled as special occasion. Waiter was attentive and friendly.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Party of six was handled extremely well by staff. Waitress was very friendly, courteous and attentive. Ribs and fries were prepared to everyone’s liking along with the half priced wine on a Monday night!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

We had lunch at Rio Grill on New Year’s Day. We expected to have the Sunday Brunch menu with wonderful eggs Benedict, but only the reg. Menu was offered. Very disappointed.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I enjoyed my dinner and had a wonderful time on New Year’s Eve. The service was good but the seating was near the bar which was too noisy and busy traffic running through.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great food, wonderful service, and it is always consistent. We have been going for over 30 years.
Lots of good small plate choices and diverse entrees.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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·Dined on January 1, 2018

Eight tables in a section is too much for a server to handle and provide good service on a busy night

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Great server!!

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We have been coming here since it opened and have always had a good meal and great service. This time was disappointing. They were very busy. Our favorite artichoke was not fully cooked. They redid it and better but not great They were nice and removed from bill. The skirt steak was delicious as well as the calamari and pork belly

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I had a resy -- knew to do that from other visits. VERY busy! Our cool wait guy must have been over worked-- service was a bit slow. Food was great. My sis and I split a wedge salad and the shrimp pasta-- cook split it for us -- no charge! Friend had Chinese chicken salad- said it was good--looked great and large to me!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 30, 2017

What happened to the Rio Grill we knew and loved? We had not been to the Rio Grill in several years, and apparently they changed chefs (and bartenders) during that time. The menu is now Southwestern rather than California cuisine, so the much anticipated onion strings that we wanted to order were not available. Nor was one of the specials of the day...we ordered it around 7:00 p.m. and they had already run out. My Manhattan will go down in history as one of the worst I've ever been served (what happened to the Maraschino cherry) and the bread was mediocre. The amount of food in the courses is more than enough, but the quality of the food is not what it was several years ago. I had marked this restaurant as one of my favorites, but no longer...we won't be visiting the Rio Grill again.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food good as always..............service was very slow.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful as ever. Been enjoying for years and years and years

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Great time.Good food.The hostess was nice enough to snap a pic of my girlfriend and I,for our scrapbook.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 25, 2017

When we visit Carmel, the Rio Grill is an absolute must. The food is delicious and the service attentive and friendly .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Rio is the best, consistently excellent Restaurant in Carmel, and hasn’t changed in the 30 plus years I have lived here. Wait staff is well trained and knowledgeable about the menu and the specials. It is kid-friendly, can get noisy, but that’s part of the fun of the place. It is great for lunch or dinner and a locals’ favorite. Their warm sour dough bread and butter, which they automatically bring at lunch and dinner is the absolutely delicious. Tony, the owner, is philanthropic and community oriented, and although he owns three restaurants in the area, his presence, style and touch is always felt where you are eating there.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Very nice dining experience and the food was great. It was the first time for our daughter and grandson and they really enjoyed it. The menu was perfect for them as they both have special nutritional needs.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Excellent staff and service, good food, fresh ingredients, imaginative menu, fish was barely over cooked, skirt steak was excellent.

Rio Grill is consistently good and always energetic and friendly. Noise level is high, but happy well-fed people are joyful.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 18, 2017

When we first got there, there was not a hostess there that we could see. We were there Saturday night. There was a server who seated us but she made us wait despite the fact we had reservations. She was very unfriendly. She had long dark hair and is middle aged. Made us feel like we were unwelcome. Our actual server was very nice and friendly. I ordered the New York cut steak and it was grissley. The only vegetable they served was chilies. LOTS of them. Filled up half the plate. Who could eat that!! Very disappointing meal.

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 11, 2017

We got a Good meal for a last minute dinner close by where we were staying in Carmel. Food was really good and service excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We’ve been once before and it was not bad. This time it was mediocre. Unfortunately my card was over charged by $150. I called the restaurant who wouldn’t fix it and now it’s in dispute at the bank. Definitely not worth it for me!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food. Great Servu e

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food and libations, as always!! The bison short ribs can’t be beat, and taste even better accompanied by the blood orange chipotle agave margarita.
Hostesses and staff very personable and fun!
A must for anyone visiting the Carmel Valley area!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love the chicken with chili butter! Good martinis, too.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

Jordon our waiter was fantastic . Ribs and artichoke great. Special swordfish very dry and just average and small piece. Would work to improve that dish . Swordfish can be so moist and yummy. Had a great time will return - just wanted to let you know about the fish.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Another great dinner. The food is always delicious. Our service was excellent — Jordan was a terrific and very attentive waiter. We’ve been coming for years and have never been disappointed.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I've gone 3x in past 2 weeks for a good reason....

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent service. They gave a happy birthday greeting both getting seated (with table decorations) and leaving the restaurant. Really unusual decorating.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Used to like this place - the artichoke/crab app was bland, the "fried" choke hearts had a cool center and were chewy. Cocktails took about 15 minutes to get to the table and food came out shortly thereafter. Chicken was good. Noise was incredibly loud. Won't go back.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

I got the same greeting from the waiter that I got at McDonald's earlier in the week..."what do you want?"
So much for asking if we have been there or had questions on the menu....
Bread was literally thrown on the table.
Way overpriced for what you get.
Not returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We love Rio Grill! It is our go to place whenever we are in Carmel. Half priced wine on Mondays is an added benefit.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always our fave! Love the hostess! Salmon is the best! and the Burn Banana cake with sea salt caramel is a must! And the Artichoke appetizer is also a must!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We have been going here for over 35 years and each time we have a great meal. Love the whole artichoke in balsamic vinegar, the salads, meat, soups, bread. Always good service.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 2, 2017

Creative menu, a bit pricey but food was very good. I wish the prices of the specials would be written on the menu board next to the special. It would save time and be easier than asking the server for the price and having to repeat the prices when the patron can't remember them. The other change I would like to see would be to serve regular, plain, black tea. Not everyone likes what some view as the weird taste of the tea. Tea is ubiquitous on menus, how hard is it to make black iced tea?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Nice clean place - service good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Great food and service overall. Noise level is high so not the place for quiet romantic dinner. Loved the decor and menu choices. It was my birthday and they brought out a special dessert for me!
An earlier review about the paella as not having much saffron rice is true, but the flip side is that there was an abundance of sea food in the dish (more than I would typically expect) and the broth was superb. I'd definitely go again.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We have gone to Rio Grill many times when we are in the area over the years. Always good food, good service and fun bar. We have never been disappointed!

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual
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