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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!
Carmel, CA 93923
Hours of Operation:
Mon–Sat 11:30 am–4:00 pm
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Daily 4:00 pm–9:30 pm
Mon–Fri, Sun 4:00 pm–6:30 pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
The Rio Grill offers plenty of convenient parking.
Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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