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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!

101 Crossroads Boulevard
Carmel, CA 93923
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Southwest

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

Cross Street:
Rio Road

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 625-5436

Website:
http://www.riogrill.com/

Parking Details:
The Rio Grill offers plenty of convenient parking.

Public Transit:
Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.

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

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.

Rio Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.4

value

4.2

Noise

Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (30)
Casual (24)
Fit for Foodies (21)
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Fun (19)
Special Occasion (18)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Happy Hour (17)
Neighborhood Gem (17)
Worth the Drive (17)
Good for a Date (16)
Comfort Food (14)
Business Meals (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Good for Anniversaries (13)
Bar Seating (13)
Authentic (12)
Local Ingredients (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Vibrant Bar Scene (11)
Good for Groups (10)
Notable Wine List (10)
Spicy (9)
Cozy (7)
Romantic (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Great for Brunch (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Healthy (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Seasonal (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
People Watching (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tapas (2)
Vegan (1)
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 3 days ago

We got a Good meal for a last minute dinner close by where we were staying in Carmel. Food was really good and service excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 4 days ago

We’ve been once before and it was not bad. This time it was mediocre. Unfortunately my card was over charged by $150. I called the restaurant who wouldn’t fix it and now it’s in dispute at the bank. Definitely not worth it for me!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Seasonal
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Great food. Great Servu e

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

Excellent food and libations, as always!! The bison short ribs can’t be beat, and taste even better accompanied by the blood orange chipotle agave margarita.
Hostesses and staff very personable and fun!
A must for anyone visiting the Carmel Valley area!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Love the chicken with chili butter! Good martinis, too.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 21, 2017

Another great dinner. The food is always delicious. Our service was excellent — Jordan was a terrific and very attentive waiter. We’ve been coming for years and have never been disappointed.

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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 17, 2017

I've gone 3x in past 2 weeks for a good reason....

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Excellent service. They gave a happy birthday greeting both getting seated (with table decorations) and leaving the restaurant. Really unusual decorating.

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Good for Groups
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.
Not returning.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 6, 2017

We love Rio Grill! It is our go to place whenever we are in Carmel. Half priced wine on Mondays is an added benefit.

Tags: Late-night Find, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Spicy, Fit for Foodies, Cozy
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always our fave! Love the hostess! Salmon is the best! and the Burn Banana cake with sea salt caramel is a must! And the Artichoke appetizer is also a must!

Tags: Great for Lunch, Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Bar Seating, Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Casual, Fun, Good for Groups, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 3, 2017

We have been going here for over 35 years and each time we have a great meal. Love the whole artichoke in balsamic vinegar, the salads, meat, soups, bread. Always good service.

Tags: Fun, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 2, 2017

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?

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine, Casual, Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Nice clean place - service good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Business Meals
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 (Tahoe)·Dined on October 26, 2017

We have gone to Rio Grill many times when we are in the area over the years. Always good food, good service and fun bar. We have never been disappointed!

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Service was extremely bad. Our waitress disappeared for long periods of time. Her excuse was that she had to take care of a large party. Also, after ordering, we had to wait 45 minutes before the entree was served. I had a pork chop which was over cooked.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Such a great restaurant! Great service and I highly recommend the Potato Skins! It was a wonderful way to end a day in Big Sur.

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·Dined on October 13, 2017

Wonderful! We made Open Table reservations. Arrived to a huge waiting crowd. We were seated almost immediately. Salmon was outstanding. Excellent ribs too.

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·Dined on October 12, 2017

This is where we had our wedding dinner and have returned every year since. We have the same meal we did that night. We have always been very pleased with the service the food and the beverages. This year they made some changes to the dining room which I didn't care for, I prefer the white tables. It was disappointing that the beverage menu was not updated and we did not get our first choice of wine or beer. My husband had to make four choices before they actually had the beer he selected. They did not have the wine I selected either and I settled on their recommendation. In years past staff knew it was our anniversary and we're very attentive, this year it was ignored. I don't know what but something has changed but the food was fantastic as usual!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Hot Spot, Romantic, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Jordan, our server, was inattentive most of the evening which would probably explain placing our drink order incorrectly, delivering cold food, and boxing melted ice cream in a to go container after we asked him to leave it out. My special experience was him calling me, "honey" . Awful.

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·Dined on October 11, 2017

The food was great and beautifully presented. Our server made good recommendations and was friendly and helpful.

Tags: Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Good for a Date, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Fun, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 7, 2017

would have been nice to have a vegetable with the lobster ravioli. Our server was very nice and helpful. We had a fun night!

Tags: Casual
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·Dined on October 7, 2017

I like Rio Grill on an occasion. I always freeze in the restaurant. I had to ask our server
to turn down the AC as it was blowing on my friend and I.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Casual
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2017

This was by far the best meal we had during our 4 day stay in Carmel.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Great Beer, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Excellent lunch, quiet, comfortable with great privacy. Food was delicious with an abundant portion and the service was superb. I highly recommend the Rio Grill to anyone.

Tags: Paleo Friendly, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We had the sand dabs and the pork shank. Both were excellent.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Authentic, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 3, 2017

Been dining since 70’s , good food service etc. chicken dish best in USA. Onion rings used to be a favorite but now only in bar and not up to early standard.

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 (Columbus)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Greaters were great, seated promptly. Server was slow and at the conclusion had to ask for server to pay bill.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 1, 2017

rio grill has been a family favorite for decades! always a great meal with great service and atmosphere. can’t wait to visit again! Thank you!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 30, 2017

Our server was exceptionally good. Quite attentive and willing to do what it took to make us happy restaurant guests.

We have gone to Rio Grill for many special occasions (anniversaries and birthdays, primarily). We like the chef's interpretation of Southwest cuisine. While our choices of appetizers, entrees, and desserts have always been deliciously done, this time the kitchen staff fell short. The restaurant manager had come to our table to see if we had been happy with our meals. We gave him some feedback, which he immediately took back to the kitchen.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 22, 2017

Half way through our appetizer before our drinks arrived. Had to send one drink back as it tasted of artificial flavoring???
BBQ ribs tough and very sweet. Chicken was dripping with gravy. Food took way to long to arrive. Different servers throughout meal.
Read good reviews of this restaurant...why?

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 (Austin)·Dined on September 22, 2017

It used to be one of my favorite places to eat but the last few years it has just become average and a little over priced. Still the best grilled artichoke. Awful fries and very average burger. Overpriced wines.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 21, 2017

We celebrated a friend's birthday. The staff was friendly, and courteous along with being good at what they do. We were not rushed and had an enjoyable evening with great food.

Tags: Spicy, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Hot Spot, Authentic, Comfort Food, People Watching
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on September 18, 2017

Great hostess (very knowledgeable about art, ownership of restaurant, etc.) and great waiter as well. Food was very creative. Only complaint was it took a long time to get our entree, but was well worth the wait.

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Delicious as always. We love The Rio Grill

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 14, 2017

My wife and I have been dining at the Rio Grill for years. We live in Pacifica, CA and we drove to Carmel for lunch. Yes, the food and service are that good!

Tags: Quick Bite, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on September 13, 2017

LUV, LUV, LUV IT!!! So nice and cozy. Great atmosphere to be in and the good is delicious!!All the staff is friendly the bartender was very helpful with the menu. Great experience!! Would highly recommend Rio Grill to anyone!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Late-night Find, Quick Bite, Romantic, Creative Cuisine
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