Rio Grill

4.5
1906 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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EricO
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
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.

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BarbaraD
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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Elgat
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

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ErinHH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
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.

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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.

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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.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We are frequent diners at MontRio and know that the Rio Grill is owned by the same group. While MontRio is going through its renovation, we thought we would try the Rio Grill. It did not disappoint. We each tried something new and it was delicious! The wait staff was very friendly, and remained comfortably engaged. Treat yourself to this wonderful restaurant.

Rio Grill
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you so much for visiting us since Montrio Bistro is currently being prepared for our fall reopening. We are glad our food and service lived up to our sister restaurant. We hope to see you again.

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vipJimM
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

All good well prepared. Recommend pork belly and the potato skins appetizers. Service was excellent. (We had a 3-year old and needed prompt and intuitive service. We got it!). One of our favorite places in Carmel! Will definitely be back.

Rio Grill
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you Jim! We appreciate the kind words and I'm glad we were able to meet your needs. I agree, the pork belly should not be missed. It melts in your mouth. I look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our first time dining at this restaurant. I picked this place because it has good reviews. We requested outdoor seating as we had a small dog with us. The inside looked really nice and cosy. We were the only one outside so we felt very spacious and comfortable with heaters set up all around. Food was delicious with good prices. Our servers were wonderful and very patience with us as my puppy was acting like she was a tigress. Will come back next time when we are in the area.

Rio Grill
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you for choosing to dine with us and for bringing a furry friend too. We appreciate the kind words and look forward to seeing you next time.

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and delicious food. I will always come back..

Rio Grill
Responded on September 17, 2021

Thank you! Im glad you enjoyed dinning with us.

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claude
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never disappointed after all these years!
Thank you!

Rio Grill
Responded on September 18, 2021

Thank you for your great review and for your continue patronage at Rio Grill. We really appreciate you Claude.

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vipKalendra
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We just moved to Carmel and saw this place via exploring! Incredible! Loved everything about it!

Rio Grill
Responded on September 17, 2021

Welcome to Carmel Kalendra! I appreciate you dinning with us and we're glad you had a good time. We look forward to your next visit.

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Blondie
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The smoked chicken is consistently the best dish. Sorry they don’t provide the bread basket anymore except at a price. The deserts are at a
reduced size from the past.

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DorisP
Detroit
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

First travel and higher end dining since Covid hit!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the food. Good service as well. There was also a live musician outside which was a nice touch.

Rio Grill
Responded on September 18, 2021

Thank you for the kind review. We're glad you enjoyed our live music on the weekend!

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience1

Artichoke had been burnt on outside and wasn’t nearly as good as one we’d had in the past.

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vipTagrove
Miami
18 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was the second time in 3 days that we ate at the RÌo Grill. We ate outside both nights. The servers were knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. The food, skirt steak and Chinese Chicken Salad, was delicious, and in the case of the steak prepared perfectly. We will definitely return the next time we visit Carmel.

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carmelocal
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu, great staff, comfortable and pleasing atmosphere. Excellent spot for a couple, or a group.

Rio Grill
Responded on September 18, 2021

Thank you for the wonderful review and recommendation for our future guest.

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GrahamP
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Family get together

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DonaM
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious. Were early diners, and service a little slow at first until we requested help.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I made a reservation and got in right on time. My group was especially interested in a racing driver meet and greet that was put on by the Rio Grill. We ended up not keeping our reservation and spending an hour with drivers that were in town for the IMSA race at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. Food and drinks were amazing. The drivers were inviting and approachable. It was awesome!

Rio Grill
Responded on September 21, 2021

We are glad we were able to accommodate your needs and giving you the opportunity to meet professional racecar drivers. We pride ourselves on serving our community and providing our guest with great experiences at Rio Grill. Thank you.

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vipJULIA
Chicago
36 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Alexis is such a friendly hostess. As locals we appreciate that very much.

Great food, especially for vegetarians

Rio Grill
Responded on September 21, 2021

Alexis is a gem here at Rio Grill and we appreciate her professionalism and warmth everyday, especially her closeness to our regulars and how she is able to make them feel at home here at Rio Grill. We appreciate the kind words. Thank you.

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RonB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Can't wait till we get COVID under control and Rio Grill can return to its full menu and wine list.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

Waiter never told us about specials. We over heard the same waiter tell people on the table next to us after we got our meals served.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere.

Rio Grill
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you for the kind review. We are glad we were able to provide a great dinning experience at Rio Grill.

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DRECC
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Easy to reserve online. Great environment. Good food. Service was surprisingly slow, but overall a great restaurant. We will be back!

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MarquisMarq
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Rio Grill is a great place to dine. Establishment has great energy, appetizers, entrees, and desserts were terrific, and Katherine (our waitress) demonstrated outstanding service.

