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Rio Grill

1104 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Creative Cuisine (28)
  • Bar Seating (19)
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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Californian, Southwest
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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
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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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.
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 1104 People Are Saying
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service and food for a valentines dinner!

vipfoodlover33 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

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..

vipthreefriendsout (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 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!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

PDavid (Palm Springs)
5.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 7, 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.

JoJo (Dallas)
5.0  Dined on February 6, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

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

John (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Food and service were exceptional. I like the half price wine night

vipeatinginCarmel (New England)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

Always reliable, whether lunch or dinner or happy hour. Service generally very good. excellent option for lunch, great salads, easy parking.

viperic (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on January 28, 2018

Not the menu they used to have. VERY limited selections, but overall good food. Heavy on beef dishes, very little seafood.

OpenTable Diner (Atlantic City)
4.0  Dined on January 23, 2018

Great food and great service. Most of the party had the burgers and it was absolutely outstanding!

Cindy (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 22, 2018

As always, really personable service and attention. Food always consistently yummy....

vipOpenTable Diner (Jackson Hole)
5.0  Dined on January 21, 2018

Great! Fantastic! Tasty! Fun!

dqueenbay (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Another great meal at the Rio, our favorite place to eat when we are in the area. We arrived early for our reservation but were still able to sit right away. Cocktails, server, and food were all great. Its a fun and lively dining area, but not so loud that we couldn’t hear each other. Rare these days. We love playing with the crayons too!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 12, 2018

We were there to celebrate a friend's birthday we are a group of walking ladies cancer survivors. Jan. 12, 2018. Our food was good and the service was outstanding one of the best service I've ever received! Everyone was so friendly, warm and very welcoming to us!!! We will be back.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  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.

vipOncDoc (Seattle)
3.0  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.

jbfoodie (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on January 6, 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.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on January 3, 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.