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Rio Grill

1113 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Creative Cuisine (28)
  • Good for a Date (25)
  • Neighborhood Gem (21)
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 1113 People Are Saying
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

Love the mussels

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Great food

vipJanet (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

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

vipMard (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

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.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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

vipwannabefoodie (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipeatinginCarmel (New England)
3.0  Dined 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.

Lynnie (Yosemite)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (Orlando)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Excellent service and food for a valentines dinner!

vipfoodlover33 (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined 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..