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HUNGRYMOM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We dined outdoors and although very comfortable (plenty of heaters) just be aware that there is a fair amount of noise from the busy parking lot and adjacent street. Food and drink took a while to arive, seemed like the kitchen and/or wait staff may have been overwhelmed. Table next to us waited more than 45 minutes just for their cocktails. My husband enjoyed his skirt steak, but my pasta was overcooked and although the salad was tasty, it was also soggy fromn too much dressing.

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DeniseR
New Mexico
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Several gluten free options. On the advice of the server, we ordered the roast chicken with chili butter. It was delicious. The flavors of the sauce perfectly complimented the chicken, potatoes and baby artichokes. I usually won't order chicken when dining out as I cook it at home but, after this meal, I will have to re-evaluate my position. The server was knowledgeable and very careful with my allergies.

Rio Grill
Responded on September 21, 2021

Thank you for visiting Rio Grill Denise. I too get the hesitancy to order chicken at restaurants since it can be easily cooked at home. That being said, We're glad that you gave our Smoked Chicken a chance and even more thrilled that the flavors delivered. We take great pride in preparing the dish, starting with smoking the chicken for at least 3 hrs so that it can be tender and smoky.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The Rio has been a favorite of ours for many years. I’m not sure if management changed or if it’s due to the pandemic, but we didn’t have a good experience this last time. The service was off, the squid was not crispy, but tough and greasy, and the ribs were tough too. I hope this was just a bad night.

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MaggieP
Yosemite
4 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Andre, was the best! He made our dining experience extra special. We'll definitely go back to the Rio Grill.

Rio Grill
Responded on September 21, 2021

Maggie, thank you for acknowledging your server Andres. He is professional yet is able to connect with our guest on a more personable level as well. Next time you come back Andres will be waiting to provide the excellent experience you've come to expect from Rio Grill.

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SAUGATAB
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good meals. Ahi tuna is really good.
There was still a wait for people with reservations but it was a long weekend

Rio Grill
Responded on September 6, 2021

Hi, Thank you for your 5 star review! Hope you had a great weekend and thank you for dining with us! -Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience2

They made us wait 40 minutes. What's the point of a reservation?

Rio Grill
Responded on September 6, 2021

Hi, I'm sorry it took so long to get you seated on your recent visit. Based on your experience, it looks like there are updates we need to make in OpenTable for seating times. I hope you choose to dine with us again so you can see how we've applied your feedback. Thank you, Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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WineTaster
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was a busy Saturday night so we had to wait 10 minutes past our reservation time. The food was fine and the atmosphere merry, but a little loud. Good cocktails, too.

Rio Grill
Responded on September 6, 2021

Hi, Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We always do our best to seat our guests promptly but occasionally fall behind depending on the level of business. Hope you come back and see us soon so we can offer you a 5 star experience! Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We arrived early and they could not have been nicer. We were seated and our server greeted us almost immediately. Our food was delicious- the quesadilla is different every day and is delicious every time (and we live in Texas so we know good Mexican food). The salads are amazing and the daily fish was delicious. It’s so relaxed and the wait staff is great. If they are walking past and see something that needs to be done, they do it - even if it’s not their table. And they always ask before they remove or refill anything.

The restaurant was packed and the atmosphere was happy. We’ve never been disappointed at Rio Grille. Not bored with the menu. I recommend it highly. Be sure to have the salads and try the daily Quesadilla. You won’t be sorry!

Rio Grill
Responded on September 6, 2021

Thank you so much for your review! I'm thrilled to hear you had such a wonderful experience. That means we are doing our job! Please come back and see us again soon on your next trip out to CA. Cheers, Gabe de la Vega, General Manager

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MLSAS
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

We have eaten at Rio Grill many times and the experience we had the other day was so out of character for Rio Grill. Usually everything is outstanding. The only meal worth eating was the special my husband ordered. We had reservations but waited 15 minutes to be seated. The waiter was very nice throughout the meal. My daughter mentioned that her usual go to meal was not up to Rio Grill standards. My meal was the worst of the bunch with grease a puddle on the plate. I ate only half of my meal before I had the rest of the family finish it with the same critique all around, that it was terrible. My son had meat that was tough. I don't usually write reviews but this was not what we expected & therefore diners should be prepared for a dining experience that they may regret.

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vipSACVISTOR
San Francisco
52 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall1food2service4ambience2

We waited over 45 min to be seated and we were holding a reservation. You could tell they were unorganized and unprepared for the amount of people who requested outdoor seating. We finally ended up indoors, I have no idea how much longer we would have been waiting.
Food was just OK, fish was overcooked and dry. Rio used to be a great dining option, but I think it definitely has fallen. Not worth the time & energy.

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Horst
Central Coast
11 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Birthday party for a 84 year old

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

Rio Grill is rated 4.5 stars by 1906 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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