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101 Crossroads Blvd. (Rio Rd.), Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
831 625 5436
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Ranked #19 of 151 Restaurants in Carmel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $35
Sun - Thu 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Southwestern, Californian
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Rio Road
Transit: Public Transit is just a few yards from the restaurant.
Description: 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. For more information on Rio Grill, please visit our website at riogrillcom. The restaurant opens for lunch every day at 11:30 and serves straight through until 10:00 PM. Rio also serves a great brunch on Sundays from 11:30 – 3:00PM.
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English first
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

After a disastrous dinner elsewhere, we decided to salvage our meal by having dessert here. Great choice! My other half had their apple bread pudding, which is always delicious. I decided to try something new, so got their grilled banana sundae, with strawberries, chocolate, and candied pecans. Only one word needed to describe it: YUMMY!

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Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

We stopped here for lunch and so glad we did. Not wanting to eat a huge lunch, we decided to spilt something. We got the grill shrimp and brie spinach wrap with potato skins. Everything was yummy and the potato skins were the best I've ever had. Cute atmosphere and plenty of regulars at the bar.

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Piedmont, California
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Winters can get very dark and cold down in Carmel. Head over to the Rio Grill's Happy Hour between 4-6 and enjoy a cozy seat by the fire while enjoying some tasty appetizers and drinks, all at reduced prices. We enjoyed all of the vegetarian and fish offerings including deep fried artichokes, fried calamari, sauteed peppers, and quesadillas. There are... More

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Indio, California
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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

The decor invites you to taste flavors from Mexico and South America with a California twist. Fresh interior with brightly painted native sculpture and art. The service was friendly, no rush…….wait staff provided great recommendations…….. nice wine list. We were so impressed, we had lunch there as well. Great experience all around. I had MahiMahi, well seasoned and prepared, for... More

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

While staying in Carmel on vacation from Ireland we came across this gem. It was without doubt the finest meal we have experienced this trip. The presentation was excellend the quality Devine and my wife and I were unanimous that it was a high class venue we had visited. The staff were excellent and the General Manager came to our... More

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San Francisco, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I don't know where to begin with this review. We loved the sound of the menu options, but the food went from delicious to dull. The arugula salad was delicious as was the quinoa side dish served with the fish special. The sea bass main dish, however, was undertone, and very fishy with a.strong smell. The large portion short rib... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Just happened upon this place when we stopped for gas before Big Sur drive. Thought we were going to have a wait, but immediately seated. Loved the atmosphere - everyone so friendly - big birthday party close to us, but not loud. Food was very good - the banana split was EXCELLENT!!!

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Carmel Valley, California
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162 reviews 162 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

The restaurant may have been responsible for the plague of "let's take a classic and tart it up" trend hereabouts. Mutton dressed up as lamb is still mutton.

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Encinitas, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Carmel offers a lot of very good dining options. The Rio Grill continues to rank at the top of the list. Interesting menu, friendly service, good wine list. Try the crispy pork shank - great mix of flavors. The only negative is that the Grill get very loud when its full.

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Lodi, California
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57 reviews 57 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Years ago the Rio Grill used have people lined up but after many years a return visit was bittersweet. They still have a good wine list and the menu is somewhat interesting but the shine is gone and the execution sub par. Our server was nice but poorly trained and putting the wine list on an iPad doesn't mean you... More

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Additional Information about Rio Grill

Address: 101 Crossroads Blvd. (Rio Rd.), Crossroads Shopping Center, Carmel, CA 93923
Phone Number: 831 625 5436
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Monterey Peninsula  >  Carmel
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Monday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 35
Cuisine: American, Southwestern, Californian

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