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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 - 6:00pm!

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:
Eduardo Coronel

Additional:
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

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
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4.4

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.3

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

94% would recommend it to a friend

Creative Cuisine (28)
Good for a Date (21)
Special Occasion (20)
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Bar Seating (19)
Neighborhood Gem (19)
Good for Birthdays (18)
Great for Lunch (18)
Business Meals (17)
Fun (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Good for Groups (15)
Casual (15)
Worth the Drive (13)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for Anniversaries (12)
Vibrant Bar Scene (12)
Comfort Food (10)
Hot Spot (10)
Local Ingredients (10)
Cozy (9)
Healthy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Romantic (8)
Seasonal (7)
Sunday Lunch (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Notable Wine List (6)
People Watching (6)
Spicy (5)
Good Vegetarian Options (5)
Authentic (4)
Kid-friendly (4)
Disabled Access (4)
Tapas (4)
Quick Bite (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Vegan (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Great Beer (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Organic, Good for a Date, Seasonal
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 (Yosemite)·Dined 2 days ago

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.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date, Vibrant Bar Scene, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Healthy
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 (Orlando)·Dined 4 days ago

Excellent service and food for a valentines dinner!

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 4 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..

Tags: Special Occasion, People Watching, Healthy, Authentic, Casual
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vip
 (Central Coast)·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!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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

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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·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.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on February 6, 2018

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

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

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

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 29, 2018

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

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New England)·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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Business Meals, Happy Hour, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Atlantic City)·Dined on January 23, 2018

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great Beer, Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 22, 2018

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

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Seasonal, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Handcrafted Cocktails, Hot Spot, People Watching, Local Ingredients, Good for a Date, Bar Seating, Fun, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Jackson Hole)·Dined on January 21, 2018

Great! Fantastic! Tasty! Fun!

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 (San Francisco)·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!

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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Fun, Great for Lunch, People Watching
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vip
 (Seattle)·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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 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive, Tapas, Bar Seating, Special Occasion
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 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, People Watching, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Quick Bite, Happy Hour
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 (Central Coast)·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.

Tags: Tapas, Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Seasonal, Healthy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 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!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Business Meals
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vip
 (San Francisco)·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.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Happy Hour, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Eight tables in a section is too much for a server to handle and provide good service on a busy night

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great server!!

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We have been coming here since it opened and have always had a good meal and great service. This time was disappointing. They were very busy. Our favorite artichoke was not fully cooked. They redid it and better but not great They were nice and removed from bill. The skirt steak was delicious as well as the calamari and pork belly

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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 30, 2017

I had a resy -- knew to do that from other visits. VERY busy! Our cool wait guy must have been over worked-- service was a bit slow. Food was great. My sis and I split a wedge salad and the shrimp pasta-- cook split it for us -- no charge! Friend had Chinese chicken salad- said it was good--looked great and large to me!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

What happened to the Rio Grill we knew and loved? We had not been to the Rio Grill in several years, and apparently they changed chefs (and bartenders) during that time. The menu is now Southwestern rather than California cuisine, so the much anticipated onion strings that we wanted to order were not available. Nor was one of the specials of the day...we ordered it around 7:00 p.m. and they had already run out. My Manhattan will go down in history as one of the worst I've ever been served (what happened to the Maraschino cherry) and the bread was mediocre. The amount of food in the courses is more than enough, but the quality of the food is not what it was several years ago. I had marked this restaurant as one of my favorites, but no longer...we won't be visiting the Rio Grill again.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Food good as always..............service was very slow.

Tags: Good for a Date, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful as ever. Been enjoying for years and years and years

Tags: Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great time.Good food.The hostess was nice enough to snap a pic of my girlfriend and I,for our scrapbook.

Tags: Healthy, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Paleo Friendly, Good for a Date
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vip
 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 24, 2017

When we visit Carmel, the Rio Grill is an absolute must. The food is delicious and the service attentive and friendly .

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Fun, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Rio is the best, consistently excellent Restaurant in Carmel, and hasn’t changed in the 30 plus years I have lived here. Wait staff is well trained and knowledgeable about the menu and the specials. It is kid-friendly, can get noisy, but that’s part of the fun of the place. It is great for lunch or dinner and a locals’ favorite. Their warm sour dough bread and butter, which they automatically bring at lunch and dinner is the absolutely delicious. Tony, the owner, is philanthropic and community oriented, and although he owns three restaurants in the area, his presence, style and touch is always felt where you are eating there.

Tags: Fun, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Very nice dining experience and the food was great. It was the first time for our daughter and grandson and they really enjoyed it. The menu was perfect for them as they both have special nutritional needs.

Tags: Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Excellent staff and service, good food, fresh ingredients, imaginative menu, fish was barely over cooked, skirt steak was excellent.

Rio Grill is consistently good and always energetic and friendly. Noise level is high, but happy well-fed people are joyful.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on December 17, 2017

When we first got there, there was not a hostess there that we could see. We were there Saturday night. There was a server who seated us but she made us wait despite the fact we had reservations. She was very unfriendly. She had long dark hair and is middle aged. Made us feel like we were unwelcome. Our actual server was very nice and friendly. I ordered the New York cut steak and it was grissley. The only vegetable they served was chilies. LOTS of them. Filled up half the plate. Who could eat that!! Very disappointing meal.

Tags: Quick Bite
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