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Date
Fri, 1/19
Time
9:00 PM
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Rio Grill

4.4
1088 reviews
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$30 and under
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Californian
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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 - 6:30pm!
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Southwest
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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
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Phone number
(831) 625-5436
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What 1088 People Are Saying
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4.4
service
4.3
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4.1
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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.

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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.

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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.

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jbfoodie (San Francisco)
5.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
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.

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DickB (San Francisco)
5.0
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!

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vipBobbi (San Francisco)
4.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0
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.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
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.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Californian, Southwest
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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
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Cross street
Rio Road
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(831) 625-5436
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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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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
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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.

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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